Letters to Parents and Carers

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, 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 6 Transition: Virtual Senior Leadership Team Appointment - 24/05/2022

Tuesday 24th May 2022 | Year 6

Dear Parent/Carer,

I would like to remind you to book an appointment for our virtual Senior Leadership Team (SLT) interview via the school cloud system, as outlined in our recent letter. This will take place from 4pm to 6pm on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th May. Appointments can be made using the instructions below.  You will be assigned an evening and to a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Prior to the evening:

  • Please visit http://weatherheadhigh.schoolcloud.co.ukand click on Year 6 SLT Transition Evening to book your appointment.
  • This link will also be on our school website: www.weatherheadhigh.co.uk
  • Enter your title, first name and surname followed by your email address.
  • The student’s first name, surname and date of birth will need to be entered as well.
  • Follow the on screen instructions to make your appointment.

On the evening:

If you do not have access to the internet please contact Miss J Hazlehurst on 0151 631 4400 ext. 253 who will be happy to arrange a telephone meeting for you.

A New Intake Parents’ Evening will be held on Wednesday 8th June, please mark this date in your diary and more details will follow. If you have any queries regarding the transition process please do not hesitate to contact our Student Services team on 0151 631 4400.

Kind regards,

Miss D Smith
Assistant Headteacher, Director of Key Stage 3

Work Experience - 24/05/2022

Tuesday 24th May 2022 | Year 12

Dear Parents/Carers,

As Work Experience for our Year 12 students approaches I would like to thank all of you that have supported your child in finding a placement.  I know this has not been easy in some cases but will be rewarding for the students who have secured a place in an area of work they are interested in.  If there are any self-placement forms still outstanding they must be returned by Friday 27th May as Mploy needs sufficient time to be able to do the health and safety checks prior to the students arrival.  A reminder that the dates for Work Experience is Monday 11th July – Friday 15th July with the exception of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh students who will be undertaking their placements 4th – 8th July.

Any students who have not managed to self-place will be allocated one of the placements secured by Mploy.  As previously mentioned during the parents evening, and to the students, this may not be in an area of work they particularly want to go into, however it is important they have an open mind and take on the experience positively.  The most important thing during this week is to learn about the world of work, build confidence and develop vital employability skills such as communication and team work.

After half term the students will be registered onto the MAPS system which is the on-line platform used by Mploy.  It contains all the information they need about their placement including location, person to report to, hours they will be working and dress code.  It also has some pre and post activities which we will encourage them to use to gain the most from their week of work.  The students will be expected to contact their place of work at least 2 weeks prior to them starting to ensure the employer remembers they are coming and they have all the information they need to make a good impression on the first day.

I know the students will have a wonderful experience and gain a lot from this week of Work Experience.

If you have any questions or issues please contact us at careers@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

Kind regards,

Mrs J Kaloumenos
Assistant Headteacher

Headteacher Update - 20/05/2022

Friday 20th May 2022 | Year 9

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am writing to inform you that Mrs Hudson, Year 9 Leader, is leaving at the end of this half term and Miss Smith, Director of Key Stage 3, will be overseeing the year group until the end of this academic year. Miss Yates will continue as the Pastoral and Academic Support Worker for Year 9 and Miss Furber will be joining Weatherhead as an additional Pastoral and Academic Support Worker to further support Year 9 over the next half term. 

Any communication regarding Year 9 should continue to be directed to the dedicated Year 9 email address: year9office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk and will be picked up by a member of the Year 9 team. 

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan 
Headteacher 
Plastic Challenge - 20/05/2022

Friday 20th May 2022 | Year 7

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find attached a letter detailing the next Plastic Challenge as part of the Year 7 STEAM plastics project.  This challenge gives your child the opportunity to participate in a national investigation – The Big Plastic Count, which was launched on Monday 16th May.

In form time today your child will have been given a tally sheet for them to record the plastic waste going into the waste bin at home over the next 7 days. The deadline for school data to be entered onto the Big Plastic Count website is 31st May and if the completed tally sheets could also be returned to school after half term that would be greatly appreciated, as we will use them in maths lessons to analyse data in the next half term.

On your child’s form Google Classroom is the link to enter their data, plus some additional resources and a copy of the tally chart if needed.

Thank you in advance for your support with this challenge.

Kind regards,

Dr Moore
Director of STEM

Download The Big Plastic Count Letter for Home (PDF)

HPV Vaccinations - 20/05/2022

Friday 20th May 2022 | Years 8 & 9

Dear Parent/Carer,

We have been contacted by the Immunisation Team from the 0-19 Health and Wellbeing Service at Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation in regards to upcoming vaccinations and the E-Consent programme.

The next set of vaccinations being offered are the HPV – Human Papillomavirus. This will take place in school for years 8 & 9 on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th June.

The Immunisation team will be using the E-Consent programme for parents / carers to consent for their child’s school age vaccinations. This is their online system, which replaces the paper forms which were sent home from school.  I have attached a copy of the information and instructions to this email.

To complete your child’s vaccination e-Consent forms visit www.wchcimms.co.uk

Each school has a unique code to access the consent, please use the following code:

SCHOOL: WEATHERHEAD             CODE:   WC137815

If you require further information please contact the Immunisation Team directly – wcnt.schoolhealthimms@nhs.net or call 0151 514 2510.

Kind regards,

Mr J. Horman
Assistant Headteacher – Student Services

Year 11 Revision and Exam Period - 05/05/2022
Understanding the World of Work Event - 05/05/2022

Thursday 5th May 2022 | Year 10

Dear Parent/Carer,

We are delighted to be able to tell you that we are organising a special event for Year 10 students on Friday 6th May.  It is entitled Understanding the World of Work which will take place during the day on Friday at Weatherhead High School. Your child will attend for half the day, either morning or afternoon. The rest of the day will be normal lessons.

The event will provide impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance from a range of local and national employers and education institutions.  We are pleased to have over 20 different organisations coming into school to engage with the students, including Unilever, Wirral Council, Village hotels, University of York, the Police and many others.

We strive to ensure that all students have high aspirations for their future careers and this experience will give the students the opportunity to question professionals directly about the jobs and opportunities available in various career sectors, as well as explore higher education options. 

Year 10 Work Experience 4-8th July

I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you that have supported your child in finding a self-placement for the work experience week.  We know this can be a challenging task but we are so pleased to see the wide range of placements that have already been secured.  If your child has not managed to find one yet or handed their self-placement form in please could this be done by Friday 6th May.  If you have any questions please contact us at careers@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

Careers newsletter

I have also attached our latest newsletter to show you a summary of what happened last term.  All newsletters are available to view in the Enrichment – Careers Guidance section of our school website. https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/enrichment/careers/

Kind regards, 

Mrs J Kaloumenos

Assistant Headteacher

Year 10 Update - 04/05/2022

Wednesday 4th May 2022 | Year 10

Dear Parents/Carers,

The summer term is a busy and exciting period for Year 10 students and all Year 10 reports will be issued during the week commencing 16th May. The students will be completing mid-course examinations during the week of 27th of June, which will assess the progress that they have made at the half way point in their examination courses. In order to support and guide students through their revision and preparation for these exams, form tutors will also help students plan a revision timetable and discuss effective revision strategies and techniques.

In addition, students will be participating in a week-long work experience programme, the week commencing the 4th July to help prepare students for the world of work. Further details have been shared already by Mrs Kaloumenos and this is an exciting opportunity for your child to develop their interest in their future careers. Many thanks to those who have already submitted their placement forms.

During the last week of term, students will take part in a celebratory event and mock results day; all students will receive a certificate of achievement containing their mid-course exam results and GCSE predicted grades. In recognition of their hard work and achievement, they will have a special lunch in the upper common room and then watch a film in the afternoon. This will celebrate the hard work and commitment shown by Year 10 throughout the Summer Term and indeed, throughout the entire academic year.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me in school.

Kind regards,

Mrs Walton
Assistant Headteacher, Director of Key Stage 4

Support Services - 04/05/2022

Wednesday 4th May 2022 | Years 7-11

Dear Parents/Carers,

At Weatherhead, we are proud of the pastoral support systems that we implement for students and recognise that as young people, they are facing some of the most challenging times that they have ever faced. As a local area, we understand that collectively, we have a responsibility to work together as schools, health services and other agencies to effectively support young people.

As part of the work that Weatherhead does to support families and young people in the community, we work collectively with other agencies and services across the Wirral. One of our strongest links is with Merseyside Police and as part of the national drive to support young people, we are fortunate enough to be allocated a Safer Schools’ Officer, PC Emma Hodgson. PC Hodgson works across several of the Wirral schools and has built excellent relationships with families, students and services and is a valuable asset for our school community. PC Hodgson  has already delivered assemblies on topical issues that are affecting young people in our area and has visited the school many times.

PC Hodgson will be around school more frequently and may be working with your child through education workshops, community matters and resolving conflict and we are really excited to continue to develop this excellent working relationship.

Further to this, I also wanted to take this opportunity to let you know about a brand new website that’s been designed for Wirral parents and carers.  Familytoolbox.co.uk is a free online hub to help Wirral families be the strongest they can be. It has information about everyday family life to share, to help boost your confidence and skills and offers key information that will support you in supporting your child.

Some of the key aspects of the website, include:

  1. Lots of tried and tested tips on parenting, looking after yourself and life as a family.  
  2. Links to providers and organisations across the Wirral that can support your family.
  3. Find out what events are on in Wirral for you and your family to attend.  
  4. Take space to reflect on what’s going on at home and what you’d like to change.
  5. Save your family’s favourite ideas, resources and places to your own Toolbox.

The site has been designed in partnership with families across Wirral, and as a school, we hope that you find it really useful.  For more information and to get involved, visit www.familytoolbox.co.uk.

As part of this provision being offered, there is also an exciting initiative that has been launched by ‘Zillo’ called Cafe Create. Cafe Create is a place for young people to relax, be supported, get informed and get involved. Cafe Create is based at the Arts Centre on Pilgrim Street, Birkenhead and all details for opening hours and services offered can be found below:

https://www.zillowirral.co.uk/cafecreate

I hope you find all of this information useful and we are excited at the level of provision that is being offered. Please remember that as a school, we have also developed the booklet of support for parents/carers, outlining agencies and support networks. All information and an electronic copy of the booklet that was sent home in September can be found below:

https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/safeguarding

Kind regards,

Mrs C Walton
Assistant Headteacher
Pupil Premium and Free School Meals - 28/04/2022

Thursday 28th April 2022 | Year 7-11

Dear Parent/Carer,

Pupil Premium and Free School Meals

If your child is eligible for ‘free school meals’ and you register them for this, school will also receive extra funding called ‘pupil premium’. We use this extra money to improve the educational provision and resources at school.

What is pupil premium funding?

Pupil premium funding from the government is given to schools to help pupils reach their full potential, regardless of their background or financial situation. It’s provided for pupils who:

  • Are registered for free school meals
  • Have been registered for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years

At Weatherhead High School we receive an extra £1,345 (for the 2021/22 financial year) for every eligible student who is registered for free school meals.  This extra money could make a real difference to the quality of education we offer.

For example, we’ve previously used pupil premium funding for:

  • Educational provision/resources
  • Academic interventions
  • Wellbeing and self-esteem building interventions
  • Subsidising educational trips and visits
  • Subsidising music tuition

Is my child eligible for free school meals?

 Your child might be eligible if you access:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on
  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)

What are the free school meal options?

There is a daily meal deal to the value of the free meal entitlement including a choice of sandwiches, a hot meal of the day, jacket potatoes, pizza, vegetarian options, pasta bar and salad bar.

Does my child have to eat the free school meals?

No. Students who are registered for free school meals don’t have to eat them. If you’re eligible but you want your child to have packed lunches you should still register because the school will receive the funding which can support your child in other ways.

How do I register?

You only need to register once at each school your child attends. If your child is already in receipt of free school meals you do not need to take any further action.

You no longer have to apply to the local authority.  You can either register directly online at http://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/sims-wirral or we can now do this on your behalf, you simply need to provide us with some information including your name, date of birth, national insurance number (or national asylum seekers number) and address as well as the name(s) and date(s) of birth of the children you wish to register.

The process is simple and quick.  If your child is eligible to receive free school meals because you are in receipt of Universal Credit, there is transitional protection in place whilst it is being rolled out so they will continue to be eligible for free school meals until the end of their phase of secondary education even if your circumstances change.  For exceptions please refer to www.gov.uk and search free school meals.

If you would like us to register on your behalf please complete a registration enquiry form by following this link www.weatherheadhigh.co.uk/fsm or request a form from the Student Services Office or Reception and return to school as soon as possible.

What happens next?

Once we have submitted an eligibility registration we are notified whether you are eligible for pupil premium and free school meals or not and we will let you know.  Your child will be able to receive free school meals straight away and our caterers will add the daily entitlement to your child’s card for them to use in the canteen.  Please note that cards are re-set daily and balances do not accumulate so it is in your child’s best interest to use their entitlement each day. The current daily value of free school meals is £2.71.

Pupil premium is allocated to schools on an annual basis.

More information

For more information about pupil premium go to our website, which contains details of how the pupil premium has been spent in the past academic year and how it will be spent this year.

If you have any questions or specific concerns, please contact Mrs Finn, HR / Systems Manager.

Kind regards,

Miss K McArdle

Business Manager

Headteacher Update - 26/04/2022

Tuesday 26th April 2022 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you managed to have a restful break and a warm welcome back to all for the Summer Term 2022. Your child received a copy of our latest Weather Report at the end of last term and I am sure you will agree what a wonderful edition it was, celebrating so many of our students and exactly what our school is about – we truly have world class students.

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 really enjoy life beyond the classroom. We are so pleased to see the re-introduction of many of our exciting trips, events and activities across the school. Please find a copy of our key dates for this term below.
As our students return for this term, I would like to share some key reminders with you to ensure your child achieves their very best and has a positive end to this academic year.

Attendance
Attendance continues to be a key priority for all students at Weatherhead as we recover from the pandemic.  Simply put, if you are not in school you cannot learn. 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.

As parents/carers please can you continue to support us in reinforcing the importance of good attendance with your child and where possible by making all medical appointments outside of school hours and not taking holidays during term time.

Uniform & Standards
Please be reminded that students in Years 7-11 are expected to wear full uniform in line with our expectations and full guidelines and information can be found on the school website. We really appreciate your support in this matter as all of our students look incredibly smart, but I thought you would appreciate just a few reminders as we start a new term:

  • Only one pair of plain stud earrings in the lower ear permitted.
  • No facial, tongue or body piercings are allowed for health and safety reasons.
  • Hair must be one natural colour.  No extreme hair styles are allowed (this includes partially or totally shaved hair).
  • No necklaces or bracelets are to be worn for school.
  • Only one plain ring is to be worn.
  • No nail varnish or false or acrylic nails are allowed for school.
  • No adornments or bows on socks or shoes.

There will be consequences for any student who does not adhere to our uniform policy.

Examinations

The summer term marks the beginning of the examination season. For Year 13, public examinations start week commencing 9 May and for Year 11, they begin week commencing 16 May. Key Stage 3 students will take end of year exams starting the week commencing 13 June and Years 10 and 12 will sit mid-course exams also in June. Please refer to the attached key dates for more details.

Headteacher Drop-in

I will be holding a Headteacher’s drop-in this term for parents and carers at which you can discuss any matters that you would like me to address with no appointment needed. The session will be held between 3.30-5.30pm on:

  • Wednesday 15 June

End of Term

Please note that the final school day of the summer term is Tuesday 19 July and advance notice that this will be a half-day finish for all students and staff. The school will close at 12.45pm, therefore please ensure arrangements are made for students to travel home as necessary.

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.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

Summer Term 2022 Key Dates
 Event Date
May Day Bank Holiday Monday 6 May
Year 13 GCE Examinations start w/c 9 May
Year 13 Leavers’ Assembly Friday 13 May
Year 11 GCSE Examinations start w/c 16 May
May Half Term Break Monday 30 May – Friday 3 June
KS3 (Year 7-9) End of Year Examinations Monday 13 – Friday 17 June
Year 12 Mid-Course Examinations w/c 20 June
KS3 Awards Evening Tuesday 21 June
Year 11 Leavers’ Assembly Friday 24 June
Year 10 Mid-Course Examinations w/c 27 June
Year 13 Prom Wednesday 29 June
Year 9 GCSE Option Days Wednesday 29 June – Friday 1 July
Year 10 Work Experience w/c 4 July
Creative Showcase Tuesday 5 July
Year 7 Residential Trip Wednesday 6 July – Friday 8 July
Summer Sizzler Show Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 July
Year 10 Examinations Results Day Friday 15 July
Year 7 Mad Science Day Friday 15 July
Year 12 Examinations Results Day Monday 18 July
Sports Day Monday 18 July
Last Day of Term Tuesday 19 July – 12.45pm close
A Level & BTEC Examinations Results Day 18 August 2022
GCSE Examinations Results Day 25 August 2022
Headteacher Update - 08/04/2022

Friday 8th April 2022 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

As we reach the end of a very busy term at Weatherhead, I would like to thank you for your continued support and congratulate our students on their hard work, achievements and progress.

This academic year, our students have been involved in so many exciting opportunities and there is so much to be proud of. You can read all about this in our latest fantastic edition of Weather Report. Your child will have received a copy this week for you to enjoy.

For our Year 11 and Year 13 students, we are running a full Easter School programme with over 20 revision and preparation sessions in the lead up to their examinations in the summer term. Students have received all of the relevant information they need however you can find the details on our website https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/curriculum/examinations-and-results/.

I hope you all manage to have a restful break and I look forward to welcoming our students back for what will be an exciting and eventful summer term.

Kind regards,

Miss Whelan

Headteacher

Year 9 Update - 07/04/2022

Thursday 7th April 2022 | Year 9

Dear Parents/Carers,

As we approach the end of Term 2, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of the outstanding achievements and fantastic opportunities that Year 9 has enjoyed since the start of this very busy  year. 

The start of this academic year 2021/2022 saw the return of normality to Weatherhead life after what has been very difficult and unprecedented times to manage. Year 9 has successfully adapted to these ever changing circumstances throughout this pandemic in terms of their school life. From school closures, to online learning and being taught in ‘bubbles’, the way in which our students have navigated their way through has been remarkable and something of which I am extremely proud as their Year Leader. The majority of our students’ commitment and dedication towards their studies has been unwavering throughout, which has not gone unrecognised. 

Just a few of the many activities that students in Year 9 have engaged with include:

  • The restart of the full extra-curricular activities programme and sporting fixtures

  • Careers week celebrated week commencing 7th March. All Year 9 students had an assembly delivered by a Sign Language interpreter.

  • World Book Day

  • International Women’s Day

  • Pi Day

  • Safer internet week

  • End of Term Reward Assemblies, celebrating all of the fantastic achievements of Year 9 

  • Wellbeing week where Year 9 had a whole week dedicated to a variety of activities and resources to support them with their mental health

  • Action for Children came to speak to Year 9 to offer support and guidance via ‘The Blues Programme’

  • Options should have now been finalised and Year 9 are looking forward to starting their new GCSE subjects in Year 10. 

Behaviour

As always, our standards remain high and expectations of our students continue to be clearly set out. As Year 9 Leader, I am extremely pleased with the way in which our students conduct themselves daily with regard to their studies and  their behaviour towards others in our school community. The vast majority of this year group remains outstanding in behaviour, attitude and commitment. A phenomenal 80% of students have an untarnished behaviour record without a single Iris incident so far this year. 

As Year Leader, any reports of unkind or unpleasant behaviour towards others will not be tolerated and will always be investigated. Communication with the Year 9 team remains of the utmost importance. If you need to contact the Year 9 team, please use the following address: year9office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk and either myself or Mrs Yates, Pastoral Support Worker, will endeavour to respond to you within 3 – 5 working days. 

Attendance

Attendance  remains a high priority.  We work hard to support families and their children with regards to attendance at school. However, attendance is a statutory requirement and at Weatherhead, we aim to reach the best attendance possible with every child. Attendance has seen an understandable decrease in the past few years due to the pandemic, however we do still expect excellent attendance to school and encourage all students to attend every day. In order to maximise potential with excellent attendance, we also ask that all medical appointments are made outside of school hours where possible. 

There are a number of students who still hold a 100% attendance record in Year 9 and many with 95%+ which is an amazing achievement. This half term we have launched a top secret ‘Golden Ticket’ attendance event. This will be held on the last day of term during lunch time for those students who have excellent attendance in this half term. It is worth noting that any Covid related absence will not be penalised. 

Punctuality

Arriving at school on time is an essential factor in ensuring a calm start to the school day. Students must arrive at school ready for registration at 8.35am. As you  may be aware, parents and carers will now receive a text message if your child/ward arrives late to school. A Year Leader lunch detention will be issued following 2 or more lates in one week and a Year Leader after school detention will be issued to those students who receive 5 or more late marks in one half term. However, I am very pleased to report that Year 9 has exceptional punctuality and we have also seen a sharp decrease in the number of students arriving late to school.

Equipment

Thank you for your continued support in ensuring that your child arrives with the correct equipment to prepare them for the school day. It is vital that your child begins the day prepared with their bag, planner, PE kit, stationery and relevant books to maximise learning and minimise disruption. Planners should be signed by parents and carers weekly. We also encourage communication with Form Tutors via student planners. Students are encouraged to purchase any stationery or equipment they need via the Iris shop where they can spend their hard earned Iris rewards. More information regarding the Iris shop can be found on our school website www.weatherheadhigh.co.uk 

Uniform 

Uniform standards remain extremely high and I am delighted by the way in which the vast majority of Year 9 take pride in their appearance and adhere to our uniform standards. 

I would like to remind parents and carers of our expectations in relation to uniform. In summary, some key points of note are:

  • False eyelashes/nails are not permitted

  • Nail varnish must be removed

  • Skirts should be a reasonable length i.e. knee length

  • No facial, tongue or body piercings

  • No necklaces or bracelets

  • Blazers must be worn 

  • No pumps, trainers or boots

  • No extreme haircuts or colours

Our Student Services team is able to provide students with the correct uniform during the school day if required.

Finally, I would like to thank all Parents and Carers for your continued support, patience and kindness in what has been challenging times for everyone in the community as we learn to adapt to  life with COVID. I feel extremely privileged to work with such wonderful, resilient students and I know that their hard work and commitment will reap wonderful rewards and benefits in the near future. 

I would like to wish you all a well deserved Spring break and I  look forward to welcoming back Year 9 for what will be their final term in Key Stage 3. 

Kind regards,

Mrs D Hudson 

Head of Year 9  

Year 8 Update - 07/04/2022

Thursday 7th April 2022 | Year 8

Dear Parents/Carers,

As we approach the end of the Spring Term, I would like to give you an update on school life, information on upcoming events and some support information for over the Easter break for our Year 8 students.

Reflection on the Term

I am pleased that the easing of restrictions and a return to our usual arrangements is in full motion. I would like to thank students and their parents/carers for the support with changes over the past academic year. Despite all of the challenges we have had, Year 8 have demonstrated excellent resilience, showing academic success and engagement with our wider school activities, some of which has been shared on social media. This has included:

  • The restart of the full extra-curricular activities programme and sporting fixtures
  • Careers week was celebrated week commencing 11th March. All Year 8 students had an assembly dedicated to an external speaker talking about their experiences in the world of work. Staff also shared their previous career experiences with students, encouraging conversations about the many aspirations our students have
  • KS3 students accessed a tutor time session by SMASHED which focussed on a powerful and realistic story of young people and alcohol. This invoked thoughtful discussion around the dangers of alcohol between students, staff and the SMASHED team
  • World Book Day
  • International Women’s Day
  • Pi Day for all students
  • High uptake on students Covid-19 testing and vaccinations
  • A successful anti-bullying week with select students from Year 8 being nominated as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors for the Diana Award
  • Year 8 Skills Tests
  • End of Term Reward Assemblies, celebrating all of the fantastic achievements Year 8 have received over the past term

Attendance

Attendance across the Year Group has started to improve and I thank you for your support during these trying times. If your child is well enough, please ensure that they attend school and, if possible, please try to book medical appointments out of school hours.

Behaviour

The behaviour and attitude of Year 8 students is fantastic. The majority of students arrive at school on time, ready for the school day with the correct equipment and mindset. It is imperative that students in every lesson are respectful to staff and their peers, so as to not disrupt the teaching and learning of other students and themselves. I would like to pass on my congratulations to all Year 8 students who do what is expected of them each day. Currently, Year 8 has 38,780 IRIS rewards which is amazing. This demonstrates the hard work and commitment to learning that our students are showing every day.

Equipment

Thank you for your support in ensuring that your child arrives with the correct equipment to prepare them for the school day. It is vital that your child begins the day prepared with their PE kit, stationery and relevant books to ensure maximum learning. Students have the opportunity to purchase stationery using their IRIS rewards points from the IRIS shop or alternatively, students can come to the Year 8 office if they are short of equipment for the day.

Year 8 Parents’ Evening

Thank you to all those parents/carers who attended Year 8 Parents Evening last week. The evening had a fantastic turnout with many parents/carers sharing excellent comments about how their child’s academic progress and social skills have developed since returning to school in Year 8. Staff at Weatherhead are often commending Year 8 for their academic ability and their respect towards both staff and students which has been echoed by you as parents/carers. Key Stage 3 reports will be sent home after the Easter break to give you a full overview of your child’s progress during Year 8.

Uniform and Appearance

As we return after the Easter break, I would like to remind parents of our expectations related to uniform, the uniform policy is available on Weatherhead High | Uniform. A key feature of our policy is what we wear (uniform) and how we wear it (appearance). In summary, some key points of note are:

  • False eyelashes/nails are not permitted
  • Skirts should be a reasonable length i.e. knee length
  • No facial, tongue or body piercings
  • No necklaces or bracelets
  • Blazers must be worn
  • No pumps, trainers or boots

Uniform as a whole is excellent, and I thank you for your support with this. All students should arrive at school looking smart and proud to wear their uniform. Please make sure that when your child leaves for school that they look presentable. If you have any issues with uniform, please do not hesitate to contact the Year 8 office or Student Services.

End of Term Arrangements

Students will finish at 3.10pm on Friday 8th April and return on Monday 25th April for an 8.35am start  Should you require any advice or support from a member of the Year 8 team, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at year8office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk  We aim to respond to all email/telephone enquiries within 3-5 school days unless the matter is of an urgent safeguarding nature.    Any messages sent over the break will be responded to upon our return on the 25th April. For those families who may require extra support over the two weeks, please see the support services available on Weatherhead High |Support Services.

Final Message

I would like to thank all Parents and Carers for their support, patience and kindness in what has been a testing term for everyone in the community as we learn to live with COVID. Receiving kind messages of support for what we have been doing at Weatherhead has been very much appreciated.

In my role as Year Leader, it has been a pleasure supporting this year group through the transition process in Year 7, and now watching them flourish as they come close to their final year in Key Stage 3. Miss Rolfe, our Pastoral & Academic Support Worker, and I are here to ensure the students receive a high-quality education whilst promoting the wellbeing of Year 8 students.

I would like to wish you a safe and well rested break and thank you for your messages of goodwill.  Happy Easter and I look forward to welcoming you back for Year 8’s final term before the summer break.

Kind regards,

Mr Barr
Head of Year 8

Year 7 Update - 07/04/2022

Thursday 7th April 2022 | Year 7

Dear Parents/Carers,

As we approach the end of this Spring term, I would like to provide you with some updates in readiness for the final term of this academic year. Achievements are celebrated weekly with the year group via assemblies and form time, however, I felt it equally as important to share accomplishments with the families of our wonderful students.

Firstly, I would like to commend the year group on the successful transition from primary to secondary school and the praiseworthy resilience students have shown in adapting to life at senior school during a global pandemic. Attitudes to learning have been exemplary and I have been fortunate to see some excellent work and contributions by the students, both in and out of lessons. COVID has caused many societal changes and has impacted people differently. For many young people, some of these changes have been difficult to absorb. Within my role as Year Leader, I have the pleasure of supporting 257 Year 7 students with all aspects of their school day and with the unrelenting support from Mrs Kearney our Pastoral and Academic Support Worker, we have really focussed on student mental health and wellbeing and supporting students to get back into the routine of school life. I would like to commend the year group on their attitude, resilience, and behaviour throughout such unpredictable and ever-changing circumstances.

Behaviour and Standards:

The behaviour of the year group as a whole has been exceptional since they started their journey at Weatherhead in September 2021; this has been reflected in their record number of Gold IRIS Rewards which currently sits at a grand total of 48,000! Pupils have enjoyed spending their credits on stationery and treats from Weatherhead’s bespoke IRIS shop and I have included the link to our shop as a reminder of the lovely items we currently have in stock: https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/enrichment/iris/iris-shop/ As a result of such outstanding behaviour there have been numerous opportunities for recognising student success this term including, but not limited to appearances on the Weekly Wonderwall, Stars of the Week, Award Assemblies, Young Carers Lunches, invitations to special in school events, lucky dip prizes for improved attendance, Form Mascots, Headteacher awards for exceptional achievement and the Wirral CLA Award Ceremony.

Mobile Phones:

A reminder that mobile phones are not to be used during the school day. If students bring phones into school, they are to be switched off and in school bags until they have left site at 3:10pm. Any student found to be using phones at any point during the school day will have their phone confiscated and will need to be collected by a named adult, from Reception. This will have no impact on the vast majority of students who follow this rule. Phones are an unwelcome distraction for a multitude of reasons. Should a student wish to contact home, there is a facility to do so at Student Services or the Year 7 Office, where staff will be more than happy to assist.

Attendance/Punctuality/Uniform:

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank parents and carers in your efforts in ensuring students arrive to school punctually and in full uniform. Uniform across the Year Group is exceptional and I welcome your continued support with this and direct you to the uniform page on our website which details what uniform expectations are https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/school-information/school-uniform/  We stringently check uniform each day and contact home where necessary. I have also included the link for school’s policy on Attendance and Punctuality, https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/school-information/attendance-punctuality/  Punctuality for the year group has recently improved and it is vital for all students to arrive to school on time in preparation for their day.

Our communication procedures remain in place. Should you require any advice or support from a member of the Year 7 team, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at year7office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk  We aim to respond to all email/telephone enquiries within 3-5 school days unless the matter is of an urgent safeguarding nature.

Please do pass on my congratulations to your child as always and I would like to wish all students and their families a wonderful and restful Easter break.

Kind regards,

Miss M Thomason
Year 7 Leader

New Menu Launch - 06/04/2022

Wednesday 6th April 2022 | Years 7-11

Dear Parent/Carer,

Students at Weatherhead have been sharing with us their ideas and thoughts on what they would like to see on offer at lunchtime and we have worked with our partners Chartwells to address all of their ideas.  We have re-introduced the Salad Bar and have increased the amount of appetising and healthy options students can choose from including increasing options for vegetarian, vegan and those students with additional dietary needs. Students asked for more fresh fruit so in addition to apples and bananas, we now have fresh pineapple, grapes and melon prepared ready to eat as part of the meal deal dessert option.

We are also pleased to tell you about the exciting new three week menu and food choices that will be launched to students after the Easter Break, which has been attached for your information, The new menu will provide lots of tasty meal deals as well as vegetarian/vegan options and students with specific dietary requirements will be able to access some meal deals but can also choose from gluten free sandwiches, jacket potatoes, salad and lactose free options.

We hope that students will enjoy trying out some of these new options and we welcome feedback on the changes we have made.

Kind regards,

Miss K McArdle

Business Manager

Download the Summer Term Menu

Changes to Covid-19 Measures - 05/04/2022

Tuesday 5 th April 2022 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

The DfE have recently announced that the population now has much stronger protection against COVID-19 than at any other point in the pandemic. This means we can begin to manage the virus like other respiratory infections, thanks to the success of the vaccination programme and access to antivirals, alongside natural immunity and increased scientific and public understanding about how to manage risk.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has published new guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-sets-out-next-steps-for-living-with-covid.  Most of the specific COVID-19 guidance for education and childcare settings was withdrawn from GOV.UK on Friday 1 April. The operational guidance on the testing in educational settings has also been removed.

From Friday 1 April:

  • regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, settings will no longer be able to either order or give out test kits.
  • adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting.
  • children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
  • adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days, as the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower.
  • Please refer to the following guidance: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/

The DfE advise that most people in England are no longer advised to get tested.  If you still want to get tested and you’re not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for a COVID-19 test yourself.  You can buy a COVID-19 test from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.  You cannot order tests from NHS 111 or 999.

In line with our risk assessment, we will continue to ensure all areas across the school are well ventilated and we will continue to encourage regular hand washing and sanitising.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan, Headteacher

FREE Holiday Activity clubs with Food across Wirral - 04/04/2022

Monday 4th April 2022 | Years 7-11

Dear Parent/Carer,
I am delighted to be able to share with you information regarding some free spring activities which your children can access across Wirral over the Easter break.  Please click on the link below or visit www.edsential.com/HAF2022/ for more information.
Kind regards,
Miss A Whelan
Headteacher
Spring HAF is back!

We are proud to be coordinating this year’s Holiday Activities and Food programme on behalf of Wirral council.

We wanted to let you know about some of the FREE activities available to the children, young people and families in your school throughout the holidays. Thanks to funding from the Department for Education, there are over 120 Holiday Activity with Food clubs across the Wirral this spring – which are completely free for eligible FSM children.

Our brand-new interactive map means it’s easier than ever for parents/carers to browse the huge array of what’s on offer in their local area this spring. Whether their child is 5 or 15, is football-mad, loves swimming, forest school or day trips – parents can browse and book a suitable club in a few simple clicks.

To find a full list of the spring holiday activity clubs visit: www.edsential.com/HAF2022/

Year 11 Update - 01/04/2022

Friday 1st April 2022 | Years 11

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I wanted to take this opportunity to write to you to pass on my congratulations to the students in Year 11.  Whilst I do this regularly in assemblies and conversations with individual students, I felt it important to share my congratulations with the families of our fantastic students. 

When I first met the students in my year group as they started their journey at Weatherhead High School in September 2017, nobody could have foreseen the challenges that they would be faced with throughout their time in our school.  I have been inspired by the students and their resilience and determination to succeed despite such unpredictable circumstances. 

I want to commend the year group particularly on their approach to attending additional revision and support sessions to aid their preparation for their examinations.  I am so proud when I walk around the school and see such a high number of students engaged in these sessions outside of their timetabled lessons.  I know that their hard work and dedication will pay off!

Additionally, the behaviour and attitude of Year 11 students is outstanding, and our younger students are privileged to have such a diligent and charismatic set of role models to look up to.

As you know, in just a few short weeks they will begin their final GCSE examinations.  These examinations are the students’ chance to showcase their hard work and commitment to their studies that they have demonstrated throughout their GCSE courses. 

In my role as Year Leader, I have the pleasure of supporting 253 fantastic students in all areas of their school life. Miss Green, our Pastoral & Academic Support Worker, and I are here to ensure that students are achieving high-quality learning whilst promoting and supporting the wellbeing of Year 11 students.  In the lead up to the examinations, I would like to remind you of our email address (year11office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk) should you have any questions or queries that we can support you or the students with, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

Please do pass on my congratulations to your child and as always, I would like to thank you all for your continued support.  It truly has been a privilege to be their year leader and they will be an incredibly tough act to follow!

Kind regards

Mrs E Jones 

Year 11 Year Leader 

Year 10 Update - 01/04/2022

Friday 1st April 2022 | Years 10

Dear Parents/Carers,

It is with great pleasure that I write to you to update you on the outstanding progress being made by Year 10 at Weatherhead.

The determination and resilience shown by the students following such a period of disruption and uncertainty in their education has been so impressive. Year 10 took no time at all in getting to grips with the Key Stage 4 challenge laid out before them in September and have displayed a remarkable work ethic in adapting to the high demands of their GCSE subjects.

Since Christmas, we have seen a significant, sustained improvement in punctuality across the year group and the continued excellent behaviour and attitude of Year 10 students makes them true role models to the younger students of our school.

In February, all Year 10 students attended an assembly and a workshop on resilience, self-belief and motivation, delivered by Action Jackson. It was inspiring to watch them consider their ambitions and discover how their futures can be impacted by the choices they make today.

The Spring term has brought with it a renewed focus for our Year 10 students as they approach the halfway mark, with their Mid-Course examinations taking place in late June. These examinations will give the students the opportunity to showcase the hard work they have put into their GCSE studies so far.

Should you require any advice or support from a member of the Year 10 team, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at year10office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. 

Kind regards,

Miss Lilburn, Head of Year 10

Attendance - 08/03/2022

Tuesday 8th March 2022 | Years 7-11

Dear Parents/Carers,

With the start of the new term and the countdown to the Easter break, as a school, we would like to remind you all of the importance of attendance. This academic year has been a difficult time with absence rates higher than usual due to Covid. As a school, we value each individual student and all staff work hard to support students in these challenging times. Whilst absences related to Covid were and continue to be unavoidable, there are still some unauthorised absences that are having a detrimental impact on the well-being and education of our students.

At Weatherhead, we strive for outstanding attendance and aim for 100%; if students are in school, they are learning and having access to the plethora of pastoral support systems that we have in place. When your child misses one day of school, this equates to 5 hours of learning each day. If your child has an attendance figure of 90% at the end of the whole academic year, this means that they have missed 20 school days and 100 hours of lost learning. Whilst we are working tirelessly to support all students who have lost learning time due to covid through our outstanding online platforms, there are some absences that can be avoided and we cannot teach an empty seat. Where possible, please remember to make any medical appointments outside of school hours and holidays will continue to be unauthorised during term time.

Over the next two weeks, your child will be receiving their attendance certificate during form time to strategically plan where we can maximise attendance and avoid any unnecessary absence. Please note, failure to maintain good attendance may result in Wirral Local Authority involvement and could lead to Educational Penalty Notices being issued. Please remember, as a school, we do not consider any covid related absence as a cause for concern and appreciate that the nature of these absences are unavoidable.

I appreciate your support in ensuring that your child receives the best possible outcome in their education. By attending school every day, we can make a difference to your child’s learning, future and well-being. With the start of this new half term, please encourage your child to see this as a fresh start to achieve a 100% attendance before the Easter holidays.

Kind regards,

Mrs C Walton

Assistant Headteacher

Punctuality - 03/03/2022

Thursday 3rd March 2022 | Year 7-11

Dear Parent/Carer,

At the start of this new half term I would like to remind you all of the importance of punctuality.   As a school we appreciate that it has been difficult this academic year with COVID continuing to cause disruption, however we are working hard to maintain high standards and routines, including punctuality.   I would like to thank the high proportion of students who attend school on time each day, this is an incredible achievement in the current climate.

Over a school year, being 5 minutes late to school each day can equate to 3 days of lost learning over the course of an academic year.   Being 15 minutes late, leads to 10 days of lost learning, and if students are 30 minutes late each day this leads to 19 days of lost learning over the course of an academic year.  Students who arrive to school late miss important daily pastoral support from their form tutors, as well as important information for the day ahead.

Please support your child’s learning by ensuring that they arrive at school before 8.35am each day.   If students arrive to school late on two or more occasions in one week, they will be given a lunchtime detention with their Year Leader.   If the lateness persists, after school detentions will be issued by the Year Leader or Senior Leadership Team. An Education Penalty Notice may be issued for persistent lateness.

To keep you updated in regards to student punctuality, we will now be trialling the sending of punctuality texts to parents and carers on the day that the student is late.  If there are any particular circumstances that the school may not be aware of, which may have an adverse effect on your child’s punctuality, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Year Leader via the email addresses below:

year7office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

year8office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

year9office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

year10office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

year11office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards,

Mr J. Horman

Assistant Headteacher – Student Services

Headteacher Update - 28/02/2022 - INC. COVID UPDATE

Monday 28th February 2022 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you managed to have a good half-term break and we are looking forward to all of our students returning to school tomorrow.

Covid Update

On 21 February, the Prime Minister set out the next phase of the Government’s Covid-19 response. Covid-19 continues to be a virus that we learn to live with and as of 21 February, those students taking part in regular asymptomatic testing are no longer required to do so. Public Health England currently advise that anyone with Covid symptoms should stay at home and take a PCR test. Those who have a positive test result should remain at home for 10 days or until they test negative for two consecutive days from day five, whichever is sooner. For children and young people with Covid-19, they should not attend their educational setting whilst they are infectious. They should take an LFD test from five days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have any symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both these test results are negative, they should return to their educational setting, as long as they feel well enough to do so and do not have a temperature. Children and young people who live with someone who has Covid-19 should continue to attend their education setting as normal. Full DfE and Public Health guidance can be found here: UKHSA guidance for people with Covid-19 and their contacts.

Students will not be required to wear face masks in classrooms and communal areas however those students who may wish to continue wearing masks are able to do so. We will continue to ensure all areas across the school are well ventilated and we will continue to encourage regular hand washing and sanitising. In the event of a localised outbreak, the Director of Public Health Wirral might advise face coverings should be temporarily worn in communal areas or classrooms and if this is the case we will communicate this with you. 

School Update

Thank you for continuing to support our extremely high standards with regards to attendance, punctuality, completing homework and your child wearing the correct uniform at all times. With Covid restrictions being lifted, we can start to look to the future with some optimism and from this moment onwards it is absolutely crucial that all students attend school every day, on time after nearly 2 years of disruption. I know that I have your full support with this because if students attend school they will achieve their best and we will follow all school procedures for any student who falls below the expected standard. 

I am very proud of how smart our students look at Weatherhead however following the half-term break, I would like to share the following uniform reminders for all students in Year 7-11:

  • No facial, tongue or body piercings are allowed for health and safety reasons.

  • Hair must be one natural colour. No extreme hairstyles are allowed (this includes partially or totally shaved hair).

  • No necklaces or bracelets are to be worn for school.

  • Only one plain ring is to be worn.

  • No nail varnish or false or acrylic nails are allowed for school.

  • No adornments or bows on socks, shoes or hair.

I appreciate your full support with this and with any sanction that may be applied if these rules are not followed.

Communication between yourselves and the school is absolutely key to the success and happiness of your child therefore please use the appropriate email addresses to contact the school so that we can support you with any concerns as soon as possible.

Year 7 – year7office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk 

Year 8 – year8office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk 

Year 9 – year9office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk 

Year 10 – year10office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

Year 11 – year11office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

Sixth Form – ask6f@weatherheadhigh.co.uk  

Thank you for your continued partnership and as we move forward we can all now start to live with Covid and continue to keep each other safe in our school community

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan

Headteacher

Immunisation Clinics - February Half Term - 15/02/2022

Tuesday 15th February 2022 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

The Immunisation Team from the 0-19 Health and Wellbeing Service at Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust have visited schools across the Wirral over the past year to administer several different types of vaccinations.

The Immunisation Team are offering clinics in February Half Term for any young people who may have missed vaccines for Covid, Diphtheria Tetanus Polio, Meningitis, MMR, and HPV.

Information on all school age vaccinations and consent can be found on the attached letter or the following website.

Vaccinations – Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (wchc.nhs.uk)

If you have any questions in regards to vaccinations, please call the School Age Immunisation Team directly on 0151 514 2510.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Kind regards,

Mr J. Horman
Assistant Headteacher – Student Services

Download: School Age Vaccination Programme – February 2022 Clinics(PDF)

Online Safety - Year 8 - 09/02/2022

Wednesday 9th February 2022 | Year 8

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am writing to you to clarify Weatherhead High School’s Policy on the misuse of social media. Recently, we have been made aware, by both students and parents, of several incidences of the misuse of social media, sometimes by our students and other times where our students have been the victims of misuse. Indeed, most of the inappropriate use of the internet is done from home or on students’ mobile devices during evenings, weekends and holidays. Staff at the school have no jurisdiction to deal with this and cannot investigate it. It should be noted that in many cases a child may put themselves at considerable risk due to the misuse of social media accidentally, for example: giving personal details, publishing photographs, etc. to a ‘friend’ who then distributes this information more widely. They need to be fully aware of this risk.

Weatherhead students are not permitted to use their mobile phones during the school day; the responsibility for monitoring a child’s use of social media, or indeed the internet in general, must therefore lie with parents/carers. We strongly encourage you to discuss issues around this with your children and I have placed a link to our Online Safety section of the school’s website, with a view to support you: https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/safety-and-wellbeing/online-safety/

If your child is the victim of inappropriate use, then we ardently recommend that you as a parent/carer report the matter to both the website developer or CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection): https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

As stated earlier, unless an issue manifests itself during the normal school day, our staff are not able to address this. However, to support you and your child, Weatherhead High School will:

  • Continue, through PSHE and assemblies, to educate students of the dangers of inappropriate use of the internet
  • Continue to monitor the use of any form of ICT in normal school hours and will deal with anything deemed inappropriate
  • Refer anything that we believe could be defined as, or could potentially lead to, a Child Protection issue to the appropriate external agencies
  • Continue to support parents with advice on how to tackle inappropriate use either by their own child or others
  • Promote ‘Safer Internet Week’ (w/c 07.02.22), through the delivery of a range of awareness raising activities.

I hope that you find the links to our school website useful and by working together, as outlined in this letter, I trust that we can keep all our students safe and well.

Yours faithfully,

Mr N Barr
Head of Year 8

Online Safety - Year 7 - 09/02/2022

Wednesday 9th February 2022 | Year 7

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am writing to you to clarify Weatherhead High School’s Policy on the misuse of social media. Recently, we have been made aware, by both students and parents, of several incidences of the misuse of social media, sometimes by our students and other times where our students have been the victims of misuse. Indeed, most of the inappropriate use of the internet is done from home or on students’ mobile devices during evenings, weekends and holidays. Staff at the school have no jurisdiction to deal with this and cannot investigate it. It should be noted that in many cases a child may put themselves at considerable risk due to the misuse of social media accidentally, for example: giving personal details, publishing photographs, etc. to a ‘friend’ who then distributes this information more widely. They need to be fully aware of this risk.

Weatherhead students are not permitted to use their mobile phones during the school day; the responsibility for monitoring a child’s use of social media, or indeed the internet in general, must therefore lie with parents/carers. We strongly encourage you to discuss issues around this with your children and I have placed a link to our Online Safety section of the school’s website, with a view to support you: https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/safety-and-wellbeing/online-safety/

If your child is the victim of inappropriate use, then we ardently recommend that you as a parent/carer report the matter to both the website developer or CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection): https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

As stated earlier, unless an issue manifests itself during the normal school day, our staff are not able to address this. However, to support you and your child, Weatherhead High School will:

  • Continue, through PSHE and assemblies, to educate students of the dangers of inappropriate use of the internet
  • Continue to monitor the use of any form of ICT in normal school hours and will deal with anything deemed inappropriate
  • Refer anything that we believe could be defined as, or could potentially lead to, a Child Protection issue to the appropriate external agencies
  • Continue to support parents with advice on how to tackle inappropriate use either by their own child or others
  • Promote ‘Safer Internet Week’ (w/c 07.02.22), through the delivery of a range of awareness raising activities.

I hope that you find the links to our school website useful and by working together, as outlined in this letter, I trust that we can keep all our students safe and well.

Yours faithfully,

Miss M Thomason
Head of Year 7

Uniform Policy - Year 9 - 09/02/2022

Wednesday 9th February 2022 | Year 9

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I am writing to you today to ask for your support in upholding our uniform policy here at Weatherhead High School.  Please be reminded that all students in Year 7-11 are expected to wear full school uniform in line with our expectations and full guidelines and information can be found on the school website.

I am very proud of how the majority of Year 9 wear their uniforms with pride and serve as fantastic role models for the younger students in our school community.

I have included some key reminders in relation to student uniform:

  • Only one pair of plain stud earrings in the lower ear permitted.
  • No facial, tongue or body piercings are allowed for health and safety reasons.
  • Hair must be one natural colour. No extreme hairstyles are allowed (this includes partially or totally shaved hair).
  • No necklaces or bracelets are to be worn for school.
  • Only one plain ring is to be worn.
  • No nail varnish or false or acrylic nails are allowed for school.
  • No adornments or bows on socks, shoes or hair.

There will be consequences for any student who does not adhere to our uniform policy and staff will be confiscating jewellery that is not permitted.  We may ask that parents/carers collect confiscated items in these instances.

Once again, I would like to thank you all for your continued support in this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs D Hudson
Head of Year 9

Uniform Policy - Year 10 - 09/02/2022

Wednesday 9th February 2022 | Year 10

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I am writing to you today to ask for your support in upholding our uniform policy here at Weatherhead High School.  Please be reminded that all students in Year 7-11 are expected to wear full school uniform in line with our expectations and full guidelines and information can be found on the school website.

I am very proud of how the majority of Year 10 wear their uniforms with pride and serve as fantastic role models for the younger students in our school community.

I have included some key reminders in relation to student uniform:

  • Only one pair of plain stud earrings in the lower ear permitted.
  • No facial, tongue or body piercings are allowed for health and safety reasons.
  • Hair must be one natural colour. No extreme hairstyles are allowed (this includes partially or totally shaved hair).
  • No necklaces or bracelets are to be worn for school.
  • Only one plain ring is to be worn.
  • No nail varnish or false or acrylic nails are allowed for school.
  • No adornments or bows on socks, shoes or hair.

There will be consequences for any student who does not adhere to our uniform policy and staff will be confiscating jewellery that is not permitted.  We may ask that parents/carers collect confiscated items in these instances.

Once again, I would like to thank you all for your continued support in this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Miss M Lilburn 
Head of Year 10

Uniform Policy - Year 11 - 09/02/2022

Wednesday 9th February 2022 | Year 11

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I am writing to you today to ask for your support in upholding our uniform policy here at Weatherhead High School.  Please be reminded that all students in Year 7-11 are expected to wear full school uniform in line with our expectations and full guidelines and information can be found on the school website. 

I am very proud of how the majority of Year 11 wear their uniforms with pride and serve as fantastic role models for the younger students in our school community.  

I have included some key reminders in relation to student uniform:

  • Only one pair of plain stud earrings in the lower ear permitted.
  • No facial, tongue or body piercings are allowed for health and safety reasons.
  • Hair must be one natural colour. No extreme hairstyles are allowed (this includes partially or totally shaved hair).
  • No necklaces or bracelets are to be worn for school.
  • Only one plain ring is to be worn.
  • No nail varnish or false or acrylic nails are allowed for school.
  • No adornments or bows on socks, shoes or hair.

There will be consequences for any student who does not adhere to our uniform policy and staff will be confiscating jewellery that is not permitted.  We may ask that parents/carers collect confiscated items in these instances.  

Once again, I would like to thank you all for your continued support in this matter.  

Yours faithfully, 
Mrs E Jones 
Head of Year 11
Safer Internet Day 2022 - 08/02/2022

Tuesday 8th February 2022 | Years 7-11

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week we will be joining schools and youth organisations across the UK in celebrating Safer Internet Day 2022.  Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 8th February is a global campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology, which calls on young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.
We would be delighted if you could join us in celebrating the day by continuing the conversation at home.  To help you with this, you may be interested in downloading the free Safer Internet Day Education Pack for Parents and Carers which is available at: saferinternet.org.uk/sid-parents
Some other resources which you may find helpful in supporting your child online are:
●    Advice for parents and carers from Childnet
●    Tips, advice and guides for parents and carers from the UK Safer Internet Centre
●    Reviews and information about games, apps, TV shows and websites from Common Sense Media
●    Help on using parental controls and privacy settings from Internet Matters
●    Information and reporting of online grooming or abuse from CEOP
We look forward to supporting students over the course of the next week during assemblies, tutor time and via the curriculum. Online Safety is an important issue which as a school we are committed to educating our students about. There are also updated Parent / Carer resources and support contacts through the school website: https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/safety-and-wellbeing/online-safety/.
Kind regards,
Mr J Horman
Assistant Headteacher
PTF Meeting - 27/01/2022

Thursday 27th January 2022 | Whole School

Dear Parents, Carers, Teachers and Friends,

Thank you to our new volunteers for joining us at the AGM on the 6th January – it is always great to have new members join the team!

We have arranged to meet on Wednesday 2nd February, 5.00pm at Weatherhead High School to discuss fundraising for this year. 

If you would like to join us to share ideas or just meet the team and find out what the PTF is all about, please email us on ptf@weatherheadhigh.co.uk so we know to expect you.

Best wishes, 

The PTF Team.

Year 12 Parents' Evening - Thursday 3rd February - 24/01/2022

Monday 24th January 2022 | Year 12

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you and your family remain safe and well. Please find outlined in this email information about Parents’ Evening for Year 12.

Virtual Year 12 Parents’ Evening – Thursday 3rd February 2022

I would like to invite you to attend our Virtual Parents’ Evening on Thursday, 3rd February 2022. Our Year 12 students are working incredibly hard and we feel this form of communication between teachers and parents is crucial in ensuring the overall wellbeing and academic progress of our students is maintained. This important evening will provide you with an opportunity to discuss the academic progress of your child with their teachers. 

In order to ensure that we reduce the numbers of people on site to satisfy our COVID risk assessments the school is continuing to use the online Parents’ Evening system. This allows you to choose your own appointment times with the students’ teachers. On the evening itself, you will need to log into the system again and all of the appointments will be conducted virtually. No additional app is required; you will need a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Appointments can be made from today up until Wednesday 2nd February 2022. Teaching staff will be available for appointments in 5-minute blocks from 4.30 pm until 7.30 pm, you can choose when you would like your appointments to suit your own availability.

Prior to the evening:

  • Please visit https://weatherheadhigh.schoolcloud.co.uk to book your appointments.

  • This link will also be on our school website weatherheadhigh.co.uk

  • Enter your title, first name and surname followed by an email address.

  • The students’ first name, surname and date of birth will need to be entered too.

  • Follow the on-screen instructions and click on the ‘Year 12 Parents’ Evening’ to make the appointments.

On the evening:

 If you do not have access to the internet, please contact school on 0151 631 4400 and we will be happy to create appointments on your behalf or arrange for telephone calls to be made.

I would like to take this opportunity to commend Year 12 students for the commitment they have shown to their learning during this academic year so far.

If you have any questions regarding Parents’ Evening or any aspect of the curriculum, please contact me at the email address below:

curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

Many thanks, 

Mr M. Reid

Assistant Headteacher

Covid Update - January 2022 - 20/01/2022

Thursday 20th January 2022 | Whole School

Dear Parents/ Carers, 

Further to the latest DfE Covid update I received last night, students from today will no longer have to wear face masks in lessons.

From next Thursday (27th January) students will not have to wear masks in communal areas or corridors unless we are directed to by Public Health Wirral in the event of an outbreak in school. Any local introduction of face masks under the direction from Public Health will be subject to routine review and removed at the earliest opportunity.

The decision comes in response to national data showing the prevalence of COVID-19 to be on a downward trajectory. It is likely that the omicron wave has now peaked nationally, but the virus is still very much with us and we will continue with other control measures to protect ourselves from the virus. Any student who still wishes to wear a face mask can.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan 

Headteacher

Covid-19 Vaccination - 18/01/2022

Tuesday 18th January 2022 | Years 7-11

Dear Parent/Carer,

We have been contacted from The School Age Immunisation Team from the 0-19 Health and Wellbeing Service at Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation.

The Immunisation Team will be offering the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccination in school on 02/02/2022. Children aged 12-15 who missed the opportunity to have their first dose of the vaccine will also be offered one.

Please note the following:

If you have previously filled in a consent form for your child to receive the Covid-19 vaccine you must complete a new consent form for their second dose.

If you have previously filled in a consent form and your child still requires their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine you must complete a new consent form. 

Further information is attached.  If you have any questions please contact the Immunisation Team directly on 0151 514 2510.

Kind regards,

Mr J. Horman
Assistant Headteacher – Student Services

Download additional information from the School Age Immunisation Team, Wirral (PDF)

Testing Update from Monday 17th January 2022 - 14/01/2022

Friday 14th January 2022 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6, if they are well enough to do so.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace as well as to the school on our google forms.

If the result of either of the tests is positive, your child should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until your child has completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

Kind regards,
Miss A Whelan

Headteacher

Year 12 Work Experience - 14/01/2022

Friday 14th January 2022 | Year 12

Dear Parents/Carers,

It was lovely to see so many of you at our Year 12 Work Experience Parents’ Information Evening.  I also appreciate that for many of you it was not possible to attend and so we recorded the session and this is available to view if you click on the link below.  There is also an electronic version of the self placement form if anyone needs it.

weatherheadhigh.co.uk/work-experience

Please note the deadline for the self-placement forms is Friday March 25th and Mr Ridgway will be  holding drop-in sessions every lunchtime in the Careers office for students to go and see him with any questions or issues.

Many thanks,

Mrs Kaloumenos
Assistant Headteacher

Testing Update - January 2022 - 10/01/2022

Monday 10th January 2022 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

Thank you to everyone who has supported their child with twice weekly testing over the break and before returning to school last week.  If they need any more home test kits, please ask your child to collect a pack from their year leader or sixth form reception and continue to test twice weekly.

In line with DfE guidance you should be aware that  confirmatory PCR tests following a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test result are to be temporarily suspended from Tuesday 11 January. This will mean that anyone who receives a positive LFD test result will be required to self-isolate immediately and will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.

In addition, since Wednesday 22nd Decembert, the 10 day self isolation period for people who record a positive test result for covid-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason. Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart.  If both these test results are negative, and your child does not have a high temperature and is well, they may end their self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to school from day 7.

Full isolation guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.

Any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan

Headteacher 

 

Key Worker Provision in the event of a partial/full school closure - 06/01/2022

Thursday 6th January 2022 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

Following on from my email of 4th January 2022, and in preparation for any potential partial/full school closure in line with the DfE’s Contingency Framework, I am writing to ascertain which students would need to continue to access full time education.  Provision would be available for a small number of vulnerable students and students in identified critical key worker groups.

Students who are Young Carers, have an assigned Social Worker or Educational Health Care Plan will be able to attend and we will contact you separately.

I must remind you that if it is at all possible for children to remain at home then they should be.  If one parent who is a key worker has a household member who is not working or can work from home, we would expect you to keep your child at home.

The Government has issued clear and concise advice in relation to the definition of a Key Worker to all schools and we are therefore asking you to complete the survey below in order to assist us with planning should we need to take any action.  Please use the link below to complete our survey by 9 am, Monday 10th January 2022.  

https://forms.gle/65YtqzGWLo1p4B1R8

Kind regards,

    Miss A Whelan

    Headteacher

    Year 12 Work Experience - 04/01/2022

    Tuesday 4th January 2022 | Year 12

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and I just wanted to remind you of our Year 12 Work Experience Information Evening on Thursday, 13th January 2022 which will provide students and parents with the opportunity to learn more about the Work Experience programme and ask any questions.

    There is still time to book onto a session and In order to ensure that we are able to run a safe evening, the school has created an online booking system that will allow you to reserve a slot during one of the following sessions:

    –  Session1: 5pm- 5:45pm

    –  Session 2:  5.45pm- 6.30pm

    –  Session 3: 6.30pm- 7:15pm

    Reservations can be made up until 3:30pm on Thursday, 13th January and you will be able to choose which session you would like to attend.

    Please be aware that in order to adhere to our COVID safety measures, there are a maximum of 75 slots available per session.  I can confirm that within each slot you will be allocated x1 student ticket and x1 parent/carer ticket to attend the evening.

    Prior to the evening:

    • Please visit https://weatherheadhigh.schoolcloud.co.uk to book your appointments.
    • The students’ first name, surname and date of birth must be entered.
    • Follow the on-screen instructions and click on the ‘Year 12 Work Experience Information  Evening’ to reserve your slot.

    If you are not able to book or have any queries please contact school by emailing careers@weatherheadhigh.co.uk  saying when your preferred slot is and we will be able  to book that for you.

    Kind regards,

    Mrs Kaloumenos
    Assistant Headteacher

    Headteacher Update - 04/01/2022

    Tuesday 4th January 2022 | Whole School

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    Welcome back to the new term and I hope you all managed to have a good Christmas break and time with family and friends.

    With the significant increase in the new Omicron variant of Covid, the DfE has issued new guidance this week with schools which I will share with you.

    For a reminder of the testing schedule and return arrangements for students this week, please find communication issued at the end of last term here:

    https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/school-information/letters-to-parents/ 

    https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/January-2022-Mass-Testing-Timings.pdf

    Testing & Isolation

    The DfE strongly encourages students to continue twice-weekly at home testing and report the results via the NHS website https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result and also to the school via our google forms.

    Year 7

    https://forms.gle/PLZmrRgcipoDY3bW7

    Year 8

    https://forms.gle/SSDDRySV16Ga2pXV7

    Year 9

    https://forms.gle/Viq3uF4B2cWCHDTt8

    Year 10

    https://forms.gle/RMtjSarZxFtVzNuN8

    Year 11

    https://forms.gle/dm34t3q4yUFHRS5x5

    Year 12

    https://forms.gle/ahnX7H5nTQmDd3jH9

    Year 13

    https://forms.gle/kn2nzBPPpeu3dMgq7

    Taking part in testing is voluntary and all students will be able to attend school whether they take part in testing or not. 

    Following a positive LFD result, students should isolate and seek a PCR test. Students should not attend school during the isolation period unless the PCR result is negative. Any student who is displaying symptoms of Covid should also self-isolate and seek a PCR test. Again, students who are symptomatic should not attend school until the result of their PCR test is returned. If positive, students should follow self-isolation guidance.

    Please note, the self isolation period for testing positive has been reduced from Wednesday 22nd December to 7 days unless you cannot test for any reason. Individuals may now take the LFD tests on day 6 and 7 of the isolation period and those who receive 2 negative tests on each day are no longer required to isolate for the full 10 days. Additionally, individuals who are fully vaccinated (2 doses of an approved vaccine)  or children between the ages of 5-18 yrs old who are identified as a close contact of a positive case are encouraged to take a LFD test for 7 days and attend their setting as normal unless they have a positive test or develop any symptoms.

    Safety Measures & Remote Education

    At Weatherhead, we will continue to implement our ongoing Covid safety measures and students will be asked to sanitise their hands immediately on arrival to school and regularly throughout the day. Classrooms and shared spaces will remain well ventilated to support good air flow and enhanced cleaning measures remain in place.

    The DfE have also announced, as a short term measure, that students will now be encouraged to wear face masks in lessons (excluding PE or Dance) unless exempt, from Wednesday 5th January and this will be reviewed by the government on Wednesday January 26th along with other measures. At this stage staff are not expected to wear face coverings while teaching. We will continue to encourage students to wear masks on corridors and in other communal spaces as we did last term and ask for your support in providing face masks for your child.

    Remote education provision will remain in place this term and any student required to isolate can access their learning online providing they are well and able. If you have any query about any aspect of remote learning, please contact the curriculum team via email: curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

    Student and staff safety continues to be my highest priority and I will be monitoring staffing levels carefully on a daily basis and should it be necessary for me to instigate remote learning for specific cohorts of students or year groups, you will be given as much advance notice as possible.

    A reminder that visits to the school for parents and carers is by appointment only and you will be asked to follow our Covid safety measures whilst on site. Any visitors to the school should park on Breck Road and access the school via the pedestrian side gate to the car park. The car park barrier will be in operation throughout the day and access is only granted for staff or pre-approved visitors.

    Uniform

    As students return to school, please be reminded that students in Years 7-11 are expected to wear full uniform in line with our expectations and full guidelines and information can be found on the school website. We really appreciate your support in this matter as all of our students look incredibly smart, but I thought you would appreciate just a few reminders for the start of the new term:

    • Only one pair of plain stud earrings in the lower ear permitted.

    • Nose, facial, tongue or body piercings are not allowed for health and safety reasons.

    • Hair must be one natural colour. No extreme hairstyles are allowed (this includes partially or totally shaved hair).

    • No necklaces or bracelets are to be worn for school. 

    • Only one plain ring is to be worn.

    • No nail varnish or false or acrylic nails are allowed for school. 

    • No adornments or bows on socks or shoes. 

    There will be consequences for any student who does not adhere to our uniform policy.

    Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership with all of these matters and I look forward to welcoming all of our students back to school this week.

    Kind regards,

    Miss A Whelan 
    Headteacher

    Covid Vaccination Clinic, Ages 12-15 - 16/12/2021

    Thursday 16th December 2021 | Years 7-11

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    Please find attached a letter from the School Age Immunisation Team which they have requested we send out to parents on their behalf to enable you to book into one of the clinics if your child missed the opportunity to access dose one of the vaccine. The consent process is now open again for parents to complete on-line.

    They are offering Covid-19 vaccination clinics on Wednesday 29 December at St Catherine’s Health Centre, Birkenhead and Thursday 30 December at Victoria Central Health Centre, Wallasey. These clinics are for the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine only.

    If you have any queries about the new e-consent process, please call the School Age Immunisation Team directly on 0151 514 2510.

    Kind regards,

    Miss K McArdle

    Business Manager

    School Age Vaccination Programme First Dose (PDF)

    Start of Term Arrangements for January 2022 - 13/12/2021

    Monday 13th December 2021 | Whole School

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    As instructed by the DfE we must provide asymptomatic testing for all students who have consented to this programme.  All secondary schools need to prepare to test students once on-site on their return to school in January, as testing continues to play a vital role in keeping COVID-19 out of schools.  As you can appreciate this is a huge logistical challenge for a school of our size. Therefore, we must re-open our school on a staggered basis.  Further details on how we will conduct this mass testing is attached.

    Testing students in schools boosts testing participation and helps reduce transmission after a period of social mixing over the school holidays. After this initial test on return to school, students should continue to test in line with government guidelines.

    DAY

    SESSION

    TIME

    Monday 3rd January

    BANK HOLIDAY

    Tuesday 4th January

    Year 13 Test

    8:30am – 10:00am

    Year 7 Test

    10:30am – 12:00pm

    Year 11 Test

    1:00pm – 1:45pm

    Year 12 Test

    2:00pm –  2:40pm

    Wednesday 5th January

    Year 7, 11, 12 & 13 attend lessons as normal

    All Day

    Year 9 Test

    8:50am – 10:20am

    Year 10 Test

    11:00am – 12:30pm

    Year 8 Test

    1:30pm – 2:50pm

    Thursday 6th January

    Lessons as normal for all students

    All Day

    Friday 7th January

    Lessons as normal for all students

    All Day

    For those students who will be participating in the testing programme they must enter school via main reception and will leave immediately after their test.  It will be the same arrangements as we successfully implemented in September.  Students will receive a designated time to arrive for their test (see attached).  If the test result is negative, students attend as normal on the following day. If your child is not participating in the testing programme, they must attend, on their allocated day.

    As part of our staggered re-opening, students will have either 1 or 2 days where they are expected to complete their education at home, via Google Classroom.

    Students in Years 7-11 will need to access Google Classroom, by visiting classroom.google.com. Within Google Classroom students are assigned to the correct classes for 2021/2022 academic year. The students will then need to open the classrooms for their timetabled lessons, all of these classrooms will have work in them that students are expected to complete prior to their return to school.

    If you have any query about any aspect of remote learning, please contact the curriculum team via email: curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

    COVID TESTING

    The DfE recommends that all students should test over the holidays in line with national guidance. This means that you should test if you will be in a high-risk situation that day, and before visiting people who are at higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19.  Please ensure that your child collects some additional home test kits before the end of term from their year leader.

    ATTENDANCE

    The Secretary of State has made it clear that from September, all students are legally required to return to school full time and we will work closely with families who have individual concerns or where students may have to self-isolate. For anything related to attendance, you should call the Attendance Office directly on 0151 631 4410 for Years 7-11 and 0151 631 4401 for Year 12 & 13.

    Miss N Sullivan
    Senior Deputy Headteacher
    Student Services

    Download the January 2022 Mass Testing Timings timetable (PDF)

    Careers Newsletter - 13/12/2021

    Monday 13th December 2021 | Whole School

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    It has been wonderful to re-launch our face to face Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)  programme this year. With Miss Smith, our Careers Manager on maternity leave, we are delighted to have Mr James Ridgway with us at Weatherhead from Mploy Solutions to continue the excellent guidance, support and advice for students.

    I am delighted to share with you our first edition of the CEIAG (Careers Education,) newsletters for 2021-22 which aims to provide a snapshot of the careers education, information, advice and guidance that happens at Weatherhead High School at points throughout the year. They are a great way of showcasing and celebrating careers education at our school. Now more than ever, careers education is of great importance in ensuring that our young people are prepared for the world of work beyond Weatherhead, with the pandemic causing changes to the job market.

    Our CEIAG newsletters are produced 3 times across an academic year in addition to the careers articles published in Weather Report. The newsletters give a timeline of events that have taken place, with a brief summary of what was involved in each event. All newsletters are available to view in the Enrichment – Careers Guidance section of our school website in order to bring parents up to date with careers education at Weatherhead. To view all newsletters, visit https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/enrichment/careers/

    The careers section of the school website is regularly updated and has a wealth of careers related resources that you and your child can access.

    We hope you find it useful.

    Kind regards,

    Mrs Kaloumenos
    Assistant Headteacher

    Download the CEIAG Newsletter (PDF)

    Year 12 Work Experience Programme - 10/12/2021

    Friday 10th December 2021 | Year 12

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    As part of our Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance programme we are introducing an exciting opportunity for our Year 12 students to participate in work experience. The Year 12 work experience week is scheduled to take place from Monday 11th to Friday 15th July 2022.

    The main aims of the work experience programme are to give students a first-hand insight into the world of work, to enhance their own personal and social development, to increase their careers awareness and improve employability skills. There are a number of options available regarding trying to find a suitable placement. Foremost, we would encourage students to find their own work experience placements, especially if they have an interest in a particular occupation or business sector. Employers will expect students to have an interest in the field of work and often favour those who approach them directly. Please be aware that there are a number of schools in the local area undertaking work experience around this time and therefore places can often be taken up very early. A lot of business sectors are also in demand and therefore competition for places can be fierce. It is important, therefore, to start applying as soon as possible.

    A further option when looking for a placement will be to use our partner’s extensive database of employers. We are working alongside Mploy and students who are not able to find a self-placement will be allocated a placement from their vast database of locations.

    I can confirm that we have launched the programme with our students this week and I would like to invite you to attend our Year 12 Work Experience information Evening on Thursday, 13th January 2022 which will provide students and parents with the opportunity to learn more about the Work Experience programme and ask any questions.

    In order to ensure that we are able to run a safe evening, the school has created an online booking system that will allow you to reserve a slot during one of the following sessions:

    –          Session1: 5pm- 5:45pm

    –          Session 2:  5.45pm- 6.30pm

    –          Session 3: 6.30pm- 7:15pm

    Reservations can be made from today up until 3:30pm on Thursday, 13th January and you will be able to choose which session you would like to attend.

    Please be aware that in order to adhere to our COVID safety measures, there are a maximum of 75 slots available per session.  I can confirm that within each slot you will be allocated x1 student ticket and x1 parent/carer ticket to attend the evening.

    Prior to the evening:
    ·  Please visit https://weatherheadhigh.schoolcloud.co.uk to book your appointments.
    ·  The students’ first name, surname and date of birth must be entered.
    ·  Follow the on-screen instructions and click on the ‘Year 12 Work Experience information  Evening’ to reserve your slot.

    If you do not have access to the internet or need any further assistance, please contact Mrs Pink on 0151 631 4401 and she will be able to book your preferred slot.

    Many thanks,

    Mrs Kaloumenos

    Assistant Headteacher

    Parents, Teachers and Friends at Weatherhead (PTF) AGM - 10/12/2021

    Friday 10th December 2021 | Whole School

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    Parents, Teachers and Friends at Weatherhead (PTF) – AGM Tuesday 11th January 2022 6.00pm

    The PTF Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 11th January at 6.00pm at via Zoom.  We really need new volunteers to join the team and keep the PTF running so we can raise funds and organise events for our School.

    There are key roles on the committee which will be elected at the AGM – please see our December Update letter attached. 

    For further information about what the PTF do to support the school and the roles in the PTF please visit our webpage: weatherheadhigh.co.uk/parents-teachers-and-friends-weatherhead

    If you have any questions or are interested in joining the team and plan to attend the AGM, please let us know via email ptf@weatherheadhigh.co.uk by Friday 7th January 2022 so we can send you the Zoom link for the meeting.

    We look forward to meeting you,

    The PTF@Weatherhead Team

    PTF December Update 2021 Letter (PDF)

    Year 8 Survey - 10/12/2021

    Friday 10th December 2021 | Year 8

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    Thank you to those of you who completed the Year 8 survey we emailed a couple of weeks ago, following Form Tutor Evening.

    We are really pleased to see such overwhelming positive feedback, with the majority of parents feeling we keep their child safe, happy and supported. As a school, we have high aspirations for all students, offering a range of subjects, clubs and activities and it’s nice to see, from your feedback, that you feel the same. We will review all your comments and queries with care.  The results of our survey will be shared on our website.

    As a reminder for all parents/carers regarding our communication protocols which we shared with you at the start of the year, if you have a query regarding any aspect of your child’s education please email:

    year8office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

    All of these emails are reviewed by Mr Barr (Year Leader) and Miss Rolfe (Pastoral and Academic Support Worker) on a regular basis. If required, they will respond to your query within 3-5 working days.

    If you feel that our timescales are not adhered to, please raise this via the email below:

    schooloffice@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

    A reminder that our Form Tutor Evening was an additional event for you to get a brief update regarding your child’s start to year 8. You will have an opportunity to meet with all of your child’s teachers for a more detailed update on Thursday 31st March 2022, at the Year 8 Parents Evening.

    Thank you for your support and feedback.

    Kind regards,

    Miss N Sullivan
    Senior Deputy Headteacher, Student Services

    Year 7 Survey - 10/12/2021

    Friday 10th December 2021 | Year 7

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    Thank you to those of you who completed the Year 7 survey we emailed a couple of weeks ago, following Form Tutor Evening.

    We are really pleased to see such overwhelming positive feedback, with the majority of parents feeling we keep their child safe, happy and supported. As a school, we have high aspirations for all students, offering a range of subjects, clubs and activities and it’s nice to see, from your feedback, that you feel the same. We will review all your comments and queries with care. The results of our survey will be shared on our website.

    As a reminder for all parents/carers regarding our communication protocols which we shared with you at the start of the year, if you have a query regarding any aspect of your child’s education please email:

    year7office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

    All of these emails are reviewed by Miss Thomason (Year Leader) and Miss MacKinnon (Pastoral and Academic Support Worker) on a regular basis. If required, they will respond to your query within 3-5 working days.

    If you feel that our timescales are not adhered to, please raise via the email below:

    schooloffice@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

    A reminder that our Form Tutor Evening was an additional event for you to get a brief update regarding your child’s start to secondary school. You will have an opportunity to meet with all of your child’s teachers for a more detailed update on Thursday 24th March 2022, at the Year 7 Parents Evening.

    Thank you for your support and feedback.

    Kind regards,

    Miss N Sullivan

    Senior Deputy Headteacher, Student Services

    Year 10 Work Experience Programme - 08/12/2021

    Wednesday 8th December 2021 | Year 10

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    As part of our Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance programme we are introducing an exciting opportunity for our Year 10 students to participate in work experience. The Year 10 work experience week is scheduled to take place from Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July 2022.

    The main aims of the work experience programme are to give students a first-hand insight into the world of work, to enhance their own personal and social development, to increase their careers awareness and improve employability skills. There are a number of options available regarding trying to find a suitable placement. Foremost, we would encourage students to find their own work experience placements, especially if they have an interest in a particular occupation or business sector. Employers will expect students to have an interest in the field of work and often favour those who approach them directly. Please be aware that there are a number of schools in the local area undertaking work experience around this time and therefore places can often be taken up very early. A lot of business sectors are also in demand and therefore competition for places can be fierce. It is important, therefore, to start applying as soon as possible.

    A further option when looking for a placement will be to use our partner’s extensive database of employers. We are working alongside Mploy and students who are not able to find a self-placement will be allocated a placement from their vast database of locations.

    This is being launched with the students the week of the 6th December during assemblies but I would like to invite you to attend our Year 10 Work Experience Information Evening on Thursday, 6th January 2022 which will provide students and parents with the opportunity to learn more about the Work Experience programme and ask any questions.

    In order to ensure that we are able to run a safe evening, the school has created an online booking system that will allow you to reserve a slot during one of the following sessions:

    – Session 1:  5pm- 5:45pm

    – Session 2:  5.45pm- 6.30pm

    – Session 3:  6.30pm- 7:15pm

    Reservations can be made from today up until 3:30pm on Thursday, 6th January and you will be able to choose which session you would like to attend.

    Please be aware that in order to adhere to our COVID safety measures, there are a maximum of 75 slots available per session.  I can confirm that within each slot you will be allocated x1 student ticket and x1 parent/carer ticket to attend the evening.

    Prior to the evening:

    • Please visit https://weatherheadhigh.schoolcloud.co.uk to book your appointments.
    • The student’s first name, surname and date of birth must be entered.
    • Follow the on-screen instructions and click on the ‘Year 10 Work Experience Information Evening’ to reserve your slot.

    If you are not able to book or have any queries please contact school by emailing careers@weatherheadhigh.co.uk  saying when your preferred slot is and we will be able  to book that for you.

    Kind regards,

    Mrs Kaloumenos
    Assistant Headteacher

    Nasal Flu Vaccinations - REMINDER - 03/12/2021

    Friday 3rd December 2021 | Years 7-11

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    Following on from the previous Nasal Flu Vaccination email sent on the 24th November 2021, we have been asked by the Immunisation Team to remind all Parents and Carers of the points below:

    • The E-consent online form for the Nasal Flu Vaccination will close on Monday 6th December at 12.00pm.
    • The Immunisation team will not accept any consents after this date.
    • Children will not be offered the flu nasal spray if Parents / Carers have not completed the E-Consent.

    The above points enable the Immunisation team time to prepare and order the vaccine for which is taking place on Wednesday 8th December – Friday 10th December.

    Please follow the E- Consent instructions from the previous email (copied below) to provide consent for the vaccine.

    If you require any further information or experience any problems logging on, please contact the Immunisation Team directly on 0151 514 2510.

    Kind regards,

    Mr J.Horman

    Assistant Headteacher – Student Services

    E-Consent instructions:

    To complete your child’s vaccination e-Consent forms visit www.wchcimms.co.uk

    Each school has a unique code to access the consent, please use the following code on the Nasal Flu Vaccination link only:

    SCHOOL: Weatherhead High School             CODE:   WC137815

    Download the WCHC e-Consent instructions (PDF)

    Headteacher Update - 28/11/2021

    Sunday 28th November 2021 | Whole School

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    I am sure you have heard on the news this weekend of the need to enhance certain covid control measures in England and I just wanted to ask for your continued support with our current covid measures in school over the next 3 weeks. We reintroduced face masks in communal areas after half term and this has to continue until we are advised otherwise from the DfE. This applies to all schools now and please can you support us by providing your child with face masks and reminding them each day of the importance of wearing them on the corridors and communal areas.

    Face masks will also need to be worn on all public transport from now on (buses and trains).

    We will continue to follow all of our control measures including regular hand sanitising and hand washing, ventilation in classrooms and the suspension of large events or gatherings ie. assemblies, concerts etc.

    Thank you for your ongoing support in these challenging times and I will continue to keep you updated of any other measures that we have to implement this term or the start of next term. The safety of all students and staff continues to be my highest priority.

    Kind regards,

    Miss A Whelan

    Headteacher

    ADHD Foundation - 26/11/2021

    Friday 26th November 2021

     

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    The ADHD Foundation is offering our families the opportunity to attend a series of webinars for free. There are three series of webinars available.

    1. “Understanding and supporting my child’s ADHD” programme comprises of 3 x 1hr webinars, with an opportunity for Q&A afterwards.

    The breakdown of the sessions are as follows:

    • Neuroscience of ADHD

    • Sleep and Wellbeing with ADHD

    • Stress Response and Self Resilience

    2. Understanding ASD webinars,  2 x 1hr 15min, with Q&A afterwards

    The ASD programme is as follows:

    • Understanding ASD presentations and sensory sensitivities

    • ASD, Co-morbidity and complexity

    3. Understanding Behaviour webinars, 2 x 1hr 15min, with Q&A afterwards

    • Functions of behaviour

    • Promoting the Behaviour we would like to see.

    All programmes are delivered virtually over GoTo Webinar, and are available on a rolling programme that covers a wide variety of dates and times to make the sessions as accessible as possible.

    Should you wish to take part in any of the webinars, please let us know at the following email address: send@weatherheadhigh.co.uk. Please indicate the webinar(s) you would like to attend as well as your child’s name and form in your email.

    Kind regards,

    Mr M Graham

    SEND Co-ordinator

    E-Consent for School Age Vaccinations - 24/11/2021

    Wednesday 24th November 2021 | Years 7-11

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    We have been contacted by The Immunisation Team from the 0-19 Health and Wellbeing Service at Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation to support their new E-Consent programme.

    They have introduced a new way for parents / carers to consent for their child’s school age vaccinations. This is a new system which will enable you to give consent for all your child’s vaccinations online, instead of the paper forms which are sent home from school. I have attached a copy of the information to this email.

    The next set of vaccinations being offered are the Nasal Flu Vaccination. This will take place in school for years 7 – 11 on 8th, 9th and 10th December.

    To complete your child’s vaccination e-Consent forms visit www.wchcimms.co.uk

    Each school has a unique code to access the consent, please use the following code:

    SCHOOL: Weatherhead High School             CODE:   WC137815

    If you require any further information please contact the Immunisation Team directly on 0151 514 2510.

    Kind regards,

    Mr J. Horman

    Assistant Headteacher – Student Services

    Download WCHC E-Consent (PDF)

    End of Term Closing - 24/11/2021

    Wednesday 24th November 2021 | Whole School

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    I am writing to remind you that the last day of the autumn term is Thursday 16th December 2021 and to give you advance notice that this will be a half day for students, with school closing at 12.45pm to allow you to make alternative transport arrangements as the school bus services will not be in operation. Public services will be operating as per their usual timetables.

    Students in receipt of free school meals can order a grab bag lunch which will be provided before they leave school.

    Kind regards,

    Miss Whelan
    Headteacher

    Year 12 Home Study Day - 12/11/2021

    Friday 12th November 2021 | Year 12

    Dear Parent/Guardian,

    Year 12 Home Study Day – Wednesday 17 November 2021

    On Wednesday 17 November we will be running a Sixth Form Taster Day for our year 11 students, so they have the opportunity to experience a day in the Sixth Form. To facilitate this event the Year 12 students will be expected to undertake independent research and complete work set by subject teachers at home. 

    I do hope your daughter/son makes productive use of this time. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Yours faithfully

    Miss R Byrne

    Deputy Headteacher & Director of Sixth Form

    Headteacher Update - Communication - 12/11/2021

    Friday 12th November 2021 | Whole School

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    Please be advised that as an enhanced safety measure, we have installed an electronic barrier system in our school car park that will be operational from Monday 15th November. This will ensure that only approved vehicles can access our school premises.

    As you have already been made aware, the school car park is not open to parents, carers or students and should only be used for staff, known visitors or those with pre-arranged appointments where car park access has been granted.

    If you do need to visit Weatherhead for any reason, or you are dropping off/collecting your child, please continue to safely park on Breck Road or in the near vicinity, whilst being mindful and respectful of our neighbours and local residents.

    I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that we are unable to accept parental meetings without an appointment. I am sure you will understand and appreciate that many of our staff have full teaching days and commitments, and whereas we are always happy to arrange meetings when required, these appointments must be made in advance so that the appropriate time can be allocated. If you do arrive at school without an appointment, please be aware that you will not be seen and a future appointment will be made with the most appropriate member of staff to assist you.

    Additionally, as notified at the start of term, our communication procedure remains in place. Please use the dedicated year team email accounts to submit any queries you may have (e.g. year7office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk). We aim to respond within 3-5 school days unless the matter is of an urgent safeguarding nature. I have attached a copy of our procedures below for you to refer to. It is important to note that I will not tolerate any inappropriate behaviour or language towards staff at any time. I really appreciate your support in this matter.

    Miss A Whelan
    Headteacher

    Contact Info Sheet – 6th form 2021

    Contact Info Sheet – Y7-11 2021

    Home Testing - 11/11/2021

    Thursday 11th November 2021 | Whole School

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    Thank you to all of you who are continuing with twice weekly home testing and reporting your results to both the NHS and to school.  Reporting your tests, whether positive, negative or void, is as important as taking the test itself, as reporting results helps Public Health England and the Local Authority understand the spread of the virus in local areas.

    This week we are allocating more home tests to all students who wish to participate which should allow your child to continue testing until the end of this term.  If your child is absent when home test kits are given out please encourage them to pick some up from their Year Leader (if in Key Stage 3 – Year 7 to 9), our main reception (Year 10 and 11) or our Sixth Form reception (Year 12 and 13).

    Please remember to report your results to both the NHS via their website and to school via our google form below.

    As a reminder:

    1. Students should take 2 tests per week preferably on a Monday and Thursday morning prior to coming into school (or, if this proves difficult, tests can be taken the evening before school on Sunday and Wednesday evening if needed).
    2. You mustreport the result of each test using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.
    3. You mustalso tell the school the result of each test via our google form which is unique for each year group as outlined below:

    Year 7

    https://forms.gle/PLZmrRgcipoDY3bW7

    Year 8

    https://forms.gle/SSDDRySV16Ga2pXV7

    Year 9

    https://forms.gle/Viq3uF4B2cWCHDTt8

    Year 10

    https://forms.gle/RMtjSarZxFtVzNuN8

    Year 11

    https://forms.gle/dm34t3q4yUFHRS5x5

    Year 12

    https://forms.gle/ahnX7H5nTQmDd3jH9

    Year 13

    https://forms.gle/kn2nzBPPpeu3dMgq7

     

    Taking part in testing is voluntary and all students will be able to attend school whether they take part in testing or not.

    Please also note that all households in Wirral can access twice-weekly rapid symptom-free tests. Alongside vaccine rollout, regular testing is helping to prevent outbreaks.

    Tests can be ordered online or through 119, which will be delivered to the home address.

    More information on all of the ways to access testing in Wirral is available at: www.wirral.gov.uk/test  or call the Coronavirus Helpline on 0151 666 5050.

    IMPORTANT

    If any member of your household has tested positive for COVID-19 or has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, your child can continue to attend school only under the following conditions:

    1. You should book them a PCR test (ideally on day 3-5 after they were first in contact with the household case)
    2. You should ensure that they carry out a daily LFT at home for 5-7 days, starting on the day you think they were first exposed to your household case.
    3. You should let the school know what the daily LFT result is. If the test is negative each day, your child can continue to come into school each day. If any LFT is positive, you must book a PCR and your child must stay at home until you have the results. If the confirmatory PCR test is taken within the two days following the positive LFD result and PCR result is negative, your child can return to school.

    Your child can continue to attend school as long as they remain symptom-free AND have a daily LFT that is negative. If ANY of the above tests are positive, your child will need to self-isolate for 10 full days from the date of the test and cannot come into school until the isolation period is over.

    Please contact Miss McArdle, our COVID Coordinator, if you have any questions or concerns about home testing via askus@weatherheadhigh.co.uk.

    Thank you for your support,

    Miss N Sullivan
    Senior Deputy Headteacher

    Weatherhead Shortlisted for World Class Schools School of the Year - 05/11/2021

    Friday 5th November 2021 | Whole School

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    I am delighted to announce that Weatherhead High School has been shortlisted for the World Class School Quality Mark (WCSQM) School of the Year.  The School of the Year Award exemplifies and role models what it means to be World Class with typicality and consistency.

    Schools that are shortlisted for School of the Year demonstrate that they:

    • offer the best education to students in the UK
    • develop the World Class skills, competencies and characteristics which students need to flourish in an emerging global economy
    • give students the confidence to overcome socio-economic barriers to recognise and achieve their potential

    Some of our wonderful World Class students have submitted a video evidencing why they meet the shortlisting criteria.

    The winner of the WCSQM School of the Year will be announced at the WCSQM Awards Ceremony on 6th December, held at Oxford University’s Sheldonian Theatre. I have attached the official press release from WCSQM below.

    As always, we are so very proud of our students and look forward to celebrating their successes at the ceremony next month.

    Kind regards,

    Miss Whelan
    Headteacher

    WCSQM School of the Year Shortlist (PDF)

    Potential Arriva Strike Action - 05/11/2021

    Friday 5th November 2021 | Whole School

    Dear Parents/Carers,

    Re: Potential Arriva Strike Action from Monday 8th November 2021

    Undoubtedly you will have seen in the local press this week that there is the potential for Arriva drivers to go on indefinite strike from Monday 8th November 2021. Whilst the operator is making every effort to avoid this, given we are now getting closer to the potential strike date we want to ensure we can make as many people aware of this.  Although none of our dedicated school buses are operated by Arriva some of the public buses in the local area are and therefore transport to and from school may be affected.

    If the strike goes ahead it will significantly reduce the number of buses operating within the Liverpool City Region and place additional pressure on other existing public transport services. As such you may need to consider alternative travel options where possible, should the strike take place. We advise parents and carers  to monitor local news and check for updates from Arriva via their website and social media platforms.

    Yours sincerely,

    Mrs J Kaloumenos
    Assistant Headteacher

    Author Week - 02/11/2021

    Tuesday 2nd November 2021 | Years 7-11

    Dear Parent / Carer,

    We are delighted to let you know that our annual Author Week will be taking place this year from 8th – 12th November.  We will be welcoming five fantastic authors whose writing is aimed at a child/teenage audience.  This year’s guests and their books are:

    Monday 8th November: Elle McNicoll – A Kind of Spark; Show Us Who You Are.  Elle is an own-voices neurodivergent author whose books are fresh, modern and full of heart!

    Tuesday 9th November: Ciannon Smart – Witches Steeped in Gold.  Ciannon is an author of Jamaican heritage who has woven Jamaican folklore into a complex teen/YA fantasy!

    Wednesday 10th November: LD Lapinski – The Strangeworlds Travel Agency (books 1 and 2).  LD writes exciting adventures following wonderful characters in the ‘Strangeworlds Travel Agency’ into many magical worlds, accessed through suitcases – action-packed and thrilling!

    Thursday 11th November: Sonia Leong – Romeo & Juliet (Manga); A Brush With Magic; Draw Manga: Complete Skills (Guide); Beginning Manga (Guide); Drawing Manga Heroes and Heroines (Guide); Aya Takeo (books 1-3 box-set).  Sonia is an accomplished Manga-style author/illustrator, who has illustrated the modern Manga version of ‘Romeo & Juliet’, as well as her own original Manga stories.  She has also written many guides to drawing in a Manga style, and is certain to be one of our most popular visitors!

    Friday 12th November: Samantha Baines – Harriet Versus the Galaxy; The Night the Moon Went Out.  Samantha is an actor, comedian, author and an ambassador for the Royal National Institute for Deaf People.  Her books are fun, easy to read, and full of exciting adventures!

    Students in years 7 and 8 will have an opportunity to spend a lesson with at least one of the authors, and all students will have a chance to meet the authors over lunchtime, as they spend time in the LRC signing books and postcards/bookplates.

    We will be stocking books for students to buy at a reduced price.  These books will be on sale to collect from the LRC from Monday 8th November at breaktime, lunchtime and after school until the end of the event (stock permitting).  Students can bring any books they have bought to be signed on the day that the author is in school – this includes copies of the books purchased elsewhere (e.g. Amazon, Waterstones etc.).

    It is strongly recommended that books purchased through the school are paid for through Parent Pay in advance, and students will then collect their choice of book from the LRC once payment is made.  If you need a reminder of parent pay log in details please email finance@weatherheadhigh.co.uk.  Alternatively, cash will be accepted from students for their purchases for which receipts will be given.

    Prices are as follows:

    Standard paperbacks: £5.00 each
    A Kind of Spark; Show Us Who You Are; Witches Steeped in Gold; The Strangeworlds Travel Agency (book 1 or 2); Romeo & Juliet (Manga); A Brush With Magic; Harriet Versus the Galaxy; The Night the Moon Went Out

    Manga Drawing Guides: £10.00 each
    Draw Manga Complete Skills; Beginning Manga; Drawing Manga Heroes and Heroines

    Aya Takeo box-set (books 1-3): £15.00 each
    Aya Takeo (books 1-3 box-set)

    We believe Author Week is a fantastic opportunity for the students to meet published writers/illustrators, as well as a chance to develop and encourage a love of reading and writing.

    If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Kind regards,
    Miss H Grainger, LRC Manager

    Covid Update - 29/10/2021

    Friday 29th October 2021 | Whole School

    Dear Parents/ Carers,

    I do hope you are all having a good half term break.

    Further to receiving a Public Health Wirral update early this week due to increasing covid cases, I would like to remind you all to ensure your child, if they are involved in the twice weekly Lateral Flow Testing, to take their test prior to their return to school on Monday and to inform you all that we will be reinstating the wearing of face masks in communal spaces, including assemblies and on the corridors for all students from Monday 1st November until further notice. Please could you support us in providing face masks for your child.  Anyone who is exempt will not be expected to wear a face mask.

    Parents/Carers are still allowed into school for meetings and events currently but we request that face masks are worn.

    I would like to thank you for your continued support with our covid control measures which are under constant review and we will continue to keep you updated, but I want to reassure you that the safety of our students and staff remains our highest priority.

    Kind regards,

    Miss A Whelan
    Headteacher  

    World Challenge 2023 - 22/10/2021

    Friday 22nd October 2021 | Years 10, 11 and 12

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    Thank you to everyone who came along to the World Challenge meeting on Tuesday evening, it was fantastic to see so many of you there.  For those of you who missed it, all the information is on the landing page Weatherhead High School Journey to Sri Lanka 2023 – World Challenge (ourworldchallenge.com) and here is a recording of Tuesday’s presentation https://youtu.be/1qZmDXR0zw8

    Applications are now open so you can sign up to join the team on the landing page above. All applications must be completed by the 5th November 2021.

    Many thanks,

    Mrs Kaloumenos

    Assistant Headteacher

    Form Tutor Evening Feedback - 21/10/2021

    Thursday 21st October 2021 | Year 7

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    I wanted to take the opportunity to say congratulations to all of our year 7 students, who have made a fantastic start to life at Weatherhead High School.

    I hope you found the Form Tutor Evening on Thursday 7th October valuable for yourself and your child.

    As parents/carers, we regularly request your feedback regarding school matters. As new parents/carers, we would appreciate you completing a short survey.  Could I please ask that the survey is completed, via the link below, by Monday 1st November.

    https://forms.gle/NP9TFDViA8LxE6W37

    Many thanks,

    Miss N Sullivan
    Senior Deputy Headteacher – Student Services

    Headteacher Update - 15/10/2021

    Friday 15th October 2021 | Whole School

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    Over the past week, there has been an increase in the number of students at Weatherhead testing positive for Covid-19.  Consequently, in consultation with Public Health Wirral, we are asking you to be vigilant in terms of any student who receives a positive result from a Lateral Flow test or is displaying any symptoms of Covid-19. These students should not attend school and should self-isolate at home and arrange a PCR test.

    Twice weekly at-home testing remains important in identifying cases & reducing the risk of transmission.

    Students who are absent but feel well enough should continue to access and complete work via Google Classroom.

    If you, as parents/carers, are visiting the school over the next week, we ask for your support in wearing a face covering whilst on-site and observing social distancing, where possible.

    We will continue to monitor cases and remain in regular consultation with Public Health, and will keep you updated as required.

    As ever, thank you for your ongoing support.

    Kind regards,

    Miss A Whelan
    Headteacher

    Letter to Secondary School Parents - 13/10/2021

    Wednesday 13th October 2021 | Whole School

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    The Secretary of State for Education and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care have written a joint letter to parents about the vaccination of children aged 12 to 15 and the importance of continuing with twice-weekly COVID-19 testing and reporting, which we have attached for your information.

    Kind regards,

    Miss A Whelan
    Headteacher

    Letter to Secondary School Parents – Education and Health Secretary(PDF)

    Duke Of Edinburgh Award - 11/10/2021

    Monday 11th October 2021 | Years 9, 10 and 12

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    Weatherhead are delighted to be launching the Duke Of Edinburgh Award across Bronze, Silver and Gold for students in Years 9, 10 and 12 respectively.   Last week we hosted assemblies to provide students with information regarding this scheme, which I am sure they have discussed with you.  Should your child be interested in finding out more about this Award  we would like to invite Parents/Carers to an Information Evening to discuss this in more detail, provide you with expedition dates and give you and your child all of the necessary information you will be wanting to know.

    Please complete the google form below as your expression of interest so we can guage numbers, as should these be high in attendance we may have to host two information talks on the same evening.

    https://forms.gle/6XKDNdfvD2Ecpf1XA

    The dates are as follows:

    • Gold Information Evening (Year 12 students) – Monday 18th October 6pm – 6.45pm
    • Bronze Information Evening (Year 9 students) – Tuesday 19th October 6pm – 7pm
    • Silver Information Evening (Year 10 students) – Wednesday 20th October 6pm – 6.45pm

    Please complete this google form by Thursday 14th October 2021 after which we will send further information about the evening.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    Miss N Faulkner
    Curriculum Leader of Physical Education & D of E Manager

    Home Testing Update - 01/10/2021

    Friday 1st October 2021 | Whole School

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    Thank you to all of you who are continuing with twice weekly home testing and reporting your results to both the NHS and to school.  This week we have allocated more home tests to students in Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 which will allow your child to continue testing until the end of October.  Next week we will allocate more tests to Year 7, 8 and 9.

    Following October half term we will issue additional tests to cover the remaining period to December.  Please remember to report your results to both the NHS via their website and to school via our google form.

    As a reminder:

    1. Students should take 2 tests per week preferably on a Monday and Thursday morning prior to coming into school (or, if this proves difficult, tests can be taken the evening before school on Sunday and Wednesday evening if needed).
    2. You must report the result of each test using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.
    3. You must also tell the school the result of each test via our google form which is unique for each year group as outlined below:

    Year 7

    https://forms.gle/PLZmrRgcipoDY3bW7

    Year 8

    https://forms.gle/SSDDRySV16Ga2pXV7

    Year 9

    https://forms.gle/Viq3uF4B2cWCHDTt8

    Year 10

    https://forms.gle/RMtjSarZxFtVzNuN8

    Year 11

    https://forms.gle/dm34t3q4yUFHRS5x5

    Year 12

    https://forms.gle/ahnX7H5nTQmDd3jH9

    Year 13

    https://forms.gle/kn2nzBPPpeu3dMgq7

    Taking part in testing is voluntary and all students will be able to attend school whether they take part in testing or not.

    Please also note that all households in Wirral can access twice-weekly rapid symptom-free tests. Alongside vaccine rollout, regular testing is helping to prevent outbreaks.

    Tests can be ordered online or through 119, which will be delivered to the home address.

    More information on all of the ways to access testing in Wirral is available at: www.wirral.gov.uk/test  or call the Coronavirus Helpline on 0151 666 5050.

    Please contact Miss McArdle, our COVID Coordinator, if you have any questions or concerns about home testing via askus@weatherheadhigh.co.uk.

    Thank you for your support,

    Miss N Sullivan
    Senior Deputy Headteacher

    Virtual Year 8 Form Tutor Evening – 01/10/2021

    Friday 1st October 2021 | Year 8

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    I hope you and family remain safe and well. Please find outlined in this email information about Parents’ meeting with Form Tutors for Year 8.

    Virtual Year 8 Form Tutor Evening – Thursday 14th October 2021

    I would like to invite you to attend our Virtual Parents’ Form Tutor Evening on Thursday 14th October 2021. Our Year 8 students are working incredibly hard and we feel this form of communication between Form Tutor and parents is crucial in ensuring the overall wellbeing and academic progress of our students is maintained.

    In order to ensure that we are able to run a Form Tutor Evening, the school has an online system. This allows you to choose your own appointment time with the relevant Form Tutor. Following this, on the evening itself, you will need to log into the system again and all of the appointments will be conducted virtually. No additional app is required; you will need a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

    Appointments can be made from today up until Wednesday 13th October 2021. The Form tutor will be available for an appointment in 4 minute blocks from 4.00pm until 6.00pm, you can choose when you would like your appointments to suit your own availability.

    Prior to the evening:

    • Please visit https://weatherheadhigh.schoolcloud.co.uk to book your appointments.

    • This link will also be on our school website weatherheadhigh.co.uk

    • Enter your title, first name and surname followed by an email address.

    • The students’ first name, surname and date of birth will need to be entered too.

    • Follow the on screen instructions and click on the ‘Year 8 Form Tutor Evening’ to make the appointments.

    On the evening:


    If you do not have access to the internet, please contact Mrs G. Jones by phoning school on 0151 631 4400 Ext. 272, who will be happy to create appointments on your behalf and arrange for telephone calls to be made.

    I would like to take this opportunity to commend Year 8 students for the commitment they have shown to their learning.

    If you have any questions regarding Parents’ Evening or any aspect of the curriculum, please contact Mr Reid, Assistant Headteacher at the email address below:

    curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

    Many thanks,

    Miss D Smith

    Assistant Headteacher, Director of KS3

    Years 12 and 13 Headteacher Update, Start of Term 2021 - 08/09/2021

    Wednesday 8th September 2021 | Sixth Form

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    A warm welcome to you and your child for this new academic year and I hope you had an enjoyable summer break and found some time for rest and relaxation.

    Weatherhead celebrated some outstanding A Level, BTEC and GCSE results over the summer break 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 100 students will be starting university this month, with others beginning Higher Level Apprenticeships.

    After a challenging 19 months for us all, I wanted to share a timely reminder of our Weatherhead High School World Class Vision along with our aims and targets for the 2021-22 academic year.

    “Our vision is for Weatherhead to be one of the best schools in the country, renowned for its academic and teaching excellence. To have an inclusive community based on mutual respect that instils a world class ambition in all its students, no matter what their background.”

    2021-22 Targets
    1. Offer a World Class Curriculum for all students that allows them to achieve their very best.
    2. All students to attend school every day.
    3. Offer a vibrant extracurricular programme of clubs & activities that all students can access.
    4. Make sure all students have high aspirations and achieve their very best, supporting them in their next move beyond Weatherhead.
    5. Continue to support the wellbeing & mental health of all students and build confidence and resilience in everyone.

    We aim to manage all of this within a Covid-safe environment.

    I very much look forward to working with you this year to achieve these collective targets and secure the very best outcomes for your child.

    Miss Byrne will continue in her role as Director of Sixth Form this academic year and will be supported by Miss Crawford, Head of Year 13 and Miss Dutton, Head of Year 12 in ensuring a smooth transition into Sixth Form for existing and new Weatherhead students. In order to ensure a successful partnership between the school, parents and carers this year, I would like to invite you to an information and welcome evening at the school on Thursday 16 September, 6.00-6.45pm for both Year 12 and Year 13 students. The evening will provide an opportunity for us to share information in relation to life in the Sixth Form and expectations; initial target range and monitoring; supporting students through Post-16 study and the year ahead.

    Please complete the google form reply slip below to indicate if you are able to attend.  Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Year Leader should you require any assistance during the forthcoming academic year.

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IRgNWOrf-pcC-OcfDZ4Nr5Oh9ljorcdB4T02VhSTNS4/edit?usp=drive_web

    I have highlighted some key points below which will allow us to maintain a successful partnership and deliver the best educational experience for our students.

    Communication

    Please refer to the contact information sheet attached with details of how best to communicate with Weatherhead High School. As per our communication protocol, a member of staff will respond to your query within 3-5 days. The member of staff may include your child’s form tutor, subject teacher, Year Leader, Curriculum Leader or Pastoral and Academic Support Worker. Our aim is to ensure the most appropriate member of staff will respond within our agreed timeframe and will be able to provide you with support.

    In addition to these communication procedures, I will be holding a half-termly Headteacher’s drop-in 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 sessions for the Autumn Term will be held between 3.30-5.30pm on the following dates:

    • Tuesday 12 October 2021
    • Thursday 2 December 2021

    Social Media

    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

    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. Colourful, patterned ‘beach’ shorts, short skirts or cropped tops are not permitted. We want students to have freedom of expression, but do not expect any extreme hair colours or body art on display. I am sure that you will agree that it is important that all our Sixth Form students are role models of Weatherhead in our community.

    Attendance

    Excellent attendance in the Sixth Form is crucial if your daughter or son 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 daughter’s or son’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 daughter or son to have 100% attendance during their time at Weatherhead. Students must attend registration every day at 8:35am and assemblies will take place at 8:35am every Wednesday in the Theatre.  Sixth Formers can access the school from 8.00am via the main reception.

    We have a strict safeguarding policy at the school; this includes ensuring that every student is accounted for during the day and during lessons. As part of this process, you will be alerted by our Sixth Form Attendance Officer to inform you that your daughter or son 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 Sixth Form Attendance Office on 0151 631 4401.  All students must sign in and out of the building in order for us to monitor their attendance in lessons and also to ensure their safety at all times.

    In addition to the safeguarding policy we also do not allow visitors on site without a pass issued by reception. Without it neither staff nor students are able to identify whether the person on site should be there or not. Sixth Form students are no different in this aspect of the school. All new students have been issued with an ID badge and are required to wear it whilst on site. If a student has forgotten their ID badge, they can get a day replacement from Sixth Form reception. They will need to sign for it on receipt and hand it back at the end of their day.

    I would be grateful if you could impress on your daughter or son the importance of them playing an integral part in keeping the school community a safe place for everyone.

    Car park & dropping off

    Students can access the school from 8.00am via the main entrance, using the pedestrian side gate to the car park. There is no vehicle access to the school car park for parents, carers or Sixth Form students. Students with their own car can park along Breck Road and I do ask that you are mindful of our local residents if you drop off/collect your child from school. Please ensure that you are not blocking access to resident’s garages or driveways, and that you are parked safely at all times.

    Extra-curricular clubs

    Weatherhead High School has an extensive selection of extra-curricular clubs and enrichment activities available for all Sixth Form students to take part in during lunch times and after school. Further information and a timetable of activities will be shared by Miss Byrne and the Sixth Form team in the coming weeks.

    Ofsted

    As an Ofsted graded ‘Outstanding’ school (2012), Weatherhead has been exempt from inspection however, under a new Ofsted programme, all previously exempt schools will now be subject to a full inspection. Ofsted plan to inspect all previously exempt schools by August 2026. Schools will be notified by Ofsted the day before any visit and we will ensure you are made aware of any pending inspection as soon as we are notified.

    Finally, I have attached some key dates for this term along with a letter from Public Health Wirral, which includes some important information about changes to National self-isolation guidance and some helpful FAQs to refer to.

    Yours sincerely,

    Miss A Whelan
    Headteacher 

    Autumn Term 2021– Key Dates

     Date  Event  Time
    Thu 16 Sep 2021 Y12 & Y13 Information Evening 6.00-6.45pm
    Tue 12 Oct 2021 Weatherhead Unplugged 7.00pm
    Wed 20 Oct 2021 Y13 Mock Interviews All day
    Thu 21 Oct 2021 Senior Awards Evening 7.00pm
    Fri 22 Oct 2021 INSET Day (School Closed) All day
    25 Oct – 31 Oct 2021 Half Term
    w/c 8 Nov 2021

    Sixth Form Resit Exams

    English & Maths

    All week
    Sat 13 Nov 2021 Craft Fair 11.00am-3.00pm
    Thu 18 Nov 2021 Sixth Form Open Evening (Y11) 6.00-8.00pm
    Thu 2 Dec 2021 Christmas Concert 7.00pm
    Thu 16 Dec 2021 Last Day of Ter

    Public Health Start of Term Letter (PDF) and Contact Info Sheet – 6th form 2021 (PDF)

    Years 7-11 Headteacher Update Start of Term 2021 - 08/09/2021

    Wednesday 8th September 2021 | Years 7-11

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    A warm welcome to you and your child for this new academic year and I hope you had an enjoyable summer break and found some time for rest and relaxation.

    Weatherhead celebrated some outstanding A Level, BTEC and GCSE results over the summer break 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 100 students will be starting university this month, with others beginning Higher Level Apprenticeships.

    We also ran an exciting, activity-filled Summer School programme over the break for our new Year 7 students. It was such a fantastic week and we have received so many positive emails and messages of thanks from parents and carers.

    After a challenging 19 months for us all, I wanted to share a timely reminder of our Weatherhead High School World Class Vision along with our aims and targets for the 2021-22 academic year.

    “Our vision is for Weatherhead to be one of the best schools in the country, renowned for its academic and teaching excellence. To have an inclusive community based on mutual respect that instils a world class ambition in all its students, no matter what their background.”

    2021-22 Targets
    1. Offer a World Class Curriculum for all students that allows them to achieve their very best.
    2. All students to attend school every day.
    3. Offer a vibrant extracurricular programme of clubs & activities that all students can access.
    4. Make sure all students have high aspirations and achieve their very best, supporting them in their next move beyond Weatherhead.
    5. Continue to support the wellbeing & mental health of all students and build confidence and resilience in everyone.

    We aim to manage all of this within a Covid-safe environment.

    I very much look forward to working with you this year to achieve these collective targets and secure the very best outcomes for your child.

    I have highlighted some key points below which will allow us to maintain a successful partnership and deliver the best educational experience for our students.

    Communication

    Further to Senior Deputy Headteacher, Miss Sullivan’s letter issued in July regarding the start of term arrangements, I wanted to remind you of our new system for handling queries and contacts. Previously, all queries have been processed by the Year Leader, who also has a teaching timetable and whose primary role is to support students in the building. Therefore, from this week, I am asking that if you have any query, it is raised via our website or via email, details below:

    Year Group Year Leader Pastoral and Academic Support Worker Email Address
    7 Miss Thomason Mrs MacKinnon year7office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk
    8 Mr Barr Miss Rolfe year8office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk
    9 Mrs Hudson Miss Yates year9office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk
    10 Miss Lilburn Mrs Perry year10office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk
    11 Mrs Jones Miss Green year11office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

    Please ensure you include any specific details, which will enable the Year Leader and Pastoral and Academic Support Worker to triage your query appropriately. As per our communication protocol, a member of staff will respond to your query within 3-5 days. The member of staff may include your child’s form tutor, subject teacher, Year Leader, Curriculum Leader or Pastoral and Academic Support Worker. Our aim is to ensure the most appropriate member of staff will respond within our agreed timeframe and will be able to provide you with support. We trialled this system with Year 10 parents at the end of last academic year and it proved very successful. Please refer to the contact information sheet attached for further details.

    In addition to these communication procedures, I will be holding a half-termly Headteacher’s drop-in 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 sessions for the Autumn Term will be held between 3.30-5.30pm on the following dates

    • Tuesday 12 October 2021
    • Thursday 2 December 2021

    Social Media

    As a reminder, Weatherhead operates a no mobile phone/device policy at school from 8.35am – 3.10pm. 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

    Again, as per Miss Sullivan’s letter before the summer break, please be reminded that students in Years 7-11 are expected to wear full uniform in line with our expectations and full guidelines and information can be found on the school website. We really appreciate your support in this matter as all of our students look incredibly smart, but I thought you would appreciate just a few reminders for the start of the new year:

    • Only one pair of plain stud earrings in the lower ear permitted.
    • No facial, tongue or body piercings are allowed for health and safety reasons.
    • Hair must be one natural colour. No extreme hairstyles are allowed (this includes partially or totally shaved hair).
    • No necklaces or bracelets are to be worn for school.
    • Only one plain ring is to be worn.
    • No nail varnish or false or acrylic nails are allowed for school.
    • No adornments or bows on socks or shoes.

    There will be consequences for any student who does not adhere to our uniform policy.

    PE kit

    For PE lessons, students should be wearing their Weatherhead or plain navy T shirt and have the choice of navy or black leggings, navy tracksuit bottoms or Weatherhead or plain navy shorts.  Please note that leggings must be plain or contain a very discreet logo.  In colder weather, students are able to wear a Weatherhead hooded jumper, a Weatherhead zipped training jacket or a plain navy jumper.  Any student who has forgotten their PE kit on their allocated day will be provided with a fresh one to wear for the lesson.  For safety reasons, footwear must be supportive trainers and not leisurewear such as Converse.

    https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/school-information/school-uniform

    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. Our Medicine Policy allows us to administer paracetamol and antihistamines in school with parental consent; this really helps students to stay in school if they feel unwell.

    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.

    Punctuality

    The school day starts at 8.35am prompt with registration, assembly or form time, and subject lessons begin at 9.00am. I would like to emphasise the importance of being on time for school; when students arrive late, they often miss out on essential instructions or information given at the beginning of the lesson which can significantly reduce achievement and leave student’s feeling unsettled.  Additionally, when one student arrives late, it disrupts the teaching and learning of all students in the classroom. As a school, we will continue to closely monitor punctuality for all students and persistent lateness will be managed in line with our school procedures. I would be most grateful for your support in ensuring your child leaves each morning with sufficient time to arrive at school by 8.35am.

    Car park & dropping off

    There is no access to the school car park for parents, carers or students. 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). Year 7 & 8 and Year 9, 10 & 11 must use their allocated entrances on Breck Road when they arrive at school. At the end of the day, all students will leave via their nearest exit onto Breck Road, which may be different each day depending on their last lesson of the day. Breck Road is extremely busy, particularly during drop off and collection with our school bus services and we do ask that if you collect your child, you arrange to meet in the surrounding area rather than directly outside of the school. I do ask that you are mindful of our local residents if you drop off/collect your child from school. Please ensure that you are not blocking access to resident’s garages or driveways, and that you are parked safely at all times.

    Extra-curricular clubs

    We are delighted to re-launch our extensive selection of extra-curricular clubs and activities this term that will be 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 www.weatherheadhigh.co.uk, please look out for this.

    Ofsted

    As an Ofsted graded ‘Outstanding’ school (2012), Weatherhead has been exempt from inspection however, under a new Ofsted programme, all previously exempt schools will now be subject to a full inspection. Ofsted plan to inspect all previously exempt schools by August 2026. Schools will be notified by Ofsted the day before any visit and we will ensure you are made aware of any pending inspection as soon as we are notified.

    Finally, I have attached some key dates for this term along with a letter from Public Health Wirral, which includes some important information about changes to National self-isolation guidance and some helpful FAQs to refer to.

    Yours sincerely,

    Miss A Whelan
    Headteacher

    Public Health Start of Term Letter (PDF) and Contact Info Sheet – 6th form 2021 (PDF)

    Autumn Term 2021– Key Dates

     Date  Event  Time
    Thu 7 Oct 2021 Y7 Form Tutor Parents’ Evening 5.00-8.00pm
    Tue 12 Oct 2021 Weatherhead Unplugged 7.00pm
    Thu 14 Oct 2021 Y8 Form Tutor Parents’ Evening 5.00-8.00pm
    Thu 21 Oct 2021 Senior Awards Evening 7.00pm
    Fri 22 Oct 2021 INSET Day (School Closed) All day
    25 Oct – 31 Oct 2021 Half Term
    Thu 11 Nov 2021 Y10 Form Tutor Parents’ Evening 5.00-8.00pm
    Sat 13 Nov 2021 Craft Fair 11.00am-3.00pm
    Thu 18 Nov 2021 Sixth Form Open Evening 6.00-8.00pm
    Thu 25 Nov 2021 Y9 Parents’ Evening 5.00-8.00pm
    w/c 22 Nov 2021 Y11 Mock Speaking Exams (MFL) All week
    w/c 29 Nov 2021 Start of Y11 Mock Examinations 2 weeks approx.
    Thu 2 Dec 2021 Christmas Concert 7.00pm
    Thu 16 Dec 2021 Last Day of Term
    Year 7 Remote Learning Guide - 06/09/2021

    Monday 6th September 2021 | Year 7

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    We look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 students to Weatherhead this week. As part of their induction programme, they will be provided with login details for Google Classroom when they are in school. From Tuesday 7th September, students will have 1 day when they are in school and 2 days where they are expected to complete some induction activities at home. Students in Years 7 will need to access Google Classroom, by visiting classroom.google.com. Within Google Classroom they will have been automatically assigned to the correct classes for 2021/2022 academic year. The students will then need to open the classrooms for English, Maths, Science, Spanish and their form. From Tuesday, all of these classrooms will have work in them that students are expected to complete prior to their return to school on Friday 10th September.

    We have a limited number of laptops that we are able to loan out to students who do not have access to a device to access the Google Education Suite. If you do not have access to a device that can be used for remote learning please complete this form and we will be in touch to arrange a loan of a laptop.

    Students will have the opportunity to ask for any support from their form tutor when they are in school on their induction day. All students will be provided with a copy of the ‘Virtual School’ guide, a copy of which is attached to this email. This guide contains details as to how students can log in to Google and other online platforms. Students will have an opportunity to go through this guide and any questions that they may have will be addressed during the induction period.

    If you have any query about any aspect of remote learning, please contact the curriculum team via email: curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk.

    Kind regards,

    Mr M Reid
    Assistant Headteacher

    Year 13 Testing Information - 03/09/2021

    Friday 3rd September 2021 | Year 13

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    Further to our communication of 15th July, I am writing to inform you that test one for those students who consented to take part in our testing programme in March 2021 will take place next week.  As previously outlined, I would like to reassure you that testing will only take place with your consent and that consent can be withdrawn at any time.

    Testing will be conducted for students in form groups, and I have attached details of the date and time slot for Year 13.  Please ensure that your child arrives promptly for their allocated time slot.

    Students should arrive at the main reception where they will be met with a staff member who will escort their group down to the gym.  After taking their test they will leave the site and you will be notified of the result later in the day.

    Please be advised that if you have not previously completed and signed our electronic consent form then we will be unable to allow your child to take part in the testing programme.

    If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at askus@weatherheadhigh.co.uk.

    Miss N Sullivan
    Senior Deputy Headteacher

    Year 13 Testing Timetable

    Form Group

    Test 1 – Thursday 9th September 2021

    JK

    8:45 – 8:55

    LDY

    8:55 – 9:05

    NJO (BC)

    9:05 – 9:15

    PA

    9:15 – 9:25

    ABS

    9:25 – 9:35

    SFU

    9:35 – 9:45

    CT

    9:45 – 9:55

    JG/CSN (REG)

    9:55 – 10:05

    JLB

    10:05 – 10:15

    Testing Information for Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 - 03/09/2021

    Friday 3rd September 2021 | Years 8, 9, 10 and 11

     

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    Further to our communication of 15th July, I am writing to inform you that test one for those students who consented to take part in our testing programme in March 2021 will take place next week.  As previously outlined, I would like to reassure you that testing will only take place with your consent and that consent can be withdrawn at any time.

    Testing will be conducted for students in form groups, and I have attached details of the date and time slot for Year 8, 9, 10 and 11.  Please ensure that your child arrives promptly for their allocated time slot in their school uniform.

    Students should arrive at the main reception where they will be met with a staff member who will escort their group down to the gym.  After taking their test they will leave the site and you will be notified of the result later in the day.

    Please be advised that if you have not previously completed and signed our electronic consent form then we will be unable to allow your child to take part in the testing programme.

    If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at askus@weatherheadhigh.co.uk.

    Kind regards,

    Miss N Sullivan
    Senior Deputy Headteacher

    Year 8 Testing Timetable

    Form Group

    Test 1 – Tuesday 7th September 2021

    8AJH

    9:00 – 9:10

    8ARI

    9:10 – 9:20

    8CB

    9:20 – 9:30

    8CHY

    9:30 – 9:40

    8CN / RMN

    9:40 – 9:50

    8TH

    9:50 – 10:00

    8MCL

    10:00 – 10:10

    8CTR

    10:10 – 10:20

    8SMN / PCO

    10:30 – 10:40

    8LCL

    11:05 – 11:15

     

    Year 9 Testing Timetable

    Form Group

    Test 1 – Tuesday 7th September 2021

    9CFO / JMI

    12:45 – 12:55

    9CK

    12:55 – 13:05

    9EOL

    13:05 – 13:15

    9GBW / KDA

    13:15 – 13:25

    9HWI

    13:25 – 13:35

    9JBA

    14:10 – 14:20

    9JED

    14:20 – 14:30

    9JMI / NE

    14:30 – 14:40

    9JMW

    14:40 – 14:50

    9RO

    14:50 – 15:00

     

    Year 10 Testing Timetable

    Form Group

    Test 1 – Wednesday 8th September 2021

    10AHO

    9:00 – 9:10

    10CHA

    9:10 – 9:20

    10EOK

    9:20 – 9:30

    10JJO

    9:30 – 9:40

    10JWI

    9:40 – 9:50

    10LF

    9:50 – 10:00

    10LRI

    10:00 – 10:10

    10NJF

    10:10 – 10:20

    10RHN

    10:30 – 10:40

    10RPE / BD

    11:05 – 11:15

     

    Year 11 Testing Timetable

    Form Group

    Test 1 – Wednesday 8th September 2021

    11API

    12:45 – 12:55

    11CDN

    12:55 – 13:05

    11CFE

    13:05 – 13:15

    11NB / AMP

    13:15 – 13:25

    11HRL

    13:25 – 13:35

    11JRY

    14:10 – 14:20

    11KEV

    14:20 – 14:30

    11MGN

    14:30 – 14:40

    11SBU

    14:40 – 14:50

    11SS

    14:50 – 15:00

    Year 12 Testing Information - 02/09/2021

    Thursday 2nd September 2021 | Year 12

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    Further to our communication of 15th July, I am writing to inform you that testing for those students who consented to take part in our testing programme in March 2021 will take place on Monday 6th September.  As previously outlined, I would like to reassure you that testing will only take place with your consent and that consent can be withdrawn at any time.

    Testing will be conducted for students in form groups, and I have attached details of the date and time slot for each form.  Students in Year 12 should access their Year 11 google classroom for details of the form to which they have been allocated,  Please ensure that your child arrives promptly for their allocated time slot.

    Students should arrive at the main reception where they will be met with a staff member who will escort their group down to the gym.  After taking their test they will leave the site and you will be notified of the result later in the day.

    Please be advised that if you have not completed and signed our electronic consent form then we will be unable to allow your child to take part in the testing programme.

    If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at askus@weatherheadhigh.co.uk.

    Kind regards,

    Miss N Sullivan
    Senior Deputy Headteacher

    Year 12 Test Timetable

    Form Group

    Test 1 – Monday 6th September 2021

    SH

    13:00 – 13:10

    RP

    13:10 – 13:20

    DF

    13:20 – 13:30

    ESD/PGR

    13:30 – 13:40

    SGN/JTE

    13:40 – 13:50

    NSM/LFO

    13:50 – 14:00

     

     

    KCS

    14:20 – 14:30

    AWS

    14:30 – 14:40

    LL

    14:40 – 14:50

    Year 7 Testing Information - 02/09/2021

    Thursday 2nd September 2021 | Year 7

     

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    Thank you for completing the consent form which allows your child to take part in coronavirus testing at Weatherhead.  As previously outlined, I would like to reassure you that testing will only take place with your consent and that consent can be withdrawn at any time.

    Testing will be conducted for students in form groups, and I have attached details of the date and time slot for each form.  Please ensure that your child arrives promptly for their allocated time slot in their school uniform.

    Students should arrive at the main reception where they will be met with a staff member who will escort their group down to the gym.  After taking their test they will leave the site and you will be notified of the result later in the day.

    Please be advised that if you have not completed and signed the electronic consent form that was shared in our letter dated 8th July then we will be unable to allow your child to take part in the testing programme.

    If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at askus@weatherheadhigh.co.uk.

    Kind regards,

    Miss N Sullivan
    Senior Deputy Headteacher

    Year 7 New Intake Test Times
    Form Group Test 1 – Monday 6th September 2021
    AGI 9.00 – 9:15
    SHO 9:15 – 9:30
    OKN 9:30 – 9:45
    REL 9:45 – 10:00
    KRN 10:00 – 10:15
    SA

    10:15 – 10:30

       
    LDV 10:50 – 11:05
    ZEL 11:05 – 11:20
    JMU 11:20 – 11:35
    ESP 11.35 – 11:50
    Start of Term - September 2021 - 14/07/2021

    Wednesday 14th July 2021 | Whole School

    Dear Parents/Carers,

    I am contacting you to provide you with detailed information on the arrangements for the start of the next academic year, outline our curriculum provision and share some of our new and amended procedures as a result of the Covid-19 situation.

    As I am sure you are aware, last week the government shared information regarding the operational guidance for school settings for when we return in September. We welcome the guidance as a school, however, it is important that we are still cautious in our approach in order to keep our students and staff safe in our school environment.  In summary:

    • As a school, we must offer two asymptomatic tests for students in year 7-13 (only for those with consent).
    • Students no longer have to wear face masks, however, if they would like to continue to wear a face mask they can.
    • As a school, we no longer have to identify close contacts of a positive case, this is the responsibility of NHS Test and Trace.
    • As a school, we no longer have to keep students in ‘bubbles’.

    Therefore, from September, our KS3 students will be taught in teaching groups determined by their ability profile.  Please find attached a more detailed document which covers all of our new arrangements and safety procedures for the new term. I must inform you that the DfE has stated that if there is an outbreak of Coronavirus cases during the next academic year, then we must implement our outbreak plan.  This is a contingency plan which would have to be implemented in conjunction with Public Health England, requiring us to reintroduce some or all of the measures above, depending on the situation.

    Although detailed information on our new arrangements and procedures is attached, it is worth mentioning that there will be no access to the school car park at any time for parents or carers and you will only be able to access the school by the pedestrian gate from Breck Road. The only exceptions to this will be based on medical grounds with the Headteachers’ permission. Communication will be mostly via telephone and email, therefore it is absolutely crucial that we have your most up to date contact details and you inform us of any changes. As the volume and frequency of this type of communication will be significantly increased, we will aim to respond within 3-5 days, unless it is a child protection issue.

    I appreciate that there is a lot of information to take in from this email, therefore I will send specific information and reminders about students starting in September for Year 7-11 and Head of Sixth Form, Miss Byrne for Years 12 & 13 on Thursday 2nd September.

    All of these arrangements are under constant review, and we will continue to use the school website splash page to support you with quick access to all the most important pages and I thank you all for your continued support as we all work towards getting all students back to school safely to learn in September.

    I look forward to working with you all in partnership during the next academic year.

    I hope you and your families have a safe and restful summer.

    Kind regards,

    Miss N Sullivan

    Senior Deputy Headteacher 

    Download Parent and Carer Information – Start of Term Arrangements 2021 (PDF)

    On Site Testing - September 2021 - 08/07/2021

    Thursday 8th July 2021 | Whole School

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    Thank you to all of you who have been supporting your child with home testing following the initial on site testing that was undertaken in March 2021 and for reporting your results to both the NHS via their website and to school via our google form.

    Following the Government’s most recent announcements relating to Step 4, schools have been advised to continue with their testing programme in September 2021 prior to students returning.  All students, who have given consent, will receive 2 on site lateral flow device tests, 3 to 5 days apart, on their return to school in the autumn term.  This will be undertaken on a phased basis and further details will be sent to all parents/carers next week before we break for the summer.  After the initial on site tests, students will then be asked to continue testing twice weekly at home until the end of September, when this will be reviewed.

    Those who decline to participate in the rapid-result tests are still required to follow national guidelines and must self-isolate for 10 days if they present with symptoms of coronavirus or test positive for coronavirus.  

    From 16th August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case.  Instead, children will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test.

    Students with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance and will need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID19. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate.

    We will be using the consent details that were collected for our March 2021 mass testing programme so if you have already given your consent for your child to take part, there is no further action needed. 

    Should you wish to take part in our testing programme in September 2021 and have not already completed our consent form, please use the link below:

    https://forms.gle/CNsAoWFsJWuA1tqv8

    In addition, if you have previously given your consent and now wish to withdraw your consent for any future on site testing, please complete the google form below:

    https://forms.gle/xY4v8zqrncKmyBdM9

    Please find attached a reminder of our Privacy Notice, Consent Terms and Parent/Carer letter.

    As before, I would like to reassure you that testing will only take place with your consent and that consent can be withdrawn at any time.

    Kind regards,

    Miss N Sullivan

    Senior Deputy Headteacher

    Parent Letter – 7th July 2021 (PDF)

    CONSENT TERMS – Students (PDF)

    Privacy Notice – Covid-19 testing (PDF)