On Wednesday year group bubbles from the eco group planted 27 saplings around the Wildern School site to help boost our ecosystems and improve biodiversity at Wildern. Thank you to the Woodland Trust and some late additions donated from Borley Park. The students had wonderful enthusiasm and have left a legacy at Wildern for generations to come.
Dear Parents and Students,
My last letter of 2020, a year that most of us will be glad to see behind us I am sure. While many of the things we regularly love to see during this term from main school productions, Christmas concerts and nativity plays have sadly been put on hold, where possible we have endeavoured to do remote events which have added some normality to our term even if a little different. At Boorley Park during my last visit I heard the children practicing Christmas songs and I know at Wildern a remote concert is being planned with rehearsals under way. While our world may be far from normal we are continuing to add some sparkle in the build up to Christmas. It is lovely to see the Christmas trees being decorated at Boorley Park with the students’ own home made decorations, very impressive especially the purple dragon. Our thanks to all of the kind companies who have donated trees to both our schools, more than one.
From my perspective the energy we gain from the students in school has been welcome and when walking around both schools the children’s world continues to move forward with productive learning across all phases. For some of our students we know this has been sadly interrupted with periods of isolation, but we are thankful that unlike many local schools we have had very few identified cases of Covid. Remote learning, while far from ideal, has supported those youngsters affected and my thanks must go to all colleagues who while delivering in class lessons are also setting work for students at home. I am sure all our staff and students would agree they have learnt even more new IT skills over the last ten months.
These continue to be anxious times for all of us, students, staff and parents as we manage learning and work combined with the worry for our own families. The supportive culture across both schools has been amazing and my thanks to everyone for their unfailing commitment, positive feedback and general ‘let’s get on with it attitude’. Community spirit in such times is undoubtedly at its best. I am, like all of us, looking forward to the day I can walk around each school without a mask and send a smile to staff and students that can be seen.
If you have driven down Woodhouse Lane recently you will see that the new school, Deer Park, is developing at pace. Our regular meetings confirm that the project remains on track for completion this summer with our first cohort of children starting in September 2021. Much work is going on behind the scenes in preparation for that, with recruitment of key staff in between deciding on furniture, new equipment and colour schemes. I will look forward to sharing more details in the New Year when we also hope to launch the new website and social media updates.
For now, as we move into the final weeks of the term, I would like to thank you as always for your support and I wish you all a restful and safe Christmas with your families.
Miss M L Litton
With the COVID19 guidelines in place, we know that we cannot safely provide you with the traditional Open Evening this year. Instead, we are planning to do this remotely; designed to try and bring you as many of the elements from that evening to you at home, allowing your child and you to explore and experience life at Boorley.
We are hoping that this evening and subsequent information will provide you and your child with a flavour of what Boorley has to offer, the support we provide as well as the learning opportunities. We want you to be able to hear from our pupils about how they feel about their school too.
Below you will find a presentation from the Executive Headteacher, Miss Litton and the Headteacher, Mrs Sillars, alongside a virtual tour of the school. A copy of the presentation, our prospectus and pictures of inside the school are also at the bottom of this page.
More Information click here
Please see the attached Open Evening Flyer: We will be filming the first presentation which will be available to view here if you are unable to attend an Open Evening.
Click here for the Open Day 2020 slides
Deer Park FAQ Page Click here
Click here for the Wildern School Prospectus
Wildern is a special place where we all believe in the same ethos, values and principles. There is warmth at Wildern that you cannot fail to notice as you walk around, despite our large size.
Care is high on our list of priorities. To us this means respecting community values like honesty, integrity and concern for others in an ever-changing world; so at Wildern we are there to support, guide and care to help our students make the right decisions. We ensure that our students feel safe, understood and are valued as individuals.
7 September 2020
I hope that the return to school for your son or daughter has gone smoothly and they are settling confidently back into school life and their final year at primary school. While there is still an exciting year ahead I write to you today about next year and the start of their secondary education. As you will no doubt be aware it is at this time of the year that schools hold their annual open day and evening events so that parents and students can make the preference for their new school.
In our locality this year there will be two schools serving the local community, Wildern and Deer Park. The purpose of this letter is to explain how, under the current COVID restrictions, the open day and evening events will take place and remind you of the application process.
The Application Process:
The new Deer Park Secondary School, run by Wildern Academy Trust, is opening in September 2021. In the first year of opening new schools usually organise their first admissions intake outside the main co-ordinated process organised by the local authority. There are a set of unique circumstances developing in Hedge End, where the second school is due to open its doors to its first intake in September and both schools are part of the same Trust with its outstanding history of providing secondary phase education for children in Hedge End. We are pleased that the Department for Education have agreed that applications for the new school will be processed as part of the usual process for children moving from primary to secondary school. There will be no requirement for parents to go through two application processes, one for Wildern and one for Deer Park. The following information will help you as you consider secondary places for your child now that Hedge End will have two secondary schools.
How to apply for a secondary school place
To apply for your child’s secondary school place in September 2021, you must apply through your home local authority. For Hampshire residents, you can apply from 14 September either online via the Hampshire County Council website or by using a paper form, available on request from the school. Full guidance about the application process is also available on the website
Non Hampshire residents should contact their home local authority for an application. The national closing date for applications is 31 October 2020.
Choosing your preferences
This year, Hampshire parents are allowed to name up to 4 schools on their application, in order of preference. Parents of children living within the catchment area of both Deer Park and Wildern School (the schools apply the same catchment area in their admissions policies) are strongly encouraged to name both schools on the application. Where more than one of your preferred schools can offer, the highest named preference will be allocated. If only one school is named and you are unsuccessful in gaining a place, and the other local school fills from on-time application, your child could be allocated a school some distance away. Naming both schools will give your child the best chance of receiving a local school place offer
We will be running a remote evening for Wildern. This will include a pre-recorded welcome presentation from myself and Mrs Oakley Headteacher, a copy of the presentation slides and a virtual tour of the school as well as some additional information about the school. This will go live on 30th September 7pm. We will regrettably not be able to hold an open morning or evening this year due to the COVID restrictions. We hope the presentation will cover the main questions along with the new Deer Park Secondary School.
Deer Park is brand new and the building will not be handed to us until the summer of next year so we will not be able to provide a tour at this stage. However, we do feel as we are not an established school we would like to hold some face to face open evenings with prospective parents. The school will be opening in the first year only to Year 7 and so the events will be for Year 6 parents only. We will be holding these over five nights in order to accommodate as many parents as we can, following social distancing rules. The evenings will be held between 6pm and 7pm at our Boorley Park Primary School. The flyer in the prospectus explains how a place can be booked for one of the evenings.
This is a very exciting time for the Trust and having provided high quality education in the local area for many years we are delighted that having an additional new school will support and accommodate all the youngsters within our community. We look forward to welcoming you either virtually for Wildern or face to face for Deer Park. We do appreciate there may be questions regarding both schools and on the Wildern Website there will be Frequently Asked Questions. For Wildern FAQ please visit firstname.lastname@example.org and for Deer Park FAQ please contact us at email@example.com.
Miss M L Litton
I am delighted to introduce you to Deer Park, a new secondary
school in your local community. I have had the privilege of
being involved in each stage of the school’s development:
from early design drawings; to the first spade in the ground; to
the fit out and formal opening. This involvement has enabled
me to look at each aspect of student learning, from room
layouts to specialist facilities.
Deer Park will offer outstanding learning for all students.
We will build positive relationships and a culture focused on
achievement and success within a new environment, where
each individual will grow and flourish. The teachers and
leadership team are excited about the journey ahead and we
are looking forward to welcoming our first year group.
20th July 2020
Dear Parents and Students
Well what a four months it has been for us all, with many challenges we were not prepared for. As we move to the end of this academic year, I wanted to write to extend my sincere thanks on behalf of both our schools and staff for your patience, understanding, unfailing support and feedback. That has helped us all enormously to find our way through this, often finding ourselves having to respond quickly to new guidelines and expectations. Did we get it right all of the time for everyone, possibly not, but I know that both schools have done their very best.
We are in no doubt that this has been challenging for all of you, parents and students alike. I suspect in many ways we have learnt a lot about ourselves and found that we can do things differently when we have to and indeed an inner strength that we perhaps didn’t know we had. I genuinely hope we can now move forward again and return to some form of normality.
Prior to receiving my final letter, you will have had updates from both Mrs Oakley and Mrs Sillars about our plans for September. Clearly, we remain hopeful that things continue to improve and some of what we have planned may not even be necessary, either way we will be ready and excited about welcoming back all our students. A lot of planning and preparation has gone into our plans so that you, the children and our colleagues are confident to return. We believe the sooner we can get back to normal routines and work patterns the better for all of us.
We fully recognise that there will be some anxieties, that is inevitable after such a long period of absence, but I am confident we will all get back into our school day routine. We will of course do all we can to allay any fears and support our youngsters and staff on their return.
The end of formal school for Year 11 was less than satisfactory but we were determined to arrange a proper farewell, which again Mrs Oakley has outlined in her letter to you. Certainly, unlike many schools we were determined to do this properly so rain or shine we will all look forward to the 19th August.
To conclude I genuinely hope that none of you have been touched by this terrible virus and that you remain healthy and safe with some form of holiday, even if just in this country. It will be different but I personally am just looking forward to seeing my family and friends more than in recent times, that is for me enough for now.
Thank you once again for everything you continue to do for us, we look forward to working with you closely again next term.
Miss M L Litton
Deer Park development continues to progress and is on track for September 2021 opening.
Should you have any questions please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions regarding the wider development then you should visit the Uplands Farm website.
It’s been a busy time at Boorley and wildlife seems to have been a fascination for both classes over the last two weeks.
We were very kindly donated some sunflowers and so each class has been working out where the best place to plant theirs are. They have suggested a competition to see which class can grow the tallest sunflower so watch this space for the results!
Ladybird class discovered grasshoppers and butterflies in their outside classrooms and have been exploring the long grassy areas at the side of the field.
Butterfly class have been learning about some of the fascinating birds of prey they have spotted circling over the school grounds. They have also discovered some holes on our school field—their investigations suggest they are rabbit warrens but they haven't spotted any rabbits around yet. They tried their best to persuade Billy to make snacks for the animals too!
Keep us updated on any wildlife you see at home or when you are out and about—the estate seems to be attracting lots of different types of wildlife.
A recording of the Wildern School Virtual Awards Evening Broadcast
We are delighted that our proposed new free secondary school, Deer Park School, has progressed to the pre-opening phase and we are now undertaking statutory (Section 10) public consultation. As the existing schools within the area are already at capacity or oversubscribed, and with the predicted numbers for school places required within the local area increasing, a new seven-form entry secondary school will be required to meet basic need. Hampshire County Council working in partnership with the Department for Education (DfE) and Wildern Academy Trust will build this new school, which will be located on the Woodhouse Lane site of Uplands Farm Estate. The proposed opening date is September 2021 for 120 students, growing year on year to full capacity of 1050 students by 2027. Deer Park School will form part of the Wildern Academy Trust and will be located in close proximity to the existing Wildern cluster of schools, which already have a strong and established relationship with Wildern. We look forward to hearing your views, in order to provide parents/carers and the community we serve with the best schools possible.
Wildern School orchestra spent the day with the Royal Marines Band on Tuesday. It was an absolutely brilliant day and all students got completely involved. A wonderful experience for all students involved.
We were so lucky to have a beautiful sunny January afternoon to celebrate the official opening of Boorley Park Primary School. Even though we have been open since September 2019, and in our own building since November 2019, we took the opportunity to celebrate the completion of the building with representatives from the Department for Education, Hampshire County Council, Interserve, Eastleigh Borough Council, the local Parish councils and members of our local community.
Mrs Lane (the chair of our trust board) and Ms Litton (our executive headteacher) both made speeches thanking all those who have been involved in the project while Mrs Sillars shared a presentation from the children talking about what they like best about our school. We also shared a film of the children telling us what they want to be when they are older.
Finally, Councillor Chadd cut the ribbon to officially open the school. Billy and chef Dan from Wildern produced some fantastic snacks for our visitors (the children polished off the leftovers this morning!)
Thank you everyone who was able to attend. It was a fantastic occasion for the school.
We've had a great day today celebrating the end of our pirate topic this half term. The children have all worked hard on completing a range of pirate challenges to earn their pirate licences. We've loved seeing all of their fantastic costumes and they've had great fun dancing, singing and completing treasure hunts around the school. Captain Brown Beard is delighted to welcome them to his crew.
Thank you and Congratulations to all those involved in the Winter Concert 2019. The commitment, hard work and passion for music that the students demonstrated has absolutely paid off in fantastic performances that put audience members and staff alike in the Christmas mood.
Thank you so much to Staff and Students for supporting Christmas Jumper Day on Friday. There was a fabulous array of Knitwear!
We have raised £1330.42 for Save the Children with 25% being donated to our local charity, The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Service.
And now for the House Results:
Well done to Mr Jones and Sovereign House!