Wargrave House School & College Newsletters – Issue 18 – 8th July 2022

Dear Parents and Carers

Hope our penultimate newsletter of the academic year finds you all safe and well.

I would like to share with you all the immense pride that I felt in attending the Aspire evening in celebration of the achievements of our 16-25 year old students on Tuesday evening. The event was held at the Mercure Hotel in a wonderful marquee, it was a delight to see parents, carers, governors, trustees and wider stakeholders treading the red carpet into the grand entrance of the reception drinks and buffet. We were privileged to have live entertainment from our own post 16 band The Electric Stars followed by some solo performances from Yanick. The evening was underpinned by the joy that all our young people showed in receiving their awards with such gratitude and satisfaction. Amongst the highlights were witnessing the inaugural presentation of our Duke of Edinburgh Awards presented by Councillor Jeannie Bell with an overview provided for our own DofE leader Hannah Richards. My thanks go to Julliet Doherty and team for the meticulous organisational planning in making the event such a success.

The photographs from the event will be available through contacting Head of Post 16 Learning, Julliet Doherty.

I am looking forward to seeing a number of you at the forthcoming post 16 production of Alice on the afternoon of Wednesday 13th July at the Burtonwood Community Centre.

Best wishes for your weekend,

Robin

Dear Parents and Carers

We are very much to you attending our 5-16 achievement assembly celebrating the highlights of this academic year.

The event will take place next Friday 15th July in the gym at 9.15 am and will be followed by refreshments. The refreshments will provide the opportunity for a welcome catch up with members of the Education Leadership Team and our Family Liaison Officer, Claire Byrne. I will be happy to clarify any matters relating to the Ofsted report which you all received last week.

Amongst the highlights of the Ofsted report are “pupils enjoy their time at Wargrave House School. Relationships between staff and pupils are strong. Pupils, and students in the sixth form feel safe and settled”. Once again I would like to express my thanks to you as parers/carers supporting us through this challenging academic year which has seen us gradually emerge with renewed vigour and strength from the global pandemic. Ofsted also noted in respect of your support “parents and carers speak highly of the school. A typical comment was: “the staff are there for you every step of the way”.

As we approach the end of term you will all be receiving an update on your child’s progress. You will receive a small booklet that will provide progress data, learning views of their learning journey, staff reflection of your child’s learning outcomes as well as suggestions on how to support your child at home.

All the best,

Stuart

Dear students, parents and carers

Welcome to our final newsletter of this academic year.

It has been a wonderful year of achievements for all our young people, culminating in an outstanding Aspire Evening on 5.7.22 at Mercure Hotel, Haydock in the marquee. All who attended had a great time (see Facebook for photos), it was inspirational to see our young people achieve in so many diverse areas, the band Electric Stars entertained us with three songs, one written by Yanick, who also sang solo, whilst our resident student DJ Chris compiled a soundtrack for everyone to dance to.

The Flower Wall photos that families had taken together on the night will be shared with you next week digitally. It was a lovely way to end a very busy year celebrating with our young people, yourselves and wider Wargrave friends and stakeholders. It was a sad event too, as we said goodbye to some of our students who are moving on to new horizons, we wish them every success in their futures and would like to let them know that they will always be part of the Wargrave family, we look forward to inviting them and you to events here at LEAP in the future. We will be hosting another Aspire evening in July 2023 along with coffee mornings across the 2022/23-year, seasonal events and a celebration of LEAP’s 10th Birthday, which is on 17.9.22, please watch this space for your ‘Save the Date’ invites.

Breaking news we can now announce that LEAP College have successfully been awarded an MWRA grant to run its own upcycling/recycling ‘Pre-Loved Project Shop, both on site at the Lyme and Wood Learning Hub and on eBay, along with a small market garden centre (in development). The Lyme and Wood Learning Hub will be a community activity centre open during college term time on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to the public. Lauren, the class teacher for LEAP 2, will be sharing more about this exciting new project with you over the coming weeks.

The team in Post 16 would like to thank you for all your support over this academic year, we wish you all a safe and happy summer break. I would like to thank the incredibly hard-working team in LEAP and Lakeside who work tirelessly to ensure everyone has a positive and engaging time whilst at college, supporting the transference of skills developed into the home, work and community.

Very best wishes,

Julliet and the Post 16 team