Walderslade Girls' School | Bradfields Avenue | Chatham | ME5 OLE
Tel: (01634) 861596 | Fax: (01634) 666506
Headteacher: Mrs L. McGowan BMus MA NPQH
Specialist College for Humanities and the Arts
As the school’s Deputy Headteacher my main responsibilities are the school curriculum, student tracking, target setting, performance review and ICT provision. I deputise for the Headteacher when appropriate and line manage the faculties of English, mathematics and humanities.
I have been at WGS for 25 years. I am an Assistant Head Teacher whose area of expertise is continuous professional development of the teaching and support staff and in training the next generation of teachers. I am also responsible for any personnel issues. Walderslade Girls’ School is a happy school with purpose and I am very proud to work here.
My role in school is to line manage the Heads of Year, the Heads of House and the team of staff who work in our dedicated Pastoral Support area and who provide care and guidance for the students each day. Another key area of my work is to be the school’s Safeguarding Officer which includes the role of Designated Child Protection Co-ordinator and Designated Looked After Child Co-ordinator.
I have taught at the school for thirteen years, teaching within the English department. I thoroughly enjoy teaching the students at WGS and feel very passionate about their learning. My present leadership responsibilities are to oversee teaching and learning across the school. I also have a wider responsibility for school marketing, publicity and our links with the community. I line manage the Performing Arts Faculty including Dance; Drama and Music and the Creative and Visual Arts Faculty which includes: Art; Photography; Textiles and Graphics. I oversee the school library and literacy across the school.
I am always happy to discuss anything concerning my roles within the school.
Inclusion is the key to a successful, happy and well-rounded individual. As the Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Inclusion my role is to ensure students and their needs are central to everything we do at WGS. I am the designated SENCO, I oversee Pupil Premium, Attendance and Punctuality of students, and Alternative Provision. Due to the nature of my work there is significant cross over with the pastoral care of students, in which I work closely with Mrs Greenfield.
As assistant head teacher responsible for the sixth form, I support our students with their transition from teenagers to young adults. I am also responsible for ensuring for the development of student leadership and representation throughout the school.
2nd June - New Term starts
27th June - Quiz Night (All welcome)
30th June - Sixth Form Induction Week
4th July - Year 12 Musical Theatre Showcase 6.30pm
7th July - GCSE & A Level Art, Graphics and Photography Exhibition (Evening)
15th July - Sports Day
16th July - "HOW" PTFA Meeting (All welcome)
23rd July - Term ends
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As part of the School Games each school is invited to compete in District competition in Athletics. Eight Year 7 students were selected. Each athlete had to complete a track, field and a relay event so the students had to be good all-rounders in athletics.
Walderslade performed very well and came third overall in Medway and first in the Chatham area, therefore we qualified to take part in the Kent finals in Canterbury. The competition was extremely tough with high quality teams from Tonbridge, Canterbury and Thanet. Walderslade Girls competed at the highest level and combined with Greenacre Boys team beat three teams. Well done to the following girls: Emily Featherstone, Zakiyyah Howell, Elizabeth Sowami, Melanie Sharpe, Elise Johnson, Matilda Walker, Brooke Roostan and Erin Pomphrey.
On Tuesday 15th July all six houses, Curie, Austen, Jebb, Nightingale, Fry and Parks gathered on the field for a 10.45am start with the Parade of Houses. This was a very colourful display and girls had spent much time producing banners and decorations from the day before.
We have such spectacular talent in terms of our athletic team who have worked very hard during the summer term. This was evident not only from the twelve medals we won at District Athletics, but also great depth of talent over the whole school.
Thirty-two students from Years 8-11 took part in the 1500m, the first race which was a fantastic sight. These girls are to be commended running this distance on a very warm July day.