Blog week ending 18th June

Posted on: 18/06/2021

Our WG6 Team have delivered a programme of taster lessons, visiting speakers and interactive session for our Year 12 Futures Week.

Coaching sessions were provided to help support students make their next step decisions including an interview skills workshop as well as support in drafting personal statements for university applications and understanding apprenticeships.

Miss Agyemang delivered a Studying Sociology and Criminology at University session with a group of keen year 12 students.  It was a highly interactive session that saw students track the life course of individuals from different backgrounds and discuss the extent to which our pathways are predetermined. The session also gave a valuable insight into post-18 options at a variety of universities and conversations on the career prospects available to Sociology and Criminology graduates. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative afternoon!


A Landscape Architecture talk was delivered by Tom La Dell, from Landscape Architecture & Ecology at Stocks.


A speaker from City University London delivered a talk on ‘studying in London’ providing an insight into university life and highlighting factors for students to consider when making their university choices.


Dr Sweeney (based at WGSB) delivered an instructive and interactive session to students who are planning to pursue a career in Medicine.  Dr Sweeney spoke frankly and from first-hand experience about the enrolment process and university requirements, providing a clear insight into what is required and support to follow their chosen pathway.


Mrs Tiddy along with Ms Wakeling and Miss Smith delivered workshops on interview skills and techniques and how to make the best of yourself whether it is for university, apprenticeship or employment. They all provided tips and guidance to ensure students make the most of every opportunity along the whole application process as well as how to be reflective and learn from any mistakes.


G6Our Y10 GCSE Musicians are continuing work on their own compositions. An essential part of the process is to experiment and develop their original composition idea; for example, this can be done by altering the pitch or adding new instruments to layer the sound.  Mr Wilkinson is really impressed with the way that the students have approached the project and how they have used a wide range of stimuli as inspiration for their final piece.  Mr Wilkinson is pictured sporting his rather wonderful musical note mask and tie combo!







Our Art Department would like to share a small selection of the excellent pieces from the recent examinations;

Year 7: Koi Fish Ink Drawings (Year 7 Art Exam June 2021)

Year 8: Escher’s Eye: Tonal Drawing (Year 8 Art Exam June 2021)

Year 9: Skull Drawing: Using Ink (Year 9 Art Exam June 2021)

Portraits: GCSE

Year 9s were researching illustrator artist’s such as Dan Hillier and viewing anatomical skull drawings from the 19th Century to create intense mark making and detail in their drawings.

All of our KS3 Art students performed brilliantly and gave excellent observed outcomes in the recent art exams at WGSG.

The Art Department have spent quite a large part of their meeting time moderating A level and GCSE Art portfolio’s this term and really enjoyed moderating the KS3 work it was a pleasure to mark and view. Well done Art students at WGSG.

Those receiving 100% should be commended for their excellent input and outstanding achievement for their examination practical in ART.




Y10 Chemistry students have been studying the rate of reactions, which is a measure of how quickly a reactant is used or a product is formed. In this lesson Mr Dawson demonstrated a range of experiments to explore the rate of reaction, including the disappearing cross experiment, loss of mass and in a third experiment measured the volume of a gas produced over time. 

In the workplace, organisations use ‘rate of reaction’ to enable them to produce the highest yield of their product in the most efficient manner to maximise probability.


Mrs Carwithen’s Y10 Physics students spent a practical lesson investigating mass and balanced forces.  Through their investigation students were able to identify the location of the centre of mass using lines of symmetry.

The principal of centre of mass was used to great effect by an athlete to improve his high jump technique and results.  A TED talk can be watched by clicking here Transcript of "An athlete uses physics to shatter world records" - Bing video




WANTED OLD NEWSPAPERS! In preparation for Enrichment Week later this term, please could you bring any old newspapers into school to be left with the Technology Department.  Information about the schedule of interactive and fun activities planned with be shared with you in due course.

The STEM Hub will be hosting a special virtual event to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day.  Hear from Jo and Michelle, two inspirational Engineering Heroes for a Live Talk on International Women in Engineering Day. These STEM Ambassadors will explain why they chose to pursue careers in Engineering, what challenges they may have faced and why they have a passion for the industry.

At the end of the talk there will be an opportunity to ask Jo and Michelle questions during a live Q&A.

To book your place please visit: International Women in Engineering Day Talk Tickets, Wed 23 Jun 2021 at 13:15 | Eventbrite


Best wishes,

Michelle Lawson

Head Teacher


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