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Waldegrave School wishes Uma B good luck this evening at the grand final of Jack Petchey’s ‘Speak Out’ Challenge at the Cambridge Theatre#SpeakOut — Waldegrave School () July 8, 2024


Big thanks to for hosting an inspiring careers event! This collaboration underscores the value of school partnerships in guiding students' futures. Looking forward to more inspiring opportunities together!— Waldegrave School () June 21, 2024


Our Year 12 Sociology students had an eye-opening trip to the Old Bailey, witnessing high-profile cases and learning about the criminal justice system from a serving magistrate. A valuable experience ahead of our Year 13 Crime and Deviance topic!— Waldegrave School () June 21, 2024


🎵 Welcoming the talented choir students from Brunsbo Musiklasser, Gothenburg, Sweden! 🇸🇪 Our Chamber Choir had a fantastic time hosting workshops and performing together. Special thanks to Mrs O’Brien and Patrik Wirefeldt for a memorable musical exchange!— Waldegrave School () June 21, 2024


We’re delighted to announce the results of this year’s emagazine Close Reading Competition. Congratulations to the winners, runners-up & whole excellent shortlist! Read all about it here!— English & Media Ctr () June 14, 2024


This is a fantastic opportunity to grab some great quality second-hand uniforms at amazing prices. Not only will you save money, but you'll also be contributing to a more sustainable and eco-friendly community. 🌍💚See you there! 🏫✨— Waldegrave School () June 13, 2024


🌟🤝 Our Student Parliament members spent the day at becoming trained Anti Bullying Ambassadors through the . Proud of our students for their insightful contributions!— Waldegrave School () May 22, 2024


🇫🇷 Our Year 10 French students have returned from an incredible 4-day weekend in Paris! From iconic landmarks to delicious crepes, it was an unforgettable trip!— Waldegrave School () May 22, 2024


More people than ever will vote this year! 🌍🗳️ Professor from captivated our students with insights on the upcoming elections, emphasising the importance of political engagement, even if you can't vote. You're never too young to shape your future!— Waldegrave School () May 22, 2024


Our music students have returned from an amazing trip to Lodi, Italy with the European Youth Orchestra! 🎶🇮🇹 They enjoyed rehearsals, met the mayor, performed in a concert, and explored Milan. A huge thank you to everyone involved for making this experience unforgettable! 🌟— Waldegrave School () May 14, 2024


Our Year 9 students are doing an amazing job sharing their Theatre in Education skills!📚🎭 Yesterday, they performed at Archdeacon, , and . Tomorrow, they'll visit . Best of luck to them! 🌟— Waldegrave School () May 14, 2024


After a journey by plane, coach, and train, our talented musicians have safely arrived in Lodi, Italy!🇮🇹 We're proud to be representing Richmond Borough at the European Youth Orchestra in Lodi, Italy, alongside students from France, Germany, Italy, Romania, and Portugal🎶— Waldegrave School () May 10, 2024


After a journey by plane, coach, and train, our talented musicians have safely arrived in Lodi, Italy!🇮🇹 We're proud to be representing Richmond Borough at the European Youth Orchestra in Lodi, Italy, alongside students from France, Germany, Italy, Romania, and Portugal🎶— Waldegrave School () May 10, 2024


Enjoy the long weekend, Waldegrave! 🌟 Just a reminder that Monday is a bank holiday, so there's no school. Relax, recharge, and we'll see you bright and early on Tuesday! ☀️— Waldegrave School () May 3, 2024


Our Eco committee, with Sarah & Gaby from , began phase 1 of our replanting project in Digby Court this week to celebrate Earth Day! Huge thanks to Let’s Go Outside and Learn and our supportive for making this possible!🌍— Waldegrave School () May 2, 2024


🌟 Our Year 8 students had an enlightening visit to the Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon! 🙏 They explored the serene gardens, learned about Buddhist worship, and even experienced meditation firsthand.🌿 🏛️— Waldegrave School () May 2, 2024


🧠✨ Our Year 7 and Year 8 students took on the UKMT Junior Mathematical Challenge yesterday! 📊💡 Encouraging problem-solving and mathematical reasoning, they embraced the challenge with enthusiasm.— Waldegrave School () April 26, 2024


🌟Our Year 10 students had an inspiring trip to in central London for a World of Work event! They learned about interview skills, post-GCSE options, and networked with young professionals from the Worshipful Company of .— Waldegrave School () April 25, 2024


Friendly reminder to all parents who signed up for our exam stress workshop: It is taking place today at 6:30 PM! 📚 We look forward to seeing you there!— Waldegrave School () April 24, 2024


📢 Exciting news! Our Spring Term Magazine is out now! 🌸 Dive into the latest school updates, student achievements, and more. Read it here:— Waldegrave School () March 28, 2024



Literacy Across the Curriculum

At Waldegrave School, we aim to help students be successful in their future, whatever path they take. Students learn to express themselves in writing and through speech, to listen to others' viewpoints and communicate effectively.  All teachers are involved in raising students' literacy and our students have plenty of opportunities to develop their reading,  writing and speaking skills across the curriculum.


Reading Lists

We have put together recommended reading lists for each Key Stage and would encourage all students to try as many new genres and authors as possible.  Your local library is great place to find these texts as well as local bookshops.

Suggested Reading List for Years 7 & 8

Suggested Reading List for Years 9 & 10

Suggested Reading List for Years 11, 12 & 13

Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Shortlist Texts


Read With Me initiative

All form groups across Y7-Y10 will now participate in the ‘Read with me’ scheme as a fun way to promote reading for pleasure amongst our students. Each year group will have a different book, and all forms within a year group will follow along the same book, with their tutors reading aloud to the class.
CLICK HERE to see which stories each year group will kick this scheme off with.


Tips to Improve Literacy


  1. Read widely.  Reading a range of texts regularly can help with vocabulary acquisition, spelling and learning rules of grammar.  Don't be afraid to stretch and challenge yourself.

  2. Find and read books that you're interested in and enjoy.  If you're reading a book you don't like, stop reading it and swap it for one you do like!

  3. Before writing, talk about what you're going to write.  The act of planning it, and especially if you vocalise it, helps you articulate your ideas ready for writing.

  4. Keep a journal.  Journaling helps you organise your ideas and thoughts, and reflect on your experiences. The more you write the more experimental you will become with your writing.

  5. Read through your work carefully, using a checklist of things you know you need to improve on.  It might be the basics such as capital letters and full stops, or it might be more complex elements like structuring your sentences for effect.

  6. Practise your spellings.  Some spelling rules can be really tricky to understand and learn.  Use your knowledge of phonics to sound out the word, or use the 'Look, Cover, Write' technique to check or learn the spellings.

  7. Keep a log of new words that you learn and try to use them in your talking or writing.  You may find that once you learn a new word, you'll start seeing it everywhere!

  8. Ask a friend to read your writing and make suggestions for you.  Someone else may be able to spot things you haven't seen and be able to make suggestions to improve your work!


  1. Read with your children.  This lovely routine doesn't need to stop when they go to secondary school!  It's so beneficial to your child's development and a great opportunity to spend time with your child.

  2. We believe 'Choice and Chat' is a great way to help your child's reading. They can choose books they're interested in and you could have a weekly chat with them about what they're reading.


Literary Competitions

At Waldegrave School, we believe in nurturing students' passion for literature and providing opportunities for them to showcase their writing skills. We actively support our students in participating in various literary competitions, fostering creativity, and celebrating their achievements.

Competitions We Support:

Cover Story Screen Your Story Poetry By Heart Jack Petchey's Speak Out Challenge Tower Poetry

Participating in these competitions not only allows students to hone their writing abilities but also fosters a sense of accomplishment and pride in their literary achievements. Stay tuned for updates on upcoming competitions and how you can get involved!

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