Letters to Parents and Carers

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

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

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

 

Headteacher Update - End of Term - 15/07/2021

Thursday 15th July 2021 | Whole School

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

Well I can safely say that it has been a year like no other and I am sure you will all agree. It has been extremely challenging in so many ways but your child has been absolutely remarkable in adapting to every control and safety measure we have put in place; remaining in bubbles, the cancellation of external examinations, and not being able to experience our normal vibrant extra curricular activities. It has been nice this half term to see so many students accessing our summer extra curricular programme in PE, Dance, Drama and Music clubs and we are really looking forward to getting all of our clubs and trips back next academic year. All students have been so resilient in many different ways and have all shown why they are truly World Class!

Despite all of the difficulties this academic year, there have been so many significant achievements and things we should all be proud of, including mastering new IT skills and accessing learning online, attending virtual clubs, and being really creative in so many different ways and entering many competitions online. I have been impressed with the quality of art work submitted by so many in the Artist of the Month competitions and the final pieces of examination work of our Year 11 and Year 13 students, which can be viewed in our virtual art galleries: GCSE Art Exhibition  A level Art Exhibition

This term, there were also many exceptional entries in our ‘Weatherhead Composer Competition’. The top 3 entries were selected to record in our studio and submit their work to a music distributor and they have gone live on a number of online streaming platforms. Congratulations to Freya and Alicia in Year 10 and Olivia in Year 7. You can listen to their songs here:

We also held a virtual ‘Wearherhead’s Got Talent’ competition this week. Well done to all students who entered, there is so much wonderful talent at Weatherhead and I am sure you will join me in congratulating our top 3 acts; Alissa in Year 7 (3rd place), Madison in Year 9 (2nd place) and Casey in Year 12 who was our winner this year.
We were delighted to receive re-accreditation of our World Class School status this month, which was a lovely way to end the year, and last week two of our students were recognised for their exceptional literary talents in the Wirral Chris Salmon poetry competition, with Jen in Year 11 receiving the highest accolade of 1st place from over 600 entries and Molly in Year 11 being highly commended. A huge congratulations to both students.
All students have been rewarded throughout the year through our IRIS reward system and most recently in the online end of year assemblies this week. We have had so much success to share and recognise and I had the privilege of giving out my Headteacher Awards this week to 34 students either face to face or remotely via Google Meet to recognise that they have gone above and beyond to receive the top award in the school.
Something very special I have also seen over this academic year is that the students have looked after each other so well and shown such respect for each other, the school and the local community. They have continued to reach for their dreams and attended virtual interviews, open days, Higher Education talks and much more.
I have also received hundreds of thank you emails and cards over the academic year from yourselves, including some ‘Pearson Thank You’ nominations for our staff. Every card, email and nomination has been read out and shared with staff and we have been so grateful for your kind words of encouragement and recognition in such a difficult time; it has really meant a lot.
Despite a global pandemic, students in every year group have made good progress in their learning and should be very proud of what they have achieved. We were so lucky this term to have all our end of year tests and examinations with Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 and you will have received your child’s report this week from Mrs Rogers, Deputy Headteacher.
Our Year 11 and Year 13 students were able to enjoy socially distanced leavers’ celebrations and all the Centre Assessment Grades were completed and I’m really looking forward to seeing all students again on their results days in August.
You will receive a booklet with a letter this week in the post from Miss Sullivan, Senior Deputy Headteacher to support you and your child on a number of topics and I know this will be a valuable resource for you and your family. Miss Sullivan also emailed you yesterday with the start of the term arrangements for September and this will be put on the website for ease of reference and as a reminder for you to refer to at the end of the summer holidays before your child returns.
Finally, I want to thank you all again for your support and cooperation this year and I wish you and your families a really safe summer holiday.
Kind regards,
Miss A Whelan 
Headteacher
Start of Term - September 2021 - 14/07/2021

Wednesday 14th July 2021 | Whole School

Dear Parents/Carers,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kind regards,

Miss N Sullivan

Senior Deputy Headteacher 

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

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

Thursday 8th July 2021 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://forms.gle/CNsAoWFsJWuA1tqv8

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

https://forms.gle/xY4v8zqrncKmyBdM9

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

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

Kind regards,

Miss N Sullivan

Senior Deputy Headteacher

Parent Letter – 7th July 2021 (PDF)

CONSENT TERMS – Students (PDF)

Privacy Notice – Covid-19 testing (PDF)

Weatherhead are World Class Again - 06/07/2021

Tuesday 6th July 2021 | Whole School

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

We are delighted to share with you that Weatherhead High School has successfully re-accredited as a World Class School. Our Year 12 team of ‘World Class Ambassadors’ have worked hard over the last 6 months to complete assessment frameworks in a number of areas to prove that they are World Class.

The news was announced on 1st July, when World Class school leaders, staff and students came together virtually for the annual World Class School  symposium. The event offered a range of presentations and interactive sessions from World Class schools and partners, centred around the theme of “World Class futures” including:

  • up to the minute careers advice from professional networking platform, LinkedIn and global employer and apprenticeship experts Accenture

  • advice and resources from the Life Skills Network on the transition from school to the workplace

  • an inspirational presentation from mental health advocate Daniel Wilsher

  • an update from the Alumni Association student committee on the benefits of joining

  • a session on “what makes a World Class undergraduate” by Trinity College Cambridge 

  • the launch of the 2021 essay competition

A celebration of World Class students…

The Symposium featured an Awards Ceremony celebrating World Class achievements of students from schools across the country. Following a very difficult school year, over 200 World Class schools streamed the ceremony live into classrooms to celebrate the inspirational achievements of students, who overcame obstacles presented by Lockdown and COVID 19.

Weatherhead Awards Ceremony Highlights:

  • One of only 9 schools to re-accredit who have proved that they are World Class over a period of 3 years and achieved reaccreditation during the challenging circumstances of a pandemic

  • Year 12 student, Polly was recognised as a qualifying student assessor, helping other schools to become World Class

  • Many of our Year 12 team were shortlisted for ‘the Student of the Year Character Awards’ including Claire (Learners), Jess (Leaders), Izzy, Libby and Tyler (Commitment to Achievement), Sanjita (Knowledge & Understanding)

  • Polly and Emma were named runners-up in their areas of Workplace and Knowledge & Understanding and were named Character Role Models in the online video gallery.

Miranda Perry, Director of World Class commented, “we have a lot to celebrate at World Class. The challenges of the last few months have proved that the World Class skills and competencies of our students, the recognition of which is the point of our organisation, are what really matter. World Class students have the skills and competencies not only to survive in times of trial, but to flourish. We are celebrating our confidence in the fact that our World Class students will win at life, no matter what.”

We are so proud of all of our students and staff, and this is fantastic recognition of their hard work and a lovely way to end a really challenging year.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan

Headteacher 

Public Health Update - 24/06/2021

Thursday 24th June 2021 | Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12

Dear Parents/Carers,

Further to the email I sent to you on Friday 18th June, please see attached a joint letter from Wirral’s Director of Public Health (Julie Webster) and Director of Children’s Services (Simone White) which I have been asked to send out to you all and it reinforces the messages sent out in my communication.

Thanks for your continued support,

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan 
Headteacher

Download the joint letter from Wirral’s Director of Public Health and Director of Children’s Services (PDF).

Year 6 Transition Day - 23/06/2021

Wednesday 23rd June 2021 | Year 6

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope that you are well and staying safe. Unfortunately advice from local public health officials has led to Wirral secondary schools cancelling the proposed Year 6 Transition Day in July. However, I am pleased to inform you that instead we will launch ‘A Taste of Weatherhead’ virtual event from 4pm on Wednesday 7 July. You will receive an email link that will provide access to our bespoke event and you and your child will have until September to access it. The virtual event will provide you and your child with the opportunity to listen to speeches from the Headteacher, the Director of Key Stage 3 and the Year 7 Year Leader. There will also be a virtual tour of the school and the opportunity to participate in some exciting and engaging lessons.

Furthermore, we will be sending you a set of forms in the post this week with a stamped addressed envelope in order to enable you to complete the forms and return them by 2nd August.

I would also like to remind you that the deadline to sign up for our Summer School is Friday 25 June. The details for Summer School are on our school website https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/summer-school

In the meantime, we hope that your child enjoys the final few weeks of primary school.

Kind Regards,

Miss D. A. Smith
Assistant Headteacher, Director of Key Stage 3

COVID-19 UPDATE - 18/06/2021

Friday 18th June 2021 | Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12

Dear Parent/Carer,

In light of my recent Public Health update this morning, it is important that you read the information outlined below carefully.

As you are all aware, the government has announced a delay to the easing of any other restrictions by four weeks. With cases rising, and a much noticeable increase in the North West it’s crucial that we remain vigilant and do all we can to reinforce our current safety measures.

From Monday 21st June we will be encouraging students to wear masks whilst in the classroom and staff will be asked to use their discretion in managing this during the remaining weeks of term, given current rising temperatures.

To reduce the risk of transmission we urge you to continue with regular twice weekly LFT testing and report the result both to the NHS and to school via our google form within 24 hours of taking the test. This is key to detecting and managing cases early to help prevent outbreaks.  Additional boxes of tests will be allocated to students in Years 7 to 10 next week.  Year 12 students should have sufficient tests to continue until the end of term.

As a reminder the google form links are as follows:

Year 7

https://forms.gle/cv6TpYGf2NC2k6yJ6

Year 8

https://forms.gle/GZfhD7e4JfKkoSXt8

Year 9

https://forms.gle/R3P1JjQ3NXMRybVX8

Year 10

https://forms.gle/eanKPoUE76vDBWuw8

Year 12

https://forms.gle/4LMkjz57TrEQT4kt7

To help in communicating the importance of testing and reporting, the DfE has produced a blog on why reporting your test result is as important as taking a test, featuring further guidance and common questions. This also includes details on financial support available to parents whose children are asked to self-isolate after contact with a positive case, and is called the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme. This national scheme is administered locally to provide financial support, subject to certain criteria, to low income households to self-isolate and also parents and guardians who are not legally required to self-isolate, but who need to take time off work to look after a child or young person who is self-isolating.  Applicants will need to satisfy the other eligibility criteria for the scheme to receive the payment.  Further details can be found online: www.wirral.gov.uk/covidpayment

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

Regular symptom-free testing can be accessed at one of Wirral’s four Community Testing centres:

  • Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, 7 days a week, 10.30am to 6.15pm
  • Greasby Library, 7 days a week, 10.30am to 6.15pm
  • Eastham Library, 7 days a week, 10.30am to 6.15pm
  • Former House of Fraser Building, Birkenhead, 6 days a week (closed Sunday) 9am to 4.15pm.

Residents have the choice of attending the centres to take a test with the support of the staff there, or collecting a box of kits for the household to use at home. Testing kits can also be collected from the symptoms-only testing centres in Birkenhead, Bebington, Liscard and Heswall from 2.30pm to 8pm every day.

For those that can’t access tests through the above routes, they can be ordered online or through 119, which will be delivered to the home address.

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

If you have any of the 3 covid 19 symptoms which includes:

  • High temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back. You do not need to measure your temperature.
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual.
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Then you must self-isolate and get a symptomatic PCR test as soon as possible.

We will continue to monitor and review our current safety protocols on a daily basis and may have to increase our measures depending on local and national advice.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

Year 11 Leavers' Celebration - 10/06/2021

Thursday 10th June 2021 | Year 11

Dear Parent/Carer,

The Year 11 Leavers’ celebration is fast approaching and we are thrilled to be welcoming students back into the building for a much needed celebration of their time at Weatherhead. Our Year 11s have really excelled themselves and as a school, we are extremely proud of their achievements, especially in such a challenging period.

The Leavers’ celebration is Thursday 17th June and students will be invited to come into school for an 11.30am start. Please ensure that students enter the school via main reception.  Students are not expected to be in uniform and the event will run until 12.45pm whereby students will be directed to exit the school via main reception.

We are really looking forward to welcoming our Year 11 cohort back for this special day and if there are any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Kind regards,

Mrs C Walton
Director of KS4/Assistant Headteacher

Catering Provision - 09/06/2021

Wednesday 9th June 2021 | Years 7, 8, 9 and 10

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

As you are aware, due to the pandemic, our additional safety protocols and the size of our year groups and bubbles, it has been difficult for us to offer a catering provision for all students.

However, we are pleased to inform you that from Monday 14th June 2021, we will be offering each year group, from Year 7 to Year 10 an opportunity to purchase a hot meal on a designated day, as outlined below and with more detail on the attached slide.

Year 7 – Monday
Year 8 – Tuesday
DEEP CLEAN  – Wednesday
Year 9 – Thursday
Year 10 – Friday

Students who are eligible for free school meals should continue to utilise the Fusion app on the days that they do not have access to the canteen.  All other students should continue to bring in a packed lunch.

Year 7 students will be issued with a lunch card and Years 8 to 10 will be reminded of their lunch card PIN number prior to Monday.

Although students can top up their cards at our reval machines in school, we would encourage you to use parentpay to check your balances and top up lunch cards prior to Monday 14th June.  Meal deals are priced at £2.62 so please ensure that your child has sufficient funds available on their cards should they wish to access the hot meal service.

If you require a reminder of your parentpay login details, please contact us at askus@weatherheadhigh.co.uk.  Alternatively you can request a password reset on the parentpay login screen.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

Miss N Sullivan
Senior Deputy Headteacher

Download the Menu for Summer Term 2021 (PDF) and the Canteen Rota for Years 7-10 (PDF)

Careers Newsletter - 09/06/2021

Wednesday 9th June 2021 | Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

It has been a challenging year for careers education due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) newsletters aim to provide a snapshot of the careers education, information, advice and guidance that happens at Weatherhead High School at points throughout the year. They are a great way of showcasing and celebrating careers education at our school. Now more than ever, careers education is of great importance in ensuring that our young people are prepared for the world of work beyond Weatherhead, with the pandemic causing changes to the job market.

Our CEIAG newsletters are produced 3-4 times across an academic year in addition to the careers articles published in the Weather Report. The newsletters give a timeline of events that have taken place, with a brief summary of what was involved in each event. All newsletters are available to view in the Enrichment – Careers Guidance section of our school website in order to bring parents up to date with careers education at Weatherhead. To view all newsletters, visit https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/enrichment/careers/

Each time a CEIAG newsletter is released, it will be accompanied by a careers related video to enhance yours and your child’s awareness of careers education and the wider job market. The Careers and Enterprise Company and the Liverpool City Region Growth Company have launched an employer video series called ‘LCR Creating Careers’, which aims to inspire and inform young people about the interesting career pathways that Liverpool City Region has to offer. These videos also include pre-work resources that your child is welcome to complete in order to enhance their understanding of the video itself, should they wish to. The video that accompanies the newsletter will focus on a different career industry sector each time, with the first video focusing on the sector of Marketing/Media at a local company called Hi Impact, https://growthplatform.org/enhancing-skills/careers-hub/creating-careers-2/hi-impact-consultancy-marketing-for-education-and-media/

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

We hope you find it useful.

Kind regards,

Miss L Smith
Careers Manager

Download the CEIAG Newsletter Issue 6 (PDF)

Headteacher's Update - 06/06/2021

Sunday 6th June 2021 | Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12

Dear Parents/Carers,

I do hope you and your children have all managed to have a good half term break and are looking forward to our final half term of the year.

Please can I remind those of you who have consented to self-testing to ensure your child is tested with the symptom free Lateral Flow Test before they return tomorrow and if they are positive to isolate immediately (do not come into school), inform the school and book a PCR test to follow it up.

If your child is  experiencing any of the Covid-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, a high temperature and loss of taste and smell) they must self-isolate and get a PCR test at a symptom only testing centre and stay at home (do not come into school) and inform the school.  If you have a symptomatic child, you need to book a supervised PCR test (see www.wirral.gov.uk for local details).

If you or another family member is experiencing one of the 3 main COVID symptoms and is waiting for the results of a PCR test, you should not send your child into school while you are awaiting the results. If a parent/carer is waiting for a PCR result, both they and their children could potentially be infectious and therefore the children should not be attending school while the parent is waiting for their test result. If the parent/carer/family member receives a negative PCR result, their children can return to school. If they receive a positive result, they and all their family members have to self-isolate for the full 10 days.

With the warmer weather and increased pollen levels, it is important for people to understand the difference between the symptoms of hay fever and COVID-19. While the symptoms of coronavirus and hay fever can overlap, people with hay fever don’t experience a high temperature and most won’t feel unwell. But hay fever can play tricks on your sense of smell and give you a sore throat. If you suffer from hay fever, make sure you are regularly tested for COVID-19 to be on the safe side. 

Thank you for your continued support to ensure we continue to keep our community as safe as we can over the next half term to protect ourselves and our families.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

Headteacher's Update - 28/05/2021

Friday 28th May 2021 | Whole School

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

As we reach the end of a busy and challenging half term, I wanted to pass on my thanks to our students for their maturity and resilience. I am so pleased with how they returned after the Easter break and for supporting our Covid safety measures by wearing their masks in the classroom. Students have continued to engage in their learning and are working very hard. I want to congratulate Year 11 and Year 13 students on their recent assessments and I am confident students will receive the recognition they deserve on their results days in the summer.

I hope you have received your copy of the Weather Report and have been able to read about all of the fantastic activities and achievements we have still managed to enjoy this academic year. We were so pleased to see the return of PE extracurricular clubs this half term, and many students across all year groups have been able to enjoy outdoor sporting activities. We look forward to introducing more extracurricular activities next half term.

After the break, Year 10 and Year 12 students will complete their formal end of term exams and KS3 students will take their end of term assessments. We are planning lots of exciting opportunities for KS3 students, including practical activities and subject days. Year 9 will also participate in Options Days where they will get the chance to spend time in their GCSE option subjects.

May I also take this opportunity to remind parents and carers about safe parking when dropping off or collecting students. Please be mindful of our local residents and avoid blocking entry to garages and driveways. Your support is appreciated with this matter.

I would like to finish by sharing some great news for some of our students. Two students have been recognised by World Class Schools, with Isla in Year 10 receiving the Student of the Month Award for April and Nyah in Year 12 receiving a commendation. Additionally, another of our Year 12 students has been successful out of thousands of applicants to take part in the Youth Ocean and Climate Summit on Tuesday 8 June 2021, World Ocean Day, with the marine conservation and campaigning charity, ‘Surfers Against Sewage’. She will meet with youth activists across the UK and key political figures, and get the chance to speak to Sir David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg. We are very proud of Izzy’s achievement and look forward to hearing more about this exciting opportunity.

Finally, I would like to thank you all for your continued support and I wish you all a safe and restful half-term break.

Yours sincerely,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

Extra-Curricular Timetable - 28/05/2021

Friday 28th May 2021 | Years 7, 8, 9 and 10

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am delighted to share with you the updated extra-curricular timetable effective from Monday 7th June 2021.  I would like to thank the PE and Performing Arts Departments for running these clubs after school as they are a vital part of our Weatherhead experience and have been greatly missed during the COVID restrictions.

The timetable below will run until the end of the academic year. Each year group will be allocated a specific night for each activity.  If students have a PE lesson on the same day as the activity they wish to attend, they should continue to come to school wearing their kit.  If students do not have a PE lesson on the same day as the activity that they wish to attend, they should come into school wearing their uniform and they will change into their Weatherhead PE kit at the end of the day.  Students will be notified as to which changing room they should use. At the end of the session students should leave through the main reception. I can confirm that students have received this information via their Form Tutors and Google Classroom.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that students should bring water and any medical inhalers for taking part. In order to ensure their safety, students must wear trainers when participating in the PE activities.  Student registers will be kept for each activity.

PE

3.30 – 4.30
Monday 

Year 7 Rounders, Tennis, Athletics

Tuesday 

Year 8 Tennis, Rounders, Cricket, Athletics

Wednesday 

Year 9 Athletics, Rounders, Tennis

Thursday 

Year 10 Cricket, Rounders

 

Performing Arts

3.30 – 4.30
Monday 

Year 8 Dance

Year 9 Dance (GCSE preparation)

Wednesday

Year 7 Music (Singing)

Year 8 Music

Thursday

Year 8 Drama

Year 9 Dance (GCSE Prep 3.10pm – 4.10pm)

 

Thank you for your continued support  with the school.  It is very exciting to see our students taking part in the extra-curricular programme and showcasing their talents as well as learning new skills.

Kind regards,

Mrs J Kaloumenos
Assistant Headteacher

Support Services in Half Term - 27/05/2021

Thursday 27th May 2021 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

As we approach the May half term we wanted to draw your attention to the support services available for families and students to access over the half term break and to share some additional information that our Local Authority has issued relating to food support.

For support services for students and families, please visit: weatherheadhigh.co.uk/support-services-during-the-holidays

In addition, all children – from nursery to college-age – in need of additional support will be able to pick up lunch over the half- term from 10 food hubs/collection points across the borough at:

  • 3 sites in Birkenhead (Rock Ferry, Birkenhead North, Central Birkenhead)
  • 3 sites in Wallasey (Liscard/Seacombe, New Brighton, Leasowe)
  • 2 sites in Wirral South (Eastham, New Ferry)
  • 2 sites in Wirral West (Woodchurch, Hoylake)

Each hub will provide 50 lunches per day for four days of the May half-term, providing a total of 2000 meals.  Neo Community has produced the attached map, which shows the location of the ten lunch collection points and times over the half -term break should you require support.

Additional support

As well as the support outlined above, help is available across the borough from a wide range of community-based groups. The Wirral Infobank website (www.wirralinfobank.co.uk) provides information about their services, including community food providers and social supermarkets.

Wirral Council can also provide emergency support for those unable to pay for the food they need. Residents can apply for help online at www.wirral.gov.uk/foodhelp  or by calling the Coronavirus Helpline on 0151 666 5050 or Citizens Advice Wirral on freephone 0808 278 7848.

Kind regards,

Miss N Sullivan

Senior Deputy Headteacher

Download the Half-Term Food Collection Points for June 2021 (PDF)

Year 10 Communication Update - 26/05/2021

Wednesday 26th May 2021 | Year 10

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope your families are safe and well. I wanted to inform you of a change to our communication procedure for Year 10 parents and carers only.

As you can appreciate, we are experiencing a higher volume of phone calls from external agencies, parents and carers at this time. Therefore, we would like to trial a new system for handling queries and contacts. At present, all queries are being processed by Mrs Jones (Year Leader) who also has a teaching timetable and whose primary role is to support students in the building. Therefore, from Monday 7th June, I am asking that if you have any query, it is raised via our website or via email, details as below:

Via website contact us page: weatherheadhigh.co.uk/year-10-office

Via email: year10office@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

Please ensure you include any specific details, which will enable Mrs Jones (Year Leader) and Miss Green (Pastoral and Academic Support Worker) to triage your query appropriately.

As per our communication protocol, a member of staff will respond to your query within 3-5 days. The member of staff may include your child’s form tutor, subject teacher, Year Leader, Curriculum Leader or Pastoral and Academic Support Worker. Our aim is to ensure the most appropriate member of staff will respond within our agreed timeframe and will be able to provide you with support. If this system proves successful, we will be looking to use the same protocols for other year groups across the school in September.

There is no change in communication if your query is related to a SEND matter, please continue to use the email send@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

I also wanted to share with you how pleased we are with how our year 10 students have approached their studies recently, in what is a difficult and challenging year for them.

Thanks for your support at this time.

Kind regards,

Miss N Sullivan
Senior Deputy Headteacher

Year 11 Leaving and Transition Arrangements - 21/05/2021

Friday 21st May 2021 | Year 11

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am writing to confirm the Year 11 leaving and transition arrangements.

As you are aware, for the last two weeks, students have been completing additional internal assessments to support the grading process for GCSE and BTEC centre assessed grades and the school is pleased with the way in which Year 11 students have conducted themselves during the assessments. It is important that students continue to attend school until 3.20 pm on Friday 28th May, when classroom teaching ends. This will be the last day students are expected to attend lessons on site. This is a normal teaching day and students must wear school uniform on this day. There will be an opportunity for students to get their shirts signed at lunchtime, if they bring in a spare shirt to be signed. 

I would like to remind you of the need for excellent attendance and punctuality up until Friday 28th May because students may need to complete additional work to supplement the evidence needed for the school to determine grades.

After May half term, from Monday 7th June to Friday 25th June, students will be able to complete Sixth Form transition activities remotely from home; they will not be expected to attend lessons in school during this time. Miss Byrne, Senior Assistant Headteacher, Director of Sixth Form will contact you before the end of term to share with you the information for accessing the transition material.  

During this time, there will be three opportunities for students to keep in touch with the school and their Form Tutor. The dates and times are below:

Tuesday 8th June: 2.20 pm (Form Tutor session via Zoom or Google Meet)

Thursday 17th June: Leavers’ Lunch (on site at Weatherhead)

Friday 25th June: 11.05 am (Form Tutor session via Zoom or Google Meet)

Codes for Zoom and Google Meet will be shared with students via Google Classroom.

In addition, I would like to signpost you to the school’s website, which contains useful information about the GCSE and Vocational grades for Year 11.

https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/school-information/examinations-and-results/

Please be reminded that the GCSE and BTEC results day is Thursday 12th August 2021. Further details regarding the arrangements will be shared with you towards the end of term.

If you have any questions regarding the leaving and transition arrangements or the grading process, please contact me at the following email address:

curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

My thanks for your continued support in ensuring that Year 11 students have a productive end to their KS4 studies.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Rogers

Deputy Headteacher

Home Testing Update - 20/05/2021

Thursday 20th May 2021 | Years 7, 8, 9 and 10

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

Thank you to all of you who have been supporting your child with home testing, and for reporting your results to both the NHS via their website and to school via our google form.

Next week we will be allocating your child three additional home test boxes, each containing 3 home test kits, which should cover the period from 31st May (half term) through to 25th June (4 weeks).  This should allow for some spares in case of any void results.  We will allocate more home test kits week commencing 21st June.

As a reminder:

  1. Students should take 2 tests per week preferably on a Monday and Thursday morning prior to coming into school (or, if this proves difficult, tests can be taken the evening before school on Sunday and Wednesday evening if needed).  Please refer to the Student Guide already issued and on our website for full details and guidance.

    2. You mustreport the result of each test using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.

  2. You mustalso tell the school the result of each test via our google form which is unique for each year group as outlined below:

Year 7

https://forms.gle/cv6TpYGf2NC2k6yJ6

Year 8

https://forms.gle/GZfhD7e4JfKkoSXt8

Year 9

https://forms.gle/R3P1JjQ3NXMRybVX8

Year 10

https://forms.gle/eanKPoUE76vDBWuw8

Taking part in testing is voluntary and all students will be able to attend school whether they take part in testing or not.  Testing continues to play a crucial role, in and out of classrooms, in the fight against COVID-19. Reporting not only supports contact tracing in the event of a positive case but also assists the understanding of community rates of infection.

To help in communicating the importance of testing and reporting, the DfE has produced a blog on why reporting your test result is as important as taking a test, featuring further guidance and common questions. This also includes details on financial support available to parents whose children are asked to self-isolate after contact with a positive case.

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

Regular symptom-free testing can be accessed at one of Wirral’s four Community Testing centres:

  • Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, 7 days a week, 10.30am to 6.15pm
  • Greasby Library, 7 days a week, 10.30am to 6.15pm
  • Eastham Library, 7 days a week, 10.30am to 6.15pm
  • Former House of Fraser Building, Birkenhead, 6 days a week (closed Sunday) 9am to 4.15pm.

Residents have the choice of attending the centres to take a test with the support of the staff there, or collecting a box of kits for the household to use at home. Testing kits can also be collected from the symptoms-only testing centres in Birkenhead, Bebington, Liscard and Heswall from 2.30pm to 8pm every day.

For those that can’t access tests through the above routes, they can be ordered online or through 119, which will be delivered to the home address.

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

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

Thank you for your support.

Miss N Sullivan

Senior Deputy Headteacher

Face Coverings - 14/05/2021

Friday 14th May 2021 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

We have received communication from the Department for Education (DfE) regarding the wearing of face coverings in school.

I am pleased to announce that students and staff no longer have to wear face coverings in the classroom from Monday 17th May 2021. I want to take the opportunity to thank our students who have shown real maturity and responsibility in wearing face coverings for such long periods over the last few months.

Students are expected to continue wearing face masks between lessons, on the corridor at any time, in toilet facilities and for our Sixth Form students, in common rooms for private study, unless medically exempt.

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. Furthermore, if any student would like to continue to wear a face covering in lessons, they have permission to do so.

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 N Sullivan

Senior Deputy Headteacher

Mental Health Awareness Week - 13/05/2021

Thursday 13th May 2021 | KS3 & KS4

Weatherhead High School is proud to be celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week.

This year the theme is Nature and how connecting with the natural world can support good mental health.

Monday 10 May 2021 marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health. Which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation and runs from 10-16 May. The Mental Health Foundation have a vision for good mental health for all, and works to prevent mental health problems.

This year, the theme for the week is ‘Nature’. Across the country, people will be celebrating the mental health benefits of being around nature in their local community in a range of digital and creative ways. Weatherhead High School will be completing activities during form time on ways we can use nature to support our mental health. There will be updates to the wellbeing section of the school website and supporting resources on google classrooms.

This year the theme is on nature and its central role for our mental health.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature to help us get through lockdowns and our research shows that good mental health depends on us being able to connect with nature in some way and its power in both prevention of and recovery from poor mental health.

Some of the ways people can participate in Mental Health Awareness Week:

  • During Mental Health Awareness Week, why not try to make a habit each day of connecting to the nature in your local area? Stop to listen to the birdsong, smell the freshly cut grass, take care of a house plant, notice any trees, flowers or animals nearby. Take a moment to appreciate these connections.
  • Share images/videos of the nature on your doorstep (and how this made you feel) on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
  • Use Mental Health Foundation resources in your family, school, workplace and community to join with thousands of people who will be finding new ways to connect with nature in their local environment.

For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw or https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/wellbeing/ where there are a wealth of resources to support you and your family.

Kind regards,

Mr J.Horman

Assistant Headteacher – Student Services

The Big Ask - 10/05/2021

Monday 10th May 2021 | Whole School

Dear Parents/Carers,

As some of you may be aware, the Children’s Commissioners for England, Dame Rachel De Souza has created a national survey of young people called ‘The Big Ask’.

‘The Big Ask’ consultation is a chance for pupils of all ages to have their say and is part of  ‘The Childhood Commission’, to identify any barriers preventing children reaching their full potential and propose policy solutions to address them.

‘The Big Ask’ – is aiming to be the largest ever consultation held with children. In the survey the Children’s Commissioner is asking children and young people what they think is important for their future and what is holding young people back. The Children’s Commissioner will use what children and young people tell her to show the Government what they think and what they need to live happier lives.

It is a real opportunity for the children and young people in Weatherhead to get their voices heard. We know the past year has been full of disruption for them all and having support in place to help them overcome potential barriers is vital.

They will be discussing this survey in school over the next week and the deadline to complete it is Wednesday 19th May 2021.  There is also a section that adults can complete if you wish.  Here is the link to the questionnaire  https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/thebigask/

 

Kind regards,

Mrs J Kaloumenos
Assistant Headteacher

Extra-Curricular Clubs - 04/05/2021

Tuesday 4th May 2021 | Years 7 and 8

Dear Parent/Carer,

The PE Department has been delighted to see so many of our students embrace the activities we are able to offer for extracurricular clubs over the last two weeks. We did mention that there was potential of changing or adding activities based on student feedback and numbers across other nights of the week so with that in mind we are able to accommodate more activities for Year 7 and 8.

Year 7 activities will still take place every Monday and the department will continue to offer tennis, rounders and athletics and in addition to this, students will be able to attend FOOTBALL on a Thursday night.

Year 8 activities will still take place every Tuesday and the department will continue to offer netball, rounders, football and athletics and in addition to this, students will be able to attend TENNIS on a Thursday night.

Clubs will run from 3.30-4.30pm and registers will be taken.  Students should come into school in uniform and will change into their PE kit in a designated changing room unless they have had PE that day already and will be changed.  Any inhalers should be brought and a bottle of water too.  We look forward to seeing some more/new faces over the coming week.

Kind regards,

Miss N Faulkner
Head of PE

Reminder - School Visitors - 27/04/2021
Tuesday 27th April 2021 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

I would like to remind you that Weatherhead continues to operate a Covid-secure site and our secure measures for visitors to the school remain in operation.

Parents and carers must only visit reception if they have a pre-arranged appointment. We are not able to accept deliveries for students, such as forgotten equipment or packed lunches. If a student is without their lunch, the school will arrange for one to be provided.

For pre-arranged appointments, visitors should park on Breck Road and use the pedestrian side gate to access reception. Visitors will be asked to sign in and provide information to comply with Test and Trace procedures, and will be asked to wear a face mask.

The school staff car park remains closed to parents, carers and visitors.

Thank you for your continued support with these matters.

Kind regards,

Miss Whelan
Headteacher 

Year 11 Leaving and Transition Arrangements - 21/04/2021

Wednesday 21st April 2021 | Year 11

Dear Parent/Carer, 

I hope you and your family are safe and well. I am pleased to inform you about the Year 11 leaving and transition arrangements. 

As you are aware, for the next few weeks students will be completing additional internal assessments to support the grading process for GCSE and BTEC centre assessed grades. These assessments will take place during lesson time between Monday 26th April and Friday 7th May. Students must wear their school uniform during the assessment weeks and not their PE kit. For this two week period, students will revise for their assessments during their PE lessons.

Please note that on Friday 14th May, Year 11 students will have their photograph taken. Students must wear full school uniform on this day, even if they have a timetabled PE lesson. Further details will be sent to you nearer the time. 

On Friday 28th May, classroom teaching ends and this will be the last day students are expected to attend lessons on site. This is a normal teaching day and students must wear school uniform on this day. There will be an opportunity for students to get their shirts signed at lunchtime, if they bring in a spare shirt to be signed.  After May half term, from Monday 7th June to Friday 25th June, students will be able to complete Sixth Form transition activities remotely from home; they will not be expected to attend lessons in school during this time.

Students are invited to attend a leavers’ celebration lunch on Thursday 17th June to celebrate the end of their Key Stage 4 studies. Further details will be shared with you nearer the time.  

JCQ has published a useful document providing guidance for students, parents and guardians in relation to the awarding of GCSE qualifications this summer. You can access the information by clicking on the link below:

Guidance for students, parents and guardians: GCSEs and AS/A Levels in England Summer 2021

I would like to remind you of the need for excellent attendance and punctuality this half term. Students will be completing formal assessments during the assessment weeks and they may need to complete additional work to supplement the evidence needed for the school to determine grades. 

Students will receive their GCSE and BTEC results on Thursday 12th August and further information will be shared with you later in the summer term.

If you have any questions regarding the leaving and transition arrangements or the grading process, please contact me at the following email address:

curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

You will find a summary of the key dates outlined above attached to this email. 

My thanks for your continued support in ensuring that Year 11 students have a productive end to their KS4 studies.

Mrs Rogers

Deputy Headteacher

 

Year 13 Leaving and Transition Arrangements - 21/04/2021

Wednesday 21st April 2021 | Year 13

Dear Parent/Carer, 

I hope you and your family are safe and well. I am pleased to inform you about the Year 13 leaving and transition arrangements. 

As you are aware, for the next few weeks students will be completing additional internal assessments to support the grading process for A Level and BTEC centre assessed grades. These assessments will take place during lesson time between Monday 26th April and Friday 7th May. 

Please note that on Friday 14th May, Year 13 students will have their photograph taken. Further details will be sent to you nearer the time. 

On Thursday 27th May, classroom teaching ends and this will be the last day onsite for students. On this day, students will be invited to attend a leavers’ celebration lunch and further details will be shared with you nearer the time. 

After May half term, from Monday 7th June to Friday 25th June, students will be able to complete preparation for university and their next destination activities remotely from home; they will not be expected to attend lessons in school during this time.

JCQ has published a useful document providing guidance for students, parents and guardians in relation to the awarding of GCSE qualifications this summer. You can access the information by clicking on the link below:

Guidance for students, parents and guardians: GCSEs and AS/A Levels in England Summer 2021

I would like to remind you of the need for excellent attendance this half term. Students will be completing formal assessments during the assessment weeks and they may to complete additional work to supplement the evidence needed for the school to determine grades.

Students will receive their A Level and BTEC results on Tuesday 10th August and further information will be shared with you later in the summer term.

If you have any questions regarding the leaving and transition arrangements or the grading process, please contact me at the following email address:

ask6f@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

You will find a summary of the key dates outlined above attached to this email. 

Many thanks for your continued support in ensuring that Year 13 students have a productive end to their KS5 studies.

Miss Byrne

Senior Assistant Headteacher, Director of Sixth Form

 

PE Extra-Curricular Timetable - 16/04/2021

Friday 16th April 2021 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am delighted to announce that the Physical Education department will be relaunching their extra-curricular timetable from Monday 19th April 2021.

The timetable (see below and attached) will run until May half term and then activities will/can be changed for June – July. Clubs will run from 3.30 – 4.30pm and each year group will be allocated a specific night.  If students have a PE lesson on the same day as the activity they wish to attend, they should continue to come to school wearing their kit.  If students do not have a PE lesson on the same day as the activity that they wish to attend, they should come into school wearing their uniform and they will change into their Weatherhead PE kit at the end of the day.  Students will be notified as to which changing room they should use. At the end of the session students should leave through the main reception at 4.30pm. I can confirm that students have received this information via their Form Tutors and Google Classroom.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that students should bring water and any medical inhalers for taking part. In order to ensure their safety, students must wear trainers when participating in the activities.  Student registers will be kept for each activity.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
3.30 – 4.30 3.30 – 4.30 3.30 – 4.30 3.30 – 4.30
YEAR 7 YEAR 8 YEAR 9 YEAR 10
Activity 1 Tennis Netball Netball Netball
Activity 2 Rounders Rounders Rounders Rounders
Activity 3 Athletics Football Football Football
Activity 4 Athletics Tennis
Sixth Form – use of the Sports Hall Year 11 Football

I would like to enable the Sixth Form students to have the opportunity to take part in some physical activity and have allocated the sports hall on Wednesday evening to allow them to do this.  They will need to register with me prior to the session.

For Year 11 we are scheduling some Football on a Thursday.  Should there be a request for other activities my team will try to accommodate this.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership with the school; I am very excited to see our students taking part in the extra-curricular programme, enjoying exercising in the sunny outdoors and looking forward to arranging some Inter-School fixtures.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if I can be of any further assistance.

Kind regards,

Miss N Faulkner
Head of PE

Download PE Extra-Curricular Timetable Summer 2021 (PDF)

Year 13 Headteacher's Update - 13/04/2021

Tuesday 13th April 2021 | Year 13

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you managed to have a restful break and a warm welcome back to all for the Summer Term 2021. This half term will be very focused on continued high quality teaching and learning for all students, with important assessments that will contribute to your child’s final Centre Assessment grade.

This week, school operations and safety measures will run in exactly the same way as before the break and in response to the recent DfE guidance over the Easter break, the wearing of face masks will continue in classrooms and will not be reviewed again until May 17th. This will be in place alongside all of our other measures where masks are worn when moving around the school, along corridors and in communal areas and in situations where social distancing cannot be easily maintained. 

As per our previous correspondence, students in Year 13 will be completing in-class formal assessments from Monday 26th April to Friday 7th May. The assessments produced by students will provide the school with additional evidence to support grading judgements for centre assessed grades, which will be issued on the results day in August.  In addition to the work completed during the assessment weeks, classwork and additional assignments completed up to Friday 28th May could also be used as part of the evidence to inform grade judgements. It is important that all students continue to attend school and work hard to ensure they produce work to the best of their ability. I have attached below, some key dates for Year 13 this term as a reminder. We are in the process of confirming our Year 13 leaving date for students and we will share our arrangements with you and the students as soon as we can.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership with the school as it is so important that we work together to ensure the best possible education and experience for your child.

Kind regards,

Miss Whelan
Headteacher

Year 12 Headteacher's Update - 13/04/2021

Tuesday 13th April 2021 | Year 12

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you managed to have a restful break and a warm welcome back to all for the Summer Term 2021. The term will be very focused on continued high quality teaching and learning for all students, with important formal assessments and end of year exams. 

This week, school operations and safety measures will run in exactly the same way as before the break and in response to the recent DfE guidance over the Easter break, the wearing of face masks will continue in classrooms and will not be reviewed again until May 17th. This will be in place alongside all of our other measures where masks are worn when moving around the school, along corridors and in communal areas and in situations where social distancing cannot be easily maintained. 

Attendance for all students this term will be so important, to ensure that your child makes good progress and that they achieve their very best in the end of year exams. 

I have attached below, some key dates for Year 12 this term as a reminder. 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership with the school as it is so important that we work together to ensure the best possible education and experience for your child.

Kind regards,

Miss Whelan
Headteacher

Year 11 Headteacher's Update - 13/04/2021

Tuesday 13th April 2021 | Year 11

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you managed to have a restful break and a warm welcome back to all for the Summer Term 2021. This half term will be very focused on continued high quality teaching and learning for all students, with important assessments that will contribute to your child’s final Centre Assessment grades.

This week, school operations and safety measures will run in exactly the same way as before the break and in response to the recent DfE guidance over the Easter break, the wearing of face masks will continue in classrooms and will not be reviewed again until May 17th. This will be in place alongside all of our other measures where masks are worn when moving around the school, along corridors and in communal areas and in situations where social distancing cannot be easily maintained. 

Can I also remind you of our uniform policy and that students should wear plain, black school shoes with no accessories or adornments. Trainers may only be worn on the days that students have a practical PE or Dance lesson and on these days, students must still wear their school blazers. I would like to thank you for your support with this and on the whole, uniform and standards at Weatherhead continue to be excellent. 

As per our previous correspondence, students in Year 11 will be completing in-class formal assessments from Monday 26th April to Friday 7th May. The assessments produced by students will provide the school with additional evidence to support grading judgements for centre assessed grades, which will be issued on the results day in August.  In addition to the work completed during the assessment weeks, classwork and additional assignments completed up to Friday 28th May could also be used as part of the evidence to inform grade judgements. It is important that all students continue to attend school and work hard to ensure they produce work to the best of their ability. I have attached below, some key dates for Year 11 this term as a reminder. We are in the process of confirming our Year 11 leaving date for students and we will share our arrangements with you and the students as soon as we can.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership with the school as it is so important that we work together to ensure the best possible education and experience for your child.

Kind regards,

Miss Whelan
Headteacher
Year 10 Headteacher's Update - 13/04/2021

Tuesday 13th April 2021 | Year 10

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you managed to have a restful break and a warm welcome back to all for the Summer Term 2021. The term will be very focused on continued high quality teaching and learning for all students, with important assessments and end of year exams.

This week, school operations and safety measures will run in exactly the same way as before the break and in response to the recent DfE guidance over the Easter break, the wearing of face masks will continue in classrooms and will not be reviewed again until May 17th. This will be in place alongside all of our other measures where masks are worn when moving around the school, along corridors and in communal areas and in situations where social distancing cannot be easily maintained.

Attendance for all students this term will be so important, to ensure that your child makes good progress and that they achieve their very best in the end of year exams. Can I also remind you of our uniform policy and that students should wear plain, black school shoes with no accessories or adornments. Trainers may only be worn on the days that students have a practical PE or Dance lesson and on these days, students must still wear their school blazers. I would like to thank you for your support with this and on the whole, uniform and standards at Weatherhead continue to be excellent.

I have attached below, some key dates for Year 10 this term as a reminder.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership with the school as it is so important that we work together to ensure the best possible education and experience for your child.

Kind regards,

Miss Whelan
Headteacher
Year 9 Headteacher's Update - 13/04/2021

Tuesday 13th April 2021 | Year 9

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you managed to have a restful break and a warm welcome back to all for the Summer Term 2021. The term will be very focused on continued high quality teaching and learning for all students, with important assessments and end of year exams.

This week, school operations and safety measures will run in exactly the same way as before the break however, from the week commencing 19th April, we hope to make some operational changes that we will share with students this week and will keep you informed of. For Year 9, this will include a move to teaching groups for this term in order to support their learning and the transition to KS4. Additionally, we hope to run some GCSE Options Days for students to start their courses and look at topics for next year, and some Modern Foreign Languages and practical Science days.

In response to the recent DfE guidance over the Easter break, the wearing of face masks will continue in classrooms and will not be reviewed again until May 17th. This will be in place alongside all of our other measures where masks are worn when moving around the school, along corridors and in communal areas and in situations where social distancing cannot be easily maintained.

Attendance for all students this term will be so important, to ensure that your child makes good progress and that they achieve their very best in the end of year exams. Can I also remind you of our uniform policy and that students should wear plain, black school shoes with no accessories or adornments. Trainers may only be worn on the days that students have a practical PE or Dance lesson and on these days, students must still wear their school blazers. I would like to thank you for your support with this and on the whole, uniform and standards at Weatherhead continue to be excellent.

I have attached below, some key dates for Year 9 this term. We have our Virtual Year 9 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 13 May and staff are looking forward to meeting and talking to you about your child. Information about the evening and booking system will be issued over the next few weeks.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership with the school as it is so important that we work together to ensure the best possible education and experience for your child.

Kind regards,

Miss Whelan
Headteacher

Download Year 9 Summer Term Key Dates (PDF)

Year 8 Headteacher's Update - 13/04/2021

Tuesday 13th April 2021 | Year 8

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you managed to have a restful break and a warm welcome back to all for the Summer Term 2021. The term will be very focused on continued high quality teaching and learning for all students, with important assessments and end of year exams.

This week, school operations and safety measures will run in exactly the same way as before the break however, from the week commencing 19th April, we hope to make some operational changes that we will share with students this week and will keep you informed of.

In response to the recent DfE guidance over the Easter break, the wearing of face masks will continue in classrooms and will not be reviewed again until May 17th. This will be in place alongside all of our other measures where masks are worn when moving around the school, along corridors and in communal areas and in situations where social distancing cannot be easily maintained.

Attendance for all students this term will be so important, to ensure that your child makes good progress and that they achieve their very best in the end of year exams. Can I also remind you of our uniform policy and that students should wear plain, black school shoes with no accessories or adornments. Trainers may only be worn on the days that students have a practical PE or Dance lesson and on these days, students must still wear their school blazers. I would like to thank you for your support with this and on the whole, uniform and standards at Weatherhead continue to be excellent.

I have attached below, some key dates for Year 8 this term. We have our Virtual Year 8 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 29 April and staff are looking forward to meeting and talking to you about your child. Information about the evening and booking system will be issued in the next few weeks.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership with the school as it is so important that we work together to ensure the best possible education and experience for your child.

Kind regards,

Miss Whelan
Headteacher

Download Year 8 Summer Term Key Dates (PDF)

Year 7 Headteacher's Update - 13/04/2021

Tuesday 13th April 2021 | Year 7

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you managed to have a restful break and a warm welcome back to all for the Summer Term 2021. The term will be very focused on continued high quality teaching and learning for all students, with important assessments and end of year exams.

This week, school operations and safety measures will run in exactly the same way as before the break however, from the week commencing 19th April, we hope to make some operational changes that we will share with students this week and will keep you informed of.

In response to the recent DfE guidance over the Easter break, the wearing of face masks will continue in classrooms and will not be reviewed again until May 17th. This will be in place alongside all of our other measures where masks are worn when moving around the school, along corridors and in communal areas and in situations where social distancing cannot be easily maintained.

Attendance for all students this term will be so important, to ensure that your child makes good progress and that they achieve their very best in the end of year exams. Can I also remind you of our uniform policy and that students should wear plain, black school shoes with no accessories or adornments. Trainers may only be worn on the days that students have a practical PE or Dance lesson and on these days, students must still wear their school blazers. I would like to thank you for your support with this and on the whole, uniform and standards at Weatherhead continue to be excellent.

I have attached below, some key dates for Year 7 this term. This Thursday 15th April, we have our Virtual Year 7 Parents’ Evening and staff are looking forward to meeting and talking to you about your child. If you have any questions about the evening or the booking system, please contact us and we can offer support.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership with the school as it is so important that we work together to ensure the best possible education and experience for your child.

Kind regards,

Miss Whelan
Headteacher

Download Year 7 Summer Term Key Dates (PDF)

End of Term Headteacher's Letter - 26/03/2021

Friday 26th March 2021 | Whole School

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our students for how well they have returned to school and each of you for the support that you have given to the school and your child’s education this term. This has been another extremely challenging term, with lots for our staff and students to adapt to and we could not have managed it so well without your ongoing support and encouragement.

Our students have been impeccable once again, and have far exceeded our expectations in terms of resilience, maturity and responsibility this term. They have coped admirably with the additional safety measures of mass testing and the wearing of masks in classrooms since their return to school. I am also very proud of how students approached their remote learning this term and this again would not have been possible without your support. We are delighted to have all students back in school full time and I know they have really enjoyed being able to see their teachers and friends again.

For those students that are taking part in testing, home kits have now been issued and you will have received full guidance and instructions. As a reminder, the tests should be administered twice per week, 3-5 days apart and the results must be reported to NHS Test and Trace and also to the school using the links provided. Please continue to use them over the Easter break and upon return to school in April.

I would also like to share some exciting news for Weatherhead and some of our students. World Class Schools Quality Mark (WCSQM) have recently launched a Student of the Month award and 3 of our students received commendations in the January and February entries. The award recognises students that have demonstrated World Class characteristics. Additionally, another of our students received a commendation for their entry into the Lockdown Art Competition. I am sure you will join me in congratulating these students on this excellent achievement.  Weatherhead High School has also been featured on the WCSQM website, displaying some of our outstanding student artwork and musical talents. You can view the recent virtual awards ceremony here https://www.worldclass-schools.org/wcsqm-virtual-awards-ceremony-18th-march-2021/ and our featured page here https://www.worldclass-schools.org/world-class-schools/world-class-initiatives-from-our-world-class-schools/

We have had Form time today with Year group assemblies where we have celebrated and rewarded the many achievements of our students this term and this has been a really lovely way to end a difficult and challenging term, and demonstrates why our students are truly World Class.

I hope you and your family have a restful break, and I look forward to welcoming our students back on Monday April 12th refreshed and ready to learn. Our summer term will be focused on continued high quality teaching and learning in the classroom and end of course assessments and end of year  exams for all year groups. In the first week of term, I will send out a reminder of all the key dates for each year group and that week all school operations and safety measures will run in the same way as this term, however from the week commencing 19th April, we hope to make some operational changes that we will share with students and we will continue to keep you informed.

Kind regards,

Miss Whelan 
Headteacher

Hotmail Account Issues - 23/03/2021

Tuesday 23rd March 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

As you will be aware we have been experiencing issues with hotmail and outlook accounts, in that our group emails are being blocked due to increased security within these domains.  Text messages have been sent informing you of this and to keep checking our website under School Information: Letters to Parents for our latest updates.

Whilst we continue to wait for a solution from the hotmail provider, we would ask that you please follow the instructions on the link below in order to allow our emails to get through to you:

https://weatherheadhigh.co.uk/safe-senders-and-domains/

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan
Headteacher

Year 7 Virtual Parents' Evening - 22/03/2021

Monday 22nd March 2021 | Year 7

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you and family remain safe and well. Please find outlined in this email information about Parents’ Evening for Year 7.

Virtual Year 7 Parents’ Evening – Thursday 15th April 2021

I would like to invite you to attend our Virtual Parents’ Evening on Thursday 15th April. Our Year 7 students are working incredibly hard and we feel this form of communication between teachers and parents is crucial in ensuring the overall wellbeing and academic progress of our students is maintained. This important evening will provide you with an opportunity to discuss the academic progress of your child with their teachers.

In order to ensure that we are able to run a Parents’ Evening, 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 Tuesday 13th April 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 7 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.

I would like to take this opportunity to commend Year 7 students for the commitment they have shown to their learning during these challenging times. 

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

curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

Many thanks, 

Mrs N Rogers

Deputy Headteacher

Home Testing - 19/03/2021
Friday 19th March 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

Further to our email sent this week following Test 3 which your child has now successfully undertaken, we are writing to remind you of the following:

1.  Home Testing for those students who we received consent for and undertook 3 tests in school, commences on Monday 22nd March.  Students should take 2 tests per week preferably on a Monday and Thursday morning prior to coming into school (or, if this proves difficult, tests can be taken the evening before school on Sunday and Wednesday evening if needed).  Please refer to the Student Guide already issued and on our website for full details and guidance.

2. You must report the result of each test using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.

3. You must also tell the school the result of each test via our google form which is unique for each year group as outlined below:

Year 7

https://forms.gle/cv6TpYGf2NC2k6yJ6

Year 8

https://forms.gle/GZfhD7e4JfKkoSXt8

Year 9

https://forms.gle/R3P1JjQ3NXMRybVX8

Year 10

https://forms.gle/eanKPoUE76vDBWuw8

Year 11

https://forms.gle/NU9dYWDxL5keq3v17

Year 12

https://forms.gle/4LMkjz57TrEQT4kt7

Year 13

https://forms.gle/VVjPGnQ2NN5WhLP39

This week, students have signed for 3 boxes of home test kits each containing 3 tests, a total of 9 tests. Testing should be undertaken twice a week for the next 4 weeks, including the easter break. Week commencing 12th April we will allocate more home test kits depending on government advice.

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

I am strongly encouraging all students to take part. Testing at home will allow your child and other students to attend school as safely as possible.

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

Thank you for your support.

Miss N Sullivan

Senior Deputy Headteacher

Download Student Guide – Home Testing (PDF)

Testing Programme - 15/03/2021

15th March 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for agreeing for your child to participate in our testing programme. It has been a huge logistical challenge, however it has been a real success. The process has been made easier due to every student adopting a mature and sensible approach to the situation. Every student arrived on time and all staff involved in the testing process, myself included, acknowledged and recognised how polite and courteous our students have been. Please pass on my thanks to them.

We are now in the process of completing test 3 for students for the remainder of this week, therefore I am writing to inform you regarding the next phase of testing, which will need to be completed from next week.

Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms. To reduce the spread of the virus, we need to identify those individuals. We can do this in Weatherhead by carrying out tests at home twice every week, 3-4 days apart.

Testing students at home

Students will be issued home test kits once they have completed their 3 tests on site.

As well as informing NHS test and trace of your child’s test result, you will also need to tell us the result of each test via a google form which we will share details of on Friday 19th March.

Tests are free of charge. Students will receive 3 packs of 3 tests in a box with a blue guide on how to take the test and report the results, which will cover the period from Monday 22nd March through to 16th April, including the easter break, a total of 4 weeks.

Students should ensure they have enough time to do the test before going to school each Monday and Thursday. Preferably this would be in the morning before going into school. However, we understand that for some people this may be challenging. Therefore, tests can be taken the evening before school (Sunday and Wednesday evening) if needed. You must report the test results. Students should continue with twice a week testing over the easter break.

Taking the test

Students should take the test, before coming into school, twice a week (Monday and Thursday). We will give students a blue guide with instructions on how to do the test with the kit. There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test here.

Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test.

There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin (household waste).

This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.

What should you do after the test?

If anyone tests positive you, your household, any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days.

You need to report your result to both NHS Test and Trace and to the school.

You should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home (confirmatory PCR tests are not needed if the test was conducted at the Asymptomatic Test Site at School).

If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test.

Negative and void results should be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and to school.

A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands and observing social distancing.

If you or anyone in your household gets symptoms of the virus you should follow national guidelines on self-isolation and testing.

You need to report each test result 

The result of each test needs to be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.

You will also need to tell the school the result of each test via our google form which will be shared with you on Friday 19th March. There will be a separate google form for each Year Group.

Why take part

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

I am strongly encouraging all students to take part. Testing at home will allow your child and other students to attend school as safely as possible.

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

Thank you for your support.

Miss N Sullivan

Senior Deputy Headteacher

Download:

Home Testing FAQs (PDF)

Student Guide – Home Testing (PDF)

Covid-19 Self-Test Instruction for Use (IFU) Guide (PDF)

Privacy Notice – Covid-19 Testing 15.03.21 (PDF)

Testing Update for Years 8 and 9 - 09/03/2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

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

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

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

Please be advised that if you have not completed and signed the electronic consent form that was shared in our letter dated 2nd March then we will be unable to allow your child to take part in the testing programme.

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

Kind regards,

Miss N Sullivan

Senior Deputy Headteacher

Download the Year 9 TESTING TIMES (PDF) and Year 8 TESTING TIMES (PDF)

Testing Update - 05/03/2021

Friday 5th March 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

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

Testing will be conducted for students in form groups, and I have attached details of the date and time slot for year 7, 10, 11, 12 and 13.  Information regarding time slots for year 8 and 9 will be issued early next week.  Please ensure that your child arrives promptly for their allocated time slot in their school uniform.

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

Please be advised that if you have not completed and signed the electronic consent form that was shared in our letter dated 2nd March then we will be unable to allow your child to take part in the testing programme.

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

Kind regards,

Miss N Sullivan

Senior Deputy Headteacher

Download the testing times for your year group: 

Year 7 TESTING TIMES | Year 10 TESTING TIMES | Year 11 TESTING TIMES | Year 12 TESTING TIMES | Year 13 TESTING TIMES

Year 12 Level 2 BTEC Courses - 04/03/2021

Thursday 4th March 2021 | Year 12 – Level 2 BTEC Courses

Dear Parent/Carer, 

I hope you and your family are well.

I am sure you are aware that at the end of last week, Ofqual and the Department for Education issued guidance about how exam grades will be awarded this year.

The guidance states that grades will be awarded based on the professional judgement of teachers.  The judgement will be made based on a range of evidence produced by students including class and homework; tests and assessments and any future assessments that students complete when they return to school from 8th March.  It is important to note that the grade will not be determined by one piece of evidence. This means that a single very good or very disappointing piece of work does not mean that a student will be awarded that grade; this piece of work will provide just one piece of evidence. The criteria and evidence used to determine a grade will be shared with students.

Internal Assessments

When students return to school next week, they will not sit end of term tests, instead students will be given subject assessments to complete during their timetabled lessons the week commencing Monday 26th April to Friday 7th May. It is important to reiterate that these assessments are not exams and the assessments will only contain content students have been taught by their teachers. Departments may decide to use optional assessment material supplied by exam boards or other appropriate assessment material. The teachers will use their experience and professional judgement to choose the best mode of assessment, which is fair for all students. All assessments will take place in the classroom and not the examination hall. The grades achieved by students will not be the final grade awarded to the student. The grade will form one piece of the overall evidence used by teachers to award grades. Teachers will support students with preparation and consolidation work in the run up to the assessment weeks. Students should prepare and revise for the assessments.

Submission of Grades

Grades need to be submitted to exam boards by Friday 18th June. GCSE and BTEC  results will be released on Thursday 12th August. There will be some form of moderation by the examination boards, and students will have the right to appeal a grade they think is unfair, but it must be noted that the exam boards will check the evidence and procedures used by the school and the grade could go down. The school has to follow rigorous quality assurance protocols, which will be reviewed by the examination boards. Teachers have to base the grade on current progress. The Ofqual guidance clearly states that ‘when determining the grade, teachers should reflect the standard at which the student is performing now, not their potential.’ This, and the quality assurance system schools and examination boards must follow, will prevent unfair grade inflation. Teachers will not be able to discuss the grades submitted to the examination boards with students or parents/carers prior to the results day in August.

You will find attached to this email, a useful document that summarises the grading process. The link below provides useful information to parents, carers and students:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/how-qualifications-will-be-awarded-in-2021

We look forward to welcoming Year 12 students back to school for face to face teaching next week. Excellent attendance and engagement with learning will mean that students are able to complete supporting assessments, which may be used as evidence to determine a grade, to the best of their ability.  It is important that students continue to attend school and fully engage in their learning as they prepare for the transition from Weatherhead into the next stage in their education or training.

If you have any questions regarding grading or assessments, please contact Mrs Rogers, Deputy Headteacher at the email address below:

curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

Kind regards,

Miss Whelan

Headteacher

Download the Copy of Ofqual Infographic (PDF)

Year 12 EPQ - 04/03/2021

Thursday 4th March 2021 | Year 12 – EPQ

Dear Parent/Carer, 

I hope you and your family are well.

I am sure you are aware that at the end of last week, Ofqual and the Department for Education issued guidance about how exam grades will be awarded this year. This information only relates to students who are completing the Extended Project Qualification this summer.

When students return to school next week, they will continue to work on their projects and will continue to be supported by their teachers to ensure that they have enough assessment material to be used as evidence to make a judgement about the final grade awarded.

Submission of Grades

Grades need to be submitted to exam boards by Friday 18th June. EPQ results will be released on Tuesday 10th August. There will be some form of moderation by the examination boards, and students will have the right to appeal a grade they think is unfair, but it must be noted that the exam boards will check the evidence and procedures used by the school and the grade could go down. The school has to follow rigorous quality assurance protocols, which will be reviewed by the examination boards. Teachers have to base the grade on current progress. The Ofqual guidance clearly states that ‘when determining the grade, teachers should reflect the standard at which the student is performing now, not their potential.’ This, and the quality assurance system schools and examination boards must follow, will prevent unfair grade inflation. Teachers will not be able to discuss the grades submitted to the examination boards with students or parents/carers prior to the results day in August.

You will find attached to this letter, a useful document that summarises the grading process. The links below provides useful information to parents, carers and students:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/how-qualifications-will-be-awarded-in-2021

We look forward to welcoming Year 12 students back to school for face to face teaching next week. It is important that students should continue to attend school and fully engage in their learning to ensure that they continue to make progress and prepare for their next stage in their education. Excellent attendance and engagement with learning will mean that students are able to complete supporting assessments, which may be used as evidence to determine a grade, to the best of their ability.

Please note that this method of assessment only applies to the EPQ course for this year. Other Level 3 courses studied by Year 12 are not affected by this grading system.

If you have any questions regarding grading or assessments, please contact Mrs Rogers, Deputy Headteacher at the email address below: curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

Kind regards,

Miss Whelan

Headteacher

Download the Copy of Ofqual Infographic (PDF)

Further Maths AS Level Year 12 - 04/03/2021

Thursday 4th March 2021 | Year 12 – Further Maths AS Level

Dear Parent/Carer, 

I hope you and your family are well.

I am sure you are aware that at the end of last week, Ofqual and the Department for Education issued guidance about how exam grades will be awarded this year. This information only relates to students who are completing AS Level Further Maths this summer.

The guidance states that grades will be awarded based on the professional judgement of teachers.  The judgement will be made based on a range of evidence produced by students including class and homework; tests and assessments and any future assessments that students complete when they return to school from 8th March.  It is important to note that the grade will not be determined by one piece of evidence. This means that a single very good or very disappointing piece of work does not mean that a student will be awarded that grade; this piece of work will provide just one piece of evidence. The criteria and evidence used to determine a grade will be shared with students.

Internal Assessments

When students return to school next week, they will not sit end of term tests, instead students will be given subject assessments to complete during their timetabled Further Maths lessons the week commencing Monday 26th April to Friday 7th May. It is important to reiterate that these assessments are not exams and the assessments will only contain content students have been taught by their teachers. The Maths Department may decide to use optional assessment material supplied by exam boards or other appropriate assessment material. The teachers will use their experience and professional judgement to choose the best mode of assessment, which is fair for all students. All assessments will take place in the classroom and not the examination hall. The grades achieved by students will not be the final grade awarded to the student. The grade will form one piece of the overall evidence used by teachers to award grades. Teachers will support students with preparation and consolidation work in the run up to the assessment weeks. Students should prepare and revise for the assessments.

Submission of Grades

Grades need to be submitted to exam boards by Friday 18th June. AS Level results will be released on Tuesday 10th August. There will be some form of moderation by the examination boards, and students will have the right to appeal a grade they think is unfair, but it must be noted that the exam boards will check the evidence and procedures used by the school and the grade could go down. The school has to follow rigorous quality assurance protocols, which will be reviewed by the examination boards. Teachers have to base the grade on current progress. The Ofqual guidance clearly states that ‘when determining the grade, teachers should reflect the standard at which the student is performing now, not their potential.’ This, and the quality assurance system schools and examination boards must follow, will prevent unfair grade inflation. Teachers will not be able to discuss the grades submitted to the examination boards with students or parents/carers prior to the results day in August.

You will find attached to this letter, a useful document that summarises the grading process. The link below provides useful information to parents, carers and students:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/how-qualifications-will-be-awarded-in-2021

We look forward to welcoming Year 12 students back to school for face to face teaching next week. It is important that students continue to attend school and fully engage in their learning to ensure that they continue to make progress and prepare for their next stage in their education. Excellent attendance and engagement with learning will mean that students are able to complete supporting assessments, which may be used as evidence to determine a grade, to the best of their ability.

Please note that this method of assessment only applies to the AS Further Maths course for this year. Other Level 3 courses studied by Year 12 are not affected by this grading system.

If you have any questions regarding grading or assessments, please contact Mrs Rogers, Deputy Headteacher at the email address below:

curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

Kind regards,

Miss Whelan

Headteacher

Download the Copy of Ofqual Infographic (PDF)

Year 11 Grading Update - 04/03/2021

Thursday 4th March 2021 | Year 11 – Grading Update

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you and your family are well.

I am sure you are aware that at the end of last week, Ofqual and the Department for Education issued guidance about how exam grades will be awarded this year.

The guidance states that grades will be awarded based on the professional judgement of teachers.  The judgement will be made based on a range of evidence produced by students including class and homework; tests and assessments; mock exams and any future assessments that students complete when they return to school from 8th March.  It is important to note that the grade will not be determined by one piece of evidence. This means that a single very good or very disappointing piece of work (even if it was produced in the mock exams taken in December) does not mean that a student will be awarded that grade; this piece of work will provide just one piece of evidence. The criteria and evidence used to determine a grade will be shared with students.

Internal Assessments

When students return to school next week, they will not sit end of term tests, instead students will be given subject assessments to complete during their timetabled lessons the week commencing Monday 26th April to Friday 7th May. It is important to reiterate that these assessments are not exams and the assessments will only contain content students have been taught by their teachers. Departments may decide whether to use optional assessment material supplied by exam boards or other appropriate assessment material. The teachers will use their experience and professional judgement to choose the best mode of assessment, which is fair for all students. All assessments will take place in the classroom and not the examination hall. The grades achieved by students will not be the final grade awarded to the student. The grade will form one piece of the overall evidence used by teachers to award grades. Teachers will support students with preparation and consolidation work in the run up to the assessment weeks. Students should prepare and revise for the assessments. 

Reports

Before the assessments take place, students will receive a report containing specific targets to help them to complete assessment tasks to the best of their ability. Progress grades will not be issued at this time, but students will receive their effort grades. The reports will be issued week commencing Monday 22nd March.

Submission of Grades

Grades need to be submitted to exam boards by Friday 18th June. GCSE/BTEC results will be released on Thursday 12th August. There will be some form of moderation by the examination boards, and students will have the right to appeal a grade they think is unfair, but it must be noted that the exam boards will check the evidence and procedures used by the school and the grade could go down.  The school has to follow rigorous quality assurance protocols, which will be reviewed by the examination boards. Teachers have to base the grade on current progress. The Ofqual guidance clearly states that ‘when determining the grade, teachers should reflect the standard at which the student is performing now, not their potential.’ This, and the quality assurance system schools and examination boards must follow, will prevent unfair grade inflation. Teachers will not be able to discuss the grades submitted to the examination boards with students or parents/carers prior to the results day in August. 

Official Leaving Date

At the moment, the official leaving date for Year 11 students has not yet been finalised. We will update you with this important information as soon as we are able to.

You will find attached to this letter, a useful document that summarises the grading process. The link below provides useful information to parents, carers and students:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/how-qualifications-will-be-awarded-in-2021

We look forward to welcoming Year 11 students back to school for face to face teaching next week. On Tuesday 9th March, Mrs Rogers, Deputy Headteacher, will lead an assembly to go over this information.

The week commencing Monday 15th March, the Senior Leadership Team will be interviewing those students who have applied to our Sixth Form to discuss their course choices.

It is important that students continue to attend school and fully engage in their learning to ensure that they continue to make progress and prepare for their next stage in their education. Excellent attendance and engagement with learning will mean that students are able to complete supporting assessments, which may be used as evidence to determine a grade, to the best of their ability.

If you have any questions regarding grading or assessments, please contact Mrs Rogers, Deputy Headteacher at the email address below:

curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

Kind regards

Miss Whelan

Headteacher

Download the Year 11 Key Dates March 2021 (PDF) and Copy of Ofqual Infographic (PDF)

Year 13 Exam Grades - 03/03/2021

Wednesday 3rd March 2021 | Year 13

Dear Parent/Carer, 

I hope you and your family are well.

I am sure you are aware that at the end of last week, Ofqual and the Department for Education issued guidance about how exam grades will be awarded this year.

The guidance states that grades will be awarded based on the professional judgement of teachers.  The judgement will be made based on a range of evidence produced by students including class and homework; tests and assessments and any future assessments that students complete when they return to school from 8th March.  It is important to note that the grade will not be determined by one piece of evidence. This means that a single very good or very disappointing piece of work does not mean that a student will be awarded that grade; this piece of work will provide just one piece of evidence. The criteria and evidence used to determine a grade will be shared with students.

Internal Assessments

When students return to school next week, they will not sit end of term tests, instead students will be given subject assessments to complete during their timetabled lessons the week commencing Monday 26th April to Friday 7th May. It is important to reiterate that these assessments are not exams and the assessments will only contain content students have been taught by their teachers. Departments may decide whether to use optional assessment material supplied by exam boards or other appropriate assessment material. The teachers will use their experience and professional judgement to choose the best mode of assessment, which is fair for all students. All assessments will take place in the classroom and not the examination hall. The grades achieved by students will not be the final grade awarded to the student. The grade will form one piece of the overall evidence used by teachers to award grades. Teachers will support students with preparation and consolidation work in the run up to the assessment weeks. Students should prepare and revise for the assessments.

Reports

Before the assessments take place, students will receive a report containing specific targets to help them to complete assessment tasks to the best of their ability. Progress grades will not be issued at this time, but students will receive their effort grades. The reports will be issued week commencing Monday 19th April.

Submission of Grades

Grades need to be submitted to exam boards by Friday 18th June. A Level, BTEC and CACHE results will be released on Tuesday 10th August. There will be some form of moderation by the examination boards, and students will have the right to appeal a grade they think is unfair, but it must be noted that the exam boards will check the evidence and procedures used by the school and the grade could go down. The school has to follow rigorous quality assurance protocols, which will be reviewed by the examination boards. Teachers have to base the grade on current progress. The Ofqual guidance clearly states that ‘when determining the grade, teachers should reflect the standard at which the student is performing now, not their potential.’ This, and the quality assurance system schools and examination boards must follow, will prevent unfair grade inflation. Teachers will not be able to discuss the grades submitted to the examination boards with students or parents/carers prior to the results day in August. 

Official Leaving Date

At the moment, the official leaving date for Year 13 students has not yet been finalised. We will update you with important information as soon as we are able to. 

You will find attached to this letter, a useful document that summarises the grading process. The link below provides useful information to parents, carers and students:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/how-qualifications-will-be-awarded-in-2021

We look forward to welcoming Year 13 students back to school for face to face teaching next week. On Tuesday 9th March, Miss Byrne, Senior Assistant Headteacher, Director of Sixth Form, will lead an assembly for students to go over this information.

It is important that students continue to attend school and fully engage in their learning to ensure that they continue to make progress and prepare for their next stage in their education. Excellent attendance and engagement with learning will mean that students are able to complete supporting assessments, which may be used as evidence to determine a grade, to the best of their ability.

Parents’ Evening tomorrow night is an excellent opportunity for you to meet teachers to discuss current progress and targets to support learning over the next few months. 

If you have any questions regarding grading or assessments, please contact Mrs Rogers, Deputy Headteacher at the email address below: 

curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

Kind regards

Miss Whelan

Headteacher

Download Copy of Ofqual Infographic (PDF) and Year 13 Key Dates March 2021 (PDF)

Phased Reopening from Monday 8th March 2021 - 02/03/21

Tuesday 2nd March 2021 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

Further to the Headteacher’s communication on Friday 26 February, I wanted to provide you with more detail in relation to our phased reopening of Weatherhead High School from Monday 8 March. As previously explained, we have to implement a staggered reopening, due to our statutory obligation from the DfE to offer mass testing on site. I am sure you can appreciate that for a school of our size, this is a huge logistical challenge.

Thanks to those of you who swiftly completed the survey issued last week to help us ascertain how many students would like to access a test on a voluntary basis. We have now been able to analyse these responses and have therefore been able to plan for a safe return of students and staff from next week. 

Please see the attached information of how we plan to facilitate and organise testing in school in conjunction with the return of face to face education. If I could please ask that you read this document carefully, so that you are clear on what day your child will return to school and what timeframe we plan to offer the 3 tests to your child, which must be 3-5 days apart. Further information will be shared with those parents and carers who have provided consent for this service, including specific appointment times for the initial test. As you can see from the document, for the initial test (test 1), students will only attend school for a short time to simply complete their test and they will then leave the building, with lessons to start as normal the following day. During the phased period, remote education will continue for all students who are not in school.

As we have always stated throughout this difficult  process, our priority as a school community is the safety of students and staff. Therefore when your child returns to school, we will be operating exactly as we did in the Autumn Term (as per our risk assessment) with robust systems of controls which include;

  • Minimising contact with students across the site – keeping students in form group bubbles at KS3.

  • Engaging with the NHS Test & Trace process.

  • Ensuring staff and students do not attend school if they are required to self-isolate or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated and maintaining enhanced cleaning.

In essence, the only changes for students upon returning to school is the introduction of testing for those that have provided consent and the enhanced safety measure of wearing face masks in classrooms, unless medically exempt. As stated by the Headteacher last week, we ask for your continued support with this expectation and to ensure that your child has a suitable mask each day, including a spare mask. This temporary new measure will be reviewed by the government at Easter and we will continue to keep you informed.

As mentioned, all aspects of school will operate as they did in the Autumn Term, which includes;

  • Uniform expectations – students must continue to adhere to our uniform expectations at all times. They must wear their PE kit only on the days that have PE/Dance scheduled. 

  • Staggered start and end times – please find attached a reminder of these timings for students, which will be in operation from next week. Please encourage your child to be on time each day.

  • School day timings – I contacted you recently regarding the change of timings to our school day for students working at home to support well-being whilst accessing remote education. From Monday 8 March, we will be reverting back to our original school day timings as per the Autumn Term.

  • Behaviour expectations – our students conducted themselves in such a mature manner last term. I ask that you remind your child regarding our high expectations in relation to behaviour and the need for positive behaviour choices as they return to school. As I stated in September, if any child fails to follow instructions and directly puts any member of staff or other students at risk, further action will be taken in line with our behaviour policy and you will be asked to collect your child immediately. This includes deliberate intent not to follow staff instruction or a refusal to follow safety protocols. If a student exhibits behaviour such as this, they will face a period of exclusion from school. 

  • Visitor protocols – a reminder that our protocols for visitors to the school site will continue as per the Autumn Term. Parent and carer visits will be by prior appointment only and there will be no access to the school car park at any time. Visitors will be asked to adhere to all safety measures including wearing a face mask, signing in and out and completing NHS Test & Trace information. 

Thank you in advance for your continued support as we navigate reopening our school as safely as possible for so many students and staff. We successfully achieved this as a school community in September, with staff and students adapting so well to our new procedures and protocols, and I have no doubt that we will achieve this again with your support. 

We are very much looking forward to safely welcoming back all of our students as of next week.

Kind regards,

Miss N Sullivan

Senior Deputy Headteacher

Download Parental Information – School Reopening March 2021 (PDF) and School Day Timings March 2021 (PDF)

COVID-19 Testing and Consent Form - 02/03/21

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

Thank you to those of you who completed our google form and indicated that you would consent to your child taking part in LFD testing from Monday 8th March, prior to their return to school.  Further details will be sent in due course with the date and time of their first test.

The intention is that your child will undergo 3 tests, 3 – 5 days apart, in the lead up to the spring break, supervised by Weatherhead staff.  Once 3 tests have been undertaken, students will be issued home testing kits to continue testing twice weekly from Monday 22nd March.

Please complete the Consent form by 5 pm Thursday 4th March by clicking on the link below:

https://forms.gle/2o6tvHTSYqx27t6R8

(If you have more than one child, please remember to complete a consent form for each of your children.  It is important that this is done as registration requires personal information for each child, including date of birth)

For those of you who are giving consent, you will find the following points below helpful when your child takes their first test in school:

  1. A staff member will support your child with the registration process using the information that you have provided on the consent form.  This will enable us to inform you of your child’s test result later in the day via the NHS online system.  Students should avoid eating or drinking 30 minutes before their test.
  2. Instructions and a Weatherhead trained staff member will be in the test bays to guide and support your child through the process.  Before they open the swab, they will be asked to blow their nose and sanitise their hands.  When they open the swab, they will be advised not to touch the tip.  When they are ready to take their swab they should try not to touch any other part of their mouth, other than their tonsils.  It can be uncomfortable and make you cough, but this is a sign that they are doing it correctly.  They then do the same on one side of their nose.
  3. Once your child has completed their swab, the Test Assistant will ask them to put it into a test tube.  At this point they will hand over their barcode, sanitise their hands and wipe down the area using the wipes provided.
  4. You will receive an email/text with your child’s result as soon as possible during the day.  Should it be positive, then your child will be required to self isolate for the next 10 days.

This testing is for asymptomatic students only.  Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19, live with someone who is showing symptoms of Covid-19 (including a fever, and/or new persistent cough and/or loss of taste or smell) or have been in close contact with someone who is displaying symptoms.

If your child has tested positive for covid-19 in the last 90 days they are exempt from testing.  We will still allocate home testing kits to those students we now have on our list, however they need not take a test until after their 90 days.  If this is the case for your child, please make it known on the google form above.

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

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan

Headteacher

Headteacher's Update: Phased Reopening - 26/02/21

Friday 26th February 2021 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

Further to my communication sent on Wednesday 24 February, I wanted to let you know that we are currently planning for a phased reopening of Weatherhead High School to all students and staff from Monday 8 March.

I am sure you will appreciate that, with a school of our size and the potential testing of up to 1640 students, this presents quite a logistical challenge and as such, our school will be reopened on a staggered basis. Schools across the borough may take various different approaches on how to open their schools from 8th March, depending on numbers or other challenges, but please feel assured that we will plan for our students to return to school as soon as possible whilst ensuring that we meet all enhanced safety measures and as always, we will keep the health and safety of our whole school community as our top priority.

You may have read that the government now requires secondary age students to wear face masks at all times where social distancing cannot be maintained, including within classrooms for the time being. So please could I ask for your support with this in ensuring that your child has a suitable mask for use in school. As you can imagine we cannot supply masks to students and all students need to bring in their own mask. I also highly recommend that students have a spare mask with them every day as they can become damp after wearing for long periods of time and then lose their effectiveness. 

It was announced yesterday that the GCSE, A Levels and Vocational exams this year will be replaced by grades decided by teachers, based upon a wide range of available evidence including, essays, coursework, mock exams and other formal and informal assessments and tests. It is therefore absolutely crucial that all students continue to work hard and engage fully with every aspect of their learning and work over the next few months to make sure we have the best possible evidence upon which to make these professional judgements. We will be given more detailed information regarding all of this and the whole procedure and I will update you in due course once I know more.

We will write to you again early next week with full details about the phased reopening, testing arrangements and the staggered return to school for all students. During the phased period, remote education will continue for all students who are not in school. 

Thank you in advance for your continued support and understanding as we again navigate new challenges, but having our students back in school is so important and I know that together we will make it as safe as possible for our whole community.  

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan

Headteacher

Headteacher's Update - 24/02/21

Wednesday 24th February 2021 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am sure you will have seen the latest announcement from the Prime Minister, made on Monday 22nd February confirming that all students will be returning to school from Monday 8th March and it will be so good to have our students back in school again.

In order to minimise the risk of transmission of coronavirus in schools upon reopening, we have been issued with new Department for Education guidance which includes public health advice, endorsed by Public Health England. To ensure all of these control measures are in place, along with the new plans for asymptomatic testing of students upon return to school, we will be working around the clock to make sure that we have everything ready and in order. As with everything we have been doing, my senior staff and I will communicate all details with you over the next few weeks.

In relation to the plans for the mass asymptomatic testing programme when students’ return to school, and to aid us in our initial planning it would be really helpful if you could indicate on the form below whether you would like your child to take part in this process with a simple yes or no. Early guidance suggests that students should be tested 3 times in a 3-5 day period and after this, an at-home testing system will be implemented. Please submit your indications by 9.30am on Friday 26 February.

https://forms.gle/fU84Mg1VxkqH7NdC9

To reiterate, all testing is voluntary and will not be undertaken without your explicit consent. Please note, this form is not a consent form and is simply to help with our preliminary planning and to get an idea of numbers at this stage. I have attached the Privacy Notice and a letter which gives more information to support your decision making.  If your child is already attending school as part of our emergency provision and being tested, then you do not need to complete this form as we will include you in this new programme. 

As mentioned, full information about the reopening of Weatherhead, safety procedures, testing and official consent forms will be issued to all families over the coming weeks.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan

Headteacher

Download the Privacy Notice – Covid-19 Testing 24.02.21 (PDF) and the Test and Trace Parent Letter 24.02.21 (PDF).

End of Term Message from the Headteacher - 12/02/21

Friday 12th February 2021 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

As this half term comes to an end, I want to express my appreciation for your support. I know the last 6 weeks will have been a real challenge to keep your children working and motivated in their remote education, whilst dealing with everything else that this lockdown has brought.

I continue to be so impressed with our students’ resilience and their engagement with their learning. They have worked so hard this half term and it’s important that they have a really good break next week, with time away from devices and school work.

Please note that the school will be fully closed next week, both for the emergency provision and remote education at home. We will reopen for emergency provision on Monday 22 February, and students’ remote education and live lessons will also resume from this date.

We hope to have an update from the Government on Monday 22 February, with information about when schools are likely to reopen. As soon as this information is available, we will communicate our plans to you.

Have a good break and stay safe.

Kind regards,

Miss Whelan
Headteacher

Widening of Symptoms for Testing COVID-19 - 11/02/21

Thursday 11th February 2021 | Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please find attached some guidance issued by Wirral Local Authority around symptoms and testing for COVID which you may be aware has also been posted on the Wirral Council website by Julie Webster, Director of Public Health.

In addition, please be advised that guidance has changed in relation to positive test results obtained through a Lateral Flow test,  As outlined in the original guidance, a confirmatory PCR test will need to be undertaken which, if positive, will assist NHS Test and Trace in determining the strain of the virus. Should the PCR test indicate a negative result, your child would still be required to self isolate in line with current regulations.

Kind regards,

Miss A Whelan

Headteacher

Download ‘Widening of Symptoms for Testing 11.02.21’ (PDF)

Year 10 Parents' Evening - 10/02/21

Wednesday 10th February 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you and family remain safe and well. Please find outlined in this email information about Parents’ Evening for Year 10. 

Virtual Year 10 Parents’ Evening – Thursday 25th February 2021.

I would like to invite you to attend our Virtual Parents’ Evening on Thursday 25th February. In the current climate, many schools have made the decision to cancel Parents’ Evenings. After a turbulent 11 months, many of our Year 10 students are working incredibly hard 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 maintained. This important evening will provide you with an opportunity to discuss academic progress and engagement with remote education.

In order to ensure that we are able to run a Parents’ Evening, 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 Tuesday 23rd February 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 10 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.

I would like to take this opportunity to commend Year 10 students for the commitment they have shown to their learning during this challenging term. Please note that the school finishes for half-term on Friday and it is important that students have a well-earned rest from their learning and a break away from their screens to support their wellbeing. Teachers will not set any remote learning during half-term. 

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

curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

 

Many thanks,

Mrs N. Rogers

Deputy Headteacher

Changes to School Operations - 29/01/21

Friday 29th January 2021| Whole School

Dear Parent/Carer, 

I hope you and your families are safe and well.  I am pleased to hear how successfully your child is engaging with their remote learning and education.  I am very proud to hear from staff how our students have adopted a really mature approach to their studies, in such difficult circumstances.

I am writing to inform you of some slight changes to our school operations (see below) and some reminders for students and parents/carers (see attached).

From Monday 1st February, Weatherhead will be slightly adjusting the timings of our school day for students accessing remote education at home.

We have implemented these new timings to primarily;

  • Reduce long periods of screen time and ensure a safe working environment for the school community.
  • Increase lunchtime to an hour to enable students to have a sufficient break from devices/screens and to eat a substantial lunchtime meal
  • To schedule regular breaks during the day to support student’s concentration and engagement levels
  • To support student and staff well-being 

LESSON

TIME

BREAK

 

1

9.00 – 9.45am

 

 

 

 

5 mins

2

9.50 – 10.35am

 

 

Break

10.35 – 10.55am

20 mins 

 

3

10.55 – 11.40am

 

 

 

 

5 mins

4

11.45am – 12.30pm

 

Lunch

12.30 – 13.30pm

60 mins

 

5

13.30 – 14.15pm

 

 

 

 

5 mins

6

14.20 – 15.05pm

 

Students to work until 3:35pm on independent tasks via Google Classroom

 

As you know student well-being is of paramount importance to us and I ask you to familiarise yourself with these new timings and encourage your child to step away from computers and devices during their scheduled breaks.  I am sure many of you are familiar with the research that suggests regular intervals improve student concentration levels.  Furthermore, during morning break and lunchtime students now have sufficient time to eat a substantial meal and stay hydrated.  Please encourage your child to change their environment away from their bedroom/workspace/devices and where possible go for a walk, step into the garden, spend some time with other members of the family.  I know how conscientious our students are and many will work all day with very little time for food and drink in their day, so I am hoping that these new timings will help with their well-being.

As you can see from 3.05pm we are asking students to work independently and complete any outstanding tasks/activities for the day as instructed by their staff.

Emergency provision

If your child is accessing our emergency provision, there are no alterations to the timings of the school day which are 9am – 3pm.

Tutor Time

As you may be aware, from last week your child can now attend a regular fortnightly lesson with their Form Tutor which will ensure that students can receive much needed support from their Form Tutor.  As always, your child’s Form Tutor in the first instance, is the member of staff who can support your child with any concerns that they may have in terms of their remote education and well-being.  Your child’s Form Tutor is in regular communication via their Google Classroom and now via their regular live lessons.

Support Services

I know what a challenging and worrying time it is for our students and I wanted to remind you of the extensive support services that are available for young people in the community.  These details were shared with all students prior to the Christmas holidays, however, I felt it was a timely reminder for you as parents and carers.  Please find a link to our website below.

weatherheadhigh.co.uk/safety-and-wellbeing/support-services-during-the-holidays/

Social Media

As we regularly remind parents/carers please continue to monitor your child’s behaviour online.  As parents/carers, ensure your parental controls are activated on household devices to prevent your child accessing inappropriate content online.  Furthermore, as Weatherhead’s Child Protection Officer, I am asking you to continue to have regular conversations with your child regarding their digital footprint and ensure they have privacy settings enabled, this prevents any inappropriate contact from others which could potentially place your child at risk.  Please encourage your child to act appropriately towards others online.  As previously stated, we are unable to investigate any social media issues between students, so as a parent, please continue to encourage your child to act appropriately towards others online.  Our Assistant Headteacher Mr Horman, will be sharing useful links and strategies for you as parents next week ahead of Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 9th February.

I would like to thank you all for your patience, understanding and support over the past few weeks, whilst we navigate a situation that is so difficult to comprehend.  Our staff are working tirelessly to support all of our students in every year group at this time.

Kind regards,

Miss N Sullivan

Senior Deputy Headteacher

Student Services

Click here to download Parent Student Protocols wc 1st February 2021

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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