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.

 

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

Extended School Activities Programme

Friday 22nd December 2017

Dear Friends of Weatherhead,

I am delighted to inform you that Weatherhead High School is running a series of evening clubs and courses for our parents and guardians, students. This is part of our ‘Extended School Programme’ and I welcome you to come along to our exciting courses and activities.

Each course will run on a half termly basis every Tuesday from 9th January 2018. Courses will not run during the school holidays.

Details of the courses available and the costs are on our school website under ‘Extended Schools’. Concessions are available for under 16s, over 65s and those on benefits.

We ask that each course is paid for in advance and payment should be made in full on 9th January 2018.  We will also be running a loyalty scheme to enable all participants to receive the final session in the half term for free.

If you are interested in joining, then simply complete an application form and return it to the main reception or bring it with you, reporting to the reception area on the evening of Tuesday 9th January 2018.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at school if you have further questions.

I look forward to seeing you at our Extended School Activities.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs A Moretta

Extended School Activities Programme

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

Download this letter (PDF)

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