5.3’s Visit to Twycross Zoo


image3As part of their PSD entry level 1 course, “Making The Most of Leisure Time”, 5.3 headed off to Twycross Zoo on Monday 1st July. The sun was shining and it was an excited group of students who entered the zoo to be greeted by the lively chatter of the many monkeys homed there. They kept us amused as we wandered round with their amazing acrobatic skills and playful natures.


Next we visited the elephants and camels before having the rather daunting experience of watching a pair of amorous giant tortoises!!!


image2After that excitement we went to lunch and sat right next to the window where the snow leopard was also munching his way through a meaty feast.


With lunch over we saw the bush dogs, penguins, flamingos and walked through the aviary. We then went on a Gorilla hunt and were amazed by the power and majesty of the creatures.


image1All too soon it was time for a quick trip around the gift shop before loading back onto the bus.


We all had a really lovely time and would recommend Twycross Zoo to other classes.


Liz Dean, Kathy Burbage, Maxine Edwards, Ben Virgo and 5.3

Bhangra Dance Workshops

Bhangra9On Friday 19th April, all the students celebrated Vaisakhi, which represents a harvest celebration and the arrival of a New Year for our Sikhism followers. We invited Jag and Anil from Dance Ansar into school to teach us a harvest themed dance. Everyone learnt the dance during workshops throughout the day and then the whole school performed the dance together in a special Baisakhi assembly at the end of the day led by some very enthusiastic staff members. Bhangra20We were joined by parents and relatives during the day and everyone involved learnt a lot about a new religious festival and also had a good physical workout while dancing the day away!




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Wilson Stuart Horror Film

Over the last few weeks at Wilson Stuart something Spooky has been going on. Lurking in the Community room some of our students have uncovered something terrifying! ARK Media and First Light Productions have been running filming workshops for a number of our pupils, Filming will take place this Wednesday with David Proud as the lead actor. David played Adam Best in Eastenders a few years ago and was the first full time disabled actor on the Eastenders set. The film is too be submitted to the Edinburgh Film Festival later this year so we wish the Crew and Students the best of luck in making the movie.


Loudmouth3On the 6th of february 2013 Wilson Stuart had a performance company ‘Loudmouth’ in school supporting the education of Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils around sexual health and behaviour.
The day consisted of 2 workshops which incorporated growing up/puberty and various aspects of bullying.
Loudmouth2Children sat in their groups supported by their TAs and form teachers. The first workshop consisted of a 50 min drama scene where 2 children experience changes in their friendship and feelings from year 6 to 8. This followed by repeated scenes which contributed to discussions.




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New Facilities Grand Opening

Thank you very much to former Wilson Stuart Head Teachers Mrs. Anne Tomkinson and Mr Colin Grantham for opening the new outdoor facilities at school on Wednesday. Appropriately named The Grantham Gazebo and The Tomkinson Tower in recognition for all their hard work as Head Teachers at Wilson Stuart School. The ribbons were cut to announce the opening of the new features, built over the summer and are now ready for our pupils to use. Continue reading

National Schools Film Week

“National School’s Film Week”
October/November 2012

Film Education provides award-winning teaching resources, teacher training and cinema based events which support the use of film within the curriculum. Since 1985 they have been producing unique, curriculum-relevant film-based learning experiences at no or nominal cost to teachers. Film Education also takes nearly half a million school children to the cinema free of charge every year, with events that include the world’s biggest screening programme for young people, National Schools Film Week.
Wilson Stuart Secondary Department again enjoyed visiting a local cinema to watch a film during this popular “National School’s Film Week”. Each class went to one of our local cinemas with their Form Teacher and this year the choice of films included: “Astro Boy”; “Brave”; “Charriots of Fire”; “Puss in Boots”; “Hugo”; “War Horse”; Dr Seuss The Lorax”; “Ice Age Continental Drift”; “Eleanor’s Secret”; “The Artist”.


6th Form’s London Expedition

Before half term several members of the 6th Form took a trip down to London to see how things work at one of the biggest banking corporations in the world.

HSBC have been partnered with the 6th form for over 2 years and have been involved in may projects with them, including redecorating the 6th
Form centre and and Garden area, as well as acting as interviewers for Employability days.

The day out was a huge success and a great achievement for the students who planned the travel and itinerary themselves.

The outing included a tour of the HSBC head quarters in Canary Wharf, a meal out and a trip on the London Eye which was enjoyed by all.







Sixth Form Trip to HSBC London

Sixth Form Trip to HSBC London

As Wilson Stuart Sixth Form welcomes a new group of year 12 students into it’s midst the new year is already underway with an exiting start.
HSBC Bank have invited some of our students to tour their Canary Wharf offices in London for the day for an interactive experience of work life in the capital.
The partnership between HSBC and Wilson Stuart has been an exiting and productive one with many developments around the school thanks to HSBC donations including the redecorated Sixth Form undertaken by HSBC staff themselves.
The day will have an early start for our students, taking the train from New Street to arrive in Canary Wharf for 11am to start their tour. They will then have lunch in the city followed by a trip on the London Eye, a visit to Madame Tussauds and the Tate Gallery.
The next few weeks will involve the 6th form working together to plan their journey to London and the itinerary for the days events as a valuable life skills experience.
We wish them luck.

Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at Wilson Stuart School

On Friday 28th. September Wilson Stuart School really got behind the Macmillan “World’s Biggest Coffee morning”. With very generous contributions of delicious cakes from Parents and Staff, the school Hall and Community Room became two “Cafes extraordinaire”. Teacher Dave Jackson, and school staff Kathy Byrne, Shelagh Lee, Jo-Anne Clement, Jennie Handy amongst others, worked really hard all morning to present and serve a fantastic array of cakes and biscuits to Guests, Parents, Students and Staff. The event was another example of the great team-work and commitment of the Wilson Stuart School community. Everyone made donations (which included lots of our students’ pocket money) and the fantastic sum of £425 was raised for the MacMillan Cancer Charity. Brilliant and well-done!

Jeans For Genes Day

On Friday 5th of October Staff and Pupils dressed down and donated £1 each for Jeans for Genes day.
Totalling in £128 – which can cover:
12 hours of specialist telephone advice for Parents caring for children with severe neurological conditions.
Or for 2 parents to attend a support day to gain the advice and guidance needed to care for their child.
Or part way towards a place on a summer camp for a child with other children in a similar situation.

Thank you all so much for your donations.

Jeans for Genes Day raises money for Genetic Disorders UK and aims to change the world for children with genetic disorders.