A New Era

Dear All

I have found myself starting this week’s blog having to reflect on the seismic changes that have occurred nationally within the last few days.  We saw the appointment of our new Prime Minister earlier this week and yesterday evening, actually whilst a number of us were attending the Year 7 Parents and Carers’ Information Evening at the Sevenoaks Campus, the news broke of the Queen’s passing and the fact we now have a new King.  There will, of course, be a period of national mourning and reflection on what her phenomenal seventy-year reign signifies within our national consciousness and this is something that we will also be doing in school in the coming days.  Two books of condolences will be available to students and staff in the reception areas of both campuses from Monday.

At Weald, Monday marked the return of the whole school to the Weald of Kent, and it was lovely to welcome all of our students back after the long, and this year hot, summer break and hear their news.  The students have been demonstrating their keenness to get back to their normal routines and whilst looking after the lunch queue at both campuses at different points this week, it has been great to hear their very positive comments about the lessons they had been taught during the morning.

It is now five years since the Weald of Kent campus at Sevenoaks opened its doors to our first cohort of students, and we are now at the stage of our development where we have our first Year 12 students there.  From next September, the expanded school will be full when our current Year 12 students move into Year 13.  I invited one of our trustees, Mrs Kinnersley, to accompany me, Miss Webb, our Operations Manager and Mrs Ricks, Deputy Headteacher Sevenoaks, on a tour of the Sixth Form facilities at the Sevenoaks campus on Monday this week.  Mrs Kinnersley got the opportunity to speak to the students in their study area and to get their feedback on what they like about the provision and what they think could be improved.  This is going to be discussed at next week’s Full Trust Board meeting on Monday 12 September.  I hope to be able to share very shortly some additional information about how we intend to expand our Sixth Form provision at the Sevenoaks campus.

This is the time of year when we welcome a number of new members of the teaching and support staff to the school.  This year, we have not only welcomed new staff, but welcomed back two former members of staff, Mrs Smith to the PE department, and Mrs Taylor to the Maths department.  The list of new staff is below for your information.

Dr

Eloise

Sweeney

Teacher of Science

Mr

George

Randall

Teacher of Science

Miss

Rebecca

Playle

Teacher of English

Mrs

Victoria

Hill

Teacher of English

Miss

Nia

Williams-Jones

SENCO (Tonbridge)

Mrs

Rachel

Patience

Teacher of RE

Mr

Luke

Blakebrough

Deputy Head of History

Mr

Santiago

Figueroa Diaz

Teacher of Business and Economics

Mrs

Andrea

Roberts

Teacher of Sociology and Psychology

Mr

Alexander

Johnson

Teacher of History and Politics

Miss

Elizabeth

McDonagh

Teacher of Psychology

Mr

Christopher

Burns

Teacher of DT & Art

Miss

Syeda

Fariha-Khatun

Teacher of English

Mr

Gary

Menego

Teacher of Maths

Mr

Julian

Eaves

Teacher of English

Miss

Taylor

Lawrence

Teacher of Science

Mr

Richard

Jones-Donnithorne

Science Technician

Mr

Jeffrey

Lake

Teacher of Business and Economics

Mr

Thomas

Ifield

Teacher of Geography

Mrs

Jane

Taylor

Teacher of Maths

Mrs

Emily

Smith

Teacher of PE

Mr

Tim

Leahy

Teacher of German (with French)

Mrs

Sharon

Dyos

Exams Officer

Mrs

Helen

Sparke

Trustee

Mrs

Yvonne

Clarke

School Nurse

Ms

Sarah

Lancaster

Trustee

Miss

Charlotte

Kerr

Student Services Receptionist

Mr

Tim

Soudain

DT & Food Technician

Mrs

Will

O'Brien

Teacher of Science

Mrs

Valentina

Semeraro-Waters

ITT (RE)

 

 

 

 

We were able this week to take Years 10 and 11 to Thorpe Park for their rearranged summer trips.  The students had a wonderful time, as did the staff who accompanied them, although the weather was rather wet whilst there.  The students were a credit to the school, as they always are.  We have many more trips and visits organised for the coming year and Mrs Wherle, who oversees our extra-curricular provision, will be sharing more details with you very shortly about this.  We are delighted to announce that we will be offering trips abroad for the first time since the first lockdown.  DofE expeditions are commencing today and continuing over the weekend and there will be more information on this in next week’s blog.  We also welcomed all of our Year 7 Sevenoaks students to the Tonbridge campus today for their Team Building day which was greatly enjoyed by staff and students alike.

We held our first Parents and Carers’ Information Evenings this week at both campuses, and it felt so reminiscent of life pre-Covid, when we took such things for granted. Over the coming three weeks, we will be welcoming all parents and carers to both campuses to hear about the year ahead for the students at Weald. 

Following on from my letter in July asking for expressions of interest in being part of the school’s relaunched PTA, I would like to thank all those of you who have volunteered.  Invitations have been sent out to anyone who expressed an interest in joining the PTA regarding our first meeting on Tuesday 27 September, so that we can organise the next steps.  I intend to be the teaching member of staff at Weald involved in the PTA and there will also be support staff representation at the meeting, so that channels of communication between the PTA and the school’s administration team are strong.  I look forward to sharing with you in the coming months updates regarding the PTA’s progress.

I have greatly valued the individual meetings that I have had with parents and carers both in July and at the start of this term, and never fail to be impressed by how developmental the feedback the school has received in those meetings has been.  Do please keep communicating with the school as it is so important that we get to hear your feedback.

Information about each member of the Senior Leadership Team has been published on our website this week and this will enable you to find out precisely what each member of the team is responsible for.  There are also pictures attached, so when you visit the school, you will be able to recognise each of us. Please use this link to access the information https://www.wealdgs.org/about/our-staff/our-leadership-team

I do wish you all a restful weekend.

Yours sincerely

Mrs S.A. Clark