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.
Spring Term: 6th Form Letter from the Headteacher
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.
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.
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
|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.
Miss A Whelan
Spring Term: A Letter from the Headteacher
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.
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.
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.
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.
Miss A Whelan
Seussical the Musical, Wednesday 23rd - Friday 25th January 2019
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 email@example.com or on 0151 631 4400 (ext. 274) if you have any queries regarding tickets.
We look forward to seeing you at the performance.
Mrs S. Henderson
Head of Performing Arts
Adverse Weather Procedures
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:-
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Family Christmas Craft Fair
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.
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.
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|