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.

 

Arriva buses December strike action

Monday 4th December 2017

Dear Parent/Carer,

The school has been informed by Merseytravel that Arriva buses will continue with strike action across December which will affect more dates.

The dates are as follows:-

  • Monday 4th December 2017
  • Thursday 7th December 2017
  • Tuesday 12th December 2017
  • Wednesday 13th December 2017
  • Thursday 14th December 2017
  • Wednesday 20th December 2017
  • Thursday 21st  December 2017
  • Friday 22nd December 2017

Up to date travel information can be found on the Merseytravel website: www.merseytravel.gov.uk

Please check the Merseytravel website for any changes throughout December.

Please visit our school website via school information, transport links for other bus service timetables ran by other operators to school.

Please note it is only Arriva buses that will be affected by the strike action.

Our school website and App will be updated accordingly of any changes regarding the strikes.

Students are expected to attend school on these dates.

If your daughter/son arrives late she will not be given a late mark and the school will show understanding if any student arrives after 8.35am.

Many thanks for your co-operation.

Mrs Rogers
Deputy Headteacher

Weatherhead’s Winter Warmer - Thursday 7th December, 7.00pm

November 2017

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I am delighted to announce that this year’s Christmas concert, The Winter Warmer takes place on Thursday 7th December from 7.00pm until approximately 8.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £2.00 for adults, £1.00 for children/students/OAPs or £5 for a family of four. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and there is no limit to the number of tickets per student.

To order tickets, please return your order form and money to Mrs Carney in the General Office during registration or at break time. Please note that all tickets must be ordered, paid for and collected in advance of the performance.

World Challenge students will be selling refreshments and raffle tickets from 6.30pm and during the interval in the foyer.

Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Carney if you have any queries regarding the show on 0151 631 4400 (ext. 274) or via email carneyc@weatherheadhigh.co.uk.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs S Henderson
Head of Performing Arts

 

Teen Takeover Day at Lady Lever Art Gallery

On Saturday 25th November, the Lady Lever Art Gallery will be taken over by Sixth Form students from Weatherhead High School who will lead a programme of FREE family friendly activities.

Activities include a Murder Mystery Quest on a tour of the gallery, a Fairytale Flash mob, poetry readings and a 19th Century selfie-booth! After exploring the gallery, you are invited to enjoy entertainment by Weatherhead’s talented A Level musicians and dancers.

Programme of Events

Adverse Weather Procedures

16th November 2017

Dear Parents

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.

Yours sincerely

A Whelan
Headteacher

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Arriva Buses Strike Action Throughout November

Friday 3rd November 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

The school has been informed by Merseytravel that Arriva buses will continue with strike action across November which will affect five more dates.

The dates are as follows:-
Monday 6th November
Wednesday 8th November (please note the rail services will also be affected on this date)
Monday 13th November
Monday 20th November
Monday 27th November

Up to date travel information can be found on the Merseytravel website: http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/

Please check the Merseytravel website for any changes throughout November.

Please visit our transport links page for other bus service timetables ran by other operators to school.

Please note it is only Arriva buses that will be affected by the strike action.

Our school website and App will be updated accordingly of any changes regarding the strikes.

Students are expected to attend school on these dates.

If your daughter/son arrives late she will not be given a late mark and the school will show understanding if any student arrives after 8.35am.

Many thanks for your co-operation.

Mrs Rogers Deputy Headteacher

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Year 7 Residential Trip to the Conway Centre

October 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

I would like to confirm the details of the Year 7 visit to the Conway Centre in July 2018. The visit will take place from the 11th to the 13th July 2018 inclusive and your daughter/ward will have the opportunity of attending.  There are places for 200 girls in the year group and places will be given on a first come, first served basis.  I hope that as many students as possible will take advantage of the trip, which was the highlight of last year for Year 7.

The students will take part in three outdoor activities, for example mountain biking, canoeing, bushcraft, high ropes and raft building and an Art session.  The activities will provide opportunities to develop art skills, leadership, team work and problem-solving skills as well as allow students to develop in confidence and get to know other students in the year group.  Evening activities include a nightline, a disco and activities lead by Weatherhead staff. Students will chose two (from a list of twelve) of their outdoor activities that they wish to participate in and they will also choose with whom they share their dormitory. Further information will be provided throughout the coming months when I will also seek more details from you regarding medical, health and dietary requirements. A kit list will be provided.

The cost of the trip will be £158.00 or the reduced amount of £110.00 for those students in receipt of free school meals.  In order to secure a place for your daughter/ward, an initial deposit (a minimum of £20.00) should be paid by 27th November 2017. Please note that the first £20 of the deposit is non-refundable as we have to book places with the Conway Centre.  The full balance is required by the 8th June 2018.  This trip can be paid in one amount or in instalments however it is recommended that regular payments are made throughout the period of November to June. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are finding it difficult to fund the visit. I will treat each case individually and would appreciate requests in writing as soon as possible.

Payments for the trip can be made by the following methods:

  • cheque or cash via our Student Services team, in a clearly marked envelope. Cheques should be made payable to Weatherhead High School
  • Parentpay (preferred option)
  • Chip & Pin at the main school Reception

I am very keen for as many of the year group to take advantage of this opportunity as it is only whilst in Year 7 that students are given the chance to go on a residential visit as a year group.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the visit.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs E Jones
Year 7 Leader

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Halloween and Bonfire Period - Letter from Merseyside Police / Merseyside Fire & Rescue

Monday 30th October 2017

Dear Parent/Guardian,

HALLOWEEN & BONFIRE PERIOD – PLEASE HELP US!

During this time of year, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service’s valuable resources are overstretched by attending deliberate fires such as bonfires, wheelie bin fires and rubbish fires associated with Anti-Social Behaviour.

We ask for your co-operation by ensuring that your children do not participate in such behaviour during this busy period and that you discuss the dangers and consequences associated with fire setting and firework misuse.

We also ask that you do not provide young people with bonfire materials and that you utilise rubbish removal services as provided within your area.

Safe storage of wheelie bins should also be considered as they are often utilised in deliberate fires. If possible, store your wheelie bins away from windows and doors and ensure they are not easily accessible to the general public.

A zero tolerance approach will be adopted during this period, which may lead to your son or daughter being fined, arrested for their behaviour and/or made subject to enforcement action.

Stay safe and have fun by following some simple tips!!

• Go to organised displays and events this Bonfire season.

• Remember, you must be 18 to buy fireworks and always buy fireworks that meet the BS7114 standard from a recommended retailer

• Don’t give sparklers to children under 5-years-old

• Keep pets indoors so they won’t get hurt or frightened

• Mention this advice to neighbours, especially elderly or vulnerable people

• Please take extra care if children are wearing fancy dress costumes. Fancy dress costumes should be kept away from lit pumpkins, lanterns and fires

• If you witness any suspicious or anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood, please contact the Police

To report an unlit bonfire or the storage of bonfire materials that need to be removed, arrange a Home Fire Safety Check or for arson prevention advice, call Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service on 0800 731 5958. Outside office hours, please leave a message with your details and a contact number.

In an emergency, always call 999

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Headteacher Welcome Letter – September 2017

6th Form Welcome Letter – September 2017