Transition from primary school

We recognise that moving from primary school to secondary school is a big step for children and parents so we hope that make this process as smooth as possible. Unfortunately, our plans for this year have been curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic but we are working hard on alternatives that we will share with you over the next few weeks.

We want to provide parents with all the information you need and we also want to provide this in a child-friendly format that can be used in the home to alleviate any worries that children may have.

WVC Transition Workbook 2020

Getting around 

We have created an interactive map of the College that you can use to “see” all the main areas. Click on the image and then run the powerpoint as a slide show. Click on flashing boxes within the map to view a photo of that area!

 

 

 

Houses

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The Lancaster bomber was a Four engined WW2 heavy bomber manufactured by a company called Avro. The Lancaster was an evolution Of the two engined Avro Manchester which had been developed during the 1930s. The Lancaster proved itself to be a very capable aircraft, and as a result by the end of WW2 it was the main British bomber used by Bomber command. During the war, over 156000 sorties were flown by Lancaster bomber crews. A Lancaster was also the first plane to ever take off from Heathrow airport!

Head of House

  

   

Questions

What subject does Mr Pinkney teach?

What is Mrs Irving-Smith's role at college?

Which department is down the corridor from the Lancaster Hub?

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The Meteor was a jet engined fighter plane produced by the Gloster Aircraft Company. The Meteor was the only jet powered plane to be involved in the fighting in WW2 for the RAF. The Meteor also saw combat action in the Korean War of 1950. In 1946 a Gloster Meteor achieved a world record speed of 606 Miles per hour and became the fastest plane in the world at that time. In 1954 the Gloster aircraft company tried out a new plane called the “Meteor prone pilot” where the pilot flew the plane whilst living on their stomach. This was meant to help prevent the pilot blacking out during hard turns, but didnt catch on. One person involved in the design of the Gloster Meteor was John Henry Carter, who was the Grandfather of the current Head of Meteor house, Mr Carter

Head of House

Adam Carter

Mr Carter

Head of Meteor House

Hello new Meteors!

I am very proud to be welcoming you to becoming part of the best house at WVC! I’m sorry that I cannot do this welcome in person, but am looking forward to being able to do so as soon as possible.

In the mean time I thought I’d tell you a little about myself.

I’m a proud northerner - I was born in Cumbria and grew up in Cheshire, although Ive now lived in Cambridgeshire for almost as long as I did in the North!

I’m half Danish on my Mums side, and speak fluent Danish.

I also speak French, German, Hungarian, a little Spanish and a little Italian. I learnt Hungarian by living in a city called Szeged for a year.

I love sports, and used to be a rower. In 2004 I won a bronze medal at the National Championships in the men’s lightweight quads.

I've been at Witchford since January 2009 and really love the school and the students. I teach History, as well as some RE and a little Geography.

I support Peterborough United, and am rather bitter about the fact that we missed out on the play offs this year by 0.03 points!

I own a bit of a castle in the village where I live. Its in my back garden, and it’s probably the coolest thing I have ever owned!

Till we get the chance to meet, make sure you keep yourselves safe!

All the best

Mr C.

Questions

What unusual structure does Mr Carter have in his garden?

What has Mrs McCarthy been doing during lockdown?

Where is the Meteor Hub located?

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The Stirling bomber was a four engined WW2 heavy bomber produced by a company called Short brothers. The Stirling was the first four engined bomber to be introduced into the RAF bomber command - from 1941. The Stirling was praised for its handling ability - apparently the plane was able to out turn night fighters over Europe, giving the crew a much better chance of survival. However the narrow wingspan compared to the Lancaster and Halifax bombers meant that the Stirling wasnt able to fly as high as the other heavy bombers. This meant that by 1943 the Stirling began to be phased out of military service in favour of the Lancaster bombers. The Stirling is the only one of our 4 house planes of which there are no complete surviving examples anywhere.

Head of House

 Chris Armour

Mr Armour

Head of Stirling House

I am coming towards the end of my second year as Head of Stirling House. 

Getting to know all the students in Stirling House has been the most enjoyable aspect of the role.

Although, I’ve also enjoyed winning House Competitions, entering raft races and fund raising for the pygmy goat project.

Prior to my career in teaching, I did many different jobs. One of which, was working as a self-employed Gas and Heating engineer in London.

In my spare time, I enjoy exercising regularly, brewing beer, DIY projects and following the financial markets. 

Questions

What was one of Mr Armour's former jobs?

Name one of the things Mrs Ouzman has learnt during lockdown?

What department is up the stairs near to the Stirling Hub?

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The Wellington bomber was a twin engined WW2 medium bomber. The Wellington was manufacturer by a company called Vickers, having been designed in the 1930s. One man involved in the design of the Wellington was called Barnes Wallis, who later went on to design the famous bouncing bombs used to destroy dams used by the Nazis in Europe. From 1940-1943 the Wellington was used to bomb targets in Germany and Europe, but by 1943 this task was being given to Lancaster and other heavy bombers. The Wellington then started to be used as an anti-submarine plane instead. The Wellington is the only British bomber to have been built continuously during the war - all the others were either developed or evolved in some way. There were more Wellington bombers produced during WW2 than any other bomber.

Head of House

Ian Cook

Mr Cook

Head of Wellington House

I am very much looking forward to welcoming you Witchford Village College and Wellington House.

Here are a few facts about me.

I grew up in Rotherham in South Yorkshire. I have been a teacher for twenty eight years. My main subject is Geography and I also teach PE. My favourite place I have visited is Iceland. I have been fortunate to visit there 5 times all on school trips.

My first job was as an apprentice professional footballer with Rotherham United in the early 1980’s. I played for the reserve and youth teams. I also played for Doncaster Rovers unfortunately never making a first team start. Despite being released by Rotherham i am still an avid Rotherham United supporter (don’t laugh).

After university I worked as an outdoor pursuit’s instructor in Wales prior to doing my teacher training.

My great passion as running, I have completed 11 marathons. During the lockdown I have been trying to keep fit and doing a lot of cycling.

Questions

Name one of the football teams Mr Cook has played for?

What is Mrs Dingley's role at college?

Which department is the Wellington Hub opposite?

Messages from our current Year 7

House Challenges

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Tug of War

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Jelly Bean Challenege

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The House Trophy

 

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