Dear Parents/Carers and Students
This is such a busy time of year for the Willink Sixth Form. Following the rush to complete university applications, we are delighted to announce that our students are being offered conditional places by top universities once again – almost on a daily basis. Our particular congratulations go to Elizabeth Holdcroft (Oxford, mathematics), Oliver Wisett (Cambridge, natural sciences) and Henry Wright (Cambridge, computer science) who have successfully gained Oxbridge places for September 2017. Meanwhile last week year 11s were smartly dressed for their mock interviews (some fantastic reviews by our visiting team of interviewers) and are now having their interviews for the Sixth Form for September. The cycle goes on.
Please do remember to refer to the Trips and Visits tab on our website for current information; it provides details of trips that have taken place, those planned for this year and those approved for next.
Finally, just a reminder of this week’s Parent Forum (6.30pm, Thursday in the Drama Studio). Please do come along if you wish to provide feedback on the school and quiz the Head! As always we welcome your comments.
Happy New Year! I do hope you had a relaxing and congenial Christmas break.
Term started on Thursday with our annual Celebration of Success event; a grand title for an enjoyable informal occasion where last year’s school leavers return to meet staff and fellow students to catch-up and tell stories of life at university and beyond Willink. Abi Spoor, Tabitha James and Amy Stewart shared this year’s A Level Achievement Award – each achieving two A*and an A grade in the summer 2016 exams. We, of course, wish all our leavers all the very best.
Continuing on a positive theme, we received confirmation, just before the break, that our examination results in 2016 were “above average” (top 30% nationally) in value added terms. For full details please look at the DFE Performance Tables.
Finally, we warmly welcome Mrs Eddy as Teacher of English and welcome back Mrs Lawrence, from maternity leave, as Head of Music and Tutor for 7S.
Welcome to the very first edition of We Link, our new fortnightly summary e-newsletter. This has been a particularly busy term! Congratulations to our new Year 7 students who have made a tremendous start to life at Willink – and as I write this are off to the pantomime to see Snow White. Although staff and students are all looking forward to a well-earned rest, we are eagerly anticipating the Annual Christmas Cabaret on Thursday which you are very welcome to attend.
Sadly we are saying farewell to a few staff at the end of term: Mrs Parkes (science) and Mr Parkes (music) are moving to Cambridgeshire, Dr Lancaster (science) is uprooting to the USA, and Mrs Holloway (English) begins her maternity leave. Mrs Randall (learning support) is also leaving us. We wish our Christmas leavers all the very best.
Please remember that school closes at 12.40pm on Friday 16 December. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a restful Christmas Holiday and look forward to welcoming students back to school on Wednesday January 4th.