HEADTEACHER'S BLOG

 

 

Posted on Friday 13th September 2019


As we settle back into school routines, it’s been a very positive week.  Our students are working hard, and responding well to the challenges of a new year.  Thank you again for the support of families in ensuring that students come ready to school in terms of uniform and equipment, with no mobile phones.  We appreciate your support and positive reinforcement.


Our attendance team have been working very hard, and it is has been encouraging to see their partnership work in the community already this term, getting students into school.   We will be sending out a letter later this month detailing how parents can support good attendance habits, and contact the right person at school easily if you have an attendance issue.


As you know, we have a wonderful school site with a modern building and excellent resources.  We are currently working on making our premises the best possible environment for learning.  We have been increasing our showcases of student work, and I now have a permanent display case outside my office to showcase any outstanding work.  We have also created a new “Pride of Manchester” display in one of our student entrance areas, and we have a new outside recreational area as well.  Next week, we will be launching an enhanced “Roll of Excellence” showcase, which will be displayed on a regular basis on our website and around school.  More details to come on that over the coming weeks.


Thursday saw our annual Open Evening.  As you know, our current Year 7 year group is oversubscribed with 265 students.  Based on Thursday night’s attendance, we expect that we will be a popular choice again next year.  It was lovely to receive so many positive comments from our visitors, particularly about the many students who stayed for the evening to show off their school.  Many families appear to have already decided that Werneth is the school for them, and first-time visitors were very pleasantly surprised.


Finally, a reminder that next Thursday is our post-16 information evening for parents and young people.  All local colleges and training providers will be present.  The event is for parents/carers alone, or with young people present as well.  It is aimed primarily at Year 11, but families from any year group can attend.  6pm – 8pm in the Main Hall.

 

Andrew Conroy
Headteacher

 

 

 

HEADTEACHER'S BLOG

Posted on Friday 6th September 2019

 

Welcome back to the start of the 2019/20 academic year, and a very warm welcome to our Year 7 families who are joining our school community.


It has been a very positive first week back, with our students looking very smart and settling back into work quickly.  Our Year 7s are now our largest year group in school with 265 young people in this year group, and the feedback from them has been that they have really enjoyed their first week with us.  The fears of the move up to secondary school are hopefully beginning to evaporate. 


Looking at the other end of the spectrum, I have been talking to Year 11 about their final year in school and how crucial it will be for them.  This gives me the opportunity to mention last year’s Year 11.  For the third consecutive year, our school results have improved in terms of students’ progress.  Our results still aren’t where I want us to be, but it’s another step in the right direction and some of the key figures have really pleased me.  With an overall weaker year group in terms of overall statistics, our English and Maths results remained stable, and Science improved.  Modern Languages and Geography results were very pleasing, and we saw some excellent results in many of our option subjects including Visual and Performing Arts, Food Tech and Catering, RE and Graphics.  The number of higher grades increased, with some of our students achieving a significant number of grade 9s at GCSE: the highest grade possible!  For the first time, our wrap around services meant that no student left school with no qualifications.  A real achievement.  So well done to our ex-Year 11s and we wish them well with the next steps in their lives.


Our new “out of sight at all times” mobile phone policy across school has has a positive start this week: we know how challenging it can be for young people to be surgically removed from their device.  However, our students have learnt quickly, adapted and co-operated.  It’s been startling to see the positive impact on learning already I have to say.
I’d like to take this opportunity to confirm that our school is fully staffed: in fact we have taken on some extra teachers and support staff this year as we adapt to the ongoing needs of the school.  I would therefore like to welcome the new staff to our school, and we have a vibrant feel as we welcome a group of young, fresh-faced teachers to work with our young people.  Welcome to Mr Liffen, Miss Warrington and Mrs Clegg in English; Mr Sullivan and Miss Wates in Maths; Miss Higham, Mr Holt and Miss Johnson in Science; Miss Smith in Modern Languages; Miss Pullar in History; Mr Whitehead in Computer Science and Mr Neilson in Technology.  We wish them well in their teaching at Werneth!


There are two areas of school in which I have invested significant additional resources this year.  The first of these is attendance: good attendance has to be at the heart of what we do to improve achievement for all.  We welcome our new Family Outreach Worker Miss Watson, who will be working with families in the community to ensure young people are in school; and Miss Tunnah who will also join our team as Education Welfare Officer.


Meanwhile, our SEN team has been bolstered by four new learning support assistants: Ms Carr, Miss Wilson, Miss Roberts and Miss Szabo.


Some key dates for your diary for the half term ahead ….


Thurs 12th September - Open Evening, for prospective Year 7 parents
Thurs 19th September - Post-16 Evening, to meet colleges and employers, Y11 students and parents
Thurs 26th September – GCSE Information Evening for Y11 parents
Thurs 3rd October – Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening
Thurs 10th October – Launch for Success Evening, Y7 parents
Thurs 17th October – break up for half term at 3.10pm.  Return 28th October.

 

 

Andrew Conroy
Headteacher