Walthamstow School for Girls

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Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had another busy week with several trips and events taking place both within the school and elsewhere. A group of prize winners visited the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden today to see a production of the dramatic Il Trovatore. Also on Thursday our ball girls in the Wheelchair Tennis masters showed off their new kit before their next training session at the NEC.  

On Wednesday evening, our two Year 10 representatives, Ella Palmer and Eve Billington, delivered their speeches at the Jack Petchey Speakout Final at Willowfield School in front of over two hundred guests. They both did themselves and the school credit. Ella came second overall out of all the seventeen finalists from all the borough’s secondary schools. Many congratulations to both of them. This is how their Speakout trainer described their performance:

Ella did the most exquisite, polished performance. It is really hard to go first and she absolutely nailed it! I was so proud of her. Well done to Eve, I hope she realises what she achieved coming along with no notice and giving such an excellent speech, fantastic.

Congratulations to the new Parent Governor, Graham Clifford. Mr Clifford is currently the Headteacher of a local primary school and feels with his skill-set he will support our work towards achieving and ‘outstanding’ judgement from Ofsted next time the inspectors visit. As a father of a Year 7 student, he says he is already highly impressed with the school and is proud to be a part of the governing body. He will meet the rest of the team next Tuesday evening at out next full Governors Meeting.

 On Thursday evening we are proud to welcome back our former Year 11 students who did exceedingly well in the summer GCSE examinations. As you know, these results were once more record breaking. We recently received data about the performance of the girls in WSFG as compared to the performance of students nationally. At this stage the data is ‘unvalidated’ as it does not take into account any changes as a result of remarks, for example, so we expect our finalised school data to be even higher. So far WSFG is amongst the top thirty non selective schools out of 3381 nationally for combined progress and attainment, and amongst the top seventeen when Progress 8/ Attainment 8/ 5A*-C and EBacc are all measured. We are also one of only two community comprehensives in this list, the other being in West Sussex.

Best wishes

Meryl Davies






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