Blog week ending 6th September
Dear Parents and Carers,
It is wonderful to be writing at the end of my first week as Head Teacher at Wilmington Grammar School for Girls and to be able to introduce myself to you all. It has been a superb introduction to the school, with opportunities to meet with all of the students through assemblies and to begin to discuss their learning with them in their lessons.
We celebrated excellent results at both GCSE and A level this summer and it was fantastic to celebrate the success with the students and see their excitement about their plans for their futures. They really did demonstrate the school’s aspiration for the pursuit of excellence and we wish them well.
Over the summer a huge amount of work has been done to continue to develop the school’s infrastructure with big changes to our IT systems and some work on classrooms, as well as the commencement of the Sports Hall and classroom block building project, more news on this as it progresses.
We will be focusing this year on continuing to develop a culture of aspiration which is underpinned by students’ respect for themselves and one another, whilst pursuing excellence in all things. In particular our focus will be on the development of effective study habits, particularly when it comes to retaining and applying knowledge within their learning.
It was with great pleasure that we welcomed all of the students back to school on Wednesday and they certainly looked very smart and keen to be back to school. They have made a really positive start to the term already, and it was a pleasure going into lessons to see the enthusiasm and focus displayed.
The move of Form Time to the morning provides Form Tutors with the opportunity to ensure that all students are ready for the day. All of the assemblies and PSHE will take place during this time.
We look forward to welcoming parents to our Expectation Evenings. These allow us to meet with you to outline and discuss our plans early in the academic year. They take place on the following dates:
Year 12 10th September
Year 10 19th September
Year 8 25th September
Year 7 1st October
Year 9 will have an Options and Expectations Evening – further details will be available in due course.
We are delighted to introduce Mr David Marchant, our new Deputy Head Teacher who joins us from Weald of Kent Girls’ Grammar School and brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise. For information on all of our Senior Leadership team please see our website here
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our Head Students for the 2019-2020 academic year. Following an intensive period of interviews and student presentations our four Head Students have been elected – Jonathan Bateman, Jess Routley, James Garvey and Lori Squirrell. Each will hold a role responsible for different aspects of school life and will be supported by other WG6 student prefects and WG6 staff. The Head Students have provided more information about themselves and their areas of involvement below;
I’m Jonathan Bateman and have been at Wilmington since Year 7 and I’m excited to be a head student this year as we look at improving house events and PSHE, amongst other things. Currently I am studying maths, physics, government & politics and history and am hoping to read philosophy, politics and economics at university. Since December I have been a member of Kent Youth Council and have worked on projects involving transport and mental health, as well as having a wider interest in politics, football and cricket.
Hi, my name is James Garvey and I am one of your new head students. I play rugby outside of school, representing both my club and Kent county, which I have been doing for the last six years. I also help coach the younger groups at my club. Whilst in this role I hope to help motivate students to try and become more active in House activities and help promote the Wilmington Grammar sense of community throughout the school.
Hello, my name is Lori Squirrell and I am delighted to be your head girl for the academic year 2019-20. One of my main aims as head girl is to reform PSHE across all years, making it more useful and engaging whilst teaching more life skills which will benefit students in the future. Part of this includes being healthy and keeping good fitness, something I am passionate about. After leaving Wilmington I am planning to work towards an investment and finance degree as an apprentice.
Hi I’m Jess Routley, I’ve been at Wilmington since Year 7. As head girl I will be promoting more extracurricular activities and focus on the wellbeing of our students. I have lots of ideas of different house activities that we can launch to make sure that everybody is represented that will utilise their skills around the school. I spend most of my spare time at dancing groups and going to musicals as I am a massive musical theatre enthusiast with hopes to become a professional performer.
Our new Year 7 Students are settling in, getting to know their surroundings with a special orienteering task and enjoying a taster Yoga lesson as well as embarking on their new timetable of lessons. The below photos were taken on their first day at Wilmington Grammar School for Girls.
The new WG6 Y12 students spent their first day, problem solving, being challenged by exciting new activities and making friends during teambuilding sessions. The day was planned to provide a positive introduction to their A level studies and familiarise students with the campus, staff and their peers.
Finally, I would like to share with you something that underpins my own vision for education and that is a quote by Michelangelo, “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark”. This is something that I believe is at the very heart of the values of Wilmington Grammar School for Girls and will be foundational in my leadership of this outstanding school.
Very best wishes,