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2019 - 20

Spring Term 2020

With the sudden closure of schools across the country on 20 March – a difficult and emotional day – it would be easy to write off the spring term of 2020. But for Wilson’s, at least, that would be a big mistake! From the cheerful celebration of excellence at Prize Giving on 7 January to the Mufti Day just a week before the school closed (raising money for The Royal Marsden), this was a happy and eventful term!
The Ofsted inspection on 11-12 February, which confirmed that the school continues to be ‘Outstanding’, was certainly a highlight. HMI Mark Smith wrote that “respect for one another…permeates the school. Pupils are kind, considerate and have a keen sense of equality”. He goes on to praise the school’s “clear vision for challenging able pupils and providing them with a broad and deep curriculum”. The report also refers to “a wide range of extra-curricular activities…from the Combined Cadet Force and sports to chess and drama productions”.
It was a particularly vibrant term in the arts. At the very start of term, 90 pupils from Year 9 went to see the ballet Le Corsaire at The Coliseum, while in February our own actors took to the stage in a viscerally effective production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. In March over 250 pupils took part in our massive week-long House Music festival. Along the way, there were concerts for Year 7 soloists, GCSE and A level musicians. Dozens of students have been involved in journalism this term, producing two editions of The Wilson’s Intrigue (Science and Technology magazine) and The Politeia – both publications initiated and produced entirely by students. Younger pupils made excellent contributions to the Young Reporter Scheme.
Although the weather was slow to improve (even after half term!), most sports fixtures went ahead, with some particular highlights including the football U12A team’s victory over Cheam in the Sutton Cup Semi-Final and the 1st XI’s victory (away) over Park House in the Quarter Final of the National Cup. The squash 1st team progressed into the National Schools Finals, winning all of their matches. The rugby season continued apace and the cricketers even started getting into gear for the summer season.
Along the way, the Speak Out Challenge, Junior Team Chess Challenge, Student Investor Challenge, British Physics Olympiad and Satro Problem Solving Competition all saw participants make a great impression, and there were strong results for chess teams in the U19 National Championships and Surrey League.
It is not unreasonable to dwell on a few disappointments. The 1st XI were poised to take on Dr Challoner’s in what would have been a thrilling semi-final in pursuit of the National Cup. Months of rehearsals for the Senior Orchestra, Choir and a range of other ensembles would have culminated in a great Spring Concert, and we would have loved to hear the progress of Year 7 musicians since September in their grand Showcase Concerts. Chess fixtures, Duke of Edinburgh Award practice expeditions and a range of other activities and events will just have to wait. We don’t know when we will be back together, or how many of the activities and events planned for summer term will take place, but we will truly celebrate when we do finally “meet again”.
It is very heartening to think that many of our pupils are in a strong position to face the next few months. Thanks, in part, to their willingness to throw themselves into the activities described above, they are positive, proactive and resilient. We are very proud of them.


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