We are quickly approaching the summer holidays and the end of our most successful year ever. On Friday 18th July, at the end of period 3, students will have the opportunity to say farewell to their form teacher and friends before beginning a staggered dismissal for the holidays. All students will be offsite by 12:45pm. On Tuesday 2nd September, we welcome students in Year 7 and Year 12 only. College starts for these year groups at 9:50am. On Wednesday 3rd September, College re-opens to all year groups with the usual start time of 8:50am. We wish all our students a safe and happy holiday and look forward to seeing you in September.
We’re celebrating our fantastic Ofsted report and proving that you can have your cake and eat it! We are delighted with the report, published on June 17th, which proves just how GOOD the students, staff and parents are here in Walker. Our OPEN EVENING is on September 25th 2014, from 6pm. We would like to welcome parents of children due to transfer to Secondary School in September 2015 or 2016 (children currently in Years 4 and 5) to have a look around, chat to staff and students and see what Walker Technology College has to offer.
Students joining us in Year 7 in September will be welcomed to the College during a two day transition programme on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th July. The two day programme is packed full of exciting activities designed to make our new students feel at ease in their new school and gives them the opportunity to meet their classmates and teachers before the summer holidays. Letters will be sent to parents later this week. Please use the contact form here or give us a call and speak to Mrs. Scales or Miss Holt if you have any queries.
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”.
The planned World Cup at Walker event went ahead despite the Great British summer weather. In a well fought tournament the final was contested between the Walker PE staff and FoWS Diggers, with the PE staff sneaking a 1-0 victory. A last second missed penalty from Steve Robinson (assisted by Mr Turnbull) meant that the Carrigan Cup could stay at the school. Thanks to all staff, students and families that came along and supported the event.
You can see photos of the event here
On Sunday 11th May, thirteen students from our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) completed a sponsored walk to raise funds for St. Dunstan’s (Blind Veterans UK) and another charity which helps blind children. As always, our cadets were fantastic ambassadors for the CCF and the College and we are grateful to them all for giving up their time for such a worthy cause.
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.