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.
Start of Term Letter from the Headteacher
Welcome back to all students in this new academic year, I hope you all had an enjoyable summer break and found some time for rest and relaxation.
Weatherhead has yet again celebrated some outstanding A Level, BTEC 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 70 students will be starting university this month, with others beginning Higher Level Apprenticeships.
It is wonderful to be starting this academic year as a ‘World Class School’, and being just one of only 100 schools in the country, and the only school in the whole of Merseyside to receive this accreditation is very special and means that your child is seen as a ‘World Class’ student. As we begin what I am sure will be another very busy term, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you our Weatherhead High School World Class Vision:
“Weatherhead to be one of the best schools in the country, renowned for its academic and teaching excellence. To have an inclusive community based on mutual respect that instils a world class ambition in all its students, no matter what their background.”
I look forward to working with you all again this year to help us achieve this vision for all of our students. 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.
In addition to the procedures that we already have in place for communicating with the school, I will continue to hold my half-termly Headteacher’s drop-in for parents and carers 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:
- Wednesday 23 October 2019
- Thursday 5 December 2019
Please refer to the attached communication information sheet for details about our communication procedures. As a reminder, please liaise with your child’s Form Tutor via the student planner in the first instance, or phone/email our reception staff who will assist in directing you to the most appropriate staff member. Please note that the majority of our staff teach throughout the school day and they may not be available immediately, but will always do the utmost to get back to you as soon as possible and within 2-3 school days. 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; search for School App for Parents in the App Store and once downloaded, search for Weatherhead High School to set as your default school. You can also follow us on Twitter @WeatherheadHigh and in addition, our school website is a great place to get the latest information about the school.
Your child will have received and returned a signed copy of the Home-School agreement last academic year. I have attached a copy for your reference and as a reminder of our school expectations.
As a reminder, 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.
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 may be worn.
- No false or acrylic nails are allowed for school.
- Plain black low heeled school shoes with no accessories or adornments of any kind.
Full uniform guidelines and information can be found on our school website; please note we do not permit accessories or adornments on any part of the school uniform.
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 them 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.
As a school, we achieved our target of 95% attendance last academic year. All year groups improved their attendance compared to the previous year which is a fantastic achievement.
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 introduced a new Medicine Policy last term, which allows us to administer paracetamol and antihistamines in school with parental consent; this has really helped students to be able to stay in school if they have felt unwell.
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.
The school day starts at 8.35am prompt with registration, assembly or form time, and subject lessons begin at 9.00am. I would like to emphasise the importance of being on time for school; when students arrive late, they often miss out on essential instructions or information given at the beginning of the lesson which can significantly reduce achievement and leave student’s feeling unsettled. Additionally, when one student arrives late, it disrupts the teaching and learning of all students in the classroom. As a school, we will continue to closely monitor punctuality for all students and persistent lateness will be managed in line with our school procedures. I would be most grateful of your support in ensuring your child leaves each morning with sufficient time to arrive at school by 8.35am.
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. It is also important that parents/carers are mindful of our local residents when parking and waiting for students. Please ensure that you are not blocking access to resident’s garages or driveways.
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 www.weatherheadhigh.co.uk
Miss A Whelan