The Wallace High School have published the School’s admissions criteria for September 2011.
The annual Opening Morning will take place on Saturday 22nd January 2011 10am – 12:30am. Parents and pupils in P7 and P6 are most welcome.
About Wallace High School
The Wallace High School is a co-educational, non-denominational, Voluntary Grammar School situated in a peaceful tree lined avenue in the residential area of Lisburn. It was founded in 1880 by a bequest from the estate of Sir Richard Wallace, local landowner and MP, as the Lisburn Intermediate and University School and was renamed in 1942 in memory of its founder. The school has a rich history and we are proud of our reputation and the successes of generations of young people.
The school moved to the present site in 1976, and a programme of continuing development has ensured that well resourced teaching areas and excellent sports facilities are provided for our 1160 pupils. The Wallace High School prides itself on its pleasant, modern environment which is conducive to learning. ICT is valued as an important tool in school to support and extend learning. To this end, an extensive wireless network, intranet and digital technology add an extra dimension to the work of the school.
Our main aim is to enable pupils and staff to develop their talents to the full, within a caring environment in which they feel secure and valued. Pastoral care is at the heart of our community and each young person is valued. Young people are encouraged to set themselves and achieve realistic but stretching targets. Success is valued and celebrated through a variety of pupil-centred reward systems.
Pupils are prepared for GCSE examinations, in which most take ten subjects, and the majority stay on to complete two years of A ’Level study in the Sixth Form before proceeding to higher or further education. GCSE and A ’Level results are well above the Northern Ireland average for grammar schools.
The partnership between home and school is pivotal to the success and well–being of our young people. Consequently, parents are kept regularly informed of progress through informal contact, reports and Parents’ Meetings. This support for our young people is complemented by a high quality, comprehensive careers information and guidance service.
Parents are also encouraged to become more active members of the school community by joining our successful and vibrant Parent Teachers’ Association. An Old Girls’ Association is also active and these two wider community groups are invaluable in supporting the work of the school.
Through our pastoral and academic systems young people are challenged academically and supported. They are encouraged to be involved in a wide variety of life-enriching, extra-curricular activities. The Wallace High School has a proud history of individuals and teams winning elite competitions and gaining representative honours. Equally recreational involvement is valued and celebrated as young people are encouraged to develop healthy lifestyles. As proud ambassadors of our school all pupils are expected to wear school uniform and maintain the highest standard of appearance.
With such a wealth of opportunities from which to avail, pupils are encouraged to give back to the local and global community through community service and charitable giving. The “Learning for Life and Work” programme aims to encourage pupils to look beyond their immediate environment, seeing themselves in a global setting and become active, responsible citizens who will make a positive contribution to society.
The school has an intake of 170 pupils into Year 8. The strong, effective pastoral system with its Heads and Assistant Heads of Year ensures that individual pupils benefit from the support and guidance of their class tutor who monitors academic progress and general welfare. From the very first day of Induction pupils know whom to turn if they have difficulties or questions. Student mentoring is a key part of the Induction programme. Experienced, trained and responsible senior students work closely with junior students to support them, provide them with a point of contact in the pupil body and help them settle into grammar school life.