In May, the year 12 BTEC Engineering students were given the opportunity to head down the road to look around the Siemens Power Generation Factory. This trip gave the students a rare insight into the massive scale of some of the mechanical engineering works we have on our door step, right here in Walker. It will hopefully inspire them to consider Engineering as an option for further study or a career path. We'd like to thank Siemens for allowing us to visit.
Our recent assemblies on ‘Selfie-Safety’ included some strong and very worrying messages. Young people interact in an online world where few adults are as competent and proficient as our students. Sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are constantly updating and it can be difficult for teachers and parents to stay on top of the latest recommendations for the safest setting. The www.h2bsafetycentre.com site provides the most up to date information on safety and security in a range of accessible factsheets. The site even refers to individual devices such as iPhone or Android and is well worth a look, even if you think your settings are right!
Students in all year groups are invited to join our new Rounders Club. Meeting every Wednesday after school in the PE block, the club is a great opportunity to have fun with friends, try something new and get fit. Students also have the opportunity to compete in the Newcastle Schools’ League. Please see Miss Liddell for more information.
Our girls were joint winners at the Year 7 School Games 5-a-side football tournament! Courtney, Abbigail, Hannah, Letitia, Keira, Jodie, Megan, Ellie and Jade travelled to Kenton Academy on Wednesday 4th March to battle it out against five other Newcastle schools for first or second place and an opportunity to represent Newcastle at the Level 3 Tyne and Wear School Games on Wednesday 25th March.
‘Evidence suggests that there is a positive relationship between reading enjoyment and attainment.’ Department for Education. A new reading group for Year 7 was launched last week. Students are going to meet once a month to discuss a specific book. The group has been designed to celebrate reading for pleasure as a way of raising attainment and developing the skills required to make progress in all subjects. If you’d like to know more about reading opportunities at Walker Technology College, see Miss Almond.
Some of our Year 12 Sixth Formers have been fortunate enough to secure work experience time with Galliford Try Construction. The students attend one day a week and are working on the £44m redevelopment of Stephenson Quarter by the Clouston Group. Phase 1 of the project includes a 251 bed 4* plus Crowne Plaza hotel, 357 bay multi-storey car park and 35,000 ft2 of grade A office space. This is a great opportunity and one that in the future could lead to a career with this company.
Walker Technology College, Sir Charles Parsons School and St. Antony of Padua are working with digital practitioner, Jeremiah Alexander to undertake a residency with Newcastle City Council Arts team in Walker, in collaboration with ISIS Arts. Working with students from Walker Technology College, Sir Charles Parsons School and St. Antony of Padua, Jeremiah will fuse visual and media art with innovative digital gaming technologies to create a project that explores the heritage and cultural identity of Walker.
My name is Jack; I am currently studying A-Level History, Sociology and Psychology. I attended St. Vincent’s Primary school up until year 4 then went to Whickham until year 7 then moved back to Walker in year 8. Upon returning to Walker, I immediately felt welcomed and relaxed comfortably into the school’s curriculum. This was a massive relief; having moved school twice already, to feel at ease meant a lot.
My name is Lucy and I’m currently in year 13 studying English Literature, Sociology and History. After sixth form I hope to attend university to study History. I joined Walker Technology College as a year 7 in 2008 and naturally chose to join the Sixth Form due to the continued support I received throughout my time in the school.
Our cheerleading squad is always looking for new members. Training sessions are every Thursday from 3pm until 4pm.
All are welcome.
Like it or not, the internet and social networking is here to stay. As your child grows and becomes more independent, it is only natural that they take this independence online. The internet has changed all of our lives, and your child has grown up during this change. Many of the things that confuse, baffle or even scare us, are part of the everyday for them. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much and it’s likely that you’ll be playing catch-up with the way your child is using the internet.
What can you do to help your child stay safe online?
When it comes to GCSE examination success, parents have a right to expect the best teachers for their students; top quality support when they need it most with ambition to reach full potential. We settle for nothing but the best at Walker Technology College. Our starting belief is that every student can pass.
Walker is one of the few schools to have Advanced Skills Teachers in English, Maths and Science. We are also lucky in that we have an Advanced Skills Teacher leading 'The Works'. These teachers are nationally recognised as being in the top 10% of all teachers in the country. Students have achieved outstanding results in these most vital subjects including A* grades at GCSE, even in year 10.
Walker is the only school in the North East running focussed assertive mentoring for Year 11 students. Students are assigned a mentor to guide and support them through the crucial preparation to the final GCSE examinations. This involves regular quality time and support with an outstanding teacher and mentor to help manage the stresses and challenges of the examination season.
The government expects 3 levels of progress in English and Mathematics in secondary school. At Walker Technology College we want more. Our aim for all students is 4 levels of progress in English and Mathematics. What does this mean? If your child achieved a level 5 in their Year 6 KS2 SAT in English or Maths, at Walker we expect our teachers to aim for a grade A at GCSE for that student. Level 6 students will be encouraged to achieve A* at GCSE.
The students at Walker Technology College are better prepared than ever before for the competitive world that faces them following secondary school. Whether they choose to stay on in our own sixth form, move on to college, get an apprenticeship or employment we are confident our teaching, support and ambition will ensure they have the best start in their adult life.