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.
24th February - New Term starts
12th to 14th March - Year 7 Kingswood Trip
13th to 15th March - Years 10 & 11 MFL Trip
20th March - Year 8 Parents' Evening
31st March to 4th April - Years 8 to 10 PGL Trip
2nd April - "HOW" PTFA Meeting (All welcome)
3rd April - Primary Schools' Easter Service
4th April - School Easter Service. End of Term 4
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6 girls represented Walderslade in the Medway Cross country team in the Kent Cross Country Championships in Dartford on Saturday 18th January.
To be selected for this race is an achievement in itself and our girls were a credit to the school. They were Emily Featherstone, Codie Groves (Y7), Amy Berry and Jessica Msaters (Y9) and Ellise Kempster and |Brittany McKenzie from (Y10/11) . Particular congratulations to Emily who gained 7th place out of 116. Emily now is in a very strong position to be selected for the Kent team in English Schools race.
On Tuesday the 14th of January the year 7 indoor rowing team won the Kent Indoor Rowing competition, beating a number of highly competitive schools to reach the Kent finals. This is an outstanding achievement for the four students; Emily Featherstone, Grace Okunfulure, Elise Johnson, and Chloe Iles who won the competition by over 300 meters.
The year 7 rowing team were able to compete in the Kent rowing competition as a result of winning the Medway competition. They will now move on to the Kent finals, an achievement never before accomplished by an indoor rowing team at Walderslade Girls School.
On Thursday the 16th of January the Under 13 basketball team won the Medway Basketball competition, winning every game that they participated in. The girls performed exceptionally well and should be congratulated for their hard work and unity. The Walderslade Girls team was made up of highly talented individuals who pulled together to make some excellent performances. Most notably against Rainham Girls who they pipped to victory in the last 30 seconds. Special mention should go to Jordan Toomey who scored a number of important points from distance, and Fiyin Joseph who worked incredibly hard when defending making her a formidable opponent.