When I arrived at Wensleydale before the summer I was struck by the overwhelming sense of pride that radiates from its staff and students: they are all proud to belong to this school and to be a stakeholder in its continued improvement.
They have a lot of which to be proud, of course; not least this summer‘s fantastic exam results (70% of Yr 11 students got 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Maths; the A Level pass rate was 100% and 22% of students got one of the new A* grades). They are also justifiably proud of the significant progress that has been made with regards behaviour and attitudes to learning.
And it is not only Leyburn locals who wear this badge of honour: the school has been singled out by the County Council as being one of the most improved in North Yorkshire and is now being touted as an exemplar of good practice.
The autumn term has been similarly marked by a sense of success with everyone in school determined that the pace of progress doesn‘t slow. Already much has been done to ensure the school continues to serve its students well. Year 9 students enjoyed a variety of days out in September to sample the world of work including a memorable day at the races; the school‘s new all-weather pitch [or MUGA] was finally given the goahead; the school farm went from strengthto-strength and, at the start of term, provided the canteen with a bumper crop of potatoes to feed the new Year 7s; students went on a Comenius trip to Hungary; following a parents‘ conference on targetsetting, the new Parents‘ Portal was launched giving parents instant access to their child‘s reports… and the list goes on!
With many more exciting improvements planned for this coming year, I‘m delighted I‘ve been given the opportunity to keep you abreast of what‘s happening at The Wensleydale School in each month‘s editions of ‘The Upper Wensleydale Newsletter’ and ‘Leyburn Life’ and I look forward to sharing more of our successes with you in the future.
Matt Bromley, November 2010