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Our next Open Evening is on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 (5.15 pm to 8.30 pm) for those families seeking admission for September 2019..the school's culture of respect for all and positive relationships, summarised succinctly in "do your best and be nice" (Ofsted, 2017)OUTSTANDING: Effectiveness of leadership and management (Ofsted, 2017)OUTSTANDING: Personal development, behaviour and welfare (Ofsted, 2017)“Governors and staff promote positive relationships combined with high aspirations for themselves and pupils” (Ofsted, 2017)"The behaviour of pupils is outstanding" (Ofsted, 2017)



Dear Parents and Carers

if you are a Parent or Carer of a Year 11 student, you will no doubt be pleased that the intensive GCSE exam period is now over. The final exam, Design Technology - Product Design finished this morning. Many students finished a few days earlier than today and I am sure that there has been a huge sigh of relief in each and every family as the final exam was completed. So, everything is done and we await the results on Thursday 23 August. I hope that you will be able to join us on the day to celebrate the opening of the envelope!

For some families the end of Year 11 will signal the end of an era - the last son/daughter through Warden Park! Although I have only been here to share Year 11 I would like to thank you for your support of Warden Park throughout all of the last five years. I sincerely hope that your expectations for what secondary education would offer your child have been exceeded here at Warden Park. Thank you to those who have written to me and my staff to pass on thanks and best wises, it is very much appreciated and it is a real boost to my staffs morale. If there is feedback you want to give me, positive or things for us to improve, I would be happy to hear from you. Very best wishes to you and your family if this is indeed the end of the Warden Park experience for you.

Thank you to all who attended Year 7 Parents' Evening last night, 95.9% of the Year 7 parents were in attendance which is fantastic. This strong partnership between home and school is so important in ensuring that your child feels safe and supported in working to achieve their very best. I hope that your child will be able to act on the advice given so that he/she gets to end of term proud of what has been accomplished and ready to make the jump to Year 8.

A new era of relationships starts on Monday with the induction evening for parents of students who will be starting Year 7 in September. A very warm welcome to new members of our school community.

Well done to Year 10 who have completed formal exams in the setting of the Sports Hall this week. This will have given them a taste of the process they will experience in the Autumn term during GCSE mock exams and then again next Summer. I hope it was a positive experience and that by going through the process now your child will feel less intimidated by the setting and formality that goes along with GCSE examinations. 

There are some great events to look forward to coming up in the calendar in the very near future, Enrichment week and Sports Day to name just two. Preparation for these two are in their final stages and I hope the current spell of good weather will continue!

Best of luck to England on Sunday against Panama!

Mr D Kenrick, Headteacher

Power of Music Festival
Last weekend, a number of our students performed at the Power of Music Festival at the Orchards in Haywards Heath.  Earlier this week, we received this lovely email from Ruth de Mierre that we would like to share with you.

"We truly can’t thank you enough for making this last weekend so very very special!  Truly, music is the most powerful ‘food of love’ and a great deal more – even if you did make me shed a tear at the end.  We are so very lucky to have such wonderful talent right here amongst us all.

You were just amazing and the warmth and friendship was so evident amongst all the audience and the shoppers walking through – everyone had a smile on their face and felt better and all because of YOU.

Thank you again; we’re so very grateful to each and every one of you for bringing such joy.

With very best wishes"

Ruth de Mierre, MSDC Councillor and Member of the Haywards Heath Town Team

Code Girls make the Digital Genius Summit!

Last Friday it was an absolute pleasure to see 10 students from Warden Park Secondary present their views of their future education and dreams to a packed audience of 300 people.  The Education Summit took place at the  Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of Sussex.

The girls had taken up a Digital Genius challenge. Click here to find out more!

They were an absolute credit to themselves and represented Warden Park brilliantly. From Code Girls (Albion in the Community) to our Digital Genius Challenge, the girls are learning so much about future employment and working in STEM.

Watch out for more on this active group of Digital Leaders as they take on support for Primary schools.


Mr D. Thomas & Mrs P Stroud 


Hi Folks,

I hope you are all enjoying our lovely weather?  

I have been enjoying more walking since our dog walking club started. I have loved coming to see you in the lunch break. If you would like to join us, meet Miss Bell in Additional Learning at lunchtimes on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays or join us on our way round!

Look forward to seeing you all.

Your pal, Oakley


Friends of Warden Park and the Kindness Council are organising a recycling event. We need good-quality second-hand clothes, paired shoes, bags, handbags, linen, towels, soft toys (full list available from: http://uk.bag2school.com/what-we-collect). Collection bags available from reception and Kindness Council members, but donations can be made in any bags.

Main collection will be on Monday, 25 June when FOWP will be on hand to take bags from you.   Please drop off at the Drama Hut (adjacent to the tennis courts) at morning drop off (7 am to 9 am) or afternoon drop off (2.30 pm to 5 pm). Please, please support us!

Continuing the recycling theme – Friends are now selling ecoffee cups at all their events that include refreshments (parent consultation evenings, concerts and shows). Bring along your own cup to use for cheaper tea and coffee – better still, buy one of our lovely sustainably produced, fully recyclable, leak-proof cups in a range of colours and patterns, and get your tea/coffee free for that purchase. Cups are 14 oz in size and cost £8 each.

Thank you for your continued support.

Friends of Warden Park

Warden Park host their first competitive boccia match!

Warden Park hosted Woodlands Meed College last week for their first competitive match.

The match was closely fought with Woodlands Meed winning 6-3. The Warden Park team demonstrated fantastic skill and team work during the match as well as high levels of sportsmanship. The majority of the team have only just started playing the sport and they took on responsibility of refereeing and scoring

Mr Simpson, SEN Teacher

Is Brighton thriving? Our Geographers went to investigate!

Year 10 geographers carried out an investigation in Brighton 13/14th June to research "Is Brighton thriving"?  This is in preparation for their GCSE exams. Students on Wednesday definitely had the best weather.  Pictures are of students carrying out an investigation in Duke Street and the last 2 photos are students carrying out field sketches of the regeneration of New England Quarter. 

refer to website for more comprehensive information 

2 - 6 July 2018 inclusive - Work Experience Week

4, 5, 6 July 2018 - Enrichment days

9 - 13 July 2018 - Paris homestay trip

13 July 2018 - Sports Day (reserve day, 12 July 2018)

12 July 2018 - Summer Concert *new date*

20 July 2018 - Term ends with early finish - students dismissed at 1 pm

3 September 2018 - Inset day, Academy closed to students

4 September 2018 - Year 7 students only

5 September 2018 - All years attend

12 September 2018 - Warden Park Secondary Academy Open Evening (students dismissed at 1 pm)

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To view our 2017/2018 term dates, click here 

Autumn term 2018

Monday 3 September to Wednesday 19 December

Half term - 22 to 26 October

Tuesday 4 September – Year 7 only to attend

Wednesday 5 September – All years attend

Wednesday 12 September – early finish for all students at 1 pm to allow for Open Evening

Spring term 2019

Thursday 3 January to Friday 5 April

Half term - 18 to 22 February

Summer term 2019

Tuesday 23 April to Tuesday 23 July

Half term - 27 to 31 May

In service training days confirmed  – Academy closed to students

Monday 3 September 2018

Friday 30 November 2018

Wednesday 6 February 2019

Monday 22 July 2019

Tuesday 23 July 2019 

Year 7 charity fundraising update

Year 7 students have spent the year raising funds for our school charity, Rockinghorse.

Our students organised a range of activities: tutor fairs, sponsored cycling,  a hair cut, a production of The Lion King in 10 minutes, giving up chocolate, helping with chores at home, sponsored swims, sponsored silence, sponsored runs, going vegetarian for a month, netball shoot-outs and bake sales!

We were very pleased to present a cheque for £5,235 to Ryan Heal, Chief Executive of the charity during our Year 7 assembly last week.

Abigail, Laurie, Sumner, Mrs Whyte and Mrs O`Brien presenting our cheque.

Equestrian squad in action again!

Our Equestrian squad has been out and about competing in both show jumping and dressage at Felbridge Equestrian Centre.

Congratulations go to Oliva N who jumped clear in the 85cm showjumping class in the most recent competition. Also a fantastic result of 6th place to the dressage team of Dana B, Olivia N, Phoebe W and Xaria O - this was in a competition that involved in the region of 30 schools so really is very impressive.

Olivia and Phoebe have also been very successful competing independently in recent months. Olivia came 8th in the Riding Club Junior National Showjumping Championship - a class in which over 80 competitors qualified. Phoebe and her horse Sox won supreme champion in the ridden Arabs / part bred Arabs at the South of England show. Both tremendous results.

If your son or daughter rides and is interested in competing as a part of the school equestrian squad, please contact Ms Simmons in the first instance nsimmons@wardenpark.co.uk

The annual schools competition is back. One lucky entrant the chance to win £5,000/€5,000 of National Book Tokens for their school - enough to buy hundreds of new books for the library.

The winner also gets £100/€100 of National Book Tokens to spend on themselves! The competition ends on 31 July 2018 - so get voting below.

Accepted in thousands of bookshops and online, National Book Tokens are the perfect way to reward, encourage literacy and inspire a love of books

Click here to find out more and how to enter (it's so simple!! 

Mathematicians bound for success

Laurence G, Lydia B, James P and Cameron W qualified for the renowned European Maths Kangaroo competition after their impressive performance in the recent UKMT Junior Maths Challenge.  The four students pictured have just sat their 1 hour maths paper – and are still smiling!

Here is a question from their test – how would you have fared?

Mr Stoneley announces his retirement

Mr Stoneley has decided to use his retirement as an opportunity for charity fundraising as opposed to a personal gift.  His chosen charity is Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association, a charity close to his heart. 

Any staff, former colleagues, parents (past or present), students (past or present) who wish to donate can do so via this Just Giving link Click here to donate