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Brilliant Club visit to Corpus Christi College

On Monday 12th June, twelve of our year five children had a fantastic visit to Cambridge to launch the Brilliant Club.

The Brilliant Club project runs for this term and means the children will take part in weekly tutorials with a PhD student before writing a 1000 word essay by the end of term. As a start to this, the children visited Corpus Christi College in Cambridge for the day.

Natural History Museum

On Friday 19th May, a large group of Year 5 and 6 children, along with many staff and parents, had an amazing day at The Natural History Museum in London.

Just seeing the skyscrapers, London Eye, Big Ben and The Thames from the bus windows was enough to set off squeals of excitement before we even arrived.

During the day, the children were fascinated by various galleries including a life size blue whale, dinosaur skeletons, an earthquake simulator, various gems, volcanoes, biology games and of course the shop!


Google Expedition!

On Thursday 18th May, pupils travelled all around the world and into space through the wonders of virtual reality (VR) headsets. Google Education offer the opportunity for schools to take part in this project which allows pupils to explore the natural world, ancient monuments and beautiful cities amongst many other fascinating places.

Aylmerton Residential

Year 5 children went on a three day residential to Aylmerton Field Study Centre when they returned from their Easter break. This introduction to their new topic on 'Coasts' gave them hands on experience of the North Norfolk coast. 


Their time away was filled with visits to Happisburgh and Sea Palling to see the sea defences; a boat ride to Blakeney Point Spit to view the seals; a walk through the mud flats at Blakeney to view the spit; a visit to Cromer museum and a climb up the 170 steps of the Cromer church tower. 



Mrs Kaye set the pupils a challenge in assembly which at first seemed almost impossible: put a straw through a potato.

Initially children and staff were sceptical but after many attempts potatoes began appearing with straws through the middle of them. 

Millie Johnson said "At first I wasn't sure but after I kept trying it happened."

Mrs Kaye was correct: if you believe; you can achieve!

Easter Experience

On Tuesday 28th March, the Kidz Klub team led five workshops based on Easter with our Year 4 children.

They shared the Christian story of Easter and encouraged the pupils to reflect on the meaning for themselves.

The children enjoyed finding out more about the story and building on their RE lessons this term.


Our school’s improvements recognised by Ofsted

Ofsted inspectors have highlighted the “high expectations” of senior leaders, who “are ambitious” for Wayland Junior Academy Watton, and whose “strong determination is now starting to make a positive difference to pupils’ achievement.”

Wayland Junior’s principal, Nicola Kaye, says that further improvements, which are already underway, will see the academy continue to progress towards a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating. 

Ofsted Report Available Now

Our latest Ofsted report is now available for you to download below.

Paper copies are also available from reception if you prefer.

The governors (Academy Councillors) and senior leadership team are pleased that Ofsted recognised the journey that the academy has been on since the previous school (Watton Junior School) was judged to be in Special Measures in November 2013. We are delighted that they recognise that our pastoral and safeguarding practices are particular strengths of the school.

World Book Day 2017 - Door Competition

To mark World Book Day 2017, pupils and teachers at Wayland Junior Academy Watton have turned every form door in the school into a colourful tribute to a favourite book.

This fun and creative project has involved every pupil in the school, with the book covers chosen including classics such as The Lord of the Rings, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and Oliver Twist, as well as more recent titles such as Stick Man, How to Train Your Dragon and The Midnight Gang.

New website launched

Welcome to the new and improved Wayland Junior Academy Watton website.

Developed by Norfolk Educational Services, the organisation that provides support services to all TEN Group Institutions, the new website significantly improves online communication with both parents and students and provides an engaging way of keeping up-to-date with life at Wayland Academy.

The website incorporates a number of improvements that make the site easier for visitors to use, including: