Message from the Headteacher, Mr C Richards:
We welcomed families of new potential students to our Open Evening this Thursday. It’s an opportunity for the school to show families in the area what we do well and to share our educational philosophy. Every year, the feedback is that our students are our most valuable asset with which we wholeheartedly agree. Thank you to all staff and students who made the evening such a great success. Hopefully our students (and staff) took advantage of the slightly later start today (Friday) which we will repeat next Friday following our into 6th form evening.
We were disappointed to learn on Wednesday that the school photography company had let us down, but we will arrange this for another point during the year. We look forward to welcoming year 11s and their families this Thursday to our ‘Into sixth form evening’ giving them an insight into life at Key Stage 5 and beyond.
As the weather is becoming more seasonal, don’t forget to send your child in with a warm waterproof overcoat (with a name label). If you are struggling with affording such items, please contact your child’s Head of Year.
Into sixth form Evening and Late Start 29/09/23
As last week, we have an opening evening on Thursday 28th September, this time for families of our year 11 students. A lot of time and effort goes into preparing for the event. As a result of the late finish on Thursday evening (28th September) and the tidying up that ensues, we will be starting at 9.20am the next day (29th September). This means that free breakfast club starts at 8.45 (this is the earliest time pupils will be allowed into school through gate 6 on Villiers Road). All pupils will be expected to be through gate 6 by 9.17am and in tutor rooms by 9.20am. If they arrive at the gate after 9.17am, they are late. There are no more late starts planned this term.
Free school meal applications – please read
Families who are not currently registered for free school meals, but feel that they are eligible can apply using the following link here. Free school meals are available for pupils of parents/carers that receive certain benefits. Further information on the criteria for applying can be found here.
We have included video guidance for families to view which gives details on how to set up a ParentPay account. You can find further information on the ParentPay help page. For further queries or if you are unable to set up your account, please contact the school office via email on email@example.com
Any ID cards, holders, lanyards, blazer badges or school planners purchased via ParentPay must be collected from the school office (not the canteen).
Shaan from year 9 was selected to represent Great Britain at this year’s World Cadet Taekwondo Championships in Bosnia and Herzegovina which took place from 28th to 31st August. Competing as a team of 6 athletes from Great Britain, Shaan competed in a height category of 46 other participants. We are extremely proud of his achievements.
Ealing Mental Health Support Team (workshop for parents)
Trip to Imperial College for the Conference
On Wednesday 20th September 2023 the year 13 Physics students attended a Conference about Science and Engineering for Cultural Heritage and Conservation. The visit provided the students with a great opportunity to take part in the intellectually stimulating discussion.
For many, this was the first time they had taken part in such an event. The students were engaged by speakers from different fields of engineering who presented their research projects. These projects gave students an insight into how research questions can be developed into new knowledge and create healthy debates on technological developments.
A glimpse into the range of topics presented included Environmental monitoring and control at English Heritage using modern technology. This research explored the History of polymer development. This has brought up more questions than answers on sustainable polymers – are they really what they seem?
Another key topic was the Application of ATR-FTIR Spectroscopy imaging that has been used in investigation degradation of paintings in the Houses of Parliament for Westminster paintings. Students had the opportunity to network with Scientists in the fields of their own interests for potential future studies and career development.
Celebrate and cheer!
We like to take the time to recognise our creative alumni who, having left Villiers, have developed their design skills further.
Udayjeet Singh, who left in 2021 is currently part way through his Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture, at Kingston University. You can see examples of one of the amazing models he made during his course. Another former Product Design student, Uzair Mozam, just secured an engineering apprenticeship with British Airways. We wish him the best of luck in his apprenticeship. The Design and Technology department will be present at next week’s Y11 Preparation for exam success and into 6th form Evening, and are happy to talk to families about creative pathways after GCSE.
Students with prescription medication
A reminder that students should not be carrying any medication in school (with the exception of epi pens and asthma pumps). Any prescription medication (given by a GP) must be handed to the welfare room and a medication consent form should be completed by families for health and safety purposes. If students are feeling unwell, they must go to the welfare room and families will be contacted if necessary.
Medical and allergy information
We need to ensure that our school records accurately reflect your child’s medical needs including information on any allergies. Please keep us informed of any changes to your child’s medical allergy condition(s) to ensure information is accurate and up to date on our school system.
If a student has been prescribed an Epi-Pen by their doctor, they should carry two: one to be carried on their person and the other to be provided to the welfare room in case of an emergency.
In addition, please encourage your child to check with the canteen staff for any food allergens before purchasing and to read the food labels on display.
If you have any queries, please contact the welfare officer directly via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the school.
Food related questions can be directed to Charlie (Catering Manager) via email email@example.com
To continue supporting our community, the SEND team is planning a donation to help the homeless of Southall. We would like families to please contribute towards the cause. All items will be donated to the Hope for Southall Street Homeless.
Men’s clothes needed: All medium sized.
• Winter Jackets
• Joggers and Hoodies
• Trainers (sizes 8, 9, 10)
The dropping point will be in school and for more information the contact person will be Ms Z Rathod. Last date for collection is Wednesday 1st November 2023.
Volunteer with the Felix Project
Volunteer with The Felix Project and join thousands of fellow Londoners in the fight against food waste and hunger. The Felix Project are London’s leading food redistribution charity. And are looking for volunteers to help redistribute supplies. If you have time to volunteer, please click here to find out more.
Embracing Difference – Ending Bullying Survey
Our school has been selected to take part in an anti-bullying project Embracing Difference – Ending Bullying’, which has been funded by the Department for Education. We are working with a charity called Diversity Role Models, who will be delivering staff training and supporting us to tackle and prevent prejudice-based bullying.
An important part of this project is to understand the views and experiences of our parents and carers. This is a chance for you to share your views and help create a positive and impactful change at the school.
Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey. Click here to access the Parent/Carer Survey. Your responses will help shape the training and a tailored school action plan. Please complete the survey by Tuesday 26th September, 2023.
Parent Governor Vacancy
There is currently one vacancy for a parent governor to join the Governing Board at Villiers High School. Our parent governors are valuable members of the Governing Board which supports the school and also holds school leaders to account. Parent governors provide a vital link between the school and the wider community and help us to decide what is best for all our pupils. Governors play a key role in continuing to drive improvement.
Further details can be found in the letter above, for your information.
How to apply
Below is a link to download the nomination form. You can nominate yourself or another parent using this form. If you require further forms, these can be collected from the school office. Please return the nomination form by Friday 29 September, 2023 to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Parent Governor Vacancy” as the subject title.
Autumn Term extra curricular clubs timetable
We are very proud of our enrichment offer. Please see the timetable for all activities taking place this term. See below for details of our lunch and after school clubs.
Youth services support and agreement
Key forthcoming dates
For our major events, please check here.
|26/09/23||Year 11 and 13 DT Trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum|
|28/09/23||NB School finishes at 1420 on a Thursday each week. |
Year 11 Preparation for Exam Success and into 6th form evening (1700 – 1930)
|29/09/23||Late start for all: 0920 in tutor rooms.|
Breakfast club begins at 8.45am and pupils must be through the gate by 0917
Year 10 Art Trip to Kew Gardens
Deadline for Assistant Deputy Head Student applications to Ms Qadri
|02/10/23||Black History month begins|
Year 7 STAR tests during English lessons this week.
|03/10/23||Senior Maths Challenge (KS4)|
|04/10/23||Year 8 and 9 Maths Architecture Workshop|
|05/10/23||Full Governing Board meeting (Evening)|
|06/10/23||Diversity Role Models (Year 7)|
Year 11 Reading Screening
Assistant Deputy Head Student Interviews
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: email@example.com