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Tackling a famous Dürrenmatt novel was of course ´gar kein problem´ for hard-working A-Level German students. Their in-depth analysis display is ‘ganz wunderbar’ taking pride of place in our busy MFL department ürrenmatt


Has your child had a growth spurt over the summer? That school jumper looking a bit worse for wear? Stock up on quality pre-loved uniform at the sale: in school on Saturday 24 September 10am-12pm. Got something to donate-we're happy to accept clean, quality items.


Teacher of Computer Science, Waldegrave School, Twickenham


Another successfully completed school improvement project - thank you to who have done a magnificent job of fitting these new windows!


Team building on the Thames? What better way to start Y7! Thank you to and Thames Young Mariners for the kayaking, raft building and other fun activities. By the end of next week over 200 Waldegrave girls will have taken part.


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Places are filling up on the SEND Futures conference on 12 October. Join us if you are the parent or carer of a child or young person with special educational needs and or a disability in Kingston or Richmond.


Teacher of Science, Waldegrave School, Richmond upon Thames


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Monday 19th September will be a Bank Holiday to mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral. Schools and colleges will be closed for the Bank Holiday.


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We have recently been made aware of a phishing scam circulating popular messaging app WhatsApp, known as the 'Hi Mum' scam. We encourage you to read our article for guidance on identifying phishing scams and how to deal with them if you have been targeted:


All at Waldegrave are commemorating the remarkable life and mourning the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II today. We are taking time to reflect on her resilience and sense of duty, in special assemblies, and thinking of her family in their grief. Rest in Peace Ma’am.


Here is a sneak peek inside our lovely new Sixth Form Learning Centre. A huge thank you to and Woodland Commercial Ltd for their astounding work in bringing this together in time for the new school year. Students are excited to start using their new study zone!


A big thank you to - our new signs looks fantastic! Navigating around school is so much easier for students, staff and visitors


A warm welcome to our new Y7s who started with us today! The students spent the day doing ice breaker games to get to know each other and a treasure hunt to familiarise themselves with the school. They all left with happy smiles!


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Best of luck to all students getting their results today!! Remember that doing your best is always enough 🥇 & don’t forget… if you would like support with employment/further education after finishing school, including with maths & English, feel free to get in touch! 📚


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Worried about your results or have you not achieved the qualifications you hoped for? Our exam support helpline is open, speak to one of careers advisers about your concerns. For more information please visit our webpage: ☎️


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Not achieved the grades you'd hoped for this summer? Our exam support helpline is now open. The helpline will be open from 18 to 31 August 2022. For more information please visit our webpage: ☎️


Absolutely! We didn’t have permission to name her until just now but thoroughly deserved!


Record number of students accepted to Oxbridge this year: Tomi, Florence, Emily, Ella, Silvia, Arden, Amalia, Lili (Oxford), Poppy (Cambridge). Also congrats to Milly & Flora (Medicine), Amelie & Bryony (Veterinary Science), Allegra (Unilever apprenticeship). Well done!


A fantastic set of A Level results: 24% A*, 53% A*/A, and 80% A-B. We couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of our students! A true demonstration of their academic ability and resilience.


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We're looking for athletes aged 11 to 17 who live and go to school in to represent Richmond in the TCS Mini London Marathon Championship event on 1st October 2022. Find out how you can apply to be part of our team:



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.


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