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.

 

Year 10 Mid-Course Term Exams

June 2018

Dear Parent,

Students will be sitting their internal GCSE mid-course exams during the period Monday 18th June – Friday 22nd June 2018. These exams are carried out under exam conditions during the school day. Please see the timetable on the reverse of this letter which details the exams students will be sitting.

It is important that students do not miss any of these exams as it will be difficult to sit them at an alternative time.

Students should be in school at the normal time for registration, some exams may finish after the school day so students may have to find an alternative to the school bus.

If students are not sitting an exam during any of the sessions during this period they will go to their normal lessons.

The results of these exams will be issued to students on Tuesday 17th July which will be followed by a celebratory lunch and a film.

If you should have any questions with regard to these examinations please do not hesitate to contact the school on 0151 631 4400.

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs D Gibson
Examinations and Premises Manager

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Year 9 End of Term Exams

June 2018

Dear Parent

At the end of this term students will be sitting end of year exams in English, Mathematics and Science.

These exams will take place on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th June in the Sports Hall in formal exam conditions and all the students will have final revision sessions before these exams.

For the remainder of the week, students will start their non-core GCSE courses and will have a whole day for each subject.

On the reverse of this letter you will find a timetable detailing the sessions planned during this week.

This is a crucial stage in students’ education as they move into their GCSE courses and these exams will be very important in enabling us to assess their progress at this stage.

Thank you for your co-operation and continued support in working with us to ensure that our students achieve their very best.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or the Head of Department if you have any queries.

Yours sincerely

D Gibson
Examinations & Premises Manager

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Summer Sizzler - Tuesday 19th June 2018

May 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are delighted to announce that this year’s ‘Summer Sizzler’ will take place at Weatherhead on Tuesday 19th June from 7.00pm until approximately 8.30pm, with a rehearsal for all performers from 5.15pm to 6.30pm. Please drop off performers by 5.15pm at the main reception of Weatherhead with a snack/refreshments. The event will showcase Dance and Musical acts from our partner primary schools and Weatherhead students under the theme ‘100 Years of the Women’s Vote’.

Tickets will be available to order from Monday 4th June and are priced at £1.00 for adults and 50p for children, students and OAPs. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis – due to the number of performers and size of the theatre we are limiting orders to 2 tickets per pupil in the first instance.

To order tickets, please contact myself on 0151 631 4400 (ext. 274), via email carneyc@weatherheadhigh.co.uk or by returning the attached order form to Weatherhead (see link below). Please note that all tickets must be pre-ordered, paid for and collected in advance of the performance.

Ticket Collection Times (from Weatherhead):
Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th June, 4.15pm – 5.15pm
Monday 18th June, 4.15pm – 5.15pm

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries regarding tickets. We look forward to seeing you at the performance.

Kind regards,

Mrs C Carney, Media Arts Coordinator

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Summer Sizzler - Wednesday 20th June 2018

May 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are delighted to announce that this year’s ‘Summer Sizzler’ will take place at Weatherhead on Wednesday 20th June from 7.00pm until approximately 8.30pm, with a rehearsal for all performers from 5.15pm to 6.30pm. Please drop off performers by 5.15pm at the main reception of Weatherhead with a snack/refreshments. The event will showcase Dance and Musical acts from our partner primary schools and Weatherhead students under the theme ‘100 Years of the Women’s Vote’.

Tickets will be available to order from Monday 4th June and are priced at £1.00 for adults and 50p for children, students and OAPs. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis – due to the number of performers we are limiting orders to 2 tickets per pupil in the first instance.

To order tickets, please contact myself on 0151 631 4400 (ext. 274), via email carneyc@weatherheadhigh.co.uk or by returning the attached order form to Weatherhead (link below). Please note that all tickets must be pre-ordered, paid for and collected in advance of the performance.

Ticket Collection Times (from Weatherhead):
Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th June, 4.15pm – 5.15pm
Monday 18th June, 4.15pm – 5.15pm

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries regarding tickets.

We look forward to seeing you at the performance.

Kind regards,

Mrs C Carney, Media Arts Coordinator

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Year 7 Residential Letter & Kit List
Headteacher's Letter for Years 7-11, Summer Term 2018

April 2017

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope you managed to have a restful break and a warm welcome back to all for the Summer Term 2018. The focus of this term will be preparing students for their end of year examinations, this being a particularly crucial time for both Year 11 and Year 13 as they undertake their external GCSE and A Level exams.

Attendance

Attendance is a key priority for all students at Weatherhead because if you are not in school you cannot learn. The school’s attendance target is 95% and at the end of the Spring Term the whole school attendance was 94.4%. Every student should be aiming to be above the school target and I cannot emphasise enough how important attending school is and the effect of just a few days absence can have on future learning.

Regular attendance is important in ensuring your daughter makes good progress and that she achieves her very best in the end of year exams. It is very difficult for students to build and develop their skills and progress effectively if they are frequently absent as any day absent from school means 6 hours of learning has been missed which can’t be replaced. It is also difficult for students to catch up if they have missed previous work as the learning has no logical sequence and can become frustrating causing other difficulties and can sometimes lead to a lack of confidence.

Students will have a sticker in the front page of their planner this week with their current attendance figure to date and the number of days missed so far this year and I would really like us to work together this term to maintain the outstanding attendance already achieved by most and for some, to improve it.

As parents please can you support us where possible by making all medical appointments outside of school hours and not taking holidays during term time.

I would also like to draw your attention to the procedure for children who are absent from school. There have been public cases in the past where schools have not followed up the reasons as to why children are absent from school. It has then transpired that there have been tragic circumstances around these absences, e.g. illness of a parent and a child unable to seek help. We do everything we can to prevent such situations occurring as your daughter’s safety is paramount to us.

If your daughter is going to be absent from school please call the Attendance Office on 0151 631 4410 to report their absence. Alternatively you can email the school on attendanceoffice@weatherheadhigh.co.uk. We ask that you report your child’s absence before 9am on the first and every subsequent day of absence. You must contact the school every day that your daughter is absent.

If we have not heard from you by 10.15am then we will start to call all of the contact numbers that you have provided in order to gain an explanation for your child’s absence. If after 3 school days we have still not been able to ascertain where your daughter is, then our Attendance Officer will make a home visit.

I would ask that you ensure that school holds a minimum of two contact numbers for you and another adult who can be contacted regarding your daughter. It is important that you notify school as soon as possible if any of the contact numbers change. Our absence procedure is to ensure that we know where your child is and that they are safe.

Uniform & Standards

A reminder regarding uniform policy in relation to piercings; our guidelines state that students are permitted to wear one set of small studs in their ears and we do not allow any facial piercings of any kind. I would like to thank you for your support in this and on the whole, uniform and standards at Weatherhead continue to be excellent.

Examinations

The Summer Term marks the beginning of the examination season. For Year 11, public examinations start on Monday 14 May. Year 11 students have been issued with an exam timetable and a copy of the Year 11 School/Home study booklet will be issued next week. Key Stage 3 students will take end of year exams, starting with Year 7 the week commencing 21 May. Years 8 and 9 students will follow with their end of year exams and Years 10 and 12 will sit mid-course exams in June. Please refer to the table on the reverse of this letter for full details regarding exam dates.

Parking Safety

The school car park continues to be very busy at the start and end of the school day and I ask for your support in keeping congestion to a minimum as there does need to be permanent access for emergencies vehicles at all times of the day. All students who have permission to access the front entrance/exit have been issued with a pass and for all other students, the normal access points to the school leading from/to Breck Road should be used.

Communication

As a reminder, our School App is available on all Apple and Android devices. It is free and easy to download, just search for Weatherhead HS in your app store. I hope you have had the chance to read our latest edition of Weather Report and a new version of Weatherhead TV is also now available on our school website highlighting just some of the fantastic experiences and opportunities at Weatherhead.

I will be holding a Headteacher’s drop-in this term 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 session will be held between 3.30-6.30pm on:

  • Wednesday 16th May

 

Staffing Update

I am pleased to inform you that the Governing Body have approved the promotion of Miss Sullivan from Senior Assistant Headteacher to Deputy Headteacher responsible for Student Services and Wellbeing, and she starts this new position this term.

Key Dates for Parents & Carers

Event Date
Year 11 GCSE Examinations start w/c Monday 14 May
Year 13 GCE Examinations start w/c Monday 14 May
Year 7 End of Year Examinations w/c Monday 21 May
Year 8 End of Year Examinations w/c Monday 11 June
Year 9 End of Year Exams (non-core subjects) w/c Monday 11 June
Year 9 End of Year Exams (English, Maths and Science) Monday 25 & Tuesday 26 June
Year 10 Mid-Course Examinations w/c Monday 18 June
Year 12 Mid-Course Examinations Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 & Friday 29 June
Summer Sizzler Show Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 June
Year 10 Work Experience w/c Monday 25 June
KS3 Awards Evening Tuesday 3 July
Creative Showcase Thursday 5 July
Sports Day Friday 6 July
Year 7 Residential Trip Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 July
Year 10 Examinations Results Day Tuesday 17 July
Year 12 Examinations Results Day Wednesday 18 July
Year 13 GCE Examinations Results Day Thursday 16 August
Year 11 GCSE Examinations Results Day Thursday 23 August

I would like to once again thank you for your continued support and partnership with the school as it is so important that we work closely together to ensure the best education for your daughter.

Yours sincerely

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

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Headteacher's Letter for 6th Form, Summer Term 2018

April 2017

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope you managed to have a restful break and a warm welcome back to all for the Summer Term 2018. The focus of this term will be preparing students for their end of year examinations, this being a particularly crucial time for Year 13 as they undertake their external A Level exams and Year 12 students who are sitting BTEC and mid-course examinations.

Attendance

Attendance is a key priority for all students at Weatherhead because if you are not in school you cannot learn. The school’s attendance target is 95% and at the end of the Spring Term the whole school attendance was 94.4%. Every student should be aiming to be above the school target and I cannot emphasise enough how important attending school is and the effect of just a few days absence can have on future learning.

Regular attendance is important in ensuring your son/daughter makes good progress and that he/she achieves their very best in the end of year exams. It is very difficult for students to build and develop their skills and progress effectively if they are frequently absent as any day absent from school means 6 hours of learning has been missed which can’t be replaced. It is also difficult for students to catch up if they have missed previous work as the learning has no logical sequence and can become frustrating causing other difficulties and can sometimes lead to a lack of confidence.

Students will have a sticker in the front page of their planner this week with their current attendance figure to date and the number of days missed so far this year and I would really like us to work together this term to maintain the outstanding attendance already achieved by most and for some, to improve it.

As parents please can you support us where possible by making all medical appointments outside of school hours and not taking holidays during term time.

I would also like to draw your attention to the procedure for children who are absent from school. There have been public cases in the past where schools have not followed up the reasons as to why children are absent from school. It has then transpired that there have been tragic circumstances around these absences, e.g. illness of a parent and a child unable to seek help. We do everything we can to prevent such situations occurring as your son/daughter’s safety is paramount to us.

If your son/daughter is going to be absent from school please call the Attendance Office on 0151 631 4401 to report their absence. We ask that you report your child’s absence before 9am on the first and every subsequent day of absence. You must contact the school every day that your son/daughter is absent.

If we have not heard from you by 10.15am then we will start to call all of the contact numbers that you have provided in order to gain an explanation for your child’s absence. If after 3 school days we have still not been able to ascertain where your son/daughter is, then our Attendance Officer will make a home visit.

I would ask that you ensure that school holds a minimum of two contact numbers for you and another adult who can be contacted regarding your son/daughter. It is important that you notify school as soon as possible if any of the contact numbers change. Our absence procedure is to ensure that we know where your child is and that they are safe.

Uniform & Standards

Sixth Form students are not required to wear uniform but are expected to dress appropriately for school. In practice this means that t-shirts, jeans and trainers are acceptable as long as these are reasonably smart and do not feature text or designs that could be deemed offensive or inappropriate.

As the weather improves could I please remind you that colourful, patterned ‘beach’ shorts, short skirts, denim shorts or cropped/vest tops are not permitted. I am sure you will agree that it is important that all our Sixth Form students are role models of Weatherhead in our community.

Examinations

The Summer Term marks the beginning of the examination season. For Year 13, public examinations start on Monday 14 May and Year 12 will sit mid-course exams in June. Please refer to the table on the reverse of this letter for full details regarding exam dates.

Parking Safety

The school car park continues to be very busy at the start and end of the school day and I ask for your support in keeping congestion to a minimum as there does need to be permanent access for emergencies vehicles at all times of the day. All students who have permission to access the front entrance/exit have been issued with a pass and for all other students, the normal access points to the school leading from/to Breck Road should be used.

Communication

As a reminder, our School App is available on all Apple and Android devices. It is free and easy to download, just search for Weatherhead HS in your app store. I hope you have had the chance to read our latest edition of Weather Report and a new version of Weatherhead TV is also now available on our school website highlighting just some of the fantastic experiences and opportunities at Weatherhead.

I will be holding a Headteacher’s drop-in this term 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 session will be held between 3.30-6.30pm on:

  • Wednesday 16th May

 

Staffing Update

I am pleased to inform you that the Governing Body have approved the promotion of Miss Sullivan from Senior Assistant Headteacher to Deputy Headteacher responsible for Student Services and Wellbeing, and she starts this new position this term.

Key Dates for Parents & Carers

Event Date
Year 13 GCE Examinations start w/c Monday 14 May
Year 12 Mid-Course Examinations Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 & Friday 29 June
Summer Sizzler Show Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 June
Creative Showcase Thursday 5 July
Sports Day Friday 6 July
Year 12 Examinations Results Day Wednesday 18 July
Year 13 GCE Examinations Results Day Thursday 16 August

I would like to once again thank you for your continued support and partnership with the school as it is so important that we work closely together to ensure the best education for your son/daughter.

Yours sincerely

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

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Headteacher's Letter, Spring Term 2018

Monday 8th January 2017

Dear Parent/Carer

Firstly, I would like to wish you all a very happy new year and I hope the Christmas break presented some opportunity for rest and relaxation. I am writing with some important information and key dates for your diary; the Spring Term is set to be a very busy and focused term, particularly for students taking external examinations this year.

Attendance & Punctuality
Attendance continues to be a key focus for Weatherhead. Regular attendance is so important in ensuring your daughter achieves her very best in the end of term exams and in particular with exam season approaching. Please note that, where possible, medical appointments should be made outside of school hours and holidays should not be taken during term time.  Punctuality is equally as important, and I would like to take this opportunity to remind all parents/carers that your daughter must be in school for 8.35am to avoid a late mark being given.

Uniform & Standards
Thank you for your support in maintaining our high standards with regard to school uniform over the Autumn Term, our students continue to look very smart and wear our uniform with pride. Please can I remind you that nail varnish and acrylic/false nails are not allowed. You can find a comprehensive overview of our uniform standards on the school website.

Weather & Parking Safety
Adverse weather is likely to continue for some months and our updated information in relation to procedures and communication is available on the school website –

weatherheadhigh.co.uk/about-us/emergency-closure-procedure.

As mentioned at the start of the academic year, the car park is already very busy at the start and end of the school day and in order to protect the safety of staff and students, it is important to keep congestion down. In addition, when dropping off/collecting your daughter from school, please be mindful of our local residents and ensure driveways/garages are not obstructed.

Communication
Our Weatherhead App is a great way for parents, carers and students to access the latest school news and events. If you have not already downloaded it, the App is available on all Apple and Android devices and is free to download from iTunes and Google Play. Search for Weatherhead HS in your app store. We will also continue to use email as a means of communication so I would ask that you ensure your contact information is up to date and any changes are received via your daughter’s planner/Form Tutor. All letters to parents will also be posted to the school website.

I will be holding a Headteacher’s drop-in this term 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 session will be held between 3.30-6.30pm on:

  • Wednesday 28 February 2018

 

Key Dates for Parents & Carers

Date Event Time
Wed 31 Jan 2018 Y9 Options Evening 5.45-8.00pm
Thu 15 Feb 2018 Y10 Parents’ Evening 5.00-8.00pm
19 – 23 Feb 2018 Half Term
Wed 28 Feb 2018 Y9 Well-being Evening for parents & carers 6.00-8.00pm
Tue 6 Mar 2018 Learn to Learn – Y10 & Y11 parent/carer workshop 6.00-7.30pm
Thu 8 Mar 2018 Y7 Parents’ Evening 5.00-8.00pm
Thu 15 Mar 2018 Y8 Parents’ Evening 5.00-8.00pm
Thu 29 Mar 2018 Close for Spring Break   (Friday 30th – Good Friday)

 

Finally, I would like to once again thank you for your continued support and partnership with the school. I am looking forward to what I am confident will be another very successful term with outstanding progress and achievement from all.

Yours sincerely

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

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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Headteacher Welcome Letter – September 2017

6th Form Welcome Letter – September 2017