Ready to Learn

At Wickersley School and Sports College, we want our students to be able to start their lives post 16 or post 18, equipped with not only the qualifications but also skills, attributes and personal resilience that they will need in order to deal with the challenges of further and higher education and the workplace. As adults, we know that they will sometimes face adversity, frustration and disappointment along the way. We can’t wave a magic wand to make the tough times disappear, but we can work in partnership – school, parents and families – to help our children develop the grit and determination they will need to overcome them.

For that reason, we are promoting ‘Ready to Learn’ – the attributes we believe students will need in order to develop independence, responsibility and resilience. This is done through form period, assemblies and through the wider curriculum.

R2L Attributes – what we expect of the Wickersley learner

  • Give things a go without being afraid of making a mistake.
  • Push yourself to try new things like extra-curricular activities, opportunities for responsibility, community and charity work.
  • Be brave enough to stand up for what’s right.
  • So what if you get something wrong first time? What have you got to lose?
  • Don’t give up – Try again!
  • Learn to accept failure and making mistakes as a way to learn.
  • Don’t be too quick to blame others when things go wrong.
  • Don’t expect everything to be done for you – Take responsibility for your own learning.
  • If you make a poor choice or decision, own up to it and learn from it.
  • Be organised and meet deadlines – Plan your time.
  • Understand the impact your words and actions have on others.
  • Treat others with respect and consideration.
  • Accept other peoples differences.
  • Remember you are part of a community.

As parents and teachers, it is natural to want to shield our children from failure and upset, and often we set everything up so that cannot happen. However, we often learn best from our mistakes, and the most valuable achievements are those we’ve really worked hard for.

Please have a look at our “Ready to Learn Guide for Parents” which explains what we will be doing, and how you can support your child. If you have any queries, then your child’s form tutor or head of year will be happy to help you.

We appreciate your support which is, as ever, essential to our work as a school.

Elaine Renavent – Headteacher