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Letters to Parents

Communication with parents is key and we use a variety of channels to do this.

A copy of all letters of a general nature, that are emailed to parents and/or brought home via students, will be available on this page. We also use the school planner, the school app, social media channels and text messages, to communicate with parents.

It is important that we have the most up-to-date parent/guardian contact details and emergency contact details for your child. If any information changes throughout the school year, please notify us via the school planner or the contact form on this website.

 

Seussical the Musical, Wednesday 23rd - Friday 25th January 2019

December 2018

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am delighted to announce that this year’s school production of Seussical the Musical will take place on Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th and Friday 25th January 2019. Performances will start at 7.00pm prompt, finishing at approximately 9.45pm, including an interval of 15 minutes during which there will be a tuck shop and raffle. This year, we will be making a donation to our chosen charity, the Book Bus a charity which strives to get more children reading and delivering books to Zambia, Malawi and Ecuador. Please visit www.thebookbus.org for more information.

Tickets are priced at £5 for adults, £4 for children, students and OAPs and £16 for a family (2 adults and 2 children). If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please complete and return your booking form as soon as possible as we anticipate performances will be popular. Tickets will be allocated on a first come – first served basis. Tickets must be collected from Mrs Carney in the General Office and paid for prior to the performance – there will be no tickets available on the door.

Please contact Mrs Carney via email on carneyc@weatherheadhigh.co.uk or on 0151 631 4400 (ext. 274) if you have any queries regarding tickets.

We look forward to seeing you at the performance.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs S. Henderson
Head of Performing Arts 

Seussical the Musical Tickets

Adverse Weather Procedures

Winter 2018

Dear Parents/Carers

Adverse Weather Procedures

 I am writing in respect of the arrangements should this winter necessitate any school closures.  We will, as in previous years, keep parents/carers fully informed by placing up-to-date information on the school website, www.weatherheadhigh.co.uk.   We shall also be using the local radio to convey information and generally we use Radio City, Radio Merseyside and Capital.

Outlined below are some of the procedures we shall follow, although they may vary depending on circumstances:-

  1. If a heavy overnight snowfall causes significant disruption and danger for students and staff travelling to school, then a decision will be made early in the morning to close the school. Notification will be posted on the school website and the radio stations will be informed.  Should any students not see or hear our notification of closure and arrive at school, then we will look after them and make contact with parents/carers.
  2. Previously, we have had to close the school during the day with students on site. In this instance, students will go to their Form base and make contact with parents/carers via mobile phones or school phones and this will be supervised by their Form Tutor.  When we are happy that arrangements have been made and parents/carers are comfortable with children either being collected, or making their own way home, then they will be allowed to leave the school premises.  It is important that students have a parent/carer’s emergency contact number for these special circumstances and you may wish to discuss a plan/arrangements for such an eventuality with your child.  We will not be letting students home during the school day unless we have made contact with parents/carers and you can be assured that we will make arrangements to ensure these students are looked after, pending parents/carers either collecting children or making other arrangements for relatives etc to get to the school.

Sixth Form students will be sent home first and we will not be attempting to make contact with parents/carers for these senior students.  We will also be allowing Sixth Form students to escort siblings home from lower school year groups.

In the past, all the school buses and indeed the whole transport system on the Wirral came to a halt after a heavy snowfall during the school day and I expect if we have to close during the school day again, there will be no public transport available for students.

  1. In relation to re-opening, parents/carers are requested to visit the school website on a regular basis where information will be posted.

General Information Regarding School Closure

Decisions in relation to school closure are made by myself, after taking due advice from the Local Authority and other sources and my prime concern is the safety and well-being of both students and staff.  I can assure you that Weatherhead will only close when very exceptional circumstances make the safety issues of continuing to remain open a major concern.

In the event of school closure during a period of public examinations, a decision will be made as to whether it is deemed safe enough to partially open the school.  Consideration will also be given as to whether it is safe enough for students to get to school to sit their examinations.  Again, all details will be posted on the school website, we do have to be prepared for such exceptional circumstances.

If you have any queries regarding the contents of this letter, I should be grateful if you would contact the school and we will try to address any concerns you may have.

Yours sincerely

A Whelan

Headteacher

Family Christmas Craft Fair

October 2018

 

Dear Parents/Guardians

Parents, Teachers and Friends at Weatherhead Family Christmas Craft Fair
Saturday 17th November 2018, 11am – 2pm

The PTF@Weatherhead are hosting a Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 17th November from 11am – 2pm. Over the years this event has grown into a great annual event in the PTF calendar with a fabulous Christmas atmosphere.

All the crafters are local to Wallasey, Wirral or Liverpool.  We have even discovered that we have crafters among our Weatherhead parents.

This year we have some regulars to the craft fair, but we also have some new crafters joining us.  We  have lots of stalls selling some amazing crafts from hand-made jewellery, soaps, cards, bunting, crackers, accessories, cushions, cakes, chutneys, felt cards, handbags, Christmas decorations and much, much more.  It is amazing how many talented people there are on our doorstep making really beautiful things.

The school musicians and choir will be performing for us and festive refreshments will be available throughout the day.

The entrance fee of 50p will go towards PTF fundraising. Under 5s are free.

So, why not start your Christmas shopping with something local and grab yourself some unusual bespoke bargains.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Yours faithfully

Suzanne Broster
Parents, Teachers and Friends at Weatherhead Chair

'Liverpool’s Dream' Giants Event

25th September 2018

On Friday 5th October, the Giants will be visiting New Brighton and full information about the event has only just been disclosed to local Headteachers.  The Local Authority has advised that there is likely to be significant disruption to transport and bus services in the Wallasey area. Therefore, in order to ensure that your child is able to travel home safely, Weatherhead High School will be closing at 2pm on Friday 5th October.  This will also allow students and their families the opportunity to attend this special event should they wish to do so.

Please note, there will not be any after school or extra-curricular provision after 2pm on this date and school bus services will not be available for students to travel home on, therefore alternative arrangements will need to be made.

A Whelan
Headteacher

Welcome Back: A letter from the Headteacher

September 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

A warm welcome back to this new academic year, I hope you had an enjoyable summer break and found some time for rest and relaxation. Weatherhead has celebrated some outstanding Sixth Form and GCSE results over the summer and I would like to congratulate all students on their success, and wish them all the best with their future pathways. Most Year 11 students are coming back to join us in our Sixth Form and over 120 students will be starting university this month.

I look forward to working with all parents and carers again this year, and I have highlighted some key points below which will allow us to maintain a successful partnership and deliver the best educational experience for your child.

Communication

In addition to the procedures that we already have in place for communicating with the school, I will be holding a half-termly Headteacher’s drop-in for parents and guardians at which you can discuss any concerns or issues that you would like me to address with no appointment needed. The sessions for the Autumn Term will be held between 3.30-6.00pm on the following dates:

  • Thursday 11th October 2018
  • Wednesday 5th December 2018

Refer to the Communication Information Sheet for details about our communication procedures. It is important that we have all of your contact information in case of an emergency, including two emergency contact numbers and your current email address. Please use the form included if you need to update any of this information. If you have not done so already, please download our free Weatherhead App. We use this App frequently to send out reminders from the school and to tell you what is going on each week. In addition, our school website is a great place to get the latest information about the school.

Social Media

Weatherhead operates a no mobile phone/device policy at school from 8.35am – 3.20pm. Students must switch off all devices and are not permitted to use mobile phones to contact anyone during the school day.  If a student is found to be accessing their phone/device whilst at school, it will be confiscated and returned only when a parent/carer comes to collect it at the end of the school day. Similarly, we ask that you do not contact your child during school hours and use the appropriate channels.

Unfortunately, social media can sometimes have a detrimental effect on students both emotionally and academically. Your child is attending Weatherhead to learn and make the most of all of the wonderful extra-curricular and leadership opportunities available to them and I am certain you do not want social media to affect this experience. I am sure you can understand that we are not able to deal with the magnitude of issues brought into school caused by social media activity at home during evenings or weekends and I would like your support in this matter, however I want to reassure you that bullying has no place in our school and we will not tolerate deliberately repeated hurtful behaviour or incidents that occur during the school day.

Uniform

Parents and carers play a significant part in helping to maintain our high standards in regard to uniform and we appreciate the full support of parents in ensuring their children adhere to the school uniform policy at all times. I am pleased to say that our students always look extremely smart and wear their uniform with pride.  As mentioned in the letter issued by Miss Sullivan, Deputy Headteacher, during the Summer Term please be reminded of the following points:

  • Only one pair of plain stud earrings in the lower ear is permitted.
  • No facial, tongue or body piercings are allowed for health and safety reasons.
  • No necklaces or bracelets are to be worn for school.
  • Only one plain ring is to be worn.
  • No false or acrylic nails are allowed for school.

Full uniform guidelines and information can be found on our school website.

Furthermore, in line with our policy on the use of mobile phones in school, students will not be permitted to wear an Apple iWatch or any other smart watch device that enables students to access their social media accounts and mobile phone accounts.  For a school population of our size, we are trying to minimise the amount of expensive items in the school building and as a reminder, we are not responsible or insured for the loss of any personal items that go missing during the school day.

Attendance

Excellent attendance at school is crucial if your child is to achieve their very best potential. If you are aware of any upcoming medical appointments, please ensure the school is informed in advance. Wherever possible, your child’s education would benefit from such appointments being made outside of the school day. We do not authorise absence during the school term, unless in exceptional circumstances. I would therefore seek your full support in aiming for your child to have 100% attendance during their time at Weatherhead.

We have a strict safeguarding policy at the school; this includes ensuring that every student is accounted for at the start of the day and during lessons. As part of this process, you may receive a call from our absence monitoring system informing you that your child is not in school. It is therefore important that the school is informed of any absence prior to 8.30am. You can leave a message with the Attendance Office or a member of our student services team.

Car park & dropping off

Students can access the school from 8.00am via the school gates on Breck Road (unless prior permission has been granted to enter/leave via reception). I would request that parents do not use the staff car park to drop off students or pick them up at the start or end of the day, this includes days of inclement weather. Our car park area is already very busy at these times and to avoid further congestion and to keep our students safe from harm, we would ask that parents remain on Breck Road. Your support in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Extra-curricular clubs

Weatherhead High School has an extensive selection of extra-curricular clubs and activities available for all students to take part in during lunch times and after school. Students can sign up for classes easily and your child is encouraged to attend at least one club per week. Engaging in these extra-curricular activities is an ideal way of making new friends and becoming fully involved in the life of the school. More information and a timetable of clubs will be available to your child in the coming weeks, and will also be published in our extra-curricular section of our website weatherheadhigh.co.uk/extra-curricular-clubs.

Home School Agreement

Effective communication and partnership between parents/carers, students and the school is crucial in ensuring your child has the best possible education at Weatherhead. I have enclosed a copy of our Home School Agreement which includes school expectations and also what you can expect from Weatherhead in terms of education and support for your child. Please could you ensure this is read and signed by both yourself and your child before returning it to your child’s Form Tutor as soon as possible.  I would like to thank you in advance for all of your support in the coming academic year and I very much look forward to working with you.

Yours sincerely

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

 

Key Dates for the Autumn Term 2018

 Date Event Time
Thu 4 Oct 2018 Sports Award Evening 7.00pm
Tue 9 Oct 2018 Weatherhead Unplugged 7.00pm
Thu 11 Oct 2018 Year 7 Form Tutor Parents’ Evening 4.00-6.00pm
Thu 18 Oct 2018 Senior Awards Evening 7.00pm
Fri 19 Oct 2018 INSET Day (School Closed) All day
22-26 Oct 2018 Half Term
Thu 1 Nov 2018 Year 10 Work Experience Parents’ Evening 6.00-7.00pm
Thu 8 Nov 2018 Year 8 Form Tutor Parents’ Evening 4.00-6.00pm
Thu 15 Nov 2018 Sixth Form Open Evening 6.00-8.00pm
Sat 17 Nov 2018 Craft Fair 11.00am-3.00pm
Thu 22 Nov 2018 Year 9 Parents’ Evening 5.00-8.00pm
w/c 10 Dec 2018 Year 11 Mock Examinations All week
w/c 17 Dec 2018 Year 11 Art & Textiles Mock Examinations All week
Fri 21 Dec 2018 Close for Christmas Break