Posted on Friday 8th December 2017


I have mentioned a number of times that attendance is a key priority for our school. We are keen to recognise those students who are here every day regardless of the challenges that some of them face in achieving this and we have on-going rewards throughout the year to celebrate their success. December is a particularly difficult time of year with the cold, dark mornings.  With that in mind, we have introduced this week our 12 days of Christmas Attendance initiative, to recognise all of our students who attend for the 12 days before the last day of term. A draw will be held on the last day of term, Thursday 21st December, to win a number of prizes. Thank you for supporting good attendance at Werneth School. This is key to students' achievement and success in their future life. View our attendance poster here.

On Friday 1st December a group of 30 Year 10 Photography students took part in a work shop with award winning Photographer Paul Wolfgang. Students worked around the theme of 7 Deadly Sins. Students also had an opportunity to work with Media and Make up artists to create effective and eye catching make up. They also had a master class session with Paul Wolfgang on how to light an effective photograph and work in a studio based environment. Each students also had an opportunity to work with SLR cameras and created various location shots around school.  These photographs will now be used to develop their photo shop skills and create a portfolio for their Year 10 coursework.

Being trained in CPR and First Aid can be invaluable when someone is in serious medical distress. ...  Knowing what to do in an emergency medical situation can mean the difference between life and death.  A group of students in Year 11 have recently completed a Basic First Aid Course and enjoyed learning how to respond to emergency situations.  Topics covered included Recovery Position, CPR, AED (automated external defibrillator) training, bandaging and how to treat Burns and Scalds.  Not only is learning First Aid an important life skill, it’s also a highly desirable work skill.  Well done to the Group who passed their final assessment. 

Our Werneth Christmas Concert took place on Wednesday evening at school. It was packed full of Christmassy tunes to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. The concert featured our Senior Band, a variety of ensembles and our year 7 and 8 singing group 'Seventh Octave'. A special mention goes to our soloists of the evening; James Cooper, Harry Ainsworth, Harvey Hudson, Decland Day, Leah Nagler, Amelia Wilkinson, Amy Whitehouse and Lauren Green who all performed excellently in front of a large audience. Special thanks to Alex Bracegirdle in Year 7 who confidently compered the evening.

Book of Excellence Winners this week – congratulations to all of our winners this week:

Year 7 - Jamie Raeburn, for excellence in English
Year 8 - Ethan Ditcher, for excellence in Food Tech
Year 9 - Mia Green, for excellence in Dance
Year 10 - Josh Taylor, for excellence in English
Year 11 - Jack Brennan, for excellence in Maths

Finally, a reminder that school will finish at 12pm on Thursday 21st December 2017.  Buses have been arranged and students who are provided with free school meals will be able to collect a grab bag if required.  We return to school on Monday 8th January at 8.40am.

Have a good weekend.

Andrew Conroy





Posted on Friday 1st December 2017


As we enter December, the school is gearing up for Christmas.  The school Christmas tree is up and we are considering the range of events we will offer this month. 

First and foremost, I want to place on record how delighted we are with our Year 11s.  They are an excellent group of young people, and they have worked really hard this week in their GCSE mock examinations.  It is always stressful and challenging but they have been delightful, hard working and we know they have tried their very best.  The mocks continue next week.

Meanwhile, in school, many of our forms are collecting items for Stockport Food bank by doing the Reverse Advent Calendar.  Speak to your child to see if their form is taking part and if you can help in any way, please send in something from the following list.  


Year 11 Graphics group have visited Manchester to study corporate design and branding for their GCSE exam. The Betham Tower Hilton Hotel is the tallest building in Manchester. Said, the General Manager, invited us to the Cloud Bar on the 53rd floor on our tour. There is an amazing panoramic view of the whole of Greater Manchester and a glass floor to look through if you have the nerve. The hotel is the destination for famous musicians and footballers in the city. Said told us about the amazing functions which are held there and as a special treat allowed us into the VIP area.  This can be rented for £80,000 per night if you have that sort of money for your birthday party ..... a great incentive to work hard!

We took a mixture of Year 9/10 girls to a Hub Football tournament through the MU Foundation which was held at Deans Trust, Ardwick. The girls worked really well together as a team and encouraged each other throughout. A particular highlight was Caitlin receiving the 'Player of the Tournament' award amongst approximately 70 students participating.

Manchester United Foundation held an event at Old Trafford on Monday 27th November around Resilience. There was a guest speaker Dean Stott who spoke about the challenges he has faced in his life, and how he overcome these obstacles to get to where he is now. He is now attempting a World Record cycling challenge 'The Pan American Highway 18'. The total distance he will travel is 14,000 miles and he is aiming to do so in 110 days. The charity he is raising money for is 'Heads together'. There were 4 Year 8 students who attended this event, and engaged with the workshops really well.

On Thursday 30th November, 2 Year 11 students were invited down to the ITV studios to have a tour around the Coronation Street set. This was as a reward for their outstanding performances in the Bugsy Malone performance at the Official launch day event last year, with special guests such as Sir Bobby Charlton, Barry Matthews (ITV) and Jonathan Collinge (Adidas) in attendance. One student commented saying 'It was great to see all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make Coronation Street and all the various job roles within.' 

Don’t forget our Christmas Concert in the main hall on Wednesday 6th December, 7.00pm start. Tickets £2.50 for adults £1.50 for children. I’m unfortunately unable to attend the event next week, but I know it will successful, and I look forward to congratulating our student participants who are working hard to prepare a great show.

Book of Excellence Winners this week – congratulations to all of our winners this week:

Year 7 - Ellie Toland, for excellence in History
Year 8 - Jolie Davies, for excellence in Maths
Year 9 - Jess Green, for excellence in Photography                                  
Year 10 - Katie Hodrien, for excellence in RE                   
Year 11 - Hannah Ormston, for excellence in Music

Last week 8 Year 10 Business Studies students attended a Young Apprentice event where they were competing against other schools and colleges in Stockport.  The students worked in teams to develop an idea to promote visitors to Stockport’s historical tourist attractions. The students used their business knowledge to develop their ideas and had to present to a panel of judges. Each team performed well and one of the teams came third and won a prize. The session was very worthwhile and enjoyed by all and will help the students with their studies.

Have a good weekend.

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 24th November 2017


It was great to see so many of our Year 11s with their parents at last night’s Year 11 Parents’ Evening.  We know how hard our Year 11s are working in preparation for their GCSE Mock Examinations, which start next week.    A copy of the mock examination timetable is on the front page of the website.  We have also arranged a visit to Stockport College for our Year 11s after their mock examinations, so that they can view a range of post-16 subjects.  More information to come on this.

21 students from all year groups brought festive cheer to the Christmas markets in Romiley on Saturday 18th November. The girls performed 2 festive dances to the community who clapped and cheered along.  Well done to all those involved!

Mrs Tonge has asked me to pass on congratulations to McKenzie Barnes in Year 9, who competed in the World Cheerleading Championships in Japan last week and gained a silver medal. She had the medal with her on Monday in school and it’s a fantastic achievement.  She didn't really want a big fuss but she was rightly glowing with pride.

The Year 9 Boys basketball team had a narrow loss, 36 - 37 against Hazel Grove this week.  A very close game that could have gone either way.

Last week, a group of 21 Year 11 students went to visit John Rylands library in Manchester as part of an English enrichment project. They had a tour of the library and took part in a Gothic creative writing session in which they used the building as inspiration for a piece of descriptive writing.   This was a really worthwhile and enjoyable visit to this stunning building. One student commented that it was "nice to be in such a different and unique environment". 

Book of Excellence Winners this week – congratulations to all of our winners this week:

Year 7 - Lorenzo, for excellence in Maths
Year 8 - Ciara, for excellence in English
Year 9 - Chloe, for excellence in Art
Year 10 - Daniel, for excellence in ICT
Year 11 - Omar, for excellence in Maths

Have a good weekend.

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 17th November 2017

It was great to see a large number of Werneth students involved in the Remembrance Service at Bredbury Memorial on Sunday. As well as many representing uniformed groups we also had members of our band and singing groups accompanying the congregation. A notable mention to Steph Thompson who did a great job of playing The Last Post.

Through our partnership with Adidas on Tuesday 14th November we had the privilege of having the Lowry Theatre transform our Main Hall to perform a tour which explores the lives of young carers. The performance focused on raising awareness around the challenges they face and also to help identify hidden young carers within our school community. Last November the production 'Who Cares' premiered at The Lowry. The production focuses on the stories of three young carers, presented verbatim from over 12 months of interviews, and will tour from the 30th October, throughout the country, finishing at The House of Lords in December.

In attendance at the performance were Stockport Young Carer staff, Councillor Colin Foster, Councillor Dean Fitzpatrick and The Director of Education for Stockport Phil Beswick. All commented on the outstanding behaviour and emotional intelligence of the Y7, Y8 & Y9 pupils who watched the performance. The Lung Theatre said that Werneth had been the best school they've performed to so far. The well-being room was accessed by a number of pupils for some advice and support from Stockport Young Carers. Out of those pupils we have identified a number of new young carers who were previously unknown to us in that role. This really shows the impact that the performance had on our pupils.

Raising attendance is one of the key priorities in school and students are actively involved in making this high profile. A competition has been running over the last couple of weeks for students to design a logo to represent our Attendance Champions League. Congratulations to Ethan Bennett, Lydia Donohoe and Lakeisha Talbot from 10W whose designs have been combined to create our logo. This is displayed on our Attendance notice board and will be used on all Champions League information. All three students received a £10 gift voucher for their contribution.

Mr McKenna in PE reports that the boys Year 9 Basketball team competed in the Reddish Vale basketball competition last night and reached the semi-final, which they unfortunately lost to Reddish Vale. They had good wins over Harrytown and Marple Hall in the process.

Book of Excellence Winners this week – congratulations to all of our winners this week:

Year 7 –Robbie
Year 8 – Aaron
Year 9 – Kobe
Year 10 – Molly
Year 11 – Rhianna

Miss Wickes in the Science department launched Science Club this week. It's currently only for year 7 and will run for 4 weeks during Tuesday lunchtimes. The first session had an amazing turn out, apparently the best numbers any Werneth Science Club has seen! About 40 students attended! We even had to turn several away as they arrived a bit too late and we were getting too cramped! Each student has received their own loyalty card that they will need to get stamped each week. Any student that attends all 4 sessions will be nominated for the next Science Rewards Trip (Burgers & Bowling). The first session this week was on 'DNA Extraction', so started with a mini lesson to give them some background information, expanding on what they have learnt so far in Biology as well as introducing them to some GCSE content. Everyone was very excited, getting involved and asking questions throughout! It definitely took great dedication for them to gargle saltwater for at least a minute, with most students able to see some good results! Next week will be Chemistry themed, introducing them to the pH scale and hopefully producing a rainbow in a test tube! After that we will have Physics, testing their engineering skills to build the strongest structure and – finally - a heart dissection!

And on that note, have a good weekend!


Andrew Conroy



Posted on Friday 10th November 2017

It’s Remembrance Sunday this Sunday, and some of our school musicians will be providing the music at the cenotaph ceremony at George Lane, 3pm.  Our Head Girl and Boy will be laying a wreath on behalf of the school.  In addition, we have held a minute’s silence at 11am today to pay our respects.  Mrs Craven’s Tracks group have also created a commemorative wreath of their own to display in school – a thoughtful gesture from students Jade Daniels, Matthew Tolan, Shannon Burgess, Rene Vesely and Eddie Broughton.

On Tuesday 7th November, Manchester United Foundation held an anti-bullying event, WWE 'Be A Star' at Old Trafford. 4 year 7s had the opportunity to meet 2 WWE superstars, Natalya (Smackdown Womens Champions) and Dolph Ziggler. Afterwards they has a museum tour of Manchester United. Throughout the day the students represented Werneth School really well and gained some valuable experiences about tackling bullying.

On Tuesday we had our 2nd round of fixtures for our primary school netball and football competition ran by Mrs Holt, Miss Woods and Mr Mcgrath. This involved 8 netball teams and 8 football teams, with over 120 students taking part.  The event was successfully officiated and organised by our Y11 Sports Leaders.

On Friday last week, The Manchester Actors Company visited Werneth to perform 'A Christmas Carol' to our Year 11 students. Year 11 have been studying this text in English and the performance really helped to being the story to life for them. It will also aid them in their preparation for the mock exams which begin in a few weeks. The performance was followed by a question and answer session in which students were able to discuss the text with the actors and the director of the play. Afterwards, students commented on how the play had helped them to remember key details and quotes from the story.

This Thursday, we held our GCSE Presentation Evening to students at Romiley Forum.  Certificates were presented by the Mayor of Stockport, and it was lovely to hear how well our students are progressing at college.  We are obviously now working hard with our current Year 11s and it was therefore great to enjoy a celebration feast at break today with those students who are fully on track to achieve excellent results.  I am hoping the number of those students increases steadily as we move through the rest of the year.  GCSE mock examinations are only weeks away.

Book of Excellence Winners this week – congratulations to all of our winners this week:

Year 7 – Joshua
Year 8 – Katie
Year 9 – Roshna
Year 10 – Buddhima
Year 11 – Lewis

Some key dates for this half term:

Thursday 23rd November – Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening
27th November until 15th December – Year 11 GCSE Mock Examinations
Thursday 21st December – break up for Christmas holidays, returning on Monday 8th January


Have a good weekend!  

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 3rd November 2017


I want to start this week by reflecting back on one of the highlights of last half term: the wonderful production of “Fame” at Romiley Forum.  This took place during the last week of the half term.  I didn’t have the opportunity to write the summary for the blog at the end of last half term, as it was published the day after the performance. So here it is …

The school production is always a real highlight of the school year, and this year’s “Fame” production certainly more than lived up to expectations.    Our students performed to our feeder primary schools, and then three public performances from Monday to Wednesday at the Forum.  A total of 61 students were involved across every year group in school, including a number of our new Year 7s in their first half term at Werneth.

Everyone deserves a mention, but particularly plaudits must go to some of the key performers – Chloe Hodgson and Brooke Atkinson for their stunning vocal talent, and Lewis Lloyd, Tyler Beckett, Jake Forrest, Josh Hibbert, Hannah Ormiston, Leah Loughlan, Ellen Roberts, Rose Warburton, Henry Jackson and Liam Parry for their roles with key characters.

Our supporting band were also on top form with their musical accompaniment.  As a school, we were very proud of everyone who produced such an excellent production.

I’d like to recognise the “backroom staff”, ranging from our teachers who put the whole show together to the support staff who helped with organising students, making costumes, selling tickets, lighting and everything else that goes along with the event.  Many, many hours of hard work into the evening and at weekends, but I’m sure worth all of the blood, sweat and tears. More photos have been published on our Facebook page.

Parents of Year 7 students should look out for a letter over the coming week related to our new “Adidas Academy”, launched this week.  The aim of this exciting new programme is to provide our students with some core skills to aim for over the course of the school year.  Those students who attain these skills and experiences will then graduate at the end of the year with a Gala Dinner hosted by Adidas in Hazel Grove.

Parents will no doubt have been told by your children that we have been re-establishing some ground rules this week with regard to uniform.   We’ve had a tough stance on establishing those basic standards, checking uniform on entry and it hasn’t made us popular with some of our students.  The result is however that we have reduced uniform issues from 87 students with missing items on Monday to fewer than 20 on Friday.  We intend to keep up this monitoring, and we thank parents for your support in helping us to maintain those standards.  Young people like to test boundaries with uniform, but together we can ensure they are set up for a productive school day in the correct uniform.

This week has also seen the 'kick-off' of our Attendance Champions League in school. This is our whole school attendance initiative where each form 'plays' another form and wins points by beating their opponent at attendance. The league table will be displayed on the attendance notice board and around school.  Rewards will be given within year groups and at the end of the academic year. Please support us in encouraging excellent attendance at school. This will ensure your child achieves to the very best of their ability.

Some of our Year 9 students attended an event at Manchester University this week, providing the opportunity to learn about various careers within engineering, science and maths backgrounds.  It was a highly active event with all students trying their hand at experiments, handling cutting edge technology devices and learning from Engineers, Scientists and Technologists influencing the 21st century.  During activity 2 - Careers Fair - young people got the chance to speak with industry champions and talk about careers that they had never even considered or knew about prior to the event.

Congratulations to our Book of Excellence Winners from the last week before half term.



Our Year 11 football team went out in the 3rd round of the English Schools Cup on Monday night at Hazel Grove.  Despite a spirited comeback to draw the game 6-6 after 90 minutes, we ended up losing the tie on penalties.

Well done to the 35 students who attended Werneth’s football academy in partnership with the Manchester United Foundation over half term.  I understand they worked extremely hard to develop their football skills.

Our Year 11s have this morning enjoyed a performance of “A Christmas Carol” from a visiting theatre company, arranged by the English department.  This will help them with their preparation for GCSE English.

Finally, parents have this week received a voting letter and slip for the election of parent governors.  A reminder please to return your voting slip via the school office by next Thursday.

Some key dates for this half term:

Thursday 9th November – GCSE Presentation Evening for ex-Year 11s
Thursday 23rd November – Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening
27th November until 15th December – Year 11 GCSE Mock Examinations
Thursday 21st December – break up for Christmas holidays, returning on Monday 8th January


Have a good weekend!  

Andrew Conroy





Posted on Friday 20th October 2017

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, it has been a highly successful few weeks for the Year 11 football team.  The team actually went through the whole event unbeaten.  Well done gentlemen!

This week, the team followed up their success with an excellent 4-1 win over Harrytown with goals from Jake Hall(2), Max Phillips and Oli Burgess.  

Next week sees the first of our Manchester United Holiday Courses.  Y7s and Y8s will have the opportunity to be coached by Manchester United Foundation staff who will be helped by our sports leaders.   The course runs from Tuesday to Thursday from 10-2.  There are still limited places available.  To book a place for your child please email phil.mcgrath@mufoundation.org.

The Year 10 and 11 Food students had the opportunity to pick up valuable catering skills from ex-student Oliver Cookson, who has trained as a pastry chef working under with Michel Roux Jr.

Oliver very kindly came all the way from Lytham St Annes, where he has his own catering business now,  to demonstrate the use of chocolate and caramel in various dishes making truffles, salted caramel and a caramel apple pie. He explained the importance of presentation, commitment, motivation and even the use of Maths, English and Science in the catering kitchen.

All the students enjoyed the demonstration and eating the delicious truffles and thoroughly appreciated the experience.

Finally, the science department rewarded forty pupils across all year groups for excellent work and progress in science over the first half term. All pupils were nominated by their class teachers for reasons ranging from excellent homework to outstanding assessment scores. All the nominated students were treated to a piece of cake and received a praise post card. 

Our Book of Excellence Winners from this week will be published on the next blog.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable half term holiday, and we will see students back in school on Monday 30th October.


Andrew Conroy





Posted on Friday 13th October 2017

It was lovely to welcome our new year 7 parents to school on Tuesday for our Year 7 “Launch for Success” Evening. This provided parents with an excellent opportunity to discuss how their child has settled into secondary school with their form tutor, before our main presentation from Mrs Logan, Assistant Headteacher for Key Stage 3 Progress. This outlined recent changes in education and what this means for our students, the importance of their progress over a 5 year learning journey and how we track and report progress to parents. Workshops in English, Maths and Science also proved extremely popular with parents as our staff shared with them the curriculum and skills that students will be taught and ways to support their child's progress at home.

I wanted to share some really pleasing examples of work around school this week: firstly, Miss Harness’s Year 10 Food Technology group have this week made some amazing Chocolate Victoria Sponge cakes with their own chocolate fudge icing piped on. Also, in Mrs Oakes’ group, Joe Eckersley produced an amazingly realistic information poster on Healthy Eating, which can be viewed here.

A selection of our Year 9 pupils recently attended a micro-teaching event at The University of Manchester. The day involved pupils being taught two poetry lessons delivered by the university’s trainee teachers, and then assisted the trainee teachers develop their skills by evaluating and providing feedback on the range of activities and strategies they experienced.

“It was helpful as the trainee teachers taught us a range of poetic techniques and ways to analyse poetry. This will help us in our GCSEs which we will sit in a few short years.”

“We enjoyed spending time with other schools. It was lovely to see so many schools from our community getting involved in activities like this.”

“At the end of the day we did a review on the teachers and how they did. It was a great feeling to be able to help the trainee teachers complete their course. Overall it was a fantastic day and we all learnt a lot from the experience; we think that it will really help us in the poetry aspect of our GCSE.”

It’s been a great week for the Year 11 football team, who started the week with a fantastic 7-5 victory in the 2nd round of the English Schools Football competition at Cheadle Hulme School. Man of the match Jake Hall scored a superb hat trick.

They then ended the week as Manchester United Foundation Tournament Winners for the second successive year. An ecstatic Mr Brierley commented that they showed a “Superb performance, attitude, team work!!”

Congratulations to Nathan Waring; Daniel Smith; Joe Egerton; Jake Hall; James Bennett; Oli Burgess; Kai Jarrett; Toby Snelson; Lewis France; Will Bradshaw

Finally, a reminder that school breaks up next Thursday 19th October at 3.10pm for half term, returning on Monday 30th October 2017.

Have a good weekend!  


Andrew Conroy



Posted on Friday 6th October 2017


On Thursday 28th September, Werneth’s outstanding Visual arts department took 46 of their year 11 GCSE students on a tour of Chester. This was an amazing opportunity for year 11 photography students to capture interesting photographs of Chester’s architecture.  Students photographed various buildings, both old and new, as well as a tour of Chester Cathedral. These photographs will now be used towards students’ examination work. Students also had an opportunity for a river cruise and to sample Mexican food at lunch.   This was an excellent trip and all students enjoyed it.

Book of Excellence Winners this week – congratulations to all of our winners this week:

Year 7 – Ebony, for excellence in History
Year 8 – Sophie, for excellence in Chemistry
Year 9 – Brad, for excellence in Food Technology
Year 10 – Sam, for excellence in Computer Science and Mathematics
Year 11 – Joel, for excellence in German

Some key reminders:

  • This coming Tuesday we are looking forward to welcoming all year 7 parents into school for our 'Launch for success' evening.  Starting at 4.15pm there will be the opportunity to meet with your child's Form Tutor until 5pm. Mrs Logan, Assistant Headteacher for Key Stage 3 Progress, will give a short presentation on the key information for your child's curriculum.  From 5.30pm the English, Maths and Science departments will deliver sessions to allow parents a deeper understanding of your child's learning in the core subjects. 
  • A reminder that our famous school production will this year be “Fame”.  The cast have been performing a short excerpt in assemblies this week, and tickets are available in school.  The performances will be held at Romiley Forum on Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th October. 
  • Attendance, attendance, attendance!  Some individual improvements here, but also a reminder that we need to maintain a tough stance on attendance.  Every day matters.  Since we returned in September, we have issued 9 Education Penalty Notices (some for unauthorised holidays and some for irregular attendance) and have made 5 referrals to the Education Welfare Service where attendance has been a significant concern.
  • We will be launching our new Adidas Academy to Year 7 after half term – more details to come on this exciting new venture.
  • Finally, a reminder that our new sports facilities are now up-and-running and available for bookings outside of school hours.  We have a refurbished sports hall, and floodlit astro turf pitches for hire, and you can contact our School Business Manager steve.sanderson@wernethschool.com to enquire about bookings.  We are also currently exploring how we can use our Manchester United Foundation programme to support some community football for teenagers in the evening, so look out for further information on this to come next half term.

Have a good weekend!  


Andrew Conroy


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Posted on Friday 22nd September 2017

As we approach the end of September, there have been a variety of educational experiences in and out of school this week.  Mrs Holden and Mr Mujagic were delighted with the GCSE Art trip to Chester on Thursday, where Year 11 Art students enjoyed a day of preparation for their GCSE examination course.  They were great ambassadors for the school throughout the day.

We have introduced a new weekly course in Construction this year for a small number of students in Year 10.  The course takes place every Wednesday for the full day, and is taught by specialist tutors in Stockport.  Mrs Craven has told me this week that the students are all progressing really well, and there has been 100% attendance to date, with everyone on time.  After some initial health and safety training, the group have recently moved onto practical work focused on carpentry joints and wall preparation.  The Student of the Month for the course has been Brad Willis: he has displayed a really positive attitude to learning, enthusiasm, determination and a willingness to extend his learning at home.  Well done Brad!

It has also been a successful week of football results for our boys, with comprehensive wins against Harrytown.  
Y7 won 6-0
Y8 won 11-0
Y10 won 10-2
Mr Brierley reports that there was an excellent attitude and performance from each of our teams.  Well done to all teams!

This week, years 7,8 and 9 assemblies have been focusing on the European Day of Languages, which we've celebrated in school today.  Hopefully the myth that 'everyone in the world speaks English' has been dispelled, as we've heard that in reality, just 5% of the world's population do in fact, speak English!  Today's lessons have been started with greetings in a variety of different languages and students have also been completing a languages-based quiz during form time. Well done to further winners in years 8 and 9, who've also received their prizes for 'best-backed' exercise books in French and Spanish.

The TRACKS Department has a long tradition of raising money for a variety of Charities.  This is vital work on behalf of the community and forms an important part of the students ASDAN qualification. Once again the students have been very active in their support for Cancer by organising “The Big Macmillan Coffee Morning”. As usual with anything that Werneth does the staff, parents and students always manage to support and go above and beyond the call of duty.  The Coffee Morning was no different.  Donations of cakes flooded in and staff turned up to support the group. The students worked tirelessly over a number of weeks to prepare for the event. It was a huge success and the group raised a total of £160.00. 

Our “Book of Excellence” winners for this week were all awarded for excellent homework.  Homework is vital for extending learning, and some of our students are showing excellent attitude towards their independent study:

Dominic in 7S for Science; Josh in 7O for PE; Amelia in 8N for History; Buddhima in 10O for Art and Jake in Year 11 for Maths.

Congratulations to all of those winners, and I hope everyone has a good weekend!




Have a great weekend!

Andrew Conroy


Posted on Friday 22nd September 2017

Three weeks down and the summer holidays are already a distant memory. Our Year 7 students no longer seem like new students to us now – they have settled into school so seamlessly! They are a delightful group of young people, and are already making excellent progress in school.

I was privileged to have lunch today with our five “Book of Excellence” winners for this week. For those parents who are new to the school, teachers nominate students every week who have demonstrated excellence with a particular piece of work. Five students – one from each year group – are selected to be displayed with their work in the “Book of Excellence”, which is located in our central atrium – the HART space in school.

The winners who celebrated today were:
Year 7 – Paige, for excellence in Maths Year 8 – Tommy, for outstanding homework in French Year 9 – Jack, for excellent independent work in Business Studies Year 10 – Rio, for excellent homework in Food Technology Year 11 – Chloe, for excellent extended writing in Science

Building those excellent skills for learning – independent study, homework, extended writing - is obviously crucial for success in the examinations at the end of Year 11. Our current Year 11s have settled very quickly into their vital GCSE preparation work this term, and I have been very impressed with their attitude to learning in the lessons I have visited this term to date. On Thursday evening, we held our post-16 evening in school, and well over 100 families came into school to discuss options for next year with the colleges and training providers who attended. It was a very successful evening, and our Year 11s are now ready to attend the College Open Evenings over the next few months.

Students have been handing in their creatively backed exercise books in MFL this week with great enthusiasm. Here are the prize winners from the Year 9 German and French classes. Next week we will be celebrating European Day of Languages around school with themed assemblies, quizzes. Students and staff will be having a go at different languages at the start of lessons across the curriculum.

Finally, I have had a number of pleas from local residents with regard to the beginning and end of school. It’s always a really busy time near our entrances and the surrounding roads of course. Could I ask parents to be mindful of local residents, particularly around the Higson Avenue and Highfield Avenue area: there have been a number of cars speeding down this road to drop off / pick up our students, and a few near misses in terms of accidents recently. Also, the new front entrance is being used as a turning circle in the morning by some parents to drop off children, and this has created some problems when our students are trying to gain entrance into school. The last thing we want is anyone to have an accident here!

Have a great weekend!

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 15th September 2017

It was wonderful to see so many parents and Year 6 students at Werneth on Thursday evening for our school’s annual Open Evening.  We had 212 families in school, and it was a first opportunity for most to see our new learning environments in action.  We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from parents about the evening, and in particular the warmth and pride of our students when demonstrating their school to visitors. 

I was particularly pleased that Elliott Wightman, our Head Boy, and Brooke Atkinson, one of our senior student leaders, showed their bright futures as leaders by presenting their thoughts on Werneth in a speech to parents on the evening.  A great opportunity for them, and some lovely words on how Werneth has developed them as young people.

As part of Open Evening, we were treated to the Great Werneth Bake Off from some of our GCSE students.  Using the new fantastic kitchen in A12, Year 10 students took part in the challenge to bake the pastry, biscuit or cake of their choice.  Prospective parents and students were given the opportunity to taste the delights and there were some fantastic samples.  Judging was tough with Miss Harness and Mrs Oakes commenting on hygiene, safety and organisation and I had the pleasure of judging overall presentation and taste.

The Winner was Fi in Year 10 with an amazing sweet, tangy blueberry cake.  Very close runner ups in were Bryony and third place Jess.  Congratulations and well done go to all the contestants as they all worked extremely hard to produce some gorgeous dishes.  It was very difficult to judge as all the cakes were delicious!

Mrs Oakes had only one sentence of advice … “Remember everyone, Keep baking!”
In other news …

  • Thank you to the parents who have enquired about becoming a parent governor.  If you wish to be considered, please email Catherine.humphreys@wernethschool.com and we will get some information to you soon.
  • Our whole school attendance to date stands at 95.1%.  This is a great improvement so far from last year.  We need to maintain that standard.  Please be in school every day, on time.  Attendance is linked directly to achievement.
  • 35 of our Year 10 students are now working with the PE department and our Manchester United Foundation Hub officer Phil McGrath to lead football and other sporting events every lunchtime.  They have been trained as Sports Leaders, and are really helping with the hundreds of Werneth students who access sport every lunchtime on our new Astroturf pitches.
  • Congratulations to our first recipients of the “Book of Excellence” awards this year, for outstanding work.  I will award one place in the Book of Excellence to a student from each year group.  We will tell you more about our winners next week.

Finally, I want to send parents an overview of the school’s 7 key priorities for the 2017/18 academic year, so that you know the next steps for our school in moving forward.  Please follow this link to see those priorities.  We hope you will support in us in ensuring these remain at the front of our minds as we move through the school year.  They will remain on our website through the year.
Have a good weekend!

Have a great weekend!

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 8th September 2017

Welcome back!

It’s been fantastic to welcome everyone back to school this week to our new school site.  It’s been a very productive start for us at school, and our Year 7s have made a particularly pleasing impression on us.   They should be really proud of their first week at school.  I know from talking to them that they’ve really enjoyed getting to know their new teachers, friends and subjects.

Year 7 leaders Mrs Massey & Ms Cherrington have been extremely pleased with how well our new Year 7 students have settled into Werneth life so quickly. They look very smart and ready to learn and have impressed the staff with their fantastic manners and big smiles. The new intake have been telling us how much they have been enjoying their lessons and how they are managing to get to grips with finding their way around school successfully. Well done Year 7!

Year 7s have made a good start in French this week. Their first homework is to back their exercise books, with a French theme if possible. Prizes will be awarded to the best-backed books in each class and many creative ideas are already being planned! Year 8s are also completing French-styled templates for their exercise books, designed in conjunction with the Art department last year. We look forward to seeing a variety of decorations from our students, who are taking great pride in their work already - well done! 

In Life Learning this week, our new Year 7 pupils have been taking part in Werneth Cares.  One of the most settling influences when young people start secondary school is making friends.  As a result, in Life Learning, pupils and staff have been taking part in activities to get to know each other. Below you will see 8 students proudly showing off their "This is Me" name card telling their classmates information they want people to know about them. For example, hobbies, pets, favourite foods, what team they support. 

Mr Sims was really pleased with the GCSE History educational visit this week for Year 11.  On Wednesday, 54 Year 11 GCSE History students and 4 staff members visited Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. The purpose of this was to learn about the historic environment during the reign of Elizabeth I and to see Hardwick itself. Hardwick Hall will feature on our Year 11 GCSE exam so it was a great opportunity for students to prepare themselves for their exam well in advance. During the day, students were taken on tours of the gardens and the hall and were able to see how an Elizabeth stately home functioned. Despite the freezing cold and drizzly rain, our students asked lots of questions and engaged well with our tour guides. It was even remarked by a member of the public how polite our Werneth students were. A real accolade to round of a full on, yet informative day.

Just a few reminders please for parents –

  • Attendance matters!  Please ensure that your child is in school first and foremost, and on time to school.  Even 95% attendance isn’t enough to maximise achievement.   A reminder as well that it is not possible for me to sanction holidays during term time: every day counts.
  • Can I ask parents to please avoid parking/dropping off within the school grounds or near the school entrance at the beginning and end of school: it can be a very dangerous place when 1000 students are trying to exit school en masse and we don’t want any accidents.
  • Stockport Council have informed me that the school crossing patrol located on Harrytown and the junction of Bredbury Green will not be on her crossing for a period of 4 - 6 weeks.
  • We have a vacancy in school for a Parent Governor to join our School Governing Board.  If you are potentially interested in this role, please contact school and speak to my PA Mrs Humphreys for more information.

Finally, some sad news this week.  Many of you will have known Kizzy Lawton, a member of staff who worked within our inclusion team as the leader of our HART facility in school.  Unfortunately Kizzy passed away during the school holidays unexpectedly, and we were obviously very sad as a school community about this.  Kizzy worked with some of our most vulnerable young people, and always showed pride and professionalism in her work.  She will be sadly missed, and we aim to commemorate her in school.

A reminder it’s Open Evening in school next Thursday for our prospective new Year 7 parents in September 2018.  5-8pm here at Werneth.

Have a great weekend!

Andrew Conroy


Posted on Friday 21sth July 2017

Here are some photographs from our amazing Can-Do week. Look out for the Summer Camp video coming soon...

Have a great summer, see you in September.

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 14th July 2017

This will be my final written blog of the year, and it is another monster in terms of content!  Looking back, it’s been quite a momentous year with the school moving into its next premises, and it feels wonderful to know that we will return in September to a site that is free of diggers, dirt and demolition.  Moving house is stressful enough, but I now know that moving school is even more stressful!  However, the end product has been worth the wait and we can now truly welcome in a new era in September.  Our new sports pitches are looking particularly resplendent and the PE department can’t wait to take advantage of those facilities in the Autumn term.  We will also welcome the increased external space for our students at break and lunchtime.

I’d like to start this week by congratulating our new Student Leadership Team for 2017/18 academic year.  Congratulations to our new Head Boy Elliott Wightman and our new Head Girl Alice Shenton.  They will lead a team of senior students made up of Brooke Atkinson; Chloe Hodgson; Lucy Reid; Joel Donald; Max Dibden.  I know they will all be assets to our school.
This week has been crammed full with another wide variety of experiences for our students, and here is a flavour of them:

  • Last week Werneth School had another great visit from our partnership school in Argentina. 19 students and 3 Staff from Colegio Yapeyu, Corrienties, visited our school for three days. This is a partnership that Mr Mujagic established back in 2010. Since then we have had two visits from our friends in Argentina. Last week was a great opportunity for staff and students from both schools to work together. Year 10 students had an assembly delivered by our visitors, who were able to share some facts about their beautiful country and how their school system and education works in Argentina. Students from Argentina even performed 'Desposito' by Justin Bieber to our year 10 students.
    We also managed to treat our friends to some trips. They had an opportunity to visit Manchester United’s Old Trafford, experienced a country walk into Derbyshire and stopped to sample traditional English pub food at the Old Hall.  They finished the trip on Friday by visiting some Werneth lessons and working in various departments. This included cooking in technology and dance lessons in Performing Arts.
    It was a fantastic week enjoyed by everyone involved and - who knows - maybe it is time for Werneth to visit Argentina in 2018.  Mr Mujagic would like to thank everyone who made this visit possible.

  • Year 8 Project: Holiday Resort Challenge
  • This half term, Year 8x/en1 were assigned the task of designing their own holiday resorts. The project culminated in each group submitting a variety of non-fiction texts (TV adverts, formal letters, postcards and leaflets) and delivering a formal group presentation. 
    During the project, pupils practised and developed key skills such as teamwork, problem solving, research gathering, time management and creative thinking. They took ownership of their learning, taking responsibility for setting their own deadlines to ensure the completion of all tasks. Pupils carefully assigned themselves individual roles, and all members attended a variety of workshops to develop their knowledge and skills in key areas.
    The class is to be congratulated on their motivation and efforts during this project based learning challenge, and for the high standard of their final pieces and presentations. Well done!

  • On Monday, as part of Business Studies and Life Learning, “The Young Enterprise Group” worked with all Y10 students to complete a Business Enterprise Day to improve their employability skills of Teamwork, Problem Solving, Financial Literacy, Communication, Confidence, Resilience, Organisation and Initiative.  Students were challenged in teams to set up a business. The pupils completed a number of challenges including: Create a business name, design logo, t-shirt and slogan; website development; preparing a business plan application to banking experts to finance their company; costings for staff, marketing and profits. At the end of the day each business prepared a 60 second elevator pitch to introduce their Business to the rest of the year group. 
    The pupils worked excellently together in their teams and staff from Young Enterprise commented on how motivated and enthusiastic the Y10 pupils were throughout the day.  They were really impressed with their business models. 
    A number of awards were given out on the day to groups "Holly Shaker", a milkshake company; "Make n Shake" another shake company; "Shummers Cafe" an organic cafe with the great slogan of "If we don't grow it, throw it!"; "Gym Tech" who believed their gym would allow users to "Stay Strong and Live Long."  and The New Business of the Year Award celebrated the highest performing business team. They demonstrated a clear business strategy and their ability to think outside of the box, using their individual employability skills to work together as a strong team. This went to "Crazy Cupcake Cosmetics" which is a spa facility that also makes and sells their own homemade cupcakes. What better way to spend your day than by having relaxing spa treatments and eating cake!

  • On Wednesday this week, five of our year 9 students represented us at the Stockport Languages Fair. Students from six other schools across Stockport also took part and our students: Fi Green, Belle Noon, Freya Preston, Ben Heath and Josh Bradford, were a real credit to Werneth. Only having studied German since the start of year 9, they were commended on their clear and accurate pronunciation in their comedy holiday sketch. They were awarded second place, amongst a wide and eclectic selection of performances, presentations and songs by other year 9 students across the borough. It was fabulous to see so many students having a go in French, German and Spanish and using the language skills they're being taught in the classroom. Well done!


  • Sports Day

  • Sports Presentations

At the Performing Arts Department's recent WOWs evening 19 pupils across all year groups were awarded trophies for outstanding achievement in the Performing Arts and Music.
They were...


DRAMA Excellent Achievement: 1. Harry Nevison 2. Jay Dodd

DANCE Excellent Achievement: 1. Kate Easdale 2. Rose Warburton

MUSIC Excellent Achievement: 1. Bethany Calton 2. Nadia Hegerty

Mia Pedroza; Leah Nagler; Natalie Campbell; Holly Lester; Jessica Hulme; Natalie James; Samantha Parry; Chloe Hodgson; Kim Smith; JJ Lu-Hilson; Sylvie Lee; Jackson Taylor

  • Also in Performing Arts, Thirty Year seven pupils watched a performance as part of the Manchester International Festival at the Museum of Science and Industry. The pupils became part of the performance which was based on the theme of 'Barriers' and how we welcome outsiders. This supports our British Values ethos. The performance has quite rightly gained outstanding reviews in the national newspapers and our students really enjoyed it. The organisers also commented on the excellent behaviour of our students.

Next week is equally busy with reward assemblies and trips, Year 7 summer camp, our two days of exciting “Can do” activities before school finishes on Friday at 12.30pm.
I have written to all parents and carers this week, and you should have received this letter with your child’s report.  A copy of the letter is here and you should note the arrangements for return in September.
All that remains for me to say is I hope everyone enjoys next week’s activities, has a fantastic summer break and we look forward to welcoming our students safely back to school on Tuesday 5th September.

Have a relaxing weekend!

Andrew Conroy


Posted on Friday 7th July 2017

There has been so much activity over the last fortnight, as students have been presented with so many opportunities to participate in a range of events.  Here’s a flavour of the opportunities on offer:



  • Lips Inked Poets visited this week to lead a creative writing session with our self -expression group. The students took part in free writing activities and created some excellent stories. We are hoping that the session will lead to them attending weekly creative writing sessions with Lucy LeClaire in Stockport.


  • Our Music department, led by Mr Barnett, took a group of year 7-9 singers to put on a concert for the residents at Pembroke Court Nursing Home last Wednesday.  The residents were a great audience and really enjoyed listening to a variety of songs from 20s jazz to Ariana Grande.  It also featured instrumental solos from Rose Warburton, Kim Smith and Ben Heath.



  • Over 200 primary students visited Werneth School on Friday to take part in the Junior Dance Leaders festival. Our year 9 GCSE dance leaders have been working with local primary schools over the last few weeks as they worked towards completing their leadership award.  The festival was a celebration of the wonderful work that had taken place.  We want to say a massive thank you and well done to all the primary schools that took part and congratulate our year 9 leaders on their success.



  • Congratulations to our Book of Excellence winners for this week:
    Y7 Megan - Extended writing in History, Witchcraft – Miss Mosley
    Y8 Chloe - Creative work and coaching other students in textiles – Miss Harness
    Y9 Liam - Excellent leadership, teaching Year 7 Drama in Arts Award
    Y10 Ryan - Excellent knowledge recall / depth of answers in Food Tech exam – Mrs Oakes



  • On Wednesday 5th July, award winning author, Jonathan Meres, visited Werneth School to speak to over 150 students about his books, his writing and his book characters. Jonathan was highly entertaining, explaining his popular 'World of Norm' series through jokes, audience participation questions, and song! Invited students included those who have worked consistently to improve their reading skills this year. Students stayed at the end of the day to purchase his books and to chat with the author, or to have their books signed. The students had a great time, and his books have already flown off the library shelves! On Monday, local author Rachel McIntyre came to Werneth to work with a class of year nine students. Together, the group looked at character creation, and strategies to help come up with ideas when writer's block strikes! It was a fabulous session, and students left full of ideas and with stories they will be finishing at home. Her new book, 'This Careless Life' is a modern re-telling of 'An Inspector Calls' which the current year nine students will study next year. 



  • On Monday all of our Y7 Girls took part in an event called "Girls Can Run". This also included all of our local feeder primary Y6 Girls. In March the pupils were challenged with running a 3km Charity Fun Run and they have been training for the event in their PE lessons. The Y6 pupils completed their training with Mrs Holt. The pupils decided that they wanted to raise money for the Manchester Fund helping those families that were affected in the Manchester Terror Attack. 
    All pupils took part with great pride and determination. We had face painting and music and it was amazing to see all pupils mixing together, dancing and singing. It really showcased what a great Werneth community we are with many of the primary staff commenting on how helpful and welcoming our Y7 pupils are.  The PE Department are extremely proud of the effort and money that the Girls have raised to help a fund so close to all of our hearts. The girls have raised £400 so far. Please remember to bring your sponsorship money in next week.


  • A number of Y9 Sports Leaders officiated at the Level 3 Greater Manchester School Games at the Sugdon Centre this week. They took control of the curling competition and were outstanding throughout the day, showing exceptional organisation and communication skills. 



  • Year 10 visited the Imperial War Museum North last week with the English department, where students were able to see artefacts from many of the conflicts which are explored in the Conflict and Power cluster for GCSE English Literature. 


  • 30 of our Year 7 pupils recently took part in a Drama workshop organised by the Manchester Arts Festival team. The Leader commented on how talented, creative and well behaved our students were. Next week we will be following up this workshop with a theatre performance at Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.


  • Yesterday we welcomed year 6 who are due to join us in September, they spent a full day at Werneth School. They took part in a wide variety of lessons from Maths and English to Food Technology and Dance. This was our largest year group in many years and by far the most energetic and enthusiastic, in the evening we had a fantastic attendance from Parents who had the opportunity to meet their child's form tutor and see our new school.

The final word goes to some key developments with attendance that will be launched in September.  Improving attendance will be a key school focus from September with the launch of the new attendance and punctuality policy. We recognise that students can only achieve to the best of their ability if they are in school to take advantage of the teaching and learning available to them and to benefit from the important social life that school offers. From September we will have a clearer and consistent system of support for parents which will identify concerns early and we have changed our rewards and incentives for attendance and punctuality, further recognising commitment and improvement. Alongside this we will also be taking action more quickly where attendance does not improve to a satisfactory level.  We will use support from the Education Welfare Service to take legal action where appropriate. Information will be on the school website with student and parent versions of the policy.   

Reports are due next Friday, and I will also take that opportunity to write to all parents with some key information for the new academic year.

Have a relaxing weekend!

Andrew Conroy


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Posted on Friday 30th June 2017

Year 7 have been working on a special project to develop Sport, Art and Culture in an “Aspire” project over the last few weeks, and this has contained a competitive element.  Students each completed a written project and the winners were selected based on effort, detail and research. They presented an excellent range of responses to the tasks such as visiting and reviewing an art gallery and writing about music made before 1990. We are hoping to repeat the project next year. We hope they enjoy their prize of a family meal at Frankie and Bennies.
Winners: Charlie Vjestica, Charley Bowyer, Eloise Edwards
Runners Up:  Benjamin Roberts, Chloe Hamblet

24 Year 10 students visited Aquinas College in Stockport this Wednesday.  They were engaged in all sessions and thoroughly enjoyed the day, representing the school in an exemplary way.  Sessions included Japanese, Law and Sociology along with all the more popular options that students can study there.  Staff at Aquinas praised our students for the attitude to learning, behaviour and respect shown to all.  Hopefully next year, we will be able to take more students along for this unique event.

Congratulations to our Book of Excellence winners for this week:

Year 7 Anaisa - Excellence in Athletics.  Qualified for Year 7 Stockport Championships 100m with personal best time. (Miss Sloane)
Year 8 Mia - Excellence in Mathematics.  Insightful and intelligent observations in work on discovering Pi. (Mr Astles) 
Year 9 Jake - Excellence in Music Practical Examination.  Played Bass Guitar for "Living on a Prayer" note perfect, despite it not being his instrument (Mr Barnett) 
Year 10 Isabelle - Excellence in preparation for GCSE Mock Examinations.  Diligence, thoroughness and careful note taking (Miss Harness)

It’s also been a celebration week here at Werneth … great to see our Year 7s enjoying a disco in our new school hall on Thursday after school, dancing enthusiastically with many of our younger teachers!  

Today we said an official goodbye to our Year 11s who rejoined us for a celebration assembly, and we are looking forward to their Prom this evening at Old Trafford.

E-Safety notice for all members of the school community regarding Snapchat

Snapchat has developed a new feature called Snapmaps which allows users to see the location of other users of snapchat. There are three possible settings, sharing with no-one (Ghost Mode), sharing with select friends (Chose which friends you share your location with) and my friends (Share your location with all your friends). Many children have a large number of “friends” on their accounts who they probably do not know well, and therefore could be accidentally sharing their location. 

This location-based map allows users to see where in the country their Snapchat contacts are, as well as seeing location based photos and videos. The Snap Map shows a user’s Bitmoji, their cartoon avatar within Snapchat, pinpointed on a world map. Users can then zoom into the map to see the exact location of their friends. 

Full details are provide in the UK Safer Internet centre blog at https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/introducing-%E2%80%98snap-maps%E2%80%99-new-location-sharing-feature-snapchat 

Have a relaxing weekend!

Andrew Conroy





Posted on Friday 23th June 2017


I’d like to thank all members of our school community for the positivity around our OFSTED inspection this week.  Such occasions are of course extremely important and stressful events in school for us, but the vast majority of our students showed great pride in our school.  I am not permitted at this stage to share any of the outcomes, but I can say that the feedback allows us to move forward as a school positively.
In our second week of the “Book of Excellence” it was great to see our boys stepping up to demonstrate their excellence in their work.  Congratulations go to

Year 7 Tommy for an excellent Geography project on Amazon Rainforests with Mr Willis.

Year 7 Charlie for excellent vocabulary work in French with Miss Moverley.

Year 9 Harvey for practical skills in Food Technology where he produced a fantastic Thai Green Curry with Miss Harness .

Year 10 Lewis for his excellent examination preparation in Physics with Mrs Bennett.

Well done to all of them! 

In other news, Miss N Smith is very proud of her 9C form member Caitlin who was successful in her football trial for the U16 Everton Ladies FC team. Her hard work and dedication really paid off to be taken on by a team who play in the FA Women's Super League 1, which is the top tier of women's football. 

Last Saturday, 148 Year 6 students who start at Werneth in September attended their Transition Fun Day.  They enjoyed a range of fun-filled activities, and we know that many of them made new friends on the day.  Miss Cherrington has followed this up in our primary feeder schools this week, and received extremely positive comments from the young people who attended.

Last week, Year 10 Business Studies students visited Manchester United. They were collecting information for their controlled assessment. Manchester United Foundation delivered the second and third workshops to the students and they found out about stakeholders, customer service and advertising. The students also had to work in teams on a new business idea and present this to everyone. The session ended with a stadium tour which the students enjoyed! The students worked really hard and the sessions will be invaluable to their studies back in school. 

Have a relaxing weekend!

Andrew Conroy


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Posted on Friday 16th June 2017

The first “Book of Excellence” winners were awarded this week, with a student selected from each year group for a particularly outstanding piece of work.  Letters have been sent to parents and the students also enjoyed a celebration meal today with me for their excellence work.

First winners were:
Year 7 Leah for History with Mr Carter
Year 8 Jessica for English with Miss Coady
Year 9 Archie for Maths with Mr Wilde
Year 10 Georgia for Art with Mrs Meaburn

Selfless community spirit is a characteristic that we have seen in abundance over the last month in Britain as we have come to terms with terrorist incidents and the horrific fire in Grenfell Tower in London this week.  I’d like to take the time to congratulate one of our students Alex Brumby in Year 8 who has displayed a real sense of selflessness and compassion for other people.  Alex lost his mum in 2015 and, as a result of this, has resolved to raise as much money as he can for the MS Society.  Last weekend, Alex took part in the Great North Swim on Lake Windermere, and raised over £1000 in the process. We are very proud of him!

Callum Lester has earned the opportunity to be a Match Day Ball Assistant at Old Trafford next season for all Manchester United home games, courtesy of our partnership with the MUFC Foundation. Callum was one of 12 other students in Year 9 who applied for the role through application form and Interview.  

Mr Brierley told me "The standard of the application forms and interviews were very high.  It was a very difficult decision to narrow it down to one student. Callum is a dedicated student who gets it right in school all the time and I am delighted that he will get the opportunity to be pitch side at Old Trafford next season, within touching distance of the premier league stars.  Callum has agreed to write an article for the blog during the season so I look forward to hearing how he gets on.”


As Year 11 examinations conclude next week, we look towards Year 10 examinations and those at Key Stage 3.  Over the coming weeks, all Year 9 students will be confirming their subject option choices in terms of the courses that they will continue to study to GCSE.  Letters will be sent home once this has been completed. 

Letters confirming Year 8 option subjects will be given to students in the next fortnight.

Have a relaxing weekend!

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 9th June 2017

It’s been a busy start to term, with a raft of key examinations for our Year 11s this week.  Next week is the last major week for examinations, and we start to move our attention towards preparing for the next academic year.

Our new site is beginning to develop at pace now, and the pathways and fences around the front of our school are beginning to emerge from the dirt.   Our entrance has been extended already, and the new sports pitches are beginning to emerge.  I will be walking around the new areas of the site in the coming weeks with our builders Wates, to set up our new entrance procedures for September.  The school site will be completely finished on 5th August.

We are launching two new subject courses in September for our Year 10 students, with a new Hairdressing course, and an industry-standard Construction qualification.  We are thankful to our builders Wates who have offered to provide tools for the Construction course.

We’ve also launched the first of our key, new displays in school this week and our History department were the pioneers for this.  I’m sure you will agree with the pictures here that the display is a stunning addition, and we are creating further examples for around school this half term.

Next week, we will launching “The Book of Excellence”.  The Book of Excellence is located in our Heart Space in school, and is a display of outstanding work from students across each year group.  Teachers will nominate students who have completed outstanding work and I will select a student from each year group to be recognised and displayed in the book every week.  Students will also gain a reward for their work.

Finally, a reminder for students who will be joining us in Year 7 next year that our Induction morning takes place on Saturday 17th June here at school.

Have a great weekend!

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 26h May 2017

First and foremost, it’s been an emotional week for everyone with the horrifying incident at Manchester Arena on Monday.  A small number of students from Werneth were present at the Arena, but thankfully were physically unharmed.  I have been really encouraged by the warmth and compassion of everyone in our school community to look after our own, and I know they have been nurtured and cared for when they have returned to school this week.  We know only too well in schools how important it is to teach our young people to be positive, caring citizens of the world.  As a school we observed a minute’s silence on Thursday, and we will be carrying out some fundraising next half term to support the restorative work. 

I was delighted this week with the model citizenship of two of our young people from Year 10. Elliot and Alice were late to school this morning as they were helping a member of the public. They found a woman unconscious on their route to school. They stopped to help, called an ambulance and supported the unconscious lady until the ambulance arrived. Whilst dealing with the situation they also rang into school to explain why they were going to be late. They then came into school, signed in and went to lesson as normal. In a world where young people sometimes get a bad press, they are a reminder of how responsible many young people can be and are a real testament to Werneth School. We are very proud of them!

This week saw the Manchester United Foundation work closely with the PE department and local primary schools to run a 'Mini whistlers' course. The aim of the event was to work with the Year 5 students on their leadership skills, confidence and decision making. We had six Year 10 leaders assisting the event and offering advice to the primary school students. The students represented their schools remarkably and engaged really well throughout.

The Student Council have been working extremely hard over the past month designing a new system to make our school more Eco Friendly. They have been working together to research ways that our staff and students can become more responsible recyclers as well as contacting local companies to price recycling equipment. They are going to present a 3 staged model to the Senior Leadership Team next term and roll out the recycling project to staff and students in September. As well as this, some of our Council were interviewed this week about what they have been up to this year as part of the Student Council. Check out the pictures below to see them in action! The Student Council are always looking for new recruits so if you would be like to be part of the Student Team please come to see Miss N Smith in A1.

Two students in Year 8 have been selected to represent Werneth at a Pitch Day event at Old Trafford on Wednesday 31st May. The two students - Ben Loxam-Brown and Rhea Baker -were chosen due to their very impressive attitude to learning, and all round positive behaviours around school. The day will include participating in different activities on the Old Trafford pitch whilst engaging with students from other Hub schools. A great experience to look forward to for the students. 

As we come to the conclusion of another hectic half term, we’ve said goodbye to Mrs Heyes who started her maternity leave this week, and to Miss Hammonds who is moving to a new school.  We thank them both for their hard work and commitment to the school this year.

Our Year 11 students also officially started their Study Leave today.  After their English examination, we provided them with some refreshments in the sunshine, good luck cards and an opportunity to sign their shirts as a rite of passage.  We wish them well with the remainder of their examinations in June.

I hope everyone has a great half term break and we will see students back in school at 8.40am on Monday 5th June.

Andrew Conroy



Posted on Friday 19th May 2017

Exam fever is upon us now.  Our Year 11s have sat a number of formal GCSE written examinations this week, in Modern Languages and in Physical Education.  Next week is the first fully packed examination week, with some of the largest examinations scheduled, and these will continue to dominate school life until mid June.  Our Year 11s are preparing well for their examinations, and we wish them every success in their GCSEs.

Our Manchester United Foundation work meanwhile has involved a number of key initiatives this week …
10 Year 8 boys were invited to take part in a Man United Foundation Hub Tournament last week.  They finished a respectable 3rd in their group but unfortunately didn't reach the final. They represented Werneth excellently, and worked really well together as a team.

The Man United Foundation ran Day 3 of the event 'Meet the Business' at Old Trafford this week. There were 12 Year 10 students selected to attend this event. It included meeting different departments of Man United such as: Sports Science for the Academy teams, Catering department and Venue (Museum and Tour). The staff from Man United put on workshops for the students around their department and the pathway they went on to get to where they are now. 

There was one lucky winner this week of a Man United ticket for the final home game of the season against Crystal Palace. The winner of the ticket is Tiegan Hough (Year 8), based on doing things right consistently and having a very good attitude to learning across a number of subjects.
I’ve started to visit our primary feeder schools this week to meet our current Year 6 students who will be joining us in September.  I visited St Pauls Primary in Brinnington today, and am looking forward to visiting Arden and Greave next week.

Next week is our final week of this half term.  School finishes at 3.10pm next Friday, 26th May and we will return on Monday 5th June at 8.40am.

Have a great weekend!

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 12th May 2017

It was nice to see our Year 7 parents visiting the new school for the first time this week, and with well over 150 sets of parents visiting school, it was a hectic evening for us all on Thursday.  Teachers were flat out for three hours talking to parents, and it was a very positive evening.  Our Year 7s have had a really excellent year on the whole.

We work hard with our feeder primary schools and we are therefore really pleased that next year’s Year 7 numbers are the largest number for a long time …. we are currently expecting over 240 students with our new intake, over 30 students more than our current largest year group: I am looking forward to meeting all of our new students over the next term as I visit each of our feeder primaries.  I should also add here a congratulations to Arden Primary School who opened their new building officially today.  I was really pleased to attend the opening ceremony today with Miss Cherrington, our Year 7 manager for next year.

On Thursday, the Geography Department took a group of year 10s and 9s to the University of Salford for a raising aspirations day. The students experienced Physical Geography at the River Irwell and Human Geography with a decision making exercise. Students were also taken on a tour of the university, showing them accommodation, sports facilities and the Geography equipment used. The day was enjoyed by all and gave the students a flavour of what university life is like.

There has been a second set of pavlovas reflecting the summer theme this week, from another group of enthusiastic students in Year 10.  Miss Harness says that the group “have made huge progress in the care and presentation of their practical work and have been studying the provenance of Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables.”  The students involved are Caleb Mullin, Aaron Cope, Brandon Swann, Ellie Astbury, Isabel Mitchell, Paige Gillings, Liliana Schiano Di Colella, Charlotte Roberts and Olivia Blezard.  Well done to them all, and here are a selection of their finished creations.
This week the Manchester United Foundation received match tickets for the Europa League Semi Final second leg on Thursday night at Old Trafford against Celta Vigo. Two lucky students were drawn out of a hat based on their positive attitude to learning on a consistent basis across the year. The two students were Jessica Forrest (Year 11) and Kim Smith (Year 9).

On Monday, Year 10 experienced a first for Werneth as they received a visit from the Transformation Trust, working in partnership with Barclays Bank.  They delivered a day of Barclays Life Skills workshops as part of students’ Life Learning Curriculum. We are the only school in Stockport to be working with the Transformation Trust & Barclays.  Pupils completed a number of workshops including: Online Reputation; CV Skills; Interview Skills & Mock Interviews; Workplace Behaviour, Communication & Body Language.

The day was aimed at giving our pupils an insight into the world of work & education once they leave us at the end of Y11 and to give them the knowledge and skills they will need to be successful as they start their adult lives. Year 10 student Chloe Bebudi said "Today has been a brilliant day and I feel I have learnt lots about later life and applying for jobs. The presenters were very kind and understanding. I didn't realise how much you had to think about when applying for a job, there's so many different aspects. I was able to collect plenty of information from Joanne and Onyi and I now feel confident applying for a job when I start college."

James Whitehead added "The most important skill/knowledge I gained from Barclays Life Skills was about how to behave, act and dress during interviews both for college and jobs."
The presenters Joanne and Onyi commented on how Year 10 were engaged, enthusiastic, inquisitive and impeccably behaved throughout the day and they look forward to working with Life Learning and our students next year. Check out the pictures to see them working hard!

Finally, congratulations to some of our students who play for the Werneth Youth Band.  They recently worked with the BBC Philharmonic and Royal National College of Music on Saturday. It's mentioned on the BBC website here
I understand it was a fabulous opportunity for everyone to meet and play music with some 'real' professional musicians.
Have an enjoyable weekend!

Have a great weekend!

Andrew Conroy



Posted on Friday 5th May 2017

5th May 2017 – Mathematics, Problem Solving, Pavlovas and Cup Final Success
There’s been a purposeful, busy feel to school this week as we continue our preparation for the GCSE examinations with Year 11.  Year 11 have received their Leavers hoodies, and are now on the big countdown to examinations, commencing in a few weeks’ time.  If you haven’t seen our examination timetable, here is a link to the section of the website.  It was GCSE Art examinations this week, and they were very successful: we look forward to some excellent results in Art as usual.

Year 7 Mathematics
Mr McQuiggan from the Mathematics department led a trip for some of our Year 7 students via train to The Alan Turing Mathematics building of The University of Manchester. He explained that the students took part in a live cryptography challenge which involved breaking 3 different codes to help them solve an overall problem. The Werneth team were able to solve 2 out of the 3 codes in the time given. There were almost 40 teams from around the country with various levels of success. Only 8 teams solved all 3 so we did very well. The teams were made up of all year groups. This was followed by a talk by some of the mathematics lecturers from Manchester University answering questions about the use of mathematics in later life and university life.  We then heard from a guest from John Rylands Library to talk about all of the 3-D imaging equipment they used to document their books. This was relevant to the online part of the competition. We have been taking part in the online part of The Alan Turing Cryptography competition since coming back after Christmas with some success on the weekly challenges. The year 7s have been working really hard towards the competition during break and lunch to crack the codes. The pupils were very interested and engaged, and conducted themselves in a professional manner.

Manchester United Programme Initiatives
As part of the partnership with the Manchester United Foundation, we welcomed the RAF in to school Thursday and Friday to work with groups of Year 10 and 11 students. The aim of the workshops were to improve self confidence, working in teams, solving problems and communicating with others. There were a total of 30 Year 10s, and 35 Year 11s. It was great to see the students working together to solve tasks, and improve with confidence as the sessions developed. 
We also held a Year 9 careers and employability event in Werneth with 60 of our Year 9s. The day included a variety of workshops to learn about how United works as a Business, the different jobs involved with United, and the pathways/skill sets required for certain roles. The students engaged really well throughout the day, and will look forward to interviewing members of staff at Man United on Day 2 of the programme.

Pavlovas in Food Tech
Miss Harness in Food Technology shared the excellent work from her Year 10 group.  She tells us that she “was really proud of how maturely and professionally they all worked.”
The students involved were James Gregson, Zac Taylor , Lewis McLeod, Olivia Normie, Olivia Holden and Leah Robinson.

Year 10 Stockport Cup Final: Werneth 4 - 3 Cheadle HHS
The Werneth Year 10 Football team put in an amazing performance to win the Stockport Schools Cup Final. An excellent first twenty five minutes where they played good, neat football saw them take the lead when Oli Burgess finished a cross delivered by Lewis France. Despite having the better of the first half, Cheadle equalised in the dying moments of the first half through a worldy of free-kick.  Cheadle took the initiative early on after the break taking the lead with a break away goal. Werneth fought to regain control of the game and started to impose themselves ten minutes into the the second half. Jake Hall made a series of driving runs from midfield which created a number of chances. He decided to keep one to himself, cut left when he reached the box, beat the defender and curled a shot round the keeper to equalize.  Cheadle immediately regained the lead with a powerfully taken header from a corner.

From that moment it was genuinely Werneth that dominated the match putting consistent pressure upon Cheadle. Max Phillips was making good driving runs alongside Jake Hall, and it was Jake who once again found the net with a powerfully hit shot high to the keeper's inside post.  Werneth continued to push for a winner, which came minutes before full time. Oli Burgess repaid Lewis France for Lewis's earlier kindness and slipped a ball between the centre-backs for Lewis to run onto and deftly place it past the keeper.

It is only fair to commend both teams for a very entertaining game played with good skill and attitude.  All the squad contributed to the game, with excellent performances throughout. Not just from the four named above. each player was outstanding.

Congratulations to all members of the team:
Nathan Waring, George Dixon, Dan Smith, Joe Egerton, Jack Horan, Max Phillips, Jake Hall, Aaron Gee, Kai Jarrett, Oli Burgess, Lewis France, Jack Farrow, James Bennett and Toby Snelson.

Have a great weekend!

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 28th April 2017

On Friday morning, as part of their Life Learning Curriculum Year 10 had a visit and presentation from Kelly Scott who works for Teenage Cancer Trust’s education and awareness programme. The presentation covered a range of different points, educating our young people about the symptoms, treatments and impact of cancer, as well as how the risk can be minimised.  Teenage Cancer Trust and the Scottish government's Detect Cancer Early Programme have commissioned research into the impact of educating young people about cancer. The research showed that educating young people about cancer led to many benefits for.  For more details, please read the “Transforming Cancer Knowledge” report at the following link: https://www.teenagecancertrust.org/about-us/news/roger-daltrey-and-jane-sutton-support-our-call-cancer-education-all-secondary-schools. 

Year 10 found this presentation to be really insightful and it raised important issue surrounding misconceptions about cancer.  It helped our students to understand that it is ok to discuss and express their opinions and emotions when discussing cancer. Year 10 were a credit to the school and wonderfully engaged throughout the presentation.
In other news:

  • Congratulations to our Year 10 football team who are in the Stockport Cup Final next Tuesday 2nd May at Woodley Sports.  4.pm kick off against CHHS. All support welcome!
  • Thank you to all of the parents who attended our Year 9 Parents’ Evenings this week, both at First House and in school. 
  • Year 11s continue their build up towards examinations over the next few weeks.  We’ve been really encouraged by their positive work in school.  Parents should consult the examination timetable here on our school website for more details of key examination dates.
  • All parents should have received a letter this week detailing the new entrance arrangements at school, which take effect from Tuesday 2nd May until the end of the summer term.  Access is now via Higson Avenue for all visitors and students. View the letter here

Have an enjoyable bank holiday weekend!

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 21st April 2017

Welcome back and I hope everyone had an enjoyable Easter break!  We have had a positive return to school this week, as we begin the final countdown for our Year 11s.  I am hopeful that all Year 11s are studying hard now, and they received that message in their assembly from Deputy headteacher Mrs Foy this week.  Hard work now yields good GCSE results!


Wednesday 26th April

Year 9 Parents Brinnington Dropin Surgery – First House

Thursday 27th April

From 4pm - Year 9 Parents’ Evening

Wednesday 10th May

Year 7 Parents Brinnington Dropin Surgery – First House

Thursday 11th May

From 4pm – Year 7 Parents’ Evening

29th May – 2nd June

Half term holiday

5th June

Return for final half term before summer

Friday 30th June

Year 11 Prom at Old Trafford

Tuesday 4th July

Werneth’s Got Talent Final

Thursday 6th July

Year 6 Induction Evening

Thursday 13th July

Open Evening for Y5 students and parents

Friday 21st July

End of school year

In other matters:

  • Please see the pictures below, showing some new artwork in school and the development of the front of school.  We will be focusing this term on brightening up our new building with some interactive displays, and our students will be working with us to create those displays.

  • We are looking now towards a completion date for our school premises of July 2017.  However, as the building contractors are now completing demolition and moving towards landscaping the front of school, it has led to a significant reduction in the size of our car parking facilities.  Could I ask parents not to enter our parking areas unless absolutely necessary during the school day and at beginning/end of school.
  • Year 9 Parents’ Evening is next Thursday, 27th April starting at 4pm.  We hope to have access to Harrytown School’s car park for parents.

Have a good weekend.

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 24th March 2017

Quite a mix of information for this week’s blog …

Year 10 Business Studies students visited Manchester United on Wednesday. They were collecting information for their second controlled assessment. Manchester United Foundation delivered a workshop to the students and they found out about the organisation of the business, the different departments and communication. The students also participated in team building activities and had to work in their teams to come up with a new business idea.  The session was very worthwhile and will help the students with their studies.

Congratulations to members of our Year 11 catering group, who prepared and served food for last Friday’s Cabaret Event at Romiley Forum.  Mrs Oakes was really proud of them: they were extremely professional and worked really hard to deliver an excellent service.  Well done to Josh Wood, Katie Bates and Konner Robinson.

If you shop at Sainsburys, please note that we are collecting the Sainsbury Active Kids vouchers - collection box is at reception.  Every voucher leads to new equipment for our children.

Good luck to Mr Brierley, who is running the Manchester Marathon raising money for High Five Children's Charity and Macmillan Cancer Support this weekend.  

Next week is Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening on Thursday in school.  It’s the last chance for parents to talk to teachers before the summer examinations, which start very soon.  If parents haven’t received details, please contact Mr Mujagic or Mrs Lumsdon.

Next week is our final week before the Easter break.  Please note that learning continues until the end of school on Thursday 30th March, and we return on Tuesday 18th April.  There will be many celebration events next week for those students who are getting it right every day, and we will be launching our Learning Ambassadors programme for students to contribute more fully as future leaders in school. 

There are some Year 11 students who will be in school on Friday 31st March for GCSE Moderation activities, and also for Revision sessions during the holidays.  Please note that, due to the building works in school, it may be necessary to enter via our Higson Avenue entrance.

Finally, we are now making rapid progress with the demolition of the old school buildings, and all buildings should have been completely demolished by the end of the Easter holidays.  However, the project is currently behind schedule and we are anticipating a completion in August 2017.

Have a good weekend,

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 17th March 2017

It’s been a literally enlightening week at Werneth, as the front of our building has seen a significant influx of light…..   The old building is now mostly demolished and we have had three large machines clearing away the mountains of rubble this week to create a real sense of space.  Within weeks now, we should begin to see our new sports all-weather pitch arising with the other new facilities and I am sure it will create a positive new landscape for our school entrance area.

Some of our Year 7 Geographers have been conducting some fieldwork within our schools grounds with Mr Franks this week.  Here are some images of students completing their microclimate fieldwork around school, as part of the weather topic. They were measuring wind speed, temperature and cloud cover to work out the best position for a new seating area.

So many of our students participate in external sporting events at the highest level, and I try to celebrate their achievements via this platform whenever possible.  It was one of our Year 7 stars, Elliott, who took the Silver medal on the diving platform yesterday at the North East Championships! Congratulates to Elliott and you can see one of his high dives in the attached video.

In other sporting news, our Year 11 won their football quarter final match against a strong Priestnall team 3-0, with two goals from Ashnie Harvey and a goal from Brad Aitchison.

It’s our cabaret this evening, and I have been really impressed with the number of our students who are participating in the event at Romiley Forum.  Many are down there rehearsing as I write this blog.  It’s a special occasion this evening, celebrating the Werneth career of Mrs Butler who will be leaving us at Easter after 35 years at the school!  I’m sure it will be a night to remember.


Have a good weekend

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 10th March 2017


The life of a school is very complex …. it’s been a week of many positives but equally a negative for us to contend with.

We hosted an excellent Year 8 Parents’ Evening on Thursday, and it was really pleasing to see so many parents in school.  Teachers fed back to me how supportive parents were in ensuring that students made the right choices in their options.  A reminder to Year 8 parents that Options Forms are due in on Monday ( 13th March ).

It’s been another busy week of GCSE preparation for our Year 11s, and the PE external moderation sessions were held this week.  We were really pleased with the standard of our students’ performance, and the GCSE examiners upheld the decisions of our staff: so hopefully this is the first step towards excellent results in GCSE PE.  Work begins on our new all-weather sports pitches next week, and we look forward to incorporating those into the curriculum in the summer term.

Year 8 boys Football represented Werneth in their last game of the season. The boys worked extremely hard and played as a unit, showing great levels of teamwork and spirit. A credit to Werneth with their professional sportsmanship, attitude and behaviour.

Mr Mujagic has been inundated with staff praise for many of our Year 11 students who are working incredibly hard, and he is passing on those comments to our students.  Hard work will bring success in the examinations of course!  The leadership team have also been visiting lessons again this week, and over one hundred “Praise” postcards have been sent home this week.

Finally, a group of year 10 Computer Science students were invited to the School of Computing at the University of Manchester of Monday.  The students had an excellent time building and controlling robotic vehicles controlled by Raspberry Pies running Python code.  The ‘Computing at Schools‘ organisers were very impressed with the level of design, thought and questioning from our two teams who both produced functioning vehicles.  We won some additional training from the CAS team and we look forward to them coming into Werneth in the near future to work with all of our year 10 Computer Science students.  They all made Mr Dorman and Mr Bolland very proud of their efforts and enthusiasm.

I started by mentioning a negative as well …. the negative is that schools in the area are experiencing a recent upturn in anti-social behaviour in the community.  When this happens, it sometimes spills into school as well.  As headteachers, we are working very hard with the police and local community to take strong action when incidents happen, so that it doesn’t impact on school.  As parents, we are always thankful of your support: when we work together, it usually solves the majority of situations in and out of school.

Have a good weekend!



Andrew Conroy






Posted on Friday 17th February 2017

It’s been a hectic final week before half term, and things generally feel much brighter now as we move towards the lighter nights of next half term ….

For the tenth year running Werneth School hosted the Stockport Boccia Tournament for special needs students from schools and colleges across the borough. Over 100 participants enjoyed a relaxed and fun event supported by a team of Werneth Sports Leaders who did a fantastic job in helping organise and umpire the matches.

Our Werneth Boccia team had a great day and made the final, where they lost to a strong team from St Anne’s RC School.  Many thanks to Mrs Beckett and our SEN Department for making this a successful day and such a positive experience for the students and leaders involved.  I was really delighted to receive a number of emails from other schools thanking us for the excellent organisation of the event, particularly the quality of our “excellent student leaders who did such a fantastic job …. They are a credit to Werneth School and I am sure you are very proud of them.” 

Lovely words!  Developing student leadership is going to be a key theme for next term at Werneth.
Alister Shojekhani from Year 8 writes ….

“On Thursday 2nd February Mr Norman, Mrs Lewis and Mr McGrath took a group of Year 8 students to visit Manchester University.  The university trip was very informative; we were told all about the university and got a tour of the campus. We also learnt about the social side of thing such as society and life as a student. Overall I really enjoyed the trip.”

“On Tuesday the 14th February we taken to visit the Sharp Project, a creative and digital media business park.  The Sharp Project helped us learn about technology, business and the creative and digital media sector. First we got a tour and were told about design and what people did there. We heard about all the different business that were based at The Sharp Project. They included web design, coding, legal advice, photography, green screen filming and video editing. On the trip we also met someone that had gone to Werneth School; he told us all about his company, called Digital Next, and his experience in creative and digital media. His business helped other business develop a presence on the web. This meant that the businesses could be easily found on search engines like Google, making sure the business appears at the top of Google searches. Digital Next also helps businesses use social media to help them get their marketing message across.  Overall the trip was very informative.”

Miss V Smith, Achievement Leader for Year 8 reports that “Alex brumby helped me to organise a valentine disco in the hall for year 8 this week. The proceeds raised were for the Multiple Scleroris Society that supported Alex after the death of his mum. The disco raised £83 and was well attended by year 8 students.”

It’s been a busy week for Year 8 as their Options process started.  It was great to see so many parents in school to meet options teachers on Thursday.  If you need any assistance with the options process, or have not yet received your options booklet, you should contact Mrs Logan in school.

87 Year 11 have been invited today at Lunch time to celebrate being on track or making progress across most of the subjects. Students were awarded with variety of cakes, soft drinks and music. Well done year 11s. We are always proud of you.

At the same time, 140 (65%) of our Year 7s enjoyed a tea party in our Main Hall to celebrate the fact that they have not one single behavioural log on their record since starting at our school in September. Well done Year 7!

I don’t often use the blog to talk about e

I don’t often use the blog to talk about education in a political way.  However, this week I am making an exception.  All parents should have received a letter today detailing some information about concerns with regard to school funding, written on behalf of all of the headteachers in Stockport.  If you haven’t received it, it is here.  Please take the time to respond to your local MP.  Education matters, and schools need more money in order to deliver quality education to our young people. 

Have a great week off from school and we return on Tuesday 28th February 2017 at 8.40am for Year 11s final half term before their examinations after Easter.  Get revising Year 11!



Andrew Conroy





Posted on Friday 10th February 2017

Hi Everyone,

It’s a very special blog this week as it’s a Life Learning (LL) take over with me, Miss N Smith!

This week 2 big events took place, Prison Me No Way (PMNW) for Y9 and The Net Internet Safety for Y7.

Prison Me! No-Way! Is a national educational charity with a core aim of raising awareness among young people about the causes and penalties of crime. The day involved pupils taking part in 6 innovative and definitely memorable workshops all designed to highlight the dangers of crime and its consequences.

Workshop names: Prison Life, Guns and Gangs, Street Scene, Network Rail, Fire & Arson, The Power of an Image. Below are the workshops voted most memorable by Y9. “Prison Life” gave the pupils a direct insight into how it feels to be put behind bars. Delivered by Prison Officers they were given an insight into the day to day running of a prison and then put inside a life size, fully furnished replica cell with the doors closed behind them! Here’s what Benjamin Wood had to say … “Prison life showed me what an actual prison cell is like as well as officers experiences from working in a prison.” Bradley added “being inside a cell so small for over 20 hours a day would mentally be really tough!”

“Choices and Consequences” really hit home with a workshop ran by an ex-offender who was released from prison just 12 weeks ago. He shared his hard hitting and honest story with the pupils about the effect that his choices had on his family and his future.

Mrs Mcsheffrey felt that this workshop was: “Great. He was very humble and had a good story to tell which he related back to 'choice' very well. He gave enough detail of prison life without going gory or glamorising so was very age appropriate. Pupils responded really positively. There wasn't a peep out of anyone. It was at times a sad story but he didn't ask for sympathy. He was open and honest. He'd only been out for a few weeks and I think that had resonance. I spoke to him after and he was lovely. An ex prison officer came in and that was good too as you got a real picture from both sides.” Rose Warburton said “I learnt how hard it would be to stay away from my family and friends if I were in prison.”

Another favorite workshop voted by the pupils was “Street Scene”. Pupils were warned of the dangers of getting involved in anti-social behavior, the misuse of alcohol and how this can make you behave differently. This was delivered in an interactive way where pupils were invited to act out scenarios in a specially designed set! Abby Foster thought that this workshop “told us about the consequences of anti-social behavior e.g. being drunk on the streets.”

Phil Wilson from PMNW could not speak highly enough of our school. I received this wonderful message from him that I’d like to share with you… “First of all may I say that the Crime and Safety Awareness Day yesterday was a very satisfying and fulfilling day for me for a number of reasons. We, as a charitable organisation, pride ourselves on the quality and effectiveness of what we provide to our customers. However, we could not have the same impact without the cooperation of the schools and partner agencies involved. This event highlighted to me the professionalism of all concerned included in which I refer to all the teaching staff, site managers and catering staff who all rallied round to make the day such a success.

The students in Year 9 were a credit to themselves as well as the school and it was good to see all abilities rewarded in the closing session, which just goes to show that with a little encouragement and a unique approach, everyone can benefit. Let's hope that some future difficult choices and decisions the students will invariably have to make have been made just a little bit easier knowing the consequences that could await them.

Thank you for all your help behind the scenes in preparation for the event as I know that it is just a part of the many activities you are involved in. I found your planning and attention to detail so refreshing and made my job so much easier on the day.

Finally, sincere thanks for supporting the work of our charity, hopefully we will be able to return to Werneth School in the future so that subsequent year groups can make informed decisions whilst still enjoying their lives as young people should.”

The second event of the week in LL was Year 7 “The Net!” As you may have seen on the school website Wednesday 8th February was National Internet Safer Day and to coincide with that Y7 visited Romiley Forum (our local theatre) to watch a performance from NK Theatre called “Beth’s Story”. This explored and highlighted the dangers of taking, sending and sharing images on social media and the serious effects this can have on young people’s lives. Year 7 were impeccably behaved and watched intently to the performance. They were given the opportunity to ask questions to the cast at the end which they did in a mature and inquisitive way which allowed all pupils to get a deeper understanding of the way in which they behave online, the criminal consequences of posting an image without consent and cyber bullying.

In other school news it was a very busy week for the PE department with a number of fixtures and events taking place. First on Wednesday 8th February Mr Brierley and Phil McGrath our MUFC Hub officer took 5 Year 9 students on a trip to Manchester United's Aon Carrington Training ground for a football fun day, as part of the partnership with the Manchester United Foundation. They participated in 6 different football themed events such as: football darts, football pong challenge, and free kick games. The students were then joined by some special guests during these activities; they included first team players Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Antonio Valencia and Tim Fosu-Mensah. It was a great day for the students as they got the chance to meet their idols and speak to them.

Here’s what Paul Pogba had to say about the event: “It is always memorable doing work with the Foundation; we just want to make kids happy. For me, when I was a kid, it was a dream to meet a footballer, so it’s good to do things like this and to be an example for children as they are the future.” Look out for our pupils in action at the start of the video below and be sure to check out the Manchester United Foundation Facebook page for the live video where you can see our pupils taking on Anthony Martial in a shooting challenge!

View video here

Secondly, on Thursday 9th February the Manchester United Foundation held their Year 8/9 girls hub tournament at Whalley Range High School. Miss Sloane took 8 girls for the event and they were a credit to themselves and Werneth and performed really well on the day. There was also a Primary netball festival ran by Mrs Holt d our Y10 Leaders, Year 9 netball tournament and U13 and U15 football matches at Woodley Sports Complex. I’m sure you’d agree that it is amazing to see so many pupils representing Werneth at a number of events. Remember school finishes on Friday 17th February 2017 for 1 week and returns on Tuesday 28th February 2017.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Guest Blog. Thanks for reading. I hope you all have a great weekend.


Miss N Smith ☺

Head of Life Learning




Posted on Monday 6th January 2017

Apologies for the late arrival of the headteacher’s blog this week.  On Friday, I joined 40 of our year 8 students on a whistle stop day trip to France. We travelled over through the Eurotunnel and on arrival in Boulogne, went for our breakfast at an authentic French cafe. Students spent some time in local shops on their way up to the old town, where they browsed the pretty, touristy streets and wrote post cards. From there we travelled to an artisan bakery, set in the beautiful local countryside. Students were shown how to make their own croissants and heard about the variety of breads baked on site. Finally we had some time at a hypermarket before our return home. It was lovely to see our students trying out the French they are learning in the classroom and what a rewarding experience this was for them, both linguistically and culturally.

On Thursday and Friday, Year 10 GCSE students took part in a whole day workshop with an award winning Photographer Paul Wolfgang. Students in year 10 also had an opportunity to work with media and make up students from Stockport College to create effective make up. Students worked on developing skills such as lighting/composition and portrait photography. Students took some amazing photographs which they will now use towards their GCSE Photography coursework.  They will also create their own film posters using these photographs.

Our builders Wates have now started the demolition of our old school buildings as you can see in the attached photograph, which shows the demolition of our old humanities classrooms.  We anticipate that our new sports pitches will begin to rise from this spot in the near future, and we are anticipating that the front of school will be fully operational by the end of May.

Thank you to all of the Year 10 parents that we met last week – it was really pleasing to see the parental support that we are receiving from you.

And finally, we welcome Miss Anna Fowler, our new Deputy Headteacher, to school.  She started working with us last week and her role is to develop teaching and learning in classrooms in school.  We look forward to seeing her flourish in her new role.

Thank you!

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 27th January 2017

This week started with our Year 11s participating in a motivational Study Skills session from an external specialist company.  Year 11s should now be commencing their revision for the summer examinations, and setting up their revision timetables.  If parents or students require help with creating revision timetables, they should seek help from school and we can help you to create a plan that will work.  Putting in the hard work now leads to an enjoyable summer and positive excitement in opening those results envelopes.  This Thursday was our intervention evening for invited parents, to discuss any specific areas for improvement.  It was good to see so many Year 11 parents in school to meet with key staff and discuss progress as they enter the vital few months leading up to examinations.

On the whole, our Year 11s appear to be preparing themselves well for their examinations and there are some promising numbers of students attending revision sessions.  There is a whole programme of revision sessions for Year 11s, so there really is no excuse not to be fully prepared.

Our Year 8 students will soon be making their important option choices. Today, they have been hearing about languages at a lunchtime MFL roadshow and in their lessons.   Several of them also heard from Jonathan Collinge, Corporate Social Responsibility Director at Adidas who himself spent some time in Japan.   Our current optees in Year 10 spoke about their experiences learning French, German and Spanish as Werneth, including how much they gained from being part of the European Tour trip last July. There were also video clips from under-graduates talking about languages from their perspective.

As part of our developing leadership opportunities, Mrs Lewis and Mrs Nykorak - two our non-teaching staff - accompanied eleven of our young ladies from Year 7 to the premiere of “Hidden Figures” with the Manchester United Foundation on Wednesday. The day started with six successful women from STEM ( Science, Technology and Maths ) and Television Industries talking about their careers and how they achieved their aspirations.  These ranged from Space and Aeronautical Technologies to heading up the Science and Engineering Department at Cardiff University.  Our students confidently engaged in conversation with these women and asked intelligent questions. They were immaculately presented and conducted themselves impeccably. They represented Werneth perfectly and we should be very proud of them.  They also all had a fantastic time tucking into goody bags and can all recommend the film “Hidden Figures”.

The Scholastic Bookfair will be in school from 2nd-8th February. There will be books, pens, pencils, bookmarks and posters on sale!  Feel free to come and browse. We will run a competition-winners will be able to choose a book from the bookfair.

Finally, Yoga and Happy Breathing starts in HART every Tuesday between 3.20 and 4.00pm from next week and all students and staff are invited.  A group of Yr9 students have finished their Relationship ambassador training this week and a Year 10 group will begin theirs next week.

Have a good weekend!

Andrew Conroy





Posted on Friday 20th January 2017

I’ve been speaking to all students this week in assemblies about the links between consistent effort and application above the basic level.  Consistent effort reaps reward, and that’s a key message for our Year 11 students following their Mock Results Day on Monday.  Understanding that their destiny now lies in their own hands, and they can improve those results with hard work and determination.

Following the Mock Results Day on Monday, some parents and students will be invited to attend a Year 11 Intervention Evening on Thursday 26th January ( next Thursday ) between 4.30 and 6.30. The purpose of the evening is to allow staff to discuss specific subject concerns and future intervention opportunities with students and parents.  Invitation letters with appointment times will be sent home on Monday and Tuesday of next week. 

Advanced notice that it is also Year 10 Parents’ Evening on 2nd February: more details to follow.  Our Year 10s were introduced this week to a new RAF Careers programme, and there will be more details to follow on this as well.

Meanwhile, some of our GCSE Art Students participated in a cultural day this week, with a tour of Liverpool city centre and the dock area.  They were taking creative pictures of architecture and the city.   The group visited the old side of town which consists of historic buildings with unusual doorways, ironwork and windows and  then to the polar opposite with the brand new Liverpool one area with state-of-the-art modern buildings.   We combined this with a trip to the Empire Theatre to see The Commitments. The students can then use the images, music and words from the story to photoshop with their architecture pictures.

The year 11 Food Technology group completed their making exam this week and performed spectacularly well.  You can see some examples of their examination work in this blog.

We have a large cohort of Young Carers at Werneth: students who care for a family member at home.  It is Young Carers awareness day on Thursday 26th January.  Form tutors will be recognising the issues that young carers have to face with their forms as part of this day.

Have a good weekend!


Andrew Conroy





Posted on Friday 13th January 2017

Welcome back, and a very happy new year to all families associated with our school.

Just a couple of days before we broke up for Christmas, a group of Year 7 pupils performed the Christmas production 'Papa Panov' to an audience of family and friends. Papa Panov has a long tradition at Werneth School with many students having fond memories of taking part. 'Papa' was performed by Harry Nevison and the 'Gentle Woman' by Clara Wilson. All the pupils were wonderful and acted, sang and danced brilliantly on the night. We look forward to seeing them in the school production.

The start of the Spring Term always heralds a sense of looking forward to the challenges of the remainder of the school year …. it’s a crucial time in many ways. Year 11 will be receiving their GCSE mock examination results next week, will be attending some crucial Study Skills workshops in January and of course completing their final 60 days in school as they lead up to their examinations. Every day, every hour, every lesson counts.

For Year 9 and Year 8 there are some crucial Options decisions to be made related to the GCSEs that they will be studying in the future, and we will have further information to come on this.

We’ve had two days of assessment and interviews for our new Deputy Headteacher this week, with seven candidates interviewed for this vital position. I was particularly proud of our panel of students who displayed excellent leadership skills in creating some demanding questions for the candidates, and grilling them in interview.

Finally, advanced notice that we will have our annual Scholastic Bookfair in the library between the 2nd and 9th February.

Have a good weekend!


Andrew Conroy






Posted on Friday 22nd December 2016

We’ve finally reached the end of an incredibly busy, eventful and action-packed term of experiences here at Werneth School.  The term certainly hasn’t fizzled out and this week’s blog is longer than ever...

A group of Werneth students have recently been learning about the issue of Homelessness and poverty.  They were surprised that in Stockport and the surrounding area, there are families struggling to put food on the table.  For people on low incomes, a sudden crisis such as redundancy, benefit delay or even an unexpected bill can sometimes mean going hungry.  Every day some parents skip meals to feed their children and people are forced to choose between paying the bills and eating.  The Group showed great empathy and organised a Food Collection for the local Food Bank at St Marks, Woodley.

Year 11 TRACKS Group have recently completed their Basic First Aid Training and developed valuable Life Saving Skills.  The whole Group were assessed and were delighted to pass the course.   

On Tuesday this week some of our Yr11 French and German students went into Manchester to visit the international Christmas markets. It was a fun opportunity to experience produce and crafts from a variety of countries and to absorb the festive atmosphere. 

Judging of the Year 10 Catering students’ Christmas Cakes was incredibly hard this year with over 40 students making, decorating and icing Christmas cakes. As usual Jane Hunt was on hand to help with the judging and first place from each class are on the cake photo.

It’s been a busy end of term with regard to Manchester United Foundation activities, which have involved a large number of students across a number of curriculum opportunities… 

8 girls took part in the Year 9/10 girls hub tournament, and performed really well.  Despite one of the girls getting a knee injury, the girls managed to win 3 games, draw 2 and only lose 1 in a competitive tournament against other Manchester United Foundation Hub schools.   Meanwhile, 10 boys took part in the Year 10 hub tournament and the boys won the whole tournament, against 11 other Manchester United Foundation Hub Schools. They won all 6 of their matches and convincingly won the final 5-1, with some great team and individual performances throughout.

2 Year 9 girls were selected to take part in a media training day down at the Key 103 studios for the day, Jess Clarke and Jess Robinson. They interacted brilliantly with the Key 103 staff who led on the day, and with the other students from other Foundation hub schools. 'It was a great experience' according to Jess Robinson whilst Jess Clarke added that it was 'great to see real life media in action'. 

Some of our Year 7 students who attended the Christmas Party at Old Trafford at the start of December, received surprise gifts this week from the Foundation. This was to say thanks to the students for making the event such a success.

This week saw a great opportunity for two Werneth students. We drew names from a hart for those students who had achieved 100% attendance from the start of the school year, and the two lucky winners to attend a “meet and greet” player visit at Old Trafford were Luke Fisher (Year 9) and Alister Shojakhani (Year 8). They got to meet players including Bastian, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero.

4 Year 10 students were selected to attend a Business Enterprise challenge, set by the Premier League. They came up with their own business idea relating to the aim of the challenge, and performed really well, delivering a business pitch to a panel at Old Trafford. As a reward for their efforts and commitment to the challenge, they received match tickets for the upcoming EFL cup semi final game in January against Hull City at Old Trafford.

Phil McGrath, Werneth’s Manchester United Foundation Hub Officer commented that “all of the students who have been involved in these events have shown a great attitude, behaviour and respect throughout each event, and represented Werneth incredibly well.”

Congratulations to our lower school students who held a performance of Papa Panov in our new school hall this week, and also to the many members of the Werneth community who contributed to the school’s magical Christmas Carol Concert at St Mark’s Church in Bredbury on Wednesday evening.
Back in school, it was a really fitting end to our term to hold Celebration Assemblies across each year group on Wednesday, and we hope you enjoy the two new videos that have been compiled to show the amazing work of our school over the course of our term.



Finally, it is with great sadness that we say goodbye to some of our teachers who will be leaving us at Christmas.  Mrs Littlewood has been Deputy Headteacher at Werneth since 2006 and she is leaving us to take up the role of headteacher in Lancashire.  We thank her for her many achievements over the past decade, and wish her every success in her new role.   Other departures are Mr Edgerton in English, who is leaving for two terms to travel around the world and will return in September and Miss Lewis in Science.

On behalf of everyone at Werneth, we wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
See you when we return on 9th January 2017.


Andrew Conroy





Posted on Friday 16th December 2016

Our last full week before Christmas is over, and we start the festive final week in school on Monday.  A reminder that school finishes at 12pm on Thursday next week, and buses have been booked for that time.  Lessons continue right up to Thursday morning, so it’s crucial to attend school right up to Thursday.  Every year group will also have an end of term rewards assembly on Wednesday of next week, at which we will recognise our many unsung heroes in school and look back on some of our key achievements this term.  We will be recognising excellent attendance, attitude to learning and achievement across each year group.

In February next year, 40 of our year 8 students will be having a whistle stop 24-hour trip to Boulogne, France to practise their French language skills. In order to raise funds, they will be bag packing at Morrisons Bredbury today and next Wednesday. Please do say hello if you happen to be doing your shopping when we are there!

Year 8 completed their Relationship Ambassador training this week. They will be working with Year 7 students and were supported by Year 11 current ambassadors in the training. They will also support them in their first few sessions.

Congratulations to Dominic in Year 11, who is developing into an elite hockey player.  This year Dom progressed through the under 15 JDC (Manchester squad), JAC (Greater Manchester squad), JRPC (North West England squad) and from this was selected to play for the Pennine Pumas (effectively the North of England team) to take part in the Futures Cup.  For the first time in many years they won.  Playing at this level puts him in the top 78 players in the country, for his age group.  This year, he is training with the under 16 and under 17 Greater Manchester squads and has been invited back to train with the North West under 17's.  Everyone at Werneth is proud of your achievements Dom!

The Performing Arts department welcomed a group of Year 12 students into school this week with their teachers from Marple College. Classes of Year 9 and 10 BTEC Acting pupils were treated to a performance of 'Teechers' by the college's A'Level Drama and Theatre Studies students.  Kirsty and her students talked to our pupils regarding courses they may be interested in.  We have a long standing partnership with the college and they are always willing to accommodate any questions about future pathways that our students may have.

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Sutcliffe welcomed some invited Year 7 parents into the library on Friday to enjoy a coffee and a mince pie.  It was an informal opportunity to discuss how some of our new Year 7 students with additional needs have fared in their very first term at Werneth.  It was a lovely event and it was fantastic to hear how well our students are settling into life at secondary school.  Sherran Hillman joined us from Parents in Partnership Stockport (PIPS) to share information about what's on offer for students with SEND, and their families, in the local area.  Sherran also offered a wealth of knowledge about where to go for advice, support and workshops relating to every aspect of SEND.  More information can be found at: http://www.pipstockport.org.   Thank you to all who took the time out to attend.  


Have a great weekend!

Andrew Conroy







Posted on Friday 9th December 2016

There are times when it’s possible to simply burst with pride as headteacher, and that’s always when our students demonstrate their excellence.  Young people often get a bad press, but we have so many fantastic, model students at Werneth.   This Tuesday was one of those occasions when a wide range of our students showed great pride and maturity in celebrating their learning with a range of invited guests in school!

Sir Bobby Charlton and his wife Lady Norma were our guests of honour on Tuesday as we combined the official opening ceremony of our new school building with the launch of our designation as a Manchester United Foundation Hub School.   Sir Bobby joined a selection of special guests including the Mayor of Stockport, our fellow partners Adidas UK and ITV, local councillors, governors and representatives from Stockport local education authority.

Our special guests were treated to a reception from our GCSE Food Technology students and some of our musicians, before they sampled a fantastic excerpt from our production of “Bugsy Malone” – the first ever performance in our new Main Hall.  The executives from ITV were so impressed with Brooke Atkinson and Josh Hibbert in Year 10 that they were scouted for future TV appearances!

It was then onto a tour of school visiting our new library, technology rooms and modern languages classrooms before we sampled a range of activities in our refurbished Sports Hall.  It was fantastic to see the excitement and respect from a whole range of our students as they met Sir Bobby and engaged in conversation with him … it’s not every day that you meet a World Cup Winner!

In other news, Years seven and eight are currently filling their dream jars with their hopes and aspirations for the school year. Every year, the students will add their aspirations, both in and outside of school, for the year.  By year 11, they will be able to look back on their time at Werneth through their dream jars. Students have also been asked to bring in a small item to represent them to add to their jar.  Here are Mason and Erin, 7C, with their form's jar.
Year 11 completed their mock examination timetable this week, and we look forward to building on their work next term in their final full term before the GCSE examinations.

Werneth are Key Stage 4 Stockport Dodgeball champions!  Well done to the Year 10 team who won the borough dodgeball competition this week at St Anne’s school.

Some of our Year 7 students were guests of Manchester United this week, to launch the Foundation Christmas card.  Here are a few of our students at Old Trafford enjoying the hospitality...

Next Wednesday (14th) will be our Christmas lunch within school, and students will be able to purchase a Christmas lunch if they wish.  Wednesday 21st will see our Christmas assemblies for all year groups in school, and our Christmas Carol Service in the evening.  However, lessons will continue right up until the final day on Thursday 22nd December, when we will finish school at 12pm.  Buses will leave school at this time on the final day.

Finally, as you are probably aware, there has been cases of Flu verified at a Stockport school. While it is not an issue in our school at this time we want to ensure that our children remain healthy and take every precaution against the spread of the virus. We have increased the cleaning levels in school and have given pupils information on good respiratory hygiene regimes. The following link gives further information on Flu.  www.nhs.uk


Have an enjoyable weekend!

Andrew Conroy







Posted on Friday 2nd December 2016

On a personal note, I’m always happy to wave goodbye to November, which is one of the toughest months of the year in any school …. the cold and dark days place constraints on our spaces in school, mock exams are looming and we all struggle to see the light at the end of term at times.  Consequently, some relationships become strained as a result.  As December surfaces, we can hopefully now end the term on a high note with continued productive, hard work in lessons whilst enjoying the festive activities over the next few weeks in the run up to Christmas.  A reminder to parents that school closes for Christmas this year on Thursday 22nd December. 

Most of our students have adapted well to our new building, and there is a really productive buzz in lessons as I tour the school each day.  Our targets now are for 100% success in some of the basics as we continue to push standards in school:

  • continue to getting to school every day, on time, correctly dressed
  • every person getting to every lesson on time and in a positive frame for learning – our new building means there is now no excuse for lateness to lessons
  • mutual respect for every person in our school and for our school premises.

Well over 95% of our students get this right every day and we thank parents for working so closely with us to maximise learning. 

The Year 10 Business Studies students have had a busy week. They have been collecting information from two local businesses for their controlled assessment. On Monday the GCSE groups visited The Trafford Centre where they toured business offices inside the centre, received a presentation about the business and asked questions. On Thursday this was followed by a visit from Manchester United Foundation, who presented to the students about the business of Manchester United and its aim to be the number one football club in the world! Both sessions were very worthwhile and will help the students with their studies.

A group of year 9 girls attended the Stockport Schools Get Active day at Manchester Armitage Centre. They took part in a range of activities including Zumba, Scooters, Weight Lifting and softball. The aim of the day was for girls who are less engaged in sport to experience other activities. The girls then created a plan to start a fitness club at Werneth. They were successful and have been awarded £600 to buy a treadmill for our new gym in the sports hall

On Wednesday, the PE department led a visit to Old Trafford for 45 of our younger students to watch the 4-1 win against West Ham.  Many of our students had never been to such an occasion and therefore really enjoyed the atmosphere … I understand there was a lot of shouting and cheering on United!

This has been a phenomenal year to date for one of our Year 11s, Georgia.  Georgia’s parents were keen to tell me that they feel she is excelling in her school work and she is really enjoying the subjects she has chosen.  Outside of school this year, she qualified to represent her Country at this year’s World Championships and came away as a Triple World Champion.   She also recently graded at her Club for 1st Dan for Martial Arts.    It was a tough few hours of solid hard graft and she has passed her Black Belt with a distinction of 95%.   Well done Georgia!

Enjoy the weekend!


Andrew Conroy


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Posted on Friday 25th November 2016


It’s been a week of amazing learning opportunities at Werneth, with a number of opportunities to celebrate learning in its widest sense…..

November has been a busy month in Life Learning culminating in two key events over the last week.  Friday 18th November 2016 saw the first official Life Learning Curriculum Enhancement Day take place in our brand new school!  The day was a celebration of different cultures from around the world. The whole of our Year 8 took part in the following 5 activities ran by a company called "Junior Jam":

Thai Boxing (Thailand); Capoeira (Brazil); African Drumming (Africa); Street Dance (USA); Bollywood Dance (India)

The aim of the day was to increase our pupils knowledge and appreciation of different cultures and the importance of respecting people and their beliefs. Year 8 thoroughly enjoyed the day and some amazing work was created that was shard in a celebration assembly at the end of the day. Please follow this link for pictures and the video.

On Tuesday 22nd November Miss N Smith took 30 Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils to The Houses of Parliament with Mr Norman and Mrs Littlewood. We travelled to London on the train and then to Buckingham Palace on the London Underground. During the day they we visited the Palace, Parliament Square, Big Ben and were fortunate to have a tour of Parliament which included being able to sit in and watch the House of Lords and the House of Commons in action. The pupils completed a workshop all about Making Laws where they formed their own Political Party and had to make laws of their own. The workshop leader commented on how our pupils’ laws were some of the best she has come across. Werneth's Laws were: "Every time that you use a piece pf paper you must plant a tree." and "Free public transport for all school children travelling to and from their school."

Our students commented that "this trip has been the best I've ever been on! I never understood what happened in Parliament and now I do" and Will Flanagan in Year 8 said "I really enjoyed the workshop about Making Laws. I like to debate and discuss my ideas with people."

The pupils’ behaviour was exemplary. They really did do Werneth proud! Take a look at more of the pictures on the Life Learning section of the school website.
A group of our dance students were invited to perform at the Christmas Romiley Markets on Saturday 19th November.  It was an exciting opportunity for the students to perform a selection of festive dances for their family, friends and the local community. Fun was had by all and once again a shining example of wonderful Werneth students.

23 Year 9 students visited the University of Sheffield last Friday on an aspiration trip. The students arrived at the City campus and received an introduction to Higher Education where they learned the benefits of continuing education and how young people can access it. Our students then did a question and answer session with 4 current University students.  After that, the students gave us tours around some of the campus, including the impressive £81 million recently built diamond building. The student gained a great deal out of the experience and were in awe of experiencing a redbrick university environment in real life.

Our Year 7s are loving their transition to secondary school and getting into the swing of our new building and the opporunities it provides.  Here we can see a Year 7 Group participating in a mindful meditation session.  You can also see Katie Hill and Fabio Kibonda at Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground on Monday,  for the Sir Bobby Charlton Photo Christmas card shoot.

Finally, congratulations to 10W who have contributed to Operation Christmas Child this year by filling a shoebox full of Christmas gifts.  Well done!!

Have a great weekend.


Andrew Conroy



Posted on Friday 18th November 2016


Attendance Matters!

I’d like to start this week by talking about attendance.  Our current school attendance to date this year stands at 93%.  If you think that sounds good, it really isn’t!  It’s “all-action-stations” in school at the moment from form tutors, year leaders and senior leaders to improve our attendance to well above 95%.  We’d appreciate parents working with us to ensure our young people are in school every day … research shows that missing just one day a month makes a massive difference to learning.  Regular absences set students well behind the curve when it comes to achieving their potential in their GCSEs. 

It was great to see our students performing at the cenotaph on Sunday, led by Mr Barnett.  I was particularly impressed with our confident trumpet soloist, Steph Thompson (Year 10) who led The Last Post and Reveille in the service.  A difficult skill to master!

It’s a crucial time for our Year 11s at the moment, and so it was great to see so many parents in our new school this Thursday evening for the Year 11 Parents Evening, and also at First House in Brinnington on Wednesday.  A reminder that Year 11s should all currently be completing revision in preparation for their mock examinations which will be conducted in just a few weeks’ time.  They received a “How to Revise” assembly this week from Mr Park, and should be all set to start revision now.
A group of our Year 10 students visited Manchester United this week as part of a Business Enterprise opportunity.  Students participated in four workshops gaining an insight into career opportunities with “United the Business”. The areas were Finance, HR, Media and Sponsorship.  As is always the case, our students were a credit to us: engaged, focused, enthusiastic and beautifully behaved and respectful towards the staff delivering – Mrs Logan reports that she felt very proud of them!

Student leadership is a key priority for our school: developing future leaders in our students.  We are delighted to say that a group of our students will be teaching our teachers over the coming weeks, in terms of how to maximise our cutting edge smartboards which are installed in every classroom in our new building.  You can see our lead technology trainer Sam training up some of the other leaders before they start their training programme.

Some upcoming dates for your diary:

  • Monday 28th November – Year 11 Mock Examinations begin

  • Tuesday 6th December – Official opening of our new building and our Manchester United Foundation Hub Programme, with special guest Sir Bobby Charlton

  • Wednesday 14th December – Christmas Carol Concert

  • Thursday 22nd December – Year 7 to 10 Reports Home; School breaks up for Christmas

Have a good weekend!

Andrew Conroy



Posted on Friday 11th November 2016


It’s been the first full week for our students in the new school building, and we are all adapting well to the key changes to our daily environment. 

Tuesday saw a prestigious moment when the Life Learning Department officially opened the new Hall and bleacher seating with a performance from the rap artist Cristian MJC.  Cristian discussed with Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils the importance of education and working hard at school, including why it's important to think about your future now, and the options that the pupils have after school.  He reflected on the decisions that he has made and how they benefited him.  He also empowered students to make the right choices in regards to bullying as well as guiding them in how to best respond to bullying.  Cristian was bullied as a youngster so draws on personal experiences.  He also performed a number of songs that the pupils thoroughly enjoyed!  Cristian has recently supported rapper “Tinie Tempah” and "Katy B" at music festivals across the UK and Cristian's first single "True Colours" debuted at number 22 on the official iTunes chart in October.  Mrs Morris' Year 9 form said that the advice they will take on board for the future is to always treat people with respect, and to always push yourself to work to the best of your ability.

A reminder to parents that our school premises must obviously be kept safe, and as such we have a safe line that locks down the school during the day.  At 8.45am, the temporary entrance at Higson Avenue is locked, and students can only enter school via the entrance at the side of the old boys’ gym on Harrytown.  Could I also remind parents to please avoid driving down the entrance from Harrytown in the morning, as this narrow lane is congested with students walking into school.

This Thursday evening saw our GCSE Presentation Evening for the class of 2016.  It was really great to see many of our ex-Year 11s, and hear how they have moved onto college and other enterprises.  Certificates were presented by the mayor of Stockport, Dr Chris Gordon and his wife Margaret whilst our guest speakers were Mark and Justin Blackhurst – ex students at Werneth – who have set up a successful international media company in Manchester called Digital Next.  It was an all-round excellent evening.

We are guiding our current Year 11s to exam success of course, and we would like to remind Year 11 parents that the Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening is next Thursday, 17th November in our new school building.  Please be advised that parking will be very limited on-site, and you can contact Mrs Lumsden or Mr Mujagic in school if you require any further information or appointments.  We’d also like to remind parents of Year 11s that college applications should be completed soon, and there is information about this on our website in the Careers section.

What is a Young Carer

We have a number of “Young Carers” at Werneth, and we wanted to let you know some information about this.   A Young Carer is a child under 18 who regularly helps to look after a family member or friend who is disabled, ill, has a mental health condition or addiction problem.
Children may engage in:

  • Practical tasks (cooking, housework and shopping)
  • Physical care (lifting or helping someone use the stairs)
  • Personal care (dressing, washing, helping with toilet needs)
  • Managing the family budget (collecting benefits and prescriptions)
  • Managing medication
  • Looking after younger siblings
  • Helping someone communicate

Werneth School can support young carers. If you, or a family member, need support please contact Jo Dee -Young Carers School Operational Lead on  0161 494 1222 ext 1048.  All contact will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Finally, I am looking forward to hearing our school musicians performing at the cenotaph on George Lane this Sunday afternoon from 2.30pm, where our Head Boy and Head Girl will lay a wreath on behalf of the school.

Have a great weekend!

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 4th November 2016

Welcome back to a new half term, and a momentous week for Werneth School.  After much anticipation, planning, the transplantation of resources and a whole raft of new resources, we are delighted to enter our new £14million building, with all of its new resources and opportunities.  Both staff and students have been extremely excited by our new spacious, light, modern, purpose-built premises and there has been a really up-beat feel to our school this week.  General consensus is that the building is much bigger inside than it looks from the exterior, and we have enjoyed showing our students their amazing new facilities.  There’s a few glitches yet to iron out but we are really making great headway and the full range of facilities should be available by the end of next week.

A massive thank you must go to everyone in the Werneth community for their patience, hard work and determination to work through the difficulties that the move has presented.  We think it was worth the wait!  Special mentions must go to our Project Manager for the new building, our Deputy headteacher Mrs Littlewood, and the site management, technical and other teams that have beavered away behind the scenes to make it a reality.  They have all gone above and beyond the call of duty to create our new school.

We are also relieved that our refurbished Sports Hall is back in action with new facilities and changing rooms, a new floor and brighter interior: our PE department have coped for two terms without adequate sporting facilities and this has given them a real lift too.

How do visitors get access to our new building?

There are two entrances to our new building for the foreseeable future.  Located behind our old building, this will remain the case until our old building is demolished over the coming months.  Deliveries will enter at our Higson Avenue entrance.

If you are a parent or visitor coming into school, you will only be able to access school down the entrance to the left of our site, as you look at the school from the main road.  Parking here is limited, and there is a narrow entrance lane.  You will walk around to the visitor entrance, and use the intercom to gain access to our reception area.
Students in the morning will be able access from both of our entrances. 

In other news ….

The Show must go on! There couldn’t have been a more fitting finale to old Werneth School than 100+ students performing their hearts out in Image Theatre and drawing a glittering curtain on so many memories. 40 years of shows; each decade boasting a ‘Bugsy Malone’. The cast of 2016 were a true celebration of all that has gone before and a vision of what is still to come.  A huge well done to the very talented and committed cast and the team around them. Team work really did make the dream work!

Jack Murphy is the new 50kg boxing champion of England.  As North West Champion, Jack unanimously beat The Eastern Counties Champion in the final at Grantham, after previously beating the regional champions from the Midlands, Tyne and Tees and Yorkshire on his route to the final.  Well done Jack!!

This week, our languages teachers have spoken to all of our Yr8s about a forthcoming trip to Boulogne in February.  This is a 24 hour trip and therefore a whistle stop tour, but a very rewarding opportunity for your child to use the language learned in the classroom.

Students will visit a café to order their breakfast, a bakery where they will have a go making authentic French bread, the old town of Boulogne and also have some time at a hypermarket.  Students interested in this trip will have collected a letter from Miss Moverley, but this is also posted on our website for your information.

As a result of our Manchester United Foundation partnership, 10 Werneth students acted as flag bearers for the Manchester United Europa League game last month against Fenerbahce. Their role for the night was to stand in the centre circle holding the Europa League flag as the teams walked out on to the pitch. The students commented on how amazing it was to be in the middle of the pitch in front of 70,000+ fans singing and chanting, and also how brilliant it was to be so close to the players as they walked out. Werneth’s MUF Hub Officer Phil McGrath commented that “the students represented our school in a super way throughout, and - to top it off - it was a great 4-1 win for Man United.”

Have a safe Bonfire Night!

Andrew Conroy



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Posted on Friday 7th October 2016


This will be my final Friday Headteacher’s blog from our current building.  When I next write on Friday 7th November, we will have moved to our new building.  Exciting times for our school community!

I’d like to start with an apology with regard to our telephone system, which has had an intermittent fault over the past few weeks, and some parents have reported issues with contacting us.  Clearly, we don’t want to invest money in it as we move to a new telephony system in our new building.

A reminder to Year 11 parents of the two study days on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th October.  Also a reminder that there is a large Careers Event at Stockport Town Hall on Tuesday evening next week where over 70 training providers and colleges will be present.  You should have received information about this by post.

Tuesday saw Werneth’s first “Life Learning” focus day, with all of our Year 7 pupils. The Life Learning and Geography Department welcomed "Rocket World" in to C2 for the day. Rocket World is ran by The International Society that works with International students from across the world to promote friendship, and to celebrate cultural diversity.  Each Y7 form attended the Rocket World workshop with their form tutors. They visited people from countries around the world including USA, Pakistan, Australia, China, Taiwan, Macedonia, India, Iran and Portugal and had to complete their Earth Citizen Passport.  Their mission was to set the 10ft high inflatable earth with NASA satellite imagery spinning again by learning as many facts about the different countries language and culture as they could!

Charlie Graham said "I enjoyed learning about Pakistan because their culture fascinated me" and Ciara Murphy added "I enjoyed learning about Iran because we were taught the alphabet and we got to write our name."  The Year 7 pupils worked really well with this new learning opportunity, were perfectly behaved throughout the day and the Rocket World volunteers said that they had thoroughly enjoyed meeting Werneth pupils and cannot wait to visit us in the new building.

Last term our ‘Girls Can Run’ project aimed to raise fitness levels amongst our Year 7 girls and Year 5/6 girls in our cluster primary schools. This culminated in a 3k Run for Life held in July on Werneth playing fields and in the process we raised over £750 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. RMHC supports the families of sick children by providing them with accommodation whilst their children receive specialist care in hospital.  This week our students, led by Jessica Forrest from Year 11 who put forward the charity, visited the Ronald McDonald Manchester House to present our cheque.

It was a sad day in our local community on Monday with the funeral of a local World War 2 war hero Douglas Shawcross.  We sent some of our student leaders to represent our school at the event, and you can see them, along with more details of the event, by following clicking here.

The Year 9 TRACKS Group has been busy working on developing their “Teamwork” skills this week by working together to host a Coffee Morning in aid of MacMillan Nurses.

The Group took responsibility for planning and organising the event, each taking a lead role.  They developed valuable co mmunication skills through Meeting and Greeting staff, serving tea/coffee, selling gifts and holding a raffle.  The young people embraced the project and raised a total of £170. It was a huge success and enjoyed by all who attended.

Have a good weekend and I look forward to sending some pictures from our new school building on 7th November.


Have a good weekend!

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 30th September 2016


THIS WEEK: Information and Farewell Evenings; Sporting Success; European Adventures in Modern Languages; Developing Student Leadership; Arts Award; Geography field trips; reminder of closure dates

With over 1200 people coming through the door every day, we are used to a hectic pace.  However, this week has seen an unprecedented number of additional visitors through our doors….

On Tuesday evening, Year 7 parents were invited into school to hear about how we track student progress in Years 7 and 8, curriculum content and reporting in Key Stage 3.  You can also find information about this under “Curriculum” on our website, and a link to the information provided is here. The presentation will be repeated at First House in Brinnington at 9.15am next Friday, 7th October in Rooms 3 and 4.  All parents are welcome to attend.

Tuesday evening also saw our “Farewell” event for past students and staff, and we were amazed that 715 visitors signed in to have a final tour around the school before the building closes for the final time in a few weeks’ time.  A big thank you to all of the Werneth staff who gave up their evening to make this happen.

On Thursday, parents from Years 9, 10 and 11 came in to hear about the key changes to GCSE qualifications that are being implemented nationally, presented by our Heads of English and Mathematics.

In sport …

  • Congratulations to the Year 9 Football Team for bouncing back after defeat last week to come back from 3-5 down to beat Harrytown 6-5. A special well done to Jayden Lomax-Somers for his man of the match performance which
    included a hat-trick and one assist.
  • Good football results as well this week against Harrytown in the boys football matches. Excellent Wins for y10 (8-3 including a hat trick from Max Phillips), Y7 (8-1 a brace from Charlie Graham). Unfortunately the Y8 team lost 7-1 but made significant progress as a team from last week.  Next week we play Marple Hall. Y7/8 at home on Tuesday and Y9/10 away on Thursday.
  • Rugby club is proving to be a big hit!  Our first rugby club of the year was attended by 26 Students from Y7-9. We have 2 qualified coaches coming in to deliver the sessions with the aim of organising some fixtures after half term.  Fancy getting involved? Meet at the boys gym this Friday 3.10-4.10pm.

On Thursday, Werneth's Student Crew – our developing young leaders - made history when they attended the FIRST and BIGGEST EVER youth event “The Stockport Young Reps Workshop” hosted at Stockport Town Hall with Miss N Smith. The Crew took part in a number of workshops aimed at hearing their views, opinions and ideas about how the local community, schools and transport systems for young people can be improved across Stockport.  The Crew worked brilliantly with other pupils from other Stockport Schools to share and develop ideas about how they want to improve parks and facilities in their local areas. They also had the opportunity to pose questions to members of Stockport Council.

The 7 Student Crew members that took part were:  Ellie Sawyer, Sam Nagler, Kim Smith, Chloe Hesketh, Sophie Ann-Tuff and Will Flannagan. Here's what they had to say about the day….  Sam Nagler commented "It was such a great experience and really exciting to be part of the first ever Stockport Young Reps event!" and Kim Smith added "It was refreshing to be part of something that I've never experienced before. I got to express my views and opinions about Stockport and my school." The pupils were a credit to Werneth School and were delighted when awarded with their new Student Crew ties that they wore with pride at the event.

44 students were awarded their Certificates for achieving their National Arts Award.
Arts Award involves the students completing an independent project based around any art form. Students are required to evidence their involvement in the arts, skill development, research into professional artist and vocations as well as completing substantial leadership tasks.  A huge well done to them all! 

Further trips to Europe are planned for this academic year - the message to all our linguists is 'watch this space.'

Miss Hammonds organised a field visit this week for the Year 11 Geographers.  They enjoyed a day studying in the Peak District at Castleton this week as part of their GCSE Geography course.  Students carried out their independent study investigating the impact of tourism in the area.  They also visited Treak Cliff Cavern for the full tourist experience. Students were well behaved, enthusiastic and keen to carry out surveys and questionnaires. Well done to all students involved and thank you to all staff who played a part in the successful running of the trip.

We now have 8 school days remaining in our current building.  It’s crucial all students are in school until the close on Wednesday 12th October.  Letters will be coming home soon to confirm the final details of the school closure and return to school, along with arrangements for work to be completed by students during this period.  We will also reproduce them on here next week.  A reminder that Year 11 will have two vital English and Maths study days on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th October.  Students will meet at school at 9am to be transported to our study venue.

Have a good weekend!

Andrew Conroy



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Posted on Friday 23rd September 2016


It was wonderful to see so may Year 10 and 11 parents at our “Preparation for Post-16” evening on Thursday this week. It was standing room only in C2 for the evening as we welcomed 17 training and further education providers and 120 families into school.

Don’t forget next week that we have our “Launch for Success” evening for Year 7 parents on Tuesday at 6pm. Our GCSE Information Evening is held on Thursday: Year 10 and 9 parents at 6pm, and Year 11 parents at 7pm.

A group of 10 year 9 dance students had an amazing opportunity to do a 3 hour workshop with the English National Ballet Company on Tuesday this week.

The girls went to Stockport Academy to work alongside some of their students and students from Stockport School to form a collaborative dance troop. They learnt repertoire taken directly from the newly choreographed contemporary version of 'Giselle' which proved both extremely exciting and indeed challenging. The most enjoyable and rewarding part for them all was to choreograph with girls from other Stockport Schools which they excelled in. They then got to enjoy seeing the choreography that they learnt in the workshop, performed live at the Manchester Palace Theatre on Thursday evening by the professional dancers in the English National Ballet Company. The girls were an absolute credit to Werneth and showed determination and commitment. It was a fantastic opportunity for our dance students.

In our Manchester United Foundation draw this week, the winner of the tickets for Saturday’s Leicester game was Kiera Halliwell in Year 11.  Kiera was over the moon to have won and said she was going to take her dad, as he deserved a treat because he has been working so hard. We also held an attendance draw for each year group, rewarding students who have had a 100% attendance so far this year. These will be repeated fortnightly, with larger rewards at the end of each half term. Attendance is so very important, and we want to reward those who come in without fail this year.

The Year 11 Netball team played in their last ever Stockport Schools netball tournament on Wednesday night and they had the best EVER result! They finished in 3rd place in the plate competition with amazing performances from all the squad! The team were Hannah Baker, Lydia Higginbottom, Holly Lester, Kira Hanson, Lauren O'Hara, Aimee Warrington and Sam Parry. The player of the tournament was Lauren O'Hara who performed outstandingly well in each of the 5 games. The girls celebrated with McFlurry treats from Miss N Smith on the way home! Miss N Smith, Miss Sloane and Miss V Smith are extremely proud of the girls and they have been a credit to the Werneth PE Department for the past 5 years!

The winners of the £10 voucher for 100% attendance over the last two weeks are Amelia - Year 7, Taylor - Year 8, Cole - Year 9, Jake - Year 10 and Brad - Year 11. Well done to you all.

Finally … Year 11 parents: please be aware that Monday 17th October and Tuesday 18th October, during the enforced school closure, will be working days for Year 11. We will be transporting our Year 11s to a study centre to work on Maths and English key skills on these days. More details to come, but please ensure your child attends both days.

Tuesday 27th September

Launch for Success Evening, 6pm ( Year 7 parents )

Some key information for parents about students’ secondary education, and what to expect.

Thursday 29th September

GCSE Information Evening for Year 9 and 10 parents at 6pm; Year 11 parents at 7pm. 

A crucial guide to the new style GCSE examinations in Maths and English, led by our subject leaders in these vital subjects.


Join us for our final production in our current school building. Bugsy Malone is on from Monday 10th October – Thursday 13th October at 7.30pm in the Image Theatre. Ticket prices start from £8 for adults and £5 for children.

Email: show@wernethschool.com or call 0161 494 1222 to book tickets. You can also pay for tickets on Parentpay


Have a good weekend!

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 16th September 2016

You may remember last term that I talked about our school’s improvement strategies in terms of four key principles that guide our practice.

Know our children well

Partners in learning

Enjoy and achieve

Developing character for learning

Part of this strategy involves a focus on developing meaningful relationships to ensure everyone is happy in school, and therefore able to learn to the very best of their ability.  Our work in this area has led to us leading practice across Stockport and we were therefore asked to work with another Stockport secondary school this week in developing positive relationships.  Our Restorative Ambassador students in Year 11 trained both staff and students in this local school.  They trained 30 Year 10 students: leading groups for around 20 minutes, talking about their experiences and giving tips.  I received a lovely email from the local authority advisor telling me how “wonderful” our students were, and how impressed both staff and students in the other school were.  They have asked that our students return and complete more work with them.  Well done to Charlotte Cassin, Jay Dodd, Aimee Warrington, Sam Parry, Robyn Timperley, Millie Goodwin and Tyra Hodkinson.  This is leadership at its very best!

We were really pleased with the result of our spot-check inspection of the school kitchens from health inspectors.  Even though our tired old kitchen only has a few weeks left to run, our staff still managed a 5 star rating – the highest possible – due to excellent procedures, cleanliness, routines and adherence to health regulations.  Well done to Mrs Woodall and her team!

We are always concerned to ensure our students are safe when they arrive at school and leave at the end of the day.  If you are looking for a job where you’d like to help out your local community, you may be interested in this advertisement for a school crossing person, outside of our school.

Reminder of some upcoming events at school for parents:

Thursday 22nd September, 6pm


Post - 16 Information Evening, 6pm ( Year 10 and 11 parents and students ). 

Information about career pathways when students leave Werneth at the end of Year 11.

Tuesday 27th September


Launch for Success Evening, 6pm ( Year 7 parents )

Some key information for parents about students’ secondary education, and what to expect.

Thursday 29th September


GCSE Information Evening for Year 9 and 10 parents at 6pm; Year 11 parents at 7pm. 

A crucial guide to the new style GCSE examinations in Maths and English, led by our subject leaders in these vital subjects.

Join us for our final production in our current school building. Bugsy Malone is on from Monday 10th October – Thursday 13th October at 7.30pm in the Image Theatre. Ticket prices start from £8 for adults and £5 for children.

Email: show@wernethschool.com or call 0161 494 1222 to book tickets.




Have a good weekend!

Andrew Conroy



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Posted on 9th September 2016


Welcome, and we hope you like this first glimpse of our brand new website, launching alongside this week’s blog.  As we approach the end of our first full week in school, there’s plenty of news to be covered already. 

I’d like to formally welcome a number of new teachers to Werneth: you may have spotted some of these names on your child’s new timetable: Mr Matthews (Languages); Ms Liddle ( Textiles); Mr Edgerton, Mr England, Miss Solberg-Williams (English); Mr Keshe, Miss Lewis (Science); Mr Sims (History) and Mr Brown (RE).  We wish them all well in their new positions.

One of our key aims this year is to reward the many students who always get it right.  Mr Willis has been talking to all students in assemblies this week about the marginal gains that we all make to ensure the best possible success in our learning at school.  With that in mind, we awarded the first of our prizes this week for students who consistently make the right  choices….. in partnership with the Manchester United Foundation, we looked at the 112 students in school who achieved 99% attendance or above in the summer term.  We held a draw on Thursday to win family tickets for Saturday’s Premier League derby between United and City.   Our two draw winners, Natalie and Sam, are shown here with their tickets, and both are taking their dads to the game on Saturday.  There will be plenty of other rewards on offer this year as well!

Whilst on the subject of attendance, could I please remind parents that ALL student absences must be covered with a note to form tutors.   

 As in previous years, all MFL students back their exercise books. This week, years 7 and 8 have begun a project in their Art lessons, researching France and French speaking countries to produce their individual book coverings. Years 9 to 11 have come up with a variety of creative designs for their French, German or Spanish books as well. Well done to all our linguists.

We are delighted to announce Lewis Lloyd, one of our Year 10 Drama students, has been selected to join the prestigious Royal Exchange Youth Theatre Company in Manchester.  Lewis had to audition for the place and will now have the opportunity to work with professional directors and actors.  Lewis is no stranger to the Performing Arts at Werneth.  As well as studying towards a BTEC in Drama, he has had many acting roles in our productions; Recently performing in Werneth’s production of the Tempest at the Contact Theatre, Manchester and Lyme Park for the Stockport Schools’ Shakespeare Festival.  You will have the chance to see Lewis in action in a few weeks’ time as he is the lead role of Bugsy in our annual school production of ‘Bugsy Malone’.

Two of our Year 11s had a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in a structured work experience programme in preparation for a career in law and business.   This was organised by our links with Adidas and ITV.  Ashnie Harvey and Josh Wood take up the story …. “In the first week of the summer holidays we were selected, following our application, to take part in a variety of law and business experiences through LSMP. During this week we spent each day in a different business learning about different legal and business aspects. The businesses that we were lucky enough to work with included: ITV, Co-operative bank, Manchester United, Manchester City and Adidas. This opportunity has provided us with a great insight into the work environment which we are sure will help us in our future.”

Congratulations also to Samantha and Liam Parry who have competed in international Martial Arts Academy Champions over the summer.  Both were successful with a host of medals in various events, and Samantha has been asked to teach a special seminar in Belfast later this year.  We wish them every success in their forthcoming World Championship events.

There are now only 23 school days remaining in our existing school until students have an extended October break and return to our brand new school (see dates in letter on website).  We are currently making some special arrangements for Year 11 Study Days in the break, and you won’t want them to miss those workshop days so please bear that in mind for parents of Year 11 students.  We will be offering some incentives for attendance on these days.  More to come soon!

Could I make a plea to both new and longer-standing parents at our school.  The front of school is always very busy at the start and end of the school day, and traffic is always a major concern for the safety of our students.  The lack of spaces is likely to be an even bigger issue when we move to the new building when there will be several months of disruption as our current school is demolished.  Could I please urge parents NOT to drive into school premises to drop off or pick up students as this creates a significant safety issue. Thinking ahead to the last week in our current building, it promises to be an emotional final week culminating in our famous annual production….


Join us for our final production in our current school building. Bugsy Malone is on from Monday 10th October – Thursday 13th October at 7.30pm in the Image Theatre. Ticket prices start from £8 for adults and £5 for children.

Email show@wernethschool.com or call 0161 494 1222 to book tickets.

Have a good weekend!

Andrew Conroy




Posted on 2nd September 2016

Welcome back!

A brief initial blog entry today from me, to welcome everyone in our school community back at the start of the Autumn term.  It promises to be an exciting new year at Werneth with a wealth of significant changes.

Our students went straight into lessons yesterday ( Thursday ) and we have had a really calm, purposeful start to the term.  Looking resplendent in smart school uniform, I’d like to thank parents for embracing the new rules about shoes and mobile phones so readily – it has really helped us to focus on learning and we think it will make a really positive difference in the long term.

We welcome our new Year 7s: such a difficult step in coming to a large secondary school but they have been cheerful, enthusiastic to learn and made a very positive start.  The worried faces turned to big smiles by the end of the day yesterday, and I’ve been really encouraged by their introduction.

At the other end of course, we have been talking to Year 11 about stepping up to the mark in this vital year: we expect to build even further on our summer examination success next year.  Do have a look at our exam result summary and exam day video on the website if you haven’t yet done so. Year 10 and Year 9 have also commenced their GCSE courses this week so it’s an important phase of education in all of their school lives.

A reminder that students are now based in year groups.  Again, we anticipate a big increase in purposeful learning as we monitor our students more closely this year and our year leaders have been stressing the importance of positive attitudes to learning as we set the scene for the year.



Year 7

Caroline Cherrington and Jen Tonge

Year 8

Vicky Smith and Claudia Houghton

Year 9

Zeph Bennett and Tracy Taylor

Year 10

Lauren Taylor and Jane Hunt

Year 11

Muris Mujagic and Jacqui Lumsdon

There’s a real sense of nervous excitement in the air here.  30 school days remain until we make that crucial switch to our new building at the end of October.  The building work has gone well in the summer break, and we remain on schedule for our big move to new, exciting spaces and resources.

New build


Finally, look out for our new-look website, which will launch in the very near future. 

Have a great weekend!


Andrew Conroy