The Dome is back! We are delighted to be heading back to The Dome on Friday 19th December to celebrate the end of an outstanding term and the start of what we hope will be a fantastic Christmas break. Students will be dismissed from The Dome at approximately 12:15pm. College re-opens to all students at 9:50am on Tuesday 6th January 2015.
Merry Christmas everyone!
The WTC Christmas season kicked off in style on Friday when the staff wore their Christmas jumpers to work. Snowmen, Santa Claus, bells and baubles were everywhere as staff jingle-jangled their way through the day. All donations went to support a good cause locally.
Things are hotting up in the Stephenson ‘No Cs for Me’ competition. Designed to reduce detentions in Stephenson School, form classes are competing against each other to get the fewest detentions in a week. A range of exciting prizes are available and students with no Cs in a term could win a tablet computer! So far, it has had a dramatic effect in reducing detentions. Stephenson students continue to Stand Out From The Crowd!
Christmas is rapidly approaching and staff are working hard to ensure that this is a very special time of year for students at Walker Technology College. Our festive programme brings together staff, students and the community to celebrate the festive season together. Activities include ice-skating, carol services, concerts, assemblies and the age-old Walker tradition of Country Dancing.
Click here for full programme.
The Creative Writing Group has continued again this year and there has been some excellent work produced so far. The image to the right was used as inspiration to write two fantastic poems (click here to read them). Building on the success of previous years, there is another Writers' Retreat being organised for later this school year. Early plans are to spend a few days in June at Hutton Roof with professional writer, Sheree Mack. Students who come along to the Creative Writing Group will be chosen first to go on this trip. If you are an aspiring writer or just interested in writing for fun, see Mr Webster or come along fortnightly on Wednesdays!
On 19th November, some of our high-flying Year 7&8 students took part in an Architecture day. There were a whole range of challenges for the students including one which involved building massive structures with nothing but wooden sticks and rubber bands. Some of the structures almost touched the sports hall roof; that’s nearly 7 metres high! The day was great fun and we'd like to thank Sir Charles Parsons for allowing us to use their Sports Hall for the day.
Please click here for more photos from the day.
The Engineering students at Walker Technology College would like to say a huge thank you to the charity Legs4Africa for lending them 26 prosthetic limbs to help them in their studies. The charity was started by surfer Tom Williams who, after a trip to The Gambia in West Africa, became aware of the desperate need for prosthetic limbs not only in The Gambia but across Africa as a whole.
Click here to find out how students at WTC and Legs4Africa are working together.
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.
Walker Technology College is the most improved school in the City so it's no surprise that places are filling up fast for entry to Year 7 in September 2015. The deadline for applications is 31st October 2014. Please contact the College, the City Council or your child's primary school for information.
Katie is one of nineteen students in the Sixth Form who have been successful in their application to Northumbria University for the NU Entry programme. This scheme supports applications to Higher Education and helps students to reach their full potential. She is also undertaking a work placement with the younger children at Sir Charles Parsons School to gain experience and help prepare for her University application. “This opportunity with Northumbria University and the work placement at Sir Charles Parsons School will take me closer to reaching my dream of becoming a qualified Children’s Nurse”.
Our cheerleading squad is always looking for new members. Training sessions are every Thursday from 3pm until 4pm.
All are welcome.
In a very competitive game, our academy team managed to add to the silverware that has already been acquired this season by our Year 8 and Year 10 football teams. With the youngest squad in the 6th form league, this group of players is showing real signs of a team on the up, who are all ready to kick on and prove themselves again next season with more success.
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.