Parents and Carers’ Update - Monday 5th March 2018

Mr. Commander – Assistant Principal with responsibility for teaching and learning writes…

Last Thursday, 1st March, brought ice, snow and the promise of 282 new Year 7 students to WCSA for September 2018. I am really looking forward to welcoming these bright new faces and helping them to become fully engaged with our school community. I would like to start this update by saying how pleased we are with the increase in demand for places at our school. Following on from Mr. Markoutsas’ news on the curriculum last week, this update will focus on broader aspects of the school life.

On a very basic level this will mean coming to school correctly equipped with a well stocked pencil case, PE kit, uniform and planner. These are the basic tools that every student will need to have for them get the most out of lessons and the school day. For both our new and our existing students, tutors check this at the start of the school day to ensure that students are ‘ready to learn’. Importantly students pencil cases should contain:

  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Two blue or black pens
  • Pencil
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Calculator

However, there is much more to school life than pencil cases! To give you a flavour of this I’d like to update you on some of the recent activities at WCSA.

Theatre Thursdays is a chance to see a variety of plays shown in the drama studio, giving the students an opportunity to see real theatre at school. Viewings will vary from past school productions, to professional stage musicals, productions from the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and many more. This is the programme for the remainder of this term:


The excellent Youth Choir is working towards a big performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria with Weston Choral and Ensemble Inspirita at All Saints Church on Saturday, May 12th. In addition to this combined performance, the Youth Choir will also be singing two items on their own. Please put the date in the diary.

Students of Spanish benefitted from workshops on 28th February to boost their confidence and get to grips with key vocabulary and structures in preparation for their speaking exams. All Spanish teachers from PCSA and WCSA were on hand to provide this excellent opportunity for students. After the workshops, students had typical Spanish food and music until the early evening, when the event came to an end with some Spanish karaoke. I left them to it rather than inflicting everyone to my very, very questionable singing skills!

There was a free book swap every break time last week in the Library. Students brought in books and swapped with friends to refresh their reading material. Thanks to Mrs. Sellers for organising this and for co-ordinating World Book Day events. Students were also given a £1 World Book Day voucher by tutors to mark the event.

Students who attended science club last week really enjoyed learning how to make ‘plastic’ out of milk. The strange substance that they produced may need to be refined a little further if it is to solve the world’s packaging problems, but it’s certainly a start! Mrs. Vellenoweth welcomes any new recruits to her afterschool sessions; please check with her for more details.

As a reminder in this cold weather, we welcome students to school in the morning in our Willow Café which serves a variety of hot and cold food from 8am. In the current cold weather this can get quite busy. We also offer a homework club in the Library after school until 4pm. Again, this is a very popular session as students can access IT facilities and get help with work and homework outside of lessons.

Some key dates and reminders for the next few weeks:

  • We have re-scheduled the options evening for Year 8 parents to the 15th March. This was originally due to take place on Thursday March 1st and was postponed due to poor weather.
  • Pre-public exams will take place for our Year 11 students on Monday 12th March. Please see the timetable below.


  • Year 9 options evening will be on Thursday March 8th
  • Evening Study School for Year 11 students will run on Wednesdays and Thursdays 1630 to 1830 during term time until further notice. Students should come to the Library to take advantage of a quiet study space. Please see the letter on the website for more details.

Do please contact me if you would like any information on any of the above. Meanwhile, thank-you for your support of our school.

Best wishes
Mr. Commander
Assistant Principal