Headteacher’s Blog

This term has been very eventful for both staff and students; staff have been working hard to ensure that lessons are maintaining ‘Strong Starts’, focussing on the first ten minutes, delivering lessons that are interesting and engaging for all students. Senior and middle leaders are monitoring the progress of this for staff training.

Sporting Stars
Friday 17th March saw Wardle Academy set off on their annual trip to Borreatton Park for the England Netball PGL Tournament. Taking four teams and dressed in their new ‘tour’ kit, the girls were ready for a full weekend of netball and determined to win as many medals as possible. The girls were clearly ready for the challenge and, after a long weekend of tournaments, the year 8 and 9 teams managed to take home the titles. This is a fantastic achievement for our netball teams and clearly proves the hard-work and determination of the players and their teachers. Well done!

Options
Options choices for current year 9 students will be made after Easter, our staff will be on hand during this time in order to assist students and ensure that they choose the subjects most appropriate for them.  At this stage, there is likely to be a number of ‘pathways’ for students to take which will allow a choice of up to three additional GCSEs over the statutory core subjects of English, Maths, Science, PE and Citizenship. We will continue to provide regular updates to parents/ carers regarding GCSE options.

Pride Points
Since September 2016, our PRIDE Points rewards system has seen over 58,777 individual PRIDE points awarded to students at Wardle Academy. Following consultation with the Student Council, we are currently reviewing the prizes that are presented with the reward certificates. Each year group has contributed to the survey; choosing the most appropriate awards for their year group. Nu-Hope continues to be developed within our school and the system is working well, behaviour for learning has improved and student engagement is good.Due to the excellent impact that Nu-Hope has had here at Wardle Academy, we have recently appointed a Behaviour for Learning and Rewards Manager, whose primary focus will be our behaviour for learning and rewards system. We believe that this appointment will see the Nu-Hope strategy become even more successful. There will be further updates in May.

Music Events
Last Friday, we held a very successful musical evening where we saw performances from all of our musical groups. The event was well attended and we are exceptionally proud of our talented students. Parents and carers, staff and students all thoroughly enjoyed the event. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support with our musical events and any other extra-curricular arrangements.
Tomorrow night, we are welcoming staff and students from the Manger Folkehogskule in Norway. The students are travelling to England on Saturday and embarking on a week-long tour of the North-West and I am delighted to say that they will begin their journey with us, here at Wardle Academy. Tickets have been selling fast for this event and there has been much anticipation from our staff and students; we are confident that this will prove to be an excellent evening.

Wardle Wise
Our in-house support system, Wardle Wise, recently hosted a Parental Workshop in order to raise awareness of the different kinds of mental illnesses, how to cope with them and in particular, how they affect young people. This was a great event which was both informative and enjoyable and it was great to have parents and staff working together to learn more about such an important and relevant issue.
Wardle Wise will be hosting a number of events and campaigns throughout the rest of the year, we will continue to keep you updated on these efforts. If you would like any more information, please e-mail us on: wardlewise@wardleacademy.co.uk

Prom
This year’s Year 11 Prom will take place at The Riverside, Whitworth on the 14th of July. There will be an Oscars style award ceremony along with music and entertainment all night. A photo-booth will be available to use on the night and drinks and refreshments will be served at the venue. Tickets will be available to purchase after the Easter Break at the price of £27.

Attendance Awards
Attendance at Wardle Academy continues to be closely monitored in order to ensure that attendance figures remain  as high as possible, with students arriving to school on time with a good attitude towards learning. I would like to thank parents and carers for contacting school in the event of a child’s absence.  May I ask that you continue to do so by contacting reception on: 01706 373911.
This week, all students with 100% attendance received an Easter egg. We have seen a great rise in attendance figures recently and we hope that this will continue to improve upon our return after the Easter Break.

Syria Relief Non-uniform day
Today, we held a whole-school non-uniform day in aid of the Syria Crisis. Students were encouraged to bring a £1 donation; all proceeds are being donated to Oxfam for Syria Relief. The total of money raised is still being counted, keep posted on our social media channels and website for the final amount!

Student Success
A number of students from years 10 and 11 have recently graduated from the ‘Teens and Toddlers’ programme. This is an opportunity for teenagers to mentor younger children, whilst building the life skills and self-belief they need to succeed at school and work within the community. This is a great scheme and we are privileged to be able to work with the people at Teens and Toddlers in order to provide our students with as much experience and opportunity as possible.

Easter School
Over the Easter Break, we will be holding an ‘Easter School’ from the 7th – 13th of April. Our staff have been working hard to create revision materials and resources that cover the whole curriculum, there are a number of sessions for each subject during this week and we feel that it would be beneficial for all our students to attend as many sessions as possible.
The next term is vitally important in terms of revision and exam preparation, I would like to remind all students of the resources made available to you from your subject teachers and urge you to take advantage of your Easter Break in order to prepare. If you are unsure of something, or would like and help or advice throughout the lead-up to exams, you must speak to your subject teachers and they will be happy to help.May I now take this opportunity to wish all of you a restful and enjoyable Easter Break, we look forward to welcoming our students back on Wednesday, 19th April, refreshed and ready to learn.

C Fisher,

Wardle Academy Headteacher

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