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Please be aware that, as of 1 September 2017, MK Council will apply a £5.00 charge to the All in 1 MK Card.  The card remains free of charge to young persons in receipt of free school meals.

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Here you will find all you need to know about undertaking an EPQ. This is a skills based qualification, which means that candidates are not assessed on particular content, but rather the skills which they demonstrate. An extended project can take any of the following forms: a 5,000-word written report, artefact or product (these require a short report alongside). Students have rare opportunity in the EPQ to gain a qualification which Universities recognise which is on a subject of their choosing. This course can also assist students which want a vocation immediately after further education, as it can demonstrate niche areas which are outside the scope of other programmes. 
EPQ must be studied alongside a full programme of courses at Walton High Post 16 and any student in Post 16 is eligible to gain this qualification, as it is available in all option blocks. The course runs from September to April each year, with weekly taught sessions. This qualification is completed within one year and students are encouraged to do this in the first rather than second year due to summative exams being in the second year.    

Course Description and Content:
The EPQ is an academic qualification on any subject matter, which requires research, thoughtful decision making, planning, design, resourcing and evaluation to succeed. Students have two sessions per week, in groups, with their supervisor, who will guide them and teach them appropriate taught skills. However, this is an independent project, students will be required to utilise the skills taught to their chosen topic of expertise.  
The taught skills which Walton High offers relate to the following: time management, planning, organising data, formal essay writing and structure, copyright and plagiarism guidance, conducting primary research (methods and ethics), handling statistics, credibility and reliability of primary and secondary research and referencing. These taught skills are useful for other courses and further study as well as the EPQ.
Assessment:
Students must complete their projects, alongside a production log which they complete throughout the year and deliver a presentation about their project at the end. All three of these elements are subject to being marked for their final grade, which they receive the August after submission.
Students are assessed on the evidence which they submit based on the following: Their ability to manage their projects, use resources, develop and realise their plan to a high standard and to review their work throughout. There are 50 marks available, these are marked by the supervisor and subject to internal and external moderation. There are no examinations for the EPQ, but evidence of project, production log and presentation are required to submit.
There is a fixed deadline in April for submission and the project must be the student’s own work.
For further information regarding the Extended Project Qualification and the specification please follow this weblink: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/projects/aqa-certificate/EPQ-7993    

Exam Results and Performance Tables

Key Stage 4

 

2016

Progress 8 score 0.14
(above average)
Attainment 8 score 52.3
Percentage of pupils who achieved a standard pass Grade C + in English and maths at the end of KS4 65%
Percentage of pupils entered for the English Baccalaureate 41%
Percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate 21%
Percentage of students staying in education or employment after key stage 4 (destinations) 98%

Key Stage 5

 

2016

A levels
Progress students at Walton High made compared with students across the country
-0.04
(average)
Academic qualifications
Progress students at Walton High made compared with students across the country
-0.02
(average)
Vocational qualifications
Progress students at Walton High made compared with students across the country
+0.27
(above national average)
Tech level qualifications
Progress students at Walton High made compared with students across the country

0.68

A levels
Average grade

C

Academic qualifications
Average grade

C

Vocational qualifications
Average grade

Dist +

Tech level qualifications
Average grade

Dist +

Progress in GCSE English

0.89

Progress in GCSE Maths

0.56

Retention – A Levels
(proportion of students who get to the end of the main programme of study that they enrolled on)

97.3%

Retention – Academic qualifications
(proportion of students who get to the end of the main programme of study that they enrolled on)

97.3%

Retention – Vocational qualifications
(proportion of students who get to the end of the main programme of study that they enrolled on)

65.3%

Retention – Technical qualifications
(proportion of students who get to the end of the main programme of study that they enrolled on)

84%

Destinations
(percentage of students who continue in education or training, or move on to employment in the year after the end of key stage 5)

87%

Department for Education Performance Table

Further details on the outcomes achieved by students at Walton High can be found at https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/136842

To compare Walton High’s performance with other schools and colleges go to
https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/

MUSIC TUITION AT WALTON HIGH- Walnut Tree Campus 2017/2018

Students can gain a huge amount of pleasure from learning to play a musical instrument - it can boost the development of a range of vital skills required across their whole curriculum and can also boost their confidence enormously.

Lessons are delivered by specialist staff from the Walton Partnership and MK Music Co-operative. We offer expert, dedicated and creative tuition on violin, viola, cello, oboe, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drum kit and guitar. Other instruments may be taught, please contact the school for more information.

Lessons will be delivered during the school day with a timetable so students do not miss the same lesson each week. As part of the service you will receive a copy of the timetable and a music practice book. Timetables will be emailed to you.

We run a range of extra-curricular activities and concerts and we will actively encourage your child to participate in these.

We will deliver 34 lessons throughout the year during the school day. The cost of this tuition package is as follows:

30 minute individual lesson £172 per term

20 minute individual lesson £115 per term

Enclosed is the music contract for our records so that we can ensure your child receives the information and teaching necessary. We will contact you to confirm the start date and times of lessons. Please do not send any money with this form. You will receive an invoice you for lessons received.

If you have any more questions please contact the Subject leader for Music, Mr Paul Daggett at Walton High.

Financial Difficulties
If your child wishes to have music tuition but you anticipate problems in meeting the charges, please contact Sheila Bushnell, Bursar for advice.

Purchasing Music
For the purchase of sheet music, we recommend www.musicroom.co.uk

Hiring Instruments
Walton High has a limited number of instruments that can be hired through the school.  Please contact the Subject Leader for Music for an application form.

Giving up music tuition
This should be regarded as being a last resort.  We would strongly urge your child to think very carefully before giving up.  Music is for life and there will inevitably be periods of negativity when a student will want to give up.  However students will be thankful in the long run when they carry on.  Please impress this on your child – music is a gift and an investment of time and money.
If there is a problem with lessons such as pieces, the teacher, equipment, times of lessons, etc., please do not hesitate to contact the Subject Leader for Music.

Attending lessons

  • It is the student’s responsibility to catch up on work missed during academic classes.
  • The student must ask for permission to leave the class lesson for music tuition, before the class lesson begins.
  • Any problems which the student may have with music lessons must be discussed with the Subject Leader for Music as soon as possible.
  • Music lessons may continue on days when special events are timetabled.  It is a student’s responsibility to attend lessons that day in negotiation with the teacher.
  • Lessons should also be arranged with the music teacher when there is to be a period absence.  In such cases, the teacher may give extra time prior to and after the absence in lieu if the time missed.

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Walton High Ski trip – 2017 – Radstadt, Austria

st1The first ever Walton High Ski trip took place during February half term in the lovely traditional Austrian Ski town of Radstadt, part of the large Ski Amade region.  On the departure day, the five staff and 35 students all arrived in school with their ski bags and the long build up was finally over.  We were all going skiing and we all couldn’t wait;  there was nervous excitement everywhere in the air.  At departure time 12.30pm on Friday 10h February, the tour bus was fully packed and we got a lovely send off from the large gathering of parents wanting to wave good bye to their sons and daughters from the front of the school.

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Bank of England visit

bbenglandOn Tuesday 31st January during the Advance Learning Day, a group of 46 Economics students from year 11, 12 and 13 went to visit the Bank of England in Central London. The day started with students having a tour and walk through of the museum where students got to hold a bar of gold, worth £385,000! Two year 11 students; Carl Coleman and Curtis Henry, managed to crack a code within the museum and win a reward!

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