In this our last week of term it is right that we reflect on a year that has been incredibly busy, challenging and highly successful.
We are blessed by an outstanding team of professionals at Warden Park who lead our young people towards excellent academic and pastoral outcomes. We are confident that this will be evident in the exam results due in the summer, although with the new grading system it will be difficult to draw direct comparisons with previous years. Progress throughout the year groups has been tremendous in 2017 and students have responded well to their new ‘progress paths’ for attainment. Year 8 took their options this year ready to start GCSEs in September and we were impressed with the way the students and their families engaged with this task. We are sure that studying the new ‘content rich’ GCSEs over three years will be of benefit.
Our awards ceremonies that take place in the last week of the Summer term are always great events where students are congratulated on their various achievements throughout the year. We have the standard academic and sporting awards but also those for kindness, awareness of the needs of the tutor group, resilience, triumph over adversity and House competitions which are increasing in their diversity of theme or activity. I always tell the students that as long as they keep to the two school rules of ‘be nice’ and ‘do your best’ then they cannot go far wrong and will position themselves in with a chance to receive an award.
We had a brilliant three days of Enrichment opportunities a couple of weeks ago which had new venues and activities added to the options. This was the first year of moving away from an entire week for enrichment and our reflection is that students enjoyed the improvements we were able to make to the activities on offer. We will repeat this format in years to come.
We had a visit from OFSTED this year. We were delighted to be told that our Leadership and Management were ‘outstanding’ as was the safety and behaviour of our students. The Inspectors didn’t tell us anything we didn’t know or hadn’t already stared to improve or plan accordingly. We work to the mantra ‘better never stops’ and we were delighted that the overwhelming majority of parents supported the academies' work with positive feedback to the inspection team.
We continue to be massively oversubscribed for places for September and have waiting lists for each year group. It is nice to be in demand!
It is difficult to overestimate Sports Day, School Production, Art exhibition, Dance Showcase and the Summer Music Concert as key events that enrich the life of our academy. They were all superb and our thanks to the staff who worked so hard to make them happen and support the students perform at their very best. Thank you to those that came to watch or gave of their time as the taxi of Mum or Dad!
In the blink of an eye it seems, we saw Year 11 drawing up to the Ardingly Showground in their various assortment of posh, and not so posh, vehicles for their leaver’s prom. They always look stunning and often you have to have a second look to confirm that this young person is who they say there were when wearing the corn flower blue shirt and dark blue blazer! We wish them all well in their futures which are sure to be bright.
A letter cannot hope to convey all the highlights of the year but I am extremely confident that our weekly newsletter has a wide readership along with a significant Twitter following to keep you informed of notable events as they occur.
This is my last week of ‘direct’ Headship after nearly four years at Warden Park, which have been absolutely tremendous. We have the most amazing students and it has been a pleasure to lead their school. This honour now falls to Dom Kenrick who I know you will welcome as warmly as you did me. Dom is an extremely experienced school leader. He has the Trustees and my full confidence and he has full Headteacher authority even though I am not leaving the Trust. In fact, far from it. I have always been Chief Executive of the Trust but this has been a shared role with Headteacher of the Secondary Academy. The Trust now has three schools and soon will have five, including a brand new school for Haywards Heath which I will be leading on. I will oversee the work of each of our Heads on behalf of the local Governing body but will not become involved with the day to day running of each school – that is for the Heads and their Leadership Teams. Of course, I will be continually in and out of the Secondary Academy to ensure a smooth transition to Mr Kenrick’s leadership and everything I do as CEO will be about supporting all our Heads in maximising the outcomes for their schools. It has been a real pleasure to work with your children and yourselves. Warden Park is a special place which is thriving but will never rest on its laurels. The staff here are excellent and the Leadership Team is extremely strong. In Mr Kenrick, the Academy has an outstanding leader who will build on the very significant ‘gains’ in recent years and move the school towards even better things.
Have a wonderful Summer and thank you for your support.
Jonathan Morris, Headteacher
I wanted to personally thank our Year 10’s who have done us proud again this year, organising their own work experience. Some of our students have travelled as far afield as Scotland, London and even sunnier climes.
We have budding newspaper reporters, both local and tabloid, along with vets, chef’s, beauty therapists, hairdressers to name but a few.....
We have had some fantastic feedback from placements. Some of which are below:-
Alice C - 106G - Oliver Dunkin - She has in fact made a contribution to discussions between the police and me about the quality of witnesses, tactics in the trial and she has become something of our "teenage expert". I have had very positive comments from the police about her questions to them and discussions with them and she has been very useful for me as a sounding board for how the trial appears to the outsider.
Akarshana B - 101H - Express Newspapers - We all thought she was a very promising young woman.
Evan H - 102M - Mid Sussex Times - Budding Journalist made it into the paper!!
Matthew D - 1010W - Jeremy’s Restaurant - I really hope Matthew enjoyed his time here. He got to see how busy we get and had first- hand experience of the types of functions that we cater for. We all thought he was great !
Cavan G - 102M - Thales - It was a pleasure to have him working with us and his conduct throughout the week was exemplary. His positive attitude and flexibility was particularly appreciated when our plans for the week were changed at short notice and he was required to put in a very long day on the Thursday due to a change in our work priorities.
Oliver H- 108M - I am the director of Audio Empire. What a pleasure it was to have him on board. Ollie was focused attentive and hardworking. He arrived on time every day and constantly asked if there were any further tasks he could assist me with. When introduced to our clients he greeted them politely with a firm handshake and made every effort to assist them with whatever they needed.
Rhea B - 101H- GKS Worthing - I hope that Rhea now has an understanding of what GSK as a global company can offer.
Sebastian C - 1010W - Mansell McTaggart - I wanted to drop you a quick line to say how impressed we all were with his attitude and approach during his time with us. Apart from looking the part he asked plenty of questions throughout whilst showing a real interest and eagerness to learn about our industry a profession I know he’s keen one day to pursue himself. Sebastian certainly is a credit to the school and apart from anything else he seemed to have really enjoyed his work experience week
It is not always easy to find yourself something to do for a week, especially if you’re not sure what you want to do for the rest of your life! But all in all they have taken on the task and risen to the challenge.
Thank you and well done!
Mrs Martin, Student Futures Manager
If your son/daughters iPad does get accidentally damaged over the summer holidays, you must contact the Digital Services Department by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We have to make a claim within a certain timeframe from when the incident occurred. If it is not reported to us within a week we will be unable to process a claim on your behalf.
We will ask you to complete an insurance claim form and arrange a time for the device to be brought to the school (please note the school is not manned for the whole holiday period so wait until you have been given instructions to bring the device in). We will allocate your son/daughter with a loan device whilst we process your claim.
If you discover that your iPad is lost or stolen you must report to the police and school immediately. We will ask you to complete an insurance claim form, please ensure you obtain the following information from the police as you will need this to complete the form:
Please can we remind you that our insurance cover for your son/daughters scheme iPad is for accidental damage.
The Otter Box case we have chosen to protect the iPad is one of the most robust cases on the market. If used correctly it should protect the iPads against most accidental incidents.
Please can we remind you that when your son/daughter is not using their iPad the lid should be on the front at all times. The lid is extremely tough and will withstand most impacts.
The device should not be removed from the case under any circumstances. We have sealed the cases with security labels which should not be removed or damaged.
In conclusion, the iPad must be in the case at all times and it will not be insured if it is out of the case. Therefore if the clips on the case are damaged it will make it very difficult for us to prove to the insurance company that it was in the case at the time the accidental damage occurred. We are asked to send photographs of the case and in some circumstances we have been asked to send the case to the insurance company.
Digital Services Team
From September 2017 we will be using an online system called Go 4 Schools(GO4S) to provide you with a variety of information about your child at school. Initially you will be able to view homework and timetables through GO4S.
Once we fully establish this system, we expect to be able to share reports with you through GO4S, show attendance details and progress data. Later in the academic year we expect to use GO4S to enable you to see how well your child is behaving at school and this will include the many positive behaviour points we award our students.
The roll out of GO4S will be gradual and we will provide further information about this and details of how to sign up in September. As a result of this initiative, you might like to note that we will no longer be using Show My Homework.
Mr Regan, Assistant Headteacher
One of the best bits about raising funds for the school is being a part of the key events of the school calendar. Sports Day is a blur of amazing achievements on the part of the children (and some of the staff!) amidst a mountain of ice-cream. Thank you for supporting FOWP at this event – between them, our children consumed over 1000 ice-creams, raising over £800 for school funds in the process. Special thanks to Fleur, Liz, Nicky, Jacqui, Claire, Tracey and Trudy and to Mr da Silva and Mrs Palmer who jumped in to help as well.
This year, a new event was added to the Summer concert schedule, a small, informal outdoor concert, especially for our stars of the future to cut their performing teeth in a supportive and friendly arena. It was a very special event, that looks set to grow. Well done to everyone who took part.
And WOW – has Warden Park got talent! We had the Summer concert to beat all concerts – ranging from breath-taking classical to heart-thudding heavy metal and everything in between. Thank you for supporting the drink and snacks sale, we raised a further £131.00 for school funds. Grateful thanks to the volunteers: Rachel, Caroline, Karen, Fleur and Nicky, and to Neil and his amazing kitchen staff who kindly help us at all these events.
Look out for the date of our September meeting early in the new term!
Pictured: our victorious Coombe girls at Sports Day
We have a number of students attending the Secondary Academy with extreme nut allergies, Please do all you can to avoid your child bringing nuts (or nut products) into school.
Mr Stoneley, Head of School
Please remember to bring your headphones to all your Languages lessons!
Merci, Danke, Gracias!
The MFL Depart.ment
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In recent assemblies Years 7-10 have been reflecting on their own safety, especially in the context of water based activities. Students watched a film from the Royal Life Saving Society UK. The film is quite hard hitting but you may want to show it to other people in your family. I have shown to my own family.
I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable Summer holiday.
Mr Regan, Assistant Headteacher
This week there has been so much going on I have been struggling to keep up with it all!
Unfortunately, since I wouldn't have been able to sit through it all, I had to miss the achievement assemblies, but I heard everyone did very well. Congratulations! I hope to achieve an award for myself one day.
This week I have also met the other animals around the school. On Wednesday I met the Fern and Gracie the ducks, Myrtle and Denise the chickens and Mr Tibbs the rabbit. I had a very nice conversation with them.
I have also met my namesake, Oakly, in Year 8. Here here he is giving me a cuddle!
I have overheard plenty of stories about where people are going on holiday this Summer and I am extremely excited to say that I will be going to Scotland for four weeks. Look out for the photos of me there in the next blog in September.
Have a great Summer holiday!
Congratulations to Katie W in Year 8 who was awarded a Distinction in her recent Grade 7 Violin and Grade 4 Piano.
Abigail G who has passed her Grade 6 ABRSM piano exam with a Merit.
Well done Katie and Abi!
Miss Mills, Music Department
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Duties involved with this vacancy may include:
The role is based in our Secondary School in Broad Street, Cuckfield where the successful candidate will report for work daily.
This is a part time, term time only fixed term contract for 17½ hours per week Monday to Friday 10.45 pm–2.15 pm daily (3½ hours per day). The salary scale for this post is WPAT Grade 1/2 Point 10 and the hourly rate is currently £8.00 per hour.
If you are interested in applying for this post please download an application pack from our website www.wardenpark.co.uk and where possible return your completed form by email to email@example.com.
Warden Park Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check along with other relevant pre-employment checks.
Closing Date: 10 am on Friday 1 September 2017
Interviews will be held on Monday 4 September 2017
We still have a number of football, rugby and basketball kits not returned by students. Parents will be sent a bill for replacing lost or unreturned kits.
Please check that your child has returned their kit in a bag with their name on.
21 July 2017 - Summer term finishes, students dismissed at 1 pm
24 August 2017 - GCSE results day
4 September 2017 - Inset (school closed to students)
5 September 2017 - Year 7 only
6 September 2017 - All year groups attend
13 September 2017 - Inset day (school closed to students)
13 September 2017 - Warden Park Secondary Academy Open Evening (doors open at 5.15 pm with talks at 5.45 pm, 6.45 pm and 7.45 pm)
18 September 2017 - Year 11 mentoring evening (6 pm)
21 September 2017 - Further Education Evening (6.30 pm to 8.30 pm)
25 September 2017 - Year 7 Familiarisation Evening (timings to be confirmed)
23 to 29 October 2017 inclusive - half term
They all hire our indoor facilities, including classrooms and halls. Our indoor and outdoor sports facilities also host many local clubs.
If your club or group, new or old, is looking for facilities for any activity, sporting or otherwise, please contact us on 01444 476551 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs.