Walderslade Girls' School | Bradfields Avenue | Chatham | ME5 OLE
Tel: (01634) 861596 | Fax: (01634) 666506
Headteacher: Mrs L. McGowan BMus MA NPQH
Specialist College for Humanities and the Arts
As we are approaching the start of a new year, Nigel Scott our Chair of Governors is requesting that any parent considering becoming a Parent Governor of WGS contact him via the governor email: email@example.com
A very warm welcome to Walderslade Girls’ School. As a relatively small 11-18 High School for girls with just over 900 students on roll, including the 6th form, we offer a unique and family friendly environment where every one of our students is known and celebrated for their individual strengths and talents. We are fortunate to have an experienced team of highly qualified and many long-serving staff who are dedicated to the school and to providing the best quality education and pastoral care of all our girls. There are few all- girls high schools catering for students of all abilities within the county of Kent and even fewer who can match the excellent standards of education and examination results that our girls achieve at WGS. Walderslade Girls’ School is consistently amongst the highest performing schools within the area. Ofsted graded WGS as a ‘Good’ school in 2011 and our journey now towards securing an Outstanding grade is nearing completion.
We view ourselves at WGS as ‘progressive traditionalists’. We hold dear the principles, morals and values of kindness, respect, good manners and excellent behaviour. Some might view certain areas of our practice and routines as quaint and traditional, but we educate our girls to take their place in society as well educated, well qualified, articulate and confident young women of the future. Our charming traditions underpin the modern and progressive approach we take towards the curriculum, the promotion of creativity alongside academic rigour, the development of teaching and learning techniques and the wide range of opportunities we provide for our girls to learn both in and outside the classroom.
With so many pressures placed upon young women today, we seek to make our students’ experience of secondary education fun and fulfilling so that the girls will carry fond memories throughout their lives. Our students always have something to plan for and look forward to in a busy calendar of special events, clubs, trips and competitions. Our House system enables every student to feel a sense of belonging to their house family and loyalty to the house is encouraged throughout their time here.
I am so proud of our students and of our wonderful school. Many secondary schools are so large with student numbers of well over a thousand. WGS breaks the mould and prides itself on being small, providing a safe and secure environment and knowing every student well. Many visitors remark on the warm and friendly atmosphere that permeates the whole school. You are warmly invited to come and see that for yourself.
2nd June - New Term starts
27th June - Quiz Night (All welcome)
30th June - Sixth Form Induction Week
4th July - Year 12 Musical Theatre Showcase 6.30pm
7th July - GCSE & A Level Art, Graphics and Photography Exhibition (Evening)
15th July - Sports Day
16th July - "HOW" PTFA Meeting (All welcome)
23rd July - Term ends
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As part of the School Games each school is invited to compete in District competition in Athletics. Eight Year 7 students were selected. Each athlete had to complete a track, field and a relay event so the students had to be good all-rounders in athletics.
Walderslade performed very well and came third overall in Medway and first in the Chatham area, therefore we qualified to take part in the Kent finals in Canterbury. The competition was extremely tough with high quality teams from Tonbridge, Canterbury and Thanet. Walderslade Girls competed at the highest level and combined with Greenacre Boys team beat three teams. Well done to the following girls: Emily Featherstone, Zakiyyah Howell, Elizabeth Sowami, Melanie Sharpe, Elise Johnson, Matilda Walker, Brooke Roostan and Erin Pomphrey.
On Tuesday 15th July all six houses, Curie, Austen, Jebb, Nightingale, Fry and Parks gathered on the field for a 10.45am start with the Parade of Houses. This was a very colourful display and girls had spent much time producing banners and decorations from the day before.
We have such spectacular talent in terms of our athletic team who have worked very hard during the summer term. This was evident not only from the twelve medals we won at District Athletics, but also great depth of talent over the whole school.
Thirty-two students from Years 8-11 took part in the 1500m, the first race which was a fantastic sight. These girls are to be commended running this distance on a very warm July day.