Week Ending Friday 10th February 2023

Message from the Headteacher, Ms A. Sharma:

Last night I had the privilege of seeing our students perform in our annual drama production of Arabian Nights.  It was an amazing show.  The set, performances, costumes, props and delivery was absolutely fantastic.  It was a real pleasure to welcome so many parents/ carers at the two performances.  Many families commented how much they enjoyed the show. I cannot thank enough our drama staff and those who helped with the production for their effort and the hours of hard work they spent in getting students ready for the show. The students who participated were brimming with confidence and it is wonderful to see so many of them taking up the opportunity to perform in front of a large audience and cope with the pressure.  Well done to the drama team and congratulations on the best show yet.

We also have the validated data for our last year’s GCSE results published by the DfE now and it is great to see that Villiers is in the top 1% of all schools in England for the progress students have made.  We were ranked 27th out of some 7,500 schools.  The VHS maths department has the second highest Progress 8 score in the country. I would like to thank all the parents/ carers for their support in achieving this milestone.  You should all be very proud of this achievement.

We have launched an appeal for donations for the Turkey/ Syria earthquake survivors.  We will be collecting items such as dry baby food, powder milk, pasta, blankets, warm baby clothes, nappies etc. We would welcome any donations you can send after the half term via your child.  Please ask them to take this to the admin office.

I hope students enjoy their half term break.  

Year 11 and 13 mock exams

Y11 and Y13 mock exams begin on Wednesday 22nd February, please find the timetables attached. We wish all students the best of luck!

Cooking Club

This week’s cooking club made one pan spicy traffic light rice. They demonstrated skills such as, measuring, seasoning, chopping and washing up.

Future Frontier

Future Frontiers is an educational charity that runs a career coaching programme to enhance young people’s knowledge and understanding of career opportunities. They are working on a research project with Year 11 students in schools across London to find out more about their career knowledge and aspirations, so that they can use the findings to better meet the needs of young people in this area.

If you are happy for your child to take part in a ten minute survey about careers, please read and sign the following consent form. FF22E Research Parent

Participating students will be included in a prize draw to receive one of five £50 vouchers, as a thank you for taking part in the research.

Year 9 to 12- Imperial College London outreach summer schools

Year 9 – 12 students, who are interested in residential and non-residential opportunities to explore STEM subjects and want to discover what it is like to study at Imperial College London, can take part in lectures and activities alongside Imperial lecturers and current students.

Visit their website to apply and find out more about their range of Summer School Programmes: 

  • Year 9 Girls Engineering Summer School: 7 – 11 August
  • Year 10 Insights into Science and Engineering Summer School: 2 – 5 August (Residential)
  • Year 11 Online STEM Challenge: 27 – 30 June
  • Year 12 Sutton Trust Summer School Week 1: 17-21 July (Residential)
  • Year 12 Sutton Trust Summer School Week 2: 24-28 July (Residential)
  • Year 12 Work Experience Programme: 3-7 July

They will be holding an online teacher information session on 23rd February 2023, 4:30-5:30pm – register here

Summer School applications will close on 9th March 2023. 

UCL access and widening participation

Please click on the links below to access some exciting opportunities for Year 7 – 11:

There are also many opportunities for students in Year 12-13 including:

Letter from Metropolitan Police

Please read the following letter from the Metropolitan Police.

DEI in science

Please read the attached for more information regarding the science DEI competition. 

Mental Health Bookmark Competition

Villiers are officially taking part in Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week: https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/ Please click here to see our school flag on the national map.       

Mental Health support for parents and caregivers

Young Mind’s Parent Helpline and Webchat provides advice and support for parents and caregivers who are worried about a child or young person. Please click here for further information.

DT Competition

Please see the attached for further information regarding the DT competition. 

Families with children entitled to FSM

Parents/ Carers who are not currently registered as eligible for free school meals, can apply on the FSM portal if you think you might be eligible. Please click here for further information.

If your child is eligible for free school meals, Ealing Council will be providing additional financial support during the February half term holiday. You will shortly receive a supermarket voucher to support you to meet food and other essential costs over the school holiday. Please click here for further information.

Ealing food bank

Ealing food bank welcomes donations to provide help to people in crisis. Please click here for more information regarding drop off locations.

Parent Ambassador

Please read the attached parent ambassador advert and job description for a Konkani speaker.

Message to Parents of Year 11 – 13 Students

Students sitting any exams this summer need to be available for the full exam period. They cannot book holidays until Thursday 29th June 2023 onwards.

They will not know their summer exam timetable until later this year, as some exams are still being moved due to clashes. However, regardless of when their last exam is, they must be available up until Wednesday 28th June 2023, as this is the contingency day, alongside two contingency afternoons on Thursday 8th and Thursday 15th June 2023.

Contingency dates are added in case there is a national or local emergency and an exam has to be moved and students must be available for this. 

Key Forthcoming Dates

Get in Touch

If you have any suggestions on how to improve the school further or any concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email: info@villiers.ealing.sch.uk