Posted on Friday 21st September 2018

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I am very keen to develop as many of our students as possible to become the leaders of tomorrow.  We have many student leaders in school, ranging from sports leaders to environmental leaders to leaders working with teachers in developing learning.  I was really pleased this week to see that our School Council have been busy working with Transport for Greater Manchester. They have produced a video called ‘School Buses for Beginners’ to help our new students with travel arrangements. The video has been shared with our local primary schools.

It was our Post-16 evening yesterday, where colleges and apprenticeship providers were present in school to meet parents of Year 10 and Year 11 students: over 130 sets of parents attended the event.  A reminder that, if you need signposting help with careers or options when students leave school, you can contact us in school for help via Mrs Lewis.  We are reminding Year 11s of key dates in assemblies, and completing valuable preparation work in Life Learning lessons.

Book of Excellence winners this week:

Year 7 Eve – Practical work on cells in Science
Year 8 Luke – homework on Native American culture in Art
Year 9 Lucy – Research in Photography
Year 10 Alexandru – Descriptive writing in English
Year 11 Caitlin – Independence in Science

Looking for a part time job?  I’ve been asked to advertise this by Stockport local authority …. we currently have several vacancies in the Romiley area. The jobs are advertised on the council website but we are still struggling to recruit.  We tend to find the job attracts retired people looking to top up their pensions or midday assistant staff.  It may be that some grandparents are looking for work.

It's that time of year for tummy bugs and the like. Could we ask students to remember to wash their hands before they eat and after using the toilet. Let’s keep those bugs at bay!

Finally, a well done and thank you to our great Werneth bake off contestants from last week’s Open Evening.  Mrs Oakes writes that “ eight students from all year groups participated in the challenge to bake a pastry, biscuit or cake of their choice using our fantastic kitchens in A12.  Prospective parents and students were given the opportunity to taste the delights and then each item was judged by Miss Harness, Mrs Oakes and Mr Conroy.  The judging was tough, but joint winners were Kate from Year 11 and Eloise from Year 9 with their chocolate and peanut butter swiss roll, and carrot and walnut cake.  Very close runners up were Bryony from Year 11 with pink cupcakes, and Libby from Year 7 with vanilla cake.  Congratulations also to Amelia (Year 7), Tommy (Year 9), Tyler (Year 8) and Alex (Year 10).  They all worked so hard to create gorgeous dishes.  Keep baking everyone!”



Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 14th September 2018

I was very proud of our students and staff this week as we showed off our school to families at our annual Open Evening on Thursday.  We had well over 200 families looking around the school.  It was lovely to hear the many positive comments about the welcoming feel of our school, alongside the many new and exciting resources at Werneth.

Our Year 7 new starters have had a second excellent week: we are very proud of their start to their secondary school careers.  I have had the pleasure to teach many of them a lesson on developing independence this week and been impressed with their contributions.  They have also taken part in introductory sessions on a range of themes such as developing respect, maintaining excellent attendance, study habits and pride in their work.

We have also had our first winners of our "Book of Excellence" award this week, for students who display excellent work in a particular subject:

Winners were Callum in Year 7 for Maths, Harley in Year 8 for Art, Sophie in Year 9 for Chemistry, Gemma in Year 10 for Photography and Naomi in Year 11 for Science.  All received their awards on Friday!

A reminder that our website now contains an additional tab where – if you wish to book any of our school resources in the evening or at weekends – you can do so electronically via the website.  We offer very competitive rates for both outdoor or indoor use of our facilities, and of course all money generated is spent on our students to improve their education.


Attendance REALLY matters

I have already sent this message out to parents but we still have too many students who have missed the start of term due to holidays taken in term-time. Missing school for any reason is likely to deprive a child of educational opportunities and hamper their progress at school.  Although I acknowledge that it is much cheaper to take holidays outside of school holidays, giving permission for leave of absence in term time has to be balanced against the effect on students’ progress at school.

In September 2013 the government abolished the right of headteachers to authorise absence specifically for holidays and, therefore, leave of absence from Werneth School will now only be granted if exceptional circumstances exist. The effect of this change means that the government expects it to be extremely unusual for leave of absence, including for holidays in term time, to be permitted by schools. It is now very rare for Werneth School to authorise any time off school for the purpose of a holiday.

If due to exceptional reasons you do need to request leave of absence please submit a Leave of Absence Request form to me at least 4 weeks before the start of the proposed absence. Forms can be downloaded from the website or can be obtained from school. I take the issue of school attendance very seriously and parents should be aware that where leave of absence is taken during term time without permission, we will ask the Local Authority to issue an Education Penalty Notice fine. Similarly, where parents take their child on holiday but inform school of illness, we must ask for medical evidence and request an Education Penalty Notice fine if this is not received.

Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 7th September 2018

Welcome back!

I hope all of our families had an enjoyable summer, and it is really pleasing to see our students return to school with a very positive approach to their learning.  I’ve also been delighted with our new Year 7 students, who have had an enjoyable and productive week: they already know their way around the building and I have heard many positive comments from staff about their enthusiasm and hard work.

We were pleased in the summer that our ex-Year 11s produced a set of examination results that continued to move the school in the right direction.  It will be a while before I am entirely happy with our results, but this year showed some clear improvement in many areas.  The number of higher grades at GCSE improved markedly this year, with many more students achieving the highest grades 7s, 8s and 9s.  It was lovely to see the hard work rewarded by outstanding grades.  Our English department maintained the positive results from last year, and achievement in both Maths and Science improved in terms of higher grades and students achieving the crucial grade 5 or above.  We experienced significantly improved results also in Computing and Geography, whilst maintaining excellent results in Drama, Food Tech, PE, Music and all of our suite of Visual Arts subjects.  We are determined to continue this positive trend as we start to whip our new Year 11s into shape for the Year 11 journey ahead.

You will have heard no doubt of the national shortage of teachers and how difficult it is to recruit teachers at times.  I am pleased to report that Werneth School is fully staffed, and we welcome a number of new colleagues to our school:

Mr Nicholls is our new Head of Geography, and Mr Millson joins him as Geography teacher.
Mr Golzar and Mr Caswell join our Science department, whilst Miss Harmer, Mrs Rowland and Mr Loizou are new teachers in our Mathematics team.  Miss Bygrave joins us in the English department and Ms McCall is a new member of our Academic Support team, working with our Year 11 Alternative Curriculum group.  We welcome them all to our Werneth team of staff.

Developing student leadership is always a passion of mine, as we strive to create the leaders of tomorrow in our school today.  So it is a particular pleasure to tell you that our School Council are now officially the face of the ‘We Love Stockport’ Campaign.  As recognition of their involvement, the school and students were rewarded with a visit and vouchers from Councillor Bailey, taking the  light hearted comments well about being on the side of Stockport’s bin wagons. As a school, we are very proud that they have put themselves forward for this opportunity and are helping lead the way on recycling and protecting the environment.

Over the Summer, Manchester United Foundation ran a primary school holiday club at Werneth over two weeks. There were a total of 24 young people who participated over the two weeks. The club consisted of classroom activities, football and dodgeball. The children were very well behaved and participated in every activity really positively. There were also two Year 10 students who volunteered and helped Phil McGrath, our Hub Development officer, over the two weeks, and they engaged really well with the young people.

Confirmation that Street Reds, our Friday night free football session, is back up and running now after the Summer break.  Anyone between the ages 8 and 18 are free to attend on our astro turf pitches.  You just need to complete a consent form on arrival before participating.

We are pleased to present a summary of our excellent partnership with Manchester United Foundation.  Click here to read

Could I remind parents to let us know via Year Inclusion Managers if any of your contact details have changed over the summer ( mobile number, address etc ) and also to ensure that clothing and equipment is fully labelled: it’s amazing how quickly items are lost.

Year team leaders are often the first point of contact in school.  This year, they are:


Year Achievement Leader

Year Inclusion Manager

Senior Leader linked to year group

Year 7

Miss L Taylor

Miss Cherrington

Mrs Dee

Year 8

Mrs Massey

Miss Hunt

Mrs Kennedy

Year 9

Mrs Tonge

Mr Jones

Mr Bolland

Year 10

Mr Mujagic

Mrs Lumsden

Mr Norman

Year 11

Mr Bennett

Miss T Taylor

Mrs Chantler/Mrs Foy

Finally, a reminder that it is our Open Evening next Thursday, 13th September.  School is open from 5pm to 8pm.

Andrew Conroy

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