Walderslade Girls' School | Bradfields Avenue | Chatham | ME5 OLE

Tel: (01634) 861596 | Fax: (01634) 666506

Email: office@waldersladegirls.org.uk

Headteacher: Mrs L. McGowan BMus MA NPQH

Walderslade Girls' School

Specialist College for Humanities and the Arts

Message from the Governors

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: governors@waldersladegirls.org.uk

Headteacher’s Welcome

Mrs McGowan

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.

Louise McGowan


Sports Day 2014

Super 8s Athletics 2014

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This Term

03 Sep - Staff Development Day

04 Sep - Term 1 begins for Year 7, also Year 12 enrolment

05 Sep - Term 1 begins for Years 8 to 11, also Year 13 enrolment

10 Sep - "HOW" PTFA Meeting 6:00 to 7:00pm

16 Sep - Keep Calm & Cook 3:15 to 5:00pm

16 Sep - Year 12 Parents' Information Evening 6:00 to 7:30pm

17 Sep - School Photographs

25 Sep - Year 11 Parents' Information Evening 6:00 to 7:30pm

30 Sep - Keep Calm & Cook 3:15 to 5:00pm

01 Oct - Year 10 Parents' Evening 4:30 to 7:00pm

09 Oct - Year 7 Tea Party 3:15 to 5:00pm

12 to 18 Oct - Key Stage 4 & 5 MFL Trip to Normandy

14 Oct - Open Evening 6:00 to 8:30pm. School closes at 12:30pm on this day

15 to 17 Oct - Open Mornings 9:00am to 12:00pm

16 Oct - BTEC Dance Trip

22 Oct - Walderslade Wednesday 3:30 to 5:00pm

22 Oct - Term 1 ends

23 & 24 Oct - Staff Development Days