School Uniform and the School Day

Pupils must attend in uniform every day. The uniform consists of:

  • Waterloo Lodge School jumper
  • Plain black trousers, joggers (plain black leggings for girls) or skirt of a suitable length – no lycra or gym wear.
  • White shirt or polo shirt
  • Black, sensible shoes or plain black trainers (boots MUST NOT be worn)
  • Outdoor coat when necessary
  • Stud earrings and wristwatch (no other jewellery is allowed)
  • Any make up worn should be discreet
  • No false nails.


The school day starts at 8.40 am with breakfast and finishes at 2.45 pm Monday to Thursday. School finishes at 1.30pm on Fridays.  Lunch is provided with a choice of a hot or cold meal.

Vocational Links

Waterloo Lodge School aims to provide opportunities for pupils of all abilities to experience vocational education between 14 and 18, and undertake work experience placements. Alternative pathways of education are embedded in the school ethos.

The school has developed links with Bolton, Preston and Myerscough Colleges in the provision of courses for Years 10 and 11 as well successful local providers.

Current courses are Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Land-based Management (plus fisheries), Performing Arts and Introduction to Construction. Accreditation runs from Entry 2-3 Awards and up to Certificate Level 2 for those on long-term courses.

The school will consistently aim to raise the status of vocational education generally and to provide high quality, vocationally relevant provision for its pupils.

Over the last two years links have been developed with Creative Works in Preston. Creativity Works Preston (CWP) is a specialist multi-discipline Centre which offers a variety of media related vocational training opportunities, including hair and beauty for young people aged 14-18. The Centre offers practical based experiences and real life production so that the students can benefit from seeing the outcomes of their efforts.


Baker’s Clause

Waterloo Lodge School is committed to using the Gatsby Benchmarks as guidelines for our careers and work experience programmers. This commitment extends to all pupils from KS3 through to KS5 and is inclusive of those with parental roles, vocational providers, apprenticeship providers and colleges.

Our centre proactively builds and maintains relationships with colleges and other training providers across several counties and those in our immediate area. To this end, 14-19 department staff are required to be aware of the latest guidance relating to careers advice, vocational training and transition pathways for employment, education or training.

We welcome requests from apprenticeship, vocational and training providers to speak to all of our pupils. The pupils are supported in their entitlement to see all the opportunities available to them and to the advantages of specialist advice.

Arrangements can be made for individual or group meetings in tutorial and/or full lesson settings. This includes potential access to classroom, office or the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) dependent on the wishes of the contacting party. All requests will be considered in light of staffing, timetable, excursions and exam commitments. Grounds for acceptance or refusal will be provided in writing within a reasonable period of time.

Please contact the school office on 01257 230894 (8:30-16:00) and ask for the 14-19 Coordinator. Alternatively contact

Work Experience

In Year’s 10 and 11 the school offers pupils the opportunity to undertake a 2 week work placement, and in some cases an extended period, usually one or two days per week. The range of placements has seen pupils undertaking occupations in the retail trade, child and adult care, working at professional football clubs, kennels, vehicle mechanics and reptiles.

The majority of the pupils successfully completes their placement and in some cases embarked on additional days with their provider.

Beyond the Classroom

The pupils at Waterloo Lodge are offered the opportunity to participate in an ever expanding and exciting programme of Physical Education and Outdoor Education, where they are able to express and develop their interests in challenging and fun environments.

KS4 pupils are given the opportunity to achieve a wide range of skills and knowledge through the Duke of Edinburgh (DOE) programme. Where there is a keen interest or skill we ensure that numerous opportunities are provided in the school day to ensure qualifications can be achieved.

Several KS4 students have participated in Canoeing and Kayaking at GCSE level while KS3 students have gained awards in Paddle Power Sport with a view to extending to Paddle Power Award. Some pupils have even passed a Level 1 Certificate in the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme. Cross Country activities, Orienteering, Javelin, Discus and running track events are becoming more and more popular across the school.

Key stage 3 & 4 football teams always perform well; pupils developing their knowledge and skills in team work, communication and enjoyment of the tactical side of the game whilst improving their behaviour, respect and fitness. This has been further developed by the introduction of our very own football pitch on site at Waterloo lodge School. Archery is also a popular activity across the school and gives the pupils a great level of Achievement, when they master the art.


Outdoor Education

Activities undertaken as part of the school’s Outdoor Education programme have included high rope confidence courses, visits to tour Ingleton Caves, visits to Manchester City football ground, a coaching session with Wigan Warriors rugby squad, visits to a local Fire Station, Safari Parks, Airport Tours and Adventure Activities ranging from Raft Building to Mountain Biking.

There is an emphasis on outdoor activities which enable pupils to develop team building skills, general confidence and self-esteem.  Many pupils have the opportunity to achieve level 1 and 2 on the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme and level 1 and 2 Paddle-power Start Kayak Award. BTEC qualifications are also available to pupils in areas such as rock climbing and mountain biking.


As a school, we are now taking every opportunity to help develop our pupil’s knowledge and understanding of the wider world, new cultures and valuable trips abroad. Over the past three years, the school have taken pupils for a week’s holiday to Belgium, Malaga and the South of France. These amazing adventures have given the pupils the opportunity to participate in lean sailing, sea kayaking, paddle boarding and much more. In June 2018 we took 15 pupils to Argeles Sur Mer in France.

Summer School Activities

Following feedback from the pupils, we discovered that they were bored during the summer holidays. As a result, we have been successful in organising and delivering two Summer School activities offering pupils the opportunity to meet with their friends during the holidays and enjoy some amazing days out. These include; caving, mountain bike days, zip lines and swamp crossings, a day at splash world and again much more. In addition, we are already drawing up plans for a Summer School 2019, whilst considering a similar break in the February half-term.

Vocational Curriculum

Many pupils benefit from personalised vocational courses. Notable pupil achievements are as follows:

  • City & Guilds in Construction (Level 1)
  • City & Guilds in Hair & Beauty (Level 1)
  • ABC Award in Motor Vehicle Studies (Level 1)
  • Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction
  • Level 1 in Performing Arts

The school’s vocational curriculum is constantly expanding to meet our young people’s needs and tailored courses are provided for pupils wishing to access further learning beyond the prescribed curriculum.

Examination Results

To view our examination results  please click on the links below:

WLS Academic Data 2020-2021

WLS Academic Data 2019-2020

WLS Academic Data 2018-2019