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, 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.

 

Key Workers - 08/01/21

Friday 8th January 2021| Key Workers

Dear Parent/Carer,

Thank you for your support this week.  Please be advised that school is now closed except for emergency provision for a small number of vulnerable students and students in the identified critical key worker groups.  

I know that you have indicated that you would like your child to attend our emergency provision however, I must remind you that this is emergency provision only. If it is at all possible for children to remain at home then they should be. The aim is to reduce the spread of the virus as much as possible by limiting the numbers of children and staff in the building. We must try to keep these numbers to a minimum. 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. All students who attend our emergency provision will access and complete online work in school as per their peers working remotely, and will be supervised by Weatherhead staff.

From Monday 11th January, the arrangements for children of parents in critical key groups and vulnerable students as identified by the Government is as follows:-

  • Arrive at school at 9.00am via the main reception for the start of their session
  • Parents are asked not to come into reception, as we are limiting the potential chance of spreading the virus.  If there are any particular concerns, then please email askus@weatherheadhigh.co.uk and we shall reply by email or telephone
  • We shall be verifying the information provided on the key worker forms during the week
  • In order to try and ensure safety, students will sit apart during lessons and we shall ensure that a safe distance is maintained at lunchtime.  
  • Students must bring a packed lunch, and those entitled to Free School Meals will receive a lunch
  • Students will not be allowed to have their normal free time, and they should bring a book from home to read during the lunch period
  • If any student shows any of the identified symptoms, they must not attend the school
  • We will maintain contact in the usual way by email or telephone, if required
  • Students must attend in their school uniform
  • Students will leave school at 3pm.

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 critical 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 critical 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 N Sullivan             

Senior Deputy Headteacher 

A Letter from the Headteacher - 05/01/21

Tuesday 5th January 2021| Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer, 

As I’m sure you are all aware, the Prime Minister announced late yesterday that all schools are to close from today, except for emergency provision for vulnerable children and the children of key workers. The closures will continue until at least February half term. 

The Government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and has asked school to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. 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 have issued clear and concise advice in relation to the definition of a Key Worker to all schools.

This now means that all students in Year 7-13 will continue to access remote education from today, Tuesday 5th January, and all students should follow their normal school timetables. Students will access all lesson materials and resources via their Google Classrooms.

If you have any queries or questions about our remote education provision please contact us via this email address: curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk 

As per Mr Stringer’s earlier email to students in Year 12 and 13, the current guidance as of today advises that BTEC examinations scheduled over the next few weeks will still go ahead. Therefore, any Year 13 or Year 12 Level 2 student sitting their BTEC exams must attend school just for those examinations, which start on Wednesday 6th January. The morning exams begin at 9.00am and all students must be in their seats by 8.45am, and the afternoon exams begin at 1.30pm and all students must be in their seats by 1.15pm. 

I will continue to keep you updated of any changes or relevant information, and as always the health and safety of all our students and staff continues to be my top priority during these unprecedented times.

I would like to thank you in advance for your continued support this new term and adapting so quickly to our ever changing circumstances and situation.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan 

Headteacher

BTEC Exams Update - 05/01/21

Tuesday 5th January 2021| Year 13 and Year 12 Level 2 Students Sitting BTEC Exams

Dear Parent/Carer,

After my email to you yesterday and in light of the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday evening I wanted to get back in touch with regard to the BTEC examinations taking place from this week.
At the moment these examinations will be going ahead as planned and according to timetables given to students. We are monitoring the situation closely and should anything change we will be in contact with you.
Whilst students are in school sitting examinations we will continue to have safety protocols in place, including hand sanitising and wearing of face coverings. During the examinations students will be separated by as much distance as possible and may continue to wear their face covering if they wish.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards,
Mr J Stringer
Assistant Headteacher
Year 11 Virtual Parents' Evening and Remote Learning - 04/01/21

Monday 4th January 2021 | Year 11

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you and family remain safe and well. Please find outlined in this email information about Parents’ Evening and remote learning for Year 11 this week. 

Virtual Year 11 Parents’ Evening – Thursday 21st January 2021

I would like to invite you to attend our Virtual Parents’ Evening on Thursday 21st January. In the current climate, many schools have made the decision to cancel Parents’ Evenings. After a turbulent 10 months, our Year 11 students have overcome many challenges and we feel this point of communication between teachers and parents is crucial in ensuring the overall wellbeing and academic progress of our students is discussed. This important evening will also provide you with an opportunity to discuss mock examination results (results will be issued to students before Parents’ Evening) and Sixth Form options.

In order to ensure that we are able to run a Parents’ Evening and minimise the number of people on site, the school has introduced a new online system. This allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers. 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 Friday 15th January 2021. Teaching staff will be available for appointments in 4 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 11 Parents’ 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 who will be happy to create appointments on your behalf and arrange for telephone calls to be made.

Remote Learning – Live Lessons:

This week, Year 11 students will be able to access live lessons from home during their normal timetabled lessons. Information regarding accessing live lessons will be shared with students in Google Classroom by their class teacher. I have also attached to this email an updated Guide for Parents and Carers outlining expectations and protocols for live lessons. 

In addition, I would also like to make you aware that Miss Byrne, Senior Assistant Headteacher, Director of 6th Form,  will be running a virtual session for Year 11 students regarding their future 6th Form choices. This will take place on Friday 8th January at 10 am. Information regarding accessing this important session will be shared with students via Google Classroom. 

If you have any questions regarding Parents’ Evening and remote learning, please contact me at the email address below:

curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

Many thanks,

Mrs N. Rogers

Deputy Headteacher

Year 11 Remote Learning A Guide for Parents (01-2021)

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Phased Start to Spring Term - 31/12/20

Thursday 31st December 2020 | Whole School

Dear Parents/Carers, 

The government announced yesterday that the reopening of secondary schools has been delayed. 

They have now stated that no students apart from vulnerable students or children of key workers will come back to school on January 4th. This now means that Year 11 and 13 will also access remote education from Monday 4th January alongside Year 7, 8, 9, 10 & 12 and all students will follow their normal timetables.

So from Monday 4th January all students will access work and their lessons through google classrooms and must follow their existing timetables at home.

If you have any queries or questions about our remote education provision please use this email address: curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk 

Any Year 13 or Year 12 Level 2 student sitting their BTEC exams must attend school just for those exams starting on Wednesday 6th January. The morning exams start at 9.00am and all students must be in their seats by 8.45am and the afternoon exams start at 1.30pm and all students must be in their seats by 1.15pm. 

At this stage the government states that Year 11 and  Year 13 will return to school on Monday 11th January and Year 7, 8, 9, 10 & 12 on Monday 18th January. 

I will continue to keep you updated of any changes or relevant information, and as always the health and safety of all our students and staff continues to be my top priority during these unprecedented times

I do hope you have managed to enjoy your Christmas holiday so far and I would like to  thank you in advance for your continued support this new term and adapting so quickly to our ever changing circumstances and situation.

Kind regards, 

Miss A Whelan 

Headteacher

Phased Start to Spring Term - 21/12/20

Monday 21st December 2020 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer, 

You will probably have seen or read the news stories at the end of last week and the weekend about schools and colleges being asked to implement a phased start to the spring term, and being invited to set up a mass Covid testing programme for students and staff. I am writing to you today to explain how we intend to respond to these extremely last-minute government requests. 

We will follow the government guidance on how to phase the start of term, which is intended to ensure effective education can continue but also reduce the spread of the virus as students and staff return after Christmas. This means the following: 

Phased start to term 

On Monday 4 January, the following students should come in to school: 

  • Vulnerable children (those with an EHCP or social worker), children of critical workers (see list below) and students in exam year groups (for us this means students in Years 11 and 13). Please inform us if your child fits into the vulnerable or key worker category and if you wish them to attend school that week you must complete this google form by 1pm Wednesday 23rd December so we have an accurate register for the week and can check eligibility. School is closed from Thursday 24th December – Monday 4th January.

  • Any students due to sit external exams that week. This means for us all those sitting BTEC examinations which includes the Year 12 Level 2 students sitting their Travel & Tourism and Media exams. Those Year 12 students just come in for those examinations. 

All Year 11 and Year 13 will come into school at their designated times and go straight to lessons, exactly as they did last term. 

Other students who are eligible to come into school (vulnerable and key worker students) will come in at their normal time and go straight  to their specific areas (see below) where a register will be taken and they will access exactly the same online work as the rest of their class with supervision:

Year 7, 8 & 9 – Dining Hall

Year 10 – Learning Zone Room

Year 12 – Lower Common Room

During this first week of term, all other students should stay at home. We will be providing remote education for those students and they will access that on Google Classroom and follow their normal timetable from Monday 4th January. 

If anyone in Year 7, 8, 9, 10 & 12 is entitled to Free School Meals we will issue a voucher for the week on Monday 4th January. 

From Monday 11 January, all students should come into school as normal. 

Mass Testing in schools 

The government wants to introduce mass testing of students and staff in schools, as a way of reducing the spread of the virus and enabling fewer students and staff to have to self-isolate. However, this will need to be very carefully planned and for you all to be fully informed of the proposed programme. At this stage, I just want to reassure you that it would be a voluntary decision and no student would be tested without your prior consent and you would have ample notice of this and nothing will be in place for the beginning of term. The setting up of this programme in schools is incredibly complex and we are awaiting more guidance from the government over the holiday period and we will not have anything set up at the start of term. We will review what the expectations are, what support is available from the government or other agencies, and what we can realistically deliver.

We will let you know more about our plans as soon as we can in January. In the meantime, from the start of next term, we will continue to implement the safety measures we have been using in the autumn term and the safety of all students and staff will continue to be my top priority. 

Please accept our apologies for having to send this letter after the term has already ended. We are having to respond to a vast quantity of extremely last minute and complex government guidance. 

Thank you for your patience, and please continue to have a safe and enjoyable holiday. 

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

Critical Worker Definitions

Parents and carers whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response include those who work in health and social care and other key sectors outlined in the following sections.

Health and Social Care.  This includes doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, home carers and staff required to maintain our health and social care sector.

Education and childcare.  This includes pre-school and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who will remain active during the Covid-19 response.

Public safety and national security.  This includes civilians and officers in the police (including key contractors), Fire and Rescue Service, prison service and other national security roles.

Transport.  This will include those keeping air, water, road and rail transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response.

Utilities and Communication.  This includes staff needed for oil, gas, electricity and water (including sewage) and primary industry supplies to continue during the Covid-19 response, as well as key staff in telecommunications, post and delivery, banking and waste disposal.

Financial Services. This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure).

Food and other necessary goods.  This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution and sale, as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (e.g. hygiene, medical, etc.).

Other workers essential to delivering key public services such as the National Crime Agency; and Key national and local government including those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response.

Department for Education – December 2020

End of Term Headteacher's Letter - 17/12/20

Thursday 17th December 2020 | Whole School

 

Dear Parent/Carers,

We have reached the end of a very different and challenging term, but one that has still had many proud achievements and accomplishments from every area of Weatherhead High School. Our students have been exceptional and have demonstrated our school motto of Respect, Resilience, Reach and Reward in abundance this term, and I am extremely proud of how each student has adapted to school life in this current climate. Two stand out achievements this term include sporting success for our Under-16 football team, who were crowned as joint National Champions in the ESFA Schools’ Cup and one of our Year 12 students, Sanjita, secured the Arkwright Scholarship Award. This week, despite present restrictions, students have been able to participate in many festive activities and have enjoyed our end of term and Christmas assemblies via our virtual platforms.

Further to the update issued by Mrs Owens, Chair of the Trust Board and Mrs Rogers, Chair of the Governing Body regarding the retirement of Mr Dyment, CEO, I wanted to share some changes to our Senior Leadership structure to support my new role as Headteacher and Executive Leader of the Trust. From January 2021, Miss Sullivan will take on an enhanced role in the school as Senior Deputy Headteacher. Miss Sullivan will still be fully responsible for all aspects of Student Services, including behaviour, standards and safety, and she will now take on the additional responsibility of being in charge of the school in my absence and supporting me with the day-to-day operations of Weatherhead High School. Additionally, Mrs Deeble, Head of English, has successfully secured the post of Associate Assistant Headteacher and as well as continuing with her main role as Head of the English Department, she will be responsible for developing Whole School Literacy across the curriculum, which will further support all students at this crucial time in their education.

In advance of the Spring Term, I want to let you know about some key dates for your diaries, a copy of which is attached below. During the Spring Term, we will be delivering virtual parents’ evenings for Year 10, 11, 12 and 13, and further information about how this will work for you will be issued in January. Progress updates for Year 7, 8 and 9 will also be issued in January.

I would like to thank you all for your continued support and encouragement during this term. Your messages of thanks and understanding have been very appreciated by all at Weatherhead. Our current school model will continue to operate as it is for at least the first part of the Spring Term. We will continue to review this in line with the local and national situation, and as always, the health and safety of our whole school community will remain my top priority.

I wish you all a safe and peaceful Christmas break and I look forward to welcoming our students back to school in the New Year.

Yours sincerely,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

Spring Term Key Dates (click here to download a copy of the key dates)

Date
Monday 4 January 2021 Students return
Wednesday 6  – Monday 18 January BTEC EXAMS – Year 12 & Year 13
Thursday 14 January Year 11 Mock Results home
Year 12 GCSE Maths & English Resit results
From Friday 15 January Year 11 interviews with the Senior Leadership Team start
W/c Monday 18 January Year 11 Resit MOCK EXAMS
Year 9 Progress Updates home
Thursday 21 January Year 11 Parents’ Evening – 4.30-7.30pm (virtual)
W/c Monday 25 January Year 13 MOCK EXAMS start
Year 9 Options Week
Year 7 & 8 Progress Updates home
Thursday 28 January Year 9 Options Presentation for parents/carers/students – 6pm (virtual)
W/c Monday 1 February Year 10 Half-Term Tests
Year 12 Half-Term Tests
Monday 1 February BTEC EXAMS Year 11 start
Thursday 4 February Year 12 Parents’ Evening – 4.30-7.30pm (virtual)
Monday 8 February Year 8 Skills Test
Wednesday 10 February Year 13 Mock Results home
Thursday 11 February Year 13 Parents’ Evening – 4.30-7.30pm (virtual)
Monday 15 – Friday 19 February HALF TERM BREAK
Monday 22 February Students return
Tuesday 23 February English Language & English Literature MOCK 2
Thursday 25 February Year 10 Parents’ Evening – 4.30-7.30pm (virtual)
W/c Monday 15 March End of Term 2 Tests start (excl. Year 11)
W/c Monday 22 March Year 11 Reports Home
Monday 22 March Year 11 EBACC MOCK 2
Monday 29 March – Friday 9 April EASTER SPRING BREAK
Headteacher's Letter to Year 13 Parents and Carers - 22/10/20

Thursday 22nd October 2020 | Year 13

 

Dear Parent/Carers,

It has been an extremely challenging start to the academic year, but to actually get to this half term with our students feeling safe, engaged in their learning and settled so well into all our new routines is a remarkable achievement. I would like to thank all of our wonderful students who have been incredible every step of the way and have really risen to every challenge presented. I am so proud of how they have all coped.

This term we have dealt with the management of Covid positive results effectively under the clear direction and guidance from Public Health England, and I know you have appreciated our transparency with regards to this. The students have been able to continue with their studies if self-isolating by engaging in their remote education whilst at home, following their normal timetable as far as possible and the older students have accessed their classes live via Zoom. Google Classroom has been pivotal for those learning at home and we will continue to use this platform over the rest of the term to support those students absent for self-isolating purposes due to Covid-19 circumstances. Staff members have also had to self-isolate themselves and have been remoting into the classroom via Zoom to teach students where appropriate and all staff have set work on Google Classroom prior to each lesson to support all students.

If any student has been ill or absent for Covid reasons this half term and feel that they may need to use some time over the half-term break to finish off work, they will find all of their class work, tasks and homework in their Google Classrooms.

With this region being at the highest level of alert for Covid-19 we are going to continue to operate next half term in exactly the same way as this half term to ensure we continue to have the highest levels of safety for all students and staff and to minimise the mixing of students. 

Year 13 students have come back after lockdown with real determination and full commitment to their studies. Students have undertaken their half term tests and these will form a crucial part of our ongoing assessment of progress this year. They will also receive their progress grades next half term in the week commencing 9 November, which will give a good indication of the progress they are making towards their final examinations.

We are currently supporting the Year 13 students for their next steps after Sixth Form. The programme includes advice, support and guidance on careers, Higher Education (University/the UCAS application), apprenticeships and employment. All students should have completed their first draft of their Personal Statement, which is used for not only their UCAS application, but also their CVs.

All students should have by now:

  • Registered with UCAS.
  • Registered with Unifrog (an online platform with useful guidance for not only university but also apprenticeships and employment, along with a personal statement and CV builder).
  • Joined the Careers Google Classroom – code owkillo – It is imperative students join this classroom as messages regarding careers/University/UCAS/Unifrog/work experience will be found here. 
  • Completed the first draft of their Personal Statement.

All UCAS applications must be fully completed (this includes approved personal statement & online application form) and then sent to Mrs Lambert, Sixth Form Learning Support and Enrichment Coordinator for approval by Friday 20 November at the latest.  This will ensure that all applications are sent to UCAS by the end of term on Friday 18 December. I would be grateful if you would ensure your son/daughter adheres to the above guidelines and should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Lambert.

Thank you for your continued support this half term and for the influx of positive emails, which I have shared with all staff and they have been really appreciated. Please continue to check your emails regularly as we will continue to use this as our main method of communication, and please ensure you inform us of any changes to your contact details.

I hope you and your family are all safe and well and have a good half-term break. 

Yours sincerely,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher
Headteacher's Letter to Year 12 Parents and Carers - 22/10/20

Thursday 22nd October 2020 | Year 12

 

Dear Parent/Carers,

It has been an extremely challenging start to the academic year, but to actually get to this half term with our students feeling safe, engaged in their learning and settled so well into all our new routines is a remarkable achievement. I would like to thank all of our wonderful students who have been incredible every step of the way and have really risen to every challenge presented. I am so proud of how they have all coped.

This term we have dealt with the management of Covid positive results effectively under the clear direction and guidance from Public Health England, and I know you have appreciated our transparency with regards to this. The students have been able to continue with their studies if self-isolating by engaging in their remote education whilst at home, following their normal timetable as far as possible and the older students have accessed their classes live via Zoom. Google Classroom has been pivotal for those learning at home and we will continue to use this platform over the rest of the term to support those students absent for self-isolating purposes due to Covid-19 circumstances. Staff members have also had to self-isolate themselves and have been remoting into the classroom via Zoom to teach students where appropriate and all staff have set work on Google Classroom prior to each lesson to support all students.

If any student has been ill or absent for Covid reasons this half term and feel that they may need to use some time over the half-term break to finish off work, they will find all of their class work, tasks and homework in their Google Classrooms.

With this region being at the highest level of alert for Covid-19, we are going to continue to operate next half term in exactly the same way as this half term to ensure we continue to have the highest levels of safety for all students and staff and to minimise the mixing of students. 

Year 12 students have made such a positive start to their Sixth Form studies and all students I have spoken to appear to have settled in really well and are enjoying their new subjects. All students have just taken their first half term tests and these assessments will take place throughout the year culminating in an end of year examination. Some students are sitting GCSE examinations in Maths and English directly after half term, and will have received separate information about these examinations. All students will receive their progress grades next half term in the week commencing 16 November, and this will be a good indication of how well they are doing against the target grades issued earlier this term.

Thank you for your continued support this half term and for the influx of positive emails, which I have shared with all staff and they have been really appreciated. Please continue to check your emails regularly as we will continue to use this as our main method of communication, and please ensure you inform us of any changes to your contact details.

I hope you and your family are all safe and well and have a good half-term break. 

Yours sincerely,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher
Headteacher's Letter to Year 11 Parents and Carers - 22/10/20

Thursday 22nd October 2020 | Year 11

 

Dear Parent/Carers,

It has been an extremely challenging start to the academic year, but to actually get to this half term with our students feeling safe, engaged in their learning and settled so well into all our new routines is a remarkable achievement. I would like to thank all of our wonderful students who have been incredible every step of the way and have really risen to every challenge presented. I am so proud of how they have all coped and Miss Sullivan, Deputy Headteacher and I have been extremely impressed with their behaviour and conduct. I know that all students will continue to maintain these high standards after half term, and with regards to uniform expectations, blazers must be worn with PE kits in order to uphold these standards.

This term we have dealt with the management of Covid positive results effectively under the clear direction and guidance from Public Health England, and I know you have appreciated our transparency with regards to this. The students have been able to continue with their studies if self-isolating by engaging in their remote education whilst at home, following their normal timetable as far as possible and the older students have accessed their classes live via Zoom. Google Classroom has been pivotal for those learning at home and we will continue to use this platform over the rest of the term to support those students absent for self-isolating purposes due to Covid-19 circumstances. Staff members have also had to self-isolate themselves and have been remoting into the classroom via Zoom to teach students where appropriate and all staff have set work on Google Classroom prior to each lesson to support all students.

If any student has been ill or absent for Covid reasons this half term and feel that they may need to use some time over the half-term break to finish off work, they will find all of their class work, tasks and homework in their Google Classrooms.

With this region being at the highest level of alert for Covid-19, we are going to continue to operate next half term in exactly the same way as this half term to ensure we continue to have the highest levels of safety for all students and staff and to minimise the mixing of students. 

Year 11 students have come back to school very motivated in their studies and have shown a real maturity for our new rules and routines, and they have been great role models for the rest of the school. It is such a crucial year for them and they have just taken half term tests in all subjects, and I know they will continue to work hard towards their mock examinations next half term, which will start on Monday 30 November and will be an essential part of our ongoing assessment this year. Their progress grades will be issued next half term in the week commencing 9 November, which will give a good indication of the progress they are making towards their final examinations.

Another really important and exciting aspect of the next half term will be looking at their future choices, and there will be a whole programme of activities for students to look at options after Year 11, including information about Weatherhead Sixth Form and other Post-16 choices, and a Virtual Sixth Form Open Week starting from Monday 16 November. Students will also have individual or small group careers interviews that support this important process. 

Thank you for your continued support this half term and for the influx of positive emails, which I have shared with all staff and they have been really appreciated. Please continue to check your emails regularly as we will continue to use this as our main method of communication, and please ensure you inform us of any changes to your contact details.

I hope you and your family are all safe and well and have a good half-term break. 

Yours sincerely,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher
Headteacher's Letter to Year 10 Parents and Carers - 22/10/20

Thursday 22nd October 2020 | Year 10

Dear Parent/Carers,

It has been an extremely challenging start to the academic year, but to actually get to this half term with our students feeling safe, engaged in their learning and settled so well into all our new routines is a remarkable achievement. I would like to thank all of our wonderful students who have been incredible every step of the way and have really risen to every challenge presented. I am so proud of how they have all coped and Miss Sullivan, Deputy Headteacher and I have been extremely impressed with their behaviour and conduct. I know that all students will continue to maintain these high standards after half term, and with regards to uniform expectations, blazers must be worn with PE kits in order to uphold these standards.

This term we have dealt with the management of Covid positive results effectively under the clear direction and guidance from Public Health England, and I know you have appreciated our transparency with regards to this. The students have been able to continue with their studies if self-isolating by engaging in their remote education whilst at home, following their normal timetable as far as possible and the older students have accessed their classes live via Zoom. Google Classroom has been pivotal for those learning at home and we will continue to use this platform over the rest of the term to support those students absent for self-isolating purposes due to Covid-19 circumstances.

If any student has been ill or absent for Covid reasons this half term and feel that they may need to use some time over the half-term break to finish off work they will find all of their class work, tasks and homework in their Google Classrooms.

With this region being at the highest level of alert for Covid-19, we are going to continue to operate next half term in exactly the same way as this half term to ensure we continue to have the highest levels of safety for all students and staff and to minimise the mixing of students. 

Year 10 students have settled into their new GCSE and BTEC subjects really well and are making good progress. They have coped so well with all of the new routines and they have been so respectful and resilient from day one. Their progress and effort grades for all subjects will be issued next half term during the week commencing 16 November.

Thank you for your continued support this half term and for the influx of positive emails, which I have shared with all staff and they have been really appreciated. Please continue to check your emails regularly as we will continue to use this as our main method of communication, and please ensure you inform us of any changes to your contact details.

I hope you and your family are all safe and well and have a good half-term break. 

Yours sincerely,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher
Headteacher's Letter to Year 9 Parents and Carers - 22/10/20

Thursday 22nd October 2020 | Year 9

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been an extremely challenging start to the academic year, but to actually get to this half term with our students feeling safe, engaged in their learning and settled so well into all our new routines is a remarkable achievement. I would like to thank all of our wonderful students who have been incredible every step of the way and have really risen to every challenge presented. I am so proud of how they have all coped and Miss Sullivan, Deputy Headteacher and I have been extremely impressed with their behaviour and conduct. I know that all students will continue to maintain these high standards after half term, and with regards to uniform expectations, blazers must be worn with PE kits in order to uphold these standards.

This term we have dealt with the management of Covid positive results effectively under the clear direction and guidance from Public Health England, and I know you have appreciated our transparency with regards to this. The students have been able to continue with their studies if self-isolating by engaging in their remote education whilst at home, following their normal timetable as far as possible and the older students have accessed their classes live via Zoom. Google Classroom has been pivotal for those learning at home and we will continue to use this platform over the rest of the term to support those students absent for self-isolating purposes due to Covid-19 circumstances.

If any student has been ill or absent for Covid reasons this half term and feel that they may need to use some time over the half-term break to finish off work, they will find all of their class work, tasks and homework in their Google Classrooms.

With this region being at the highest level of alert for Covid-19, we are going to continue to operate next half term in exactly the same way as this half term to ensure we continue to have the highest levels of safety for all students and staff and to minimise the mixing of students.

Mrs Rogers, Deputy Headteacher has issued effort grades for students in Year 9 today and I have been so impressed with the significant number of excellent and good effort grades being given by the teaching staff to the students. These are really well deserved and all students should be very proud of the commitment they have shown to their studies in these exceptional circumstances.

Thank you for your continued support this half term and for the influx of positive emails, which I have shared with all staff and they have been really appreciated. Please continue to check your emails regularly as we will continue to use this as our main method of communication, and please ensure you inform us of any changes to your contact details.

I hope you and your family are all safe and well and have a good half-term break.

Yours sincerely,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher
Headteacher's Letter to Year 8 Parents and Carers - 22/10/20

Thursday 22nd October 2020 | Year 8

Dear Parent/Carers,

It has been an extremely challenging start to the academic year, but to actually get to this half term with our students feeling safe, engaged in their learning and settled so well into all our new routines is a remarkable achievement. I would like to thank all of our wonderful students who have been incredible every step of the way and have really risen to every challenge presented. I am so proud of how they have all coped and Miss Sullivan, Deputy Headteacher and I have been extremely impressed with their behaviour and conduct. I know that all students will continue to maintain these high standards after half term, and with regards to uniform expectations, blazers must be worn with PE kits in order to uphold these standards.

This term we have dealt with the management of Covid positive results effectively under the clear direction and guidance from Public Health England, and I know you have appreciated our transparency with regards to this. The students have been able to continue with their studies if self-isolating by engaging in their remote education whilst at home, following their normal timetable as far as possible and the older students have accessed their classes live via Zoom. Google Classroom has been pivotal for those learning at home and we will continue to use this platform over the rest of the term to support those students absent for self-isolating purposes due to Covid-19 circumstances.

If any student has been ill or absent for Covid reasons this half term and feel that they may need to use some time over the half-term break to finish off work, they will find all of their class work, tasks and homework in their Google Classrooms.

With this region being at the highest level of alert for Covid-19, we are going to continue to operate next term in exactly the same way as this half term to ensure we continue to have the highest levels of safety for all students and staff and to minimise the mixing of students.

Mrs Rogers, Deputy Headteacher has issued effort grades for students in Year 8 today and I have been so impressed with the significant number of excellent and good effort grades being given by the teaching staff to the students. These are really well deserved and all students should be very proud of the commitment they have shown to their studies in these exceptional circumstances.

Thank you for your continued support this half term and for the influx of positive emails, which I have shared with all staff and they have been really appreciated. Please continue to check your emails regularly as we will continue to use this as our main method of communication, and please ensure you inform us of any changes to your contact details.

I hope you and your family are all safe and well and have a good half-term break.

Yours sincerely,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher
Headteacher's Letter to Year 7 Parents and Carers - 22/10/20

Thursday 22nd October 2020 | Year 7

Dear Parent/Carers,

It has been an extremely challenging start to the academic year, but to actually get to this half term with our students feeling safe, engaged in their learning and settled so well into all our new routines is a remarkable achievement. I would like to thank all of our wonderful students who have been incredible every step of the way and have really risen to every challenge presented. I am so proud of how they have all coped and Miss Sullivan, Deputy Headteacher and I have been extremely impressed with their behaviour and conduct. I know that all students will continue to maintain these high standards after half term, and with regards to uniform expectations, blazers must be worn with PE kits in order to uphold these standards.

This term we have dealt with the management of Covid positive results effectively under the clear direction and guidance from Public Health England, and I know you have appreciated our transparency with regards to this. The students have been able to continue with their studies if self-isolating by engaging in their remote education whilst at home, following their normal timetable as far as possible and the older students have accessed their classes live via Zoom. Google Classroom has been pivotal for those learning at home and we will continue to use this platform over the rest of the term to support those students absent for self-isolating purposes due to Covid-19 circumstances.

If any student has been ill or absent for Covid reasons this half term and feel that they may need to use some time over the half-term break to finish off work, they will find all of their class work, tasks and homework in their Google Classrooms.

With this region being at the highest level of alert for Covid-19, we are going to continue to operate next half term in exactly the same way as this half term to ensure we continue to have the highest levels of safety for all students and staff and to minimise the mixing of students. 

Mrs Rogers, Deputy Headteacher has issued effort grades for students in Year 7 today and I have been so impressed with the significant number of excellent and good effort grades being given by the teaching staff to the students. These are really well deserved and all students should be very proud of the commitment they have shown to their studies since starting in September.

Year 7 students have really settled into their new school and have coped remarkably well with all of our new routines and rules to ensure a Covid secure environment. Today, they were presented with their World Class student badges from members of the Senior Leadership Team and they have all been truly ‘World Class’ this half term. They have also been issued with an individual copy of our latest Weather Report and I hope you enjoy reading it.

Thank you for your continued support this half term and for the influx of positive emails, which I have shared with all staff and they have been really appreciated. Please continue to check your emails regularly as we will continue to use this as our main method of communication, and please ensure you inform us of any changes to your contact details.

I hope you and your family are all safe and well and have a good half-term break. 

Yours sincerely,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher
Face Coverings in Schools - 18/09/20

Friday 18th September 2020 | Whole School

Dear Parents/Carers,
We have received communication from the Local Authority and Public Health Wirral regarding the wearing of face coverings in schools. Please refer to the letter from the Director of Public Health, Julie Webster
It is now an expectation for all parents and carers to wear a face covering when dropping off and collecting their children from school and that students in secondary schools, other than those medically exempt, should wear face coverings in indoor communal areas of the school.
At Weatherhead, we have already been actively encouraging these routines since our students have returned to school, and will continue to do so. Students are expected to wear face coverings between lessons, on the corridor at any time, in toilet facilities, and for Sixth Form students, in common rooms for private study. 
Currently, our arrangements are such that some students are also in communal areas for the purpose of refreshments and lunch. Consequently, it is inappropriate and not possible for them to wear face coverings during these times. However, if we find the need to group students in communal areas for any purpose other than refreshments, we will ensure face coverings are worn.
It is important to remind parents, carers and students, that the use of face coverings does not replace the need for social distancing (where it is reasonably possible) and regular hand washing/sanitising will still be encouraged. Please also remember that anyone displaying Covid symptoms should not attend school for any reason, and the procedures set out in our Covid section of the school website should be followed in full.
Your support in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Kind regards,
Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

KS5 Letter to Parents and Carers - 11/09/20

Friday 11th September 2020 | KS5

Dear Parent/Carer
Firstly, I would like to express my sincere thanks to parents, carers and students for their cooperation and support in reopening Weatherhead High School for this term. We have had a fantastic week, and our Sixth Form students have been excellent in every area. They have been great role models for our younger students and they really have risen to the challenge of our new school operations and routines.
There are lots of changes to our normal school day, and I fully understand and appreciate that students have had to adapt to many different things on their return to school. This week has been a great opportunity for students to embed these new routines and all students in Years 12 and 13 should now be fully aware of their lesson timetables and the protocols for signing in and signing out.  For this first week, our main priority was to welcome all students back, introduce these new routines, and allow students the time to settle back into their lessons after such a long time away.
It is a good time for me to remind all parents and carers that as a school, we are carefully following all DfE and Public Health advice and our students in Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) are being taught in Year Group ‘bubbles’. This is to minimise mixing between year groups, and reduce the risk of transmission. These ‘bubbles’ are also in operation to allow us to deliver a full curriculum to these key year groups, enabling them to receive specialist teaching by subject staff and to access their full subject options. It is crucial that students do not mix with other year groups to protect the safety of all students and to reduce the number of students that are required to self-isolate in the event of a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the school.
I hope that you and your child are now fully aware of the process for Sixth Form students in terms of just being in school for their lessons (where possible), and the importance of them signing in and out. I appreciate your support in this, to help us minimise the number of people in the school building where we can.
We are constantly reviewing our operations and systems, and will evolve and adapt these as and when we feel appropriate, and in the best interests of the entire school community, so can I please ask that you do not contact the Year Leaders or Sixth Form Support Workers directly with regards to our procedures and protocols.  At all times, we will continue to follow all guidance and instructions given by the DfE and Public Health England. 
May I also remind you of the protocols in place should your child be unable to attend school due to coronavirus. I have attached a copy of them in full below (Coronavirus Information for Parents/Carers), and they are also available in the Covid section on our school website. Please follow the full procedures and guidance provided for you in the booklet, and as a reminder, any student who develops symptoms of coronavirus must stay at home and not attend school.  Absence should be reported as soon as possible on the usual school attendance number, 0151 631 4401 for Sixth Form, and the student must be tested for coronavirus.  Parents/carers are responsible for arranging a test and informing us of the outcome as detailed in the guidance.  Tests must be undertaken within the first 5 days of developing symptoms and if the result is positive your child will need to self-isolate for at least 10 days and the rest of the household will need to self-isolate for 14 days.     
I would like to acknowledge and thank those that have taken the time to write in with messages of thanks and appreciation this week. Staff at Weatherhead have been working incredibly hard for the last few months to prepare the school for our students, and as I am sure you can appreciate, this current climate is a huge challenge for us all, but we will always do our very best to deliver a quality education in a safe and supportive environment. 
Thank you again for your continued cooperation.
Kind regards
Miss A Whelan
Headteacher
KS3 Letter to Parents and Carers - 11/09/20

Friday 11th September 2020 | KS3

Dear Parent/Carer,
Firstly, I would like to express my sincere thanks to parents, carers and students for their cooperation and support in reopening Weatherhead High School for this term. We have had a fantastic week, and students have been excellent in every area from uniform, behaviour and resilience. They really have risen to the challenge of our new school operations and routines.
There are lots of changes to our normal school day, and I fully understand and appreciate that students have had to adapt to many different things on their return to school. This week has been a great opportunity for students to embed these new routines and all students in Year 7, 8 and 9 should now be fully aware of their start and end times, class ‘bubbles’ and bases.
It is a good time for me to remind all parents and carers that as a school, we are carefully following all DfE and Public Health advice and our students in Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) are being taught in Form Group ‘bubbles’. This is to minimise mixing between classes, and reduce the risk of transmission. These ‘bubbles’ are also in operation to avoid, where possible, the need for an entire year group to self-isolate in the event of a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the school. 
I appreciate that some of you may have concerns with students not being outside during break and lunch time, but for the reasons outlined above, we  must ensure that students remain within their class ‘bubbles’ to keep as many children in school as possible. Students will have outdoor time built into their timetables for practical lessons such as PE, Dance, Drama, Music and other subjects where appropriate, and of course, weather permitting. Please remember, where students do have PE on their timetable, they can attend school in their PE kit or bring a pair of training shoes in a bag. Students are not permitted to wear training shoes with their uniform other than during a PE lesson. 
For this first week, our main priority was to welcome all students back, introduce our new routines, school information and student timetable, and allow students the time to settle back into their lessons after such a long time away.
I hope that you and your child are now fully aware of their designated start time, and I appreciate your support in ensuring your child arrives as close to this time as possible which is again, crucial in helping us protect the health and safety of all students. 
We are constantly reviewing our operations and systems, and will evolve and adapt these as and when we feel appropriate, and in the best interests of the entire school community and can I please ask that you do not contact the Year Leader or Pastoral Support Worker directly with regards to our procedures and protocols. At all times, we will continue to follow all guidance and instructions given by the DfE and Public Health England. 
I would like to acknowledge and thank those that have taken the time to write in with messages of thanks and appreciation this week. Staff at Weatherhead have been working incredibly hard for the last few months to prepare the school for our students, and as I am sure you can appreciate, this current climate is a huge challenge for us all, but we will always do our very best to deliver a quality education in a safe and supportive environment. 
Thank you again for your continued cooperation.
Kind regards,
Miss A Whelan
Headteacher
A Letter from Mr Dyment, CEO of Peninsula Multi Academy Trust - 11/09/20

Friday 11th September 2020 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carers,

I am writing on behalf of the Trust that has strategic responsibility for the oversight of education at Weatherhead High School.

The Trust has approved all aspects of the Risk Assessment and operational arrangements that have allowed the school to open this September. We are pleased that students are now back in fulltime education and are coping well with the challenging arrangements that have been put in place to ensure safety for staff and students. They have adapted wonderfully to the return to school and we are so proud of the way they have met the challenges with good humour and enthusiasm.

Miss Whelan and her team have worked tirelessly to ensure that the school is able to accommodate and teach over 1600 students in the building. The magnitude of the task and the ongoing challenge is significant and the Headteacher has been encouraged and is grateful for the many positive comments received from parents. The situation regarding Covid 19 and the school operational arrangements are dynamic and at the end of each day a review of school, local and national circumstances is used to consider if there are changes needed to our work at Weatherhead.

Parents should be reassured by the professional and diligent way that consideration is given to trying to provide as normal an education as possible with the constraints imposed in trying to ensure a safe environment

There will inevitably be some difference of opinion from parents regarding the school operational arrangements. Some parents may not be happy that Years 7, 8 and 9 are taught in mixed ability Form bubbles. Some may not be happy that we actively encourage students to wear face masks on corridors (it is not mandatory). Some parents would wish for more recreational opportunity for their children. The Trusts view is that the operational activity of the school is for the Headteacher to decide and implement.

The school is rightly focussed on trying to ensure children have facetoface teaching as this is by far the most effective medium for high quality learning. At this time the Headteacher and her Senior Team are dealing with many major challenges and consequently emails of a non urgent nature sent to school from parents will not always receive an immediate response. All the team at Weatherhead are doing their best and we will continue to try and get education for our students back on track.

My thanks for your ongoing support

Yours sincerely,

NR Dyment

CEO of Peninsula Multi-Academy Trust 

Important Information for the Start of Term - 07/09/20

Tuesday 7th September 2020 | Whole School

Dear Parents/Carers,
We have had a fantastic induction programme over the last week, and it has been so great to welcome back students to Weatherhead High School. I would like to thank you all for your support and cooperation in making this so successful.
Tomorrow, Tuesday 8 September, we see the return of all students together and I wanted to share some important reminders with you all.
To maintain the safety of our whole school community, it is important that all students adhere to the set start times that have been given for each year group. This will allow us to safely enter all students into the building at staggered times.
A reminder of the start times are below, please ensure that students are not arriving before their designated start time. Your support with this matter is greatly appreciated.

YEAR GROUP

START TIME

END TIME 

ENTRY/EXIT POINT 

Year 7

8:35am

3:15pm

Breck Road

Year 8

8:45am

3:05pm

Breck Road

Year 9

8:50am

3:00pm

Breck Road

Year 10

9:00am

3:10pm

Breck Road

Year 11

9:00am

3:20pm

Breck Road

Year 12 & 13

As per student timetables/lessons 

Main reception

May I also remind you of the protocols in place should your child be unable to attend school due to coronavirus. I have attached a copy of them in full below (Coronavirus Information for Parents/Carers), and they are also available on our school website. Please follow the full procedures and guidance provided for you in the booklet, and as a reminder, any student who develops symptoms of coronavirus must stay at home and not attend school.  Absence should be reported as soon as possible on the usual school attendance number, 0151 631 4410 for Year 7-11 and 0151 631 4401 for 6th Form, and the student must be tested for coronavirus.  Parents/carers are responsible for arranging a test and informing us of the outcome as detailed in the guidance.  Tests must be undertaken within the first 5 days of developing symptoms and if the result is positive your child will need to self-isolate for at least 10 days and the rest of the household will need to self-isolate for 14 days.   
 
Thanks again for your continued support.
 
Kind regards,
 
Miss A Whelan
Headteacher


Year 11 Arrangements for the Start of Term - 02/09/20

Wednesday 2nd September 2020 | Year 11

Dear Parent/Carer, 

I hope you and your families are safe and well.  As Deputy Headteacher for Student Services, I am really looking forward to welcoming all of our students back to Weatherhead over the next week.  I hope you have had time to read all of the important information that the Headteacher shared with you all recently.

From that information you can see that we have in essence, had to implement a new school model that has been designed by taking into account our large student numbers and to primarily;

  • Reduce risk for staff and students and create a safe working environment for the school community.
  • Minimise contact with students and staff to pods (year groups) to prevent risk of infection and permit social distancing
  • To support the NHS trace and test methodology

We have chosen a method of delivery to ensure limited mixing of students and to guarantee we can support the NHS method of testing and tracing. This is the safest model that we can operate at this time, with the staff available and the highly challenging situation we all find ourselves in. 

Induction Day information

Please read the important information attached to this email regarding reminders for the start of term.

Please ensure your child arrives promptly for their session via our Breck Road entrance.  I would also ask that you read the important details attached, regarding the arrangements with your child prior to their first session.

All students will be asked to go directly to their form room to meet their Form Tutor (details below). 

Year team information

The information below details your child’s year team information and key members of staff who will support students this year.  A reminder please, that most queries can be answered by your child’s Form Tutor so please direct any queries to them in the first instance. 

Year 11

Year Leader: Miss Lilburn

Pastoral Support Worker: Mrs Luscombe

Form Tutor

Form Group

Form Room

Previous Form Tutor

Mrs Daniels

11KDA

D101

Mrs Daniels

Mr Mealor

11AMR

D102

Mr Mealor

Mrs Grimwood

11CGW

D105

Miss Mallon

Miss Elliott

11REL

E106

Mrs Taylor

Mr Pierce

11AMP

E104

Mr Pierce

Miss Dybacz

11BD

E103

Miss Dybacz

Miss Kell

11LK

F103

Miss Kell

Mrs Parsons

11JP

E105

Mrs Parsons

Miss Cooper

11PCO

D106

Miss Cooper

Miss Horton

11SHO

D107

Miss Horton

I would like to thank you all for your patience, understanding and support over the past few months, whilst we navigate a situation that is so difficult to comprehend.  Our staff will continue to work tirelessly to support all of our students in every year group and on behalf of all the staff at Weatherhead we are all looking forward to welcoming our students back to school, in an environment that is as safe as possible for everyone.

Kind regards,

Miss N Sullivan

Deputy Headteacher

Student Services

Year 8-11 Parent and Student Protocols (PDF)

Year 10 Arrangements for the Start of Term - 02/09/20

Wednesday 2nd September 2020 | Year 10

Dear Parent/Carer, 

I hope you and your families are safe and well.  As Deputy Headteacher for Student Services, I am really looking forward to welcoming all of our students back to Weatherhead over the next week.  I hope you have had time to read all of the important information that the Headteacher shared with you all recently.

From that information you can see that we have in essence, had to implement a new school model that has been designed by taking into account our large student numbers and to primarily; 

  • Reduce risk for staff and students and create a safe working environment for the school community.
  • Minimise contact with students and staff to pods (year groups) to prevent risk of infection and permit social distancing
  • To support the NHS trace and test methodology

We have chosen a method of delivery to ensure limited mixing of students and to guarantee we can support the NHS method of testing and tracing. This is the safest model that we can operate at this time, with the staff available and the highly challenging situation we all find ourselves in.

Induction Day information

Please read the important information attached to this email regarding reminders for the start of term.

Please ensure your child arrives promptly for their session via our Breck Road entrance.  I would also ask that you read the important details attached, regarding the arrangements with your child prior to their first session.

All students will be asked to go directly to their form room to meet their Form Tutor (details below). 

Year team information

The information below details your child’s year team information and key members of staff who will support students this year.  A reminder please, that most queries can be answered by your child’s Form Tutor so please direct any queries to them in the first instance. 

Year 10

Year Leader: Mrs Jones

Form Tutor

Form Group

Form Room

Previous Form Tutor

Mrs Evans

10KEV

D201

Mrs Evans

Miss Raftery

10JRY

D202

Miss Raftery

Miss Dean

10CDN

D203

Miss Dean

Miss Routledge

10HRL

D204

Miss Routledge

Miss Badford

10NB

D205

Mr Graham

Mrs Pitts

10API

D206

Mrs Pitts

Miss Burke

10SBU

D207

Miss Burke

Miss Stewart

10ZE/SS

A102

Miss Evans

Mr Green

10MGN

A103

Mr Green

Mrs Ferry

10CFE

A104

Miss Strachan

I would like to thank you all for your patience, understanding and support over the past few months, whilst we navigate a situation that is so difficult to comprehend.  Our staff will continue to work tirelessly to support all of our students in every year group and on behalf of all the staff at Weatherhead we are all looking forward to welcoming our students back to school, in an environment that is as safe as possible for everyone.

Kind regards

Miss N Sullivan

Deputy Headteacher

Student Services

Year 8-11 Parent and Student Protocols (PDF)

Year 9 Arrangements for the Start of Term - 02/09/20

Wednesday 2nd September 2020 | Year 9

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you and your families are safe and well.  As Deputy Headteacher for Student Services, I am really looking forward to welcoming all of our students back to Weatherhead over the next week.  I hope you have had time to read all of the important information that the Headteacher shared with you all recently.

From that information you can see that we have in essence, had to implement a new school model that has been designed by taking into account our large student numbers and to primarily;

  • Reduce risk for staff and students and create a safe working environment for the school community.
  • Minimise contact with students and staff to pods (year groups) to prevent risk of infection and permit social distancing
  • To support the NHS trace and test methodology

We have chosen a method of delivery to ensure limited mixing of students and to guarantee we can support the NHS method of testing and tracing. This is the safest model that we can operate at this time, with the staff available and the highly challenging situation we all find ourselves in.

Induction Day information

Please read the important information attached to this email regarding reminders for the start of term.

Please ensure your child arrives promptly for their session via our Breck Road entrance.  I would also ask that you read the important details attached, regarding the arrangements with your child prior to their first session.

All students will be asked to go directly to their form room to meet their Form Tutor (details below).

Year team information

The information below details your child’s year team information and key members of staff who will support students this year.  A reminder please, that most queries can be answered by your child’s Form Tutor so please direct any queries to them in the first instance.

Year 9

Year Leader: Miss Thomason

Pastoral Support Worker: Mrs Hurst

Form Tutor Form Group Form Room Previous Form Tutor
Miss Faulkner 9NJF B201 Miss Faulkner
Mrs Pearson 9RPE B202 Mrs Pearson
Mrs French 9LF C202 Mrs French
Mrs O’Keefe 9EOK B206 Mrs Rees
Mr Hanson 9CHA B207 Mr Hanson
Miss Jones 9JJO C201 Miss Jones
Mr Williams 9JWI B203 Miss Brennan
Miss Holden 9AHO C206 Miss Holden
Miss Richardson 9LRI C203 Miss Richardson
Miss Horan 9RHN C205 Miss Tang

I would like to thank you all for your patience, understanding and support over the past few months, whilst we navigate a situation that is so difficult to comprehend.  Our staff will continue to work tirelessly to support all of our students in every year group and on behalf of all the staff at Weatherhead we are all looking forward to welcoming our students back to school, in an environment that is as safe as possible for everyone.

Kind regards,

Miss N Sullivan

Deputy Headteacher

Student Services

Year 8-11 Parent and Student Protocols (PDF)

Year 8 Arrangements for the Start of Term - 02/09/20

Wednesday 2nd September 2020 | Year 8

Dear Parent/Carer, 

I hope you and your families are safe and well.  As Deputy Headteacher for Student Services, I am really looking forward to welcoming all of our students back to Weatherhead over the next week.  I hope you have had time to read all of the important information that the Headteacher shared with you all recently.

From that information you can see that we have in essence, had to implement a new school model that has been designed by taking into account our large student numbers and to primarily; 

  • Reduce risk for staff and students and create a safe working environment for the school community.
  • Minimise contact with students and staff to pods (year groups) to prevent risk of infection and permit social distancing
  • To support the NHS trace and test methodology

We have chosen a method of delivery to ensure limited mixing of students and to guarantee we can support the NHS method of testing and tracing. This is the safest model that we can operate at this time, with the staff available and the highly challenging situation we all find ourselves in.

Induction Day information

Please read the important information attached to this email regarding reminders for the start of term.

Please ensure your child arrives promptly for their session via our Breck Road entrance.  I would also ask that you read the important details attached, regarding the arrangements with your child prior to their first session.

All students will be asked to go directly to their form room to meet their Form Tutor (details below). 

Year team information

The information below details your child’s year team information and key members of staff who will support students this year.  A reminder please, that most queries can be answered by your child’s Form Tutor so please direct any queries to them in the first instance. 

Year 8

Year Leader: Mrs Hudson

Pastoral Support Worker: Miss Yates

Form Tutor

Form Group

Form Room

Previous Form Tutor

Mr Owen

8RO

B101

Mr Owen

Miss Edwards

8JED

B102

Miss Edwards

Miss McIlroy

8JMI

C103

Mrs England

Miss Byrne-Watts

8GBW

B106

Miss Byrne-Watts

Ms Williams

8HWI

B103

Ms Williams

Mr Folan

8CFO

C102

Mr Folan

Miss Bate

8JBA

B107

Mrs Rutledge

Miss O’Looney

8EOL

C101

Miss O’Looney

Miss Kiersey

8CK

C106

Miss Kiersey

Mr Matthews-Wright

8JMW

C105

Mr Matthews-Wright

I would like to thank you all for your patience, understanding and support over the past few months, whilst we navigate a situation that is so difficult to comprehend.  Our staff will continue to work tirelessly to support all of our students in every year group and on behalf of all the staff at Weatherhead we are all looking forward to welcoming our students back to school, in an environment that is as safe as possible for everyone.

Kind regards

Miss N Sullivan

Deputy Headteacher

Student Services

Year 8-11 Parent and Student Protocols (PDF)

Year 7 Arrangements for the Start of Term - 01/09/20

Tuesday 1st September 2020 | Year 7

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you and your families are safe and well.  As Deputy Headteacher for Student Services, I am really looking forward to welcoming our year 7 students to Weatherhead over the next week.  I hope you have had time to read all of the important information that the Headteacher shared with you all recently.

From that information you can see that we have in essence, had to implement a new school model that has been designed by taking into account our large student numbers and to primarily;

  • Reduce risk for staff and students and create a safe working environment for the school community.
  • Minimise contact with students and staff to pods (year groups) to prevent risk of infection and permit social distancing
  • To support the NHS trace and test methodology

We have chosen a method of delivery to ensure limited mixing of students and to guarantee we can support the NHS method of testing and tracing. This is the safest model that we can operate at this time, with the staff available and the highly challenging situation we all find ourselves in.

Induction Day information

Please read the important information attached to this email regarding reminders for the start of term.

Please ensure your child arrives promptly for their session via our Breck Road entrance.  I would also ask that you read the important details attached, regarding the arrangements with your child prior to their first session.

All year 7 students will be asked to go directly to the yard (weather permitting) to meet their Form Tutor (details below).  All students will spend the day with their new form group and Form Tutor to learn all about their new school.  Please be reassured that there will be lots of staff assigned to help year 7 on such an important day.

Year team information

The information below details your child’s year team information and key members of staff who will support students this year.  A reminder please, that most queries can be answered by your childs Form Tutor so please direct any queries to them in the first instance.

Year Leader: Mr Barr

Pastoral Support Worker: Miss Raftery

Form Tutor Form Group Form Room
Miss Bennett 7CB B001
Mr McLean 7SMN B002
Miss Nelson 7CN B003
Miss Hardy 7CHY B006
Miss Hunter 7AJH B007
Miss Houldridge 7TH C001
Miss Trainer 7CTR C006
Miss Clarkson 7LCL C003
Mr Clark 7MCL C005
Miss Rigby 7ARI C002

I would like to thank you all for your patience, understanding and support over the past few months, whilst we navigate a situation that is so difficult to comprehend.  Our staff will continue to work tirelessly to support all of our students in every year group and on behalf of all the staff at Weatherhead we are all looking forward to welcoming our students back to school, in an environment that is as safe as possible for everyone.

Kind regards

Miss N Sullivan

Deputy Headteacher

Student Services

Year 7 Parent and Student Protocols (PDF)

Transport Information for Parents - 27/08/20

Thursday 27th August 2020 | All Students

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

As you are aware from Tuesday 8th September the school start and finish times have been staggered to ensure all government guidelines have been met.  This will obviously have an impact on how students will want to travel to and from school.  We encourage all students to walk or cycle to school if possible.

School will not be open to students before 8.30am however students will need to arrive at school for their allocated start time.  Unfortunately, there will be no extra-curricular clubs or after school provision until further notice and therefore the school will be closed to students at 3.25pm.

 

YEAR GROUP START TIME END TIME 
Year 7 8:35am 3:15pm
Year 8 8:45am 3:05pm
Year 9 8:50am 3:00pm
Year 10 9:00am 3:10pm
Year 11 9:00am 3:20pm
Year 12 & 13 As per student timetables/lessons

Walking

Students will be encouraged to walk to and from school.  They will arrive and leave by the main student entrance on Breck Road.  Please can students arrive at school for their allocated start time.

Car

The school car park is for staff use only and will be closed to parents and carers.  All students being dropped off or collected will need to be done at a safe location on Breck Road or the surrounding area.  Parents are encouraged to drop off away from school and students walk the last bit to avoid congestion.

Bicycle

Students who cycle to school will need to use the pedestrian entrance to the car park and walk with their bike to the cycle pods behind reception to secure their bikes. They will then walk round to the student entrance on Breck Road.  At the end of the day students will exit school via Breck road and then walk round to collect their bike from the pods.  They are not to leave by reception.  All bike pods now have a combination lock which will be issued to those students requiring it.  No keys will now be needed.

School and public bus

All students who are travelling by bus are required to wear a face mask.  Please remember to bring a plastic bag for them to put this mask in whilst they are in school.  The bus companies are not providing hand sanitiser and so we encourage students to bring their own. They are also not insisting on social distancing on board. School bus times will run as normal.  Please use the following link to access the bus timetables: weatherheadhigh.co.uk/school-information/transport-links.

Kind regards,

Mrs J Kaloumenos

Assistant Headteacher

Advice on Facemasks - 27/08/20

Thursday 27th August 2020 | All Students

Dear Parents/Carers,

Recent updated guidance this week from the World Health Organisation recommends that face masks should now be worn by all students in the corridors and moving around the school building where social distancing cannot be guaranteed. The government indicates that this requirement will become mandatory in areas with high infection rates.

In light of these changes we have decided to strongly advise and actively encourage all students to wear face masks when in the corridors at Weatherhead. Years 7, 8 & 9 are mostly in classroom bases for lessons and will only need to wear a mask on entry to and exit from the building and for limited movement at other times. Years 10,11, 12 &13 will need to wear a face mask when moving between lessons as well as entering and exiting the building. 

Students are advised to wear either disposable or washable masks and to have a small plastic bag for storage when not in use. It is also expected that masks will not be novelty types e.g funny faces or personalised or of nature that would cause offence e.g statement or controversial logos. 

We recognise that for a small proportion of students medical and anxiety reasons will mean they are unable to wear a mask. Also, if a student forgets their mask or does not have their own mask we have a small stock to meet this need. 

Please see attached guidance on how to wear masks safely from the WHO and please remind your child of these procedures.

This will be under constant review and if we deem that there is a need to make this mandatory we will and also we may be directed by Public Health England if local infection rates increase. 

All our decisions are made in the best interest of the safety of all our students and staff to ensure we have the highest level of a Covid -19 secure environment wherever possible. All our measures will be under constant review and I would like to thank you for your continued support in making sure everyone in our school and wider community is kept as safe as possible.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan

Headteacher

How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Mask (pdf)

Detailed information on the arrangements for the start of this academic year - 21/08/20

Friday 21st August 2020 | All Students

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you have all managed to have a safe summer with family and friends, and further to my communication at the end of the last academic year, I am contacting you again to provide you with more detailed information on the arrangements for the start of this academic year, outline our curriculum provision and share some of our new and amended procedures as a result of the Covid-19 situation.

Our vision for this academic year is very simple – to get all our students back into school safely and to offer a balanced curriculum in a fully inclusive and supportive environment.

The safety and welfare of all our students and staff continues to remain our highest priority and to ensure we can open our school safely this term, we have updated our previous risk assessment which has been signed off by our Trust Board. We have adapted our systems and procedures in line with this assessment and a copy is available on our website. This alongside a broad and balanced curriculum in school, and remotely if necessary, is absolutely crucial in making sure our students are able to learn safely and in every eventuality this academic year. Everything we do will be constantly under review and I will keep you updated of any changes throughout the term.

Please find attached a more detailed document which covers all of our new arrangements and safety procedures for the new term and there are some additional information sheets attached on our ‘test and trace’, visitor and communication procedures. 

As I am sure you will appreciate, Weatherhead will not look the same as it has done previously, as there are significant changes to the organisation of our school and how we will operate to ensure the best Covid-19 secure environment we can. 

Although detailed information on our new arrangements and procedures is attached, it is worth me mentioning that visitors to school will be limited and there will be no access to reception for any parent or carer without an appointment. There will also be no access to the school car park at any time for any 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 my 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 4-5 days, unless it is a child protection issue. 

The school day will be restricted to the student start and finish times and it is important to note that there will be no breakfast club or early opening of the school to students in the first instance, so students must aim to arrive at school for their start time and I will keep you updated on this. All students will be expected to leave school at their exit time via the Breck Road exits and will not be allowed to stay in school beyond their time, as there will be no extra curricular clubs or supervised study until further notice. Arrangements at the end of the day will be made for those students waiting for school buses. There will be no after school parent or carer events this term and we will ensure any important information is communicated to you in other ways. 

I appreciate that there is a lot of information to take in from this email, therefore more specific information and reminders about students starting from Thursday 3rd September will be issued by Deputy Headteacher, Miss Sullivan for Year 7-11 and Head of Sixth Form, Miss Byrne for Years 12 & 13 on Tuesday 1st September. 

Additionally, Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Kaloumenos will be contacting you with regards to transport arrangements and will be asking you all to complete an audit to further assist us in supporting you and your child during this academic year. It is crucial that we receive this information from you.

All of these arrangements and plans will be reviewed constantly, 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. I look forward to working with you all in partnership during this academic year.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan

Headteacher

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS – PLEASE READ

Plans for reopening the school to all students in September - 13/07/20

Monday 13th July 2020 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carers,

As promised before the end of term, I am now in a position to share with you our current plans for reopening the school to all students in September.

After receiving detailed guidance from the DfE, I have been working hard with senior colleagues over the past week and I am pleased to say that we can meet all of the proposed safety requirements and welcome back all students in the autumn term to a full timetable with a broad and balanced curriculum; unless anything changes nationally or locally over the summer period.

The three main health principles the school will be operating under are:

  • Minimise contact between year groups (year group bubbles)
  • Arranging classrooms with forward facing desks
  • Staff maintaining distance from students and other staff as much as possible

In order to make this happen, as I’m sure you can imagine, things will not run in the same way as we are used to and there will be lots of organisational changes, updated policies and protocols for students, parents and carers, and staff, as well as slight alterations to the start and end of the day to meet all the proposed health and safety guidelines. There will be lots of crucial information that you will receive prior to September which will be issued at the end of the summer holiday as well as an updated new risk assessment available on the website, but I wanted to give you the information of our enhanced induction programme, which is going to be absolutely crucial for all students to begin with, along with the actual date that all students will start their full timetable in school.

The induction programme will be spread over 3 days from Thursday 3rd – Monday 7th September to give all year groups their own special time in school to settle back in and to adjust to our completely new arrangements, routines and procedures that will be in place over the autumn term to ensure the school is as safe as possible. The induction will consist of face to face time in school with form tutors and also remote learning tasks to ensure that all students are set up with their new online teaching groups and new online form groups from day one, so that in the event of a small group, year group, school, local or national lockdown we can transition seamlessly to this way of teaching.

The induction day arrangements are as follows:

DAY SESSION TIME
Thursday 3 September Year 7 Induction Day All day (9:00-3:00)
Year 12 Induction Day All day (AM/PM sessions)
Friday 4 September Year 8 Induction Morning 8:45am-12.30pm
Year 10 Induction Afternoon 12:45-3.20pm
Year 13 Induction Day All day (AM/PM sessions)
Monday 7 September Year 9 Induction Morning 8:50am-12.30pm
Year 11 Induction Afternoon 12:45-3.20pm
Tuesday 8 September All Year Groups return All day (staggered start/end times)

During the induction programme, all Year 7 students must bring a packed lunch to school and any student in receipt of Free School Meals will receive a packed lunch.

All students will start school fully on Tuesday 8th September and the start and finish times are below:

YEAR GROUP START TIME END TIME
Year 7 8:40am 3:15pm
Year 8 8:45am 3:05pm
Year 9 8:50am 3:00pm
Year 10 9:00am 3:10pm
Year 11 9:00am 3:20pm
Year 12 & 13 As per student timetables/lessons

For the autumn term, all students in Year 7, 8 and 9 will need to bring their own packed lunch to school and for those students in receipt of Free School Meals, a packed lunch will be provided. Years 10 and 11 will need to bring a packed lunch also for the initial few weeks, again one will be provided for students in receipt of Free School Meals, and we hope to introduce a canteen provision at some point in the term, if we can. Sixth Form students can go offsite for lunch however there will also be catering provision available for break and lunch in the Upper Common Room for students in Year 12 and 13 to access.

Further to Miss Sullivan’s communication regarding uniform, all uniform expectations remain the same and students are expected to wear full uniform when attending school. It is the responsibility of parents and carers to ensure that all students attend school ‘ready to learn’ and are wearing the correct uniform with all necessary equipment for lessons e.g. pens, pencils etc.

All of the start of term details will be sent out again at the end of the summer holidays as students will be starting school at different times and using different entrances and exits and all this information will be available on the school website.

To support us in preparing for next year, we will also be sending out a survey before we return, to indicate the online facilities in each household and how you are expecting your child to travel to and from school. We strongly encourage most students to walk or cycle to school as dropping off and collecting near the school will be limited and there will be no access at all to the car park for any parents or carers. School buses will still be running in September but the Department for Transport recommends walking or cycling if at all possible. This gives you an opportunity to think over the holidays and plan how your child will get to school as safely as possible. We will also ask for your most up to date contact details, including an email address to ensure that we are able to communicate important messages and reach you in the event of any emergency.

Finally, can I take this opportunity to thank you all for your unwavering support over the term and wish you all a safe summer holiday.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan

Headteacher

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