WELCOME TO
WELCOME
We are SO EXCITED that you have decided to visit our Open Evening Online experience!

Here is a short message from our Principal, Miss Huddleston, for you to check out before going any further.
PRINCIPAL'S WELCOME
WHAT PROGRESS MEANS TO US
INTRODUCTION
HOW TO BROWSE THIS WEB PAGE
We have prepared some amazing content for you to browse at your leisure. There is a lot of information about St Wilfrid's packed into this web page and the virtual tour, which we hope will give you a glimpse of what being a student here is really like!

This web page will be open until the end of October - the deadline for sending in your applications - so take your time and enjoy the videos, read everything carefully and don't miss a thing!
PRIZE DRAW
As you navigate through the virtual tour, look out for the 'Wilf's Fact Finder' icons which will help you with the answers to some of the questions below. Complete the form at the bottom of the page for your chance to win an iPad. Terms and conditions apply*
- Wilf's Fact Finder icon
QUESTION 1 - In which month do we celebrate St Wilfrid's Day? (hint: Chapel)
QUESTION 2 - What is the name of the blue House in the House System?
QUESTION 3 - What does the 'v' stand for in 'live!'  (hint: Vision video below)
QUESTION 4 - How many years has our Principal worked at St Wilfrid's? (hint: near Reception)
1. LEARNING AREAS
English

The English Learning Area is made up of a team of fourteen friendly and experienced teachers who are always ready to help you grow your love of reading and develop the accuracy and style of your own writing. Having a good understanding of English will also help you with your other subjects; it will help you to access new and interesting concepts, enabling you to thrive!

We have a great grasp of what you have covered in primary school and we are ready to take the next step of your learning journey with you. Teachers are passionate about English and they want you to love their subject too. You will learn about a range of poets and study a number of literary texts and their contexts.

Students at St Wilfrid’s are also given the opportunity to meet writers; many students find this inspiring. There will also be plenty of opportunities for you to be creative and you will be invited to enter a range of competitions. You will also read and analyse non-fiction texts and develop your own writing style. Being able to express yourself and make others listen will help you to make your mark on the world!

Year 7 students are also introduced to Drama. You will have the opportunity to take part in practical lessons, join Drama club and take part in the House Pantos.

The English teachers at St Wilfrid’s are dedicated and will help you to thrive and become the best you can possibly be.

Maths

Mathematics  is  a very important subject and can be found in almost every industry and workplace, for example: engineering; manufacturing; economics;  and environmental science. Having a good understanding of mathematics  will also help to  prepare you  to  study for  other  subjects. It will help you understand mathematics in the workplace and in turn, help you to shape the future of our world!  

Here at St Wilfrid’s, you will experience a variety of approaches to teaching mathematics. This makes lessons more interesting and, best of all, it will help you understand the many different mathematical concepts. Knowing when to apply your learning in different situations is very important and we will give you plenty of opportunities to practise this.

We are well aware that not everybody understands the many new and different concepts at the same time, which is why we have a well-established and strong support system. Every lunch time there is someone available to help you with your classwork or homework, or guide you as you do more practice. In addition, our Year 11 and 12 students act as mathematics mentors in our support programme to help you in Years 7 and 8, so it’s not just the teachers who help support learning: it’s everybody!

The mathematics  teachers  at the Academy are friendly, always willing to help and are driven by one goal: to help you become the best mathematician that you can possibly be.

Science

In Science at St Wilfrid’s, you will learn about how the natural, chemical and physical worlds work; about how things were discovered, and what might be possible to solve some of the problems with the world and our environment.

In Years 7 and 8, you will learn in a hands-on practical way, rotating topics covering the three branches of science in biology, chemistry and physics.

You will understand how applying a scientific process to an investigation enables you to trust the outcome and form a valid conclusion, including how data can be used to improve your conclusions. You will also spend the first years at the Academy developing an understanding of key knowledge that will prepare you to study science at GCSE and beyond.

Many of our students stay with us to complete their A-Levels and pursue careers in scientific fields such as medicine and dentistry and careers in various industries. It all starts where you are now, loving to learn about how the world around you works.

Art & Photography

Art is all around us and is anything that is designed or created. You will be introduced to many different areas of art, from traditional drawing and painting to more creative ways of working such as collage, mixed-media, digital and photography. We develop your skills by looking at different artists (often contemporary) that you might not have heard of. We make sure you have a clear understanding of the different periods of art that have influenced artists today.

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Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Computer Science & Business

Computer Science is a really exciting subject because computers are everywhere! You will learn important and innovative things such as what makes a computer work and how a computer can play music or display an image. You will learn how to program a computer by writing code in logo, scratch & Python.

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Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Design & Technology

The Design and Technology Learning Area includes Design & Technology as well as Food Preparation and Nutrition. D&T can open the doors to rewarding, successful and extremely well-paid careers, such as Product Designer, Architect, Tailor, Software Engineer, Civil engineer, and jobs in the building and construction industry. Food Preparation and Nutrition will help you prepare for a career as a sports nutritionist, in food product development, in catering or in food photography.

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Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Geography

Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. You will explore the physical properties of Earth’s surface and the human societies that are spread across it. You will examine how human culture interacts with the natural environment and the way that people and places can have an impact on each other. In Geography, we seek to understand where things are found, why they are there and how they develop and change over time.

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Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
History

You will acquire an understanding of key events that have shaped the world we live in. You will also develop skills in using historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, and significance. We aim to develop a lifelong interest in the past, your family, local community, national heritage and wider world.

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Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Modern Foreign Languages

Learning a new language is exciting, sharpens your mind and helps improve memory and concentration. It will strengthen your problem-solving skills and is a great way to boost your confidence. It is a skill that you can demonstrate and the ability to speak another language will open up a whole host of opportunities for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Music

Music brings everyone together and allows a universal language to be understood and appreciated by all. Topics range from learning to read and write music notation, understanding rhythm and metre, as well as keyboard skills.

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Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Physical Education

PE is a popular lesson because of the fun involved and the chance to socialise and work with others. It’s an opportunity for challenge, success and feeling good about yourself.

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Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Religious Education

In Religious Education you will develop important life skills such as investigation, analysis and evaluation. You will develop your thinking skills as well as skills of reflection. This will help you to develop a fuller understanding of others, the world in which you live and your potential contribution to it.

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Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
2. VIRTUAL TOUR
Since you can't come onto the Academy grounds for a real-life visit just yet, we have brought our entire school to you!

The virtual tour is jam-packed full of pictures, videos and fun facts, that will show you life is like at St Wilfrid's.

Click here for the Virtual Tour!
MAP TOUR
You can also use the maps below to navigate through some of the key areas within the tour.
GROUND FLOOR
A handy map version of the virtual tour is viewable on a desktop, laptop or tablet.
UPPER FLOOR
A handy map version of the virtual tour is viewable on a desktop, laptop or tablet.
3. EXTRA CURRICULAR
The Academy has a thriving extra-curricular activities programme that has something for everyone. From Sports and Music, to Dance, Drama, Book Clubs, Chess Club, Film Club, House Events, Duke of Edinburgh Award and plenty more...
SPORTS
The PE Department organises a wide range of extra-curricular activities and fixtures against other schools in the following sports:
ATHLETICS
BADMINTON
BASKETBALL
CRICKET
CROSS COUNTRY
DANCE
FOOTBALL
GYMNASTICS
HANDBALL
NETBALL
ROUNDERS
RUGBY
SOFTBALL
TABLE TENNIS
SWIMMING
There are clubs for all levels of ability, and students are encouraged to give new sports a try through the Wilfridian Award. In partnership with the House System, we also host an annual Swimming Gala and Sports Day!
MUSIC
The Music Centre at Saint Wilfrid’s offers a wide variety of instrumental and vocal lessons. We provide high-quality tuition on a weekly basis that will provide you with both a broad and balanced curriculum, aimed at developing musical skills and supported by great technique. Lessons are held by local professional musicians, who act as both tutor and mentor throughout the course of a 10-week term. Some of the instruments we currently offer include:
GUITAR
ELECTRIC GUITAR
PIANO
DRUMS
VOCALS
VIOLIN
FLUTE
SAXOPHONE
OBOE
DOUBLE BASS
CLARINET
FRENCH HORN
TROMBONE
TUBA
TRUMPET
We also have a variety of music clubs, instrumental ensembles and choirs that meet during the week and provide many opportunities to perform at concerts and Cathedral services throughout the year. More information can be found on our website's Extra Curricular page. You may also wish to view the Frequently Asked Questions for Music.
PERFORMING ARTS
The Performing Arts Team work closely with English, Music and PE to provide many extra-curricular activities to complement classroom teaching. Over recent years we have performed whole-school productions including ‘The Greatest Showcase’, ‘Les Misérables’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’. There is also a great selection of Dance clubs available to students of all abilities. Each year the Academy holds a Gym and Dance Show, which showcases the very best talent from the Dance department’s classes and clubs, as well as performances from the various Gym clubs on offer at St Wilfrid’s.
Les Misérables
Watch a short sample of our thrilling production of Les Misérables.
O HOLY NIGHT
Listen to our Academy Choir perform at 'Nine Lessons and Carols'.
THE GREATEST SHOWCASE - MATILDA
Watch our talented students perform 'Revolting Children' from Matilda.
GYM AND DANCE SHOW
Enjoy a few short clips from one of our recent shows.
HOUSE SYSTEM
Throughout the academic year, five teams of students and staff (known as Houses) compete in a variety of activities and sporting events. At the end of the year, the House with the most points from all activities is crowned champion! This dose of healthy competition brings a great balance to the academic side of school life. We see great bonds of friendship created not only amongst the students in different year groups, but also between staff members. Find out more on the House System page of our website.
4. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
CHRISTIAN ETHOS
Saint Wilfrid’s holds worship right at the heart of the Academy and expresses its Christian Distinctiveness not only in the way we live out our lives together but in our collective worship life too. Whilst we recognise each member of the Academy has a different background and story, we seek to create an atmosphere where the God-given potential is drawn out of all, in order for them to thrive wherever life takes them. More information about our Christian Ethos can be found on our website.
THE VISION OF ST WILFRID'S
Learn more about our vision statement and what makes us unique.
FAITH AND WORSHIP
Worship Coordinator Mr Hands shares about the role of faith and worship in our Academy.
READING
We believe that ‘those who read succeed’. Year 7 students have one lesson each week which is dedicated to reading. Within this lesson, each student is introduced to books which inspire, captivate and develop their love of reading.
READING AT ST WILFRID'S
Mrs Rees shares some of the ways we help students succeed with their reading.
SEN
Our aim is to safeguard, include and support all of our students. We want to enable our students to be the best they can be, through identifying and removing their individual barriers to success.

Find out more on the SEN page of our website.
SEN PROVISION AT ST WILFRID'S
Hear from our SEN Coordinator, Mrs Sharples.
THE TRANSITION PROCESS
We aim to make the transition process from Primary School as smooth as possible for all of our current and future students and have devised a strategy that encompasses their journey before, during and after the transition.

The Transition page on our website outlines the process from our perspective, but here are some words from some students and parents who have recently gone through it:
JOINING St Wilfrid's
Hear from two Year 8 students about their experience of joining us from Primary School.
A PARENT PERSPECTIVE
Parents of one of our Year 8 students share their thoughts on the transition process.
PASTORAL
PODs are the pastoral hubs of the Academy and are the central point of contact for any issues regarding student welfare.

The POD is responsible for behavioural support and the pastoral care of students – in short, its purpose is to ensure all of our students are safe, happy and ready to learn. 

We know that there will be times when things don’t go to plan, whether that be in school or at home and we also understand that at times students make mistakes – but be reassured we have a team of teachers and support staff here waiting to offer help and guidance to help you get back on track. 
PASTORAL PODs
Hear Mr Fagan share about the key role of our PODs play for students at St Wilfrid's.
TRANSPORT
There are a number of buses that connect St Wilfrid's to various destinations across the borough. All transportation is arranged and provided by the local authorities and it is our recommendation to get in touch with yours to find out about current routes they offer and/or if there are any plans for future routes.
If you have any further questions, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.
5. APPLICATIONS & ADMISSIONS
Applying to St Wilfrid's is as easy as 1-2-3. View the flyer below and follow the simple steps.

Be sure to check out the Admissions page on our website and the Frequently Asked Questions:
ADMISSIONS - Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
STEP 1 - APPLICATIONS
Submit the Local Authority application form and send it to them before 31st October. You may also need to submit a supplementary form:
Supplementary Application Form
STEP 2 - PROCESSING
We then process the forms, determine the successful applications and pass their names back to the Local Authorities.
STEP 3 - FORMAL OFFERS
Formal offers of places will then be sent out by your Local Authority as a letter, by 1st March.
If you have any further questions, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.
6. WIN AN IPAD!
As you navigate through the content on this webpage, look out for the answers to the following questions. Use the boxes below to answer the questions, enter your details and submit the form for your chance to win an iPad! Terms and conditions apply*
QUESTION 1
In which month do we celebrate St Wilfrid's Day?
QUESTION 2
What is the name of the blue House in the House System?
QUESTION 3
What does the 'v' stand for in 'live!' (from our vision)
QUESTION 4
How many years has our Principal worked at St Wilfrid's?
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7. STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
We know this season means there is a lot of information to digest and there are likely to still be some burning questions that have gone unanswered. If that's the case, then please use the following form to submit your questions to us and we will respond as soon as possible.
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* A winner will be drawn in September 2021 from all of the correct answers, and one iPad will be awarded to one student who joins our Year 7 in 2021 at St Wilfrid’s C of E Academy. One entry per person. Closing date for entries is October 31st.
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