Posted on Friday 19th July 2019

Welcome to the final blog of the 2018/19 academic year!  As you would expect, it has been an incredibly busy final week, with so many educational experiences both within school and outside of school for our “CanDo” programme.  At times, we have only had 1 in 5 students in the building, as so many have been out on trips with school.

Over 100 Year 7s have been at our annual camp in Sheffield, with the remainder taking part in an activities programme in school.  122 of our Year 8s have been in Paris at Disneyland, and the remainder have been following a varied programme of skill development in schools, culminating in an exciting trip to Crocky Trail on Thursday.  Year 9s have followed a healthy minds programme, with some Year 9s visiting Staffordshire on an outward bounds experience.  And Year 10 have followed a programme of preparing for Year 11 and beyond with talks from further education and Adidas to help them with CV writing, and then experienced a Dragons Den style Enterprise Day on Thursday creating a new fruit drink. 
Added in to those experiences have been trips to a variety of local and further flung experiences ranging from Paris to Sheffield, park visits to law experience days.  Our students have received consistently positive reviews from their teachers about their positive approach to the events.

Reports from staff on educational visits and trips this week:
Etherow Park: Mrs Palmer comments that “the SEN Group in A7 have made grass heads and biscuits this week. The theme has been 'nature' and we visited Etherow Park where we made human faces out of natural materials, such as fallen branches, rocks, leaves, logs and grass. We also learned how to skim rocks across the river. The weather was kind to us and we all had a good time.”.
It was lovely for me to receive an email from an ex-member of staff Mrs Biggam who complimented this group of our students … “I just wanted to let you know what a credit the pupils and staff were to Werneth School today during their visit to Etherow Country Park.  I was invited to act as a ‘guide’ by Mrs Palmer and it was an absolute joy to meet the young people and to see their respect for the staff and general public with whom they came into contact. Their manners were great and knowing, as I do, that this group of students experience difficulties to a greater or lesser degree it was further testament to their behaviour today. The students’ manners towards the staff at Etherow cafe and The Visitor Centre were noted and commented on in a very favourable way.  It was a lovely day and I hope that you could pass this message to the staff and governors.”

Chester Zoo:  Mr McAllister: “this week we have been working with a group of Young Carers looking at conservation and the impacts of our environment around the world. This culminated in a visit to Chester Zoo on Wednesday where it was great to see them supporting each other, sharing their life stories and just having time for themselves.  Great day for all.”

Year 10 Law Visits: Mr Mujagic and Miss Moseley: “Year 10 pupils had a fantastic day at the University of Manchester. They have acted out a court case and had the opportunity to speak to a law student. Pupils have been a credit to Werneth.”

Year 9 Outward Bounds: Mrs Tonge: “We arrived at Kingswood in Staffordshire this week for an action packed week of rock climbing, abseiling, orienteering and much more! The students were active from the start and experienced a number of activity never done before. Some pushing themselves past fear. We took part in a mini Olympics where the losers face a punishment. Unfortunately Harry’s team forfeited their last race and were drenched in water.  Movie night went down a treat and after Sunset we cosied down to ‘MEG’. A great atmosphere with lots of jumps and screams. Amazing effort from all the teams as they took on the assault course, zip wire and laser. Year 9 have had a blast and as I write this 46 year 9 are all sound asleep on the coach journey home. Including the staff. We are So proud of you all. Overcoming fears, pushing boundaries, having fun and making memories. Have a great summer.  Mrs Tonge, Mr Millson, Mr Astles, Mr Brighton and Mr Willis.” 
Year 7 Camp:  Mrs Heyes: “123 year 7 students have enjoyed 2 nights on Summer Camp at Hesley Wood Scout Camp in Chapeltown near Sheffield.  In a beautiful setting of fields and woodlands, the students experienced a range of activities including climbing wall, driving segways, rifle shooting and survival skills. Students learned valuable life skills in organising themselves … washing their plates and sleeping in tents.  They also joined in with team games and challenges such as treasure hunting, log run, water slides, whacky races and the infamous "Manhunt".  They earned "euros" for successes, good manners, kindness and teamwork.  These added up over the 3 days to determine a winning team - congratulations Team 3!  A special mention to Lily Dobbyn who scored the highest EVER total on the Rifle shooting that the activity leader had ever seen!   26 year 10 students developed their leadership acting as assistant teachers at Summer Camp.  All students were a credit to themselves and to the school. Well done to students and all of the staff!”

Year 7 CANDO in school:  Miss Hibbert: “Well what an exciting 3 days of year 7 Can-do. From rock painting to canvas painting, games, team builders, circus skills, marshmallow towers, treasure hunts and student/staff races on the inflatable assault course. Our year 7 team have had so much fun! Thank you to all our year 10 leaders for being superstars in all the activities. Have a lovely summer!  #MAKINGMEMORIES”

Year 8 Paris/Disney Trip: Mrs Holden: We are back exhausted from a full-on trip to Paris.  The children have had a wonderful time and behaviour has been excellent.  I’m so proud of them.  It was a lovely gesture that the students bought their teachers presents at the end of the trip to show how much they had enjoyed it.  It has been a whirlwind tour and we haven’t stopped, but I think we would all do it again!”

Year 8 Crocky Trail: Mrs Kennedy: “Year 8 had an amazing time at Crocky Trail on Thursday.  Students ran and ran until exhaustion, and a great, fun day was had by all!”


Thank you to all staff who have worked so hard to give our students such a range of experiences in this hectic final week.

Thank you also to those parents who have taken the time to comment favourably on the changes that we have made and continue to make in terms of tougher expectations.  A reminder that the mobile phones ban now applies when we return in September.

We continue to work hard to improve our school, and have invested in new technology, new learning resources, a new external seating area and a range of additional staff to start with us in September.  In addition to a fully staffed teaching body, we are employing additional members of our SEN department, an aspirational mentor, teaching mentors to provide individual support in Mathematics and Science and a new attendance team to tackle persistent attendance problems.  Look out for changes as well to our catering facilities in the Autumn, with a new catering company to refresh our current menus.   Our catering team were inspected by environmental health as well this week, and achieved the highest category of 5 stars.

As ever at this time of year, we say goodbye to a number of staff who are leaving us for pastures new.  Assistant Headteacher Mr Bolland retires after 24 years’ service at the school, and Mrs Houghton from our pastoral team also retires.  Teachers moving onto new positions elsewhere, promotions or leaving the teaching profession are Mrs Rowland, Mr Heaton, Mr Horobin, Mr McNulty, Mrs Harrison, Mrs Perrins, Mrs Mood, Mrs Morris and Mrs Palmer.  All have been replaced for September.  Two of our teaching assistants also leave us to train to become teachers in September, Mr Betton and Mr Jones.  We wish them all every success for the future, and thank them for their services to Werneth School.
A reminder also of the return dates in September:

Year 7 and Year 11 return for an 8.40am start on Monday 2nd September, with every year group in school the following day. 

Years 8, 9 and 10 return on 3rd September therefore.

Finally, thank you as ever to anyone associated with our school from parents, staff, students, governors and external partners.  We wish you all a very happy and safe summer break, and see you in September!



Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 12th July 2019


It’s been another hectic week at Werneth School as we head now into our final week of the summer term.  The final week contains a mix of praise assemblies, our CanDo activities programme and a whole host of educational visits.  Our annual Year 7 camp departs on Tuesday, and we have 122 year 8 students departing for Disneyland Paris and the Eiffel Tower on Monday with an early start of 5.20am. They will be home on Thursday to see us for our final day in school on Friday.
A reminder that school finishes for everyone at 12 midday on Friday 19th July.  Full details about term dates and much more can be found on the newsletter here that was sent out with students this week.

This week we have appointed our first full Senior Student Leadership Team at Werneth School.  Students have gone through a very rigorous process to secure these roles. This included a scoring process in different areas … this included a 10 minute presentation on One Change Challenge, an interview, staff, senior leadership and student vote.  Congratulations to new Head Girl Mairre O'Reilly and Head Boy Henry Jackson; Isobel Johnson Deputy Head Girl and Joe Eckersley as Deputy Head Boy; Jess Hulme as Student Support Lead, Hannah Beswick as Teaching and Learning Lead and Alex Brumby as Whole School Curriculum. We have also appointed 31 Prefects who will work closely with our Student Leadership Team and will have a number of roles and responsibilities across school. Head of Year 10 Mr Mujagic was “very proud of the amazing leaders in Year 10.  Mrs Lewis and I wish them all the best in these roles and we are confident that they will be a credit to our school and our community. Well done!”

Developing leadership remains a key objective for every student at Werneth, and Miss Hibbert has been appointed this week into a role to allow her to develop leaders at every level, in every year group.  Miss Cherrington, Head of Year 7, told me this week of an inspirational young man in Year 7, who displayed amazing leadership skills this week.  She told me that “James Hall delivered an assembly on organ donation following two transplants within his family (both his sister and himself). It was fantastic!  So much so that his class teacher and the head teacher from Arden attended. They have then invited him to deliver this assembly to Arden students, and he has already completed this at Arden.”  Well done James!

We enjoyed a fantastic Sports Day on Tuesday, with everyone from Year 7 to Year 10 enjoying a day outside.  Students showed great skill and talent across the range of disciplines, not least in the organised dancing that took place at key moments across the day.  See our Sports Day video.

On Monday, the School Council were rewarded for their litter picking back in March with a trip to Stockport Town Hall. The students embraced the opportunity to have a debate in the chambers. Their debate was focused on ‘Do schools do enough for students with mental health issues?’. Students conducted an interesting and valid debate. Councillor Clarke commented on how well the students presented themselves, and was pleased that they were more respectful than some councillors. Mrs Woolston and Mrs Taylor were very proud of our students and the ideas brought up in the debate will be taken forward into school.  

Mr Barnett updated me on a number of musical experiences this week …. the Senior Band joined in the celebrations for Greave Primary School's 50th Anniversary on Saturday. As part of the entertainment we played for an hour. As well as the senior band we also had solos from Lauren Green, Clara Wilson & Rose Warburton. Congratulation to Greave on a fantastic day.  

On Wednesday we had our Summer Musical Soloists Concert. The evening showed that the school has a vast array of musical talent showcasing students from year 7 up to year 11. Congratulations to Holly Slater, Isabelle Pridgeon, Vienna Myers, Lois Jordan, Madison Adie, Sophie Buttle, Lauren Earl Walker, Aila McCloy, Beth Andrews, Leah Selbie, Jess Sellers, Leah Nagler, Clara Wilson, Abbie Kane, Molly Spillane, Joe Eckersley, Nadia Hegerty & Rose Warburton for their amazing talents. They were also supported by our amazing Seventh Octave singing group who performed three songs.

On Thursday, a group of Year 9 pupils had a tour of the Guide dog Training Centre in Atherton to see how the money they raised earlier in the year is being spent. The pupils enjoyed learning about the history of guide dogs and how they are trained and were even able to watch a training session in action. They also took part in different activities to experience what it would be like to be blind, which was enlightening for them. The trip was both interesting and informative and a great experience for all who attended.

On Monday 1st July our annual primary dance leaders festival took place at school. 7 feeder primary schools took part in the festival along with 223 year 9 dance leaders who had visited the primary schools to work with students from a variety of year groups. The festival was a celebration of all the hard work that had taken place. Well done to all involved.

On Monday 8th July our year 10 BTEC dance students visited Aquinas College to take part in The Stockport Schools Dance Showcase. The students performed a piece of repertoire they had created in workshops. It was an exciting opportunity for them to take their piece out to an external venue and get to work in a theatre with a professional technical crew. Their evening performance was to family and friends of all Stockport Schools. The students did a great job in representing Werneth and people were very complementary of the work they had produced. Well done to all involved.

Human Kindess Project. Aa Walker in year 8 came up with the idea for the project earlier this year and then launched it this term. Along with the rest of the Human Kindness team, Chelsey-Leigh McKie, Sarah Etheridge and Miss Hibbert we collected products that would be useful for homeless shelters and children's homes. The girls have been around this week to collect all of the donations from forms and will be delivering them next week. Thank you to everyone who got involved and well done to Miss Oakes and 7N who are the winning form for the most donations.

Also on Thursday during Periods 4 and 5, Mr Sims had organised for a group of 13 Year 7 boys to be out of lessons playing games and PS4 with Mr Sims, Mr McGrath and Miss Taylor.  The boys were selected from a group of Year 7s who have spent the last two terms on an intervention/mentoring programme, involving fortnightly meetings with Mr McGrath and going on report. As a result of this programme they have improved their attitude to learning grades across all of their subjects and so have been rewarded for this!  Well done boys!


That’s it for this week.  There will be plenty more to write about in next week’s final blog for the academic year.

Andrew Conroy







Posted on Friday 5th July 2019

It has been an incredibly busy fortnight here at Werneth, as we rapidly approach our final 2 weeks of the summer term.  A reminder that school breaks up at 12pm on Friday 19th July, and school buses have been booked for this day.
Let’s starts with ins and outs.  Our Year 11s completed their GCSEs last week, and were rewarded with a fun final assembly and then their Prom Evening at the Village Hotel in Ashton.  More students and staff than ever before attended, and the students really enjoyed their special evening.

Meanwhile, over 260 new Year 6s who start with us as Year 7 in September joined us this week, and enjoyed their Transition Day in school as they sampled a number of secondary-style lessons.  The students enjoyed familiarising themselves with the school, and we met their parents on Thursday evening.

Last Friday, 211 of our Year 7s graduated from the Adidas Academy with either Gold, Silver or Bronze accreditation.  The students enjoyed a trip to Adidas headquarters in Hazel Grove to receive their badges, certificates and a sneak preview of some new Adidas products in their innovation suite.  Working in partnership with Adidas, we hope that the students have enjoyed developing their skills over the course of Year 7.

Mrs Craven reports that “This week, students from Werneth School Council took part in a Community Project to clean up the overgrown areas at Highfield Cemetery.  This was following a request on social media for volunteers from the local area to help improve the columbarium within the cemetery.

The students are always keen to help out in the community and in doing so developing their own knowledge of the local issues.  To take this forward we gained permission from the local Council who were really pleased for the offer of help.
The students worked tirelessly as a team and cleared the whole area in just over an hour. Throughout the morning the students were very aware of their surroundings and the need to be respectful to the environment they were in.  Their behaviour and work ethic was outstanding and they were a credit to Werneth School and themselves.”

Mrs Smith O’Connell was also delighted with Year 9 students who participated in a recent drop down day with university providers.  She reports that “all the presenters today couldn’t speak highly enough of our students. Their behaviour, engagement and enthusiasm was some of the best they’ve seen in the schools that they have worked with.  Well done Year 9!” 

The next few weeks will not slow down … we have Sports Day, a number of competitive events, our Rewards assemblies, our CanDo activities, the results of our Head Boy and Head Girl interviews and a whole host of residential and non-residential visits, including extended trips to Disneyland Paris, our Year 7 camp, our PGL activities event and more.  Hold on tight for the end of term ride of events!

Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 21st June 2019


Mr McKenna, our Duke of Edinburgh Lead Teacher, reports that last weekend 19 students set out to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expedition.  Starting in Baslow, participants navigated their way to Bakewell and then onto the Greenhills Campsite where they set up tents and put their cooking skills to the test.  Later in the evening the group had the chance to celebrate Harry's birthday with some cake and hot chocolate. The students started day two with a cooked breakfast before packing up camp setting for the village of Manyash.   Along the route they visited Sheldon and negotiated the challenging terrain when walking through Deepdale.  Congratulations to all of the students who completed their expedition and a big thank you to all the staff who helped to make the weekend a great success.  

Head of Technology Mrs Oakes was very pleased with her Year 9 Catering group this week.  As part of their course Y9 catering students had 2 hours to produce their own choice 2 course multicultural meal containing seasonal ingredients. We have had some stunning results producing some very high class dishes that met the brief. The students have to plan, prepare, cook and serve their dishes to restaurant standard. We had food from all continents including Italian, Indian and even Greek.  All of the students should be commended for their hard work and commitment.
As ever, lots of exciting events are taking place next week! 

Year 11 have their final assembly in school on Tuesday, followed by their prom on Wednesday.  More students than ever and more staff than ever are attending the prom to recognise the end of students’ time with us, and so it should be a great night. 

Congratulations this week to 40 of our Year 10 students, who have been appointed as Prefects.  On Wednesday, we are interviewing some of them for Senior Student positions, including Head Boy and Head Girl.  So hopefully I will have some exciting announcements next week.

We will also next Friday be celebrating with 211 of our Year 7 students who have successfully completed their Adidas Academy programme at either Bronze, Silver or Gold accreditation.  All will be visiting the presentation suite at Adidas headquarters in Hazel Grove to be presented with their badges and certificates in a graduation ceremony.  More celebrations and rewards for our hardworking students.


Andrew Conroy







Posted on Friday 14th June 2019

Congratulations this week to our Under 15 cricket team for reaching the final of the Stockport Schools Cricket Tournament at Cheadle Cricket Club.  The boys played really well throughout the tournament and were narrowly beaten by Hazel Grove in the final.   

It was very pleasing to receive some very positive feedback with regard to our students out of school this week.  Our feeder primary colleagues were very complimentary of some of the work that our sports leaders have conducted with primary schools over recent weeks, and our junior dance leaders are also out of school today.

I also received a lovely email from Cheadle and Marple College, after our Year 10s sampled a day there last week.  Our students were described as “well behaved, mature and showing a real interest in the subjects.”  Year 10 now start a programme of sampling colleges as they begin to prepare for the vital final year at secondary.  They also have a first set of trial examinations in school over the next few weeks as the Yea 11 GCSE period comes to an end.

A reminder from Mrs Hunt, our Year 8 Inclusion Manager, about attendance: 
“Year 8s attendance has taken a significant dip since our return for half-term 6.  As this year is all about making key decisions, which will impact on the rest of our working lives, anything that detracts from the importance of learning can do lasting damage for the potential success of our children.  By the end of this term, if a child has 95% attendance it means that they have missed at least 49 hours of learning. Attendance at 90% means at least 98 hours lost learning.  As a secondary school we cannot have two weeks off at Whit due to the Y11 GCSE timetable and appreciate that having children that straddle both the primary and secondary sector is difficult to juggle, but please, please, please don't take children out of school during term time.”

Congratulations to last year’s Duke of Edinburgh group on the completion of their Bronze awards and for receiving certificates.  Well done to Harry Foster; Matthew Hill; Alex Charlwood; Ben Heath; Buddhima Subasinghe; Callum Norris; Freya Preston; Kiana Morris; Lauren Smith; Lewis White; Sam Barlow; Sam Nagler; Taylor Gregory.    This year’s group are on their qualifying expedition this weekend.  If you are interested in taking part in Duke of Edinburgh, Mr McKenna is our school lead for this.

It has, as ever, been a joy to visit our Year 6 primary feeder schools this week as I continue to meet our new Year 7s for September.  I have been to Woodley and Romiley Primary schools this week.  Our Year 6 Transition fun morning for our new intake takes place next Saturday, 22nd June.

Finally, I have started the process of developing new learning resources for next year, and we are – as ever – making some key changes within school to improve our school.  We have appointed a Family Outreach Worker this week to work with families to address social issues, as well as some new appointments into our Special Needs department.  I have also been working with Subject Leaders to inject some finances and learning resources into our subject leaders …. Everything from blast chillers in Food Technology to keyboards in Music; plays in English to digital resources in modern languages.  We have also been awarded a lottery grant to provide an additional outside seating area for our students. 


Andrew Conroy






Posted on Friday 7th June 2019

My blogs have been very short recently, as we are in the thick of the GCSE examinations and my focus has been on Year 11.  It has been an extremely busy week this week, and next week is equally packed.  After next week, the examinations start to ease off and Year 11s can prepare for their forthcoming prom and their extended holiday period.  The examinations have been going extremely well and we have been getting some very positive feedback from our students – they appear to have been fair and the students have been confident when they have exited the exam hall.  Let’s hope for their success when we receive those results in Autumn.






Film Studies
Food & Nutrition

Media Studies


Maths Paper 3



Combined Science

German listening and reading





Combined Science

Further Maths
Film Studies

The rest of the school continues to benefit from our increased expectations in terms of behaviour and uniform.  Our uniform infringements remain consistently below 1% of the school population.  We are also benefiting from a drastic reduction in the number of students who need to be patrolled into our exclusion room.  School is altogether calm and positive, and truancy from lessons is extremely rare: it receives an automatic fixed term exclusion.  So much to be pleased about.  A small number of students are not learning, and therefore receiving escalating exclusions.  But with parental support, we will manage those students in school or move them to another school.

We always think that this final half term will ease the pressure, as Year 11s depart from school.  However, it is as busy as ever!  We are preparing to welcome our new Year 7s into school, and I have enjoyed visiting them in their feeder primaries over recent weeks.  There are several more visits to come next week as well.  We are still anticipating that the new Year 7 will be our largest year group for a long time … we think over 260 students. You can find more helpful information for our new Year 7s here.

Some key dates for this half term:


Week commencing 17th June GCSE examinations conclude, and Year 10 exams commence
Friday 28th June Year 7 Adidas Academy Presentation
Tuesday 2nd July  Key Stage 3 Awards Evening
Thursday 4th July  Year 6 Induction Day, and Year 6 Parents’ Welcome
Monday 15th July  Praise Assemblies Years 7 to 10
16th – 18th July CanDo events in school
Friday 19th July   School closes for summer.


Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 24th May 2019


On Tuesday our Year 10 German class was very lucky to have the opportunity to quiz Carla - an Adidas representative on the Dual study Programme - about her life in Germany and how Modern Foreign Languages have enabled her to travel and work throughout Europe for one of the world's most iconic sports brands. Pupils had the opportunity to ask questions in German and we were all extremely grateful to Carla for her time. 

We would like to wish all of our families a happy half term break.
School returns on Monday 3rd June at 8.40am.

A reminder that a full GCSE examination programme continues immediately after half term:

Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 17th May 2019


This week has seen the start of the formal GCSE programme with an examination in our hall every morning and afternoon, including some full year examinations for Science and English.  Next week is just as busy.  It’s a stressful time for Year 11 but they have coped admirably so far and have been on the whole positive about their performance.

I am pleased to say that uniform issues are at an all-time low with only 0.5% ( about 15 students, from a total of over 1000 students ) of the school arriving incorrectly dressed and needing to wear our uniform stocks: thank you to parents for supporting this drive.  We are also pleased with the improved attitude towards learning and our school environment from our “tougher expectations” this term.  A very pleasing development!

Finally, we are delighted that one of our key sponsors Adidas have provided us recently with brand new football kits for the autumn, and I wanted to show them off on the blog with some of our boys modelling the new look.  

Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 10th May 2019


It’s been our Year 11s last ever “normal” week in school, as the GCSE formal written examinations start next week. I never like to wish them luck as I firmly believe that examination success is about hard work rather than luck. The results received are a result of the commitment that our young people put into them, and there are rarely surprises. You get out what you put in! We continue in school – along with parents - to urge them and support them and push them. The rewards will come when students open those envelopes in August.

Students have been working on their GCSE practical assessments in subjects this week. Mr Smith was pleased with the performance of students in their languages orals, and I dropped in to the GCSE Visual Arts assessments on Friday where there was some stunning artwork on display.

You may be aware of a rise in knife crime nationally, and in Greater Manchester over recent months. As a result of this, all schools have been working very closely with GM Police and other services to ensure that young people are educated against the dangers of carrying knives. All headteachers have received guidance on this, and – although there is no increase in the Stockport area – we believe that prevention is better than cure. The secondary school headteachers have therefore agreed to send a consistent message in preventing knife crime by educating our young people in the dangers. Our Year 7 students will be receiving a presentation in school from specialists in the Youth Offending Service over the next two Mondays with a clear message on the dangers of carrying knives. Year 7 parents should have received a letter today about this venture.

Finally, the Werneth area – including the 9 primary schools and 2 secondary schools – has been provided with some enhanced funding from the Department for Education to run an exciting new project. The project involves a team of specialists from health, social care and the education psychology service who will work directly with schools on a daily basis. This new team will be based in Werneth School, and this letter details the project. We look forward to using this enhanced model to access quicker and more reactive support for our students and their families.

Andrew Conroy






Posted on Friday 3rd May 2019


Only one week remaining now before the official GCSE examination period commences, and Year 11s are engaged with a range of practical examinations at the moment, ranging from Graphics to Modern Languages Orals. The delivery of hoodies always signals the passage towards leaving for Year 11, and those examinations loom large on the horizon. We know that Year 11 continue to work hard and are accessing a wide range of support in school from revision sessions to examination practice.

It’s been another promising week with our new tougher expectations. I would like to thank parents for their support in enforcing the correct uniform with our young people. The vast majority now arrive correctly dressed, and we are now down to fewer than 1% of our students needing to borrow uniform this week. In terms of behaviour, our daily meeting has seen a small number of students being excluded every day, and this will continue until those students get the message … but once again, the vast majority of students are conforming very well and school staff are pleased with our students’ improved focus in lessons. We already know that so many of our young people are a credit to themselves and their parents. They make me proud every day.

Congratulations to two of our Year 7 students, who have had success in football trials:

Eve Longmate has been offered a place to continue next season with Blackburn Girls U14s which is incredible as she will only be an U13 next season. Clifford Sidibeh has been offered at least an extra 2 seasons with Oldham Athletic FC, where he will play for the U13s next season. We are delighted with your success.

We are looking to help our local communtiy businesses by premoting them. In return we are asking for a small donation to help us raise money for the School Council projects. Currently we are trying to raise the funds for digital displays and faster hard drives for our computers.

Finally, please see here a summary report for Spring 2019 for the Manchester United Foundation’s work with Werneth School.

Andrew Conroy






Posted on Friday 26th April 2019


Welcome back to the summer term!  The shortest and – in many ways – most important term of the year, as we look towards the crucial GCSE examination period for our Year 11s.  Please find here a copy of the revision sessions for Year 11 students over the next fortnight.

As I mentioned before Easter, our new uniform and behaviour expectations have commenced this week, and it has been really pleasing to see the significant immediate improvement in uniform.  At the start of the week 7.6% of our students had an item of uniform missing, and this has reduced significantly to fewer than 2% by Friday.  Of course, anyone with missing uniform is now provided with this at the start of the day.  Our new behaviour expectations have also worked well, and I have enjoyed my new vantage point in my new office, right at the heart of school on the middle floor.  It allows me to keep a constant view of our students moving around school between and during lessons.  As ever, the vast majority have been superb ambassadors for our school.

It has been Year 7 examination week this week, and our Year 7 Parent Consultation Evening on Thursday.  It was pleasing to see so many parents in school for our largest year group, and many parents commented on our Adidas Showcase of Work: students showcasing an excellent piece of work for their Adidas Academy accreditation.  Looking towards September, we are confident that next year’s Year 7 – joining us in September – will be the largest on record for Werneth School.  We currently have 278 students projected to join us, and I look forward to visiting them all this term in their primary schools.

It’s Year 8 examination week next week.  Year 8 will be experiencing their first formal examination next Thursday and Friday when they sit a maths and English exam whilst sitting in the main hall.  Please could you ensure that your child comes to school fully equipped - pen, pencil, ruler, calculator and arrives on time.  This is an opportunity to let our students see what it is like to sit an exam, under formal exam conditions, so that they begin to prepare for their GCSE exams. It is also an opportunity for them to begin to establish good revision and exam habits, which will help them in the future.  Exams are, by their very nature, stressful, but with good groundwork and preparation, we can help to reduce this.

Year 9 examination week is the following week, 7th to 10th May. 

It isn’t only students who get nervous at starting a new school … it was nice to welcome our four new full-time, permanent teachers this week.  Welcome to Mrs Clayton who is our new Head of Business Studies, Dr Burrows and Mrs Young who join our Science department and Mrs Edge who joins our Mathematics department.  We wish them all well for their first term with us, and they have all had a successful first week back!

Finally, some key dates for the term ahead:

29th April         Year 8 examination week
7th May            Year 9 examination week
13th May          GCSE formal examinations commence [ until 19th June ]
24th May          Break up for half term
3rd June           Return after half term
20th June         Year 10 examinations commence
26th June         Year 11 School Prom
2nd July            Key Stage 3 Awards Evening
4th July             Year 6 Induction Evening
15th July           Praise assemblies
16th – 18th July Can Do
19th July           Break up for summer holidays


Andrew Conroy






Posted on Friday 5th April 2019


One of the joys of working in school is that we never enter a holiday period quietly: it’s always an action packed end of term.  So there has been plenty to talk about this week in school.

There have been a contrasting set of assemblies this week: on Tuesday I delivered an assembly to Years 7 to 10 on the tougher expectations and procedures that will take effect from our return in Easter.  Parents should have received a letter outlining these changes: if you haven’t, you can receive one from your Year Inclusion Manager.  The letter contained a summary of uniform expectations as well: if you haven’t seen that, a copy is here.  Today, we have held celebration assemblies to showcase the excellence of students in school.

Well done to all of the performers who took part in the Spring Showcase concert on Wednesday.  Mr Barnett, Head of Music, reports that the event featured the Senior Band, Senior Singing group, an incredibly confident and talented year 7 singing group alongside solos from Rose Warburton and Charlie Vjestica.  We were also treated to a set from The Red Shells featuring Adam and Liam Reeves accompanied by Jake Dillon. Well done to all the students who took part.

On Thursday 4th April, representatives from The Guide Dog Association came in to collect a cheque for a fantastic £1035. A group of year 9 pupils worked tirelessly on different schemes to raise the money and the Guide Dog Association were very appreciative of their efforts. Mrs Smith from our English department had co-ordinated the event, and was delighted with the students’ involvement.  She wants to thank everyone for their support in raising money for such a worthwhile cause.

Miss Smith, Head of Life Learning, also held a Careers Event on Thursday for our Year 7 and Year 8 students, allowing them to meet with providers of careers, colleges and universities.  It was designed to get them thinking about the choices that they have after they have left school.  One of the event participants from a college sent me a lovely email telling me that “we had great morning with your lovely Year 7s and 8s. They were all lovely students, polite and well behaved.”
Some updates from Phil McGrath, our Manchester United Foundation Hub Office:

On Wednesday 13th March, 4 Year 10 students visited the EY workplace in the centre of Manchester. This was offered to the students who took part in the Premier League Business Enterprise programme earlier in the year, as a reward for their hard work and presentation during that process. Throughout the day the students listened to current workers in EY, what EY is all about, and potential careers within EY. It was great to see the working environment, and the modern and upbeat atmosphere. 

We held the annual Stockport Schools Boccia tournament in our Sports Hall yesterday, hosted by our SEN department.  As ever, it was a real success with a packed hall full of young people and supporting adults.  The added bonus yesterday was that Werneth were the winners!  Congratulations to everyone involved.

On Friday 8th March, 8 Year 9 students visited Old Trafford to participate in a Careers carousel, linked to Hospitality. The carousel consisted of staff from Edwardian Hotels, Dishoom, Google, Speak in code, Yo Sushi! And Victoria Warehouse delivering practical workshops and an insight in to Hospitality at the various businesses. 

Next Move Careers Fair – The aim of the event was to give students an idea of the different jobs in the working world, and how they can achieve their goals. The event was made up of different workshops from different businesses, colleges, and apprenticeships. They included NHS, The Manchester College, Access Creative College. There were 9 Year 10s selected for the event, and they were selected on the basis to give them more ideas and to think about the future they would like to get in to.

Army Day – Through our partnership with the Army, we organised a day in Werneth to deliver core PE lessons. The aim was to help the students develop their leadership skills, communication skills, social skills and get to know what the Army has to offer for life after Werneth as a career. There were a total of 281 students across Year 7, 8 and 10 who engaged with the event on the 25th March.

Year 11: a reminder that there will be some Year 11 revision sessions over Easter and the timetable is here.  There will be further sessions planned for the May half term break.  Year 11 only have three school weeks remaining before their vital GCSE examinations commence.  A reminder also that the deadline for payments for this year’s Year 11 prom is Friday 10th May and the total cost is £38.

I was very, very proud last week of three of our girls in Year 10.  These young ladies led a training session with our teachers in the morning, outlining some revision strategies that had helped them to learn.  That’s a very challenging accomplishment to teach your teachers, but they were all fantastic and demonstrated excellent leadership skills.  Definitely teachers of the future! 

I have recieved a letter from Stockport about Measles and Mumps you can read it here.

Finally, as always, we say goodbye to some staff who are moving on to new positions elsewhere at the end of term.  Mrs Slinger (Science), Mr Harrison (Maths) and Miss Rowlands (Science) leave us to take up positions elsewhere, and our Attendance Lead Mrs Toke leaves us for a promotion in Manchester.  All have been replaced by permanent teachers who start after Easter, and our new Attendance Lead is Mrs Hall.  There is a change in Year 9 after Easter as well with Mrs Barnard taking over as Year 9 Inclusion Manager working alongside Mrs Tonge, and Mr Jones moving to take charge of our exclusion facility in school. 

May I take this opportunity to thank you as ever for your support this term and wish you an enjoyable Easter break.  We return on Tuesday 23rd April.


Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 29th March 2019


We have received the results back from our Year 11 final mock examinations in Maths and Science this week, with English still to come.  Usually, results dip at this stage of the year prior to examinations.  However, the results have continued on an upward trend this year and so we are hopeful for pleasing results in the summer.  They only come from hard work and preparation though, and so I hope our Year 11s will continue to access the wealth of support in school as we prepare for the vital examinations, which start three weeks after we return following the Easter holidays.


Meanwhile, Year 11 Senior Student Sponsored Walk on the way to raising funds for the Year 11 Prom. 18 students took part last Wednesday, with a further 12 students participating next week in the second walk. 

I will be speaking to all students in Year 7 to Year 10 next week, and sending a letter home about some tougher expectations and key changes that we are making with the management of behaviour and uniform in school.  I am sure that for most members of our school community that will be welcomed as a positive next step in the development of our school.  In the meantime, could parents please check that your child has the correct shoes, PE kit, high five, etc., so that we can all start the summer term ready for learning. Uniform saves parents money in the long run and helps to reduce bullying in schools. Also, studies have shown that students who have a bag and equipment go on to achieve improved results at GCSE. Uniform is the outward sign that our children are invested in their learning: just like any institution, dressing smartly for work puts us in 'work mode' and improves the sense of belonging.  Thank you for your continued support.

Congratulations to our “Book of Excellence” winners this week, each of whom wins an Easter Egg:
Year 7 R Jones - Geography
Year 8 J Stone - Art
Year 9 R Davies - History
Year10 I Johnson - Dance
Year 11 C Phillips - Chemistry

A big final week before Easter next week, with reward assemblies and careers events in school.  A reminder that we break up next Friday for Easter at 3.10pm, and return on Tuesday 23rd April.


Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 22nd March 2019


It was the final Year 11 Parents’ Evening of the year this Thursday, now only 5 school weeks from the start of the GCSE examinations.  Thank you to all of the parents who attended and a reminder that you can contact Mr Bennett or Miss Taylor from the Year 11 team if you need any advice or support in this vital final period.

On Wednesday evening we hosted our Performing Arts Showcase. Over 60 students performed to a jam packed audience in the school hall. Both dance and drama students shared work that has been created as an exploration of style and practitioners for their BTEC Tech Award. There was also a contemporary dance performance by our lower school group WG4. Miss Hibbert wanted to say again a huge congratulations to all those who performed, as you truly shined throughout the evening. We also want to thank our wonderful audience for coming and supporting the event.

Congratulations to our teachers, who played a home “friendly” football match last week against Marple Hall teachers.  We won 6-3 in a very competitive game.  Man of the match was Reece Walker from Year 11, who was fantastic in goal and showed his older team mates how to play!

It was a full house for the boys this week, with an all-male cast of Book of Excellence winners.  Congratulations to Thomas McMaster in Year 7; Riley Andrews in Year 8; Jamie Johnson in Year 9; Brooklyn Taylor from Year 10 and Reece Walker in Year 11.  All of the winners received an Easter egg.

Finally, well done to a group of our students who have shown great leadership and community spirit, in working with local councillors with litter picking in the local community today.  Young people are sometimes accused of being selfish and anti-social around the streets, but that certainly isn’t the case with many young people who work to make our community a better place.


Andrew Conroy






Posted on Friday 15th March 2019


We are now within 30 school days of the start of the GCSE examinations for our Year 11, and this week they have been sitting their final mock examinations in English, Mathematics and Science.   Teachers will be marking them and providing feedback as soon as possible to aid revision.  A reminder to parents that the Year 11 Consultation Evening is this coming Thursday, 21st March 2019.  If you need any information about this, or to book appointments, please contact tracy.taylor@wernethschool.com

Please find here a copy of the revision timetable for year 11.  Obviously every opportunity is crucial now for our Year 11s to attend so we encourage parents to ensure that your child is attending every possible session.

We are fortunate at Werneth to have good wraparound facilities to support every child who needs additional support and guidance, including our HART facility to support our students’ emotional and health well being.  As part of our review of how we support the Werneth Young Carers group, they asked us for some time and space where they could meet together, “chill out” and compare experiences.  Young Carers are our young people who care for a family member at home, and require some extra support from school with their own well being.  Our HART team have therefore now introduced the Chippy Tuesday and Fruity Friday events each half-term for the Young Carers, where we provide the food/drinks along with a place for them to meet, socialise and just enjoy themselves. As you can see from the pictures the events are going down really well with the students….. as is the food. 


On Tuesday the 19th March, we have invited the parents of our Young Carers into school to give us their views about the current support we offer and to share any other ideas they may have.   So if you are a parent of a Young Carer please feel free to join us at 12.30 for this short but important meeting for your child.

A massive congratulations to Olivia Rose Minnis in Year 7.  She plays a starring role in an upcoming film called The Keeper, which tells the story of ex-Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann.  Olivia’s parents are rightly very proud of her achievements, and everyone at Werneth is equally proud.  Well done Olivia!


Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 8th March 2019




We received some really positive feedback from Year 8 parents who attended our Options Evening on Thursday, in terms of the breadth of subjects on offer and the enthusiasm of teachers when “selling” their subject for next year.  A reminder that options forms must be returned to the school office by the end of Monday, 11th March.  Any queries about the options process can be directed to Mrs Kennedy, Assistant Headteacher via Gillian.kennedy@wernethschool.com.

A reminder that Werneth Year 8 staff will be at First House in Brinnington on Tuesday 13th March to meet with any Year 8 parents who were unable to attend the parents and/or options evening.   If you would like to drop in and haven’t yet made an appointment, contant Mrs Hunt in school.

On Monday 25th March we were delighted to invite Fiona Smith, a practising artist into the Visual Arts Department. She delivered an exciting Diwali Lantern workshop to a group of gifted and talented Year 7 students. Those taking part had the opportunity to develop there 3D sculpture skills using a wide range of techniques.

Special thanks to Macie Spencer-Perrin, Beth Pridgeon and Logan Downey for helping out in their role as Arts Ambassadors. The lanterns are now proudly displayed in our Heart space

On Wednesday evening, 22 students were put through their paces in a three hour intensive dance workshop with a professional dancer from The Lowry’s Centre of Advanced training. Students from across all year groups participated in a technique class and learnt a piece of repertoire before demonstrating their creative skills through choreography. Mrs Hibbert reports that it was a fantastic opportunity for all those involved and the students worked extremely hard throughout. Well done to all those involved!

On Thursday, it was great to see students and staff celebrating World Book Day at Werneth. Around the school, doors were decorated to represent famous books and authors with prizes for the best doors. Students could take part in a book hunt to try and find as many different decorated doors as possible to be in with a chance to win a prize. We also held the first 'Werneth Big Book Swap'. Students could bring a book they had enjoyed into school and visit the pop-up book shop to swap their book for a 'new' one. Finally, all Year 7 and 8 students were given their £1 World Book Day book token with which they could buy a brand new book.  Thank you to our librarian Mrs Taylor and Head of English Mrs Warren for organising such a successful event.

On Friday morning Year 11 watched a performance from the Theatre Company “Yes....No....Not Sure” in association with Greater Manchester Higher all based around Student Finance/Loans for university.   The performance challenged perceptions about the “type” of students that study at university and explored the different routes, options, courses and qualifications that students can take to achieve their desired career. 

Before the performance 80% of students said that they knew nothing about student finance and by the end of the performance they had more knowledge and knew where to access further information about applying for university and student finance when they finish college. This was a really worthwhile experience for our Y11 students.  Jess in Year 11 commented that “It was a really helpful performance as I didn’t know anything about my student finance options before. I now feel more confident about applying for university when I’m older as I'm more aware of how much I would have to pay back and I know where I can access information and help about my loan options.”


Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 1st March 2019

An action-packed first edition of the blog this half term …
It’s been a positive first week back, and we have even basked in the February sunshine at times!  Our most important two areas of focus this half term will be ensuring that Year 11 are as prepared as they possibly can be for their key GCSE examinations after Easter, and ensuring that Year 8 make their option choices for GCSE success.  Year 8 Parents’ Evening was well attended on Thursday as Year 8 begin the process of thinking about their option choices.

Mrs Kennedy is our senior leader who manages the options process for Year 8.  She reports that “Year 8s are currently preparing to choose their options, a very important decision where they will choose the GCSE subjects they want to study in years 9, 10 and 11. On Thursday, the whole of Year 8 took part in an options fair in the hall where they could ask Year 10s questions they had prepared about different subjects. This was another opportunity for them to find out about new and different subjects to help them come to the best decisions about what subjects to pick. Year 10 students did an excellent job in answering questions and giving valuable course information to the younger students. They were passionate about the courses they were taking and showed excellent leadership skills.  Next week, Thursday 7th March, is Options Evening. We welcome all students and parents/carers of Year 8 pupils to come along to the evening and speak to teachers about the different subjects we have to offer here at Werneth. The subjects available for students to choose for their GCSE options offer something for everyone; here at Werneth we offer such a variety subjects.  I hope that parents will come along next week and meet the options teachers and find out all of the information to allow the best choice for your child.

In the week before half term, Year 11 GCSE food preparation and nutrition completed their practical exam to produce three dishes in three hours. There were some stunning results producing exceptionally high class dishes.  The brief was to show the best street food at an event in Britain. Mrs Oakes, Subject Leader for Technology commented that “students have to plan, prepare, cook and serve their dishes to restaurant standard. We had food from all continents including Chinese meals with their own made spring rolls, Indian meals with homemade samosa and onion bhajis, Mexican Quesada and churros as well as handmade Italian pasta, ravioli and British pies, pasty, quiche and burgers.  All the students should be commended for their hard work and commitment.”

The school council have been working with the catering and site team to implement a recycling machine for plastic bottles. The paper recycling that was implemented last year has been a real success and hopefully we are contributing to an eco-friendly environment.

Next week, Mr Nicholls is taking the Year 10 and Year 11 GCSE Geography students on a fieldwork visit to Salford Quays to look at urban regeneration.

At the start of a new term, I always try to recap on the events that have been organised in co-operation with our strategic partner Manchester United Foundation.  Here is a summary of Manchester United link events last half term from our Foundation Officer Phil McGrath ….

Year 9 and 10 Careers fair - On 31st January, we held an internal careers fair, for Year 9 and 10 students. On the day, the students got to meet people from further education colleges such as Aquinas, Marple, Tameside, Manchester, Stockport and Clarendon. Also present were engineering company SETA, Dragon Football Academy and the Army. It was a chance for the students to get information around future jobs and studies, and to ask any questions. The students engaged positively with each stall, with members of staff praising their manners and attitudes throughout.

“The Skills Company” event - On Friday 8th February, 10 Year 10 students visited the Skills Company in Trafford. Students took part in practical workshops, the first being painting and decorating, where the students were asked to sand down walls and objects before learning to paint them effectively. The second workshop involved carpentry, where the students had the chance to make their own piece of woodwork by cutting and fitting pieces of wood. The students represented themselves and Werneth positively throughout the day.

Year 9 Boys Football Hub Tournament - On Friday 8th February, 10 Year 9 boys were taken to East Manchester Academy, to take part in our Football hub tournaments. This is a chance for our partner schools to get together and participate in a football tournament. They managed to reach the semi finals where they were unfortunately beaten. Well done to all of the boys involved.

“Show the Love” event  -  On Thursday 14th February, 3 Year 7 students had the chance to go to Old Trafford to participate in an environmental trip. On the day, the students had the chance to discuss the issues around global warming and change in climate and how we could make a difference. The day was positive for the students and supports the great work they lead on in school through the School council.

I have been asked by Stockport Homes to promote the “Hot Spot” programme, which started on Tuesday.  The programme started on Tuesday and there are still places available.  Sessions are at the Arthur Greenwood Centre, Hipley Close, Woodley, SK6 1ES from 4.30-6pm and parents will need to book their child(ren) a place.  Refreshments will be provided!

We are currently arranging a draw for those students who have 98% or above attendance this academic year.  In partnership with Adidas, 3 lucky winners from the draw will win the opportunity to be a mascot at the forthcoming Manchester Derby – United v City – on 24th April at Old Trafford.  More information on the winners to come …

Parents should have received paperwork from school this week inviting you to apply for the position of parent governor.  We have one vacancy on our school’s governing board.  If you are interested, please return the application form to school.  If the form didn’t find its way home and you are interested, please contact Mrs Humphreys at school and we will ensure we send you another.

Finally, a reminder that the school term dates for the next academic year have now been finalised on our website if you wish to plan ahead.


Andrew Conroy

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We will publish the blog from the last few weeks here on the Friday 1st March 2019



Thursday 28th February 2019 - Year 8 Parents Evening, 4-7pm

Thursday 7th March 2019 - Year 8 Options Evening, 6-8pm. World Book Day.

Thursday 21st March 2019 - Year 11 Parents Evening, 4-7pm. World Poetry Day.



Autumn Term 2019

  • Term starts: Monday 2 September
  • Half term holiday: Monday 21 to Friday 25 October
  • Term ends: Friday 20 December

Spring Term 2020

  • Term starts: Monday 6 January
  • Half term holiday: Monday 17 to Friday 21 February
  • Term ends: Friday 3 April
  • Easter break: Monday 6 to Friday 17 April

Summer Term 2020

  • Term starts: Monday 20 April
  • May Day: Monday 4 May
  • Spring Bank Holiday: Monday 25 May
  • Half term holiday for primary: Monday 25 May to Friday 5 June
  • Half term holiday for secondary: Monday 25 May to Friday 29 May
  • Term ends for secondary: Monday 20 July



Friday 18th October 2019

Friday 6th December 2019

Friday 14th Februrary 2020

Monday 22nd June 2020

Monday 20th July 2020


Have a good half term.

Andrew Conroy



Posted on Friday 1st February 2019


As February arrives, we reflect on a January that has passed by very quickly, and remind Year 11 that they have fewer than 50 school days until their examinations commence in the spring.  We know how hard they are working, and we continue to support their progress towards summer success.

I’d like to apologise for Wednesday’s enforced snow day: I know that this creates childcare problems for many parents.  When the weather takes a turn for the worst, it is always a very challenging decision and the reality is that I am always unpopular with some people whichever decision is made.  Ultimately, it comes down to the safety of the school site and guaranteeing that the school can operate safely for everyone, and that wasn’t the case on Wednesday.   I’m not sure if I was pleased or not by the number of children who thanked me for the day off on Wednesday!

The Catering and Food Technology Department took a trip to Tameside College this week to visit their thriving Catering Department. Year 9, 10 and 11 students enjoyed a five course tasting menu, cooked and served by the College’s current Level 2 and 3 Catering students. They admired the level of creativity and technical skill on show at Tameside, which will inspire them in their own designing and making of dishes back at school.

Thursday saw one of our Careers Fairs in the Main Hall, with students in Years 9 and Year 10 looking forward to post-16 options from local college and apprenticeship providers.  Miss Smith, our Head of Life Learning, was very pleased that our students participated keenly, and were provided with lots of valuable information.

Miss Taylor, our librarian, would like to remind everyone that next week the book fair arrives in school.  Please could you encourage your child to pay us a visit in the library and have a look through the large selection of books on offer. Unfortunately they will need to bring cash, however you can purchase a voucher online which is only redeemable at the bookfair. 

Use this link: https://www.scholastic.co.uk/search/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search%5Bsite%5D=corporate&search%5Bquery%5D=book+fair+vouchers&search%5Bregion%5D=uk&log=t

We are taking part in the Youth Parliment Elections next week. If you would like to vote please do so at our reception or on this link... https://goo.gl/forms/DOy5baQjt9fX88Zk1

Congratulations to our Book of Excellence winners this week: Eve Longmate (French); Jamie Raeburn (community); Chloe Hamblet (Fine Art); Mairre O’Reilly (Science); Aaron Stead (Graphics)

Finally, thank you to Year 10 parents for their attendance at Thursday’s Parents’ Consultation Evening.  Year 9 follow next Thursday 7th February from 4pm to 7pm, so please look out for the appointment lists.


Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 25th January


Rewarding Year 11, Year 10 Parents Evening, Street Reds football and Young Carers …

We continue to focus on our Year 11s and their preparation towards GCSE success.  It was pleasing today to reward over 80 of them who are making excellent progress across all of their subjects with a breakfast in the canteen, hosted by Mr Bennett and Miss Taylor.  In my meetings with subject leaders and as we drop in to lessons every day, we can see that Year 11 are working generally very hard and taking their exam preparation very seriously.  The key message is that your results in the summer will reflect the work you put in this term in terms of classroom revision and revision at home.  We know that many Year 11s are choosing to attend revision sessions after school to maximise their grades.

A reminder to parents of Year 10 students that Year 10 Parents’ Consultation Evening is next Thursday, 31st January from 4pm to 7pm.  Any issues in obtaining appointments, please contact Miss Lewis or Mr Mujagic in school: melanie.lewis@wernethschool.com ; muris.mujagic@wernethschool.com

I was reminded this week of how fortunate we are to have such excellent sporting facilities at Werneth School.  A check of our booking system shows that our astro turf and sports hall is beginning to book up for the year ahead.  A reminder that, if you are interested in using our facilities, you can do so via our school website booking system.

I am delighted to confirm that Stockport local authority have been very impressed with our community football sessions on a Friday evening with Manchester United, and have agreed to fund the venture for a further year.  I have been happy to provide our pitches for free for this opportunity, to assist young people in the local community.  Phil McGrath, our Manchester United Hub Officer, reminded me of the success this week.  Phil comments that “Every Friday night we have a community football session running at Werneth in partnership with the Manchester United Foundation. It is free football for anyone aged 8-18, boys and girls. Since we started it last April, the numbers have risen dramatically to most recently having over 70 attendees from across various schools in Stockport. On top of this we have young leaders from Werneth who come down and volunteer with the session every week. If you are interested to attend then email phil.mcgrath@mufoundation.org.”

Next week, we will be focusing on Young Carers, a group of around 50 young people who attend Werneth School who care for a member of their family at home.  Our inclusion team within our HART facility have been working hard to recognise the challenges this brings, and we will be highlighting this in school over the next fortnight.  If your child is a young carer and you think we may not know about it, you can contact us via vince.mcallister@wernethschool.com and we can ensure we meet their needs and support them in their role.


Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 18th January


A shorter blog this week …

Thank you to Year 11 parents for attending the Year 11 intervention evening this week.  A reminder that if parents of Year 11 students have any concerns about their child in the build up to examinations, they should contact Miss Taylor or Mr Bennett in the first instance.  The next few months are obviously crucial in preparing for these vital examinations.  Revision should have started at home, and we are doing everything we can in school to support our Year 11s.

Year 11 Students on a Photography trip had the opportunity to visit Manchester this week with Mr Mujagic and Miss Carr. As part of their exam project in Photography, students were given an opportunity to take photographs of various architectural styles in the city. We visited some of the famous areas such Spinningfields, Gay village and Printworks. Students took photographs of famous landmarks, both old and new.  These photographs will be used towards their final Exam project.  A great trip and a great day out in our city. Well done year 11!.

A massive well done to Year 7 pupils who showcased some of their castles this week during history lessons. There was a fantastic range of models including a second cake castle by Jessica Erye and Jessica Skinner. Miss Mosley, our Head of History, said “ I have never seen such a great variety of craftsmanship and I am very proud of each individual pupil.”


Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 11th January


A happy new year to everyone, and it’s been good to see all of our students back safely in school this week.  Welcome to the first blog of 2019!

We have been reminding students in assembly this week about the importance of a positive start to the new year, and key reminders about attendance, punctuality to lessons and wearing the correct uniform.

It’s a really important time of course for our Year 11 students as they have now started their final full term at Werneth School.  Exams kick in after Easter, and so the work completed between now and then is of the utmost importance.  Year 11 have all received their mock examination results this week.  We have been ensuring they understand the steps they now need to take in order to achieve the grades required for college courses, apprenticeships and other careers next year.  A well-structured, regular plan of revision is essential now and the next 3 months are the most important of their school lives to date.  A reminder to Year 11 parents that next Thursday, 17th January, is our Year 11 Intervention Evening where we invite Year 11 students and parents to meet with teachers where a concern is raised, and where more structured support to achieve is required.  If you require any further information on this evening, please contact the Year 11 team via tracy.taylor@wernethschool.com.

At the moment, many of our Year 11 students are showing good signs for their results in the summer with pleasing mock results: this will hopefully further continue the school’s improved examination trend.  Fingers crossed!

During the Christmas period year 7 pupils were set a homework in History to make a model of a castle from the Norman period. This is a standard homework set annually. Miss Mosley wanted to tell me about one student, Molly Hall, who went above and beyond with this project.  She has shown core values of determination, enthusiasm and pride. Molly made her model as an edible chocolate cake. It has key features of a traditional square keep castle and has been layered in a fantastic grey icing which also included features of a moat, drawbridge, round towers and turrets alongside battlements made from icing and arrow slit windows.  This is the first time a cake has been submitted and Miss Mosley did sample a small piece. The chocolate cake was delicious.  Well done Molly for this fantastic piece of work!

Some key dates for parents this half term:

Thursday 17th January            Year 11 Intervention Parents’ Evening           4pm – 6pm
Thursday 31st January             Year 10 Parents’ Evening                                4pm – 7pm
Thursday 7th February            Year 9 Parents’ Evening                                  4pm – 7pm
Thursday 14th February          Students break up for half term at 3.10pm

Finally, I am in the process of organising the confirmed holiday dates for the 2019/20 academic year, and should be able to publish these in February.       



Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 21st December 2018


Welcome to the last blog of 2018!  We break up on Friday 21st December at 12pm and return at 8.40am on Monday 7th January 2019.

Thanks to Mrs Holden and the Art department for their thoughtful new contribution to school life … in order to commemorate Max Westwell - a loved student who passed away this year - Werneth invited to school the amazing artist Juliette Hamilton. Juliette is a specialist in willow weaving and she works across the country creating incredible sculptures.  Juliette has created with our students a life size stag which will stand above the entrance of school on B Floor facing out of the large windows. A beautiful mural of forest will adorn the main wall and leaves will fall down the windows creating a fantastic backdrop for the sculpture. Hopefully this will remind the students and teachers of the friend they loved and lost. Nieave won the name the stag competition. The stag is now called 'Ronnie'.

On Tuesday Evening, the Performing Arts Christmas Production of Papa Panov took place.  Papa Panov - with its message of Peace and Forgiveness - symbolises the start of Christmas for Werneth.  It has become a much loved annual event taking place for the last sixteen years.  Every year it brings tears of joy to parents' and carers’ eyes and this production was no exception.  Pupils sang, danced and acted their hearts out and it was a truly special performance.  Ms McSheffrey was really proud of the talent and leadership displayed by some of our youngest pupils.  Papa Panov was Ewan Jackson and Gentle Woman, Lauren Earl Walker.  For the first time ever we had a 'Papa' whose older sibling had played the same part - Ewan's brother Henry was Papa Panov when he was in Year 7.  The event was strongly supported by the Performing Arts Council who not only helped organise and direct the production but also participated in it.  A big 'Well Done' goes out to all those involved.  Papa Panov Cast and Support: Ewan Jackson; Lauren Earl Walker; Amelia Wilkinson; Alex Palmer; Jessica Eyre; Emily Fahy; Elyce Pearson; Clara Wilson; Olivia Heath; Katie Hill; Emily Fahy; Holly Slater; Jessica Schofield; Natalie James; Jessica Neal; Olivia Heath; Liam Parry; Henry Jackson; Sam Nagler


Congratulations to the Year 7 boys’ football team, who played in a football tournament on Wednesday.  Mr Jones was proud and delighted with their attitude, despite the wet and wintery weather, and with a well deserved victory over Harrytown.


Meanwhile, Wednesday evening also involved our school Carol Concert at St Mark’s Church.  It was a special occasion as ever with a packed church, and contained a mix of musical items from the band and choirs, as well as a number of Christmas readings from students.  Thank you to Mr Barnett and Miss Darlington for their contributions, and to all of our talented students who participated.


Mr P Brighton caught up with me this week to tell me about some of the opportunities within Maths to ensure that students are making good progress, and maintaining an interest in this vital subject.
All students in year 7, 8 and 9 were given the opportunity to apply their knowledge from this half term to Manchester united themed tasks. All students were an absolute credit to themselves and worked exceptionally hard.


Mr Brighton and the Maths department also had the privilege of awarding forty students from all year groups a certificate and badge for either endeavour or excellence in this half term. It was especially pleasing to reward so many year eleven students who had performed brilliantly in the mock examination.


Our Attendance Champions League has continued this term, raising awareness of how important it is to be in school every day and to recognise the students who work hard to achieve this. The total points were calculated earlier this week and it’s a well done again to 11NS and Miss Slinger who have have won the league for the term. Our year group winners are 8N and Mr Harrison, 10W with Mr McNulty, 7T with Miss Rowlands and 9W with Mrs Elder and Miss Kiernan. All the winning forms enjoyed croissants for breakfast on Tuesday. Please remember that good attendance is an expectation at Werneth School.


Werneth School has been a drop off point for Hits Radio’s Mission Christmas since November and we enjoyed a visit to the headquarters on Tuesday to drop off the toys and gifts that we had collected. Students had been learning about the work of the charity and about some of the challenges and difficulties faced by families in the Greater Manchester area, especially at Christmas time. We were particularly proud of our two student helpers who marvelled at the hard work of the volunteers, sorting the toys into categories for distribution, and who thanked them for all that they were doing to make Christmas a happy place for children and young people. A big thanks to our parents and staff who donated gifts to our collection.


Our students have been creating Christingles when participating in a research lesson about religious traditions behind the Christmas celebrations.

As always at the end of term, there are a number of staff leaving us for pastures new, and a number of new appointments.

Mrs Whittle leaves us in Design Technology, Mrs Bull in Business Studies and Miss V Smith in PE is taking a 12 month sabbatical from teaching.  Replacement teachers have been appointed to start in January.  In addition, Mrs Heath - our librarian - leaves the school for a promotion in a college in Manchester and will be replaced by Mrs H Taylor, one of our support members of staff.  Mrs Lumsdon - Year Inclusion Manager for Year 10 - also leaves us for a new role, and will be replaced by Mrs Lewis.  We wish them well in their new roles elsewhere and thank them for their services to Werneth School.

Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in any way in supporting our young people this term, and your continued support of school.  We very much appreciate your support, and wish everyone a peaceful Christmas and successful 2019!  Enjoy the break.



Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 14th December 2018

Only one week remaining now before our Christmas break.  A reminder that we break up on Friday at 12pm, and school buses have been booked.  We will then return on Monday 7th January 2019 at the normal school time.

Important: if you use a 7-day or 28-day travelcard to get to school on buses, I have this week been notified of some changes that GMTravel are implementing from January.  Please read this letter.

Can I remind parents quickly please about school procedures if your child is in school and feeling ill…. if we work together as parents and school, it often prevents any misunderstandings or students trying to be sent home unnecessarily.  Students must inform their teacher if they feel unwell or, if it is not teaching time, a student can come to the main office where first aid is coordinated and trained staff will complete an assessment. School staff will ring parents or carers if a student needs to go home. Students must not use their mobile phones to ring parents directly and if your son or daughter does contact you, we would ask that you check if they have been to first aid. If school staff make an assessment that a student can stay in school and you remove them against school advice, the absence will be unauthorised. Any student who is sent home by school will receive an authorised absence.

Thank you to Mrs Woodall, our Kitchen Manager, and her team for producing a delicious Christmas dinner this week.  A large number of students enjoyed their turkey dinner and took the time to thank Mrs Woodall.  Today ( Friday ) has been a particularly Christmassy day as we have held a Christmas jumper event in school, in aid of Save the Children and the Alzheimer’s Foundation.  We have also welcomed a professional artist Juliette Hamilton into school today to work with our Art Department and students in creating a stag made out of wood, which will be displayed permanently as an exhibition in school.

An update from our partnership programme with the MU Foundation …. Thursday 6th December saw our MU Hub Officer take 8 Year 7 students to a Christmas party at Old Trafford, where they enjoyed food, music and dancing. The students were a credit to themselves and the school, and had a really good time.  We have also recently handed out 2 sets of match tickets to students, one Year 11 student for improving her current progress in Maths, and one Year 7 student for 100% attendance from September until now, and a very positive start to school life at Werneth.

On Wednesday of this week, our Hub Officer worked closely with Miss Woods to run a Football Development Day at Werneth for selected Year 5 students from Bredbury Green. The morning included a skills carousel where the students got to practice various skills such as finishing, dribbling, passing. After this they then enjoyed some small sided games, with the main focus being team work. We had 8 sports leaders helping out with the event, 5 in Year 10, 1 in Year 8 and 2 in Year 7. They were very helpful with the Year 5s and staff throughout, and represented Werneth excellently.

There have been quite a few celebratory visits and events this week for various groups of our students …. our two transition groups in Year 7 went to a private screening of The Grinch at The Light cinema on Red Rock complex on Monday 10th with Miss Darlington and Mr Horobin, their main teachers. The cinema were fantastic, accommodating us and giving each student a snack box whilst they watched the film.   Meanwhile, just under 50 staff and students from year 8 -11 went to watch “Wicked” at The Palace Theatre in Manchester on the evening of Tuesday 11th December. The students and staff thought the production was wonderful. 

On Wednesday evening we had a short Christmas concert, featuring our lower school singing group, Seventh Octave, and a range of soloists and ensembles from Year 7 - 9. The room was full of parents, carers and siblings supporting our young performers. Special mention to Mya Travis-Stewart in Year 7 who played Silent Night on the piano, after only taking up the instrument in September. 

Mr Barnett has taken a group of Year 7 and 8 students over to Pembroke Court Retirement home this week to provide them with some Christmas entertainment whilst they prepare for their Christmas lunch. We like to take the students out into our community, especially at this time of year. 

Year 10 Drama welcomed Cheadle and Marple college students on Thursday.  We have had a longstanding partnership with the Drama department and the college for many years.   The college presented their production of John Godber's 'Teechers!', which was excellent and the pupils really enjoyed it.  It was also a unique opportunity to see what the students were doing on their Drama courses and to speak to them about college life.   The Head of Drama was accompanied by the college's Liaison Officer who spoke to the pupils regarding college and university pathways in general and our pupils had the opportunity to ask questions or for advice.  

Have a lovely weekend: next week promises to be a positive and celebratory end to term with our Papa Panov production, Christmas Movie Night for Year 7 and 8, our Christmas Carol Concert at St Marks Church at 7.15pm on Wednesday and our Celebration Assemblies in school on Wednesday.  A remember that we are in until Friday lunchtime!


Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 30th November 2018

Secondary education is often measured by student outcomes in terms of GCSE results: whilst this is very important, I think it is equally important that our young people develop the skills to be successful adults in the world.  One of those skills to develop is empathy: caring for other people.  I often hear adults make comments that the young people of today do not show a sense of care for anyone other than themselves, and I am always quick to defend young people.  The vast majority of young people care deeply about the world around them, and how they can improve it.  With this in mind, I was delighted today to visit Miss Carr’s Year 8 form to congratulate them on their care for a student in their form.  When Finn – a member of their form – went into hospital recently, the form wanted to show him how much they cared.  Miss Carr said that “it is so lovely to see the caring nature of year 8 and how our students have pulled together to support Finn.  Special mention to Oliver Lomas, Charlie Atherton and Paul Sinclair. These boys went above and beyond and I am so impressed. On Tuesday they went to several year 8 classes and collected small donations from our year 8 students - anything ranging from 20p to £1 each in order to create a big 'get well soon' hamper for Finn. In total, we have collected over £70! We then created a shopping list of all the goodies to put in Finn's hamper. There is everything in there from hot chocolate and marshmallows, his favourite sweets, ps4 gift card, and even cosy socks and a fluffy dressing gown to aid a speedy recovery! I think this will definitely put a smile on his face!” 
Finn’s family were emotional when they received the hamper in school yesterday.  Well done Year 8!

Congratulations also to the Year 7/8 basketball team, who won their first fixture of the year this week 16-8 against Harrytown.

You may have seen in the press this week a story about the possibility of school holiday patterns changing over the coming years, and a consultation that you can vote on as parents.  Here is the link ….  https://www.stockport.gov.uk/topic/nursery-and-school-admissions if you wish to have your say.  We have voiced our concerns as a school, based on educational reasons.  We would like to retain patterns similar to our current school year to maximise the achievement for our Year 11 students.

Congratulations to Coby in Year 8 who entered the Goyt Valley Parkour survey competition and won JD vouchers.

Finally, a reminder that school is not open to students next Friday as per the calendar on the website.  Students will finish at 3.10pm on Thursday, and return as normal on Monday.   Also a reminder that school will finish on Friday 21st December at 12pm.  School buses have been booked for this day.





Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 23rd November 2018

Our festive dance group took to the streets of Romiley last weekend to celebrate the community coming together to switch on the Christmas lights. The dancers performed a number of dances to a variety of Christmas songs as they entertained the crowds with some Christmas cheer. It was a fantastic event and the girls did an amazing job! Well done to all those involved.

On Wednesday of this week, the MU Foundation Officer linked up with Miss Woods, to visit Arden Primary school and deliver a 'Mini Whistlers' course to 16 students, a mix of Year 4 and 5. The aim of the course was to build students confidence to deliver and help referee matches and to understand the role of a referee/leader. The students also got the chance to practice their refereeing skills within small sided football matches amongst each other.

On Thursday the RAF visited Werneth to deliver team building practical sessions to Year 9 and 10 students as part of the partnership with MU Foundation. The day consisted of two 2 hour sessions, one session for Year 9s and the other for Year 10s. The students engaged positively with every activity put on and showed good team work, communication, trust and confidence skills throughout. The RAF staff commented on how well the students represented themselves and Werneth.

Finally, thank you to Year 11 parents for your attendance at this Thursday’s Parents Consultation Evening.  We had an attendance of 80% for this vital year, and teachers appreciated the opportunity to discuss progress towards GCSE success.  The mock examinations will continue next week.


Andrew Conroy



Posted on Friday 16th November 2018

On Friday 9th November, 74 of our year 9 Art students went to Derbyshire for a natural forms photoshoot day. Mrs Holden reports that “the students got the train to Chinley in Derbyshire and did an 8.8km walk up Eccles Pike, where the views were spectacular. The walk took them along the Buxworth canal basin and the old tramlines into Whitehough. Students managed to take hundreds of photos of natural forms such as bark, twisted routes, landscapes, flowers and water reflections. We finished the trip with a stone fired pizza in the Papermill, a 17th century country Inn. A fantastic day for everyone!”

Thank you to Mr Barnett and the school musicians who took part in the Remembrance Day service on Sunday in Bredbury.  Photo courtesy of Mark Lu-Hilson.

On Monday morning, our Year 7 students were introduced to Mr Shiels, Chief Executive of the Manchester United Foundation.  He delivered an assembly focused on the 11 characteristics that lead to successful lives …. 11 of course denoted the players in a football team, and the characteristics ranged from believing in yourself, to grasping every opportunity and maintaining a positive outlook.  We then followed the assembly with a presentation to 6 of our Year 7 students who had produced fantastic designs for the Adidas Academy …. our Year 7 skills and experience programme delivered through Life Learning.

Attendance matters ….. we have been contacted by a number of parents who have either recently received an Education Penalty Notice for leave of absence in term time or who do not agree with being challenged for their child’s excessive absence from school. We have a rigorous process in school to follow up absence, in line with national guidance. If your child has an attendance level below 95% you will be contacted by the attendance team and if absence continues, you will be asked to provide medical evidence in order for the absence to be authorised. The same applies to time off for holidays. As a rule, they will not be authorised. We do consider every request but unless there really are exceptional circumstances, we must say no and an Education Penalty Notice will follow.
A reminder again …. if your children are not in school they cannot benefit from the education and experiences that are available to them. If a student gains 90% in an exam, we would view it as a real achievement. In terms of attendance, 90% is considered by the government to be persistently absent and this means that over a year, your child will have 19 days of lost learning. Please help us to give your child the best possible opportunities in life by ensuring that they are in school, on time, every day.

My favourite evening event of the year is GCSE Presentation Evening, where we celebrate the achievements of our former Year 11s at Romiley Forum.   This year’s event was on Thursday evening and it was nice to see so many of our former Year 11s attend the event with their families.  There were many certificates and awards to be presented, and a new commemorative annual shield dedicated to Max Westwell, one of our ex-Year 11s who you may remember unfortunately passed away from a rare form of cancer in January.  The new Max Westwell shield is presented to the student who overcame the greatest adversity in school, and will be a fitting memorial to Max.  It was awarded to Chloe Hodgson.  Charlie Durkin was awarded the Head of Year Award, and Lewis Penny the Headteacher’s Award.  Congratulations to all of our ex-students, and we wish them well for the future! You can watch the Prom video from the presentation evening here.

It’s been great to see so many of our current Year 11s taking their revision so seriously in after-school sessions this week, as the mock examinations have commenced.  A reminder to parents of Year 11 that the Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening is this coming Thursday, 22nd November, from 4pm to 7pm.  As part of our strategies to ensure students achieve in Mathematics, Mr Brighton will this year be offering parents a live demonstration of how to maximise student Maths work at home using the Pixl Maths App.   He will also show how parents can get instant feedback from mock performance. This demonstration will take place at 4pm,5pm and 6pm on parents evening and details will be available on the day when parents sign in to school.



Andrew Conroy



Posted on Friday 9th November 2018

The Write Path-an international writing collaboration

Fifteen Werneth students in year seven took part in an engaging and exciting writing initiative on 7th November 2018.  Over the course of the day, six stories - started by well-known teen and children's authors - were added to by students from all over the UK and the USA. In total, seven schools were working collaboratively on our story starters. Each school had the stories for an hour: to read, add their own paragraphs, and upload to the website, ready for the next school to take over.  If you would like to look at our stories, click the following link, and then 'Stories 7/11/2018.
https://www.writepathint.com/ The fun doesn't stop here. We now have the opportunity to vote for our favourite stories, as there are prizes up for grabs for all of the participating students. Additionally, the stories will all be turned into a book in the early part of 2019, for students and relatives to purchase! An extremely famous, and wildly popular illustrator has agreed to illustrate the front cover, too. We are all looking forward to seeing our published stories in print!

This week has seen students participate in two events at Old Trafford through our partnership with the MU Foundation. The first event, WWE Anti Bullying, was on Tuesday, for four Year 7 students. It included 2 WWE wrestlers (Amber Moon & Dana Brook), and former Man United footballer Wes Brown. The day included a workshop around different types of bullying, and the effect they can have on people. The special guests spoke about their history of bullying and how they dealt with it. The students then got to finish the day off with a stadium tour and learn interesting facts about the club.

The second event was on Wednesday, where five Year 10 students visited Old Trafford to participate in the Premier League Enterprise Challenge. They have been working on their own business plan within school, and on Wednesday they delivered this plan to a panel of judges, Dragons Den style. The students presented with style, and represented Werneth exceptionally, gaining praise from all judges. One student stood from all the schools in attendance to win 2 match tickets for the Champions League game vs Young Boys at the end of November at Old Trafford.

Our school musicians will once again this weekend play a key role in the Cenotaph Remembrance service in Bredbury this Sunday.  Meanwhile in school, we have been creating our own memorial.  Year 8 student ambassadors Tyler, Elyce and Natalie have recycled plastic bottles to create poppies for the school remembrance wreath. It has been displayed in our heart space in the centre of school for everyone to see.


Andrew Conroy



Posted on Friday 2nd November 2018

We return for the 8 week run-up to Christmas, and this half term is always full of key events.  Central to that will be our Presentation Evening for last year’s GCSE students on 15th November, and our mock examinations for our current Year 11.  Our Year 11s have been given their mock timetables today, and you can see a copy of it here.

On Wednesday 7th November Goyt Valley Youth Provision are presenting the parkour facility idea to our students. Please look at the designs that have been produced by Natural Sport and Russell Play and fill in the survey by clicking on this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/goytparkour. Students will be able to fill out a paper copy at lunchtime on the 7th November. For more information click here.

Dates for your diaries …

Other events this half term include the launch of our Adidas Academy to Year 7 on Monday, Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening on 22nd November, Year 9 GCSE Information Evening on 29th November and our Christmas Concert is on 19th December.  A reminder to parents that students are not in school on Friday 7th December due to staff training.

Mrs Craven updated me this week with some good news with regard to our construction group in Year 11.  They have been successful in passing their functional skills mathematics qualifications.    Due to the pleasing progress of all individuals in the group it has now been decided to increase the ‘Certificate in Multi-Trade’ to a ‘Diploma’, which will entail stand-alone units in wallpaper hanging, fitting ironmongery, wall tiling, fitting skirting boards and architrave in a safe manner. The majority of these skills will test their maths ability as the units will require them to measure accurately and work out the amount of materials they will need to avoid excess wastage.  The students are showing great commitment to the course and are supporting each other well.   Some individuals are now beginning to work more independently and show high levels of maturity.  Four of the students completed successful work placements in July and spent the week with a supervisor learning various trades.  Supervisors all reported positive feedback and commenting on attendance, punctuality and enthusiasm during the week.   Congratulations to Construction Student of the Month, Bradley Sutton.

A massive thank you to Wyvale Garden Centre this week for their donation towards our gardening project in school.  Miss Harness is creating a garden area with some of our students, to help with ingredients for food technology lessons.

I was incredibly impressed in the final week of last half term with the quality and presentation of food from our Year 11 Hospitality and Catering group’s examination.  I felt they were producing food of a professional standard!

Over half term, 8 Year 9 students were provided with the opportunity to flag bear for the Champions League game at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Juventus. The flag bearing consisted of the students standing in the centre circle pre game, holding the Champions League flag as the players enter the pitch. The atmosphere was amazing, and the students represented themselves and the school exceptionally.  We also had the opportunity to hand out some match tickets to students for the Juventus game, where there were 3 lucky Year 9 winners who got to attend the game.  Manchester United Foundation continues to support us with improving achievement too, currently working with our Year 11 students in Mathematics to focus revision.

Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Thursday 18th October 2018

As we break up for half term, I reflect back on a week of pride with the production of High School Musical.  Our team of performers in drama, dance and music once again produced a fantastic show at Romiley Forum to three paying audiences this week, and our primary feeder schools.  As ever, I was very proud of the talent on show, and can see that the future is safe with some of our lower school students taking first steps on the stage.  On behalf of all of the students, I would like to thank the many Werneth staff, returning students and volunteer helpers who made the show such a success.   Here are a selection of memories from the week ...

Meanwhile in Maths, Mr Brighton was proud to reward sixty students this week with a certificate and badge for endeavour or excellence in Mathematics this half term.  Well done to everyone who has excelled in this crucial subject.

We have said a fond farewell to one of our teaching assistants Mrs Eyre, who retires this week.  Mrs Eyre has supported many young people with excellence over many years at Werneth, and she also plays a key role in many events, particularly with High School Musical where she plays a key role every year.  We wish her every success for the future!

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable half term.  We will welcome our students back on Monday 29th October.

Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 12th October 2018

Today is a Stockport-wide initiative to raise awareness of the funding issues within all Stockport schools.  Please read the information on our website, contact your MP William Wragg and sign our petition in school reception if you can.  This is a very real concern for every headteacher, and impacts on the education of our children. Read more here

Meanwhile, back in school …. Fundraising to sponsor a guide dog has continued this term with year 7 pupils joining the team. The pupils have organised refreshments at various school events and year 9 pupils organised a disco for our new year 7s. However, we are still quite a long way off our target of £1500. If we manage to raise this, not only will we get to name our sponsored dog but we will also get a visit from them too! With this in mind, Thursday 18th October will be a non-uniform day where we request that pupils donate a minimum of £1 to be able to come to school in their own clothes. This can be paid via Parent Pay. Your support in this matter, as we try to demonstrate to the pupils how they can have such a powerful and positive effect on someone else’s life, is much appreciated.

After several weeks of rehearsal, all the cast and staff are very excited about our upcoming “High School Musical” show week.  We have performed an extract from the show in each year group assembly and the response has been fantastic!  So many pupils have said “it’s amazing” and that they “can’t wait to see it properly” at Romiley Forum.  If you haven’t got your tickets already, you can order them through the school office, Mrs Eyre or the Production Team.  Alternatively you can email us at show@wernethschool.com.  First night is on Monday and we finish Wednesday.  Tickets start from £5:00.  Please come and support our school!

In football, Mr Brierley was delighted with the fantastic cup results for Y7 (7-2) against Reddish and Y9 (4-1) against Priestnall to progress to the Quarter Finals. Well done to both teams!

Year 10 Caterers have been making cheesecake this week with a focus on presentation and portion control. They have worked beautifully well and produced some lovely, professional looking products. Miss Harness took three photographs from the students showing the most progress since the start of the year.

Our Year 11s received a motivational talk from national guest speaker David Hyner on Thursday, discussing the importance of goal setting and how to revise.  Our Year 11s seemed to really enjoy his wacky style of presentation and it was good to see their confidence increase.

Our students are looking great in their uniforms, some of which are brand new.
Could I just ask that you put your child's name on items, so that we can get them back to them as quickly as possible - especially bags/PE/Expressive Arts kit and shoes?  It is amazing how many items we have already just after one half-term!
Many thanks.

Finally, a reminder that school breaks up next Thursday at 3.10pm for half term as Friday is a staff training day.  School returns on Monday 29th October.

Andrew Conroy



Posted on Friday 5th October 2018

This Thursday, a group of 42 Year 11 students visited The Lowry Theatre to watch the National Theatre’s touring production of Macbeth. Students thoroughly enjoyed the performance commenting that ‘it really makes a difference when you see it on stage instead of reading it. It makes me realise how much Macbeth changes in the play’.  Year 11 are studying the play as part of their GCSE English Literature course and the performance helped many of them to see the play in a new light. 

A Group of Year 10 students hosted a Coffee Morning this week in support of MacMillan Nurses.  This event gave them the opportunity to practice their Key Skills around Customer Service, Planning and Finance.  The event was well supported by staff from across the School who complimented the Students on their organisation and Customer Service.  Overall the event was a great success, building on their confidence and also raising £100 for this very worthy cause.

We have had a week of innovative learning experiences this week.  Our key stage 3 classes have been working on Maths projects in the hall, coming up with answers to complex questions concerning Old Trafford – for example, how many square centimetres are there on the pitch, and how many gallons of drinks are served on a match day.  We are trying to embed a thirst for Maths as a crucial subject at GCSE.  Meanwhile, in Science, some of our Year 11 students experienced an express revision session this week aimed at embedding some of the complex scientific requirements for GCSE, delivered by external providers.  They enjoyed the session, and we will be providing further sessions for Year 11 through the year.

Congratulations to our “Book of Excellence” winners this week:
Year 7 Libby for Art
Year 8 Natalie for Computing, Kieran for Geography
Year 9 Adam for Food Technology
Year 10 Laykon for Design Technology, Roshna for English
Year 11 Rose for Drama


Next Friday, all Stockport headteachers at primary and secondary level are publicising a key message to highlight the shortages in funding received by Stockport schools.  I will be publicising the message below more openly on our website next week.  However, in the meantime, please have a read of our joint statement and plea for action:

Our Children in Stockport are Worth More: A Day of Positive Action by Stockport Schools Friday 12th October 2018

Stockport is one of the worst funded education authorities in England. Even with the new funding proposals our children receive less money per pupil than many of the local Greater Manchester authorities and we currently sit in the worst half funded of schools in the country having previously been136th of 150 authorities. On average our students attract around £1000 per pupil less than those who attend Manchester schools.

Representatives of primary and secondary head teacher groups met with Damian Hinds in June to put forward our case for better funding. They explained the great divide between our schools funding and others in the country and the impact that this was having on our schools.

School leaders have continued to make difficult choices to best resource our schools and provide the best opportunities for our learners but with rising costs, demands to maintain school buildings and the continuous challenge of meeting expectations for all, this is becoming increasingly difficult. Currently, we are proud of the outcomes for our children and despite the funding constraints we are able to provide quality first teaching for all. Our school budgets however, are quickly diminishing in real terms and as schools approach breaking point very difficult decisions regarding provision will inevitably have to be made.

As a collective of school leaders across all phases and settings we continue to call on the Secretary of State for Education to increase funding for all those within early years, primary, secondary and special schools. 
We ask that as parents, you continue to lobby our local MP William Wragg to make them aware of our situation and to further reiterate the circumstances our schools are in.

Last week, Head teachers from all over the country took the unprecedented step to illustrate their concerns over school funding by staging a march from Parliament Square to Downing Street to present a letter highlighting concerns. Stockport was represented in this march.

For pupils with additional needs we are concerned that the High Needs budget is not fit for purpose. Schools are under enormous pressure to provide appropriate entitlement of support as numbers continue to increase and pupils are presenting with a range of complexities in many cases. Under the proposed formula schools are increasingly challenged to deliver on outcomes for learners identified with additional needs.

Funding for early years childcare is also stretched, particularly as a result of the introduction of Government funding levels for 30 hours of ‘free’ childcare. School budgets are not equipped adequately to cover the basic costs of delivery.

Funding for Stockport’s schools in recent years remains out of line with inflation and although some schools saw a modest increase in funding for 2018-19 this has been eroded by increasing costs including salary and pension increases, growing recruitment costs, inflation and the burden of paying into the Apprenticeship Levy.

Friday 12th October is a day we would like our voices to be heard. Rather our children and families’ voices to be heard. Schools in the authority will be carrying out a range of activities to look further into how more funds could and would enhance the learning experiences for our children.

Our children will be given the opportunity to share their thoughts and vision for the educational experiences they feel they are entitled to.

Parents will be invited to write to and talk to local MPs to share the collective view.
We look forward to a positive day of action and one where we have a chance to share our thoughts and further improve outcomes for our children.

The Schools of Stockport.

Andrew Conroy



Posted on Friday 28th September 2018

It’s been a long and productive week here at Werneth, with plenty of news items to report on ….

I’ve been pleased to receive a number of complimentary letters over the last few weeks from parents commenting on the transition of Year 7 students, and how well students have settled.  It is always pleasing when we hear that some of our students with the most complex needs have been supported well on this journey.  That’s where our SEN department fit in, and they cope with a whole host of complex needs every day in school.  This week I was delighted to attend a ceremony where one of our teaching assistants was rewarded and recognised by a national company for her work within the department.    Mrs Sutcliffe has worked in the SEN department at Werneth School for 27 years.  She is a highly motivated and enthusiastic member of staff, and is passionate about her job role.  She is one of the first in the school building, and often one of the last to leave every day! Mrs Sutcliffe goes above and beyond to find out about our SEN students and to form good working relationships with them.   She thoroughly deserves this award. Well done Mrs Sutcliffe!

There’s a real buzz in the air with our all-new Geography department this year….  Mr Nicholls, our new Head of Geography, reports that “38 Year 11 Geography pupils went out to the river Noe in the Peak district this week. They completed a river study for their GCSE whereby they measured how parameters such as velocity and discharge changed as you move down the river. All of our pupils were incredible. They were in the river, working as teams to complete the tasks as well as working alongside instructors from the outdoor centre with scientific equipment. Well done and thank you to all those involved.”

Thank you to Mrs Smith from our English department, who organised a welcome disco for our Year 7 students this week in our Main Hall, in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.  The event was well attended by Year 7s and also some of our teachers too!

Our PE department took a coach of students to Old Trafford on Tuesday, to watch Manchester United’s League Cup defeat to Derby County.  It was an exciting penalty shoot out and I hear the students really enjoyed the occasion.  Mr Brierley reports that it’s been difficult to keep the smile from Mr Sims’ face though, as a committed Derby County supporter.

A reminder that our ever spectacular school production is taking place the week after next.  “High School Musical” will take place at Romiley Forum from Monday 15th October until Wednesday 17th October.  Tickets can be obtained from our school office, or from Mrs Eyre in school.  I’ve had a few sneak previews of some of the musical dance routines, and I’m sure it will maintain the excellent standards of recent years.

We are having a push on punctuality at the moment.  Attendance matters, but so does being on time.  When we are asked to provide references for colleges and employers, it is always one of the first questions we are asked.  A reminder that students should be in school at 8.40am ready for registration.  We are also concerned that a small number of our students are smoking outside of school, and bringing cigarettes into school with them.  As such, we are currently implementing a new regular search system where we have suspicions of this: all about maintaining and pushing standards. 

The school were delighted to be awarded a number of trophies at this week's Stockport Schools Sports Partnership Presentation.  The schools were awarded trophies for 'Commitment to Leadership and Volunteer' and 'Commitment to Sporting competitions'.  

Finally, a serious note to end on.  You may have heard that 1000 headteachers from across the country are marching in Westminster today to protest against cuts to school budgets.  I don’t have the time to do that, but I wholeheartedly support their message.  As you may be aware, Stockport is one of the poorest funded local authorities in the country, receiving an annual budget that is almost half that received by southern schools.  It’s a struggle to balance resources and make decisions on what we can and can’t do as schools in this area, and I believe that isn’t fair on our young people.  I hope we can look towards a future where the government invests in young people to create a brighter future for our country.


Andrew Conroy

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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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