Wednesday 23rd October saw Tim Krul visit Walker Technology College as part of his support for the Playstation Schools Cup. Throughout the day special sessions were laid on by Playstation, including coaching sessions and the opportunity to play in the Playstation Hub. In the afternoon our Under 13 boys played Shotton Hall and managed a hard fought 3-2 victory. A good day all round and a fantastic experience for our students..
See Photo album here
The College will be closed to all students on Wednesday 4th December. This is a staff training day to replace the scheduled training day on Friday 22nd November. A letter has been sent to all parents. College will re-open on Thursday 5th December as normal.
Rations, air raid sirens and the eerie sound of explosives - the morning of Remembrance Day was certainly one to remember for our Year 7 students. Performances and memories were shared; messages to fallen soldiers were written on poppies and crosses reverently placed beside the flagpoles. All Year 7 students paid their respects and the two minute silence was immaculately observed, punctuated as ever by the mournful call of the Last Post. Photographs of this beautiful event are available in the Remembrance Day 2013 photo album. Please click here.
Certificates from your 2013 GCSE exams are ready to be collected. I would be grateful if you could arrange for the collection of these as soon as possible. If you cannot collect these in person, you can authorise someone else to collect them on your behalf but they must have a letter from you giving them permission. Guidance states that schools should only keep these certificates for a period of twelve months, so please ensure that you pick them up. Mrs. Burn, Exams Officer
Mr. Bickerdike accompanied five fabulous WTC students on a visit to Cambridge University. The visit, organised by the local authority, gives students the opportunity to experience life at a top university. With a 7am start and a 5 hour coach trip, it was a tiring but hugely rewarding day/experience for all involved.
Well done to all of the students who have regularly attended Success4All's Independent Study Hub at Walker Technology College this year. A small awards celebration took place with certificates and vouchers to show how proud we are of the students who voluntarily put in extra effort into their studies after school hours..
This year, we are celebrating our BEST EVER GCSE results and would like to offer our congratulations to our wonderful students who worked so hard and deserve their success. With a staggering 12% improvement on last year and fantastic results in Years 9 and 10 too, our students are proving they have what it takes to achieve their dreams. You can read more about our results, and results across the city, on the Newcastle City Council website https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/news-story/gcse-success-city
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.