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Letters to Parents

Communication with parents is key and we use a variety of channels to do this.

A copy of all letters of a general nature, that are emailed to parents and/or brought home via students, will be available on this page. We also use the school planner, the school app, social media channels and text messages, to communicate with parents.

It is important that we have the most up-to-date parent/guardian contact details and emergency contact details for your child. If any information changes throughout the school year, please notify us via the school planner or the contact form on this website.

 

An update on how Year 13 grades will be awarded this year - 25/03/20

Wednesday 25th March 2020 | Year 13

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am updating you on the picture on how grades will be awarded this year, but the full details are still being worked on. As you already know, there will be no GCSE, A Levels, Applied General Qualifications (BTECs) or CACHE and all of this represents what we know so far from the Department for Education (DfE) and Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

The process for calculating and awarding grades will be done according to the following general process:

  • The exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead. To produce this, teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams, weekly tests and non-exam assessment work– clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly will be provided to all schools and colleges and we will also apply our own quality and moderation processes to this and we will look to advise staff on exactly what internal evidence they should include in making this judgement.
  • It has been made really clear that the teacher assessment is not necessarily the grade the student will be awarded.
  • The exam boards will take the teacher assessments then combine this information with other relevant data, including student prior attainment, the typical historic value added score of the institution and the typical historic value added score of each subject at the institution and use all this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.
  • Value added score is the measure of how much progress students make at an institution or in a subject and every school has individual data annually published by the DFE and Weatherhead has always performed very well in these measures.
  • The aim is then to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July and these grades will carry the same legal status as grades awarded in previous years.
  • In terms of a permanent record, the grades will be exactly the same as those provided in other years and the distribution of grades will follow a similar pattern to that in other years, so that students do not face a disadvantage as a consequence of these extraordinary circumstances.
  • The calculated grades awarded will be formal grades, with the same status as grades awarded in any other year.
  • If a student is unhappy with the grades awarded they will have a number of options available to them and details on this will be provided by Ofqual in due course.

Students at this time should continue to do the remote work being set by their class teachers to support them now and with their future studies as well as they can during these highly challenging circumstances.  You can access resources directly by clicking on https:// weatherheadhigh.co.uk/e-learning.

Another primary concern many of you will have is how this situation will affect the UCAS process and progression to Higher Education. I strongly recommend that you follow the UCAS Twitter feed on https://twitter.com/UCAS_online.  The key messages at this point are:

  • Universities UK and UCAS are committed to delivering the government’s stated intention that progress on to Higher Education courses starting in 2020 should happen as normal.  Once the system for the awarding of grades has been completed, those will form part of how that progression happens.
  • Applicants should not rush to accept or reject offers sooner than they otherwise would have.  This is especially true of Unconditional Offers.  Nobody should accept an Unconditional offer simply due to the appeal of the certainty it provides in such uncertain times.  Applicants should only accept offers as “Conditional Firm” and “Conditional Insurance” if they would have done so anyway.  If you have rushed in to accepting an Unconditional offer and now regret it, you can reverse this decision as UCAS has a two week “cooling off period” for all decisions of this kind.

Students must remember that they and their teachers can only do their very best in these trying times and the teachers at Weatherhead are all extremely professional, highly ethical and will always do what is right, with my full support.

Thank you all for your continued support in these extraordinary times.

Kind regards

Miss A Whelan

Headteacher

An update on how Year 11 grades will be awarded this year - 25/03/20

Wednesday 25th March 2020 | Year 11

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am updating you on the picture on how grades will be awarded this year, but the full details are still being worked on. As you already know, there will be no GCSE, A Levels, Applied General Qualifications (BTECs) or CACHE and all of this represents what we know so far from the Department for Education (DfE) and Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

The process for calculating and awarding grades will be done according to the following general process:

  • The exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead. To produce this, teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams, weekly tests and non-exam assessment work– clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly will be provided to all schools and colleges and we will also apply our own quality and moderation processes to this and we will look to advise staff on exactly what internal evidence they should include in making this judgement.
  • It has been made really clear that the teacher assessment is not necessarily the grade the student will be awarded.
  • The exam boards will take the teacher assessments then combine this information with other relevant data, including student prior attainment, the typical historic value added score of the institution and the typical historic value added score of each subject at the institution and use all this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.
  • Value added score is the measure of how much progress students make at an institution or in a subject and every school has individual data annually published by the DFE and Weatherhead has always performed very well in these measures.
  • The aim is then to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July and these grades will carry the same legal status as grades awarded in previous years.
  • In terms of a permanent record, the grades will be exactly the same as those provided in other years and the distribution of grades will follow a similar pattern to that in other years, so that students do not face a disadvantage as a consequence of these extraordinary circumstances.
  • The calculated grades awarded will be formal grades, with the same status as grades awarded in any other year.
  • If a student is unhappy with the grades awarded they will have a number of options available to them and details on this will be provided by Ofqual in due course.

Students at this time should continue to do the remote work being set by their class teachers to support them now and with their future Sixth Form studies as well as they can during these highly challenging circumstances.  You can access resources directly by clicking on https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/e-learning.

Students must remember that they and their teachers can only do their very best in these trying times and the teachers at Weatherhead are all extremely professional, highly ethical and will always do what is right, with my full support.

Thank you all for your continued support in these extraordinary times.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan               
Headteacher

Free School Meals Scam - 25/03/20

Wednesday 25th March 2020 | All Years

Dear Parent/Carer,
We have been advised by the Department for Education that there is an email scam relating to food vouchers, which asks for parents to share bank details, as outlined below:
Message from the Department for Education
We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating:
‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.
This is a scam email – do not respond, and delete immediately.
All of our parents who are entitled to a food voucher will have already received a genuine email from us with a URL link to a food voucher that can be used at Tescos.  We would never ask you to share bank details with us so please ignore any communication that asks for personal information and delete it immediately.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan               
Headteacher

School Closed - 22/03/20

Sunday 22nd March 2020 | All Years

Dear Parent/Carer,

Thank you for your support last week.  Please be advised that school is now closed except for a small number of students in the identified key worker groups.  All students should be completing work as previously advised, apart from Year 11 who we will be advising in due course – we will constantly review the situation and update you as events develop.

The purpose of our closure is to restrict social interaction between children and their peers and also with adults.  Our staff will do their best to provide this service, so that our key workers are able to meet the challenges ahead.

These are difficult times for everyone in the country.  Weatherhead staff attending to provide this facility for key workers will be playing their part in trying to help with the crisis.

We shall keep you informed of any new developments.

Thank you for your support and please do try and keep safe and well.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan               
Headteacher

Miss N Sullivan
Deputy Headteacher

Key Worker Survey - 20/03/20

Friday 20th March 2020 | All Years

In response to the Prime Minister’s recent announcement about school closures, the school will be closed from 3.20 pm Friday 20th March 2020.  The Government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and for schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend if there is no safe alternative.  Provision in school is the last resort.

The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.  The main purpose being to reduce interaction between children and create social distance between adults.

This is an emergency response only so if it is at all possible for children to remain at home or if a partner of a key worker is available to care for students at home, then they should do so.  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 this survey in order to assist us with planning for a potential school opening on Monday 23rd March 2020.

In addition, only students who have an assigned Social Worker or Educational Health Care Plan will be able to attend if absolutely necessary and we have already spoken to you directly.
For those parents/carers who have completed the verification form and require their child to attend school, we will be able to provide some breakfast and lunch provision however will not be able to guarantee that local transport will be in operation.  It will therefore be your responsibility to ensure that your child is able to get to school safely.  In these special circumstances, students should arrive in school for 8.45am and they will finish school as normal at 3.20 pm.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer any after school provision beyond 3.20 pm for the safety of staff and students.

Please advise your child to enter the school via the the main reception and also ensure that your child continues to wear school uniform to uphold our high standards.

We thank you for your assistance in supporting us in the collection of this information at this extremely difficult time.

Please use the link below to complete our survey:

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan               
Headteacher                     

Miss N Sullivan 
Deputy Headteacher, Student Services

Year 13 - School Closure - 19/03/20

Thursday 19th March 2020 | Year 13

Dear Parents/Carers,

Due to the recent announcement from the Prime Minister that all UK schools must close due to the spread of Coronavirus, we are writing to officially notify you of Weatherhead High School’s closure from 3.20pm tomorrow, Friday 20th March.

The decision has also been made that assessments and examinations will not go ahead this summer.  The Secretary of State for Education has assured schools that students will get the qualifications that they need to move onto their next education, training or employment pathway. As I am sure you will know, this has caused uncertainty and worry for our Year 13 students who have been fully committed to their studies whilst at Weatherhead and have shown their dedication more than ever this year.

As a priority, senior staff met with Year 13 students early this morning to alleviate any concerns or worries that they have around this decision. We answered a series of questions from students to reassure them during this unprecedented situation.

We will send you a further update next week when we have more clarity around Key Stage 5 qualifications and next steps for our Year 13 students.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan               
Headteacher                     

Miss N Sullivan 
Deputy Headteacher, Student Services

Year 11 - School Closure - 19/03/20

Thursday 19th March 2020 | Year 11

Due to the recent announcement from the Prime Minister that all UK schools must close due to the spread of Coronavirus, we are writing to officially notify you of Weatherhead High School’s closure from 3.20pm tomorrow, Friday 20th March.

The decision has also been made that assessments and examinations will not go ahead this summer.  The Secretary of State for Education has assured schools that children will get the qualifications that they need. As I am sure you will appreciate, this has caused uncertainty and worry for our Year 11 students who have been fully committed to their studies whilst at Weatherhead and have shown their dedication more than ever this year.

As a priority, senior staff met with Year 11 students early this morning to alleviate any concerns or worries that they have around this decision. We answered a series of questions from students to reassure them about this unprecedented situation. Understandably, students were upset at the prospect of no formal leaving celebration however, we will endeavour to organise a special event on their return to school to recognise their achievements. We are encouraging students to be disciplined and continue to work independently at home via Google Classrooms to help them in their progression to Post 16 education, training and beyond for which further guidance will be issued next week.

School will be closed for the vast majority of students on Monday, except for a small number of students including children of key workers and children who have a social worker or educational health care plan. It is important that we adhere strictly to these definitions. We are awaiting clarification from the government on which occupations fall under the heading of ‘key worker’ and will communicate that with you as soon as we are able to. We will be sending all parents a survey to complete tomorrow to confirm which of our students fall into this category.

On Monday we will provide you with further updates in relation to queries that have been received today regarding international and local trips.

We will also send you a further update next week when we have more clarity around Key Stage 4 qualifications and how they will be awarded.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan               
Headteacher                     

Miss N Sullivan 
Deputy Headteacher, Student Services

Year 9 - School Closure - 19/03/20

Thursday 19th March 2020 | Year 9

Dear Parent/Carer

Due to the recent announcement from the Prime Minister that all UK schools must close due to the spread of Coronavirus, we are writing to officially notify you of Weatherhead High School’s closure from 3.20pm tomorrow, Friday 20th March.

This is an extremely difficult situation which impacts us all, but we believe that the closure of schools is necessary to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone and prevent further spread of the virus.

School will be closed for the vast majority of students on Monday, except for a small number of students including children of key workers, and children who have either a social worker or educational health care plan. It is important that we adhere strictly to these definitions. We are awaiting clarification from the government on which occupations fall under the heading of ‘key worker’ and will communicate that with you as soon as we are able to. We will be sending all parents a survey tomorrow to complete to confirm which of our students fall into this category.

Assemblies will be delivered by senior staff for Key Stage 3 students tomorrow to help them understand the unprecedented situation we find ourselves in as a community. We will also discuss how students can access work from home. Work for students will be set by class teachers using various online platforms e.g. Google Classroom, Hegarty Maths, SAM Learning etc. Please see attached for specific information about accessing these platforms. Workbooks and paper resources will be provided for any student who is not able to access online learning. All students should also continue to use their existing exercise books, textbooks, workbooks and reading books to complete tasks and assignments.

On Monday we will provide you with further updates in relation to queries that have been received today regarding international and local trips including D of E.

As soon as we have an official date to re-open, we will communicate this with you via email and the school website.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan               
Headteacher                     

Miss N Sullivan 
Deputy Headteacher, Student Services 

Download the Year 9 Distance Learning Guide 

Year 8 - School Closure - 19/03/20

Thursday 19th March 2020 | Year 8

Dear Parent/Carer

Due to the recent announcement from the Prime Minister that all UK schools must close due to the spread of Coronavirus, we are writing to officially notify you of Weatherhead High School’s closure from 3.20pm tomorrow, Friday 20th March.

This is an extremely difficult situation which impacts us all, but we believe that the closure of schools is necessary to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone and prevent further spread of the virus.

School will be closed for the vast majority of students on Monday, except for a small number of students including children of key workers, and children who have either a social worker or educational health care plan. It is important that we adhere strictly to these definitions. We are awaiting clarification from the government on which occupations fall under the heading of ‘key worker’ and will communicate that with you as soon as we are able to. We will be sending all parents a survey tomorrow to complete to confirm which of our students fall into this category.

Assemblies will be delivered by senior staff for Key Stage 3 students tomorrow to help them understand the unprecedented situation we find ourselves in as a community. We will also discuss how students can access work from home. Work for students will be set by class teachers using various online platforms e.g. Google Classroom, Hegarty Maths, SAM Learning etc. Please see attached for specific information about accessing these platforms. Workbooks and paper resources will be provided for any student who is not able to access online learning. All students should also continue to use their existing exercise books, textbooks, workbooks and reading books to complete tasks and assignments.

On Monday we will provide you with further updates in relation to queries that have been received today regarding international and local trips.

As soon as we have an official date to re-open, we will communicate this with you via email and the school website.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan               
Headteacher                     

Miss N Sullivan 
Deputy Headteacher, Student Services 

Download the Year 8 Distance Learning Guide 

Year 7 - School Closure - 19/03/20

Thursday 19th March 2020 | Year 7

Dear Parent/Carer

Due to the recent announcement from the Prime Minister that all UK schools must close due to the spread of Coronavirus, we are writing to officially notify you of Weatherhead High School’s closure from 3.20pm tomorrow, Friday 20th March.

This is an extremely difficult situation which impacts us all, but we believe that the closure of schools is necessary to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone and prevent further spread of the virus.

School will be closed for the vast majority of students on Monday, except for a small number of students including children of key workers, and children who have either a social worker or educational health care plan. It is important that we adhere strictly to these definitions. We are awaiting clarification from the government on which occupations fall under the heading of ‘key worker’ and will communicate that with you as soon as we are able to. We will be sending all parents a survey tomorrow to complete to confirm which of our students fall into this category.

Assemblies will be delivered by senior staff for Key Stage 3 students tomorrow to help them understand the unprecedented situation we find ourselves in as a community. We will also discuss how students can access work from home. Work for students will be set by class teachers using various online platforms e.g. Google Classroom, Hegarty Maths, SAM Learning etc. Please see attached for specific information about accessing these platforms. Workbooks and paper resources will be provided for any student who is not able to access online learning. All students should also continue to use their existing exercise books, textbooks, workbooks and reading books to complete tasks and assignments.

On Monday we will provide you with further updates in relation to queries that have been received today regarding international and local trips including D of E.

As soon as we have an official date to re-open, we will communicate this with you via email and the school website.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan               
Headteacher                     

Miss N Sullivan 
Deputy Headteacher, Student Services 

Download the Year 7 Distance Learning Guide

Coronavirus Update - SCHOOL REMAINS OPEN - 18/03/20

Wednesday 18th March 2020 | Years 7, 8, 9, 11 and 13

Dear Parent/Carer,

We have been keeping the impact of the Coronavirus on the staffing situation at Weatherhead under close scrutiny with the senior leadership team and have reluctantly reached the conclusion that, as a result of widespread staff illness and self-isolation, we can no longer safely keep the school open to all students so have decided at this time to ask all students in Year 10 along with Year 12 to remain at home for the rest of this week and complete independent work and revision, accessing Google Classroom and other online platforms. These arrangements are under constant review and we will communicate arrangements for the following week on Friday 20th March.

The government have not as yet directed schools in England to close and we are therefore open for your child’s year group.  We have worked tirelessly to ensure that Weatherhead staff are able to cover lessons and maintain our high teaching standards, without the need to merge or collapse classes or have large groups in our theatre.

We hope to have more information about the coming weeks after the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening and we will provide an update to all parents and carers as soon as we are able to do so.

This is a challenging and stressful time for all, and please be assured this is not a decision we have taken lightly.

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss A Whelan               
Headteacher                     

Miss N Sullivan 
Deputy Headteacher, Student Services 

Year 10 Partial School Closure – COVID-19 - 18/03/20

Wednesday 18th March 2020 | Year 10

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have been keeping the impact of the Coronavirus on the staffing situation under close scrutiny with the senior leadership team and have reluctantly reached the conclusion that, as a result of widespread staff illness and self-isolation, we can no longer safely keep the school open to all students.

The guidelines provided by the government in relation to self-isolation have had a significant effect on the number of staff that will be able to attend school for at least the next 14 days and potentially longer. The government have not directed schools to close and we are therefore trying our best to remain open for certain year groups.

We have decided at this time to ask all students in Year 10 to remain at home for the rest of this week and complete independent work and revision, accessing Google Classroom and other online platforms. Please see attached for further information about online working and login details. These arrangements are under constant review and we will communicate arrangements for the following week on Friday 20th March.

Issues relating to external examinations will be clarified by exam boards and Ofqual, and at this stage we do not have any further details. Please do not worry however, as special considerations will be made nationally for all students if necessary.

Please encourage your child to make every effort with their studies at home. The more of a routine that can be established, the less unsettling the current situation is for all. Students may struggle with being isolated from their friends over the coming weeks and we would encourage students to access support services, details of which can be found on our school website under ‘Safety & Wellbeing’.

This is a challenging and stressful time for all, and please be assured this is not a decision we have taken lightly.

Please keep checking our website regularly as our main page will be dedicated to this ongoing situation and should we have to close the school please continue to check the website for any updates.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

Miss N Sullivan
Deputy Headteacher, Student Services

Click here to download information about Year 10 Distance Learning

KS3 Lunchtime and After School Additional Mathematics Lessons - 18/03/20
Wednesday 18th March 2020 | KS3
Dear Parents/Carers,
In light of the current situation relating to coronavirus and the impact of this on staffing I have taken the decision to suspend all additional Mathematics lessons (at lunchtime and after school) for Year 7, 8 and 9 from Wednesday 18th March.
I understand that this may be disappointing for you and your child and as a school we will endeavour to reschedule or provide alternative support when feasible to do so.
Please contact school via telephone if you have any queries in relation to this.
Kind regards,
Mr J Stringer
Assistant Headteacher
Years 7-11 and Year 13 Coronavirus Update 17/03/20

Tuesday 17th March 2020 | Years 7-11 and Year 13

Dear Parent/Carer,

RE: Coronavirus Update 

As you will be aware, last week the Government moved from the ‘contain’ phase of its coronavirus planning to the ‘delay’ phase. This action is intended to slow the spread of the virus in order to ensure that the National Health Service (NHS) is able to cope with demand for its services.

I am sure that parents/carers will agree that it is exceptionally important that as an organisation we support the Government in their efforts to delay the spread of the virus. Following meetings with senior colleagues, it has been agreed that effective Tuesday 17 March, additional preventative measures will be put in place to protect the health of our staff and students. These measures will be reviewed daily and will remain in place only for as long as is necessary.

  • Visits to the school by both members of the public and parents will be strictly by appointment only. Wherever possible, parental meetings will take place over the phone, however, if a face to face meeting is required, this will need to be approved by the Headteacher in advance.
  • All domestic trips planned for the remainder of this half term that involve our students coming into contact with students from other schools will be cancelled or postponed.
  • International trips planned for the Summer Term are under review and we will update parents/carers and students as more information becomes available.
  • Sports Fixtures against other schools will be postponed until further notice.
The measures outlined above are taken to support the delay of the spread of the virus. We ask that all staff, students and parents continue to follow Government advice in relation to self-isolating should you display symptoms of a continuous cough or a high temperature, or where someone in your household displays these symptoms. Where parents contact the school to advise that a child is self-isolating, this will be recorded as ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ absence and will not impact on your child’s overall attendance or membership of the 100% Attendance Club (where applicable).
If your child does need to self-isolate, unfortunately we are unable to arrange bespoke work/tests for students on an individual basis. As I am sure you can appreciate, we do not have the capacity to facilitate this for a school of our size. Your child can access a range of online platforms to support their learning via our school website within the Curriculum section under ‘E-learning’ (https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/curriculum/e-learning)
Furthermore, we have received a large volume of calls from parents/carers asking for advice and guidance on whether or not to keep their child at home in this current climate. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to provide advice in this regard and the decision lies solely with you as parents and carers as to what the most appropriate course of action is for your child and the needs of your family. If you do decide to keep your child at home at this time, we ask that you please notify the school under the usual attendance procedure by calling 0151 631 4410.
We are having to make decisions on a daily basis and may have to close or partially close the school in the immediate future owing to staff becoming unwell.   Therefore, students in Year 12 have been asked to work independently from home as from tomorrow until the end of this week when we will review the situation again.
I would like to thank all parents/carers for their continued support during this unprecedented time. Please continue to check our website and monitor your emails for further updates.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan               
Headteacher

Miss N Sullivan
Deputy Headteacher, Student Services 

Year 12 Coronavirus Update 17/03/20

Tuesday 17th March 2020 | Year 12

Dear Parent/Carer,
Partial School Closure – COVID-19

We have been keeping the impact of the Coronavirus on the staffing situation under close scrutiny with the senior leadership team and have today reluctantly reached the conclusion that, as a result of widespread staff illness and self-isolation, we can no longer safely keep the school open to all students.

The guidelines provided by the government in relation to self-isolation have had a significant effect on the number of staff that will be able to attend school for at least the next 14 days and potentially longer. The government have not directed schools to close and we are therefore trying our best to remain open for certain year groups.

We have decided at this time to ask all students in Year 12 to remain at home for the rest of this week and complete independent work and revision, accessing Google Classroom and other online platforms. These arrangements are under constant review and we will communicate arrangements for the following week on Friday 20th March.

Issues relating to external examinations will be clarified by exam boards and Ofqual, and at this stage we do not have any further details. Please do not worry however, as special considerations will be made nationally for all students if necessary.

Please encourage your child to make every effort with their studies at home. The more of a routine that can be established, the less unsettling the current situation is for all.

This is a challenging and stressful time for all, and please be assured this is not a decision we have taken lightly.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan               
Headteacher

Miss N Sullivan
Deputy Headteacher
Student Services 

Years 11 -13 Coronavirus Update 13/03/20

Friday 13th March 2020 | Years 11-13

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are continuing to monitor the coronavirus situation daily with regular updates from the Department for Education and Public Health England and I want to reassure you that the health and safety of our students and staff remains our priority. I want to inform you that in the event of any directed closure all class teachers will provide students with work to do at home and instructions will be given out to students and also sent to you electronically.

In the event of any full or partial closure there will also be a dedicated section of our website with everything you and your child will need to know in order to access work and also where students can access any other support if needed.

In terms of forthcoming examinations for Yr 11 and 13 and some Yr 12 students, we will continue to work closely with OFQUAL the examinations regulator and all examination boards to ensure that no student is disadvantaged because of this situation and  it is anticipated that special considerations will be made nationally for all students if necessary.

As a school we are also closely monitoring all of our international school trips scheduled for this summer in case there is a need for them to be cancelled, but again we will keep you informed.  In terms of local trips, fixtures and events our stance is such that we are reviewing these on a daily basis and will take a decision on whether to cancel should staffing levels or any other substantial reason impact on the health and safety of our students.

Please keep checking our website regularly as our main page will be dedicated to this ongoing situation and should we have to close the school please continue to check the website for any updates.

Thank you all for your support and cooperation in these challenging and very uncertain times.

Miss A Whelan  

Headteacher
Years 7-10 Coronavirus Update 13/03/20

Friday 13th March 2020 | Years 7-10

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are continuing to monitor the coronavirus situation daily with regular updates from the Department for Education and Public Health England and I want to reassure you that the health and safety of our students and staff remains our priority. I want to inform you that in the event of any directed closure class teachers will provide students with work to do at home and instructions will be given out to students and also sent to you. In the event of any partial or full closure there will also be a dedicated section of our website with everything you and your child will need in order to access work and also where students can access any other support if needed.

As a school we are also closely monitoring all of our international school trips scheduled for this summer in case there is a need for them to be cancelled, but again we will keep you informed.  In terms of local trips, fixtures and events our stance is such that we are reviewing these on a daily basis and will take a decision on whether to cancel should staffing levels or any other substantial reason impact on the health and safety of our students.

Please keep checking our website regularly as our main page will be dedicated to this ongoing situation and should we have to close the school please continue to check the website for any updates.

Thank you all for your support and cooperation in these challenging and very uncertain times,

Miss A Whelan  

Headteacher
Coronavirus Update 03/03/20

Tuesday 3rd March 2020 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

You may be aware that Hilbre High School has taken the decision to close today following a positive coronavirus case in Wirral.

Public Health England (PHE) have spoken to the school, assessed the risk and confirmed that there is currently no information to suggest that there is any increased health risk to any pupils, staff and families at this time, and therefore no public health reason to be closed at the current time.

Julie Webster, Director of Public Health for Wirral Council has advised that Wirral Council is working with Public Health England (PHE) and local health colleagues to do everything they can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Wirral are protected.

The latest national advice is that no schools should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England (PHE).

When a person tests positive for coronavirus, PHE speaks to them to identify anyone who has had close contact with them during the time they are considered to be infectious and go all out to find these people as soon as possible and give them the advice they need.

If you haven’t been contacted by PHE you don’t need to do anything, other than follow the existing advice for the general public.

Hygiene and prevention:

According to PHE, good hygiene is the best prevention.

There are some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and if you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.

If you have recently been to one of the affected countries and are feeling unwell, you should phone the NHS’s 111 helpline for further advice straight away – please don’t go to your doctor.  There is lots of advice on how people can protect themselves online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

DfE helpline:

The Department for Education have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.  Staff, parents/carers and young people can contact the helpline as follows if they have any worries or concerns.

  • Phone: 0800 046 8687
  • Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
  • Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Kind regards.

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

Coronavirus Update 02/03/20

Monday 2nd March 2020 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

Coronavirus continues to be a public health concern and I would like to reassure you that as a school we are monitoring this situation very closely.  I will of course keep you informed should we need to take any action in order to safeguard the health and safety of our school community.

Currently Public Health England advise that:-

  • Coronavirus can cause flu-like symptoms including fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
  • The infection is not serious for most people, including children.
  • There is no vaccine.
  • Most people will get better with enough rest, water to drink and medicine for pain.

You can help to stop the virus spreading by:-

  • If you need to cough or sneeze – Catch it, Bin It, Kill it.
  • You should wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly as well as before and after the following:
  • After breaks and sport
  • Before cooking and eating
  • On arrival at school
  • After using the toilet
  • Before leaving home
  • Try not to touch your eyes nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Do not share items such as cups and bottles
  • If you are unwell do not share bedding, dishes, pencils and towels

Please remind your child of these practical hygiene routines that should be undertaken on a regular basis.

Meanwhile can we reinforce the advice that if you, or your son/daughter has recently travelled back from any of the countries currently identified as being at risk, including northern Italy, please let us know immediately so that we can support you.  You can do this by ringing reception or emailing us.

Occasionally, one or more of our staff or students may be asked to self isolate for a period of 2 weeks because they are a contact of a confirmed case or have been to the specified towns and regions in Italy or other specified countries.  The student or staff member will be given specific advice from NHS111.  In this instance there is nothing further for the school to do and there are currently no reasons for schools to close.

More information can be found at coronavirus www.gov.uk/coronavirus  as the information is subject to change as the virus spreads.

I have also attached some additional advice issued by Public Health England. Click here to view attachment.

Kind regards

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

Coronavirus Update 14/02/20

Friday 14th February 2020 | Whole School

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find below a further update from the Department for Education in relation to the Coronavirus, for your information.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

Department for Education

The government is monitoring Coronavirus and taking action at home and abroad. The risk to individuals remains low.

Please share the guidance below with your staff and cascade as appropriate.

Please display the updated posters in relevant public spaces:

Advice to those who have travelled recently

Public Health England has changed the advice for individuals who have travelled recently as follows:

Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas

This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas:

  • Elsewhere in China
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

Encouraging good hygiene

As always, if you have symptoms of a cold or flu, then there are measures you can take to stop germs:

  • always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Latest information

Updates on Coronavirus:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Public Health England blog:

School Holiday Meals and Fun Activities During Half Term 13/02/20

Thursday 13th February 2020 | Whole School

Dear Parents/Carers,

As we approach the half term break, I would like to make you aware of opportunities over the holidays where your child can take part in local activities during the week that will also provide breakfast and/or lunch.

The timetable attached details venues in the local area offering support services over the break from Monday 17th February to Saturday 22nd February. There is no need to register or book a place in advance, your child is able to simply turn up on the day.

If you have any questions or queries about these services please contact:

Wirral Foodbank
Unit 14 Wirral Business Centre
Dock Road
Birkenhead
CH41 1JW

T: 0151 638 7090

http://www.wirralfoodbankextra.co.uk/

Opening hours: 10am – 1.30pm Monday to Thursday

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

Click here to view details of ‘School Holiday Meals and Fun February 2020’.

Learning Performance 13/02/20
Thursday 13th February 2020 | Years 10 and 11
Dear Parents/Carers,
Students will receive a letter this week detailing  an event that is taking place on Wednesday 4th March from 6 – 7:30 pm.  The event is lead by a company called “Learning Performance” and the aim of this session is to provide parents with practical tips as to how they can support students with their forthcoming examinations.  Both parents and students are encouraged to attend this event.
Please can I ask that you complete and return the reply slip attached to the letter, or alternatively, please confirm your attendance by following the link below and entering your details as prompted.
 
I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 4th March,  If you have any further questions about the event please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr. M. Reid
Associate Assistant Headteacher
Year 7 Progress Update 11/02/20
Tuesday 11th February 2020 | Year 7
Dear Parent/Carer,
At the end of last week, Year 7 students were issued with their first progress update, which summarises the current progress the students are making towards achieving their end of year targets. You will be able to further discuss progress at Parents’ Evening on Thursday 5th March and students will begin to make appointments for you with their subject teachers in the next couple of weeks.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that you can find out what Year 7 students are learning this term by clicking on the link below:
Should you have any questions regarding the progress update, please contact Miss Bartle, Head of Year 7, in the first instance.
My thanks for your continued support in ensuring that our students make excellent progress at Weatherhead.
Mrs N Rogers
Deputy Headteacher
Safer Internet Day 07/02/20

Friday 7th February 2020 | Years 7-11

Dear Parents/Carers,

On Tuesday 11th February we will be joining schools and youth settings across the UK in celebrating Safer Internet Day 2020. Safer Internet Day 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.

Using the internet safely and positively is a key message that we promote at Weatherhead High School and celebrating Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity for us to re-emphasise the online safety messages we deliver throughout the year. Some of the activities we will be participating in over the week include:

  • Online Safety Assemblies led by the Police.
  • Form Time quizzes, competitions and discussions focussing on Online identity and Online behaviour.
  • Introduction of new E-safety support resources for students and parents on the school website.
  • Year 12 &13 Cyber Champions delivering year 7 lessons in conjunction with the ICT department and Wirral Youth Justice Service on: Keeping safe on the Internet and Social Media.

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 resource pack for parents and carers which is available here: saferinternet.org.uk/sid-parents.

There are also top tips, a quiz and films which you can use at home with your child.

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
  • Guides on popular apps and games from NetAware
  • 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

Online safety is an important issue which as a school we are committed to teaching our students about. If you have any concerns or questions about keeping your child safe online, please contact your child’s Year Leader or Pastoral and Academic Support Worker.

Kind regards,

Mr J Horman
Assistant Headteacher, Student Services

Coronavirus Update 07/02/20

Friday 7th February 2020 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

A further update released by the Department for Education in relation to the Coronavirus can be found below:

Coronavirus – Advice 

The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.

The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China.

Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. This can be found at:

  • https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china
  • https://www.gov.uk/government/news/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-and-avian-flu-advice-for-travel-to-china

Latest information and advice can also be found at:

  • https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Advice for parents/guardians

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.

There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.

We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

Year 8 Progress Update and Skills Tests 03/02/20

Monday 3rd February 2020 | Year 8

Dear Parent/Carer,
At the end of last week, Year 8 students were issued with their progress update which summarises the current progress the students are making towards achieving their end of year targets. You will be able to further discuss progress at Parents’ Evening on Thursday 12th March and students will begin to make appointments for you with their subject teachers in the next couple of weeks.
I also led an assembly with Year 8 students, in which I introduced the skills test initiative. The tests in  English, Maths, History and Geography will take place the week commencing Monday 10th February. Information regarding the tests and learning materials can be found on the school’s website by clicking the link below:
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that you can find out what Year 8 students are learning this term by clicking on the link below:
Should you have any questions regarding the progress update or skills test, please contact Miss Thomason, Head of Year 8, in the first instance.
My thanks for your continued support in ensuring that our students make excellent progress at Weatherhead.
Mrs N Rogers
Deputy Headteacher, Curriculum and Standards

 

Year 9 Progress Update 03/02/20

Monday 3rd February 2020 | Year 9

Dear Parent/Carer,

At the end of last week, Year 9 students were issued with their progress update which summarises the current progress the students are making towards achieving their end of Key Stage targets.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that you can find out what Year 9 students are learning this term by clicking on the link below:
Should you have any questions regarding the progress update, please contact Mr Barr, Head of Year 9, in the first instance.
My thanks for your continued support in ensuring that our students make excellent progress at Weatherhead.
Mrs N Rogers
Deputy Headteacher, Curriculum and Standards
Coronavirus 31/01/20

Friday 31st January 2020 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please see a message below from Paul Satoor, Wirral Council Chief Executive in relation to the Coronavirus received today.  Please note that this message was prepared Thursday evening in preparation for the flight that was due to land today.  We will send further updates as soon as they are available for your information.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

CORONAVIRUS – Update 30th January 2020
You will be aware of the current situation in Wuhan City, China and the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier today it was confirmed that a flight was being arranged to bring British nationals back to the UK and that they will be housed, temporarily, in the accommodation block at Arrowe Park Hospital. This is a separate building and is not a hospital ward.

The situation is being co-ordinated and monitored by the Department of Health and all necessary health and welfare measures are being taken, as is the case with any situation of this kind.

I am being reassured by the Department of Health that the housing of these individuals and families in the accommodation block at Arrowe Park will not put Wirral communities at any extra risk.

There are currently no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK or of UK citizens abroad

The flight will land tomorrow (31st January), and everyone on board will be screened for any symptoms relating to coronavirus. The passengers will then be brought to Wirral where, as a precaution, they will remain in isolation for 14 days in the accommodation block at Arrowe Park Hospital. If anyone becomes unwell after arrival they will be treated following appropriate protocols.

The NHS are the lead agency in this operation, but as a first responder, the council has a role in supporting the situation. We are meeting several times a day, including with our partners, and I will share more information with you when I can.

There is information available on the Public Health England website herehttps://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

Regards

Andy McMillan
Health, Safety and Wellbeing Manager
Wirral Council

Visit our website: http://www.wirral.gov.uk/

Year 11 Leavers' Assembly and Key Dates 21/01/20
Tuesday 21st January 2020 | Year 11

Dear Parents/Carers,

This year’s Year 11 Leavers’ assembly will take place on Friday 19th June. Year 11 students will be invited back into school to collect their hooded jumpers, if they have purchased one, have an assembly in the theatre with the Year 11 team and enjoy a lunch in the afternoon as a year group. Students will not be expected to wear uniform and can arrive on site from 12.30pm.

Similarly, the final examination date for this series is Friday 12th June. As a disclaimer, the exam boards stress that the 24th of June should also be kept available as a contingency date for any unforeseen circumstances which would require a national disruption to a scheduled exam. Whilst this is unlikely to happen, as a school, we need to make you aware of this.

Whilst I appreciate that this is advanced notice, many students and parents/carers raised this on Year 11 Parents’ Evening. Please make a note in your child’s diary and we look forward to seeing the students back in school after the end of their formal examination period.

Kind regards,

Mrs C Walton
Assistant Headteacher, Director of Quality & Standards at KS4
Spring Term Letter from the Headteacher 10/01/20

Friday 10th January 2020 | Years 7-11

Dear Parent/Carer,

Your child should have received my Headteacher’s start of term letter via their form tutor this week. The letter includes some key information and dates for your diary. For convenience, please also see an electronic copy of the letter attached to this email.

Please also see the following links, as mentioned in my letter, for ease of access.

Adverse Weather Procedures

Winter 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am writing in respect of the arrangements should this winter necessitate any school closures. We will, as in previous years, keep parents/carers fully informed by placing up-to-date information on the school website, www.weatherheadhigh.co.uk. We shall also be using the local radio to convey information and generally we use Radio City and Radio Merseyside.

Outlined below are some of the procedures we shall follow, although they may vary depending on circumstances:

  1. If a heavy overnight snowfall causes significant disruption and danger for students and staff travelling to school, then a decision will be made early in the morning to close the school. Notification will be posted on the school website and the radio stations will be informed. Should any students not see or hear our notification of closure and arrive at school, then we will look after them and make contact with parents/carers.
  2. Previously, we have had to close the school during the day with students on site. In this instance, students will go to their Form base and make contact with parents/carers via mobile phones or school phones and this will be supervised by their Form Tutor. When we are happy that arrangements have been made and parents/carers are comfortable with children either being collected, or making their own way home, then they will be allowed to leave the school premises. It is important that students have a parent/carer’s emergency contact number for these special circumstances and you may wish to discuss a plan/arrangements for such an eventuality with your child. We will not be letting students home during the school day unless we have made contact with parents/carers and you can be assured that we will make arrangements to ensure these students are looked after, pending parents/carers either collecting children or making other arrangements for relatives etc to get to the school. Sixth Form students will be sent home first and we will not be attempting to make contact with parents/carers for these senior students. We will also be allowing Sixth Form students to escort siblings home from lower school year groups. In the past, all the school buses and indeed the whole transport system on the Wirral came to a halt after a heavy snowfall during the school day and I expect if we have to close during the school day again, there will be no public transport available for students.
  3. In relation to re-opening, parents/carers are requested to visit the school website on a regular basis where information will be posted.

General Information Regarding School Closure
Decisions in relation to school closure are made by myself, after taking due advice from the Local Authority and other sources and my prime concern is the safety and well-being of both students and staff. I can assure you that Weatherhead will only close when very exceptional circumstances make the safety issues of continuing to remain open a major concern.

In the event of school closure during a period of public examinations, a decision will be made as to whether it is deemed safe enough to partially open the school. Consideration will also be given as to whether it is safe enough for students to get to school to sit their examinations. Again, all details will be posted on the school website, we do have to be prepared for such exceptional circumstances.

If you have any queries regarding the contents of this letter, I should be grateful if you would contact the school and we will try to address any concerns you may have.

Yours sincerely

A Whelan
Headteacher

Adverse Weather Procedures 2019

Medicines and Allergies

September 2019

Dear Parent/Carer,

At the beginning of a new academic year, it is important to draw attention to some important medical information to ensure the safety of our students.

Nut allergies
I feel it is important to inform you that we have students in our school who have severe allergy to peanuts and products that contain nuts. School staff have received advice on how to manage an allergic reaction and administer emergency medication. As you can appreciate, we wish to minimise students’ contact with peanuts and products which contain nuts; therefore we are asking that you are mindful of this when sending food into school.

Aerosols
Students are not permitted to bring aerosols into school.  I am sure you can imagine that a class of students using these type of deodorants after a PE or Dance lesson can act as a trigger for any students who suffer with chronic asthma.

Medicines
Could we also remind you that any medicines that are sent into school in line with our medicines’ policy must be in the original pharmacist’s container, clearly labelled with the student’s name, and form group, with a fully completed consent form. It remains the responsibility of parents/carers to ensure that medicines are within their use by date.

If you have any questions in relation to this update or about medicines in school, please liaise with your child’s Form Tutor via the student planner or contact a member of our Student Services team.

Yours sincerely,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

Download this letter as a PDF.

Go to Policies and Procedures to read the medicines policy.

Start of Term Letter from the Headteacher

September 2019

Dear Parent/Carer

Welcome back to all students in this new academic year, I hope you all had an enjoyable summer break and found some time for rest and relaxation.

Weatherhead has yet again celebrated some outstanding A Level, BTEC and GCSE results over the summer and I would like to congratulate all students on their success, and wish them all the best with their future pathways. Most Year 11 students are coming back to join us in our Sixth Form and over 70 students will be starting university this month, with others beginning Higher Level Apprenticeships.

It is wonderful to be starting this academic year as a ‘World Class School’, and being just one of only 100 schools in the country, and the only school in the whole of Merseyside to receive this accreditation is very special and means that your child is seen as a ‘World Class’ student. As we begin what I am sure will be another very busy term, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you our Weatherhead High School World Class Vision:

“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.”

I look forward to working with you all again this year to help us achieve this vision for all of our students. I have highlighted some key points below which will allow us to maintain a successful partnership and deliver the best educational experience for your child.

Communication
In addition to the procedures that we already have in place for communicating with the school, I will continue to hold my 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 3.30-6.00pm on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 23 October 2019
  • Thursday 5 December 2019

Please refer to the attached communication information sheet for details about our communication procedures. As a reminder, please liaise with your child’s Form Tutor via the student planner in the first instance, or phone/email our reception staff who will assist in directing you to the most appropriate staff member. Please note that the majority of our staff teach throughout the school day and they may not be available immediately, but will always do the utmost to get back to you as soon as possible and within 2-3 school days. It is important that we have all of your contact information in case of an emergency, including two emergency contact numbers and your current email address. Please use the form included if you need to update any of this information. If you have not done so already, please download our free Weatherhead App. We use this App frequently to send out reminders from the school and to tell you what is going on each week; search for School App for Parents in the App Store and once downloaded, search for Weatherhead High School to set as your default school. You can also follow us on Twitter @WeatherheadHigh and in addition, our school website is a great place to get the latest information about the school.

Home-School Agreement
Your child will have received and returned a signed copy of the Home-School agreement last academic year. I have attached a copy for your reference and as a reminder of our school expectations.

Social Media
As a reminder, Weatherhead operates a no mobile phone/device policy at school from 8.35am – 3.20pm. Students must switch off all devices and are not permitted to use mobile phones to contact anyone during the school day. If a student is found to be accessing their phone/device whilst at school, it will be confiscated and returned only when a parent/carer comes to collect it at the end of the school day. Similarly, we ask that you do not contact your child during school hours and use the appropriate channels.

Unfortunately, social media can sometimes have a detrimental effect on students both emotionally and academically. Your child is attending Weatherhead to learn and make the most of all of the wonderful extra-curricular and leadership opportunities available to them and I am certain you do not want social media to affect this experience. I am sure you can understand that we are not able to deal with the magnitude of issues brought into school caused by social media activity at home during evenings or weekends and I would like your support in this matter, however I want to reassure you that bullying has no place in our school and we will not tolerate deliberately repeated hurtful behaviour or incidents that occur during the school day.

Uniform
Parents and carers play a significant part in helping to maintain our high standards in regard to uniform and we appreciate the full support of parents in ensuring their children adhere to the school uniform policy at all times. I am pleased to say that our students always look extremely smart and wear their uniform with pride. As mentioned in the letter issued by Miss Sullivan, Deputy Headteacher, during the Summer Term please be reminded of the following points:

  • Only one pair of plain stud earrings in the lower ear is permitted.
  • No facial, tongue or body piercings are allowed for health and safety reasons.
  • No necklaces or bracelets are to be worn for school.
  • Only one plain ring may be worn.
  • No false or acrylic nails are allowed for school.
  • Plain black low heeled school shoes with no accessories or adornments of any kind.

Full uniform guidelines and information can be found on our school website; please note we do not permit accessories or adornments on any part of the school uniform.

Furthermore, in line with our policy on the use of mobile phones in school, students will not be permitted to wear an Apple iWatch or any other smart watch device that enables them to access their social media accounts and mobile phone accounts. For a school population of our size, we are trying to minimise the amount of expensive items in the school building and as a reminder, we are not responsible or insured for the loss of any personal items that go missing during the school day.

Attendance
As a school, we achieved our target of 95% attendance last academic year. All year groups improved their attendance compared to the previous year which is a fantastic achievement.

Excellent attendance at school is crucial if your child is to achieve their very best potential. If you are aware of any upcoming medical appointments, please ensure the school is informed in advance. Wherever possible, your child’s education would benefit from such appointments being made outside of the school day. We do not authorise absence during the school term, unless in exceptional circumstances. I would therefore seek your full support in aiming for your child to have 100% attendance during their time at Weatherhead. We introduced a new Medicine Policy last term, which allows us to administer paracetamol and antihistamines in school with parental consent; this has really helped students to be able to stay in school if they have felt 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 of your support in ensuring your child leaves each morning with sufficient time to arrive at school by 8.35am.

Car park & dropping off
Students can access the school from 8.00am via the school gates on Breck Road (unless prior permission has been granted to enter/leave via reception). I would request that parents do not use the staff car park to drop off students or pick them up at the start or end of the day, this includes days of inclement weather. Our car park area is already very busy at these times and to avoid further congestion and to keep our students safe from harm, we would ask that parents remain on Breck Road. Your support in this matter is greatly appreciated. It is also important that parents/carers are mindful of our local residents when parking and waiting for students. Please ensure that you are not blocking access to resident’s garages or driveways.

Extra-curricular clubs
Weatherhead High School has an extensive selection of extra-curricular clubs and activities available for all students to take part in during lunch times and after school. Students can sign up for classes easily and your child is encouraged to attend at least one club per week. Engaging in these extra-curricular activities is an ideal way of making new friends and becoming fully involved in the life of the school. More information and a timetable of clubs will be available to your child in the coming weeks, and will also be published in our extra-curricular section of our website www.weatherheadhigh.co.uk

Yours sincerely

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

Letter from the Headteacher (Autumn 2019)

Home School Agreement 2019

Communication Information Sheet 2019-20

Student Change of Contact Form

Key Dates – Autumn Term 2019