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Anti-Bullying Week 18 - 22 November 2013
This year we are joining the campaign being run by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. We aim to raise awareness about the impact of bullying, particularly cyber bullying and e-safety. There will be a range of activities taking place during lessons and tutor time, as well as a special assembly for each zone led by students and staff. After anti-bullying week there will be other activities taking place to keep awareness and involvement high.
There will be an opportunity for students to enter a national competition run by Action Work with cash prizes for the winners (the closing date for this is 15 December – tutors have details).
Parents can get involved by asking their son or daughter about their experience of anti-bullying week in school. Students may be affected by what they see or hear during anti-bullying week. They may decide to speak up about bullying. If they do then it is important that we know about it – we are here to help. Please ask your son / daughter to tell their tutor or call us yourself.
The British Council International School Award
We are delighted to inform you that Waingels College has received re-accreditation for the British Council International School Award from 2013-16. This award recognises schools which have excelled in the area of international learning. We wanted to share the school’s success with you and explain what it means for pupils, teachers and the school as a whole.
What is the International School Award?
The Award is an internationally recognised accreditation, awarded to schools which forge links with partners overseas and add an international dimension to the curriculum. Through working on joint projects and adding international elements to lessons, pupils (and teachers) are given a fresh perspective on the world and their place in it.
Taking part in the Award:
· Links schools with others around the world
· Teaches pupils about other countries and cultures
· Prepares pupils for living and working in a global economy
· Enhances teaching standards through sharing best practice and teaching methods
· Leads to a new outwardly facing perspective and ethos for the school as a whole
If you would like to know more about the Award, and hear about inspirational stories from around the world, then go to http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/ and visit the International School Award pages. To find out about specific activities going on at Waingels or to make suggestions on future activities, please contact Mrs E Díaz at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you will encourage pupils and the school to develop and enhance their international learning and skills.
WW1 Battlefields Trip
Year 9 History students have now returned from their excellent trip to the World War 1 Battlefields in France. The party, who were away from 17 to 19 October, are shown below examining a preserved trench.
Theresa May Visits Waingels
Enterprising students from the Global Group took their chance to shine when they pitched their campaign to ensure every child in the world has the opportunity to a good education to the Home Secretary Mrs Theresa May when she visited them on Wednesday 2 October.
The Global Group led by Mrs Diaz and Mr Whybrow gave a thought provoking presentation to Mrs May and Ms Keane-Maher. Mrs May also took the opportunity to speak individually with the students about the excellent work they have been doing.
Senior Team Maths Challenge
On 5 October 2013, four 6th form students attended the Senior Maths Challenge Enrichment and Training event at Little Heath School. It was an exciting half day of team work and problem solving to help prepare students for the Senior Team Maths Challenge. The team devised strategies for improving competition performance. The final session was a mini-mock competition in which the team ranked second. The team will now represent the college at the Reading heats in November 2013.
Academic Scholarship Award
Former Waingels College pupil Kelly Leach was among almost 100 University of Worcester students to receive academic scholarships. Kelly, a third year Youth and Community Services student, said: "I’m proud to have received the award. I’ve enjoyed being on the course and it’s nice to be recognised for the hard work I’ve put in.”
As I’m sure you are all aware, the College received a visit from Ofsted from 24 to 25 April this year. The team of five inspectors spent a great deal of time observing lessons, speaking to pupils and looking at their work. I was immensely proud to hear their judgements about the College when they provided the oral feedback at the end of the inspection. The Sixth Form has been graded as “Outstanding” and the College “Good” in every area. Staff and students are to be congratulated on their resounding success.
To view a copy of the full Ofsted report, please click here and for the Chair of Governors letter, please click here.
GCSE 2013 - Best Results Ever
Following on from the excellent results at A Level last week, Waingels pupils are celebrating their best ever results at GCSE with 100% achieving five A* - C, with 74% of these including English and Maths.
Special mention is due to Becky Savage, Emily Owen, Matthew Long, Hazel Lunn, Nicholas Webb, Patrick Frenett, Priyanka Saxena, Sophie Crampton, Lauren Roach, Ainie Shafeeu, Lucy Harris, Nathan Mayes, Anna Swynford-Lain, Daniel Clark, Georgina Heath, Sophie Baylis, Anthony Forde, Katie Harman, Becky Jones, Saskia Millward, James Babington, Andrew Beale and Jagdeep Singh who achieved 8 or more A*/A grades in their GCSEs.
Congratulations to everyone and a special thank you to the teachers who made this possible.
To view photos from this day, please click here.
Many congratulations to all our pupils who, once again, have achieved excellent examination results with 82% achieving A* - C grades and 99% A* - E.
These results are a reflection of the hard work, determination and commitment of all our staff and pupils. There have been some exceptional individual performances this year. Many of our pupils obtained two A grades or better with six obtaining two A* grades or better.
Very special mention must be made of Peter Banks (5A* & 1A) going to Oxford to study Mathematics, Laura McDaniel (4A* & 1A) to Durham to study Law, Matthew Payne (3A*) to Warwick to study Maths & Economics, Emily Llewellyn to the Royal Veterinary College and Oliver Billinghurst to Imperial College to study Medicine, all of whom were amongst our highest achievers.
We are also very proud of the following who achieved 3 or more A*/A grades - Tim Fitzgerald, James Dutfield, Nicole Watson, Jordan Wilkie, Bridie Gibbs, Sam Beasleigh, Lewis Coleman, Charlotte Gorman, Annabelle Collins.
We are delighted with all our pupils' achievements and wish them the very best for the future.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents for their continued support.
To view photos from this day, please click here.
Waingels Gains Prestigious ICT Mark Award
Students at Waingels are at the forefront of using information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance their work, and that’s official! Following an extensive external assessment Waingels has been awarded the prestigious ICT Mark. The award recognises the college’s success in developing the strategic use of ICT in both administration and across the curriculum.
National Award for Waingels College
We are proud to say that Waingels College won the British Council for School Environments’ (BCSE) Architecture Award for Excellence in Design for Teaching and Learning. Congratulations to all, especially to our superb architect, Pierluigi Chinellato (of Sheppard Robson), who designed this building in keeping with our vision for learning. The award was presented to Pier at an event in London in June 2011.