News

Photography competition

Updated: Wednesday 31st March 2021

Whilst in lockdown pupils were set a challenge of capturing nature in their local area. We received nearly a hundred entries which made the job of picking the best from each house a very hard task. The winning picture from each house was then voted on by staff to pick the overall winner. Winners were George Sparshott (Stuart) Jessica Lavender (Tudor) Lily Compton (Doulton) and Violet Foster (Webb). The voting was very close with Violet Foster being crowned as the overall winner. Each runner up received a £10 voucher and the winner a £20 voucher. Well done to all who entered, also special mention to Miss Timothy who won the staff photography competition.

  • Mr Hope, Head of Stuart House

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End of term letter to parents

Updated: Wednesday 31st March 2021

Mr Burton has written to parents today with important updates as we head to the Easter break:

  • Information about Lateral Flow Testing

  • Term dates for 2021/22 (as seen here)

  • Reminder of our expectations in terms of uniform

  • Face coverings

  • Staff appointments

  • Return to school on Monday 19th April

Read the letter in full here.

Mr Burton, Headteacher

Design an Easter Egg competition

Updated: Wednesday 31st March 2021

Pupils were asked to design an Easter Egg using a blank template. After many entries, each Head of House picked their favourite design. The winners were Rafailia Pachatouridiou, Regan Scriven, Lauren Parsons and Ruby Walker. Each pupil received an Easter Egg from Mr Burton. Well done to all who entered.

  • Mr Hope, Head of Stuart House

Letter to Parents of Year 7, 8, 9 and 10

Updated: Wednesday 17th March 2021

Mr Burton has written to parents with revised details of our reporting procedures for the remaining part of the academic year, following changes to comply with Covid regulations.

Letter to Parents of Year 11

Updated: Wednesday 17th March 2021

Mr Burton has written to the parents of Year 11 parents which aims to answer any questions you have regarding the grading of GCSE results this summer. There is also an update on end of year festivities.

Cull it or Mullet!

Updated: Tuesday 16th March 2021

To raise money for Comic Relief, Mr Roden will be shaving his head! Should he have a mullet or cull it?

Votes are 10p each and can be made with Heads of House or Donna on Reception.

PS: If we raise more than £50, Mr Patel will shave his head too!

Mr Roden, Head of Doulton House

Easter Egg Hunt - House Competition

Updated: Tuesday 16th March 2021

Our next House Competition is the Easter Egg Hunt! To maintain our social bubbles, this year, the competition is open for Year 7 on Tuesday 30th March and for Year 8 on Wednesday 31st March.

See the posters for more details.

Mr Hope, Head of Stuart House

Letter to parents

Updated: Wednesday 10th March 2021

Mr Burton has written to parents/guardians today regarding:

  • The success of our lateral flow testing

  • Pupil return to school details

  • Start and end times of the school day

  • Supporting your child in their return to school

  • Face coverings

  • Information for Year 11 pupils


World Book Day 2021

Updated: Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Tomorrow is World Book Day, and here are five ways you can get involved!

  1. Attend a free, live, digital event

  2. Enter the 'design a book token' competition

  3. Listen to a brand new, free, audiobook

  4. Get a free book with your World Book Day token

  5. Take a 'shelfie' to enter our competition!

All the details you need are in the attached flyer, including the closing date for the competition.

Mrs Green & Mrs Blackmore, Literacy Leads

Return to School

Updated: Monday 1st March 2021

Mr Burton has written to parents/guardians today with information about our full reopening. The letter can be read in full here, and the key details included in the letter are:

  • Our remote learning provision will continue as it is currently taking place up to and including Friday 5th March 2021

  • For Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th, work will be set for pupils on Satchel One but there will be no live element to lessons

  • Appointments for Lateral Flow Tests will be sent out this week, and pupils in Years 10 and 11 will be tested on Monday 8th March; Years 8 and 9 will be tested on Tuesday 9th March and Year 7 will be tested on Wednesday 10th March. Consent from parents needs to be completed by noon on Wednesday 3rd March - the links are in the letter.

  • All pupils will return to school on Thursday 11th March, with Year 11 returning at 8.30am; Year 10 at 9am; Year 9 at 9.30am; Year 8 at 10am and Year 7 at 10.30am. They will have a welcome back assembly with Mr Burton before beginning lessons.

  • The school day will follow the same format as September with Years 7 and 11 arriving at 8.30am and leaving at 2.55pm; Years 8 and 10 arriving at 8.40am and leaving at 3.05pm; Year 9 arriving at 8.50am and leaving at 3.15pm.

  • Further lateral flow tests will take place in school, with the last scheduled day being Thursday 18th March.

  • Pupils will be provided with at home test kits to be completed on Sundays and Wednesdays until Easter.

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times in the school building unless medically exempt.

  • The rota for Pastoral Time will continue on Friday's for this term. The dates for each year group are in the letter.

We very much look forward to welcoming pupils back to school.

Update to parents - school reopening

Updated: Tuesday 23rd February 2021

We have written to parents with details including:

  • Pupils return to school in the week commencing Monday 8th March

  • Remote learning for this week and next week

  • Lateral Flow Testing, including the links to consent forms

  • Face coverings

  • Details for Year 11 pupils

Mr Burton, Headteacher

Wellbeing Fridays

Updated: Monday 1st February 2021

We are also introducing ‘Wellbeing Fridays’: two days during the month of February where pupils (and staff!) will be asked to put their screens away. On these two days, rather than their usual daily remote learning, pupils will not be set work by their teacher and instead they will be asked to engage in a choice of different activities, in a bid to promote mental health and wellbeing by actively encouraging pupils and staff to keep their devices switched off for the day.

Mr Burton, Headteacher

2020 Leavers - Exam Certificates

Updated: Thursday 21st January 2021

Due to the current restrictions for Covid-19, we are unable to accept additional visitors to the school site. For this reason, all exam certificates will be kept securely until we can arrange safe collection of GCSE certificates.

If you have any queries about this, please contact me by calling school on (01384) 816015.

Mrs Hughes, Exams Officer

Remote Education Provision & 'Check In Phonecalls'

Updated: Monday 18th January 2021

We have written to parents with details including:

  • Changes to remote education from Monday 25th January 2021

  • How we, as a school, will be using live and recorded direct teaching

  • Clarification on the platform for pupils to use to complete remote learning

  • Our expectations of pupils during this period of remote learning

  • Where lessons may not fit our normal practice from Monday 25th January 2021

  • Available support for IT issues

  • Check in phone calls to pupils

Mr Burton, Headteacher

Update following new National Lockdown

Updated: Tuesday 5th January 2021

We have written to parents with details including:

  • Attendance at school. School is closed to pupils until at least Friday 12th February. In line with government guidance, the only children that will be permitted to attend school are children of critical workers and vulnerable children.

  • Remote Learning. Pupils will be set work for each of their normal lessons on Satchel:One. In the majority of cases, pupils may also need to use Google Classroom. For help with remote learning, please click here.

  • Free School Meals. We are currently working with the Local Authority to make vouchers available for those parents, whose children are entitled to FSM. Please expect further contact regarding this over the next few days.

  • IT Provision. Please let us know if your child is unable to access the work on Satchel:One and we can arrange for a pack of work to be printed for you to collect. If your child has access to the internet, but does not have access to a computer, we may be able to support you with this.

  • The letter also contains details for the parents of Year 11 pupils, Lateral Flow Testing (LTF) and communication with pupils.

Mr Burton, Headteacher

End of Term Update

Updated: Friday 11th December

We have today written to parents with information on:

  • an end of term update

  • plans for the final week of term

  • Christmas Jumper Day

  • plans for the final day of term

  • Contact tracing prior to Christmas

  • plans for the start of Term 2

  • Friday Period 6 Form Time (January - April 2021)

  • Parents' Evening

Mr Burton, Headteacher

Flood damage update

Updated: Tuesday 8th December

I am delighted to confirm that we have managed to restore the affected areas to a point where we can continue to welcome pupils back into school as normal tomorrow. Just to be clear, all pupils in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 should continue to attend school as normal tomorrow and beyond.

Pupils in Year 7 should continue to self-isolate until Monday 14th December.

Flood damage update

Updated: Tuesday 8th December

There has been significant damage caused by the flood and I am completely indebted to my site team for the inordinate amount of work that has been undertaken on Sunday and yesterday. I am pleased to confirm that all pupils in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 should return to school as normal today. Pupils in Year 7 should continue to self-isolate until Monday 14th December.

Partial School Closure - Monday 7th December

Updated: Sunday 6th December

Last night, the school suffered a serious leak in one of our buildings resulting in widespread flooding in one part of the school. As a result of this, the only safe decision I am able to make is to completely close this section of our school to enable the damage to be assessed and the necessary repairs to get underway.

School will be closed to pupils in Year 10 and 11 on Monday 7th December, in addition to Year 7 who are self-isolating until Monday 14th December. Work for pupils in Year 10 and 11 will be shared on Satchel:One tomorrow.

Mr Burton, Headteacher

Covid-19 Update to Parents

Friday 27th November

It is with regret that I am writing to inform you that having liaised with the Department for Education and Public Health England, the decision has been made to ask all pupils in Year 7 to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. In view of this, Year 7 pupils should return to school at 8:30am on Monday 14th December.

Mr Burton, Headteacher

Big Build - Photo Update

Tuesday 24th November 2020

Our new build comprising of 10 new classrooms, a state of the art library, a sports hall and other PE facilities is well on track. We have a new set of photos to share with you.

Wordsley News: Edition 4

Tuesday 24th November 2020

Our latest newsletter celebrates the success of many pupils in schools and provides reminders about our use of Satchel One for recording homework. Upcoming events and assemblies are also included.

GCSE Certificates

Tuesday 24th November 2020

GCSE certificates are normally handed out at presentation evening at the end of November but this has, unfortunately, been cancelled. We were hoping that pupils would be able to collect their certificates from school on a pre-booked appointment basis but, as we are now in a very high risk area, this is no longer possible.

All certificates will now be held securely in school until such time as we are able to arrange collections. If you require your certificate urgently, please get in touch and we can arrange a very small number of visits. No certificates will be posted due to their value.

  • Mrs Hughes, Exam Manager

Pumpkin Carving Competition

Monday 9th November 2020

Our first house competition this year has been a pumpkin carving competition! Year 7 were invited to carve a pumpkin and winners have been selected from each house. Congratulations to Callum W, Lily S, Hayden T and Leo B.

The use of face coverings in school

Thursday 29th October 2020

I am writing with regard to the recent announcement from the government that Dudley will move to tier 2 of the national alert system on Saturday 31st October and an implication of this for your son/daughter’s return to school on Monday 2nd November.

When your son/daughter returns to school on Monday 2nd November, face coverings will be compulsory when they are inside the school building and moving around. Please ensure your son/daughter has a face covering that they can bring to school every day.

Mr Burton, Headteacher

The first half term

Thursday 22nd October 2020

I can't quite believe that we find ourselves at the half-term break already. Thank you so much for your unwavering support in what has been a half term, quite like no other. As challenging as this term has been for schools and families alike, it has been very reassuring to know that we are able to work together in support of your children, to give them the very best opportunity to continue their learning and development.

Please find attached some information that will be of interest to you as we move into the second half of this term.

Mr Burton, Headteacher

Wordsley News

Thursday 22nd October 2020

Please find attached the latest edition of Wordsley News. It has a round up of dates for you diary, information on a Year 7 Pumpkin Carving Competition and pupils we want to celebrate!

Parent Governor Elections

Thursday 22nd October 2020

We currently have vacancies for parent governors to join our Governing Body. If you wish to be nominated, or wish to nominate someone, please complete the attached documentation. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs R Potter, PA to the Headteacher.

Mr Grosvenor, Chair of Governing Body

Letter to Parents

Wednesday 30th September 2020

In light of the current restrictions we are operating within due to COVID 19, unfortunately, there will not be an opportunity for you to meet with your child's form tutor as planned on Wednesday 11th November.

Mrs Griffiths, Assistant Headteacher

Wordsley pupils shine in annual UK Maths Challenge

Wednesday 16th September 2020

This morning the Headteacher of The Wordsley School, Mr Burton and Teacher of Maths, Mrs Smith, met with 20 pupils who took part in the UK Junior Mathematics Challenge earlier this year.

Mr Burton, Headteacher & Mrs Smith, Teacher of Maths

Letter to Parents

Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Thank you for your continued support in getting your children back into school and equally importantly, back into a regular school-day routine.

Mr Burton, Headteacher

Open Evening 2020

Given the most recent government guidance regarding COVID-19, which comes into effect on Monday 14th September, we are replacing our ‘physical’ Open Evening and Open Mornings with a ‘virtual’ Open Evening in the form of a video. This will be made available to prospective parents/carers and the wider public at 5:30pm on Thursday 22nd October.

Below is a copy of our 2021 school prospectus. If you wish would like a physical copy of this sent to you, please contact the school.

Mr Burton, Headteacher

Consent forms for Years 8 - 11

Tuesday 8th September 2020

A version of the Wordsley News aimed at parents of Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 has been sent regarding updating our records and collecting consent forms.

Mrs Potter, Senior Administrator

Leavers Hoodies

Friday 4th September 2020

Leavers hoodies are now available to collect from school. To ensure social distancing, hoodies can be collected on Tuesday 8th September between 3.30 and 4.30pm only for Stuart and Doulton houses. Webb and Tudor will be able to collect on Wednesday 9th September between 3.30 and 4.30pm.

  • Mrs Harris, Administrator

Letter to Parents

Wednesday 2nd September

Parents were sent a copy of a letter from Mr Burton, our new headteacher, introducing himself and explaining a few changes to the school week.

Letter to Parents

Wednesday 15th July

Parents were sent a copy of a letter from Mr Lambert as he prepares to retire from life at The Wordsley School. The letter is attached below.

Open Evening & Open Mornings 2020

Monday 13th July 2020

We are delighted to invite prospective parents/carers and pupils to our Open Evening and Open Morning events in the Autumn term. Open Mornings will be held by appointment in September and October, with Open Evening following on Thursday 22nd October.

Mr Burton, Headteacher from September 2020

Our new Prefect Team

Wednesday 8th July 2020

Congratulations to our Prefect Team for 2020 - 2021. Head Boy is Louis R and Head Girl is Katie N.

House Captains are Evan H for Doulton, Alina Q for Webb, Madeline B for Stuart and Erin H for Tudor. Very well done to all!

Mrs Longman, Head of House for Tudor

Year 7 - Welcome

Monday 6th July 2020

I understand what a difficult few weeks you have all been having and am well aware that your move to Wordsley in September might feel a little more challenging given the changes that the current situation have made to our usual Induction programme.

There is an area of our website just for you. There are lots of things that you will hopefully find useful and will help you to answer some of the questions you might have about Wordsley before you start.

Any updates about Induction will be added there and we will keep in contact with your Primary School teachers so that they can let you know any important information too.

In the meantime, enjoy your last few weeks at Primary school; we very much look forward to seeing you all soon!

Mrs Weatherhogg

Assistant Headteacher

Year 10 return to School

Monday 8th June 2020

I hope that you and your family continue to be safe and well. As you will be aware the government have directed schools to invite Year 10 pupils back into school for some face-to-face support with their teachers starting in the week beginning Monday 15th June.

It is important that we attempt to minimise any potential risk. As a consequence, we have identified a number of actions which will keep pupils and staff as safe as possible. These actions are set out in the attached guidance.

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not your child attends their timetabled sessions is up to you as a family to decide. Your decision will be understood and respected.

After reading the attached guidance and risk assessment, if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Mike Lambert, Headteacher


Wordsley News - Information for Year 8

Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Our latest Wordsley News has information for Year 8 parents regarding the final HPV vaccination.

Letter to Year 11 Parents

Thursday 18th June 2020

Update to Year 11 regarding the school prom and leavers hoodies.

GCSE Exam Update

Monday 8th June 2020

I hope that you and your family continue to be safe and well. As you will be aware the government have directed schools to invite Year 10 pupils back into school for some face-to-face support with their teachers starting in the week beginning Monday 15th June.

It is important that we attempt to minimise any potential risk. As a consequence, we have identified a number of actions which will keep pupils and staff as safe as possible. These actions are set out in the attached guidance.

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not your child attends their timetabled sessions is up to you as a family to decide. Your decision will be understood and respected.

After reading the attached guidance and risk assessment, if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Mike Lambert, Headteacher

GCSE Exam Update

Ofqual, the exams regulator, have published this video to explain to pupils how GCSE results will be awarded this year. They have also announced that GCSE results day will remain on Thursday 20th August. Further details about this will be shared in the coming weeks.

Letter to parents

22nd May 2020

We have written to parents with information regarding our future plans, appointment of a new headteacher and assistant headteacher, as well as information regarding Year 11.

Update to parents

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Our latest update to parents is below.

Spain Trip - July 2020

Dear parent/guardian,

I hope that you and your children are safe and well. Due to the current circumstances our planned trip to Spain will not take place this year. When school reopens we will arrange for any money that you have paid towards the trip (apart from the deposit) to be returned to you and we will then apply for a refund of the deposits from either the travel company or our insurance. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Kind regards

Mrs Velasquez

Trip organiser

Update to parents

Monday 27th April 2020

Our latest update to parents is available below.

Covid-19 Update to parents

Friday 3rd April 2020

Free School Meals

On Wednesday 1st April, the government sent details to schools regarding the national voucher scheme for pupils entitled to free school meals. We have been busy registering the school and parents onto this scheme.

The scheme entitles the parents to a £15 voucher each week per child to spend in a supermarket. Parents who have access to a smartphone will receive an email with details of how to access their voucher and, using their smartphone, be able to redeem the voucher at the checkout. For the parents who responded to say they do not have access to a smartphone, a voucher for Asda will be posted to you along with instructions of use.

The government voucher scheme is term-time, meaning vouchers will commence week beginning Monday 20th April.

Home Learning

Staff have been very busy creating a range of resources and online tutorials for pupils. Please follow the links below to the Home Learning section of our website.

May I once again emphasise the advice given by the NHS:

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.

  • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.

  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.

  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

Year 11 Exams

Today, the Government and Ofqual issued updated guidance with regard to the Summer GCSE examinations and how the final grades will be awarded. We have sent an email to parents that contains the national letter and the guidance issued for all pupils and parents of those affected.

After the Easter break, staff will begin to work through the requirements and guidance of the document, in a professional manner, with a regard to ensuring the most accurate and best possible outcomes for our pupils.

As a school we will make sure that our pupils are supported in accessing the next stage of their educational journey.


Best wishes in these difficult times.

Safeguarding & SUPPORT FOR PUPILS

Monday 30th March 2020

In these unprecedented times, we are aware that support will not be as easy to access, especially for those that have been asked to self-isolate. If we are asked to go into lock down in the future days, we want to help ease your worries that someone is here to help.

The following support for pupils is available:

Kooth.com

This is an online counselling service that pupils and parents can access at any time. They are able to offer a range of support for those suffering from anxiety, depression and mental health concerns.

Thinkuknow.co.uk

This is an information website that have child and parent areas. It can help you find information out about specific concerns or issues that are occurring at home.

Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership – 0300 555 0050

Children services can offer sign posted help for a wide range of issues and worries. They will offer guidance on where to access support.


Advice for parents and carers

On 30th March, the government released a document for parents and carers which aimed to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people during these difficult times. A copy of this document can be found at the link below.

Guidance for parents and careers on supporting children and young people's mental health during the coronavirus outbreak (2020)


Trips update

Thursday 19th March 2020

In light of all the recent announcements and school closures, I want to assure you that I am still working with the ski company to secure a future trip and/or a full refund. Can I please ask that you send me an email so I can keep you properly updated and address any questions directly. My email address is sketteringham@wordsley.dudley.sch.uk. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

it is envisaged that at this time, the Italy trip will still be going ahead, but I will endevour to keep you updated of any changes.

Mrs Ketteringham, Curriculum Achievement Leader for Physical Education

LETTER TO PARENTS - Are you a key worker?

Thursday 19th March 2020

Years 7, 8 and 10 pupils only to be in school on Friday 20th March. School will close from 3pm on Friday 20th March to most pupils except children of Key Workers and pupils with an EHCP.

Key workers include NHS staff, Police and Delivery Drivers who need to be at work. Further details of Key Workers will be published by the Government later today.

If you are a Key Worker and would like your child to remain in school, could you please contact Reception (01384 816015) before 12.00pm on Friday 20th March so that we can make appropriate arrangements.

We will be sending out further information with regards work to be completed at home tomorrow.

Letter to parents

Wednesday 18th March 2020

These are difficult times for all, especially young people. As a school, we have a responsibility to support and care for young people and staff while at the same time attempting to retain some resemblance of normality.

School will be closed to Year 9 on Thursday 19th March and Friday 20th March 2020. All other year groups are to attend as normal.

Coronavirus Update

Monday 16th March 2020

The Public Health Authority confirms that the risk of contracting COVID -19 remains low. The experts assure us that the best way to protect ourselves is to follow the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it advice and to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

We will be continually reminding pupils of the importance of washing hands, with posters being displayed around the school.

The site team are checking soap levels in the toilets and we have asked pupils to inform Reception if any soap dispensers are nearing empty.

In addition all door handles are being cleaned regularly with antibacterial spray.

Coronavirus Update

Tuesday 11th March 2020

We have emailed a letter to parents from Deborah Harkins, Director of Public Health & Wellbeing at Dudley Council, with an update about the Covid-19 virus.

Letter to parents from our chair of governors

Friday 6th March 2020

"It is with a mixture of emotions that I wish to inform you that both Mr and Mrs Lambert will retire from their posts as Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher respectively with effect from 31st August 2020. Both members of staff have made this decision with heavy hearts but feel passionately that they are leaving the school at its zenith in terms of the quality of teaching and learning, the strongest team of senior leadership members and the highest calibre of both teaching and non-teaching staff in the history of the school."