A message from the Head Teacher Mr Steve Hughes:

Mr Steve Hughes

“I am delighted to welcome you to the Wilson Stuart School website.

At Wilson Stuart, we are determined that all our students make outstanding progress and succeed. We aim to support them all to do their very best, enjoy school and to develop important qualities such as respecting, understanding and helping each other.

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Mr Steve Hughes
Head Teacher

The Wizard of Oz!

On Wednesday 2nd May the 6th Form showed the premiere of their version of The Wizard of Oz!

The film was a real triumph with the audience of students, staff and parents. Our 6th Form students performed with such maturity and confidence and showed just what good actors they truly are.

Staff played a vital part too – with creating costumes, providing props and handling our temperamental toy dog as “Toto”!!!

A very special mention needs to go to the film’s director, Sian Kennedy, whose vision, skill and hard work enabled the film itself to be so professional and our young actors so inspiring.

Now, what shall we do next year????

DVD Copies are available for £5

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Science/Critical Thinking Day 2018

On 1st May 2018, the Primary and Secondary classes enjoyed a Science/Critical Thinking Day which involved a range of science themed activities and tested student’s critical thinking skills! We had a very special visit from the Animal Man, who allowed students to touch the animals and even place a snake around our neck! Students also enjoyed a treasure hunt activity, making animal habitats, identifying animal sounds and footprints, and exploring sampling techniques. The animal habitats that we created are now proudly displayed in our reception area – come and have a look!

3.1 Maths Trip to Aldi and cooking session

On Thursday 26th April, 3.1 walked up to Aldi and purchased some ingredients they needed to cook vegetable pilau and tadka daal.  The following Monday 30th April the pupils cooked using their ingredients. They weighed onions, potatoes and rice using the balance scales and the analogue scales; they also measured the correct amount of water needed for the rice. Fantastic team work was carried out through washing drying and organising the ingredients. 3.1 worked very hard and enjoyed a fabulous meal!!

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Unbeaten Run Ends as Wilson Stuart Finish Runners Up at The West Midlands Lords Taverners Table Cricket Final

On Wednesday 25th April the Table Cricket Team went in search of their 3rd title of the year at the West Midlands Lord’s Taverners Table Cricket Championships, looking to extend their unbeaten run of 40 matches without defeat.

The team got off to the perfect start in their first match against Derwen College scoring 312 runs and bowling their opponents out for 195 and similar results followed in the next match against Chadsgrove School with Wilson Stuart posting another impressive score of 297 runs and then again restricting their opponents to another low score in reply of 221.  This put the team into the play off for a place in the final where they came up against Penn Hall School, again batting first Wilson Stuart posted a score of 275 their lowest of the day, however, this didn’t turn out to be a problem as they restricted their opponents to 185 in reply being Wilson Stuart had made the final for the forth year in a row and extended their unbeaten run to 43 matches.

In final the team came up against unknown quantity of The Futures Academy playing in their first table cricket competition, unfortunately Wilson Stuart didn’t get off to their usual strong start with the bat and limped towards a total of 255 leaving themselves a lot of work to do with the ball.  Although they battled hard in the field they just did not have enough runs on the board to defend and after 44 matches the team’s winning run came to an end eventually losing the final by 16 runs to a very strong side.

Every good run eventually comes to an end and team’s learn from and defeat and a new one run begins…as defending National Champions the team have the opportunity to do this by defending their National Title at Lord’s on Thursday 21st June 2018.

Pictured is the team which finished runners up and got the opportunity to hold and pose with the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy with the ICC Cricket World Cup taking place in England and Wales in 2019.

National Boccia Finals 2018 – Friday 20th April 2018

The Lord’s Taverners National Boccia Finals took place at Hertfordshire Sports Village this Friday (20 April) where schools from across the country competed for the national boccia title in the Physical Disability Finals and the Pan Disability Finals.

Nearly 3,000 participants had competed in 50 county and regional competitions over the course of the last few months to get to the final stages, where the following teams competed for their respective national titles:

Physical Disability

Broadgreen International School (North West)

Percy Hedley (North East)

St Georges Academy (East Midlands)

Wilson Stuart (West Midlands)

Thomas Wolsey (East Anglia North)

Beacon hill (East Anglia South)

Cleeve Park (London)

Angmering (South East)

Arbour Vale (Central)

Woodlands School (South West)

Long Dean (East Anglia South 2)

First up for the Wilson Stuart School Team was St Georges Academy in an opening match which the team played very well to finish winners by 5-1, having been at school for 6.15am and spent 3 hours on a minibus traveling to the event.  Next up was Long Dean in a very tight match which was decided on the tie break, after four ends nothing could separate the teams as the scores were locked at 3-3 and everything was going to plan in the tie break until Long Dean took there last shot at the “Jack” and moved the Wilson Stuart ball to take the lead, with 5 shots still to play Wilson Stuart tried everything to try and regain the lead but unfortunately it was not to be with the match finishing in a 4-3 defeat.

This meant the team had it all to do in their last group match against Woodlands who were 2 from 2 and leading the group at this stage. This was another tight encounter between two very good teams which saw the Wilson Stuart pull out all the stops to take a brilliant win and finish top of the group on points difference to qualify for the semi-finals.  Where they had to meet Woodlands School again who had finished best runners up across all the groups. Which turned out to be another tight which started all badly for Wilson Stuart losing the first end 2-0, but after this wake up call the team turned it around winning the next 3 ends all 1-0 to make the final score 3-2 and putting them in the final.

The final turned out to be one match too far as a controversial refereeing decision cost the team their Jack in the first end and put them on the back foot against the current holders and exceptional Angmering Team who played some fantastic boccia to regain their title.

Qualifying for the event in the first place was a massive achievement and then to finish runners up was beyond the wildest dreams of the team and staff involved.

A big thank you must go to all the players involved Reece, Jack, Unais and Aaron who won two qualifying competitions before this event and the staff and parents who made it to school for 6am for the long drive to Hatfield in Hertfordshire and the late finish at the other end of the day.

 

Boccia

On Tuesday 13th March the Secondary Boccia Teams went to Nechells Health and Wellbeing Centre to take part in the West Midlands Lord’s Taverners Boccia Championships.  After an outstanding performance in the Birmingham Competition in the previous round where Wilson Stuart School finished first and second place two teams from school were able to take place in the Regional Competition.  Drawn in separate groups the A Team (Junior Team) came up against Two Rivers School from Staffordshire and Uplands Manor from the Black Country and the B Team (Senior Team)  came up against Sherbourne Fields from Warwickshire and Chadsgrove from Worcestershire.

Both team were successful in winning both of their group matches

Wilson Stuart A winning 2 – 1 against Uplands Manor and 6 – 0 against Two Rivers and Wilson Stuart B winning 6 – 1 against Sherbourne Fields and winning the Tie Break against Chadsgrove to win 3 – 2.

Meaning both teams had progressed to the semi finals where the A Team beat Sherbourne Fields 8 – 1 and the B Team beating Uplands Manor 3 – 1 setting up are carbon copy of the Birmingham Finals where both Wilson Stuart School Teams contested the final.

In the final the A Team started the stronger taking the first end 1- 0 but after that it was one traffic as the B Team took advantage and won the 3 remaining ends 1 – 0, 2 – 0 and 5 – 0 meaning the Wilson Stuart School B Team were crowned Lord’s Taverners Regional Boccia Champions for 2018 and qualifying for the Nationals Schools Championships in April with the A Team finishing runners up. A massive achievement from all those involved!

GDPR Preparation

On May 25th the General Data Protection Regulation will come into affect across the EU. It is a new law that is being implemented in exactly the same way across all EU countries to create a level set of rules to ensure all data held and processed by organisations within the EU is secure and processed lawfully.

As public organisations, schools (and academies) are required to comply. At Wilson Stuart we have been working on our GDPR readiness since November 2017. Since then:

  • We have made everyone in school aware – all the way up to our governors.
  • We have been on several training courses
  • Have put a team together to work on compliance
  • Begun reviewing all of our data and documents and updating them

The process of becoming fully GDPR compliant will be long because it affects all aspects of the school.

We do already have strong Data Protection policies and protections but these now all need to be updated in line with GDPR. Furthermore the BIG change with GDPR is that we now have to produce a lot of documentation to prove our compliance. This is what is going to take us a long time!

But rest assured we are working on it to make sure that GDPR will be central to our day-to-day culture.

We already highly value and protect all of our student, parents and staff data and will continue to do so in the presence of GDPR.

As a parent/carer you may receive some letters from us regarding GDPR. Some of those may be about consent and some about updating your information with us. Please do read and send back everything you receive.

For further information about GDPR please visit the ICO website.

The video below is a great overview of GDPR and how it affects schools and has been produced by GDPRiS to inform parents.