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."

10th May 2019

Year 8 PAP Meetings

We apologise but unfortunately we have had to cancel Year 8 PAP meetings on Tuesday 14th May to avoid disturbance to an afternoon exam. We are not able to start this exam as early as anticipated. As a consequence the exam will run over past 2pm.

All parents have been informed by text this morning that Tuesday is a normal day until 3pm. Year 8 reports will be sent home this afternoon with a letter giving details of rearrangements and a reply slip if they wish to speak to Form Tutors or arrange an appointment to discuss any concerns about their child’s report.

Mr Lambert

11th April 2019

Parent Governor Election

Thank you to all those parents/carers who returned ballot papers. We are pleased to announce that Mrs Sallyann Willetts has been appointed as Parent Governor.

11th April 2019

Letter to Parents

You may be aware that the Headteacher at Summerhill has left the school this week. Consequently, the LA have asked if I could support the Senior Leadership Team at Summerhill until the new appointment arrives. Please rest assured that Wordsley will remain the main priority.

Mr Lambert

12th February 2019

Book Club Trip

Yesterday the book club attended the fantastic Dudley Children’s Book Award ceremony, where we got to see live presentations from three of the nominated authors: Adam Baron, Sarah Lean and Jenny McLachlan.

It was a wonderful afternoon where the title was won by ‘Truly, Wildly, Deeply’ by Jenny McLachlan, who was genuinely shocked by her win! It was a firm favourite amongst our group where the story of Annie, a sassy, independent, smart, young woman with cerebral palsy starts college and can’t wait to relish the new challenges ahead of her. Here she meets Fabian who is six foot two, Polish, passionate about everything and instantly wants to make Annie his girl - her worst nightmare!

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed chatting with the authors and getting their books signed and now we can’t wait until next year!

1st February 2019

Big Build Consultation

The Parents Evening for Year 11 will be taking place on Wednesday 19th January. The details are attached.

12th December 2018

Year 11 Parents Evening

The Parents Evening for Year 11 will be taking place on Wednesday 19th January. The details are attached.

12th December 2018

End of term Letter

The details for the end of the Summer term have been confirmed and sent to parents.

4th
December
2018

Trip to BUILD studios, London

On Tuesday 4th December, a group of pupils travelled to London to see the BUILD Series LDN TV show being recorded.

4th
December
2018

Year 9 Exam Week

Year 9 will have their exam week in January. This letter has been sent to parents about the importance of these assessments.

1st
December
2018

Parking

Please can we remind parents who drive to pick up pupils at the end of the school day that Weir Court (next to the school) is a private road and should not be used for parking.

Many thanks.

9th
October
2018

Wordsley News, Ofsted Celebration Edition

In this special edition of Wordsley News, we highlight some of the comments made by Ofsted during their recent visit. We also share comments from our Parental Survey in July 2018.

3rd
October
2018

Letter to parents - Children in Need & October Half Term

Parents have been sent two letters recently; one detailing upcoming dates and the successes of this half term, the other regarding plans to raise funds for BBC Children in Need.

28th
September
2018

Wordsley News, September 2018 Edition

This edition of Wordsley News has latest achievements, upcoming dates for your diary and information about the SIMS Parent App.

11th
September
2018

Ofsted Report Published

Following on from their visit on Wednesday 12th September, we are pleased to share the outcome from the Ofsted visit.

11th
September
2018

Welcome, OFSTED

We are delighted to welcome Ofsted who will be visiting us on Wednesday 12th September.

Attachments

6th
September
2018

Open Evening & Parental Survey Results

Attachments

29th
July
2018

Wordsley News - edition 12

Further details for Cross Curricular Day and information regarding our recent trip to Worcester University.

Attachments

14th
June
2018

Upcoming dates - letter to parents

There are a few events coming up soon that we want to remind you about.

Attachments

27th
March
2018

Easter Break

Details of the winning house this term and the end of term arrangements for Easter 2018 have been sent to parents.

Attachments

26th
March
2018

Year 8 PAP Meetings

Parents of Year 8 pupils are invited to meet Form Tutors on Tuesday 28th April to discuss progress, attitude to learning and homework.

Attachments

09th
March
2018

Wordsley News - Edition EIGHT

The latest edition of the School Newsletter was sent to parents on Friday 9th March.

Attachments

09th
February
2018

Wordsley News - Edition SEVEN

The latest edition of the School Newsletter was sent to parents on Friday 9th February.

Attachments

02nd
February
2018

Holocaust Memorial Day

Assemblies this week have been given by Mrs Hadgett about Holocaust Memorial Day, specifically The Power of Words.

Attachments

26th
January
2018

Wordsley News - Edition Six

Information regarding Work Experience, Exams and our Science department Blue Planet II Competition are all part of our latest newsletter. This was sent to parents on Friday 26th January.

Attachments

24th
January
2018

Year 9 PAP Letter

Year 9 Parents are invited to attend a meeting with their child's Form Tutor to discuss GCSE Options and their progress over KS3.

Attachments

12th
January
2017

Wordsley Wishlist Community Generosity

12th
January
2018

Wordsley News - Edition Five

The latest edition of the newsletter includes information on Student Council campaigns as well as achievements and the result of the RE Christmas Card competition.

Attachments

8th
January
2018

Year 9 Options Evening

Parents of Year 9 are invited to our Options Evening on Wednesday 17th January from 6.30pm to find out more information about the process and new subjects.

Attachments

3rd
January
2018

Year 11 Parents Evening

Parents of pupils in Year 11 will have received the attached letter inviting them to meet subject teachers at Parents' Evening on Wednesday 10th January.

Attachments

14th
December
2017

Wordsley News - Edition Four

See the results of our Christmas Tree Design competition and our latest achievement winners.

Attachments

14th
December
2017

End of Term Arrangements

School will close on Wednesday 20th December at 12.40pm and reopen Wednesday 3rd January at 8.40am. We wish you a Merry Christmas.

Attachments

28th
November
2017

Update to Bicycle Policy

The attached letter has been sent to parents informing them of changes to the Bicycle Policy which will be implemented from Wednesday 3rd January 2018.

Attachments

24th
November
2017

Wordsley News - Edition Two

The latest Wordsley News was sent to parents on Friday 24th November, including photos from our Glitter and Music Festival for BBC Children in Need.

Attachments

14th
November
2017

BBC Children in Need

To raise funds for BBC Children in Need, we will be hosting our own 'Wordsley Music & Glitter Festival' on Friday 24th November.

Attachments

20th
October
2017

Wordsley News - edition one

The first of our fortnightly newsletters was emailed to parents on Thursday 20th October.

Attachments

16th
October
2017

SIMS Learning Gateway Guidance

For parents who need help logging in to the SIMS Learning Gateway, please read the guidance attached.

Attachments

6th
October
2017

Letter to parents - october half term

This letter was sent to parents on Friday 6th October, thanking them for support with the school uniform policy and reminders for upcoming dates. The dates can also be seen on our school diary.

Attachments

5th
October
2017

Assessment without Levels & E-Safety Briefing

On Wednesday 4th October we held a briefing session for Year 7 parents on Assessment without Levels and E-Safety. The presentations that were use are available below.

Attachments

25th
September
2017

Tug of War 2017

Congratulations to Doulton for winning the House Event for Tug of War 2017.

7th
September
2017

Welcome Back letter

A letter from our Headteacher, Mr Lambert, with details of our GCSE results, upcoming Open Evening and vacancies on our Governing Body.

Attachments

14th
July
2017

End of the 2016-17 Academic Year and the start of 2017-18 Arrangements

Letters were sent home to parents & guardians regarding the end of term arrangements and the plans for the first day of the 2017-18 academic year. It also included printed copies of the code of conduct and school calendar.

Attachments

12th
July
2017

Sports day 2017

Our annual school Sports Day was as competitive as ever, with events in javelin, discus, shot putt as well as 100m, 500m, relay and the staff relay competition!

5th
April
2017

UKMT Regional Final

On Friday 24th March 2017, two Year 9 and two Year 8 pupils represented The Wordsley School at the UKMT Team Maths Challenge Regional Final in Wolverhampton.

10th
February
2017

Changes to Access Arrangements

From Monday 27th February 2017, there will be changes to the access arrangements in place when parents and guardians are collecting pupils from school.

Attachments

13th
January
2017

Year 9 Options Evening

We will be holding a briefing for Year 9 pupils and parents regarding the new GCSE options on Wednesday 18th January from 6.30pm.

Attachments

11th
January
2017

Homework Focus Week letter

We are having a focus week to ensure pupils meet our standards on homework. The letter attached has been sent to parents informing them of the details for this week.

Attachments

13th
December
2016

Merry Christmas 2016

From all of us at The Wordsley School, we wish you a very Merry Christmas... in a way that is now tradition!

9th
December
2016

End of Term Arrangements - December 2016

This letter was sent to parents to inform of the end of term arrangements for December 2016.

Attachments

4th
December
2016

Former Pupil speaks in House of Commons

Former pupil Connor Hill is the UK Youth Parliament representative for Dudley after being elected last year. Connor was selected by his peers to speak at the despatch box.

7th
November
2016

The Red Reaches

For some years, school has upheld the tradition of commemorating Remembrance with respectful and thought-provoking assemblies.

15th
October
2016

BBC Children In Need

To raise money for BBC Children in Need, we will be hosting a fancy dress day on Friday 25th November 2017 for a £1 donation per pupil.

Attachments

3rd
October
2016

Letter to Parents - October 2016

This letter contains reminders for upcoming dates and thanks parents for support with our uniform expectations.

Attachments

21st
September
2016

Results of Parental Survey

We would like to thank all parents who were able to complete the confidential survey carried out in July 2016.

Although absolutely delighted and very appreciative of the responses, please be rest assured that we will continue to improve in all areas covered by the questionnaire.

3rd
February
2016

Message from West Midlands Police

Following recent hoax bomb calls to schools, West Midlands Police is providing an update to students, their parents and carers.

Attachments