Success4All would like to congratulate everyone at Walker Technology College who in February this year was recognised by the Department of Education for their excellent GCSE results between 2013 – 2015.
Walker Technology College is ‘one of the top 100 non-selective state-funded schools in England showing the greatest sustained improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grades, including English and Maths GCSEs’
Success4All has run a Learning Hub in Walker Technology College for the past 10 years aiming to aid the school to close Newcastle’s educational attainment gap between affluent and less affluent areas. Over these 10 years, the Learning Hub has been open to students of Walker Technology, Monday – Friday, for 2 hours after school (2:45 -4:45). The students can attend the Hub if they want support completing their homework in any subject, or are matched with one of our trained Tutor Befrienders to receive 1 to 1 tuition in a subject they may be struggling with. It is also a welcoming space where the students can come to work if home is too distracting, or to use the resources in the Hub such as workbooks, revision guides and computers and the internet which may not be accessible at home.
We have a large language based role in the school, offering students the chance to achieve an additional language GCSE if they are not studying it in school during the day. The development of our English as a Second Language package that was put together late last year was influenced by our work in WTC. Those students who have recently moved to England and are learning the language are with us every day during the week to learn the basics. This acts as a transition phase, so the students are not thrown in the deep end of English school life, and have the language to be able to take part in lessons, get themselves around the school and start to make friends. They will stay with us until they feel comfortable and confident enough in their English ability, but most continue to attend the Hub throughout their time at WTC. We also give these students the opportunity to obtain a GCSE in their native language, from Portuguese, to Russian, to Persian.
Click here to see the letter from the Department of Education on Walker Technology College’s website!