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.
'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.
Welcome Back: A letter from the Headteacher
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Miss A Whelan
Key Dates for the Autumn Term 2018
|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|
ARCHIVE: Adverse Weather Procedures
16th November 2017
I am writing in respect of the arrangements should this winter necessitate any school closures. We will, as in previous years, keep parents 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 and Radio Merseyside.
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.
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 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 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’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 and you can be assured that we will make arrangements to ensure these students are looked after, pending parents 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 parental contact 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.
3. In relation to re-opening, parents 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.