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
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.
22nd April - New Term starts
24th & 25 April - Dance Show
30th April - Walderslade's Got Talent
1st May - Year 13 Music Recital
5th May - Bank Holiday
9th May - Year 11 Celebration Event
12th May - GCSEs begin for Years 10 & 11
21st May - "HOW" PTFA Meeting (All welcome)
21st May - Year 13 Leavers' Lunch
22nd May - Term ends
23rd May - Staff Development Day
Improved Text Messaging System for Parents - and you can help the school save money. Click here for more details.
6 girls represented Walderslade in the Medway Cross country team in the Kent Cross Country Championships in Dartford on Saturday 18th January.
To be selected for this race is an achievement in itself and our girls were a credit to the school. They were Emily Featherstone, Codie Groves (Y7), Amy Berry and Jessica Msaters (Y9) and Ellise Kempster and |Brittany McKenzie from (Y10/11) . Particular congratulations to Emily who gained 7th place out of 116. Emily now is in a very strong position to be selected for the Kent team in English Schools race.
On Tuesday the 14th of January the year 7 indoor rowing team won the Kent Indoor Rowing competition, beating a number of highly competitive schools to reach the Kent finals. This is an outstanding achievement for the four students; Emily Featherstone, Grace Okunfulure, Elise Johnson, and Chloe Iles who won the competition by over 300 meters.
The year 7 rowing team were able to compete in the Kent rowing competition as a result of winning the Medway competition. They will now move on to the Kent finals, an achievement never before accomplished by an indoor rowing team at Walderslade Girls School.
On Thursday the 16th of January the Under 13 basketball team won the Medway Basketball competition, winning every game that they participated in. The girls performed exceptionally well and should be congratulated for their hard work and unity. The Walderslade Girls team was made up of highly talented individuals who pulled together to make some excellent performances. Most notably against Rainham Girls who they pipped to victory in the last 30 seconds. Special mention should go to Jordan Toomey who scored a number of important points from distance, and Fiyin Joseph who worked incredibly hard when defending making her a formidable opponent.