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This focuses on connection. When we are feeling low or anxious, it can be easy to stop seeing our friends as much as we usually do. Visit our On My Mind pages for tips to help young people connect with friends & family.


So proud of Coco & Alexa in Y8 who came 6th in the CyberFirst Finals, run by which aims to support girls interested in a career in cyber security. Solving digital & physical problems & competing against teams with twice the number of players - they did so well!


Our A Level students were delighted to welcome into school for an insightful talk on the importance of in everyday life. This not only showed the diversity of engineering as a career but highlighted the creativity and ingenuity of the profession!


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Our advice on how to be a better listener this .


Retweetd From Anna Freud NCCF

Do you sometimes struggle with your child’s behaviour? Would you like to develop a better understanding of yourself as a parent as well as your child’s emotions & behaviours? Then join our next free online Reflective Parenting Group, from 20 February 2023.


Head of Personal Development & Citizenship (PSHE), Waldegrave School, Richmond upon Thames


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It's Day on 2 Feb. Make space on that day to talk to someone about mental health. Talk about how you feel, a problem you’ve been struggling with, or anything you want to get off your chest. Let’s get talking.


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The UK Online Commemoration for 2023 will begin today at 7pm. Join our host as we learn lessons from the past and commit to creating a better future.


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Tomorrow is , an international day of remembrance for the millions murdered during the Holocaust. have selected a few books to give readers of all ages an insight into this important period in history. Read more ⬇️


Another successful completed! Nearly 1400 students took part in and tasks. A huge thanks to the many external speakers as well as our amazing staff who made this day such a success. Look out for photos in our upcoming bulletin and magazine!


Teacher of Religious Education, Waldegrave School, Richmond upon Thames


Our Y13 Geographers are back at Waldegrave after an inspiring week of at ! Amazing efforts from all despite the chill! We now look forward to using the skills learnt this week as they start to write up their coursework next week. 🌲🌿


Another busy day for our Geographers as they visited Dorking for their human geo study! They gathered data on the environmental quality along the high street, combined with some climatic data too followed by analysing the reasoning behind such changes from location to location!


Delighted to welcome from who gave a fascinating insight in the profession of Project Management and the instrumental function it serves in both our professional and personal life.


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Our 8-week online support group offers parents a safe space to gain info to support their young person (11-16) who may be experiencing anxiety, depression and/or suicidality; and are on a CAMHS waiting list. For more info: 07597 574 947 or


For the next 3 days in Box Hill Surrey is home for our Y13 A Level Geographers. They are collecting data to investigate the Carbon Cycle in the area: doing a field sketch on Lodge Hill then sampling for the concentration of carbon storage in the soil.


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Developing healthy coping strategies to deal with intense and difficult emotions is an important skill for young people. Learn more about them at our next Schools in Mind seminar on 26 January:


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Residents are being offered FREE bystander training to give them the tools they need to safely intervene when they see problematic behaviour occurring. 📆 Wed 18 Jan ⌚ 6.30 - 8.30pm 📍 Online Learn more about you'll learn and book your place ⬇️


We hope you all had a wonderful break and wish everyone a happy new year as we now progress into the Spring term! If you’d like to remind yourself of the fun busy Autumn term we had here at Waldegrave, why not take a browse through our two magazines:



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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