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Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have had a good week. Many of your children have continued to log on to their online lessons and to submit work set on ShowMyHomework. I remain concerned that some pupils are not accessing their remote learning, which is leading to the creation of real gaps in their knowledge and understanding. I am sure that it is extremely wearing to keep checking in on your children to see if they are doing everything that they should be, but anything you can do to encourage them to work hard whilst the Coronavirus Lockdown is still in place would be extremely valuable.

I have seen some of the work that the children have submitted at this time, and I have been most impressed by its quality and rigour. I thank you for all that you are doing to help us to continue to educate our pupils to the standard that you would expect from the West London Free School. 

Due to the Lockdown, we have added appendices to the school’s Safeguarding and Behaviour, Anti-Bullying, Rewards, Appearance and Uniform Policies respectively. Please find the two appendices attached for you.

We are currently finalising arrangements for pupils in Year 10 and Year 12 that we are going to put in place after half term. The Government has stipulated that only these year groups will be returning to school after half term, so pupils in Years 7-9 will continue to receive online lessons and work set on ShowMyHomework. I will be sending information about pupils in Year 10 and Year 12, including information about end of term examinations, at the start of next week.

  

 

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 15th May 2020.

Years 7 to 13 : Photographs 

The Music Department would like to update its section of the school website so that it better represents what we offer at WLFS. If you have any photographs of recent events or performances, and in particular of Sixth Form musical events, please kindly email Mrs Smith at j.smith@wlfs.org.

 

Years 7 to 13 : Harry Potter Resources from the British Library

The British Library have put together some fantastic online resources based on the Harry Potter exhibition they held a couple of years ago. There's a huge amount to explore that will keep HP fans happy for hours …
https://artsandculture.google.com/project/harry-potter-a-history-of-magic?dm_i=5JXV%2C178Q%2C6XNPO%2C4C53%2C1

 

Years 7 to 9 : Bright Ideas Challenge

What will cities look like in 2050? How will they be powered to be vibrant, healthy and clean places to live? The Bright Ideas Challenge, Shell's cross-curricular schools' competition, invites young people aged 11-14 to use their creativity, problem solving and STEM skills to devise innovative solutions that could power cities of the future. With fantastic STEM prizes up for grabs, there's every reason to think big! Please follow this linkdigital resource pack to download an entry pack:

 

What’s in the digital pack?

A how-to video from our head judge and science teacher, guiding students through entering the competition from home

Additional resources with handy tips for students

The entry form and cover sheet to be completed

A quick-start guide for teachers, parents and guardians on using this pack

A set of hands-on STEM activities – perfect to use at home as mini-challenges or independent learning

 

The deadline has been extended to 19th June 2020 - what are you waiting for?!

 

Years 7 to 13 : Half Term online holiday workshops; 25th-29th May 2020

Kite Studios are offering online classes this May half term; daily morning workshops (10:30 - midday) and afternoon drawing classes 4-5pm. All ages and abilities are welcome; book for your children, teenagers or sign up as a family.

Kite are also offering online private tuition, bespoke groups and parties - please see their website for more details.

For further information, please follow this link:  

Please see the following attachment:

Years 7 to 13 : Appendix F - Response to COVID 19

Years 7 to 13 : Appendix A - Behaviour, Remote Learning

Years 7 to 13 : Kite Online Half Term Workshops

 

I hope you all manage to enjoy the extra time we all have to exercise this weekend. 

Best wishes,

Clare Wagner

 

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I hope you are all well. It does seem that most of the teething problems with regards to getting KS3 online have been solved in the main. I am concerned that some pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 are either not logging into their lessons and/or not submitting work to their teachers. The longer the school remains closed, the more important it is for the pupils to be continuing with their learning. All the work being taught and set is new material for the whole school and we are very keen that your children do not get left behind. We will, of course, do all we can to help them to catch up when they return, but if they could continue to actively engage with remote teaching each day, and complete all of their tasks on ShowMyHomework, that would be fantastic. 

We are also very worried about the pupils’ mental health and well-being at this time. Please see attached, a letter and some information from Mrs Philomon that will perhaps help to mitigate the impact upon the children of having to stay away from school and remain inside for long periods of time.

Please be assured that as soon as we hear from the government about when and how schools will reopen, we will contact you with information about how this will work at WLFS. 

I hope you manage to gain some enjoyment from the long Bank Holiday weekend. I am not sure how anyone has time to bake banana bread, cinnamon buns or anything else for that matter, with children in the house. At least it looks as though the weather will be good.

 

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 7th May 2020.

Years 7 to 13 : The Review, Lent Term 2020

Please follow this link to enjoy the Lent Term's edition of The Review:  

https://www.wlfs.org/docs/WLFS_Review_Lent_Term_2020.pdf

 

Year 11 : A Message from Ms Thomix, Head of Sixth Form

A reminder following our email to Year 11 parents last week - our Heads of Department have put together ‘Preparation for A Level Work’ which you will find on our Sixth Form website under ‘Applicant Preparation Work’. You will need to use the password ‘sapereaudesixthform20’ to access this.

 

Years 7 to 10 : The Hay Book Festival 2020 

Hay Festival has gone digital, including the schools programme which will take place between  18-22 May. 

Each day, from 8.00am onwards, you can see two primary (years 3-6) authors introduced by Konnie Huq and two secondary (years 7-10) authors introduced by Jenny Valentine.  The authors will talk about their books, their inspiration and how they write.

Link below:

https://www.hayfestival.com/c-247-programme-for-schools.aspx?resetfilters=true&localesetting=en-GB

 
Years 7 to 13 : The Big Book Literary Festival

The Big Book Literary Festival is happening this weekend.  There will be something of interest for children and adults, including interviews, panel discussions, performances and interactive sessions from both new and well known authors.

 

ABOUT THE BBW

 The Big Book Weekend is a three-day virtual book festival that brings together the best of the cancelled British literary festivals, with a range of events 'presented' by the relevant festival, featuring the authors and other artists that would have appeared.  

It has been co-founded by the authors Kit de Waal and Molly Flatt, is supported by the BBC and Arts Council England, and will take place on the online book festival site MyVLF

For further information and to register, please follow this link:  https://bigbookweekend.com/about-us

 

Please see the following attachments:

Years 7 to 13 : Secondary School Resource

Years 7 to 13 : Advice for Parents during Coronavirus

Years 7 to 13 : Pupil Welfare, Letter from Mrs Philomon

Years 7 to 13 : Empower Teenagers

Years 7 to 13 : Character Building Calendar

 

Best wishes,

Clare Wagner

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that you and your children have had a good week. April showers put an end to the unseasonably warm weather – but now it is May, so it will probably snow again.

Like many of you, school leaders are still waiting to hear if there will be any decision soon about reopening schools. I will let you know as soon as I hear anything. In addition, as our reopening date is not yet known, we are yet to make a final decision about pupil assessments this term. There will be some form of assessment for all pupils, including for Year 12, but when they will take place, and what the format of these assessments will be, has not yet been decided. So I will let you know about this too as soon as possible.

Parents of Year 11 pupils will have received their Pre-A Level work today. I hope that the pupils find this work interesting and challenging in equal measure.

Thank you for all that you are doing to support your children with their remote learning. To help you to kickstart your day, the PE Department is now offering fitness lessons on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings, live at 8.50am. This is intended for pupils of all year groups, including Year 10 and Year 12, but you may wish to join in and make a family event out of it. Or you may have had just about enough of family events and use this time to have a quiet cup of tea staring out of the window.

I hope that many of you are also completing the Mount Snowdon Challenge. Please find the details attached to remind you if you have not quite had the time yet to sign up. We have already raised almost £1,500. Not quite Colonel Tom numbers, but we are getting there.

We continue to be most concerned about the impact that the Coronavirus pandemic is having on families, not only with regards to health, but we are also very worried about its economic impact. The Trust has a hardship fund, so, if you are struggling, please do let me know. These are extraordinary times.

Just a reminder that Friday 8th May is a Bank Holiday, so there will not be any lessons taking place on that day. The rest of the week is very much business as usual!

As ever, if you have any questions or concerns, or if you are struggling, please do not hesitate to contact me at c.wagner@wlfs.org.

 

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 1st May 2020. 

Years 7 to 13 : Reading Remedies

As we are all stuck indoors and we could be in for a wet weekend, please find attached some reading remedies to help locked-down pupils and parents enjoy the pleasure of books as a form of release, escapism or distraction.

 

Years 7 to 11 : Literary News from Walker Books

We are delighted to announce that Anthony Horowitz will be sharing his writing process with his fans for the first time. He will share the opening chapters to a new novel in his Diamond Brothers series online for free, as he writes them, inviting readers to give feedback on the story. Kicking off last weekend, Anthony released the first chapter of the as yet unpublished book Where Seagulls Dare on his website:
https://www.anthonyhorowitz.com/news/story/where-seagulls-dare-diamond-brothers-read-the-first-chapter-now 
for free, with readers invited to engage with the story and let him know their comments along the way. He will continue to share chapters as the lockdown continues, with the full finished book set to publish physically with Walker in 2021. Anthony will be donating his royalties to the NHS charities together. 


The Book of Hopes

Today the NLT have launched The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown, compiled by Katherine Rundell, a free downloadable eBook containing contributions from over 100 children's authors and illustrators, including many from Walker Books:


Patrick Ness
Sophie Dahl
Ross Montgomery
Joseph Elliot
Katherine Webber
Ben Bailey Smith
Chris Haughton
Chris Riddell
David Roberts
Emma Chichester Clark
Emily Sutton
Jack Noel
MG Leonard
Jane Ray
Thomas Taylor
Anthony Horowitz
Michael Morpurgo 
David Almond
Kevin Crossley Holland
Catherine Johnson

You can read more and download the book at the below link:

https://literacytrust.org.uk/news/katherine-rundell-launches-the-book-of-hopes-a-free-childrens-book-by-over-110-authors-and-illustrators/

There was also  an exclusive feature in Guardian Review on Saturday, which included the contributions from Anthony Horowitz, Michael Morpurgo, Catherine Johnson and Chris Haughton. 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/apr/25/reasons-to-be-cheerful-poetry-and-stories-to-give-hope-to-adults-and-children-alike

Years 7 to 13 : Message from the PTA

Our doors may be closed at the moment, but our team remains active and committed to our wider community through various initiatives. Kim Stringer, a driving force in the PTA, has coordinated with Dr Soo-Ming Lim to lead a NHS visor-making team. Our team is comprised of WLFS PTA members, WLFS parents and carers, along with local families who have come together to support St Mary’s Hospital. Dr. Soo-Ming Lim is also a WLFS parent who volunteers on our Second-hand Uniform team. She is a huge source of inspiration and her efforts to ensure St Mary’s has enough visors has been nothing short of heroic. To date, the team have personally acquired materials, and produced and delivered over 500 much needed visors. We are still making visors and currently looking to start sewing scrubs and masks. If you are interested in volunteering or have supplies you can donate, please follow our Instagram @PTAWLFS and message us at your convenience. 
 
We would like to thank Mrs Wagner and the Science Department for donating acetate sheets for visor production. 

We also wanted to let you know that when it’s determined that the school can reopen, we will host a second-hand uniform sale. We are exploring ways to do this on-line with contactless pick-up at school. We are fortunate to have a fair amount of stock and we will welcome any donations of good quality uniform once we can safely arrange to accept it. 

A gentle reminder that signing up for Easyfundraising is a quick, easy and completely free way to continue to support the school when you are shopping online.:
-Go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk
-Search for West London Free School
-Sign up & shop as normal
 

 

Years 7 to 13 : POSTPONED - 2020 Pan London Youth Day - Message from the Organiser

I hope this email finds you, your family and staff  safe and well. 

If you have seen my previous emails regarding this my sincere apologies, for those of you that have not - I remind all that the 2020  Pan London Youth Day has been postponed.

Haringey ABC, in partnership with MOPAC and the Met remain entirely committed to the Pan London Youth Day – we would like to reassure you that whilst postponed for 2020 we have every intention to re-launch and run an even bigger and invigorated event in June 2021. We hope that this offers a glimmer of hope, something simple and free to look forward to in the coming months and offers in some part - comfort to you all that life will one day return to normal. In the word of Capt. Tom Moore – HM Army ret. “Tomorrow will be a good day”.

Please stay safe and be well – we look forward to seeing you soon.

Shawn Goodchild

 

Please see the following attachments: 

Years 7 to 13 : Lockdown Reading Remedies

Years 7 to 13 : Mount Snowdon Challenge 

I wish you a good weekend.

Yours faithfully,

 

Clare Wagner

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week we definitely got some things wrong and some things right. Some of the technology worked, and some of it did not. Please be assured that we are persevering and aim to get better and better at remote teaching as the term progresses. Thank you for letting us know how it is going for you and for flagging up any issues. We knew that the first week of remote teaching for KS3 would be challenging, so thank you for bearing with us and for helping your children navigate their way around Teams. It was really heartening to read the children’s messages, helping each other to find their lessons and relevant documents.

I am sorry that my assembly did not work on Tuesday morning. I have left the talking part on YouTube, which you can watch here, if you or your children have not seen it yet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKJy_qSvoec&t=10s. I am sure that future assemblies will work more smoothly. Mr McLaughlin is on for next Tuesday. I bet he gets it right first time.

Next week we also have Mr Norton’s Mount Snowdon Challenge to look forward to. Please do look at the attached document to find out more about this. I am sure my neighbours will be perplexed to see me huffing and puffing up and down the staircase to my flat every day. Please do not be alarmed, I won’t put that on YouTube.


Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 24th April 2020. 

Years 11 to 13 : Message from Ms Thomix, Head of Sixth Form

WLFS Sixth Form Instagram – The Sixth Form Team are continuing to post academic and wellbeing advice via our Instagram – recommended for Year 11-13 parents, carers and students. You can find us @wlfs_sixth_form.

Sixth Form Attendance – If your child is unable to attend their Year 12 lessons due to illness or technical issues, please do let us know on sixthformadmin@wlfs.org so that we can support.

 

Years 7 to 13 : Diabetes and Lockdown

Please see the attached letter from the South East Coast and London Paediatric Diabetes Network.

 

Years 7 to 13 : Kite Studios

Kite Studios are offering a variety of online art and pottery classes for children, teenagers and adults. Please click on the attached pdf to launch the Kite website and view their five-week online programme of classes. 

Please see the following attachments:

Years 7 to 13 : Diabetes and Lockdown

Years 7 to 13 : Mount Snowdon Challenge

Years 7 to 13 : Kite Studios

I hope that you are all safe and well, still sane and enjoying the spring sunshine as much as possible. 

Yours faithfully,

Clare Wagner

 

Dear Parents and Carers, 

What a term. What a community. You have all done so much to support your children and the school at this demanding time. Tomorrow is the first day of the holidays, but this won’t herald the usual elation that both the arrival of spring and the Easter break bring. I am aiming to keep this final missive brief, as you have received so much online communication from the school recently, but there are a few points I would like to share with you. 

Today was supposed to be our 9th Founders’ Day celebration. As this has been postponed, I recorded a short message this morning for the school community which you can find here: 

https://youtu.be/QwurY27s42g

Many apologies for my complete lack of editing skills. I tried to ask Ed the puppy to help me (he is the only member of the family in the home currently), but he said he wasn’t much good at editing either. So please do focus on the content of the message rather than the quality of the production.

Next term, teaching will resume as follows: online lessons for Year 10 and Year 12 will begin on Monday 20th April. Online lessons for Years 7, 8 and 9 will begin on Tuesday 21st April. We will send you more details of the teaching schedule for Years 7, 8 and 9 on Monday 20th April. In the meantime, parents of pupils in those year groups will receiving email and log-in details for their children, which will allow them to access their lessons via Microsoft Teams. We anticipate that there will be some teething problems, so you will be given clear information about whom to contact if you experience any issues with the IT. Thank you to all of you who took part in our survey about remote teaching. Please see the results attached. We have looked at these carefully and will continue to adapt our remote teaching in the light of your responses.

We are still awaiting information from Ofqual about how we will be asked to set grades for our pupils. We will contact Year 11 and Year 13 pupils and parents when we receive this.

We realise that this Easter Holiday may be unusually challenging with children confined to their homes for much of each day. However, in response to the Covid-19 Crisis, many cultural institutions have gone to great lengths to bring the wider world to our homes via the internet, keeping minds engaged and horizons broad during these strange times. WLFS have have put together an ‘Easter Enrichment during 'Lockdown'’ site on the school website, collating some of the best online activities on offer, along with some old favourites. There is something for everyone, covering the arts, science, music, history, and more. We hope you and your children find something there to enjoy.

https://www.wlfs.org/Easter-Enrichment-during-Lockdown/

Thank you so much to you all. Everyone has risen to the challenge of the past few weeks and I know that this will continue in the months ahead.

Please stay safe and well inside, and do contact me if you experience any difficulties or need any help from the school (c.wagner@wlfs.org).

Apologies again for the poor production. No Oscar for me I fear this year.

Please see below additional points of information for the relevant years: 

 

Years 7 to 13 : Pupil Welfare

We are acutely aware of the unprecedented challenges that COVID-19 presents to our communities. For those families who may need additional assistance at this challenging time, please see the attached letter.

 

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mr Norton, Director of Sport

In times like these, it’s important to keep active and as busy as possible, and so to help, I am posting daily physical challenges on the PE department's Instagram: @wlfs_pe. Follow us and get involved!

 
Years 7 to 13 : Message from the Art Department
 
Please make sure you look at all the fantastic work our pupils are producing at home and largely independently - follow us on Instagram @wlfsartgallery or visit www.instagram.com/wlfsartgallery if you don't have an account.

1,051 Followers, 1,705 Following, 589 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from WLFS Art Department - (@wlfsartgallery)

www.instagram.com


It's amazing to see such creativity and such a wide variety of responses to the tasks set. Thank you all for your support as parents and a huge well done to pupils.

Much more to come after the Easter Break.

 

Years 7 to 13 : Message from the Maths Department

In case you’re bored over the holidays, here are some Maths puzzlers and a wonderful essay to keep you busy…!!

Enjoy the activities – be warned, some of the puzzles are fiendish…

 

Years 7 to 13 : Kite Studios

 

Kite Studios who usually run our after school club are offering *online* art workshops to help everyone get creative and stay connected. The workshops are aimed at children and teenagers but feel free to join as a family.
Monday 6th April Picasso Portraits
Tuesday 7th April Spring Sculptures
Wednesday 8th April Animals in Spring
Thursday 9th April David Hockney’s Trees

Tuesday 14th April Anthony Gormley Body Works

Wednesday 15th April Pop Art Packaging
Thursday 16th April Inspired by Hokusai
Friday 17th April Movement in Colour

 

Mornings 11:00 - 12:30  4-10 year olds
Afternoons 14:00 - 15:30  11+ year olds

 

Please use this link to book. 

You will need to assemble a few materials and then log in to a live online class with the link provided.

 

Years 7 to 13 : Dance & Fitness Classes Online - https://www.mamparadance.com/online-classes

Our Co-curricular dance teacher, Natalie Hunt, has moved dance and fitness classes online for juniors and adults.  While we all struggle with home-working, her class is a fun and positive way to stay busy, expend energy, connect with each other and look after physical and mental health. The timetable is changing week to week as we all find what we find beneficial online (and she’s taking suggestions), but in week one and two you can find what’s on here .  Everything is adaptable to ability and age, so do get in touch if you don’t see what you’re looking for.

 

Please see the following attachments:

Years 7 to 13 : Pupil Welfare Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Results of Parents' Survey on Remote Teaching

Years 7 to 13 : Moscow Puzzles 1-30

Years 7 to 13 : Maths Easter Enrichment

I wish you as restful and peaceful Easter break as possible.

With warmest wishes,

Clare Wagner

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers, 

What a week for us all. Our children will tell their grandchildren about the Corona era. WLFS staff had adapted their teaching remarkably quickly to be able to provide the best education possible for pupils in Years 7-10 and Year 12. We have all the evidence we need to provide grades for pupils taking their public examinations and have prepared reading lists and pre-A Level learning guides for pupils in Years 11 and 13 respectively. Some of these learning guides are yet to be published; we are working on these as quickly as possible.

If you are a key worker and require provision for your children either next week or during the Easter holidays, please do let me know as soon as possible by emailing me at c.wagner@wlfs.org. We will, of course, do all we can to help.

I have been so impressed with the quality of work that pupils have been submitting to their teachers. The vast majority of pupils have been logging in and working hard at home. I have also listened in to several remote lessons which pupils have been working on here in school and it was wonderful to hear teachers explaining topics in detail, as they would in lessons and also interacting with pupils as they would in class, through both talk and chat functions. We are making plans to roll out remote lessons to Years 7, 8 and 9 next term.

Thank you so much to all of you for your words of support and encouragement, for helping your children at home with their remote learning and by managing to do your own work at the same time! Some of you are teachers and are teaching online at the same time as supervising your own children’s home working. What a feat. Lastly, a huge thank you to all of you who are key workers, working on the front line. We salute you.

Please see below additional points of information for the relevant years: 

 

Year 7 to 13 : Message from Mr Norton, Director of Sport

In times like these, it’s important to keep active and as busy as possible, and so to help, I am posting daily physical challenges on the PE department's Instagram: @wlfs_pe. Follow us and get involved!

 

Years 7 to 11 : ParentPay Refunds

The Finance Department are processing your ParentPay refund requests, but these are taking a few days longer to process.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

 

Years 7 to 13 : IMPORTANT - Coronavirus Free School Meals - A New Scam

Please see below a message from the Department of Education:

"We have been informed some parents have received an email stating: ‘As schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported’. This is a scam email - do not respond, and delete immediately."

 

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Franklin House and Palingswick House Libraries

If your children have any current school library books at home or if you discover any missing or overdue library books in bedrooms during this unprecedented period, please do encourage your children to read them, share them and then put to one side to be returned when school reopens.  In the light of the closure of school and public libraries, we are only too happy to extend the loan of books at this time.

 

Years 7 to 9 :Virtual Book Club in Schools

This is for pupils who use Instagram (they should be 13 or over to use Instagram). Alternatively,  parents with Instagram may wish to log in with their children. Please go to the Instagram link https://www.instagram.com/p/B-JoPcxnRoa/ . This virtual Book Club will be reading the books together and discussing them as they go along. Watch out for special appearances from the authors. They will bring you books suitable for Years 5-7 (ages 9-11) and Years 7-9 (ages 11-14).


Years 7 to 13 : Dance & Fitness Classes Online - https://www.mamparadance.com/online-classes

Our Co-curricular dance teacher, Natalie Hunt, has moved dance and fitness classes online for juniors and adults.  While we all struggle with home-working, her class is a fun and positive way to stay busy, expend energy, connect with each other and look after physical and mental health. The timetable is changing week to week as we all find what we find beneficial online (and she’s taking suggestions), but in week one and two you can find what’s on here .  Everything is adaptable to ability and age, so do get in touch if you don’t see what you’re looking for.

 

Years 7 to 11 : Billings & Edmonds

Billings & Edmonds have decided to offer all parents and customers a 20% discount off all items purchased from them online between 19th March and 12th April 2020 (Easter Sunday), including all items of uniform and sportswear.  A code will be displayed on the Home Page of their website which should be used to claim this discount. Their shops will be closed until further notice.

 

I hope you all stay safe and well during these testing times. Please let me know if you need anything from the school. 

Yours faithfully, 
Mrs Clare Wagner
Headteacher

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I am so sorry, this is going to be a long email. Apologies in advance, but I know that so many of you have unanswered questions at the end of this very challenging week for us all.

Government guidance

This evening the Department for Education has issued the following guidance for parents and carers and has asked me to forward it to you:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers.

I hope all of your children have had a good day. This has been such a strange week for all of us. Saying goodbye to our pupils was an extraordinarily sad experience yesterday, particularly when it was to our pupils due to sit public examinations. They felt that all of their hard work was in vain. Please be assured that I will do everything within my power to ensure that this is absolutely not the case. This afternoon, the Department for Education issued further information regarding the award of GCSE and A Level grades which can be found in full here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced. I am afraid that this information is not particularly helpful. When additional details are forthcoming, we will inform students, parents and carers. I do understand what a worrying time this is for Year 11 and Year 13. We will keep you updated as more information is issued. In addition, for some of these pupils, this would be their very last day at the West London Free School. We have promised them that we will invite them back as soon as we can for a proper valedictory occasion.

Remote teaching

Today we have spent time preparing for our remote teaching in the weeks and months to come. We will be sending all work home via ShowMyHomework. We will also be teaching remote lessons via Microsoft Teams from Monday. Initially this will be for Year 10 and Year 12 pupils only and then we will phase it in for Years 7-9. We will send instructions about how to download Teams onto your phone or computer on Monday, but you may like to start doing this now. It is extremely straightforward to do this and there are tutorials online which take you through it in a very simple manner.Please do let us know how this approach is working as the week progresses. Pupils in Years 7,8,9, 10 and 12 should have enough work set to last them several hours. They have also been instructed to submit work, via the teacher’s email address, ShowMyHomework or Teams, as individual teachers request. Years 10 and 12 will have live lessons on Teams that will be scheduled at the same time as their lessons in school. I would be grateful if you could ensure that your children have a quiet and tidy place to study, that time is given over to academic work for clearly allocated hours during the day, and that work/lessons are being undertaken in a peaceful environment. They should also remember to practise their musical instruments every day and spend at least half an hour reading a good book. We will shortly be sending out pre-reading and preparation work for those entering the Sixth Form in the autumn. This should be available at the start of next week. 

Staying safe

Above all, I request you to ensure that your children stay inside. They should not go out, visit friends, go to the park or undertake any other activity outside the house. This is the whole point of the exercise and is the cornerstone of the government’s strategy to curb the spread of the Coronavirus. School will only be open for children who have an EHC Plan, who are children of key workers, or who are vulnerable. If you have any queries about this, please do not hesitate to contact me at c.wagner@wlfs.org

This week the true spirit of the West London Free School has shone more brightly and resolutely than ever before. The children have all been fantastic. They understood the gravity of what is taking place and conducted themselves impeccably on the last day. Parents and carers have been so kind, with so many message of support and cooperation. The PTA have also been phenomenal, providing us with funds to help the school to provide unexpected levels of care both here in school and to struggling families at very short notice. The staff here have been truly magnificent, risking their own health by volunteering to come in to work with our vulnerable pupils and to take care of the children of crucial workers, so that they in turn can go to work and help us to be victorious in our national fight against this devastating virus. Apologies for the lengthy email. I hope you all manage to stay at home and to maintain harmonious and peaceful households. No easy feat, for sure.


Please see below additional points of information for the relevant years:   

Years 7 to 13 : Music Events Cancelled - ABRSM Exams, Spring Concert and Salisbury Cathedral Evensong

Sadly, as you will all be aware, we have had to cancel all the music events and trips that were due to take place over the next couple of weeks, including the Spring Concert. However, we still intend to perform the Concert later in the year and will let you know as soon as a date can be confirmed.

 

Year 8 : 2nd Dose Immunisations

The Year 8 immunisations have been cancelled next week, 27th March. Once schools have reopened, we will organise an alternative date.

 

Year 11 pupils only, St Paul’s Summer Entrepreneurship Course, 22nd June – 2nd July 2020

20 places available

This year’s course features a selection of expert speakers who will provide a series of interactive talks on topics including Financial Modelling, Business Ideation, Group Dynamics, and Presentation Skills. Students will be allocated into mixed groups and required to develop a sustainable business concept based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Students will be required to arrive at 8.30am every day with sessions running until 12:35pm. Lunch will be provided free of charge for those attending from partner schools and includes vegetarian, vegan and allergy-free options.

To register email a.symons@wlfs.org

 

Years 7 to 11 : Billings & Edmonds

Under these difficult and exceptional circumstances, Billings & Edmonds have decided to offer all parents and customers a 20% discount off all items purchased from them online between 19th March and 12th April 2020 (Easter Sunday), including all items of uniform and sportswear.  A code will be displayed on the Home Page of their website which should be used to claim this discount.

  

Years 7 to 13 : Brackenbury Residents Association Annual Social 24 March 2020

The BRA committee regret to inform you that we have decided to postpone the Spring Social event on 24 March due to the Coronavirus threat. In view of the current situation, it seems the most sensible action to take.

The crisis is likely to last a few months, so we will reschedule later in the year, probably in October, and will keep you informed. 

Finance

Please note that if you would like a refund of your child’s lunch money, please send this request to finance@wlfs.org. With regards to Activities Week, we are currently expecting this to go ahead as planned.

With warmest wishes, 
Mrs Clare Wagner
Headteacher

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I imagine this week that you have heard more than enough from me. Thank you so much to all of you for your support, kindness and understanding during these challenging times.

My only further piece of information that I would like to pass onto you is that on Tuesday 17th March we will send the pupils home at 2.45 pm (after Period 5) in order to provide staff training, so that we are able to provide your children with the best possible educational provision, should we have to close the school.

This evening we have our Sixth Form Cabaret performance in Franklin House. I believe it was Irving Berlin who exhorted us to “Face the Music and Dance”, if there is trouble ahead. Here at the West London Free School, that is exactly what we are going to do this evening.

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 13th March 2020.

 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Update

Please find attached a letter from Mrs Thomix, Head of Sixth Form.

 

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Sports Department

Below are this week’s fixture results:

09-Mar

Hockey

U12

B

Holland Park

Draw

1 - 1

09-Mar

Football

U13

B

Burlington Danes Academy

Loss

3 - 0

10-Mar

Football

U15

B

Fulham Boys School

Loss

3 - 1

10-Mar

Hockey

U14

B

Southern Counties Tournament

8th

11-Mar

Hockey

U12

B

Middlesex Championships

2nd

A good week for the U12 boy’s hockey team this week, with a fixture on Monday and the Middlesex Tournament of Wednesday. There is some great talent in the team and I am looking forward to seeing them develop over the next few years. 

There’s a bit of uncertainly with fixtures at the moment, with tournaments being cancelled and schools cancelling fixtures. We will continue to keep you updated if there are any fixture cancellations in the coming weeks. 

 

Years 7 to 13 : Updating Contact Details

We would be grateful if all parents/carers can make sure that they update us with all new address, email address and phone details. This will mean that we can always contact you as a matter of emergency or provide you with any necessary information.

 

Years 7 to 13 : Choral Concert 

On Thursday 19th March, members of the Year 12 choir are performing in a choral concert alongside several other schools and members of the highly acclaimed professional vocal group, Stile Antico. The concert will take place at 5:45pm at St Michael and All Angels, Turnham Green. Please see the attached flyer for further details.

 

Years 7 to 13 : Spring Concert

The Spring Concert featuring WLFS Orchestra and WLFS Year 10/11 Choir and Sixth Form Choir will be taking place at St Paul's Church, Hammersmith, on Thursday 26th March at 7.00pm. We are looking forward to performing  a varied and exciting programme, and hope that many parents and pupils will attend. Please visit Ticketsource to purchase tickets, using this link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/select/fjFabsQOJYBP

 

Years 10 to 13 : Climbing Club 

Climbing Club (4pm on Wednesday) at Ravenswall Climbing is open to any pupils aged 14 and over, if you child is interested in choosing this as a club for Trinity Term please contact clubs@wlfs.org.  If there is not enough interest in this club we will remove it from the programme.

 

Years 7 to 13 : West London Free School Boat Club – Thames Marathon Row

On Friday 27th March 2020, students from WLFS Boat Club will be completing a marathon fundraising row over 26 miles from Runnymede back to Fulham Reach Boat Club to raise money for the Boat Club.

They have a target of £400 - please donate via https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/wlfsbc

 

Year 11 pupils only, St Paul’s Summer Entrepreneurship Course, 22nd June – 2nd July 2020

20 places available 

This year’s course features a selection of expert speakers who will provide a series of interactive talks on topics including Financial Modelling, Business Ideation, Group Dynamics, and Presentation Skills. Students will be allocated into mixed groups and required to develop a sustainable business concept based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Students will be required to arrive at 8.30am every day with sessions running until 12:35pm. Lunch will be provided free of charge for those attending from partner schools and includes vegetarian, vegan and allergy-free options. 

To register email a.symons@wlfs.org

 

Years 7 to 11 : Urgent notice - Billings & Edmonds - free web delivery for limited period

As a temporary measure, in order to assist parents who wish to avoid visiting their shops within the current environment; Billings & Edmonds are offering free carriage on all web orders.

The free carriage will be offered from 14th March to 30th April.

A promotional code will be displayed on our homepage, which can then be entered at the checkout, in order to apply the free carriage.

  

Years 7 to 13 : Invitation to Brackenbury Residents Association Annual Social 24 March 2020

Please see attached invitation with further details. There is no entry fee.

  

Years 7 to 13 : Kite Studios Easter Holiday Workshops

Kite Studios (2B Bassein Park Road, off Askew Roa W12 9RY) are running Easter Holiday Art and Clay Workshops from 6-17th April for 4-7 year olds (mornings) and older children and teenagers (afternoons - perfect if they need a lie-in first). 

Please visit the Kite website for more details and to make a booking:

https://www.kitestudios.org/term-category/holiday-workshop/easter-holiday-workshops/

   

Please see the following attachments: 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Clubs and Fixtures

Years 7 to 13 : Stile Antico Concert Flyer

Years 7 to 13 : Brackenbury Residents Association Invitation

 I wish you all a peaceful and healthy weekend.

Yours faithfully,
Mrs C Wagner
Headteacher

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Last night, Cabaret season kicked off with a fantastic show performed by pupils from Years 8 and 9. This afternoon, Year 7 were similarly brilliant; tonight it is the turn of Years 10 and 11. These Cabarets are such a wonderful showcase for our young musicians, singers and songwriters. The solo, duo, group and choir items all demonstrate what talented pupils we have here at WLFS and the fantastic work of our unique Music Department. I am sure all those who attend enjoy them as much as I do. Next Friday is the turn of the Sixth Form at Franklin House. 

Further to previous communication sent by the Knowledge Schools Trust, the former music teacher who worked at the school is being charged at Westminster on Monday 9th March. This information is now in the press. I am very sorry to have to tell you this. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I am most grateful to you for all of your messages of support this week. I am very pleased to be able to inform you that the pupil involved in the incident on Tuesday is recovering well at home.

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 6th March 2020.

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Update

Please find attached a letter from Mrs Thomix, Head of Sixth Form.

 

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Sports Department

Please see this week’s fixtures results below:

02-Mar

Hockey

U13A

G

Kew House

Loss

3 - 0

02-Mar

Hockey

U13B

G

Kew House

Loss

2 - 0

02-Mar

Hockey

U13C

G

Kew House

Win

11 - 6

03-Mar

Hockey

U12A

G

Kew House

Draw

1- 1

03-Mar

Hockey

U12B

G

Kew House

Win

5 - 0

03-Mar

Hockey

U12C

G

Kew House

Win

5 - 3

04-Mar

Hockey

U16

B

Kings College School

Loss

3 - 0

05-Mar

Hockey

U15

G

Kew House

Draw

1-1

06-Mar

Hockey

U14

G

Radnor House

 

It’s been a busy (and wet!) week of hockey fixtures. It’s been great to see the resilience of our pupils continuing to work hard in the rain and just getting on with it without any moaning! As we draw closer to the end of term, we begin to cast our minds towards summer sports and clubs. In games lessons, pupils will be doing athletics for the first half term at Kings House Sports Ground. Sports clubs will include tennis, rounders and cricket.

 

Years 7 to 13 : Updating Contact Details 

We would be grateful if all parents/carers can make sure that update us with all new address, email address and phone details. This will mean that we can always contact you as a matter of emergency or provide you with any necessary information.

 

Years 7 to 13 : Choral Concert

On Thursday 19th March, members of the Year 12 choir are performing in a choral concert alongside several other schools and members of the highly acclaimed professional vocal group, Stile Antico. The concert will take place at 5:45pm at St Michael and All Angels, Turnham Green. Please see the attached flyer for further details.

 

Years 7 to 13 : Spring Concert

Save the date for the Spring Concert featuring WLFS Orchestra and WLFS Year 10/11 Choir and Sixth Form Choir on Thursday 26th March at 7.00pm. We are looking forward to performing  a varied and exciting programme, and hope that many parents and pupils will attend. Please visit Ticketsource to purchase tickets, using this link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/select/fjFabsQOJYBP

 

Years 7 to 13 : West London Free School Boat Club – Thames Marathon Row

On Friday 27th March 2020, students from WLFS Boat Club will be completing a marathon fundraising row over 26 miles from Runnymede back to Fulham Reach Boat Club to raise money for the Boat Club.

They have a target of £400 - please donate via https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/wlfsbc

 

Year 11 pupils only, St Paul’s Summer Entrepreneurship Course, 22nd June – 2nd July 2020

20 places available

This year’s course features a selection of expert speakers who will provide a series of interactive talks on topics including Financial Modelling, Business Ideation, Group Dynamics, and Presentation Skills. Students will be allocated into mixed groups and required to develop a sustainable business concept based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Students will be required to arrive at 8.30am every day with sessions running until 12:35pm. Lunch will be provided free of charge for those attending from partner schools and includes vegetarian, vegan and allergy-free options.

To register email a.symons@wlfs.org

 

Years 7 to 13 : Invitation to Brackenbury Residents Association Annual Social 24 March 2020

Please see attached invitation with further details. There is no entry fee.

Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Clubs and Fixtures

Years 7 to 13 : Stile Antico Concert Flyer

Years 7 to 13 : Brackenbury Residents Association Invitation

I wish you all a good weekend. Spring is nearly here!

Yours faithfully,

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

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