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Headteachers Message

Headteacher's Summer 2020 Message

Posted 20/7/2020

What an academic year this has been! Certainly unique, I think we can agree.

With the prevalence of Covid and from the onset of the lockdown, I have been extremely grateful to all staff who have universally acted selflessly throughout, including volunteering to keep school open during Easter and May half term. Staff have taken on new pupils, more pupils than normal and many other tasks that are outside of the normal timetable for them, all without complaint. Senior leaders and the Office staff have had to cope with sickness within their very small team, as well as multiple demands due to Covid on top of the normal stress! They did so with professionalism and the needs of children at the heart of everything.

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Headteacher Autumn 2019 Message

Posted 27/9/2019

Autumn 2019

Welcome to the new school year! I hope your summer was filled with family and fun.

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Headteacher SummerNews

Posted 4/6/2019

What a busy 4 weeks we have had already this term! SO many teachers providing accreditation opportunities in Key Stage 4 and 5, in subjects as diverse as Functional Skills English, maths and ICT, all the way to Duke of Edinburgh award! 

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Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & a HappyNew Year

Posted 17/12/2018

Headteacher’ s message: Christmas 2018

Well, it’s the last week of a very long term but what an amazing term it has been. It started with the excellent results achieved by our Year 11 and College students! In terms of year on year progress, our students are making outstanding progress in College and 2018 leavers have really ‘set the bar’ for this year’s!


We had the most amazing visit from Princess Anne. It was a truly uplifting experience for all of us, but especially the students. Princess Anne spent all her time with the students and didn’t once sit down! She was visiting because the RDA had invited her to open our new arena. I must pay special tribute to Elspeth Crookenden, without whom the event would simply not have happened. Elspeth works tirelessly, along with her army of ladies on the RDA, who once a week, give up their time and their ponies! We are so blessed to have such dedicated volunteers at Welburn. Many children benefit from the riding on a Thursday afternoon and it gives the children lots of opportunities for development such as persevering when things get tough, learning new skills on the ponies, posture and balance control and communication. Thank you so much to Elspeth and the RDA for all their work.

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September 2018

Posted 11/9/2018

Welcome back students, staff and parents!

What a hot and busy last term we had in June and July. I must say a huge thank you to all staff and students involved in all our end of term events which were so well attended, well done everyone!

In August we received our exam results and our students have achieved more than ever before! Accreditation in a minimum of 5 subjects; English, Maths, PE, ICT and Science. We even had one Year 6 pupil who took her SATs this year! All the data shows us that our pupils are making good progress and we will continue to push them to achieve their potential in all subjects! Thanks must go to all the teachers and teaching assistants who pushed themselves to the limit, doing extra work and making sure every student had access to accreditation. It was an amazing team effort and everyone is rightly feeling very positive about this year and making even more progress.

During the summer, the RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) organised a camp for some of our students and I would like to say a special thank you to all their staff who volunteer their time every Thursday in term time and do so much work behind the scenes to put on events in the holidays or weekends. In particular we owe a massive debt of gratitude to Elspeth Crookenden! Thank you Elspeth for working tirelessly on behalf of our students!

On 31st August, several staff left us to move on to pastures new and we wish them all well, I will be writing to parents separately with all those details, but in the meantime everyone is ensuring that the transition processes for students are proceeding smoothly. Please remember Cath McGill is our Family Support Manager and you can contact her via the school office.

This academic year we have decided to have the theme of ‘Autism’ all year, including a focus on communication in general. By the end of the year all staff and governors will have been trained to have a comprehensive understanding of what autism is and the full range of autistic spectrum difficulties. More importantly, we seek to understand how the condition affects those children with autism as a primary or secondary need, i.e. approximately 30% of our students. I hope we can involve parents and students in this focus, as it is very important for the school’s development and offering the best practice we can.

Please remember at all times, if parents have any questions or needs to please contact your child’s teacher or keyworker, or raise issues with Cath McGill or myself if required and we will be very happy to help you.

In due course there will be information about the school’s staffing restructure which comes into effect after half-term. This has been sadly necessitated by sudden and unexpected cuts to our budget. As a result of this, we will be losing some staff members, which is very sad for us all, but we believe we have managed to create a strong team structure moving forward. More details to follow closer to the time.

Thank you as always to everyone for their support in continuing to make Welburn Hall such a special school!

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Posted 22/5/2018

Well, we've certainly been blessed with beautiful weather recently and of course, Welburn Hall looks stunning! It's the time of year when our leavers are beginning to contemplate life outside school and our school year is coming to an end. I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all teachers and teaching assistants involved in recent exams and accreditation. There is still some left to complete but the effort and teamwork of all involved has been inspirational. We've had Year 6 SATS, Year 11 and all of College involved in accreditation in various subjects. In line with our values of excellence and perseverance, our staff and students have pushed themselves to the limit to achieve the best they can and I am so proud of them!

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Spring had sprung.....

Posted 27/2/2018

Well, although the spring flowers had so beautifully poked through on the school grounds throughout February, we are now in the grip of the Siberian 'beast from the East'! 

Staff and pupils have been very busy this term working on accreditation in Key Stage 4 and 5, as well as progression pathways for all our students. In Key Stages 2 and 3, there are many fine examples of excellent work in all subjects. This can be seen in pupils' workbooks, on WOW walls, class noticeboards, at assemblies and of course during lessons. It is a joy and a privilege to see the wonderful work and dedication from staff on all teams, encouraging pupils at every opportunity to succeed.

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September 2017

Posted 18/9/2017

Welcome back to all staff and students! Welcome to all our newly appointed staff and our new students!

What a wonderful first week we have had already. On Monday all staff gathered together for a whole day of training on 'Compassion in Schools'. We have pledged to become a 'compassionate school' and this approach will help us to focus on our values at all times. Many staff have found the approach has helped them already! As soon as staff are comfortable in using the approach, we will of course be sharing information with parents and encouraging parents and students to become involved.

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What a busy summer term we are having already

Posted 8/5/2017

We have spent time spring cleaning all the classrooms, trying to declutter and make excellent learning environments for all our pupils. Our older pupils in Key Stage 4 and College, are very busy completing accreditation and their teachers are working very hard to moderate and maximise their achievements. We wish them all every success, they deserve it!

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Welcome back to Welburn for a New Year and new term!

Posted 31/1/2017

What a start we have had already with a wonderful visit from Archbishop Sentamu Staff and children prepared for the visit with great enthusiasm and commitment. A special, framed photograph of Welburn Hall was presented to the Archbishop and he was clearly very touched by the gesture. Thank you to everyone involved in making it a success, including Rev Sue Binks from our local church.

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