Wheatley Park School
Everyone Learning: Testing Times
May and June is a ‘testing time’ for students up and down the country, including Wheatley Parkers: our Year 7, 8 and 9 students have recently taken progress tests in core subjects; our Year 10 students will sit mock exams in June; our Year 11 and Year 12 students have already taken their first GCSE and AS-level exams respectively; and our Year 13 students will soon commence their A-Level exams. Students are to be commended on their thorough preparation and we wish our GCSE and A-Level students in particular every success. Hopefully, they can follow up a recent run of extraordinary sporting success for the school with plenty of academic success this summer.
At WPS, we believe a precondition for this academic success is a strong ethos of Everyone Caring. For example, the school has recently provided extra support for some students struggling to cope with exam-pressure in addition to its usual array of pastoral services. I’m pleased that gains in developing a calm, safe and supportive learning environment this year have been reflected in the responses to the 400 parent/carer surveys completed at parents’ evenings.
99% of parents/carers agree or strongly agree that ‘my child is happy at Wheatley Park’ (up 1% from last year)
98% agree or strongly agree that ‘my child feels safe at Wheatley Park’ (up 2% from last year)
99% agree or strongly agree that ‘my child is well looked after’ (up 1% from last year)
91% agree or strongly agree that ‘the school makes sure its pupils are well behaved’ (up 3% from last year)
91% agree or strongly agree that ‘the school deals effectively with bullying’ (up 4% from last year)
It goes without saying that we will continue to strive for further improvement in all areas. And thank you, as ever, to all parents and carers for continuing to provide complementary nurturing and encouraging environments for our students at home.
Goodbye to Miss Beale
Our best wishes to Miss Beale, PE teacher and Head of Year 11, who leaves to become Lead Teacher of PSCHE at an Alternative Provision school in Cheltenham after half-term. Miss Beale has consistently challenged Year 11 to meet the highest standards while supporting them in all aspects of school life - she will be much missed.
Bulletin - Summer Term 1
Under 13s National Cup Cricket
The Year 8 cricket team march on in the National Cup having put Oakham Independent School to the sword. We travelled up to Rutland; bowling first, we got them all out for 140, with Charlie Turner and Lukas Yendole both taking 3 wickets. The boys chased down the total in 21 overs for 2 wickets with Dylan Driscoll, Saif Dogar, Lukas and Charlie all getting runs. We will try and win the next round against King Edward’s School, Birmingham in the first week back.
Mr Barnes and Mr Palmer
At the start of May, a group of Year 7 students visited Abingdon School to meet Chris Bradford, author of the ‘Young Samurai’ and ‘Bodyguard’ series. Chris is a great writer, and a brilliant speaker. He told us all about how he practices ‘method writing’, and will only write a story when he understands the subject first hand. For research he has trained to a high level as a swordsman, ninja and bodyguard. This makes his books very authentic, but also means he has a lot of amazing things to share with anyone who comes to see him speak.
He showed us his katana (a samurai sword) and just how much training you need to use one. He even taught us some basic body guarding skills, and our own Kacie Naylor was point-person for his protection team, with official sunglasses and everything!
Afterwards we had the chance to have our books signed and talk to Chris directly. It was a great event, and all our Year 7 students were excellent representatives of Wheatley Park School.
A huge thank you to Mr Heritage for driving us to and from the event, to Mr Gardner and Abingdon School for having us, and of course to Chris for such an amazing day!
Many Thanks to the PTA
This year the PTA have given fantastic support to our school library and to literacy at Wheatley Park. In addition to our usual Bookbuzz program, which gives a new book to each Year 7 student as they start school, they have organised the donation and purchase of a huge number of books to add to the library, which have really bolstered our stock and added real value to the reading our students have been doing. School libraries are such an important part of any literacy program and the PTA have recognised and supported that work this year wonderfully. Thank you!
Mr J Ansell
CALENDAR AND EVENTS
END OF SUMMER TERM 1
BEGINNING OF SUMMER TERM 2 - WEEK 1
YR 12 A LEVEL COURSES COMMENCE
A LEVEL BUSINESS: BMW VISIT, 9am-12.30pm
OXFORD BROOKES YR 8 CORE CHALLENGE SESSION 1, 8.55am-10.55am
SAT 09-TUE 12.06.18
DoE GOLD PRACTICE EXPEDITION
UCAS PARENTS INFORMATION EVENING, 6-8pm, SFCR
OXFORD BROOKES YR 8 CORE CHALLENGE SESSION 2, 8.55am-10.55am
YR 12 FUTURES DAY, 8.30am-3PM
YR 9 DRAMA PERFORMANCE, 6-9pm, ROOM 015
SAT 16-SUN 17.06.18
DoE BRONZE QUALIFYING EXPEDITION
YR 11 CELEBRATION ASSEMBLY, 1-3pm
YR 10 DRAMA EXAM PARENTS VIEWING, 3-5pm
DRAMA TRIP: 'HAIRSPRAY', 6.15-11PM
YR 9 GCSE GEOGRAPHY OXFORD VISIT, 8.30am-3pm
OXFORD BROOKES YR 8 CORE CHALLENGE SESSION 3, 8.55am-10.55am
6TH FORM CHERWELL BOATHOUSE LEAVERS DINNER, 7-11pm
YR 11 BALL, 7.30-11pm
YR 9 SEXUAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY, 8.30am-3pm
YR 4/5 OPEN MORNING, 8.30-11am
SUMMER MUSIC CONCERT, 6.30-8.30pm, OLD HOUSE
6TH FORM INDUCTION DAY, 8.30am-3pm
SUMMER ART SHOW, 5pm-7pm, OLD HOUSE
SAT 30.06-WED 04.07.18
DoE GOLD ASSESSED EXPEDITION
TOP LINK PRIMARY SPORTS FESTIVAL, 8.30am-1.20pm
YR 8 BUSHCRAFT PARENT MEETING, 7-8pm, SFCR
LOWER SCHOOL AWARDS, 7.30-9pm
YR 6 TRANSITION DAY 1, 8.30am-3pm
STEVENSONS SCHOOL UNIFORM SHOP FOR YEARS 7-8-9, 3-7.30pm, JMC
YR 6 TRANSITION DAY 2, 8.30am-3pm
WED 20-Fri 29.06.18
YR 10 TRIAL EXAMS
SPORTS DAY 1 & 2
TUE 10-WED 11.07.18
AS BIOLOGY EDEN PROJECT
FULL GOVERNING BODY, 6-8pm
YR 12 EPQ STUDENTS TO BROOKES LIBRARY, 11.30am-3pm
TUE 10-SAT 14.07.18
SANDS SHOW 'FOOTLOOSE', MAIN HALL
MON 16-FRI 20.07.18
YR 12 PROFESSIONAL WORK PLACEMENT WEEK
TUE 17-THU 19.07.18
YR 7 CAMP
BIG LEARNING DAY 2
BIG LEARNING DAY 3
END OF SUMMER TERM 2, 12.15pm