Walthamstow School for Girls

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Press Release

Another GCSE record-breaking year for Walthamstow School for Girls!

GCSE students at Walthamstow School for Girls continue to buck the trend having achieved amongst the school’s best ever GCSE results for the fourth year running, despite a 2.1% dip in national results. Provisionally, 77% have attained success at A*-C grade in five or more subjects including English and mathematics, and 74.4% achieved 5+ A*-C grades in English Language and mathematics (the previous way school results were measured).  80% of entrants obtained 5 or more A*-C grades whilst 29% of GCSE entries were A*/A grades and 25% of entrants achieved five or more A* or A grades.   Results in the Ebacc. subjects are up by 3.3% to 48.3%.

Walthamstow School for Girls has well exceeded the reported national average in mathematics results with 82% of students achieving A*-C grades. 27% of mathematics grades at WSFG were A* or A.   The students also shone in English with 90 % achieving A*-C grades, with 39% of WSFG students achieving A* or A grades.  The school won two national awards during the last academic year as one of the highest achieving schools in the country for pupil progress and achievement and also features in the 2016 Good Schools Guide.

Students arrived early on 25th August to collect their results and the girls were brimming with pride and excitement at their grades.  Headteacher, Meryl Davies, paid tribute to the girls saying “I am so proud of our students; yet again our hard-working and capable girls have achieved the examination success they deserve and which will stand them in good stead for their future education and careers.  I also acknowledge the part played by the high calibre, dedicated teaching and support staff at the school, without whom these results would not have been possible, and also our supportive parents and carers.  Last year the school won several national awards for achievement and I am delighted to see that our results have improved still further this year.”



EBacc subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Modern Foreign Language





Dear Parents and Carers,

On our final day of term, I would like to thank all of our staff, students and yourselves for contributing to yet another exciting and successful year at WSFG. I have been very proud of our achievements this year; each and every one of the school’s students always give their best in whatever activity they are involved, not just in their learning but also in the range of extra-curricular activities and opportunities on offer at WSFG. It was a pleasure to speak to the girls at last week’s Year 9 transition event in the Greek Theatre, and attend a small Year 7 presentation on Monday of girls who had made excellent progress in their literacy work over the year. What a glorious ending to this academic year!

 We were disappointed that our annual Sports Day had to be cancelled due to the weather - the rain cloud managed to burst overhead just as the girls had reached the Pool and Track, only to have to return right back to school.  Thank you to Ms Wood who worked very hard on the arrangements and preparation for the afternoon. 

 However, the Summer Musical Evening made up for this disappointment on Monday evening. What a magnificent evening it was! With a packed hall and programme to match, the audience of families, our girls and staff were entertained for almost three hours by our talented students. This included many individual and small group performances, alongside musical ensembles, the Battle of the Bands award winning Grey Coverage, an orchestra of almost fifty players - and three steel pan bands which managed to once more raise the roof! “Our girls can move mountains” was tweeted by an audience member. 

 Congratulations to Ms Eveleigh’s tutor group, 7G, whose year round attendance currently stands at nearly 97% - the highest in the school. We have achieved an overall school attendance figure of 94.5% to June this year.

 Finally, at this time of year, we say farewell to colleagues who have contributed hugely to the school, and this year is no exception. Ms Howie, Art/ADT is taking up a position in a primary school in Lambeth, Mr Laxton, our Out of Hours Lettings Co-ordinator, has left following a promotion at his daytime post, working with the London Symphony Orchestra, based at the Barbican Centre, Ms Azlan and Mr Carter, valued members of our support staff, will also be leaving us.  Many parents will know Ms Finamore, our Community Liaison Officer who has been at the school for seven years and has now decided to take early retirement – we wish her a long and happy retirement and hope that she will continue her links with the school through our Alumnae Committee and in many other ways.  We will also be saying farewell to some of our teachers on temporary contracts, several of whom have been covering for staff on maternity leave:  Ms Singleton, Ms Azam, Ms Amoakohene and Ms Csordas, and we thank them all for the contribution they have made to life at WSFG.  All of these colleagues will be missed.  

 One major change that will affect everyone in the school community is that Mr Straker will be stepping down from his role as Deputy Headteacher.  Luckily we will not be losing him from the school, as he has taken the decision, rather than to retire completely, to continue in his role as Teacher of Economics and Mathematic.  Mr Straker has worked at Walthamstow School for Girls for thirty years and has been Deputy Headteacher since March 2012.  He is held in enormously high esteem by all his colleagues, students past and present and their parents/carers and I am personally extremely grateful for the dedication and hard work he has given to the school during his time as my Deputy Headteacher and throughout the years; his was the very first staffing appointment I made on my arrival at WSFG and I am very pleased he will be continuing with us in September.  

 I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff, those leaving and those remaining, for their hard work and commitment to the school. We have made some excellent appointments of new colleagues, and they will be introduced to you in the first Greensheet of the autumn term.

 Finally, I would like to thank you all for your support and loyalty to your daughter’s school and wish you and your families a safe and happy summer break.

 Best wishes

 Meryl Davies


 Information for Students, Parents / Carers


The first day of the Autumn Term for students is Friday 2nd September 2016
2nd September is the start of term for ALL students.

School starts for the new Year 7 at 9.30am and they will be with their Tutors all day until dismissal at 3.30pm.

Year 7 assembly 9.30am Hewitt Hall with HT

Year 7 assembly 3.15pm Norris Hall with SPL.     

Dismissed from assembly.Lunch will be at 12.25pm for Year 7.

School starts for Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 at 1.30pm 

 and they will be with their tutors all afternoon until dismissal at 3.30pm.

Year 10 assembly 1.35pm Hewitt Hall with HT.

Year 9 assembly 2.00pm Hewitt hall with HT.

Year 11 assembly 2.30pm Hewitt Hall with HT.

Year 8 assembly 3.00pm Hewitt Hall with HT.

All Students are expected in FULL uniform.
Normal lessons resume Monday 5th September

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