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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.

 

Year 11 Home-School Study Programme 2019

25th April 2019

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am writing to inform you about our Year 11 exam preparation programme. In assembly today, Year 11 students were issued with an important booklet, which outlines the two key parts of the programme and provides details of revision masterclasses ahead of the GCSE examinations. An electronic copy of the booklet is available on the School’s website.

Part 1: from Monday 29th April 2019, is ‘School-Based Revision’. During this time (up to May half-term), students are expected to attend school as normal. Excellent attendance is vital in the lead up to the GCSE examinations.

To provide extra revision time, students will be able to use PSHCE, Religious Education, Study Skills and Physical Education lessons for supervised study and general revision from Monday 29th April. These periods may also be used for timetabled intervention sessions, specifically organised by members of staff.  Revision Masterclasses have also been planned by subject teachers ahead of the exams and the details of these invaluable sessions are outlined in the Home-School booklet.

Part 2: from Monday 3rd June 2019, is ‘Part Home and Part School Revision’ and this begins after half term. This will enable students to balance the right level of support in school, but to also have time for private, quiet study at home.

  • If students have a morning exam, they must be seated in the Sports Hall by 8.45am. At other times, school starts at 9am and students will be required to sign in at reception. If needed, students may still come into school from 8am.
  • If students have an afternoon exam, they must be seated in the Sports Hall by 1.15pm.
  • For many subjects, masterclasses have been arranged the day before an examination.
  • For some subjects, breakfast revision sessions have been arranged on the morning before an examination.
  • Lessons in Maths, English, Science and options subjects will continue, as normal, until students have finished all exams in those subjects.
  • There will be in-school study rooms available throughout the day for students to work in, if a journey home is not practical between key times.
  • School uniform must be worn at all times.

With parental permission, students can take part in the home-school revision programme (Part 2) from Monday 3rd June. Without signed permission from parents/carers, students will not be able to participate in Part 2 of the programme and they will therefore be expected to attend school from 8.30am-3.20pm every day, until the end of the exam period.

The School expect 100% attendance in the lead up to and during the examination season. During the exam period, students remain on the school roll. Therefore, normal attendance procedures apply. If a student is due in school for a session and is ill, a letter or phone call will be required to explain the absence, as usual. Please be aware that, in the case of missing an exam, it is a requirement of the EXAMINATION BOARDS that candidates require a doctor’s note to explain to the Board the reason for not sitting an exam. Failure to present a doctor’s note will almost certainly lead to a ‘U’ grade and parent/carers may be responsible for the exam entry fee.

Please complete and sign the reply slip. Students should return it to their Form Tutor by Friday 3rd May 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Hudson, Head of Year 11.

I wish all students a successful revision period and I am sure they will achieve excellent outcomes in the summer examinations.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Whelan
Headteacher

Letter from the Headteacher including reply form

Introduction to the Year 11 Home-School Study Programme

Year 11 Summer 2019 Exams, Revision and Masterclass Programme

Changes to bus services with effect from Monday 29th April 2019

Thursday 18th April 2019

Dear Parent/Carer,

The school has been informed by Merseytravel that there will be updated bus service provisions. All pupils who currently use the bus service will still be able to get to and from school; however there may be changes to routes, where some services have now merged or that there is a different operator in place.

The changes will be implemented from Monday 29th April 2019.

Please see below an overview of the school’s services, for more detailed information including route maps please visit the school’s website via school information/ transport links.

Operator Service From Dep Time To Arrival Time
Selwyns 616 Seacombe 0800 Wallasey Village 0814
Al’s Coaches 633 Moreton Cross 0750 Weatherhead High 0825
Al’s Coaches 635 Moreton Cross 0748 Liscard, Seaview Rd 0822
Al’s Coaches 635 Saughall Massie 0747 Liscard, Seaview Rd 0824
Selwyns 224 Wallasey Village 0815 Weatherhead High 0835
Selwyns 224 Liscard,Wallasey Rd 0811 Weatherhead High 0827
Selwyns 227 Woodchurch Rd 0743 Liscard, Wallasey Rd 0809
Al’s Coaches 229 Wallasey Village 0747 Weatherhead High 0815
Selwyns 616 Wallasey Village 1540 Seacombe 1552
Al’s Coaches 635 Weatherhead High 1530 Saughall Massie 1604
Eazibus 635 Wallasey Village 1540 Saughall Massie 1610
Al’s Coaches 224 Weatherhead High 1530 Liscard, Wallasey Rd 1546
Al’s Coaches 226 Weatherhead High 1530 Upton Village 1559
Al’s Coaches 229 Weatherhead High 1530 Wallasey Village 1558

 

Please also note that from 29th April the following services; 633/635/229 will be operated commercially by Happy Al’s. The operator has informed the school that the flat single journey fare will increase to £1.50. A daily ‘My Ticket’ can be purchased for £2.20 for those students using these services to and from school.

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Merseytravel directly by email, using the following address ask@merseytravel.gov.uk.

Many thanks for your co-operation.

Mrs Rogers
Deputy Headteacher

Download this letter as a PDF.

For more information and bus timetables, please visit our transport links page.

Summer Term Letter from the Headteacher

April 2019

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope you managed to have a restful break and a warm welcome back to all for the Summer Term 2019. 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, A Level and BTEC exams. Lots of students were in over the school holiday for Year 11 and Year 13 revision sessions and further support, and we are so lucky to have staff who are willing to give up their own time to ensure all students achieve their very best in their forthcoming examinations.

We have a very busy term ahead and as well as external and internal examinations, this will also be a term where students can get to enjoy life beyond the classroom. There are so many exciting things happening this term at Weatherhead and I know students are looking forward to local and International Trips, Work Experience, Sports Day, Language Festivals, Leadership events and many more fun activities.

The Diana Award – Anti-Bullying

As a school, we are hoping to achieve the Anti-Bullying Diana Award this term which recognises schools that are pro-active in trying to deal with bullying. We have successfully launched our Anti-bullying Ambassador programme to encourage students to have a voice and to feel even safer in school. Students can talk to the ambassadors to get advice on any issues or worries they might have. Miss Robinson, Pastoral and Academic Support Worker is leading on this programme and we hope to achieve the recognition through this award. KS3 students will have assemblies this week to find out more about how they can tackle bullying and they will be introduced to the ambassadors who will talk to students about how they can help. This is another aspect of our Leadership Development for students and something for them to aspire to.

 Attendance

Attendance continues to be 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 94.6%. I would like to thank all parents/carers for your support in ensuring students are only absent from school if they are genuinely unwell. As I am sure you will know, students can feel ill in the morning however once they are in school, they feel better. Every student should be aiming to be above the school target and I cannot emphasise enough how important attending school is and the effect that just a few days of absence can have on future learning.

Regular attendance is important in ensuring your child makes good progress and that they achieve 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/carers please can you continue to 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 child’s safety is paramount to us.

If your child 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 child 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 child 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 child. 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. Punctuality is equally as important, and I would like to take this opportunity to remind all parents/carers that your child must be in school for 8.35am to avoid a late mark being given

Uniform & Standards

A reminder regarding uniform policy in relation to accessories; our guidelines state that students should wear plain black school shoes with no accessories or adornments and that one plain ring and one set of small plain ear studs only are permitted. Furthermore, please be mindful that false/acrylic nails and nail varnish are not permitted and in-keeping with our mobile device policy, students should not wear iWatches or other smart watch devices in school. 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 13 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 20 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 overleaf for full details regarding exam dates.

Parking Safety

Another reminder that 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 and parents should not be accessing the school car park. Please be mindful of our local residents when you are dropping off or collecting students from school to ensure that you are parked safely without obstructing any driveways or garages.

It is also important that access to and around the school carpark is not obstructed in any way to protect the safety of students and staff, and to allow safe access for emergency vehicles. Please also ensure that you do not use the marked disabled bays unless you have a valid blue badge that is displayed clearly in your vehicle.

Headteacher Drop-in

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 3.30-6.00pm on:

  • Wednesday 15th May

 

Key Dates for Parents & Carers

Event Date
Good Friday Bank Holiday Friday 19 April
Easter Monday Bank Holiday Monday 22 April
May Day Bank Holiday Monday 6 May
Year 11 GCSE Examinations start w/c Monday 13 May
Year 13 GCE Examinations start w/c Monday 20 May
Year 7 End of Year Examinations w/c Monday 20 May
May Half Term Break w/c Monday 27 May
Year 8 End of Year Examinations w/c Monday 10 June
Year 9 End of Year Exams (non-core subjects) w/c Monday 10 June
Year 10 Mid-Course Examinations w/c Monday 17 June
Year 9 End of Year Exams (English, Maths and Science) Monday 24 & Tuesday 25 June
Year 12 Mid-Course Examinations Wednesday 26, Thursday 27 & Friday 28 June
Summer Sizzler Show Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 June – 7.00pm
Year 10 Work Experience w/c Monday 24 June
KS3 Awards Evening Tuesday 2 July – 7.00pm
Creative Showcase Thursday 4 July – 4.00-6.30pm
Sports Day Friday 5 July
Year 10 Leadership Challenge Day Monday 8 July
Year 7 Residential Trip Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 July
Year 10 Examinations Results Day Tuesday 16 July
Year 12 Examinations Results Day Wednesday 17 July
Year 13 GCE Examinations Results Day Thursday 15 August
Year 11 GCSE Examinations Results Day Thursday 22 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 possible education for your child.

Yours sincerely

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

Click here to download a copy of this letter as a PDF

Spring Term: 6th Form Letter from the Headteacher

January 2019

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. The holiday gives us all an opportunity to reflect and receiving our World Class Status was a wonderful way to end a really good term. This recognition beyond our ‘Outstanding’ rating is testament to our talented and inspirational students, the dedicated and hardworking staff and your continued support and excellent partnership with the school.  Being a World Class School means you can be confident in knowing that the school is exceptional in all areas and has an enhanced internationally esteemed reputation for education that rivals those of the best schools in the country.  Universities will now recognise Weatherhead as preparing students to excel in Higher Education and businesses will see that we are developing the brightest potential employees.

The Spring Term is set to be a very busy and focused term, particularly for students taking external examinations this year. Year 13 will sit their mock examinations this term and we will be doing all we can to support students at this demanding time. Students will be encouraged to continue to attend after-school revision and support sessions and we appreciate your support in encouraging your daughter/son to make the most of such opportunities. We do expect students to prioritise their commitments so that driving lessons, part-time jobs and social activities do not interfere with their attendance at such classes.

Students who wish to perform to the best of their ability are expected to commit to something approximating to a standard 40 hour working week – this will comprise of lesson time (usually around 15 hours per week) and independent learning. Students should expect to study beyond the school day – either in our library or study facilities, or at home. Students who commit to a short working week of 30 hours are, in our experience, unlikely to fulfil their potential. We suggest that for every 50 minute lesson, students should undertake an additional 50 minutes of independent study and this does not include revision. The school is open every week day from 8.00am to 5.30pm (4.30pm on Friday) and students are encouraged to study in the LRC and common rooms during their free periods. During the Year 13 mock examination period, students will have access to a number of rooms which they can use for silent study. A separate letter will be issued to all Year 13 students detailing the arrangements for the mock examinations.

 

Attendance and Punctuality

Attendance continues to be a key focus for Weatherhead Sixth Form. We will continue to monitor student absence very carefully, contacting parents where we have concerns, and believe good attendance to be an essential ingredient of academic success. We expect students to have attendance over 95% and to be punctual to lessons. Please note that, where possible, medical appointments should be made outside of school hours and holidays should not be taken during term time. Attendance figures are used on all student references and University applications.

 

Lanyards

Students must continue to wear their lanyards so that they are visible around the school site. This requirement stems from the need to easily identify students, as they are not in uniform, and meets some of our safeguarding requirements. If a student has lost their identification card it will cost £2.50 to replace.

 

Communication

It is important that we have the most accurate and up to date contact information for parents/carers and any other emergency contacts. We will also continue to use email as a means of communication, so I would ask that you ensure that all information is up to date and any changes are received via your daughter/son’s Form Tutor.  Please could I remind you when contacting the school that some staff will teach throughout the day and may not be available immediately. Please be assured that staff will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible but that you should allow up to 48 hours before contacting the school again. This term will also see the launch of our new Careers Website which will evidence how Weatherhead High School is meeting the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks in terms of careers and guidance in school, please look out for further details coming soon.

I will be holding a 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 3.30-6.00pm on: Wednesday 27 February.

 

Additional Key Dates for Parents & Carers

Date Event Time
Tue 29 January 2019 Y13 Student Finance Talk Registration (8.35am)
Thu 14 February 2019 Y12 Parents’ Evening 5.00-8.00pm
Mon 4 Feb – Fri 8 Feb 2019 Y12 Half Term Assessments Lesson time
Mon 11 Feb – Fri 15 Feb 2019 Y13 Mock Examinations See timetable
Mon 18 – Fri 22 Feb 2019 Half Term
Week commencing 11 Mar 2019 Y13 Reports issued N/A
Mon 18 Mar – Fri 29 Mar 2019 Y12/13 End of Term Assessments Lesson time
Fri 29 Mar 2019 Close for Spring Break

 

Sixth Form have made an excellent start to the academic year and are making good progress in all areas. 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.

If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to your daughter/son’s Year Leader or Miss Byrne, Senior Assistant Headteacher and Director of Sixth Form.

Yours sincerely,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

6th Form Spring Term Letter from the Headteacher (January 2019)

Spring Term: A Letter from the Headteacher

January 2019

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. The holiday gives us all an opportunity to reflect and receiving our World Class Status was a wonderful way to end a really good term.  This recognition beyond our ‘Outstanding’ rating is testament to our talented and inspirational students, the dedicated and hardworking staff and your continued support and excellent partnership with the school.  Being a World Class School means you can be confident in knowing that the school is exceptional in all areas and has an enhanced internationally esteemed reputation for education that rivals those of the best schools in the country.  Universities will now recognise Weatherhead as preparing students to excel in higher education and businesses will see that we are developing the brightest potential employees.

The Spring Term is set to be a very busy and focused term, particularly for students taking external examinations this year.  Please see attached for some important information and key dates for your diary.

 

Attendance & Punctuality

Students have had a great start to this academic year and whole school attendance for the Autumn Term was 95%. Attendance continues to be a key focus for Weatherhead and regular attendance is so important in ensuring your child achieves their very best in the end of term exams and in particular with exam season approaching.  The highest number of absences during last term were due to illness so unless your child is really poorly, please continue to support the school by encouraging them to attend, as often students feel better once they are in school. If your child is absent from school, it is important that you do contact our attendance team on each day of the absence.  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 child 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.  As a reminder regarding jewellery after the Christmas break, students are permitted to wear one pair of discreet stud earrings in the lower ear only and one plain ring is allowed. Additionally, students are not permitted to wear false or acrylic nails and I appreciate your continued support with this.  A full uniform guide is available on the school website for further details.  As you will be aware, we do not allow our students to use mobile phones during the school day and Apple iWatches or other smart watch devices are also not permitted.  I hope you can appreciate for a school population of our size, we are trying to minimise the amount of expensive items in the school building and it is important to note that Weatherhead High School is not responsible or insured for the loss of any personal items that go missing during the school day.

 

Social Media

Further to our policy on the use of mobile devices during the school day, I must again highlight that staff at Weatherhead High School are not in a position to deal with the magnitude of issues brought into school caused by social media activity outside of school hours.  It is important that you talk regularly with your child about how they use technology, including their favourite sites and accounts, and how being online makes them feel.  There are lots of tools to help you manage the devices used by your family and you can visit www.saferinternet.org.uk for more information about safety online.

 

Weather & Parking Safety

Information in relation to procedures and communication in the event of adverse weather is available on the school website.

As mentioned at the start of the academic year, the school 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 child from school, please be mindful of our local residents and ensure driveways/garages are not obstructed.

 

Free School Meals

I recently contacted all parents and carers regarding free school meals and pupil premium which attracts additional funding for school if your child is eligible to receive a free school meal.

Please remember to complete an eligibility enquiry as soon as possible if you think you may qualify.  You can either do this direct at http://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/sims-wirral or, if you prefer, we can do this on your behalf via our website at www.weatherheadhigh.co.uk/fsm.

 

Extra-Curricular

There are over 100 clubs and activities available to students at Weatherhead during lunch time and after school, please look out for our new Spring Term programme which will be available via the school website. In addition, our fantastic breakfast club runs every morning during term time offering free tea and toast in the canteen from 8am – 8.25am and the school is open every day until 5.30pm apart from Friday (4.30pm) with facilities for students to study and to receive support with their homework.

 

Medicines in School

As of 7th January 2019 we will be changing our Medicines Policy, the (draft) document can be found on the school website under the ‘School Policies’ section.  A major change, which should have a positive impact upon school and families, is that the update allows school to administer paracetamol and antihistamine when a student becomes unwell during the school day, for example minor headaches, stomach cramps etc.  We do ask that, where possible, all students take medication outside of school hours (before leaving for school and upon returning home).  As this is a new procedure, please see the attached proforma and select which medication you would be happy for your child to receive, and then sign, date and return the proforma to your child’s form tutor. Such medication will only be administered by staff if the form has been completed and we have spoken to a parent/carer on the day, to ensure that no other medication has been taken. If we do not receive a completed declaration, staff will not be able to administer medication to your child in school.  Please see the full policy for any additional information.

 

Communication

It is important that we have the most accurate and up to date contact information for parents/carers and any other emergency contacts.  We will also continue to use email as a means of communication, so I would ask that you ensure that all information is up to date and any changes are received via your child’s planner/Form Tutor.  Please could I remind you when contacting the school that some staff will teach throughout the day and may not be available immediately. Please be assured that staff will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible but that you should allow up to 48 hours before contacting the school again. This term will also see the launch of our new Careers Website which will evidence how Weatherhead High School is meeting the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks in terms of careers and guidance in school, please look out for further details coming soon.

My Headteacher’s drop-in session will be available 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 3.30-6.00pm on:

  • Wednesday 27th February

 

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 World Class term with outstanding progress and achievement from all.

Yours sincerely

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

DOWNLOAD – Spring 2019 letter from the Headteacher, including attachments (PDF) 

DOWNLOAD CONSENT FORM – parent/carer consent to administer short-term non-prescribed medicines (PDF)

DOWNLOAD – Key Dates for the Spring Term 2019 (PDF)

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 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/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