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|BEST EVER GCSE RESULTS AT WYEDEAN       Home - Top||Students at Wyedean have achieved the school's best ever set of GCSE results. Nearly 70% of Year 11 students achieved at least five A* - C grades, including English and Maths, an increase of over 15% on last year's figures. There were many outstanding individual achievements, as Wyedean students racked up a record number of 374 A* and A grades.
Headteacher Clive Pemberton said "I am absolutely delighted for our students, who have worked so hard to get these outstanding results. I am also delighted for the teaching staff at Wyedean; the school has been under a lot of pressure in the last twelve months, and every member of staff at Wyedean has shown fantastic commitment to ensure that our students fulfil their potential. Today's results are richly deserved, and show that once again Wyedean is delivering top quality education for all our students".
Huw Gilchrist; Will Maule; Owen Napper; Sam Calway; George Conridge.
George Conridge with a very proud father.
Rosie Maggs; Emma Paterson; Eleanor Johnson; Sophie Drinkwater; Bethan Phillips.
Lily Wingrove; Hannah Hobbs; Bethan Evans; Isabel Peart.
|EXCELLENT A LEVEL RESULTS AT WYEDEAN       Home - Top||A level students at Wyedean School's Sixth Form Centre have achieved another excellent set of results in this summer's exams.
Almost half of the grades achieved were A*, A or B, and there was an overall pass rate of 99%. The percentage of students achieving the highest A* grades doubled last year's figures, and the improved results mean that almost all students will move on to their first choice university or college, or to their chosen employment.
Headteacher Clive Pemberton said, "I am delighted with the performance of our students in this summer's exams. There have been some excellent achievements by students at all levels of ability, and the school this morning is full of happy, celebrating young people all looking forward to their future".
All had excellent results.
(L to R) Evie Walton, Leiran Powell.
(L to R) Holly Riordan, Paige Williams.
|SIXTH FORM SLEEP OUT       Home - Top||Wyedean School takes on 24-hour fundraising challenge Sleep Out, braving a thunder and lightning storm.
Sixth-form students at Wyedean School and Sixth Form in Sedbury, Gloucestershire, took part in an exciting 24-hour challenge. They spent the day undergoing challenging team building exercises which enabled them to build on their skills for success. The students worked together exploring the values of teamwork, leadership, resilience and empathy. Later, the students slept rough on the school grounds, reflecting on the skills they had learnt throughout the day.
Isla Arendell, Sixth Form Learning Mentor spoke to the students of her experiences working in the field of youth homelessness and once she had made clear the reality of how easy it is for seemingly "secure" young people to find themselves suddenly homeless, the students were determined to make the experience as realistic as possible.
The brave students and staff didn't let the thunder and lightning put them off and they made it through the night to raise sponsorship money for Shelter.
Mr Rhys Thomas, Head of Year 13 commented that "The event has tested the students to the limit, putting into practice the skills they learnt throughout the day and left them with a memorable experience. Despite only being able to re-create in a small way what it is like to be a rough sleeper, this event helped to give the students and their teachers an insight into what some people endure daily. It also provided an opportunity to consider other forms of homelessness and reflect on their skills needed for success".
|AS AND A LEVEL RESULTS DAY       Home - Top||AS and A level results day is Thursday 14th of August. Students can collect their results from main reception from 9.00am to 12.00 noon. People collecting results on behalf of students must bring ID and a letter of consent from the student concerned. Good luck everyone!
|MATHEMATICIANS RETURN TO WYEDEAN       Home - Top||This week, Wyedean saw the return of a former Maths teacher and a group of ex Wyedean Mathematicians.
Wyedean Maths Learning Area hosted a one day workshop attended by year 10 students from Wyedean, Ribston Hall, Cirencester Kingshill and Forest E-Act Academy. The day was run by Innovators in Mathematics Education and the Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP) educator, Kevin Lord. Mr Lord was, until three years ago, a teacher of Mathematics at Wyedean School before taking up the post with the FMSP which promotes and supports Mathematics and access to Further Mathematics for all students and teachers. Six ex-students of the school also attended the workshop to talk to the year 10s about their experiences in Maths, Physics, Computer Science degree courses and working at GCHQ since leaving Wyedean four years ago. Following the presentations, attendees took part in Maths challenge competitions and had the opportunity to interact with other schools to form high-performing teams. In the afternoon each ex-pupil held small group workshops with the Wyedean students and were able to teach in a fun and informal atmosphere. Teachers from each school attended with their students and were able to take part in the event which Lee Durbin, Head of Mathematics, hailed as a great success.
Group photo of former pupils Hannah, James, Andy, Martin, Owen and Will with Kevin Lord.
Lee Durbin Head of Maths at Wyedean marking challenges (left).
Students undertaking challenges.
|YEAR 9 FLD CHOICES (do not be left out)!       Home - Top||Please complete this form (found on the Wyedean Moodle Arts Award page) by midnight Wednesday to have the greatest chance in getting the choice you want for FLD
|FROM THE GAFF's GARY SUTTON       Home - Top||16 - 17, want to do something different? Action packed summer, includes a 2 week residential. Phone 01452 501008
|OFSTED REPORT 2014       Home - Top||Please click HERE to go to the Wyedean Ofsted page and download the latest Ofsted report.
|WYEDEAN NEWSLETTER       Home - Top||Issue 29 is now available. Please click HERE to download.
|WYEDEAN WORK EXPERIENCE       Home - Top||Students are currently out and about gaining valuable skills and experience on their work placements. The feedback that has been received so far is excellent and placements are being called and visited right through till Friday this week. Thanks very much for all of your support. Please pass on a huge well done to all of your sons and daughters for their hard work this week. If you wish to participate in the work experience evaluation survey, the link is as follows, please click:
|HEALTHY LIFESTYLE DAY       Home - Top||Monday 21st July.
• To promote/encourage our students to lead a healthy lifestyle.
• To get every pupil participating in some form of physical activity on Monday 21st July.
Students in years 8-11 will take part in a range of sporting/lifestyle activities from periods 1-5. Students need to be in Wyedean School PE kit for the whole day and please can you make sure they have sun cream and enough water for the day!
|ART COMPETITION       Home - Top||Friends of Wyedean School Parent's Association recently held a Primary School art competition with the theme of "Brazil". Children from various local Primary Schools submitted A3 artwork for judging in two categories; Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The standard was very high and has created a great art display in G15. The judging took place on 30th June and Owen Burgess was announced as first prize winner in the KS2 category with his picture of a jaguar. The prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category were art materials. We are most grateful to DJB supplies for sponsoring this competition and supplying the prizes.
|SKI TRIP TO FRANCE, 2016       Home - Top||Please download the letter by clicking HERE
|HMI MONITORING 24th and 25th JUNE 2014       Home - Top||We have our second HMI monitoring visit today and tomorrow (Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th June). Three inspectors will be in school for the two days. If you have any comments you would like to make, please use Ofsted's Parent View website http://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk .
|KS3 SCIENCE CLUB       Home - Top||Meets every Tuesday Lunchtime in S6.
This week Science Club dissect a sheep and look at the heart, lungs, liver and voice box:
Science Club meets every Tuesday lunchtime in room S6. Check out our trailer below:
|KS3 SCIENCE CLUB       Home - Top||Year 8 students use a telescope to look for sunspots on the surface of the sun and make their own planispheres in the first meeting of the KS3 Science Club.
|CONGRATULATIONS!       Home - Top||Congratulations to Jess Mizen for winning The Wyedean Festival Poster Competition. She wins £25 for her hard work and creativity. The Festival is on June 28th 11:00 am - 2:00 pm and entry is free. Please come along and enjoy The Chepstow Community Big Band, inflatables, BBQ and other stalls and attractions.
|STUDENTS WELCOMED AT BATH UNIVERSITY       Home - Top||A big well done to the 30 students from Years 8 - 11 who attended the trip to Bath University last Friday (June 6th). The students had a chance to learn about university life by working closely with students, currently at Bath, on a range of activities. They were given tours of the university, interviewed current undergraduates about their experiences and worked on activities designed to help them think about their futures regarding higher education and careers. Our students performed superbly throughout the day and were very positive about the learning experiences offered by the trip.
|THE GAFF       Home - Top||Please click on the link below to find out more about what's going on at our local youth centre. The centre was re-opened two years ago and some amazing things are happening to help to engage our local youngsters.
|LATEST NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE       Home - Top||Please Click HERE to download.
|WYEDEAN WINNER!       Home - Top||Nick Lockhart Jumps for Joy as he wins Silver in Radio 2 500 Words Competition.
On Friday 30th May, Nick Lockhart of 7B attended The Hay Festival of Literature as a guest of BBC Radio 2. Nick had been invited to the festival by D.J. Chris Evans, whose show had run the 500 Words story competition. Chris's breakfast show has ten million listeners and 118,632 of them had entered this year's children's writing competition since its launch in January.
Nick's piece, entitled "Diary of a Minotaur" made it into the top 50 stories in the age 10-13 category. Nick and his family attended the announcement of the final winners at Hay on Wye with 47 of the other finalists and a host of celebrities who read the winning stories. Nick was thrilled to be announced as the Silver winner and have his story read live to the crowd and Radio 2 listeners by Dick and Dom; the children's show presenters. A medal was presented to Nick in recognition of his incredible achievement and he also wins the equivalent of Alex Jones's (The One Show presenter) height in books. That should keep Nick occupied for the rest of the year! Meanwhile, you can see footage of Nick at the event and hear his story on the Radio 2 website.
We all agree that it was an incredible achievement and congratulate Nick. What an inspiration!
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|MFL POP COMPETITION - PLEASE VOTE!       Home - Top||The entries into the Languages Pop Competition for Wyedean School are now live on the youtube RiLSouthWest channel:
Our entries are called:
Les plus douces choses - Olivia Kilby / Annabel Morgan / Alice Kershaw / Alex Jones
Los demonios - Alex Cochrane & Jacob Gittings
Me Encanta Espanol - James Phillips
Random Thoughts - KaFoon Yip
One of the most celebrated prizes of the competition is the 'Online Viewers' Award', which is voted for by the general public. As every vote counts to determine the overall winner, we are encouraging everyone at Wyedean to share the link to the video entries with friends and families, inviting them to check out this year's entries and vote for their favourite video. The information on how you can vote for your favourite video will also be available on our YouTube channel.
There will be a prize for the video with the most votes! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE vote for Wyedean students ASAP! Thank you.
NB: Remember, only one vote per IP address is recorded and the one with the most votes wins the 'Online Viewers' Award'!
|REVISION SESSIONS 26 - 30 May 2014       Home - Top||Tuesday 27 May
Maths. Year 11 Foundation, 10:00 - 13:00 with LJD
Geography. Year 13, PNC, 9:30 - 12:30, F4
Wednesday 28 May
Maths. Year 11, Higher, 10:00 - 13:00 with NMR
Maths. Year 11 Higher, 9:30 - 13:30 with SEC
English. KT Year 11 Boys 10:00 - 12:30
Politics. Year 13 (7 students) 10:00 - 12:00 with JL1
Friday 30 May
Maths. Year 11 Foundation 9:30 - 12:30 with RL
|500 WORDS COMPETITION FINALIST       Home - Top||One of our Year 7 students, Nick Lockhart entered the BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition earlier this year. Next week will see him attending the final stage at Hay Literary Festival as his piece of writing, entitled "Diary of a Minotaur" has been chosen as one of the top 50 stories in the age 10 - 13 category. This is a great achievement as there have been a huge number of entries; in 2013 over 90,000 entries were submitted. In Hay on Wye, Nick will meet Radio 2 D.J. Chris Evans and have a Radio 2 experience with the other finalist before the winners are announced. The first prize is Chris's height in books plus 500 books for school, the second prize is Alex Jones' height in books, and the third prize is the winner's height in books. We at Wyedean have our fingers crossed for Nick next week. Listen out for him on the radio on May 30th and if you'd like to read or listen to his story, just go to the Radio 2 website, 500 Words 2014 page.
|TERM DATES 2014/2015       Home - Top||A number of parents have contacted the school, asking about term dates for the next academic year. These can be found below.
Please note that we will follow our usual pattern in September. The first two days of term (September 1st and 2nd) will be INSET days for staff. On Wednesday 3rd September, the school will open for students in Year 7 and Year 12. All other students will start the term on Thursday 4th September.
Term Dates 2014 - 2015
Autumn Term 2014
Monday 1 September - Friday 19 December
Year 7 and 12 Students return Wednesday 3 September
All other students return Thursday 4 September
Inset days - Monday 1 - Tuesday 2 September
Half Term Holidays Monday 27 October - Friday 31 October
Christmas Holidays Monday 22 December - Friday 2 January 2015
Spring Term 2015
Monday 5 January - Friday 27 March
Inset days Thursday 12 - Friday 13 February
Half Term Holidays Monday 16 - Friday 20 February
Easter holidays Monday 30 March - Friday 10 April
Summer Term 2015
Monday 13 April - Friday 17 July
Bank Holiday - Monday 4 May
Half-Term Holidays Monday 25 - Friday 29 May
Summer Holidays begin Monday 20 July
|NEW STUDENT ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY       Home - Top||Click HERE to download further information regarding the student acceptable use poilcy.
Click HERE to download further information regarding the use of phones during lessons and assemblies.
|YR 11 HALF TERM MATHS REVISION       Home - Top||
Location: M2 & M3
Tuesday Foundation: 10 - 1 with LJD
Wednesday Higher: 10 - 1 with NMR
Wednesday Higher: 9.30 - 1.30 with SEC
Friday Foundation: 9.30 - 12.30 with RL
Please confirm attendance with your teacher.
|NEW WYEDEAN APPOINTMENTS       Home - Top||We have appointed two new Assistant Headteachers to join the Senior Leadership Team at Wyedean from September 2014.
Sarah Wilson is joining us from a school in Southampton, to take responsibility for data, assessment and reporting.
Sarah Dalton is coming from a school in Weston-Super-Mare, and her responsibilities will be curricular provision, transition and the Sixth Form.