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WA Choir sings at the Four Nations Rugby

As part of United Learning, the national schools group which Walthamstow Academy is part of, 400 children and their teachers performed the national anthem to kick off the RFL Four Nations rugby match at London’s Olympic Park venue – including sixteen students in years 7 - 10 from Walthamstow Academy. The pupils sang in the CHANT Choir, run by music education provider Chant Productions, which has been working with United Learning schools to give young people a platform for live performances.

 

Aged 11- 15, the young singers from Walthamstow Academy enjoyed a number of workshops in school with Chant Productions’ professional opera singers to prepare them for the Four Nations performance. They learnt the national anthem and a Brit Pop medley, along with stagecraft techniques to help build their confidence in performing live in front of such a large audience.

 

Year 10 - Global Leaders Residential

5 of our students were lucky enough to secure a place on the Global Social Leaders course organised by United Learning at the magnificent Wellington College in Berkshire. This course is designed to equip young people with the power to make a change to the world they live in through practical leadership skills. Our students were charismatic, dynamic and a real credit to the Academy. The skills we have learnt will form the cornerstone to our Student Leadership programme which we will be rolling out in the new academic year. Mr. Thorn.

Yes Futures Programme

Twelve students across Year 10 were selected to take part in a motivational coaching programme delivered over a 10 week period. Students were supported and motivated by Yes Futures career coaches to make ambitious choices and realise their potential both in and out of the classroom.  Each student took part in several coaching sessions and activities including “World of Work trip” visiting and networking in two contrasting workplaces. “Play your part” they got involved in a team community action project to realise the benefits of giving back. The trips enabled students to achieve new successes in a range of unfamiliar environments. Their motivation to achieve was boosted by the opportunities to practise their developing skills in the real world. Attached are some pictures of the students on their final trip “Into the Wild” a PGL activity weekend in Swindon.

Clive Grant: 'It's the best help I've had. It's helped me realise my potential.'

Noah Clarke: 'I got motivated to work for my geography practice exam and got an A'

 

 

Swear Down Band return Battle of the Bands Trophy

You may remember that Walthamstow Academy’s own Swear Down Band won the borough Battle of the Bands final this time last year. The annual contest run by Waltham Forest Music Service is held at Leyton Sixth Form and features bands from schools across the borough competing against each other in front of a panel of judges and a live audience.

As trophy holders Swear Down could not enter the contest, however headlined the show by performing 3 polished songs to the audience whilst the judges decided the winner in secret. Their tight set list included last year’s competition winner ‘Falling’ by Alicia Keys, ‘Wrecking Ball’ by Miley Cyrus and new piece ‘Stitches’ by Sean Mendes. Many people commented on how far the band had come on since last year’s show and following their performance was a short interview. Although Swear Down are a student band they have been performing together for almost 4 years now and have reached the highest level of musicianship seen from a band in the history of the Academy.

WA launches new Samba Band for Spirit of Rio Festival

Our new Samba band has been put together specifically to engage with the Spirit of Rio Festival based around the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Made up of a mixture of year 7 and 8 students this band play more traditional Samba rhythms that can typically be heard at Carnival in Rio. It was no coincidence that the debut performance of this band was at The Copperbox in our own Olympic Park, Stratford. This event was part of the X-Elle programme and themed around the Spirit of Rio festival. The United Learning X-Elle Programme aims to develop confidence and life-skills in girls through sport and is led by four-time Olympic skier Chemmy Alcott. The band entertained a large crowd inside and outside the Copperbox and proudly represented Walthamstow Academy at this group wide event. The performance was excellent and had a real authenticity in the grooves created by the 12-piece Samba Band. Look out for more performances from them over the Summer term.

Year 8 Activities Day

This week our year 8 students participated in a whole days problem solving activity, courtesy of the Problem Solving Company.  Students participated in series of challenging tasks that aimed to test their critical thinking skills to the limit whilst developing camaraderie and group cohesion. The students had a fantastic time and threw themselves into the tasks with a sense of fun and friendly competition proving how well they can think outside of the box to solve literal thinking puzzles. A fantastic day was had by all.

 

Goodbye Year 13!

Friday 27th May was a sad day as it was the Year 13’s last official day in school.  They have been a phenomenal year group who not only achieved the best AS results the school has seen but are also a group of kind, caring and lovely young people.  Today we sent them on their way with an embarrassing photo reel from the last two years and a myriad of video messages from staff across the Academy saying good luck and passing over their tips for life.  Finally, we sent them on their way with gift bags filled with love hearts (to remember they are always loved), a rubber band (to remember to be flexible and come back to questions they cannot answer) a marble (to replace the ones they may lose) amongst many other things.  We really miss them however we still have A2 exams and graduations to go so thankfully it’s not our final goodbye.

 

Students visit Donmar Theatre

On Wednesday 25th May, 21 year 10 English students visited the Donmar Theatre in Covent Garden to see a production of ELEGY.

 

The teachers commended the maturity and individual conduct from the students involved. It was a real pleasure to represent Walthamstow Academy. The performance prompted discussion, which we have continued today. The student’s impeccable behaviour whilst travelling on public transport during rush hour and throughout the performance at the theatre made me very proud to be the assistant learning manager of year 10.

Ms. Bacchus

WA Professional Interview Day 2016

18 businesses people from various organisations will be coming to the Academy on 9th June 2016 to provide realistic interview practise for our year 10 students. 

 

Each student will have a 30 minute 1 to 1 interview which will include immediate verbal feedback about what the students had done well and what can be improved upon.  They will also provide extensive written feedback on the student’s performance in interview along with the standard of their application form and CV. 

 

DRESS CODE

Pupils will wear smart business dress for that day:

  • For boys, smart trousers, shirt, collar and tie. Jacket if available.
  • For girls, smart top and trousers or skirt. Or a business suit and smart top.
  • Our uniform code is based on received good practise in the workplace so no more jewellery than would normally be worn in school will be accepted.

Walthamstow Academy has got Talent! The Final!

We are pleased to announce that the winner is:

Gabriel

Well done Gabriel!

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Published : 18 Nov

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Eid Letter for Parents

Published : 15 Sep

A copy of the letter issued to Students outlining the details for Parents of early closure for Eid is available for download here

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Published : 10 Mar

Walthamstow Academy will be introducing a Breakfast Club from Wednesday 12 March, a variety of breakfast dishes and drinks will be available to students in the Dining Hall at no cost between 7.30am and 8am.

Academy Welcomes London Chamber Orchestra

Academy Welcomes London Chamber Orchestra

Published : 3 Feb

The London Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1921 and is one of the UK’s finest orchestras. We were lucky enough to welcome them to Walthamstow Academy for an interactive performance that involved many of our students.

Global Pharmaceutical Firm Offers Careers Advice to Academy Students

Global Pharmaceutical Firm Offers Careers Advice to Academy Students

Published : 19 Dec

On Wednesday 17 December Jason Sloan, Director of Business Engagement at global pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, visited the Academy to deliver a series of workshops on ‘career plans beyond secondary school’.

OFSTED: Interim Assessment

OFSTED: Interim Assessment

Published : 2 Mar

We are delighted to announce that Ofsted carried out an interim Assessment and that "the academy's performance has been sustained..." since our last inspection.

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