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Year 10 Rugby County Cup Final Against Bloxham

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Well done to the Year 10s on a great performance in the County Cup Final! Unfortunately they couldn't come away with the win against Bloxham.

Young Enterprise Trade Fair

Young Enterprise Trade Fair

The Young Enterprise team went to Templars Square Shopping Centre, Cowley, for their first trade fair as part of the Young Enterprise Company Programme.

They were very successful in their sales of hand crafted wooden pens. They sold much more of their main product than expected, and completely sold out of their "twig pens". They also received the award for most ethically sourced product.

It was a great first time and they had some useful feedback to improve on the next trade fair in March.

Read the Oxford Mail story.

Keeping Young People Safe Online

Thames Valley Police - working in partnership to make our community sage

A message from Thames Valley Police:

An online discussion about Internet safety for young people is taking place to coincide with Safer Internet Day.

Thames Valley Police is hosting the web chat on Tuesday 7 February from 10.30am-11.30am, aimed at parents, carers and people who work with young people.

PC Kim Dugmore, a schools and youth engagement officer, will join a Thames Valley Police cyber crime advisor to answer your questions.

You can take part via our online discussion page.

Questions can be submitted anonymously and you can also get involved via Twitter by using #AskTVP to submit questions.

Read more: Keeping Young People Safe Online

Keep up-to-date with the VLE

Don't forget, from term dates to test dates, if you want the latest, accurate information on Wallingford School, make sure you're signed up to our VLE.

You can check on your child's timetable and attendance, and subscribe to the Parents' Area News Forum to receive email reminders of forthcoming events and deadlines.

If you haven't received an invitation from our VLE Administrator, give him a nudge: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Open to parents of current students only.)

(And if you've forgotten your login or password, you can use the Forgotten Password form to reset it.)

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Visitors from China

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We have been very fortunate to be able to host a group of Chinese students for the past three days. They are on an educational visit, looking at education in Europe as they intend to study at universities in the USA or Europe in the future.

Read more: Visitors from China

The School Development Plan

We have a School Development Plan (SDP) that the governors use to help move the school forward and monitor how well it is doing. The document itself is rather weighty and has lots of data on it but we thought people might be interested in the headlines. There are no ground-breaking or innovative ideas (we aren't that kind of school); the areas of focus are common-sense, simple things that we feel matter to young people and their families.

Read more: The School Development Plan

Year 7 Parents' Evening Information

Year 7 Students

Year 7 Parents' Evening takes place on Thursday 26th January from 5.30-8.00pm, where parents of Year 7 students will have the chance to meet their child's subject teachers. If you haven't attended a parents evening at Wallingford School before, the following information may be useful.

You will be receiving a letter with a blank appointments timetable (copies below). Discuss with your child who you would like to visit and what times you can attend, then your child will make appointments with their subject teachers. Appointments are expected to last no longer than 5 minutes, and should have at least a 5-minute gap between them to allow time to move between teachers. The latest appointment time is 8.00pm.

Parents' Evening takes place in the Kershaw building. Please make your way directly there and sign in at the desk when you arrive. We would very much like to see your daughter/son attend with you.

PDF Year 7 Parents' Evening Letter        PDF Year 7 Appointments Timetable    



Merchant Taylors' Company Photography Competition 2016

Many thanks to the Merchant Taylors' Company for their annual School Photography Competition. Our students were asked to submit photographs under the theme of "Community".

There were a number of good entries, shown below. The winner was Sophie, Year 11, with her photograph, "Community Spirit".

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Community Spirit

Winner - Sophie - Year 11

Community Spirit

St Irene's children's community and friendship, Nasio Trust Charity, Kenya - October 2016

Outside the Box Our Growing Community

Albert - Year 7

Outside the Box

A community café employing people with learning disabilities in Ilkley, Yorkshire

Grace - Year 7

Our Growing Community

This represents a community supporting each other throughout life. As should we.

Nature's Family Rainbow Tortoises

Sophia - Year 7

Nature's Family

Community is nature's greatest defence!

Harriet - Year 9

Rainbow Tortoises

Hand-crafted tortoises found at local craft fair.

Believe The Girl

Rosanna - Year 10


You don't need a reason to help people.

Dan - Year 12

The Girl

Popular places induce a harmonious community of races.

Community of Birds Merchant Taylors

Genna - Year 13

Community of Birds



Parliament Week

Parliament Week at the Bodleian Libraries, Thursday 17th November

Panel and students


In 1646, as the chaos of the Civil War raged across the land, the Royalist Parliament gathered in a series of chambers in Oxford, owned by the University. It was in one of these rooms, Convocation House, that we gathered over 300 years later. However, our chaos, our monumental event, and, as we were told, the defining political moment of our generation, is not a war. It is, of course, Brexit.

It was part of "Parliament Week" and we, as students of the Government and Politics variety, had been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend a session on post-war Britain's relationship with continental Europe and, by extension, the EU. This began with a series of lectures by academics from the University's Department of Politics and International Relations. These spoke of the history of the relationship and the significance of the referendum result. We were also asked to consider Britain's future outside the EU.

However this was a prelude to the grand event wherein, after having been given a rather up-market buffet lunch, we were ferried away from the modern library complex to the stone pillars and wooden benches of Convocation House. Here we were to participate in a discussion about the referendum, with a panel that was a picture of the British Political Landscape: Labour's Will Straw who served as executive director of Britain Stronger in Europe, Ken Clarke MP who is regarded
as a "Big Beast" within the Conservative Party and the House of Commons, Caroline Lees of Reuters, and BBC journalist Chris Bowlby.

They spoke of the failures of the remain side to gain momentum, the passing of the 1972 European Communities Act and how the Commons has changed since then, and the idea that we are living in a "Post-Truth" world. After this we were given the opportunity to bombard the panel with questions and, as the event began to end and the other schools filter out, we stayed behind and started many dialogues with the panellists.

- Jody, Year 12



Celebration Evening - December 2016

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We were really pleased to hold another Celebration Evening last night. Thank you to everyone who attended.


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