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Author Visit – Tom Palmer

For our third author visit of the year we had well- known children’s author Tom Palmer come to Wellington School; his books are very popular in the LRC, as was obvious from the large amount of pupils who came to meet him and request autographs, photos and signed copies of his books!   Tom’s football […]

Altrincham Lights Switch On

On Saturday a number of our performers from Sing, Sing with 7s and our fabulous Mary Poppins cast will be entertaining the masses at the Altrincham Christmas Lights Switch on at 3.35pm. The venue for the switch on has now moved to Regent Road (there will be road closures in place on Saturday) and it would be […]

Geography Awareness Week, Cake Competition, 17th November

Thank you to all students for taking part in the cake competition in celebration of Geography Awareness Week. We are so impressed by your tasty, eye-catching bakes and are so proud of you all for the time and effort which would have gone into making them. All cakes were brilliant. We are very lucky to […]

Magic The Gathering Club

Brand new this year is our Magic The Gathering Club, running every Monday lunchtime! We have a small number of regulars who come along to test their own decks against each other, but we have recently seen more and more students interested and coming along to learn how to use the communal decks in the […]

Year 10 and 11 Theatre Trip – A Christmas Carol  

An after-school trip to the Altrincham Garrick to see a production of A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story turned out to be a very rewarding experience for 30 Year 10 and 11 students – along with Ms Spencer, Ms Simpson & I. We all left filled with the spirit of Christmas, and it was only mid-November. […]

Jessica Hyde 7DMY

Over the past few years Jessica has organised a collection from her own local community at Christmas to support South Trafford Foodbank.  This year, Jessica raised an amazing 266.1kg donation. They were delighted with her huge donation and sent her a lovely letter of thanks (below). Well done Jessica, we are very proud of you! […]

U16 Boys Hockey v AGSB

Given that most of our team was from Year 10 and our keeper has only played once before, a loss against AGSB seemed inevitable, but the scoreline was important. In order to go through to the next round of the Cheshire Cup we could only afford a goal difference of 6. We kept them to […]

PE Extra Curricular Results


Year 8 Visit to Manchester Jewish Museum

On Wednesday 15th November, 50 Year 8 students spent the day at the Manchester Jewish Museum. Students amazed the museum staff with their knowledge of Judaism and were given the opportunity to explore the museum’s exhibits at their leisure, discovering more about the fascinating history of Jewish migration to our city. In the afternoon, students had […]

Mary Poppins

This week our amazing cast finally performed Mary Poppins. They did four fantastic performances and we are so proud of them. Everyone was blown away by their hard work and dedication and we can’t thank them enough for being so hard working!  Miss Pusey

Leadership Programme

On Tuesday the whole of Year 8 embarked on the next stage of their leadership programme, analysing how to be the confident leader. They were examining concepts such as unconditional positive regard and getting comfortable with failure. Another great atmosphere and effort in the hall.    Mr Tomlinson  

CAFT Christmas Toy Appeal

This year we are delighted to be supporting The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT) Christmas Appeal. CAFT provides a variety of free programmes for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West.  CAFT helps children of all abilities, children who through no fault of their own miss out on the normalities […]


Friday saw the Year 7 and 8 students take on their second tutorial with George the PhD tutor in their attempt to answer the question “why are we here” from a Scientific, Philosophical and Religious perspective. Super proud of how the students are engaging and questioning the answers.    Mr Tomlinson  

CAFT Santa Dash

IWM Loan Box

Over the past fortnight, Year 9 Historians have had the opportunity to handle some artefacts from the First World War. We were very lucky to be able to borrow a loan box of items from the Imperial War Museum North and every Year 9 class had the opportunity to study these items in a History lesson. It was […]

Science Club

This week our young scientists got their hands and noses dirty with a variety of mystery substances! Students were challenged to use only their fingers, or their sense of smell to identify what was inside the touchy-feely boxes and blacked-out sniff chambers.   Winners will be announced next week and more sweets doled out as prizes!  […]

Years 8 and 9 – Practical Assessments – Cooking and Nutrition

As we approach the end of the first technology rotation pupils in Years 8 and 9 have been taking part in the final practical assessment for Cooking and Nutrition. Year 8 have been researching and learning to make Mediterranean style cuisine with pupils cooking Cous Cous Salad, Chorizo Soup, Pizza and Meskouta (Moroccan Orange Cake) […]

Arts Award Winners!

This week we have been celebrating our KS3 Arts Award winners. 🎉   Congratulations to Martha, Milly, Isla, Louise and Alice in Year 8!   Well done to Lucy J, Lucy S, Elizabeth, Harry, Maiko, Leah, Imogen, Eva, Alice and Annie in Year 9!   These students spent one night a week last year, after school, […]

PE Extra-Curricular Results

Warhammer Club

This week’s Thursday Warhammer club was busy again, so busy in fact that we didn’t have time to capture photos of it! The usual painting corner was in full swing as young hobbyists painstakingly brought their growing collections to life, and a small number of students had a run-through of the OnePageRules system for their […]

Remembrance – We will remember them

In Textiles club, Year 7 & 8 students created this poppy display to commemorate and honour those who fought, served and died in wars and other conflicts and for those who continue to serve and protect us.  Mrs Booth

Chemistry in Action Conference

On Monday a mixed group of Chemistry students from Year 12 and 13 travelled into Manchester to attend the Chemistry in Action Conference. There were 5 sessions during the conference with leading scientists presenting their findings from the impossibly small nano-microscopy up to the impossibly big problems in using forensics to solve UK waste crime. […]

WorldWise Quiz

This week (Wednesday 15th November) the Sherlockholmies competed in the WorldWise Quiz organised by the Geographical Association which was hosted at MMU.   There have been a number of weekly heats and an exceptional amount of revision in preparation for the quiz. In the team were Daisy Bennett (Year 9), James Kirkup (Year 9) and […]

U16 Greater Manchester Hockey Tournament

The Year 10 girls hockey team took part in the U16 event and were supported by Elodie from Year 11 and Emily from Year 9. They played some very feisty hockey and were runners up!   They beat Sale Grammar 4-0 and narrowly lost to Withington 3-2.   The girls have all played together for […]

Logan Lauder 9BSN

Well done to Logan who competed in the Manchester Gold Cup last weekend – a three-day go-karting event. He did exceptionally well and we are very proud of him. Thank you to Logan for sharing his experience below. Mrs Hill “Last weekend I raced at the Three Sisters circuit in Wigan. The circuit hasn’t been […]

Maths Inspiration Trip

After an initial hiccup by the coach company, we arrived at the venue with only 10 minutes to hastily eat our lunch.  From then on, things went from good, to better, to best.     The speakers gave captivating talks about the mystery of patterns and the application of maths in our world today.  These included: […]

Year 11 Careers Fair and Workshops

On Friday we welcomed 37 employers and providers of further education for what is our largest internally held careers event of the year. Year 11 were off-timetable for periods 1-4 and attended a series of workshops and met visitors who had erected stands in the Adshead Hall. A workshop on how to maintain enthusiasm and […]

Warhammer Club

Last Friday saw a busy room of wargaming in Mr Ashfield’s lab as four young commanders battled it out across two tables! Joseph Stockley returned to the action after a tour of duty in the Year 11 exam halls, fielding his Tyranids (untested in the new edition of Warhammer) against Jasper Welton’s Astra Militarum. Ben […]

Year 8 Planetarium Visit

This week we were very lucky to have the planetarium back in school after a short hiatus. Dave Buttery of Auriga Astronomy was our host over the 2 days this week. The Year 8s as well as some of our Year 11 & 12 Physicists and Hive students were treated to shows, telling us about […]

Mary Poppins

A reminder that tickets for the school show Mary Poppins Jr are now on sale. You can book through the link below.   The show nights are:   Tuesday 21st November Wednesday 22nd November Thursday 23rd November   Show starts at 6pm, tickets are £5.50 for adults and £3.50 child/concession.   Would be great to see […]

Peer Mentoring

Following a two weeks break for the Year 11 mock exams, peer mentoring returned this week.   A fabulous atmosphere as the students had lots to catch up on. Really nice to see our younger and older students engaged in conversation about school life.   Mr Tomlinson

The English Department’s European Literature Society discusses Voltaire’s ‘Candide’ 

Tackling perhaps the most influential work of fiction ever – Voltaire’s ‘Candide’ – the English Department’s European Literature Society met up on Tuesday after school to discuss what made it so revolutionary, and so dangerous. Why is ‘Candide’ still considered to be one of the 100 most influential books ever written? And why, at the time, […]

Trafford Hockey

Last week’s Trafford hockey event saw the Year 7 girls play against Sale Grammar and Loreto. With two wins under their belt they were very pleased with their performance. Elin received player of the match. Well done to all who took part. Miss Richards

Science Club

This week in Science Club students got creative with spooky Halloween dioramas! There were some traditional themes as well as some new ones: “Every student’s worst fear is getting homework!”  Once the dioramas were judged, someone from each team poured ethanoic acid into the bubbling beaker in the middle, and a very dramatic reaction ensued!  […]

PE Extra-Curricular Results


Thank you!

This week we have been informed that we were the winning project for the Tesco’s helping hands fund and will be receiving funding of £1,500 for our food/cooking project. I’d just like to say a massive thank you to all the parents, pupils, friends of the school and the local community for voting for our […]

Mary Poppins

A reminder that tickets for the school show Mary Poppins Jr are now on sale. You can book through the link below. The show nights are: Tuesday 21st November Wednesday 22nd November Thursday 23rd November Show starts at 6pm, tickets are £5.50 for adults and £3.50 child/concession. Would be great to see as many of you there […]

Diwali Project

Several year groups this week have had an assembly linked to the festival of Diwali. This is a festival that is celebrated all over the world in a variety of different ways. To mark the festival within the Wellington community, we would like to run a project in the build up to the festive period […]

Author Visit

We were delighted to welcome the fabulous author AM Dassu to Wellington School on Wednesday. The author talked about her latest book Kicked out, set in Hale Barns, which is a sequel to her book Boy, Everywhere. Her characters come from all walks of life, cultures and background and her books are full of empathy […]

Senior Maths Challenge

Congratulations to our Year 12’s and 13’s who took part in this year’s Senior Maths Challenge, it was our best ever for high scores with five students qualifying for the follow-on Senior Kangaroo challenge on 15th November and many other students achieving silver and bronze certificates. Well done to everyone who took part, a great achievement […]

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 20th October 2023

Grow Your Own Club

Wellington’s Grow Your Own Club have made an excellent start to the term, taking care of the Science department plants and making our first lasagne plant pots. Yes, you read correctly and no, we haven’t slipped into food tech! Lasagne planting is a clever way of planting bulbs in pots in layers to create a […]

After School Year 9 Spanish

A group of very keen linguists in Year 9 have taken up Spanish after school every Thursday as an extra language. The pupils have been coming weekly and getting to grips with the basics including introducing themselves and being able to talk about their families. As a reward for all their hard work this half […]

Ada Lovelace Day

Last Tuesday was Ada Lovelace Day, which celebrates the achievements of women in STEM subjects. Ada Lovelace was a pioneer who is considered the first programmer. To celebrate, the Computing department took a group of Year 9 students to the Spinningfields offices of MoneySuperMarket. They were able to meet inspirational women who work in tech […]

Warhammer Club

Members of Warhammer Club have started to settle in nicely as we draw to the end of the first half term. We got a good afternoon of gaming in last Friday, have a look at the photos starring Colum Parker who had a great time showing Ben Meyers just how unbelievably many guns he could […]

Animal Club

Animal club had a slightly different theme this week ~ pumpkin painting, biscuit decorating and keyring making! Mrs Potter

Mary Poppins

The tickets for the school show Mary Poppins Jr are now on sale. You can book through the link below.   The show nights are:   Tuesday 21st November  Wednesday 22nd November  Thursday 23rd November   Show starts at 6pm, tickets are £5.50 for adults and £3.50 child/concession.    As always, the students are amazing and […]

Wellington Alumni – Kyle Lambert

I had my annual meet up with a past Wellington student recently.  Kyle Lambert studied D&T Graphics at Wellington in the early 00’s.  Even as a student Kyle was pushing the envelope in terms of what was possible with 3D digitally illustrated outcomes experimenting with the use of Adobe Photoshop.  Aside from his GCSE work, […]

STEM Club October 2023

This term students have been learning to use the TechSoft programme to create their own wooden decorations using the laser cutter. Many have opted for ghoulish Halloween designs – importing and modifying images to fit the brief and watching them print and cut out ready to take home over the half-term break. Great work this […]

PE Extra-Curricular Results

Year 7 Netball

Our Year 7B and Year 7A Netball teams both competed at the Trafford Netball Seeding evenings this week. Seeding evenings are tournament style games, which are used to help form the leagues for the year. The 7B team had a fantastic evening, winning all their games and showed great team spirt throughout the night. On […]

U16 Boys Hockey

U16 boys hockey drew 1 all against Cheadle Hulme School in the Cheshire Cup. A super game with James in goal for the first time. Man of the Match from them – James Court GK and from us – Joe Wiggan.    Miss Richards

Lessons from Auschwitz Project

On Wednesday 11th October, Phoebe Tuzio, Zainab Ali, Jessica Hill and Chloe-Mae Bedicer from Year 12 visited Poland as part of the Lessons from Auschwitz Project. Since 1999, over 41,000 students and teachers have taken part in the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project. Based on the premise that ‘hearing is not like seeing’, this four-part course […]

Black History Month

October is Black History Month and I’d like to share with parents what we planned for pupils to celebrate this event. Year 7 took part in a treasure hunt competition and homework task based around this year’s theme of Celebrating our Sisters – learning about the lives of 5 influential Black British women. The treasure […]

Interform Hockey

Congratulations to all those who have taken part in interform this week.   The 8X hockey winners were SBR!   Miss Richards  

Year 8 Girls Hockey

Year 8 girls hockey had a narrow loss (8-7) to AGGS on Wednesday evening. With goals a plenty, it was a thrilling first game for the Year 8s. Grace Edge dominated in defence, sending strong balls through the middle. Orla Mawby used her skills to get the ball into the D and Isla Dugdale-Reed sent […]

European Literature Society

The English Department’s European Literature Society met again on Tuesday after school to discuss their second work of literature of the year: “A Simple Heart”, a story by Gustave Flaubert that appeared in his book Three Tales in 1877. The story follows the kind and loving maidservant Félicité from her youth to her death and […]

Year 7 ‘Make Home ‘Work” Project Day

Last Friday saw the project-phase of our Year 7 ‘Make Home ‘Work’ Scheme. Over the last few weeks, every department has supported pupils with advice and skills from organising their planner to researching a project.    Over the last fortnight, pupils chose a subject brief to complete which allowed them to explore an Arts-based research and creative […]

Year 10 – GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

Year 10 GCSE pupils have made an excellent start to this option course. I have been extremely impressed with the enthusiasm the group have shown and even more impressed by the knowledge and understanding of key processes that the pupils have already demonstrated. This week we made Focaccia bread and French Onion soup to demonstrate […]

Year 7 Boys Football

Year 7 Boys Football continued their unbeaten run in the league with an 11-0 victory over AOM yesterday. Goals from Curran x1, Brown x2, Conyers x3, Mairs x3, Farncombe x1 and an unlucky own goal.    Next week we have BTH (A) on Tuesday. It will be a tough game given the result in the […]

World Mental Health Day

  A huge thank you to everyone who took part in #HelloYellow! This year, thousands of incredible supporters across the country came together to stand out and show up for young people’s mental health. And we are so grateful. By wearing yellow and donating to support our work, you helped show young people that they […]

Year 11 – GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

After a tentative start, Year 11 have now settled into their first non-examination assessment task which is worth 15% of the final GCSE grade.  Although I am unable to discuss the specifics of the task, I’d just like to let Year 11 know that their efforts so far haven’t gone unnoticed and I have been […]

Animal Club

Animal Club welcomed budgies Elton and Elsa this week!  They kept everyone in hub2 entertained singing and tweeting all day long!  Mrs Potter

Year 13 French trip to Paris

On 1st October, our year 13 French A level group visited Paris. We had an excellent journey on Eurostar, and we travelled around Paris by metro. Although it was only a short stay, our itinerary was crammed and you will be pleased to know that there was not a bed bug in sight!   We […]

PE Extra-Curricular Results


Warhammer Club

Last week saw Room 29 full of young modellers again as Warhammer Club was in full swing! Two of our new Year 7 members, Saafi and Ben, completed their second demo game using Warhammer 40K 10th Edition rules. The boys decided that the battle was taking place on a formerly peaceful space marine colony, now […]

National Poetry Day

It was great to see so many pupils taking part in the National Poetry Day “treasure hunt” on the 5th October – this involved following the clues to discover the poems displayed around school, reading the poems and finding the answers to the poetry based questions.    Well done to Jessica in 7DMY for winning the […]

Peer Mentoring

Our peer mentoring programme is now fully up and running with up to 39 students being mentored.   The atmosphere is the hall is fabulous and a pleasure to see our older students interacting and supporting our younger ones.   Mr Tomlinson    

Year 10 Boys Football

Well done to the Year 10 boys football beat Ashton on Mersey 6-0 on Tuesday. It was the best I’ve seen them play as a unit. The passing was crisp, movement off the ball quicker and stronger in our challenges.  Mr Tomlinson


We launched our next stage of the scholars programme with a mix of 14 Year 7 and Year 8 students. The online launch told our students about what life is like at university, the process of how to get to university and study skills to get there.    We start our project “Why are we […]

Friends of Pickering Lodge Park

On Saturday, between 10.30 and 12, the Friends of Pickering Lodge Park will be planting bulbs. Everyone welcome to join in and any donations of bulbs appreciated.

Supporting Your Child’s Reading

Over coming weeks, we will be further developing our Reading page of the School’s website. This currently can be found under the Literacy Resources tab of ‘Curriculum’ at   We have however already produced this week a guide to help parents/carers support their child’s reading at home so please so have a watch of the […]

National Poetry Day

Thank you to a number of our KS3 pupils who volunteered to read one of this year’s National Poetry Day poems, ‘Hope’ by Nicola Davies’ to be played in all English Ks3 lessons on Thursday. This year’s theme is refuge and we liked the fact that this poem explores the planting of a sunflower – […]

Animal Club

This week the animal club welcomed a Russian tortoise. Thanks so much to Jess B who prepared the worksheets and ran the session.    Mrs Potter

Tag der Deutschen Einheit!

Year 9 students of German have been learning about Reunification Day (3rd October) this week and finding out what the Berlin Wall was all about: why it was put up and why it came down. They have been looking at some pictures of Berlin pre-1989 vs modern-day and considering what it meant for the East- and West-German […]

Year 10 Hockey

A fantastic start to the hockey season!   The year 10B mixed hockey team played Lymm on Tuesday and despite the dreadful weather they managed a draw. Considering this is a new group to play together they were solid in defence, just a few tweaks are needed for the next game in the attacking D.  […]

Bowdon Parish Church Choir

Thank you to Joanna Williams who has contacted the school on behalf of the choir of St Mary’s Parish Church, Bowdon, to let us know about an amazing opportunity for any budding choristers. If your child applies then please let us know, if you’d like any support with the application then once again please let […]

European Literature Society

The English Department’s European Literature Society met up on Tuesday after school to discuss their first work of literature of the year: ‘Metamorphosis’ by Franz Kafka, which tells the story of salesman Gregor Samsa, who wakes one morning to find himself inexplicably transformed into a “monstrous vermin”. The novella has been widely discussed among literary […]

Jovie Ho 8CSN

Congratulations to Jovie who took part in the British Taekwondo National Championship in Sheffield last weekend. She earned a gold medal in the competition for the second time. Jovie will also be participating in the Riga Open at Latvia – which is a world wide Taekwondo competition with a global ranking. We wish her the best […]

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 29th September 2023

Macmillan Cake Sale

This year’s cake theme was ‘My Favourite Thing’ and we certainly saw that in the bakes today! Staff have been stirring, mixing and icing some of the most incredible bakes we’ve ever had. Favourite things included: the beach, camping, sweets, films and even a roast dinner! On Monday morning, the results of money made and […]

Wellington World Day of Languages!

Today, we have been celebrating all the wonderful languages represented at Wellington School! During tutor time, pupils have heard from various members of staff who love languages, and reflected on the benefits of speaking another tongue. The Adshead Hall was the venue for our annual pupil-led language-learning experience, where Year 7 and 8 students are […]

REP Police Museum Trip

Last Friday, our Full Course REP pupils jumped on the tram into Manchester to visit the Police Museum. This relates to their learning on the developments of crime and punishment and pupils were guided around the Museum (which is a former police station) by an ex police officer. They were shown a variety of different […]

Animal Club

Animal Club started in Hub 2 this week.   KS3 students welcomed a Leopard Gecko and were keen to learn all about it.   The session was lead by Neve, Megan and Jess – thank you!   Mrs Potter

Warhammer Club

Warhammer Club ran again this week – our third meeting of the year! We have been so popular on a Thursday lunchtime that the beleaguered Mr Crabbe and Mr Ashfield have barely had time to eat lunch, let alone take pictures of all the different activities! There seem to be some really keen beans who […]

Leadership Programme

On Tuesday our Year 8 students took part in the first stage of their Leadership Programme with The Natural Leader. The programme is designed at upskilling our students in analysing the strengths and values needed to improve their leadership skills. It is the first time this programme has been delivered in secondary schools, so our […]

PE Extra-Curricular Results


A-Level Biology Field Trip to FSC Castle Head, Grange-over-Sands

With the weather forecast predicting hurricanes and torrential rain, we set off on Wednesday morning for the annual Year 13 A-Level Biology Field Trip. Collectively the group seemed to have almost psychic control of the elements though; as whether on the coach or in the classroom, for 3 days straight the weather was at its […]

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 22nd September 2023

Music News

  Thank you to all the performers who have worked incredibly hard to prepare for the Awards Evening which was held on Tuesday evening. All the performances were absolutely amazing but my personal highlights were the new Year 7 students, supported by the KS3 Rock Band singing ‘Mountain’ by the wonderful Sam Ryder, ‘Brighter Days’ […]

Chester Zoo Trip

On Friday 15th September, 53 Psychology students embarked out on an adventure to Chester Zoo.  We took part in a Primate Behaviour workshop looking aspects of animal Psychology such as Classical Conditioning and Attachments with both the Orangutans and the Chimps, we were even lucky enough to get a little look at the newest member of […]

Macbeth Trip

Myself and Ms Fletcher, along with 27 Year 11 pupils went to see a production of ‘Macbeth’ at the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot. The production sought to present a modern take of Shakespeare’s original play. Whilst the dialogue was kept in traditional Shakespearean language, the addition of communication by text message, grisly and graphic murders […]

Year 11 Sports Studies Outdoor Pursuits Trip 

Yesterday, Miss Richards and I took the Year 11 Sports Studies pupils to Trentham Treetop Outdoor Pursuits Centre to take part in a high ropes course. Throughout the day, the pupils were assessed in their performance by demonstrating a wide range of skills and knowledge; how to put a harness on, how to clip on […]

Debby’s Happy Place!

We are delighted that our very own lovely Debby (School Office) has been featured in this month’s Modern Garden magazine. Debby loves her garden and it is her ‘Happy Place’. Read all about it here. My Happy Place    

Health for Teens

Dungeons and Dragons Club

Dungeons and Dragons is back to a roaring start on Thursdays – thank you to all who came, especially the newcomers! We’ve got five groups up and running this year, with five wonderful Dungeon Masters: Will Stockley, Cadence Williamson, Benjamin Langridge, Benjamin Hood and Jensen Boyd. One group played the board game Dungeons and Dragons: […]

Silver Duke of Edinburgh

Back in July, 39 students embarked on their DofE practice expedition in the Ashworth Valley. All 39, now in Year 11, took on the challenge of their Silver DofE assessed expedition last week. The participants walked independently for seven hours on each of the three days carrying all they needed to be self-sufficient for the […]

A Level Film Studies

As part of the introduction to film form, students were introduced to Foley sound whereby artists create sounds during post-production, in synchrony with the picture, the enhance the quality of the audio. Students were given the opening scene of Elephant (Clarke) and conducted their own Foley session, creating their own sound effects to enhance the scene. […]

Year 7 and 8 Dodgeball

The success of the Year 8 Dodgeball team last year becoming National Champions has created a surge in interest and enthusiasm for the sport within the school.  Over 100 Year 7 & 8 students attending the first Dodgeball practice this week.  Fantastic effort by all involved. Dr Davidson

Cheshire School of Bell Ringing

Is your child looking for a new hobby? Something that they can take to university and beyond? A hobby that is both challenging and rewarding, that requires physical skill and mental agility?   If so, bell ringing could be it. The brand new Cheshire School of Bell Ringing has arrived and it is based in […]

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 8th September 2023

Year 12 Bonding Day

Only 3 days into term and Year 12’s time in Sixth Form got off to a bang with a visit to Liverpool John Moores University and Wild Shore Aqua Park in Delamere for our annual Bonding Day.    In the morning, our new Sixth Formers took part in a carousel of workshops delivered by university […]

LRC Update

The LRC has welcomed two new Year 9 librarians this week – thanks to Jasper for training them in the library skills they will need for the rest of the year.   To celebrate the new school year every Year 7 has been gifted a fiction book of their own choosing (chosen on new pupil […]

2023 Year 7 Spelling Bee 

At the end of last year, the English department held its Spelling Bee competition! Each English class completed a spelling test in advance and the winners of this round then competed in the grand final to be crowned as Wellington’s best speller in year 7. The final was a glitzy affair (Mrs Jordan fully embraced the game […]

Warhammer Club

Given the flurry of activity at the end of last academic year we didn’t actually manage to tie up our loose ends in the newsletter as planned, so here are the missing articles from the last week in July!  Lunchtime  Warhammer Club has still been swinging over the last three weeks despite being quiet on […]

A Level Congratulations!

Congratulations to our wonderful Year 13 students who have achieved fantastic results this year. Despite this being the first set of external examinations this cohort has taken, their resilience and hard work has paid off. The results at Wellington Sixth form continue on an upward trajectory and exceed those achieved in 2019 with almost a quarter […]

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 20th July 2023

Project in A Day: Year 7  

On Monday, Year 7 completed one of twelve projects hosted by a multitude of staff. From Crime Scene Investigates, to Make Your Own Music Video, to a performance of Grease, and of course a Harry Potter-themed Potions Class and Mandrake Plant greenhouse, the pupils had an abundance of projects to choose from. There were a number of projects linked to wellbeing and Mindfulness too: especially in the creative arts and through the Identity Mandala project. Our popular […]

Half-Term Heroes

Our final roll-call of English Half-term Heroes is in! Drum roll please… The English Department would like to celebrate the following stellar students who have finished the 2022-2023 academic year in style! Kudos goes to: Thea Jeffries (nominated by Miss Hitchens) Penny Coombs (nominated by Ms Spencer-Cruise) Max Turnbull-Mills (nominated by Mrs McDonnell) Jack Goodman […]

The Fed Guardianship Programme

It was my pleasure to welcome back guests from the Jewish Fed and also Anne Super, Gisela Feldman and Marianne Phillips on 18th July. Anne, Marianne and Gisela are all Holocaust survivors that have been working closely with the History Department this year. We were approached by Danielle Jeffries from the Fed in November 2022 and […]


This term our Year 10 students have been trying their hand at a range of writing forms – descriptive and narrative compositions, as well as articles expressing a viewpoint. These are key skills assessed as part of the GCSE Language qualification. At the conclusion of our studies, all pupils in the year entered a ‘Future […]

History Department Annual Prize Draw

The History Department held our annual prize draw to reward one lucky KS3 pupil that achieved more than 25 positive ClassCharts points from their History teacher this year. There were around 15 names in the hat, but the lucky winner was Jaden Chiu from 7SHG. Congratulations Jaden! We hope you spend your £20 Waterstones voucher […]

International Women in Engineering Day

This year was the second run of our bridge building competition to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day 2023. We had an impressive turn-out of future engineers from Years 7 to 9, who were tasked with building the strongest bridge possible using only cardboard, paper and Sellotape. There were many excellent constructions but the winning […]

Orla Mawby and Emily Girdlestone

This weekend Orla Mawby (Year 7) and Emily Girdlestone (Year 8) were selected to compete in the North West U13 Hockey Squad in the National Regional Lyons Tournament held at the National Centre in Nottingham (Orla was playing up a year group). Orla played in the A squad who beat South Wales 1-0. Here s […]

Reuben Clarke 9ESD

Well done to Reuben Clarke – his new commercial for “Muller Rice” is out now on TV, Cinema and Socials – he was cast from 100’s of boys across the whole of the UK by the incredible Kate & Lou Casting.  He had the best fun filming in London and what a wonderful brand to […]

Hedgehog Rescue!

We rescued an injured young hedgehog on site on Monday – thank you to Jenny for spotting him. He is now the capable hands of the Withington Hedgehog hospital. He had a very badly infected back leg (which you can see in the photo is very swollen) caused by an unknown injury. He will likely […]

Enterprise Challenge

Year 10 students battled it out on Tuesday and Wednesday to see which of them had the entrepreneurial skills to come out on top in our Enterprise Challenge careers event. Students were each assigned a company role – engineer, MD, sales executive, marketing director – and worked as a team to create the most productive […]

Bastille Day

On Friday 14th July, we welcomed over 200 children from four local primary schools and led them in a carousel of different activities around the theme of the French Revolution for our Primary Bastille Day event. Each station allowed the pupils to use a variety of skills and learn a bit more about French history […]

MFL Cultural Project Competition

Congratulations for the winners of the Year 7 and 8 Cultural Project competition! Students in Year 7 were tasked with researching a French-speaking country, whilst Year 8 presented a festival celebrated in either French- or German-speaking countries. The MFL staff were incredibly impressed with the level of detail and creative presentations of projects, and a […]

Daresbury Laboratory Trip

Year 12 students went to Daresbury Laboratory this week to look at particle accelerators and their applications, which include mapping the COVID-19 protein structure which aided rapid vaccine development, how they helped make chocolate less bitter, and also their normal application in discovering new subatomic particles.  They got hands-on experience too exploring nuclear sources and […]

Year 10 Media City Tour

Year 10 had a fantastic afternoon at BBC studios on Thursday this week. Pupils listened to a talk from assistant editor for radio sports news Kate Kopczyk, digital senior journalists Becky Grey and Mike Henson and sports news senior journalist Jenny Culshaw. All had some valuable insights and advice for getting into and succeeding in the industry. The studios, galleries and the facilities […]

Year 10 – Practical Food Assessment

Well done to Year 10 who have taken part in a practice assessment for next year’s GCSE. As part of the Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE, pupils are required to produce a report which also includes a write up of some chosen practical dishes. Pupils firstly make up to 4 trial dishes (we did 2 […]


This week eco-committee visited Chris Walker plants. Throughout the year eco-committee have fundraised and they decided to use the money to purchase 3 planters, compost and a variety of insect friendly plants. They visited the plant nursery and chose the plants themselves, and then planted them when they got back to school. They decided to […]

BBC Newsround – Sathnam Sanghera Interview

You’ll remember that we recently had the privilege to have Sathnam Sanghera, the author of EmpIreland and Stolen History at Wellington for an author visit last month. On the day, we also had a visit from BBC Newsround who filmed a pupil-led interview for their television bulletin. This has gone live this morning and can be watched here: Well […]

8R Drama 

This week 8R turned their hands to puppetry! They worked together to build their own ‘brown paper man’ puppet, named him Terry and successfully brought him to life using the 3 principles of puppetry: focus, breathing, and weight. The class were then able to produce a fantastic short piece of theatre where one student interacted […]

Warhammer Club

Lunchtime  Warhammer Club has still been swinging over the last three weeks despite being quiet on the newsletter front. Key helpers during lunchtimes have been Isla Senior, Anna Vaniak, and Jensen Boyd, working hard at building our scenery collection to use in battles.  Following the launch of Games Workshop’s new 10th Edition box, we were […]

Bronze for Jess!

On Saturday 1st July, Jess Wilkins in Year 9 competed at the English Schools Track & Field Championships at The Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Jess competed in the hammer representing Greater Manchester. I was eagerly watching Jess on YouTube, following her progress throughout the morning. Leading up to the event Jess was a bag on nerves […]

KS3 – Year 9 Practical Assessments: Asia, Africa and The Americas

This week has been busy with the final practical assessments at Key Stage 3. Year 9 pupils were given the task to plan, prepare and make a dish of their choice from either Asia, Africa or The Americas. A wide variety of dishes were chosen and all pupils aimed to impress. Great work Year 9, […]

Year 8 Normandy Trip 

40 year 8 students left school just before midnight on Saturday 30th June, accompanied by Mr Beeley, Mrs Hill, Miss Purdy, Mrs Casey and myself. After a long coach and ferry journey we arrived at our accommodation in Asnelles-sur-mer, a pretty seaside village on the Normandy coast (Gold Beach). We had a busy four-day stay, […]

80 Gothic News Report

Once again 80 have impressed me with their enthusiasm and creativity during another fantastic project-based activity. Pupils have read The Monkey’s Paw as part of the ‘Gothic’ unit of work and then created a news report based on the story. Everyone worked so hard on the scripting, filming and editing and we all very much […]

Dungeons and Dragons Club

The final Dungeons and Dragons Club of the year went off well with plenty of sweets and battles! Well done to Benjamin Langridge and Jack Goodman, our Dungeon Masters.  Miss Hollis  

KS3 – Year 8 Practical Assessment: Mediterranean Cuisine

Year 8 have also been completing their final dishes too as part of their overall D&T assessment process. Mediterranean Cuisine is the style of food that year 8 had to make and they did not disappoint. Pupils researched a wide variety of Mediterranean countries including, Spain, Italy and Greece. They then produced detailed time plans […]

Dodgeball Champions!

On Thursday our Regional U13s Dodgeball Champions headed to Stoke for the National Dodgeball Finals against 13 other schools from across the country. The team have gone through all of the competitions from local to regional and remained undefeated, so our expectations were set incredibly high.  Our league for the day saw us competing against […]

Guardianship Project

Over the past fortnight, 12 Year 12 pupils have been presenting their learning of three Holocaust survivors to Year 9 pupils. We’re very lucky to work closely with the Jewish Fed and, as a result of this, this small group of 6th form pupils were selected to become Guardians of the stories of 3 remarkable women: Anne Super, […]

Year 8 English

Year 8 pupils have been studying the Gothic genre. Using a range of media types, pupils had to create a new book cover for the gothic short story, Click Clack the Rattlebag by Neil Gaiman. Set winners: Tobey Prince 8H; Kate Joseph 8O; Holly Sachro 8S; Isla Senier 8T; Eleanor Tulley 8F; Marlis Robson 8I; […]

Jovie Ho 7CSN

Jovie who attended the Taekwondo British International Open 2023 last weekend and has obtained her first gold medal at the International Open Level, which has a European Taekwondo Union ranking.  Well done Jovie!   Mrs Thomson  

Year 7 Buddy Club

This year, we have been delighted to welcome a number of Cantonese and Mandarin-speaking pupils to Wellington. Always aware of the potential additional needs of our pupils, particularly those relatively new to the UK let alone the School, a group of Year 12 students proposed the idea to run a Buddy Club where pupils could […]

New Parent Evening

We held the new parent evening on Monday where Seiji and Ellen performed as the parents were arriving into the hall. They were simply amazing!! Mr Tomlinson

GCSE Art & Music Trip

On Thursday 29th June 55 Year 10’s visited the British Music Experience in Liverpool to gather research for both GCSE courses. We saw a fantastic collection of memorabilia, stage outfits, instruments, images and footage of British music from 1940’s to present day. We were able to explore the Gibson bands studio and danced our way through […]

Good Luck Jess!

A BIG good luck to Jess Wilkins in Year 9 who is competing at the English Schools track & field championships this weekend in Birmingham. We are all routing for you Jess!! Jess is competing in the Hammer tomorrow morning! It is also being streamed on youtube on the England athletics channel!   Miss Crewe 

Year 7 Girls Football

Well done to the Year 7 girls who received their league trophy and medals this week. Mr Tomlinson

German Taster Lesson at The Willows

On Wednesday, three Year 12 students delivered a German taster lesson to 46 Year 4 pupils at The Willows Primary School. The students planned and delivered the session on German foods, developing both their language and leadership skills. The students at The Willows Primary School enjoyed the session and were able to match up the […]

STEM Experience Day

Last Thursday, Miss Lee and I took a minibus full of keen year 12 students to Liverpool University for a STEM experience day.  Students attended two sessions from a diverse range of topics within chemistry, computer science, maths and physics.  From considering the prospect of artificially Intelligent Lego and how to communicate during a Zombie […]

Media Studies Trip

On Tuesday, students from 10C Media Studies visited the BBC studios at Quay House in Media City, Salford Quays. During the visit, we had a Q&A session with researchers, a journalist and an apprentice at BBC Sport, who gave us an insight into what working at the BBC – and in the media industry in […]

Year 10 D & T Design and Make Project

Year 10 design & technology students have been developing their investigative, analytical, design and making skills to complete a Design & Make project to prepare them for their Non-Examination Assessment.  Students have designed a fashion corset for a high-profile event or occasion. they identified a client, investigated their needs and requirements before creating their ideas. […]

Language Link International 

In the past Wellington School has invited a number of Spanish boys and girls to attend classes towards the end of the summer term. This had paused over the past couple of years however, we are delighted that the link has been restarted this year. Jamie Spencer has hosted Jaime from Valencia for the past […]

Tesco Community Grants

We are delighted to announce that our application to the Tesco Community Grants Scheme has been successful and our project will be put forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores.  Voting will commence in store from the first week of July 2023 until the end of September 2023. We have applied for funding to […]

Pride Conference at Sale Grammar School

On Thursday, Mr Vernon and I took a group of pupils to a Pride Conference, hosted by Sale Grammar School. There were also pupils in attendance from other schools in the Trafford area (Sale High School and Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College). The turnout was fantastic; with about 50 pupils in total and a variety […]

Pride Month Webinar

A group of students from Years 8-10 took part in a Pride Month webinar hosted by the Faith and Belief Forum. We joined schools across the UK on Zoom to hear from different people of faith and their own personal experiences of identifying as LGBTQ+ alongside their religious and spiritual beliefs. Students heard from Giles […]

Year 12 Review and Reward Day

Our Year 12 Review and Reward Day took place on Wednesday this week. We spent the morning reflecting on the past 12 months and planning for next year now we’re at the halfway point. Mr Cropper led some sessions on Personal Learning Checklists, university applications and UCAS personal statements. Year 12 then spent time with […]

Art and Design Degree Show

Mrs Marneras, Mrs Dunne and 10 Year 12 students visited the Manchester Metropolitan University Art and Design degree show on Monday 19th June. Upon arriving we were met by staff at the impressive SODA (School of Digital Arts) building who welcomed us and gave us maps of the different end of year art exhibitions. We […]

MFL Visit to University of Manchester

Year 12 French and German students attended the University of Manchester on Thursday. The event offered them taster sessions in various other languages such as Portuguese, Italian and Chinese as well as cultural lectures, including on French Feminism and Gender Analysis of the German language. Wellington students met with current University students to practise French […]

Healthy Eating Week

Last week, 12th – 16th June was Health Eating Week (HEW). HEW is organised by the British Nutrition Foundation and involves schools across the country running a variety of activities to promote the advice of The Eatwell Guide. As part of Healthy Eating Week, Wellington School organised some activities to coincide with Sports Day on […]

Sale Harriers Athletics Competition

On Wednesday, Miss Kelly and I had the pleasure of taking the Year 7 and Year 8/9 combined athletics team to Sportcity to compete in the annual Sale Harriers invitation only outdoor competition! We had a fantastic day! This was the first time we had taken 4 teams as opposed to last year where only […]


On Monday Greater Manchester Community Renewables visited Eco-committee to tell them more about their project to get solar panels on the roof of the school. It was a really interesting session, eco-committee heard all about the project and shared some ideas for fundraising the money needed for the installation. £350 000 needs to be raised […]

Peer Mentoring

Our first wave of peer mentoring took place on Tuesday with our trained Year 10 students being mentors and role models to some of our younger students. The atmosphere was fabulous and how engaged all students were in their conversation was a pleasure to witness. Mr Tomlinson

Year 7 Cricket

On Wednesday the Year 7 Cricketers hosted AOM on our Astro. At Year 7 the format is different to normal hard ball cricket as we aim to encourage as many pupils to play as possible. As such, it is a paired Cricket match where every player bats, bowls and wicket keeps. Every team starts on […]

Former Pupil Sam Roscoe Signs for Altrincham FC

Great news this week – former pupil Sam Roscoe has signed for Altrincham FC next season – mum (Mrs Dunne) is super proud and delighted to have him home! Here is his first interview with the club.    

Warhammer Club

You may be forgiven for feeling that, given the pomp and circumstance of last week’s award ceremony and the excitement of Mr Beeley visiting the club, that the students would need a week off to recover from their travails; however you would be gravely mistaken as this Tuesday we launched our new summer event: a […]

Year 12: Geography Lake District Keswick and Silloth

The Year 12 geographers enjoyed a gloriously hot three days at the Blencathra Field Studies Centre in the Lake District. They got to try a smorgasbord of fieldwork techniques and ideas to help them plan their own investigation, a core part of their A Level. On Day 1, they practised human geography techniques in Keswick […]

More Maths with Rollercoasters!

Whilst half of Key Stage 3 were off to Sports Day, some of our Year 7s were in school designing and building their own rollercoasters – using card and Sellotape. Well done to the members of 7N, 7E and Maths Club who put their engineering skills to the test to build a rollercoaster in under […]

Open Day 2023

Open Day 24th June 2023

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 16th June 2023

Sathnam Sanghera Visit

Wellington was excited to be visited by Sathnam Sanghera on Thursday, the journalist and author of “Empireland” and “Stolen History”. The Year 7s were treated to a very interesting and entertaining talk about his new book, “Stolen History”,  which balanced the more serious aspects of the British Empire with some fun facts ( who knew […]

Chris Warburton Visit

On Wednesday, the BBC presenter Chris Warburton came in to speak to year 10 Media Studies students about his career in broadcasting and to give advice for students who may be considering a career in the media.   Chris spoke about his experiences as a radio presenter on BBC 5Live and the different events he […]

Science Club

This week’s Science Club was very special for two significant reasons… the first was that we had planned to build and fire air-launched rockets (which is always special fun!) and the second was that we were celebrating the 50th birthday of Dr Richard Lane! Dr Lane has been an intrinsic part of Wellington School’s Science […]

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 9th June 2023

Year 9 Maths trip to Alton Towers

Year 9 students had a fantastic time at Alton Towers on Thursday! They got to experience the first-hand effects of forces and acceleration as they were hurtled around various different rollercoasters. Those that rode Oblivion will have travelled at speeds of up to 110 km/h and experienced forces of up to 4.5G – that’s more […]

Trafford Athletics Competition

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of taking 60 girls to Longford park to compete in the annual Trafford School Athletics Competition. It was a lovely afternoon; the sun was shining and all girls who took part were outstanding. They represent Wellington in an excellent manner. A number of pupils came first in their race, Cerys […]

Warhammer Club

Tuesday 6th   With back-to-school blues hanging over Wellington the best way to beat the brain fog was to get some dice rolling! Joe Stockley challenged Mr Ashfield to a friendly match of 500pts forces in order to test out the newly tweaked tournament rules. Joe’s Tyranids were set to fight the barely-tested Wellington Space Marines!  […]

Community funded Solar PV project – Your opportunity to invest

We’ve joined forces with Greater Manchester Community Renewables (GMCR) a community benefit society, set up and run by volunteers to install community-owned renewable energy across Greater Manchester. By partnering with GMCR we aim to install here at Wellington School the largest community-owned solar array in Greater Manchester! GMCR raises funds through community shares and has already […]

Neve’s Fundraising

Neve Rawden in the Hive has raised over £3800 with her family in memory of her Dad. Neve wanted to make sure each side room on ward 12 at the Christies has either a television or radio and fan as this is something they did not have, she also wanted all staff at Christies to […]

Create Your Own Podcast

Pupils in Year 10 Media Studies took part in a ‘Create a Podcast’ workshop in lesson. The podcast industry is growing in popularity so it was fantastic to be introduced to this free resource from Spotify that anyone can use to create their own content.  Mrs Fletcher

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 26th May 2023

A roll-call of our English Heroes!

This is a shout-out to those students of English who go the extra mile, put in lots of elbow grease and shine like stars. Lots of figurative language for you all, there!  Mrs Simpson would like to celebrate Harrison Brookes for his increasingly mature approach to English, this has led to him making some excellent progress! […]

Year 8/9 Cricket

Year 8/9 Cricket beat BTH 123 runs to 98 All Out. All 11 players had a fantastic match but stand out performances need to go to Jamie Spencer and Will Gadsby. Both retired with the bat, Jamie smashing his 6’s early and Will playing a more conservative test match style nudge and run. Both had […]

Warhammer Club

What a week to end Warhammer Club’s half term! Through some clever pairing we managed to finish off the 9th Edition league so that every commander had played their full 6 matches and the points could be collected in by the Adeptus Mechanicus drones to be double checked for calculation errors and heresy.  There were […]

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 19th May 2023

STEM Olympics

On Monday 8 Year 9 students attended the STEM Olympics at the Grange School. They took part in a variety of STEM related activities including a rat dissection, rocket launching, crime scene investigation plus many more. All students did Wellington proud with their attitude and approach to the challenges throughout the day. The competition was […]

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

10Y1 have been studying Robert Louis Stevenson’s Gothic novella in their English lessons and exploring the concept of duality this term: the idea that we all have both good and evil within us! This week, I asked them to explore this theme in their homework, and I was blown away by the quality of their […]


Eco-committee have been collecting crisp packets with the intention of making them into blankets to give to homeless charities. So far, they have collected lots of crisp packets, cut them open and they are now washing each crisp packet before ironing them together into sheets to be donated. Hopefully this will be completed before the […]

Hive News

Neve Rawden in the Hive is creating personalised tote bags for students and staff. They will cost £2.50 and all profit made will go to charity. Neve will be working on this project until the end of summer. There will be order forms handed out to pupils and staff next week so you can choose […]

Mental Health Week May 15th – 21st 2023

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Week was ‘Anxiety’.  Ironically timed around the embarkment of the exam season.  Students had a tutor takeover session about anxiety, what it is, the causes, and how to maintain a healthy balance. A ‘Go Green’ uniform substitute was held in line with the national event to try to […]

French Exchange Trip

This week we have arrived back from our return leg of the French Exchange trip. The week has been absolutely packed full of amazing activities, so I will try and be as brief as possible!  We arrived at the school in Marcq-en-Baroeul (near Lille) on Tuesday to be welcomed with the Union flag flying alongside […]

Mary Poppins Auditions

Warhammer Club

As the league approaches its climax there was just a single game played this week – the much-anticipated showdown between Mr Ashfield’s Chaos and Mr Crabbe’s Drukhari. Both players as yet unbeaten and, with it being Mr Ashfield’s final league game, it was a chance for him to claim the honours of completing all his […]

GCSE and A Level Art Exhibition

Year 11 Football

What a fitting way to end our footballing journey together. Across the four years we have been together this team is a true rags-to-riches story. Winning the double last year to narrowly missing out on the league this but finishing with the Trafford Cup beating Urmston 2-0. It’s been an absolute pleasure seeing this team […]

Year 13 Language and Literature: bon chance!

Over the last two years, I have really enjoyed teaching my A Level Language and Literature students. Harry, Tala, Milan, Shaun, Jasmine, Betty, Jayda, Hannah, Jemima, Ruby, Abi, Stewart, Osama, Alex, Issy, Jenna, Emily and Imogen have been great company – in Transylvania with Dracula, in Venice and Cyprus with Othello, in Paris with a […]

Timperley FC Football Success

A huge well done to the Year 8 boys who play football for U13 Timperley FC Scorpions (Charlie Cain, Will Rodwell, Eddie Holt, Joshua Frain, Oliver Ernill and Joseph Tan). The team did the double (league and cup) in Division 1 (top division). This has not been achieved at U13’s since stats began in 2015. […]

U14 Hockey

On Friday 5th May the boys and girls U14 teams played in the England Hockey’s first State Schools festival in Nottingham. With help from Mr Moss and Mr Wilkins we travelled down and played 6 games against schools from all over England. Both teams topped their pool but found trouble ahead. Both teams played fantastically well […]

Warhammer Club

Battle hour this week was a more casual affair as a number of players had not brought in their models for…reasons. On the casual end, Joseph Stockley and Jasper Welton had given up their lunchtime to prepare an introductory game for one of the Year 7s who repaid them poorly by never showing up! In […]

Year 11 Netball

On Thursday the Year 11 Girls played their final and farewell game of Netball for Wellington in a friendly against BTH. The talented bunch took to the court one final time as the original A team that formed in Year 7 5 years ago, bringing home the win for one last time… as usual. The […]

Creative Writing Success

Huge congratulations to Year 10’s Martha Adams, whose short horror story, ‘Not Alone’ was a winning entry in a creative writing competition to find the best short stories in the Manchester area.  Martha entered the competition (run by Sale bookshop, Get Free Books), which asked adults and young people to write a narrative related to a bookshop […]

Passion for Fashion

We have been contacted by Lion TV who are casting a new series for CBBC about sustainable fashion and are looking for young designers aged 10-14 years old.  In each episode the aim is to see young creative minds come together to create bold and colourful outfits reusing, re-claiming and upcycling fabulous fashion by using only vintage, second-hand & sustainable materials. You don’t have to be confident […]

Warhammer Club

Due to a number of extenuating factors over the last fortnight the Warhammer Club newsletter has been put on the back burner despite the Tuesday League games going full steam ahead. Catch up on all the gory detail below!  Tuesday 18th April  Three battles were fought today, heralding one of the first clashes between two […]

Shivam Nayar 9GGS

Huge Congratulations to Shivam who plays National League basketball for Manchester Magic. Last weekend they had their final fours and they won so now are the U14s National League Champions! Well done to Shiv and all his teammates on this amazing achievement. Mr Crooks  

Ellie England 8AHN

Congratulations to Ellie who made her U13 Greater Manchester County Netball Team debut at Bedfordshire tournament last weekend.  Ellie played Goal Shooter and Goal Attack and they won the tournament bringing home gold medals.  Mrs Hill

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 28th April 2023

Alterman Building

On Wednesday, we had the pleasure of being visited by Ike Alterman. Ike is a Holocaust survivor. His Fed My Voice life book, which chronicles his life before, during and after the Second World War and includes detailed recollections of his time as a prisoner of four Concentration Camps, has inspired the History Department to […]

English theatre trip: ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’

On Wednesday, Miss Hitchens I took 28 Year 9 students to the Royal Exchange Theatre for a fantastic new production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The year group have lately studied dramatic realism and a play contemporary to Williams’: A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller. Ostensibly, the plays seem […]

Book Fair

We have had the Scholastic book fair in the LRC all this week, a wide selection of HALF PRICE fiction and non-fiction books for staff and students to purchase. There is still many a bargain to be had as it is here for most of next week; please bring in cash if you wish to […]

MEM Maths Challenges

A massive well done to all those students who took part in the February half-term MEM Maths Challenges.   A special mention must be given to Bernard and Nia for achieving merit of participation awards in the Senior and Year7/8 Challenges respectively, and being invited to a presentation evening at Liverpool University – an achievement they […]

Year 7 Field Trip to Timperley and Altrincham

On Tuesday, the Year 7s completed their first local fieldwork activity with the Geography Department. The students were investigating the Settlement Hierarchy. Before setting off, they established their hypotheses. They needed to decide which settlement will have the greatest range of shops and services, and therefore will be the most popular. The students walked to […]

Year 8/9 Girls Football

TRAFFORD CHAMPIONS!! A massive well done to the Year 8/9 girls football team who beat Sale Grammar 5-4 in a nail biting game last night. The girls came back from 2-1 down at half time, to take the win 5-4! The night saw goals from Leah Johnson x 3, Cerys Smith x 1 and Esme […]

Year 9 Girls Football

On Tuesday, the Year 9 girls’ football team had their final of the Greater Manchester Cup against Wright Robinson. Unfortunately, the girls lost 6-1 but they put up a great fight. They played some fantastic football throughout the game but were up against a tough team. This isn’t the end of the road for the […]

Jensen Clarke 7SHG

Thank you to Mrs Robinson for sharing this great news this week. “Jensen is in an Elite Competitive Acrobatics Men’s Pair (where he trains 12 to 14 hours a week in Birkenhead). After breaking his elbow and having major surgery before Christmas he and his partner Joe have had the biggest mountain to climb to […]

French Exchange

We said goodbye to our French friends on Thursday 30th March after a week packed full of trips, lessons, social gatherings outside of school and a final farewell party in school on Wednesday evening, where we enjoyed a bring and share meal and shared stories of our experiences during the week.  Monday was the English students’ chance […]

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 31st March 2023

Year 10 Interviews

As part of our programme of continuing Careers Advice and Guidance, Year 10 students were put through their paces this week as they took part in a face-to-face interview. Students were matched to an interviewer from a wide variety of employment sectors based on the information they gave when writing an application form a few […]

Berlin Trip March 2023

35 Year 10 GCSE students and 5 Year 12 A level students went on a 4-day visit to Berlin this week. We stayed in the Hotel Transit Loft in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin. Visits included a walking tour of Berlin, which included walking to the Museum Island, the book burning memorial at Bebelplatz, […]

Year 11 Boys Football

On Thursday we played Ashton on Mersey in our final league game. We played really well despite having four out injured. The teamwork and togetherness of the group is really special and saw us win 3-2. Lots playing out of position but did their job for the team. This has meant they have finished second […]

Year 7 Girls Football

The girls went to play Sale Grammar on Monday on a game that would be pivotal in the fight for the league championship. Isla Dugdale-Reed and Nia Roberts put us 2-0 up but two quick fire goals from our mistakes meant the game finished 2-2. But good enough to see us LEAGUE WINNERS.  Mr Tomlinson

LRC Update

Well done to Kavelle (Year 7), Anna (Pictured, Year 8) and Megan (Year 9) for borrowing the most books this term. Hope you have enough to read over the Easter holidays! It is the Yoto Carnegie book award time of year again; seven young adult fiction books are on the shortlist and the winner will […]

Warhammer Club

This week in Warhammer Club we had a few absences for Tuesday’s Battle Hour due to a number of factors such as students speaking to the School Council and teachers on training, so there were no official League games played. In the two friendly matches that went on, Mr Brownbill’s Tyranids took on Colum Parker’s […]

English Half-Term Heroes

At the end of each half-term, every member of the English department nominates their ‘Half-Term Hero’ from all of the students that they teach. Each Hero is selected for their demonstration of the attributes that make them successful learners. They receive a certificate, a badge and a place on our Wall of Fame to recognise their achievements. […]

PE Extra-Curricular

We have had another successful year so far with our Football and Netball teams – here are our current positions in cup competitions and league places and this week’s below. Football Trafford League Year 7 2nd in Trafford League (if Sale G win remaining fixtures) Year 8 3rd in Trafford League Year 9 Trafford league […]

Trafford Hockey Tournaments

Over the past week there have been 3 hockey tournaments. We have entered a boys’ and girls’ team into each one! Congratulations to the Year 9 boys and girls hockey teams who took part on Wednesday. The boys came 2nd with Oliver Edge receiving man of the tournament from Zac Bangee who kindly led the […]

Hive Garden Willow Tee-Pee

The green fingered members of the Estates Team have planted and weaved their magic in the Hive garden following step by step instructions and created a living willow tee-pee for the students to enjoy. This 2-meter diameter willow dome was bought from The Willow Bank and arrived on Tuesday and after settling for 48 hours […]

Geography Club

This half term the students of Geography Club have been enjoy a range of Geography themed games such as Ticket to Ride and watching Geography themed films such as Ice Age. Today Sophie and Georgia organised a Geography Quiz with rounds on flags and country outlines. Thank you very much for a fantastic quiz. Geography […]

Year 10 Maths Feast

On Tuesday 28th March, eight of our keen Year 10 mathematicians took part in the Maths Feast AMSP (Advanced Maths Support Programme) event at Manchester University.  Wellington School regularly attends this team event which gives students the opportunity to engage in a 2.5-hour session of fun problem solving.   The general consensus amongst the students was that they […]

English Careers

This is the latest careers bulletin from the English department. Take a look at some of the many careers where studying English can take you.  Miss F Spencer

Young Interpreters Scheme 

With the wonderful range of languages spoken by our School community, 100 Year 7-10 pupils were keen to train as Young Interpreters with Miss Hitchens, Mrs Soldiew and Miss Tijani on Tuesday.  Pupils completed four training sessions which explored empathising with pupils who speak English as an additional language, learning how to be a buddy […]

Friends of Pickering Lodge Park

The Friends of Pickering Lodge Park invite you to join them for their gardening and tidy up sessions this year. All the dates are below and there is a session on Saturday 8th April between 10.30 and 12. Everyone is welcome, just turn up and meet by the picnic tables.

Isabelle’s Trip to Uganda

Isabelle recently visited Uganda after raising money for Ugandaid – here is her report from the trip. To find out more about the charity visit the Ugandaid website where you can read the entire blog from the trip and more about how to sponsor a child.

U13 Dodgeball Regional Champions

Yes, you read it right – Dodgeball – we started a Dodgeball club about 8 weeks ago (driven by our students) and Mrs Davidson entered us into the Secondary Schools Regional Championships. We have a core group of students who play outside of school and some other students trying it for the first time. Having […]

Holocaust Survivor Talks

On Wednesday, three Holocaust survivors came into School to speak to Year 12 pupils about their experiences of the Holocaust: Anne Super, Marianne Phillips and Gisela Feldman. We’re very lucky to work closely with the Jewish Fed and, as a result of this, 12 Year 12 pupils have been selected to become Guardians of the […]

Year 9 Netball

This week was the Year 9B and Year 9A end of season Trafford Netball tournaments. On Tuesday 9B had a great evening and really came together as a strong team as the games went on. Finishing in 3rd place, the team came away with a win, multiple draws and two loses to AGGS and Loreto. A […]

Hive Easter Market

Hive pupils have been working hard this term in mini enterprise, preparing for their Easter market. We will be selling different products such as chocolate treats and hand painted decorations. All profit made will go towards the charity Papyrus. The market will be open on… Wednesday 29th March at 2.30-3.30 in the Hive (staff and […]

Warhammer Club

French Exchange

On Thursday this week we welcomed 30 French students in school. Their Wellington partners were very excited to meet them after communicating with them for a while. We have lots planned over the next week, including a trip to Liverpool to visit the Beatles Story. The French students have really enjoyed attending lessons with their […]

PE Extra-Curricular Results


Year 13 REP Inter-Faith Forum

Year 13 A Level Religion, Ethics and Philosophy students attended a Zoom dialogue hosted by the Inter-faith forum. We heard from Ben, a Zen Buddhist, and Micah, a secondary school teacher who identifies as both Catholic and Jewish. Students asked some fantastic questions, such as “how does meditation benefit you?”, “do you lean more towards […]


Sadly, it was our last lesson with Hannah this week. All the students have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the culture of Brazil and Portugal. Hannah’s knowledge and experience, of life in Brazil have been inspiring. However, this week she brought a ‘taste of Portugal’ with her; ‘Pastel de nata’. This is a traditional Portuguese pastry best […]

Wellington’s Second Primary Day of Languages!

Today we have welcomed pupils from St Vincent’s, Navigation, The Willows and Cloverlea Primary Schools to share our love of languages! Our very talented Wellington students have been teaching them a little bit of a language they speak; many of which are home languages. These include Ukrainian, Albanian, Greek, Tamil, Cantonese and many more! We […]

International Pi Day

Students celebrated International Pi Day on Tuesday 14th March (3/14 when using the American date format). They took part in a teacher treasure hunt where over 50 members of staff were wearing digits of pi around school. In addition, our winner of the pi recital competition was Stephanos Farquharson who was able to say pi to […]

Shakespeare Schools Festival

On Wednesday this week 24 students from Year 8, 9 and 10 took part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival, a national event where students of all ages and abilities perform a 30-minute version of a Shakespeare play on a professional stage.  On the back of last year’s spectacular Romeo and Juliet, this year we opted […]

Neurodiversity Celebration Week

As a school we have taken part in Neurodiversity Celebration Week. This involved a tutor takeover in which students were shown a presentation explaining neurodiversity and the challenges that many young people who are neurodivergent can face; but also celebrating our differences. We have ended the week with students and staff wearing a brightly coloured […]

GCSE Drama Exam

The GCSE students completed their final practical examination this week, the visiting examiner watched an array of different extracts from ‘Shakers’ by John Godber to ‘Find Me’ by Olwen Wymark to name a few. The students have spent the last 12 weeks preparing two extracts from their chosen plays. The student’s commitment and dedication has […]

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 10th March 2023

Year 7 Chester Zoo Trip

This Friday we took almost the whole of Year 7 to Chester Zoo, and despite the cold weather they had an amazing experience! We set off on three double-decker coaches and managed to get all of the students in by half past 10, even those who had made an illicit ‘detour’ through the gift shop […]

English – A Day of Storytelling

This Tuesday all 280 of our Year 7 students were off timetable, in the hall and on a mission! They had to work to a brief: adapting, scripting, designing, building, performing, filming *and* pitching a pilot for a new children’s TV show based on a myth they have read. Some focused on Anansi, some on […]

Wild Alaskan Salmon

This week we received 40 fillets of Wild Alaskan Salmon from the Fish Heroes programme organised by the Food Teachers Centre. As part of the programme, 250 schools nationwide will be receiving a free delivery of Salmon. With the cost of living and rise in food prices, this is a very generous offer and Wellington […]

Year 11 – GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

A massive well done to our Year 11 Food group this week, and also Olivia Williamson in Year 12 who is doing Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition, on completing your practical assessment for your qualification. I don’t say well done often enough and I am so proud of all the effort each and every […]

U14 Boys Hockey – Proud recipients of their medals!

The U14 boys received their North West hockey runners up medals this week from Mr Beeley and had a chance to discuss the team, their stats and plans for the future of hockey at Wellington. I’ve never known them so quiet! Miss Richards

Music News

Thank you to Mrs Gibson who shared with us how Patrick, one of our incredible A Level students from last year is getting on at University. Patrick began his undergraduate degree in September at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and is currently playing bass in a band for a vocalist called Faye Donna Francis. […]

Lowry Young Company

We were delighted to hear about 4 of our pupils who took part in this week’s home performance at the Lowry of a new play “Tuesday” by the Lowry Young Company as part of the National Theatre Connections Festival 2023. Alex Stockton-Hine, Isla James, Gracie Roberts and Joe Allan were all members of the cast […]

Year 8 Rugby

The Year 8 Boys Rugby 7’s team played in a tournament at Chester RUFC on Monday and acquitted themselves very well. The lads won 3 of the 5 games they played and lost 2 of the games by narrow margins. Player of the Match was Oliver Brown who was outstanding in all departments finishing a […]

Warhammer Club

This week we have moved our Battle Hour from Thursday to Tuesday due to staff commitments on a Thursday after school. We had three gaming tables on the go at once and the dice were rolling thick and fast! Our generals Jasper Welton, Colum Parker, and Joseph Stockley fought on bravely against the staff armies […]

Daisy Gellatly – Year 7

Congratulations to Daisy who competed this week at British Ice Skating Young Stars and out of 20 girls placed 3rd with an amazing skate. Well done Daisy! Mrs Dunne    

Reuben Clarke (Year 9)

Well done to Reuben Clarke (Year 9) who was cast as a great voice over character called Lionel in a new animation “Mums Spaghetti” which was recorded at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield in August last year. Reuben attended the industry premier in London last week where film was a huge success and […]

International Women’s Day

The REP department took part in a multi-school webinar for International Women’s Day. 20 students across Year 9 and 10 heard from a diverse group of female speakers who discussed their own personal experiences of being a woman within their faith or belief, whether that be Catholicism, Sikhism, Hinduism or Humanism. Students asked some fantastic […]

UK Mathematical Trust Challenge

Congratulations to the Year 9’s and 10’s who took part in the United Kingdom Mathematical Trust challenge held on Thursday 2nd February.  There were lots of certificates to hand out and Joshua (Year 9) qualified for the next round – grey kangaroo challenge – taking place on March 16th.  Well done everyone and all the best […]

Year 7 Girls Football

The Year 7 girls played their league match against North Cestrian sporting their newly arrived football kit. The girls were super excited to play in it “Sir, It’s so comfy and warm”. It certainly helped as they beat North Cestrian 12-0! Mr Tomlinson

KS3 Gold Badges

Congratulations to Ben Eckersley and Oliver Freer for being our first two students to achieve their gold badges! Mr Tomlinson


This week the students learnt all about how the ‘Carnaval do Rio de Janeiro’ is celebrated. Did you know that the main celebrations take part in the ‘Sambadrome’, a 700m long purpose-built parade area, with capacity for 90,0000 spectators? The students were really enthusiastic, and we were amazed to hear that one of our students has […]

PE Extra-Curricular Results

World Book Day

The puppies kept Cruella really busy this year – but at least there was more than one of her! Wellington staff threw themselves into the dressing up once again as you can see; a special mention must go to Maths (Wizard of Oz), History (very educational human “book covers”), and SEN departments – it was […]

Year 12 Lang/Lit: Othello in the Cinema

This Wednesday, we took our (lovely) Year 12 English Language & Literature A Level students to the Light Cinema in Stockport to see National Theatre: Live! There was an afternoon showing of Clint Dyer’s recent staging of Othello (unbelievably, the first directed by a person of colour). Despite the fact they won’t study the play until […]

World Book Day in the Languages Department

Students have been enjoying a variety of book-inspired language activities this week. Some Year 8 classes listened to “Les Trois Petits Cochons” (The Three Little Pigs) being told and focused on their French pronunciation to prepare them for writing and reading aloud their own fairy-tale. There were some excellent stories and the enthusiasm for story-telling […]

Maths Problem Solving Day

On Wednesday, eight of our Year 10 Mathematicians attended an outreach interactive problem-solving day at Manchester University.  The day began with a roadshow of puzzles, followed by 2 extended activities.  During the first session, the students were introduced to Maekawa’s theorem and Maomi mapping through the familiar activity of origami; and in the second session, […]

Beginners Portuguese

This week the Languages Department welcomed Hannah Conway from the University of Manchester. Hannah is in school every Monday lunchtime for the next four weeks teaching students’ beginners Portuguese. Hannah speaks Brazilian Portuguese, having spent her year abroad there. The sound is very melodic. The students thoroughly enjoyed the session and were keen to learn […]

North West Tier 2 U14 Boys Hockey Runners Up

Congratulations to the 15 boys who played a day of superb hockey competing against teams from across the North West. The team was captained by Albie Sutton who took charge from the back. Throughout the day they played 6 games, winning 5 and only losing 1, 1-0. Owen Moss scored a flick and the top […]

LGBTQ+ History Month

Well done to all the students who contributed to the LGBTQ+ History Month Poster competition. The winner of the Waterstones Voucher was Ruby Smith (TBN), with a close runner up Mabel Bryce-Kisby (SHG), and the crowd favourite was Abbie Simpson’s (SCE) cartoon poster. Miss Hollis  

World Book Day

Wellington school is looking forward to World Book Day, next week on the 2nd of March; staff are dusting down their costumes and students are (hopefully!) finalising their designs and getting ready to bake a “book related” cake. The WBD token has gone digital this year; there is a link on Classcharts announcements so students can […]

Young Scholars

Our Young Scholars visited Manchester University on the last Friday of term for their graduation event following the completion of their disease detectives programme. The students got a question and answer session with the students at the University, a tour of the uni, a quiz about universities and then were awarded with their well deserved […]

Year 9/10 Girls Hockey

The Year 9/10 girls team played Sale Grammar on Wednesday in a spectacular display of skills and teamwork. We knew some of our opposition were very strong but we underestimated our own level of skill and almost shocked ourselves! The game began with some lovely wing play and lead to crosses into the D which […]

Hockey Superstars 

Congratulations to Emily Girdlestone from Year 8 and Orla Mawby from Year 7 who have been selected to be part of the North West U.13 hockey squad. They have both worked really hard to be part of this group and we look forward to hearing how they get on in their competitions. Miss Richards  

Chetham’s Summer Music Course

Chetham’s School of Music must have heard of the amazing talents of our students as they have contacted me this week to share details of their Summer Music Course.  Chetham’s is the UK’s largest specialist music school and this summer they are re-opening their facilities to support additional music education for young people across the […]

CAFT Quiz Night

Trafford Jazz Camp for Girls

Please find a flyer attached on a Jazz Camp for girls organised by Trafford Music Service. For more information on the course then follow the link on the flyer. And as always if your daughter gets involved we’d love to hear about it. Mrs Moorhouse Jazz camp for Girls

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 10th February 2023

Politics Trip

For the first time since 2019 the History and Politics department were able to take pupils on their annual pilgrimage to Parliament. The group may have departed in darkness, but the sun was shining upon arrival in Westminster, and Parliament was glistening following Big Ben’s refurbishment. The tour took in both houses of Parliament, central […]

Children’s Mental Health Week

Well, what a fabulous week it has been.  Students have had tutor takeover assemblies by the 6th Form Leadership team and Kooth. Staff have hosted numerous lunchtime activities promoting wellbeing from mindfulness colouring, crafting and meditation, to Yoga and dance.  It’s been a lovely week to end the half term.  A huge thank you to […]

Year 9 STEM Day

On Friday, Year 9 were off timetable doing a STEM day on the theme of ‘sustainability’. Activities included building re-usable rockets, testing different biofuels, foods of the future (including trying different insect proteins!), water pollution, making bio-polymers, and constructing structures with limited resources. Students then heard from industry experts about this growing sector as a […]

KS3 Assessed Practical

This week has been very hectic in Design and Technology, getting the many projects completed for the end of the rotation. In Cooking and Nutrition lessons, this has meant completing an assessed practical. Pupils in Year 8 were challenged to plan, prepare and cook a Mediterranean dish that would be suitable for teenagers. Year 9’s […]

Year 9 Rugby

The Year 9 rugby team played at TMVRUFC on Wednesday in a tournament organised by Sale Sharks. They had two games and played some good hard rugby. All the players acquitted themselves well winning against Sale Grammar School and drawing against Broadoak in a closely contested match. Player of the tournament was Noah Harrington who […]

Year 7 Boys Football

The Year 7 Boys Football team have become Wellington School’s first boys football team to reach the Greater Manchester Cup final! An outstanding performance from every player ensured that they defeated Cheadle Hulme High School 2-1 at their home pitch. Every single member of the team, as well as those who regularly attend training have […]

Geography Visit to Broomwood Primary School

On Thursday, Miss Baker and I visited the Broomwood Primary to teach about the different types of volcanoes to Years 3 and 4. The students learnt first of all about the different types of material released during an eruption before making models of composite and shield volcanoes using play doh. The students needed to use […]

English Half-Term Heroes

English Half-Term Heroes At the end of each half-term, every member of the English department nominates their ‘Half-Term Hero’ from all of the students that they teach. Each Hero is selected for their demonstration of the attributes that make them successful learners. They receive a certificate, a badge and a place on our Wall of Fame to […]

Science Club

In the final week of the half term we put on one of our all-time favourite Science experiments: making soda snakes! Students made up a base of sand which had sugar (the fuel) and bicarbonate of soda (a source of carbon dioxide) which they then soaked with ethanol and ignited. The results are always worth […]

Warhammer Club

With parents evening over with on Wednesday, the way was free for old grudges to be settled and new armies put to the test. Two games were played with a fresh mix of commanders: Jasper Welton (Imperial Guard) vs. Joseph “Hive Mind” Stockley (Tyranids), and Luka Taylor (Death Corps of Krieg) vs. Colum Parker (Space […]

Human Rights Day

Back in December Wellington marked UN International Human Rights Day in collaboration with the charity RFK Human Rights. A group of Year 10 pupils passionate about defending and promoting the importance of human rights produced a presentation which was delivered to all pupils in tutor time. They also launched and ran a competition for pupils […]

Duke of Edinburgh Update

Silver DofE Our Silver DofE Award launched this week and places are now available for our Year 10 students who completed their Bronze expedition last year. Please find details on Class Charts and on ParentPay or see me. If you would like to progress your DofE to the next level please act now as applications […]

English Careers Bulletin

This is the latest careers bulletin from the English department. Take a look at some of the many careers where studying English can take you.  Mrs Simpson

Future Writers Competition: Year 11

To help Year 11 students hone their narrative and descriptive writing skills in preparation for their English Language Paper 1 mock exam, each Year 11 student took part in our ‘Future Writers’ competition, crafting either a piece of narrative writing or descriptive writing for their entry.    The standard of work across the year was […]

Year 9 – Options Taster Session: Food Preparation and Nutrition

Plenty of fun was had during the Year 9 taster session for GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition this week. Pupils had the opportunity to find out all about the GCSE course which is a fun mix of scientific investigations, practical tasks and learning about where our food comes from and how we can ensure our […]

Year 10 History Trip

On Monday 30th January, the History Department took 46 Year 10 pupils to Sale Waterside Theatre to watch the Doctors Show; a production based around the Health and the People GCSE course. We all enjoyed watching a Medieval operation, seeing some Medical heavyweights demonstrate their breakthroughs and the guidance around improving exam technique. It was a really […]

Oxford University Computing Challenge

In January, approximately 50 students from Wellington qualified for the Oxford University Computing Challenge by coming in the top 10% in the country in another competition. The OUCC tests students in programming skills that go beyond the normal curriculum for their age group. Everybody who took part did very well, but Lewis Goodwin (Year 7, […]

Year 7 English

Michael Sandbach in 7R has excelled himself this week! He was asked to write a letter to a local MP arguing that a four-day school week would be beneficial to pupils and what a beautifully, well-written letter it was! Well done, Michael!

PE Extra-Curricular Results

Taster Boxer Session

On Thursday, Access Sports came to school to offer a ‘taster boxing session’ for our students in the Hive and Hubs. All those involved loved the experience and have now been offered a 6-week boxing course to take place after school! Mark (Access Sports) coaches at the local gym in Timperley. He will be setting […]

Warhammer Club

Date: Thursday 2nd Feb 2023 Due to Year 10 parents evening we had to postpone our usual Thursday Battle Hour, but all of the usual generals turned up at lunchtime to hang out and get some friendly trash talk in about each others’ armies. Others were busy in the club at lunchtime with their modelling; […]

Former Pupil Success

I was contacted this week by the mother of a former A Level Product Design student, Ben Lavin, with some wonderful news.  Last September, Ben moved down to Bristol to start his new job as a Design Engineer for Dyson based in the ‘Future Concepts’ department.  He’s already been in several new concept progress meetings with […]

#Beewell Manchester University Young Researcher Programme

I am super excited that 5 of our Year 10 Psychology students, Amelie Tan, Elodie Jourdain, Isla Rebbeck, Leila Bieniasz and Evie Caddens are lucky enough to be involved with this once in a lifetime research programme at such a young age.   #BeeWell is a programme led by the University of Manchester, the Greater Manchester […]

Wellington Wellbeing Leaders/Kooth Champions

On Monday 30th January we had the launch of our new Wellington Wellbeing Leaders/Kooth Champion scheme.  It is our vision that the young people will be the voice of the school.  The team will meet with myself and Kooth once per half term to share concerns around mental health but will most importantly play a […]

String Group

Thank you to Mrs Woodward who has started rehearsing with our newly formed string group. Rehearsals take place from 8.20 on Friday mornings in Room 18. All string players are encouraged to attend and join in – with the added bonus of breakfast treats! Here’s a quick sneaky peak at the piece they only started […]

Year 9 Girls Football

Well done to the Year 9 girls who are through to the final of the Greater Manchester cup after beating Crompton House 8-2 in the semi-final. The girls were comfortable, confident and showed an array of different skills to see them through to match. The night saw some spectacular goals from Ella Bradley, Leah Johnson, […]

Holocaust Memorial Service 2023

On Thursday 26th January Mr Vernon and I accompanied 7 students from Year 7- 9 to perform in the Trafford Holocaust Memorial Service at Sale Waterside Theatre.   The group performed a piece telling the story of Irena Sendler. Irena Sendler was a Polish humanitarian, social worker, and nurse who served in the Polish Underground Resistance during […]

Year 9 Options Assemblies

This week, Year 9 students have had a week of assemblies aimed at demystifying the Key Stage 4 options process and encouraging them to think beyond school for perhaps the first time. On Monday, Mr Fenwick explained the subject choices available to students and gave details of how the process works. Further details can be […]

Youth STEMM Secondary School Showdown

On Wednesday 8 Year 10 students took part in the Youth STEMM secondary school showdown quiz as part of the Norwich Science festival. All students performed very well but a particular well done to Ben Mudd, Oscar Robinson, Daniel Chadwick, Bernard Kwong and Felix Medford who came 4th out of 28 teams! Miss Tierney  

KS3 Cooking and Nutrition – Chinese New Year

Stir- fry has long been a staple of the Year 7 curriculum as a dish that is very colourful and demonstrates many of the recommendations of the Eatwell Guide. This rotation it has lined up nicely with celebrations for Chinese New Year and a number of Year 7 classes have made their own stir-fries this […]

Faraday Challenge

This week 36 Year 8 students competed in the Faraday engineering challenge. The students had to design, make and present a prototype of a device to be fitted to a drone. Well done to Mikey Bailey, Ellie England, Eesha Nair, Elizabeth Leigh-Valero, Tobey Prince and Leah Saward who came first with 80/100 marks. The competition […]

English Masterclass

On Wednesday, the English department hosted its annual Shakespeare Masterclass to assist Year 11 with their English Literature revision. Over 200 students attended a class on Macbeth or Much Ado About Nothing, gaining renewed insight into the play that they are studying, which will no doubt benefit them in their upcoming mock exams (and indeed […]

PE Extra-Curricular Results

Warhammer Club

Due to technical issues there were no photos from the club this week but several of the members were busy on Thursday with various aspects of the wargaming hobby! Michael Sandbach has continued to build members for the club’s Tau Kill Team – these are now primed and ready for painting next week! Louis Wolfenden […]

Lunar New Year Celebration

Last Friday we celebrated Lunar New Year in School. A fantastic event, as the pictures show!  Thank you to Mrs Weilin Chen, mother of Alex, for helping us plan the event and the Zheng family who own the Wok Inn in Timperley for the delicious food!  Thank you to our amazing musical performers – Athena, […]

English Careers Bulletin

Do you want to be a journalist? What skills do you need to be a social media manager? How would studying English help you to become a web editor? This is the latest careers bulletin from the English department. Take a look at some of the many careers where studying English can take you.  Miss […]

Super night of top hockey!

The boys displayed a super team effort this evening, winning the game 4-0 and showing excellent composure on the ball. With a couple of last-minute additions, Oliver and Benjamin, who slotted in nicely, they played with a calmness to behold. Albie Sutton (C) talked calmly to them from the back and encouraged everyone on the […]

Happy Chinese New Year!

We would like to wish all of you – in particular our Chinese and Hong-Kong students a ‘Happy New Year’ as Sunday marks the Year of the Rabbit in the lunar calendar. In addition to the wonderful event being hosted by Mrs Jaunbocus-Cooper tonight, we will delivering a Tutor Takeover activity next week: Oi-Lam Tang […]

Science Club 18/01/2023 

This week our Science Clubbers have been busy raft building and have put their rafts to the ultimate test! Pupils have carefully selected equipment and designed their rafts; additional challenge was introduced by limiting the number of floating objects for each group to use! We have been blown away by some of their creativity and […]

Year 12 Business Studies London Trip

This week our Year 12 Business students visited London as part of the department’s enrichment programme.  The highlight of the first day was a visit to the Museum of Brands to investigate the importance of brand image and sustainability. The students took a journey through the history of branding, before redesigning the packaging for a […]

EXCITE Festival

On Wednesday, 14 of our pupils travelled to BTH for the EXCITE festival where they played against three other schools: Ashton on Mersey, BTH and North Cestrian in a dodgeball competition. The night consisted of playing 3 x 2-minute games against each school. The pupils showed lots of enthusiasm, engagement and thoroughly enjoyed it. The […]

Year 7 Rugby

The Year 7 rugby team competed in a tournament at TMVRUFC on Wednesday. The lads played some good rugby even though the weather conditions were difficult. Zachary Cheung was Player of the Match but Cullen O’Brien and Kavelle Johnson-Mason deserve a mention for their impressive running and hard tackling. Mr Burgess

Warhammer Club

Sponsored Walk 2023

On Monday this week, students in all year groups had an assembly taken by this years Sponsored Walk chosen charity, Papyrus. The charity outlined their aims and vision and explained the vital work that they carry out in order to raise awareness and understanding of the issues surrounding Young Suicide Prevention. Students will have a […]

Year 9 Girls Hockey v Sale Grammar

The Year 9 girls played hockey against Sale Grammar on Monday running out 4-0 winners.  In a very one-sided game, they dominated for the vast majority of the game, not allowing the opposition much possession. A debut in goal by Rachel Miles was unfortunately uneventful! MOM Holly Simms. Dr Davidson  

Autism in Schools Project

The SEND department welcomed Lorraine Howells and Justine Bailey from Trafford’s Parent/Carer Forum into school, as part of the Autism in Schools project that Wellington are proud to be taking part in. Parents were asked to join us to discuss what is working well and how we can work together to improve the experience of […]

PE Extra-Curricular Results

Maths Club

This week’s Maths club had an environmental twist as students recycled spare maths worksheets to create Columbus cube towers.   The tallest tower was 6 cubes high but unfortunately adding a seventh cube proved too much, and the tower collapsed.  A lot of creative fun was had by all, teachers included! Mrs Fairbairn

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 13th January 2023

REP Trips

REP students throughout the school have had the luxury of two trips this week! On Monday, Mr Brown, Miss Crump and Miss Hulme, alongside 44 year 8 students, went to the Altrincham and Hale Mosque (after a little walk in the rain). Whilst there they learnt more about the five pillars of Islam and how […]

Primary School Maths Challenge

Wellington welcomed Year 5 pupils from local primary schools to a Maths Challenge, the evening of Tuesday 10th January. 13 teams from 8 different primary schools competed to be crowned the “Wellington Primary Maths Challenge Champions 2023”. The Year 5 pupils were assigned a (brilliant) Year 12 mentor who assisted them through each round of the […]

Year 9 Boys Hockey vs Cheadle Hulme School

A narrow loss tonight against a very evenly matched opposition. The Wellington boys played some strong hockey but just couldn’t find the back of the goal. There was plenty of action up and down the pitch and in both D’s with Henry Hatfield making some super hand saves. We conceded a short corner right on […]

Sixth Form Assembly with Tony Collier

Many thanks to Tony Collier who delivered an assembly to our sixth form students to raise awareness for Prostate cancer and Men’s mental health.  Tony spoke of his incredible fundraising achievements since receiving his terminal cancer diagnosis. As well as running the London Marathon, he ran 970 miles for 970 people who lost their lives […]

Extra-Curricular Results

Warhammer Club

Thursday 12th January 2023  

Table Tennis Tournament

Year 7 students have been taking part in a table tennis ‘ladder’ tournament, throughout last term, which concluded last week with Cyzarine Chu winning the tournament without losing a game.  Well done to all involved.  A doubles tournament starts this week and will run throughout this term. Dr Davidson

LRC Legends

Well done to our LRC ” legends” who have been awarded the prize for the most books borrowed this term. Grace Hardington in Year 7, Elizabeth Sant in Year 8 and joint winners, Aimee Stanton and Harvey Hannon in Year 9. Particularly popular at the moment are football themed books (don’t know why?) by Tom […]

Warhammer Club

In the first week back after the Christmas break Warhammer Club was busy with students (and some of the teachers) showing off their new models and the progress made over the last two weeks. This lunchtime was busy with gluing, painting, planning and designing scenery pieces. Thursday Battle Hour was postponed until next week due […]

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 16th December 2022

Jodrell Bank Trip

On Thursday 30 Year 11 students visited Jodrell Bank Observatory. The visit was fascinating, and they were able to show off their Astrophysics knowledge whilst learning more about astronomical objects such as pulsars and black holes during talks on the work being done at Jodrell Bank. Hopefully this has inspired some of the students to […]

Christmas Hampers

Year 10 sociology students had a great morning out on Thursday delivering an incredible 95 hampers to Wyncourt Nursing Home and Timperley Nursing Home.  It was cold, but the students had a great time wishing the workers and some residents a Very Merry Christmas from us all at Wellington school.  I would like to thank […]

Staff Christmas Video

We hope you enjoy our staff Christmas video. Merry Christmas from The Drama Department.

8HPY – Community

This half term 8HPY have been talking about Community. We have discussed: What is a community? Who makes up our school community? and What can we do to help others in our local community? Students decided to collect selection boxes and donate them to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. On Wednesday, we delivered 19 selection boxes. […]

MFL – Christmas in Mexico

This week, our pupils studying Spanish learnt about traditions at Christmas in Mexico. Our Foreign Language Assistant from Mexico, Carla, introduced a very informative presentation in Spanish about the festive customs in her home country. The pupils learnt about what happens in big Mexican cities, learnt new words such as “posadas” and “colación”, which are […]

7A Netball

A big well done to our Year 7A team who had the last of their league fixtures last night. Although the results didn’t go in our favour the girls demonstrated some excellent play across the court and had excellent enthusiasm and team spirit! There are plenty of friendly fixtures and the tournament coming up after […]

Breakfast with the Boss

On Thursday we had ‘breakfast with the boss’ to celebrate the successes and achievement points earned by our KS3 pupils. This reward is for the top 10 students with the most achievement points in each year group. Students must have a 100% ratio, so all students involved have not received a single negative last term. […]

Carol Service

Thank you to all the students, family, friends and staff who braved the cold on Wednesday to join us at our Carol Service at Christ Church Timperley. This was our first service at the church since 2019 and I fully agree with Mr Beeley that it was good to be back at the Church. The […]

GCSE D&T Textiles

Year 10 D&T Textiles students have been completing a Design & Make project to develop their skills to prepare them for their GCSE Non-Examination Assessment.  The project aim is to design a fashion corset for a high-profile event or occasion.  Students have identified a client, investigated their needs and requirements.  They have analysed existing products […]

Year 8/9 Indoor Athletics Competition

The Year 8/9 athletics team travelled to Sportcity, last Friday for the Greater Manchester indoor athletics competition. Pupils competed in a range of different events throughout the afternoon; 60M, 200M, high jump and long jump to name a few.  The standard at the competition was very high with athletes from different clubs over Manchester. Our pupils […]

Enterprise Challenge Final

On Monday a depleted Team Vixen re-entered the Dragon’s Den to present their profits to Francis House.  After a busy few weeks, giving up lunchtimes and evenings to make and sell their Christmas Activity Kits, the team were proud to have raised £216.35 for a worthwhile cause. Although they did not win the competition the […]

Enterprise Club Christmas Market

On Wednesday our Year 7 Enterprise club ran our first Christmas Market.  Selling a variety of products including snowflake candy and sweet cones, as well as the traditional tombola and ‘name the penguin’ competition, the teams were very busy.  I was impressed by the way they organised themselves, created their own stalls and the confidence […]

History Trip to Warwick Castle

On Friday 9th December, the History Department braved the cold to take 49 Year 7 pupils to Warwick Castle. We learned all about the Castle’s early life as an Anglo-Saxon fortress, how it then developed into a Norman Motte and Bailey in 1068 and eventually how it became the Stone Keep you see today. We […]

English Half Term Heroes

At the end of each half-term, every member of the English department nominates their ‘Half-Term Hero’ from all of the students that they teach. Each Hero is selected for their demonstration of the attributes that make them successful learners. They receive a certificate, a badge and a place on our Wall of Fame to recognise their achievements. […]

KS4 Reward Trip

Mrs Thomson, Mrs Firth and I took 39 KS4 pupils to the Trafford Centre for a Christmas reward trip. Part of our roles as Director of Key Stage and Pastoral Managers is to reward pupils for their effort and commitment to their studies. We, as a Key Stage, focus on Attendance, Behaviour and Currency (academic outcomes […]

7R Reading Goody Bags 

7R have worked tirelessly hard this year and their teachers decided they deserved a treat! On Thursday morning – after a call from Lapland – a special delivery came into Mrs Sheehan’s English lesson where pupils all received a goody bag full of books connected to their current studies… from Horrible Histories to Greek myths. Even our Y13 English […]

Logan Lauder – Year 8

Well done to Logan who, this year, has been taking part in a National Karting Championship. Logan managed to finish an incredible 4th out of 28 participants after the championship concluded last month. He has had a great year and is looking forward to competing again next year. Here is a picture of him with […]

Interactive Sports Careers Presentation

It was lovely to welcome an ex-student into school on Tuesday morning. Matt Loizou left Wellington in 2016 and is now a professional football coach and tutor. Matt left Wellington after Year 11 to join Interactive Sports which is based around sports coaching and sports science. He must have impressed as he was immediately offered […]

PE Extra-Curricular Results

CAFT Christmas Cracker

This Friday is the CAFT Christmas Cracker, a fun packed on-line event with games, raffles and music. It is completely free and there are prizes to be won on the night too! Please click below for details. The CAFT Christmas Cracker! | The Childrens Adventure Farm Trust (

Staff & Sixth Form Christmas Jumper Day

Once more, staff and Sixth Formers did us proud in their festive/sparkly/woolly knits. We also had a Christmas pudding bobble hat, light-up earrings and a Christmas tree tie! We raised over £200 for ‘Cash for Kids: Mission Christmas’ (£200.83 to be exact in terms of donations to school but we’re also aware that lots of […]

BBC Share Your Story

We were delighted to welcome the BBC into school on Thursday where CBBC presenter and former Strictly Come Dancing semi-finalist Rhys Stephenson was the headline act. Rhys spoke to Years 7 – 10 about his early life and the route into his career in the media. Students were happy to put Rhys on the spot […]

Food Bank Collection

As you know we have been collecting items for the South Trafford Food Bank. The Sixth Form have been working really hard, they have been visiting tutors to collect the goods and have been sorting all the contributions generously made by our Wellington community. A huge thank you to all who were able to contribute […]

Regicide and its Consequences

10Y1 have worked incredibly hard to consolidate their understanding of Act 2 of Macbeth by completing a clock of knowledge; each segment focuses on a different aspect of the act, such as blame, guilt and daggers! Very well done to everyone, but especially to Ben Mudd, Martha Adams, Leila Bieniasz and Oscar Charnley, who produced […]

Bebras Challenge

In November, Computing students took part in the annual Bebras Challenge. They answer questions which focus on computational and logical thinking. Every participant received a certificate, with those in the top 25% in the school receiving a distinction and the top 50% receive a merit award. Students who were in the top 10% nationally are […]

Year 13 Business Studies Strong Foundation Workshop

This week our Year 13 A Level Business Studies students took part in a Tutor2U Strong Foundations workshop in the Trafford Centre.  The workshop provided an interactive, intensive and engaging learning environment where students developed their exam technique and revised key exam theory. The workshop is designed and delivered by experienced AQA examiner presenters, all of whom […]

‘Taking Maths Further’ Event at Manchester University

On Wednesday 7th December, eight Year 11 mathematicians attended the Advanced Maths Support Programme ‘Taking maths further’ event at Manchester University.  The students completed ‘Apprentice’ styled tasks that centred around the manufacturing of toy fish mobiles which included working with moments, considering the statistics involved in quality control and the logistics of packing.   The […]

Science Club

This was our penultimate week of Science Club and it certainly went off with a bang! The theme was combustion and after a short reminder of the Fire Triangle (fuel, oxygen and heat) the science department brought out a variety of exciting (and very educational) reactions, each more explosive than the last! Methane bubbles were […]

Scholastic Book Fair

Thank you to all staff and pupils who have “shopped” at the Scholastic book fair in the LRC this week; we have earned over £80.00 of new books as a reward! So happy reading over the holidays (books are certainly on my Christmas wish list). Ms Gilbert

Greater Manchester Learning Partnership Network

On Tuesday our Year 11s and Sixth Formers attended a talk by Matt Leigh from the Greater Manchester Learning Partnership Network. Matt is a leading provider and expert on all levels of Apprenticeship and spent time informing our students of the possibilities available to them post-16 and post-18. We have seen a steady increase in […]

England Netball Q & A

On Monday, 30 students from Yr7-10 were lucky enough to take part in defensive training session and Q&A with England Netball and last Seasons Manchester Thunder Captain, Laura Malcom. Every student gave each activity their best efforts and showed real progression in the quality skills and drills that were delivered. It was an excellent opportunity […]

PE Extra-Curricular Results

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 2nd December 2022

Enterprise Challenge Progress Report

Team Vixen have been busy selling their Christmas Activity packs in aid of Francis House and are currently busy securing further sales opportunities including to staff, local primary schools and local businesses. The team recently took part in an evening sales event run by Manchester Airport to promote and sell their Christmas Activity Packs. They […]

Year 12 Maths Problem Solving Event

On Thursday 1st December, eight Year 12 maths students attended a problem-solving event run by the Advanced Maths Support Programme at Manchester University.  It was a fabulous day in an impressive building, the Whitworth Hall.  Throughout the day, the students worked on intriguing and challenging questions, all of which could be solved using familiar techniques but […]

Trafford Cross Country Championships

Thursday afternoon saw 26 pupils from all years, head to Crossford Bridge in Sale for the cross-country schools’ championships. The pupils raced in very cold and muddy conditions and were still determined to finish the race strong! An extra well done to Emily Bushnell, Jess Jones, Jo Wiggan, Oscar Cooper and Lewis Neli who are […]

Thar Noresh (more on that later)

Christmas came early to the LRC this year (is it too early to put up the tree?) when every Year 7 received a free book to take home and keep as part of the Bookbuzz scheme. Members of 7R thought it was “exhilarating” and “very exciting” to get a book they could keep, for ever, […]

Ike Alterman – Holocaust Survivor Talk

On Wednesday 30th November, Ike Alterman gave up his time to speak to Year 10 Historians and 6th Form students. Ike is a Holocaust Survivor. To a packed Adshead Hall filled with around 140 pupils, the Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham and Nihal Arthanayake of BBC 5 Live, Ike spoke poignantly about his life before, during and after the […]

U14 Girls Football

The U14 girls football team had a great trip out to Cheadle Hulme on Wednesday night in their quarter final of the Greater Manchester Cup. The girls had an outstanding game and played some fantastic football. This was the best I’ve seen the girls play in a long time. The referee came up to me […]

Year 7 Enterprise Club

The teams are busy preparing their stalls for our first Christmas ‘Market’ on the 14th December.  Lots of interesting stalls ranging from Christmas decorations to a lucky dip stall, sweets/cakes to a name the penguin competition. There will also stalls run by our 6th form Young Enterprise business and Year 10 Enterprise students.  All teams […]

A Super Evening of Hockey

Well done to the Year 8 girls hockey team who played their second Trafford tournament this week. They faced strong opposition but that didn’t stop them from racing up and down the pitch and jumping for joy when they scored! All the girls fought really hard and worked so well as a team. Congratulations to […]

Year 10 Football

The Year 10 team showed their character and resilience once again to overturn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win. The match was played on a very soggy home pitch against a tough opponent in Audenshaw on Wednesday evening. The travelling team had a fantastic goalkeeper that kept them in the game for the majority […]

Science Club

Our Year 7 and Year 8 Science Clubbers have been discussing matters of the heart this week! We got our hands on some lambs’ hearts from the local butcher (which would have gone to waste otherwise) and the students have used scalpels to dissect and explore the different parts. They have enjoyed the opportunity to […]

Faith and Belief Forum Workshop

Full course GCSE REP students took part in an online workshop through the Faith and Belief forum on Thursday. Students had the opportunity to listen to Muslim, Christian and Humanist speakers and to ask questions about their worldviews. The quality of the questions asked were fantastic, which ranged from ‘what are your views on LGBTQ+ […]

Warhammer Club News & Thursday Night Battle Hour Reports: Thursday 1st December 2022

Busy searching for a powerful magical artefact in the ruins of an abandoned fort, Captain Bribarro pricked his ears at the sound of an alarm from one of his state troops; orcs were nearby and moving swiftly for a delve in the nearby hillside! Whether these green brutes had tracked his search party carefully for […]

Geography GA Worldwise Quiz

Over the past few weeks at Geography club, students in Key Stage 3 have been training to compete in the GA Worldwise Quiz, hosted at MMU Business School.  Well done to all those who took part in the weekly heats. It was a tough decision, but after a few final rounds, the team was decided. […]

Year 10 Old Trafford Visit

On Tuesday our Year 10 Enterprise and Marketing pupils visited Old Trafford with a focus on branding and the role of social media.  Following a tour of the museum, the pupils participated in a talk showing a good understanding of the topic and asking some interesting questions.  The pupils also had a stadium tour including […]

Extra Curricular Results

GCSE Business Cadbury World Visit

Our Year 10 pupils visited Cadbury World last week to develop their understanding of how businesses operate.  Pupils took part in a tour explaining how the chocolate is made, even having a go at tempering and writing with chocolate, as well learning about how the organisation was founded.  This was followed by a talk investigating […]

Year 11 PE High Adventure Trip

This week 39 Year 11 GCSE PE and Sports Studies students spent 2 nights away at High Adventure in North Yorkshire. We had a group rock climbing and a group cycling working towards scores that could be used as part of their practical GCSE grades. We all had a fantastic time during the day and […]

IWM Loan Box

This week, Year 9 Historians have had the opportunity to handle some artefacts from the First World War. We were very lucky to be able to borrow a loan box of items from the Imperial War Museum North and every Year 9 class had the opportunity to study these items in a History lesson. It was great […]

Lessons from Auschwitz Project

We have been fortunate this year to be awarded two places for our sixth form pupils (Ava Conyers and Abi Court) to be part of the Lessons from Auschwitz Project. This is a project offered by the Holocaust Educational Trust, that enables pupils to learn more about the history of the Jewish people, anti-semitism and […]

Year 11 Careers Fair and Workshops

On Tuesday we welcomed 41 employers and providers of further education for what is our largest internally held careers event of the year. Year 11 were off timetable for periods 1-4 so they could attend a series of workshops and interact with our visitors who had erected stands in the Adshead Hall. Workshops from Get […]

Year 9 History Trip

45 Year 9’s visited the People’s History Museum on Thursday, to support their new Democracy scheme of work. They explored interactive exhibits about the Peterloo massacre, the Suffragettes, and disability rights in the modern world. They were a credit to Wellington – well done Year 9! Miss Hollis

Time Tables Rock Stars

To celebrate Maths Week last week, Year 7 battled out a fierce Times Tables Rockstars competition from Monday to Friday. Having taken the lead on Tuesday, JAB pulled further away from the chasing pack for a resounding victory. Well done 7JAB! Mr Rispin  

Lantern Parade

Thank you to all the Sing and Sing with 7s members who came on Saturday for their first major public community event in over 2 years. It was fantastic to see so many of you there dressed in your Christmas finest. Thank you also to all the staff and parents who came to support them. […]

Thursday Battle Hour – Battle Report 24/11/2022

With no resolution to last week’s conflict the three forces of Space Marines, Imperial Guard Death Korps and Tyranids had withdrawn, regrouped and prepared to re-engage. Although it initially appeared that an alliance would form between the two Imperial forces, in a bid to eradicate the xenos threat of the Tyranids, the sudden register of […]

PE Extra-Curricular Results

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh

Unfortunately, we were forced to cancel the first Bronze DofE Information Evening on Tuesday as a result of worsening issues with our water supply. Thankfully we are over this now and tickets are available, for Year 9 students, on the alternative date of 30th November 2022. We are still approximately 75 tickets down on pre-cancellation […]

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 18th November 2022

Wellington Wacky Hair and Odd Socks Day

Most importantly, Wacky Hair and Odd Socks Day is designed to be fun! It’s an opportunity to encourage people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique!  Today, to mark the end of Antibullying week, Students and staff at Wellington have embraced this challenge to help raise awareness.  It has […]

Year 8 – Practical Assessment – Mediterranean Cuisine

This week it was the turn of the Year 8 pupils to complete a practical assessment in their Cooking and Nutrition lessons. This year we have been studying Mediterranean Cuisine and the pupils were challenged to plan, prepare, cook and present a dish from a Mediterranean cuisine of their choice. The dish needed to demonstrate […]


On Wednesday Eco-committee went on their first ever beach clean to Formby Beach. Luckily the rain held off and the 14 students from Year 8, 9, 10 and 12 managed to find lots of litter to pick up. Several members of the public stopped to praise the students and they were a credit to Wellington. […]

October is Black History Month

To build on our studies of black History at KS3, we asked all pupils to complete a piece of research homework to learn about a lesser-known figure of Black British History. All pupils were then asked write and perform a speech covering the impact of their individual. In addition, all pupils took part in a […]

Year 7 Netball

This week was the first round of Trafford Netball fixtures for Year 7. It was fantastic to be able to put out three very strong teams. The B and C played their fixtures on Tuesday, winning against AOM and Sale G C and just missing out on the win against Sale G B. Poppy Jackson […]

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Sixth Form AA Talk

On Wednesday of this week, we were fortunate enough to have two guest speakers, Wendy and Alex from Alcoholics Anonymous speak to the Sixth form. The speakers were very open with our students about their illness and spoke about their life stories and recovery aided by the support of the AA. The students were extremely […]

Thursday Battle Hour – Battle Report 17/11/2022

Following last week’s defeat, the Krieg forces are now in full retreat aiming to make it to the safety of a rear fortified position where they can regroup and hopefully strike back at the Tyranid Hive. They have heard a reply to their distress signal but a radiation storm in the space around the planet […]

Trafford Music Service

Please find below details of the opportunities that Trafford Music Service have for our instrumentalists. On the 6th January 2023 Trafford Music Service are inviting all young musicians to join them for a day of workshops with musicians from the Hallé Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and Liverpool Philharmonic which will then result in a concert on the […]

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 11th November 2022

GCHQ National Language Competition

This week 16 Year 9 students have been competing in GCHQ’s National Language Competition. The students were set 64 online challenges to complete by 5pm today (Friday). These ranged in difficulty level and tested both their language skills and code breaking skills. The pupils have completed challenges in Afrikaans, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, Swedish and many […]

Year 9 – Practical Assessment

This week, Year 9 pupils have completed a practical assessment in their Cooking and Nutrition lessons. The rotation is due to end next week and to provide a final grade, pupils were challenged to plan, prepare, cook and present a dish from a World cuisine of their choice that could be produced on a low […]

Year 12 ‘Safe Drive Stay Alive’

On Wednesday this week, Year 12 students, accompanied by their tutors, Mr Cropper and Mrs Wilson attended the Middleton Arena for this year’s ‘Safe Drive Stay Alive’ event. This is an initiative organised by the Greater Manchester emergency services working together to deliver some powerful messages about the dangers faced by young drivers and their […]


It has been a busy week of netball in the Trafford League, with three Year 8 teams playing across Trafford. Our C team played at Sale High on Tuesday and demonstrated lots of excellent netball and a fantastic awareness for the rules. The C team finished with two draws and an excellent win. The B […]

Thursday Night Battle Report 10-11-22

Following on from last week’s victory, the Tyranid horde had a foothold outside of the Imperial Guard base where a battalion from the Death Korps of Krieg were garrisoned. Their next move was to expand their territory on this planet and consume more biomass for the Hive whilst the Death Korps attempt to regroup, and […]

LRC News

November is a busy month in the LRC; we have a remembrance display full of stories and facts about the act of remembrance and what it means to you. Autumn is a time for cosy reads – as the nights draw in, the fires are lit, and we can hunker down under a blanket with […]

PE Extra-Curricular Results

SEND Information Coffee Morning

We welcomed 40 parents to our SEND information morning on Monday. This was an opportunity to hear about the SEND provision provided by Wellington, this included information on Trafford’s graduated approach presented by our Educational Psychologist Nicola Fairhall. The event was very successful, and we have received some great feedback. We will place all resources […]

Duke of Edinburgh 2022/23

We are delighted to announce that a new season of our Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award has commenced for our Year 9 students. The first event will be an Information Evening for students and their parents/guardians to find out all they need to know. These are free ticketed events that you can attend on either […]

Enterprise Challenge

It has been a busy week for Team Vixen.  On Monday they promoted their activity packs to the staff.  Despite feeling nervous, their prensentation was excellent, and attracted sales. Many staff commented on how confident they were.  This feedback proved very useful.  On Thursday afternoon, the team attended their first sales event.  They took part […]

Remembrance – We will remember them

In Textiles, Year 9 students have created poppies to commemorate and honour those who fought, served and died in wars and other conflicts and those who continue to serve and protect us.  Mrs Booth

Year 9 Hockey

On Wednesday it was a battle of the hockey players, Year 9 boys v Year 9 girls! With 30 students taking part they decided not to have goalkeepers, so there were goals galore. We later played mixed hockey with 15 a side. They all thoroughly enjoyed the night . . . oh and the boys […]

Year 9 Rugby

The Year 9 rugby team played in a tournament Wednesday at MVRUFC. They played some outstanding rugby winning all their games in impressive style. Finn Sutcliffe was player of the match. Well done to Owen Moss who made his debut for the team. Mr Burgess

German Career Roadshow

On Wednesday 2nd November we took 15 students in Year 10 and Year 12 to the German Career Roadshow at Manchester University. Councillor Eamonn O’Brien opened the event, sponsored by the Goethe Institute. Our students attended seminars on intercultural awareness training, how to find a career and career opportunities with Lufthansa. In the afternoon our students meet […]

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 4th November 2022

Dia de muertos!

Our lovely Mexican Spanish Assistant, Carla, has been teaching pupils all about the Mexican tradition of Dia de muertos – or Day of the Dead – in lessons and in an extra lunchtime club this week. Our corridor has been decorated with colourful paper bunting and pupils have loved hearing about the customs and meaning […]

Breakfast with the Boss

This morning we had ‘breakfast with the boss’ to celebrate the successes and achievement points earned by our KS3 pupils. This reward is for the top 10 students with the most achievement points in each year group. Students must have a 100% ratio, so all students involved have not received a single negative last term. […]

Paint Altrincham Blue

Paint Altrincham Blue takes place from Monday 7th – Saturday 12th November; a week of events, activities and offers to raise awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s mental health. Come and take part in the Art Trail to see if you can find the fantastic artwork produced by Michael Harrison, Emily Wall and […]

Scholars Club

Our Scholars programme started this week with our latest cohort of students. They worked with their PhD tutor Rowan on the topic of disease detectives. The students were really engaged, asking relevant and interesting questions on the topic. The cohort will work on this topic throughout November which will result in an assessment at the […]


The U16 team, made up of our regular Year 11 girls with the addition of Alice, Neve and Mollie from Year 10 and Sofia from Year 9 played a very strong well drilled team from North Chadderton. The girls started strong, gaining an early 6-3 lead after carefully keeping possession of the ball and converting […]

Extra Curricular Results

Thursday Battle Hour

Thursday Battle hour is a new weekly event hosted by the Warhammer Club. It takes place after school on Thursdays and allows pupils to put the skills they learn during the lunchtime club into practise in larger-scale battles. This week’s battle featured a Tyranid force commanded by Joe Stockley and an Imperial Guard force from […]

Year 10 GCSE PE

Our Year 10 students have been working hard over the last few weeks (either side of half term) working on their training programmes for their coursework. They have chosen areas of fitness they wish to improve for their sport and planned sessions in order to improve. All students are doing circuit training, but the pictures […]

Year 8 Rugby

Fantastic performance from the Year 8 rugby team at MVRUFC this Wednesday. They won all of their three games comfortably against BTH, Stretford Grammar and Sale Grammar despite the challenging weather conditions. Noah Burt was player of the match with some brilliant try scoring runs and hard tackling. Mr Burgess

Hive Shop

Thank you to all who came down to the Hive mini enterprise pop up shop last term. The theme was ‘Halloween’ and we sold lots of lovely products. We made a profit of £50 and the students made a vote for their chosen charity. This term we are donating the money to ‘Life Share’ a […]

Choral Scholarship Scheme

Calling any interested choristers – St Mary’s Church in Bowdon have a choral scholarship scheme for singers aged between 14-19 and for any voice type. The deadline for applications is Friday 25th November. There is a flier attached with further information of the scholarship.  As with any other musical activity if your child does apply for […]

Dungeons and Dragons Club

Dungeons and Dragons club is off to a flying start! Thanks to our student Dungeon Masters and Mr Brown for their wonderful leadership and creativity.  Miss Hollis 

Jensen Clarke (7SHG)

A huge well done to Jensen Clarke in 7SHG. He and his partner were competing all weekend at the Stadium of Light and are now official ‘International Men’s Pair Acrobatics Gold Medal Champions’! Next stop will be European championships next year! Mrs Dunne

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 21st October 2022

Politics Trip

6th Form Politics students brought their half term to a close in exciting style with a Q&A with the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle at The Bolton School. Sir Lindsay opened the session with a fascinating insight into his political life, taking students on a journey from his humble beginnings as […]

Barcelona Trip

38 excited pupils met at Manchester Airport on Sunday afternoon, suitcases packed and ready to embark on an adventure in the Catalan capital. Even being in Barcelona doesn’t mean Year 11 pupils can avoid an early morning get up for school, straight after breakfast we were onto the metro to make our way to language […]

Trafford Youth Cabinet

On Thursday, I had the pleasure of taking 9 of our Wellington pupils to the Trafford youth cabinet at the Life Centre in Sale. The day was filled with different workshops; fast fashion, SEND, sexism in schools, and careers. There was a guest speaker from the Shaw Trust talking to the young people about social […]

Year 10 – Chicken Masterclass

Today, chef Martin Belcher from the school catering company, Caterlink, came in to deliver a Chicken Masterclass to the Year 10 GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition Class. Pupils participated in a 2-hour session learning how to portion a whole chicken and make a stock using the carcass and then make their own “Nando’s” style meal […]

Year 8 and Year 9 Netball

Our 9B played their first round of league fixtures on Tuesday this week at Urmston Leisure Centre. The first game was against Flixton, it took a while to settle in, but the team got into it and showed some excellent play down the court. The game ended 2-1 to Flixton. The second game was against AOM, […]

Shakespeare at the Cinema

This Wednesday, Wellington English Department took a select group of Year 10 students to Stockport Light Cinema to see the ‘National Theatre Live!’ release of Much Ado About Nothing! Some of our pupils study this brilliant Shakespearean comedy as part of their GCSE Literature course! We hopped on a mini-bus, guzzled lots of fizzy-pop and popcorn […]

U14 Boys Hockey

Congratulations to the U14 boys hockey team who beat Lymm in the Cheshire Cup on Thursday, a whopping 8-0! A fantastic display of moving the ball up the pitch using the wings and excellent teamwork. Mom was Albie Sutton. Miss Richards  

English – Future Writers Competition

To help Year 11 students hone their Viewpoint Writing skills in preparation for their English Language Paper 2 mock exam, each Year 11 student took part in our ‘Future Writers’ competition. For the competition, students wrote an article where they gave their viewpoint on a specific topic or issue.    The standard of writing across […]

Interform Sports

A super end to this first busy half term. With interform netball and football taking place this week. This picture shows 9X winners 9TBN scoring yet another goal. Well done to everyone who has represented their tutor groups this week. Miss Richards

English Half-Term Heroes

At the end of each half-term, every member of the English department nominates their ‘Half-Term Hero’ from all of the students that they teach. Each Hero is selected for their demonstration of the attributes that make them successful learners. They are given a certificate, a badge and a place on our Wall of Fame to recognise their […]

Science Club

A new cohort of Science enthusiasts have joined us this September in Year 7 along with some of our previous Science clubbers sharing their expertise! We have made a cracking start with our density experiments making sugar cocktails with solutions of different colours and concentrations. We are already showing some excellent practical skills with measuring, […]

German Day of Reunification

For the German day of Reunification (3rd October) students in 8S, 8F and 10×1 German have been learning about the Berlin Wall and its fall in 1989. For homework, they have been designing fact files on how different life was in East and West Germany, researched case studies of escapes from East to West and designed their own […]

Jensen Clarke 7SHG

I just wanted to share some fantastic news about one of our Year 7 students Jensen Clarke. Jensen is already a mixed pair British Acrobatics Champion and was scouted in May to join an Elite men’s acrobatics pair, he’s now training 16 hours a week at a specialist acrobatics club in Birkenhead in preparation for […]

Year 7 ‘Make Home ‘Work” Project Day

Last Friday saw the project-phase of our Year 7 ‘Make Home ‘Work’ Scheme. Over the last few weeks, every department has supported pupils with advice and skills from organising their planner to researching a project.  Over the last fortnight, pupils chose a subject brief to complete in one of five subjects: DT, Geography, History, REP and […]

Reuben Clarke 9ESD

Reuben has now won a hat-trick of International acting awards (see attached) for his role in the global successful film “Nobody Loves You & You Don’t Deserve to Exist”, which is now screening on Amazon Prime and Plex (it’s won 30 awards globally overall). Reuben has also just completed a fantastic voice over role for […]

PE Extra-Curricular

It’s been a great week for extra-curricular sport. Results below:

Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 14th October 2022

Year 9 Rugby

The Year 9 Rugby team won all their games at MVRUFC this week. They all played exceptionally well against BTH and AOM. Player of the tournament was Ruben Hill who tackled fantastically well and scored several tries. Mr Burgess  

Friends of Pickering Lodge Park

A reminder that on Saturday, between 10.30 and 12, the Friends of Pickering Lodge Park will be planting an Oak Tree to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee – bulbs will also be planted at the same time. Everyone welcome.

National Apprenticeship Show

22 Year 13 students spent Thursday morning plotting their next move at The National Apprenticeship Show which was held at Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Trafford Park. They were able to attend seminars, speak to apprenticeship providers and gather information from over 50 national and international companies who offer a range of post-18 options. Degree apprenticeships […]

Year 13 Biology Field Trip

With the weather looking a little foreboding, we set off on Monday morning for the annual Year 13 A-Level Biology field trip to FSC Castle head in Grange-over-Sands. With luck though, the weather held for the first two days and the waterproofs were only required on the final day.   The Year 13 biologists spent […]

Enterprise Challenge is back! 

Meet Team Vixen – our 6 Year 10 Business students who are participating in this year’s Enterprise challenge run by Manchester Airport.  The aim of which is to create and sell a Christmas gift to raise money for a local charity.  We are again supporting Francis House.  Over the past 2 weeks the team have […]

PE Extra Curricular Results

Results this week.                                  

Welly World Mental Health Day 2022

From all of us at Wellington School, we just wanted to say a huge thank you for supporting our YoungMinds #HelloYellow day held on 10th October 2022 for World Mental Health Day. More young people than ever before are seeking out mental health support and most aren’t getting the help they need. The past year […]

U14 Girls Hockey

Fabulous day for a bit of hockey! The U14 girls played in the Greater Manchester tournament on Thursday evening. We won one, lost one and drew one and Amelie Sutton received the girl of the tournament from the team! Well done to Mae, Jess, Grace, Katie, Tilly, Isla, Evie, Holly, Sophie, Molly, Millie, Amelie and […]

Jewish History Museum Trip

70 Year 8 students visited the Jewish History Museum on Monday as part of their unit of work on Jewish beliefs and practices. During the day, students explored the beautiful synagogue and handled artefacts. Later, students learned about the significance of food during Jewish festivals and even had a go at baking their own delicious […]

Origami Club

Origami Club is running again with new members taking part on Thursdays. This week Louis Jourdain’s efforts are of particularly good standard and they now live on my ever-increasing origami display. No prior experience needed, all welcome! Mr Morfee

Year 9 Geography Trip