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A Message from the Headteacher

Posted on 18 Dec 2019 at 14:52

Welcome to our newsletter in what is traditionally a very busy time for us all. There have been
many highlights for me this term, too many to mention here. What I can say is how overwhelmed I
have been with how hard students and staff have worked this term and how supportive parents and
carers have been of their children’s education. I am very grateful for everything that everyone gives
to Wardle Academy and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributes.

I want to share with you some of my reflections from my second term as Headteacher here. There
have been three key strengths at Wardle that have stood out to me.

The first is aspiration. The way Year 11 responded recently to preparation for their final examinations has been tremendous. There is still a long way to go and a lot to do before the summer, but on the whole the attitude of the students and their desire to succeed has been brilliant. Keep up the excellent work Year 11, it will be worth it. I also want to say how pleased I am, on the whole, with the way the students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 have settled into their new year groups and acknowledge the very positive way they have embraced the new challenges they all face. Well done to you all. Whatever the starting point, at Wardle every student should be proud of what they have achieved, knowing that they can come back in the New Year and achieve even more.

The second is the generosity. The huge amount of money and awareness raising that that has taken
place in school for charity is amazing. The efforts students and staff have put in to help others is
absolutely incredible. You can tell a lot about the spirit of a community by the way it looks after
others and Wardle really is a place that cares. Everyone who has helped someone else in any way
should be very proud of what they have done and we should all be proud of our community spirit

The third is inclusion. Everyone is valued highly here at Wardle without exception. Our curriculum
gives every student the chance to shine and succeed regardless of background, interest, aptitudes
and talents. Every lesson, and every learning opportunity really does make a difference so it makes
me very happy when I see and hear about the students making the most of the wide range of
opportunities we offer them to learn, progress and develop as young people.

The Christmas period can be a wonderful time to spend with family and friends. Charles Dickens
once said `I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year’. On behalf of the staff
and the Governing Body I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a
safe and prosperous New Year.

Brendan Hesketh

The Wardle Way

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