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.

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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Posted on Tuesday 24th July 2018

School’s out for summer and what a final week!

I’d like to start this week by congratulating and introducing our school senior students for 2018/19 academic year.  After a selection process involving an application, presentation and voting system with staff we are delighted to confirm that Sam Nagler and Buddhima Subasinghe were appointed as Head Boy and Head Girl.  I know they will do a fantastic job as ambassadors for our school, ably assisted by a small team of Deputies in Kianna Morris, Rose Warburton and Olivia Ferneyhough.

I’m also delighted to announce that Werneth School was successful last week in being awarded an Inclusion Quality Mark by external assessors.  We are the first secondary school in Stockport to be awarded this recognition of our inclusion services.  The award recognises the excellent work of the school in engaging with all of our students, and particular thanks should go to our Additional Needs and pastoral staff for their work to promote inclusion.  Thanks to Mrs Burke and Mrs Dee for organising the assessment process.  I would also like to thank the students and parents who participated in the assessment day.

There were a number of residential visits departing school last week.

I was fortunate to travel on the modern languages trip to Paris.  I believe that experiencing different cultures is a vital element of education, and so I am always keen to support foreign visits if I can.  I was very proud of our students’ resilience and cheerfulness faced with a long coach journey to Paris.  They represented the school consistently well throughout the visit, and were keen to practice their language skills at every opportunity.  It was a very hot day in Paris on Thursday, after we had spent the night travelling there via Eurotunnel.  We spent time at the base of the Eiffel Tower, before enjoying a sightseeing boat tour on the River Seine.  We then spent some time at Montmartre and Sacre Couer, finally relaxing at our hotel in the heart of Paris where most of us collapsed in exhaustion.  The next day was spent enjoying the Parc Asterix theme park before we returned home.  Our students sampled all of the rollercoasters, and I managed to persuade the other members of staff to join me on the OsIriz megacoaster.  That was generally accepted as our students’ favourite.  All arrived back at school safely and sleepily at 2am on Saturday morning.

Miss Holden also enjoyed her residential visit to Prague, and has written “The Visual Arts department went on a sightseeing tour of Prague in the Czech Republic. Flying with Jet 2 we landed in Prague late on Monday evening. On our first day we walked into the Jewish town and experienced some of the oldest architecture in the city. From there we went through the new shopping district, which was very popular with the students. The Old Town is an incredible sight with lots of impressive buildings, horse drawn carriages and artists in the main square. After lunch in the Old Town we had a riverboat cruise down the Vitava River. We had a well deserved meal at Toscana that evening after walking 38km!  On day 3 we took our sightseeing bus to Prague Castle, Lesser Town, St Nicolas Church and Charles Bridge. Some of the students were very adventurous sampling some of the local meals such as pigs leg and beef goulash. The weather was amazing and the students made us very proud with their excellent behaviour and enthusiasm for our city sightseeing break....a good time was had by all.”

Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th July saw the return of our Can-Do enrichment days.  As the residential trips to Paris, Prague and our annual Year 7 Summer Camp took place, those students back at Werneth participated in a rich variety of learning experiences. The students across the year groups took part in: circus skills workshop; inflatable assault course; popcorn making; journalism; treasure hunt; active outdoor team building event; comedy improvisation sessions; dodgeball; football; rock painting (and hiding) and canvas painting. The Year 8 team created an old school style sports day with handmade funfair attractions.  Year 7 Students were set an enterprise challenge to solve a problem in the community.  The students worked out their own ideas of how to solve the problem, and presented their idea as a poster or presentation.   Congratulations to Alissia Walker with her idea to solve global warming!

Mr Bennett led Year 7 Summer Camp as usual, and reports that “this was one of the driest camps on record.  It was also one of the best camps of the last 10 years. We took 117 students, 22 Work experience students, 3 Year 11 Students and 15 members of staff on camp for 2½ days. This was our 17th school camp and we now have 10 activities running over the course of the camp with groups working to win the team prize. Highlights of the week were glow stick man hunt, a 40m slip and slide course and boys versus girls Everest challenge assault course. This year it was the girls who were victors with the fastest time. Students returned on Friday 20th July, ready for that well earned shower!

Here is a selection of pictures showing some of our students enjoying the range of activities on “Can Do” at Werneth  ….

Yesterday, we held a Manchester United Foundation rewards event in school for those students who maintained excellent attendance and behaviour throughout the year.  This was hosted on our school fields by Phil McGrath, our United Hub Officer and Mr Brierley.

It was also emotional to see the efforts of year 9’s Rhea Baker at the end of term.  Rhea approached me earlier in the year to ask if she could have her head shaved in assembly in aid of MacMillan cancer and Little Princess Trust at the end of term.  This happened yesterday in school, and many staff and students supported her, along with her mum who was there to support her.  She has a justgiving page to support her work.

Over 100 students eagerly collected their reading rewards yesterday afternoon too. The students invited had worked extremely hard all term to improve their reading skills, either through intervention groups or through using the Accelerated Reader software. We hope all students will continue to read over summer, and be ready to quiz when we return to school in September. Well done to all involved - what a positive end to the school year!

A reminder that an end of term newsletter was sent out on Friday last week.  A copy can be found here.  It contains important details for the start of term in September.

Our Spring/Summer Werneth Whisper newsletter is action packed and can be viewed on this link.

The end of term is always tinged with sadness as we say goodbye to staff who are moving onto pastures new.  Teachers leaving us this week are Mr McQuiggin and Mrs Burrows (Mathematics); Miss Riley and Mr Bateman (Geography); Mr Ryan (Science), Mr Ryan (MFL) and Mrs Logan (Assistant Headteacher).  From our support staff, Mr Walker (ICT Technician) and our Science technicians Mrs Nykorak and Mrs Clayton also leave us.  We wish them all well!  Werneth is fully staffed for September and I will introduce our new staff then.

A special fond farewell as well to Miss Battle, who leaves us for a year to complete some Christian missionary work in Guatemala for the next year.  We wish her every success with this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

On behalf of everyone at Werneth, we would like to wish all families and everyone associated with the school a fantastic summer break!  See you on 3rd September.

Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 13th July 2018

The countdown to the end of term has started in earnest, and next week sees a whole host of activities as we prepare for the end of term on Tuesday 24th July.  School finishes at 12.30pm on that day.

Next week, Year 10 will be completing work experience, and Years 7 to 9 will be completing “Can Do” activities in year groups on Wednesday to Friday.  We also have Year 7 camp, trips to Prague and to Paris leaving school so it will be a hectic week of experiences.

We had a glorious day last Friday, with our annual Sports Day in school. You can view our sports day video here.

This week has also been an action packed week.  On Monday, the Year 10 Sport Leaders were taken on a reward trip for all their hard work this academic year, helping out with extra curricular activities, sports days, and MU Foundation events. We took them for a stadium tour of Old Trafford followed by lunch at Hotel Football which is owned by the Class of 92. The students enjoyed their day, and their behaviour was exceptional throughout.  On Thursday, the Year 9 Business Studies students completed their Manchester United Business Enterprise programme, by having a stadium tour of Old Trafford, and getting to see the different departments of Manchester United that they have learnt about in action. The students behaved very positively, with some members of the public commenting how well-mannered they were throughout.

On Thursday our Year 10 history students visited Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds. The purpose of the visit was to extend our knowledge of the various medical developments that we have studied this year. Students engaged well and showcased their understanding in a very smelly and hands on class before then exploring the museum exhibits independently. Students were able to look at the work of various individuals, walk through the rather disgusting recreation of a 19th century street and get involved in the museum's interactive exhibit (including costumes). Students represented the school well on a really positive day.

Today we have celebrated excellent attendance, recognising the students and form tutors who have maintained high standards through the year.   Our attendance initiative in school is shaped around a very topical football model and is the Attendance Champions League. Form groups gain points for winning their ‘fixture’ every week and our superstars for this academic year are 7N. Well done to all students in this form and to Mr Harrison, their form tutor. All students in 7N are invited to go to Hollywood Bowl on Monday as a reward. Mr Harrison has received a treat too. The year group forms with the highest points are 8N (Mr Babar), 9O (Mr Ryan) and 10R (the other Mr Ryan). All students have had breakfast this morning and form tutors have had a little something to take home.

We have also celebrated our forms with the highest attendance for the year. 7S (Mr Bateman) is the highest attending form in the whole school with 8N (Mr Babar), 9W (Mr McNulty and 10R (Mr Ryan) the highest in their year group. I am sure they enjoyed their breakfast this morning and again, a little staff treat for the weekend.  We look forward to the league beginning again in September.

The final blog of this year will be delayed until our final day on 24th July.  Much more information to come in that final blog …

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 6th July 2018

Sometimes I don’t know how we manage to fit it all into a single week here at Werneth!  It’s been a full-on, action-packed rollercoaster of a week, with key events every day meaning the time flies.  This week we have had proms, expeditions, mental health training, dance leadership, baking, awards, stadium tours, sports days … not to mention the excitement of England’s progression in the World Cup!

At this time of year, we often reflect and rejoice in our young people's achievements over the course of the year, and both Y11 and staff certainly did this last Friday with the Year 11 Final Assembly and then the Prom.  Our young people were once again an absolute credit to both their school and their families.  They looked handsome and beautiful, but not just their outfits; it was clear that these students have blossomed into outstanding young citizens and the adults of tomorrow.  The final accolade was when one of the security staff of Manchester United commented that ours was the best Prom he had ever witnessed.

Our Year 11s have shown great courage, resilience and hard work over the last 2 years, for which we can only hope that they will enjoy their success on Results Day.  Until we meet again for results in August and Awards Evening in November, goodbye and good luck.

Last weekend, 20 year 10 & 11 pupils braved the scorching heat and the wilds of the Derbyshire countryside to complete their assessed Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. The pupils began their adventures in Baslow, trekking past Chatsworth House and through Bakewell to their campsite where they pitched their tents and cooked their own tasty feasts for their tea. The next day, the intrepid explorers headed through Deep Dale and ended their journey in Monyash.   A big thanks to all staff involved - Mr McKenna, Miss Burrows, Mr Sims, Miss Sloane, Mr McQuiggan, Mrs Heyes, Mr McKeown and Mr Bennett - for keeping the groups on track, hydrated and safe from the sun!

Mental health is a hot topic in education these days, with many of the services around schools to support young people disappearing.  Mrs Houghton is our Emotional Wellbeing Lead in school, and she has been training 17 of our Year 8 students to become Mental Health Ambassadors.  They are following a programme to develop listening skills, open questioning, body language and how to measure mental wellbeing.  The idea is that we will have some of our students – identified by badges – who will use the skills to help other people.

Massive congratulations this week to our Champion diver Elliott in Year 8.  Last weekend Elliott won the Platform national GOLD medal at the National Age Group diving championships. He was competing in the 14/15yrs age group (despite being only 13) and dived his socks off to win the Gold with the narrowest of margins over six dives....only 0.65 between him and the Silver medal! Hopefully he will now be selected for the Elite diving programme for next season. Elliott also went on to win the national SILVER medal in the boys 14-18yrs 3m synchro.  He will be representing NE England in Bulgaria in two weeks’ time.  A future Tom Daly in the making.

We celebrated the fantastic work that our year 9 dance leaders have been doing in our feeder primary schools on Friday at our annual Junior Dance Leaders festival. Over 250 students from across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 attended and showcased their fantastic work. We are super proud of everyone who took part in the event. Well done to all of you!

Miss Battle organised a Great Werneth Bake Off for staff this week, and I had the dubious honour of acting as judge with Mrs Taylor.  Actually, most of the cakes were delicious ( other than Mr Heaton’s, which was diabolical! ).  Miss Carr won first place with her chocolate orange cake, closely followed by Mr Torkington’s Blueberry and Lemon Cake.  Miss Battle raised £50 towards her Guatamalan Fund.    https://www.latinlink.org.uk/Appeal/misha-battle 

Wednesday evening saw our Year 7 and Year 8 Awards evening.  I often hear Year 11 students comment that they wish they had understood the importance of work in Years 7 and 8, in terms of laying the foundations for excellence at GCSE.  Sometimes young people leave it too late to put the work in.  Our Key Stage 3 Awards Evenings are about recognising those students who are building a solid foundation for success at GCSE.  It was lovely to see so many students and parents packing out the Main Hall for both cermeonies to recognise that success.  Particular congratulations to Student of the Year for Year 7 Jessica Barstow and Abigail Walsh in Year 8.

Thursday was our Year 6 into 7 induction day for our new year 7s … all 243 of them!  They met with their form tutors, collected as a full year group for the first time and experienced some secondary school lessons in action.  All very exciting and they made an excellent first impression on their teachers!  And then on Thursday evening, we met with their parents to start the transition into secondary school.

Our current Year 7s have had the opportunity to visit Old Trafford this week as part of their Life Learning curriculum and enjoyed the occasion: they had a tour of the museum at Manchester United.  Miss Smith tells me that their behaviour was exemplary on every visit: we took them in small groups over the week.  This opportunity forms a part of the Adidas Academy programme, where we prepare our youngest students with the skills that they need in order to be successful in later life.  Our Year 7s will be graduating the programme in the Autumn term.

Ending the week on a high, whilst many of our Year 10 students visited Aquinas and Cheadle and Marple College as their thoughts turn to post-16 study, we hosted our Sports Day for Years 7 to 9.  It’s always hectic, exciting, exhausting and this year presented an opportunity for catching some sunshine too.  Congratulations to all of the participants and medal winners.
Enjoy the weekend!  Only 12 school days remaining.  Next week’s blog will be the final “normal” Friday blog.  After this, there will be an end of term edition as we break up for the summer holidays.

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 29th June 2018

Although we shouldn’t complain about the weather, it has been tough battling through the heat in school this week.  Poor Year 10 have struggled to complete their first full GCSE Trial Examinations in preparation for next year, and have on the whole persevered well despite the heat.

We say goodbye to our Year 11s today, with our Leavers’ Assembly in the morning and our School Prom at Manchester United’s Old Trafford suite this evening.  We will post some photographs from our prom next week.

Good luck to 20 of our Year 10 and Year 11 Duke of Edinburgh expedition students who will be completing their assessed expedition this weekend in Bakewell, camping and cooking in the heat and ably assisted by Ms Burrows, Mr McKenna and the team.

Thirty two Years 7 to 9 pupils participated in a two hour theatre workshop as part of the Manchester Arts Festival 2018 this week.  Miss Mcsheffrey thought the pupils performed brilliantly and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.


Years 7-10 have been receiving special assemblies over the course of the week from Miss Battle, one of our English teachers at Werneth School. In September, Miss Battle will be leaving the UK for ten months to work abroad in Guatemala supporting children at risk of dropping out of education. Miss Battle's assemblies explained the struggles Guatemalan children may face in Latin America and introduced them to the project Educando Para La Vida (Education for Life) which seeks to prevent children from becoming child labourers and/or leaving education prematurely. In order to support Miss Battle's role in the project next year, Werneth are hosting numerous fundraising events in the upcoming weeks. Next week will involve the event DRIBBLE FOR YOUR DREAMS. Pupils will be encouraged to donate £1 to play and complete as many Dribbling reps as possible within a time limit. Pupils will aim to complete 5261 REPS as a school:  the same distance in miles as it is from Werneth School to Guatemala. Students are also completing a cake sale next week to raise money alongside a STAFF Bake Off judged by our own Mrs Taylor and Mr Conroy. If you would like to donate to the cause and the project, please click on Miss Battle's link below. 


Next week is another very busy week, with our Year 6 Induction Day on Thursday, and Year 6 Induction Event for Parents on Thursday evening. Friday is our school Sports Day: if the weather continues, sun screen and water will be essential for everyone on the day.

We only have 3 weeks and 2 days remaining in school this academic year.  A reminder that school will break up for the summer holidays on Tuesday 24th July, and buses have been booked for a 12.30pm finish on that day.  We return on Monday 3rd September with students in school on that day.  More information to come on precise details for the return in September.


Andrew Conroy


Posted on Monday 25th June 2018

It’s been a hectic week as usual, with our Year 11s finishing their examinations and some big Year 10 examinations to complete.  I think it is slowly dawning on our Year 10 students that they now have less than a year before they also leave us.  Mr Bennett has this week been co-ordinating interviews for Year 10 students who have applied to be next year’s senior students and I look forward to meeting this group in the near future.

As we look towards Year 6 children making the leap to become our new Year 7s in September, there is a lot of news related to our primary feeder schools this week …

We started the week with over 170 of our new Year 7s visiting us last Saturday for an orientation fun day in school.  A reminder that our Year 6 Induction Day for new students is on Thursday 5th July, and this is followed by our parents’ induction evening on the same day.  More precise details to follow.

It was fantastic this week to see over 300 primary school children attending our Primary Sports Festival at Werneth on Tuesday.  Our PE staff, assisted by our Year 10 Sports Leaders, co-ordinated an exciting range of activities and the young people were a credit to their schools.  I was also delighted to receive a lovely email today from a parent at Greave Primary School:

I attended the Greave Primary School annual summer picnic today to watch my year 1 son participate in the fun & games and I just wanted to say how amazing the young ladies from Werneth were who were showing the children how to complete some of the activities. The young ladies were so enthusiastic & encouraging of the children it was lovely to see. 
… please pass on my thanks & gratitude to them for being so lovely to all the children. They really are a credit to Werneth School!

As a school, we have been working every week with professional tennis player Carlos Fuentes.  He has been delivering after school tennis lessons on a Thursday.  If you are interested in tennis, maybe you would enjoy Greave Tennis Club’s Grand Open Day.  More information here.

Phil McGrath, Werneth’s Manchester United Hub Officer comments that “this week I joined Mr Brierley in visiting some of our feeder primary schools. The aim of the visits was to speak with the Year 6 students around the exciting opportunities available for them when they attend Werneth in September. We spoke about the partnership with Manchester United Foundation and the work that goes on within Werneth on a daily basis. It was great to see the positive reaction from the students and we look forward to welcoming them to Werneth in September.”


Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 15th June 2018

We have almost reached the end of the GCSE examination period.  The final full-year examination was today in Science, with only a few smaller examinations now remaining next week.  As ever, it has been hectic, but Year 11 have been exemplary in their conduct during this challenging period for them.  Many of them are confident of success, hopefully with some justification!  We held the traditional “shirt signing” session today, and they left with their year books.  For many of them, the examinations are now over and they can focus on their leaving assembly and prom on 29th June.  Don’t forget though that there remain exams in German, Further Mathematics, Dance and Product Design next week.  See the examinations section on the website for timings and days.

I’ve been starting my primary visits this week, visiting Arden Primary and St Marks to meet Year 6 students who will be joining us in September.  We are starting to make arrangements for this and I know Year 6 students will be keen to join us for our fun morning tomorrow at school as they begin to find their way around our school premises.

We had a very unusual and dramatic event this week when one of the trees near our school entrance suddenly started to move, causing Mr Bolland quite a shock on his morning duty at the school gates.  After some quick remedial action, a tree surgeon came in and the tree has been cut down.  It’s never boring at Werneth!

Congratulations to a combined Year 7 and 8 cricket team who beat Bramhall high in their first fixture this week.  Congratulations also to Amy in Year 9.  As part of our partnership with the Manchester United Foundation, we always invite Year 9 students to apply to become a match ball assistant at Old Trafford.  Manchester United offer one place to us every year, with the winner gaining this status for a full season with a member of their family.  A number of our Year 9s were interviewed for the position this week, and I am delighted that Amy ( pictured ) was successful. Amy was selected due to her outstanding track record in behaviour and attendance. She is a very hardworking and dedicated student who always brings a smile to your lesson. I'm sure she will represent Werneth exceptionally.  Congratulations to her on an exciting opportunity!

Don’t forget our Manchester United Street Reds community football … every Friday on our astroturf pitches.

Going on holiday? ….missing school for any reason is likely to deprive a child of educational opportunities and hamper their progress at school.  Although I acknowledge that parents may sometimes prefer 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.  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 the office at 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, they may be issued with an Education Penalty Notice fine. Similarly, where parents take their child on holiday but inform school of illness, we will ask for medical evidence and request an Education Penalty Notice fine if this is not received.

Andrew Conroy



Posted on Friday 25th May 2018

 We have made it to half term in what has been a very important examination week for Year 11.  Many examinations have been taken this week, including English Literature, Mathematics and Science, and many more are still to come after half term.  Students are actually now half way through their GCSE exam period.  The year group were praised by the School Crossing Lady this week, who came into school to tell us that she thinks our Year 11s are really lovely. She said they were polite, well mannered and that she will miss them when they eventually leave at the end of June. She also said they were a credit to our school.  How our students behave is a shared responsibility between school and home, so it is important to share good news. In school, Year 11 always become restless as the end draws near – at the moment, we are keeping them in school for crucial last-minute booster classes.   We will discuss the commencement of Study Leave with them when we return after half term.

This week the TRACKS Group invited a visitor into School to raise awareness of dementia.  Following a talk from Gemma, six Werneth students have now become "Dementia Friends".   During the coming months they have agreed to develop links in the community and support the development of a Dementia Café. 
Some of our Year 7s have been visiting feeder primary schools this week acting as Sports Ambassadors, and I know they have been praised for their contributions by the primary schools.

Last Friday the school council organised a non-uniform day to celebrate the Royal Wedding and raised some funds towards our recycling project. The School Council also rewarded students with 100% attendance, no behaviour logs and ATL scores over 3.5 to an afternoon tea. Our Catering students made scones and cakes and the School Council waited on the students with sandwiches and refreshments. It was a lovely celebration for our students. We also raised money towards sponsoring a guide dog on the day.

The year 9 catering group did incredibly well in their practical assessment on Tuesday and all produced their own choice of multicultural dish, which they had researched and planned themselves.   We had a fabulous selection of dishes, all made from scratch including: burritos with homemade tortillas and salsa, curries with naan breads, chilli with nachos and dips and a few really beautiful pizzas, stirfry and risottos. 

I also received the termly update from our Construction students this term from Mrs Craven:  this term we have a lot to celebrate as two of our young men, Khian and Kyle passed their Joinery Level 1 Assessment.  They have worked really hard to achieve this and their resilience and effort has finally paid off.  The group are continuing to work hard on their Functional Maths and they are all making progress in all areas.  They have attempted a couple of mock exams and will hopefully be taking the Functional Skills exam in the next half term.  I’m confident the results will be pleasing.  
This term two students have been nominated as joint winners for “Student of the Term” in Construction.  Both boys – Kiahn and Kyle - have remained focused and hardworking when things have not always been easy, both personally and in the workshop with a positive attitude and exemplary manners.

Thank you as ever for your continued support.  Have a safe and enjoyable half term break, and we look forward to welcoming our students back on Monday 4th June.

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 18th May 2018

Year 11 have completed some major examinations this week, even coming out of the exam hall smiling!  Revision classes are still being well attended and most students are using their time wisely.  Thanks to parents and carers for their continued support at this crucial time.  Next week sees the first English and maths papers - best of luck to all.

I have received a visit from some of our girls in Year 9 this week, who were present at the Ariana Grande concert last year in the Manchester Arena.  They have asked me to publicise the fact that next week, on Tuesday 22nd May, pink balloons will be released in Piccadilly Gardens to commemorate the anniversary of those who lost their lives.  The event takes place between 6.30pm and 7.00pm and contributors will be wearing pink.  If you are thinking of going along, you are encouraged to take your own pink balloons as well if you wish.

Year 8 were fantastic in their production of Aladdin last week. They sang, danced and acted to an audience of over 100 people. They have all worked incredible hard over the last few weeks and this was evident in their fantastic performance.  A big thank you to all parents and carers who have supported the show and of course all the help from Sam Nagler, Taylor Goulden and Cory Martindale as our musicians, sound and lighting students. Well Done Year 8!  Meanwhile, last night, twenty six pupils from years 8 to 10 watched a performance of the famous West end musical Blood Brothers at the Palace theatre, Manchester. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the evening and staff at the theatre commented on what excellent representatives of the school our young people were!

I mention attendance almost weekly in my blog.  Being in school every day underpins a positive school experience, in terms of both social and academic success. The pastoral team in school will support parents who are struggling to get their children to school or struggling with morning routines and punctuality. Just give school a call and a Year Manager or one of our attendance team will meet you in school or make a visit to your home. We do also work closely with the Education Welfare Service to enforce regular attendance and will support prosecution when all offers of support have not brought about an improvement. A recent school attendance prosecution for a Werneth family resulted in a total fine of over £1700 because no action to improve attendance was evident. Clearly, we take attendance very seriously, in line with our requirements with the local authority.  I must stress that it all comes down to communication: we do not seek to fine any family if it can be avoided by working together to improve attendance: we would urge you to contact us if you are having difficulties.  The bottom line is that every day in school is important, in order to achieve.

Our Year 7 boys made the final of the MUFC hub tournament on Friday.  They played superbly well and worked extremely hard as a team.  They were so positive that Mr Brierley and the team even treated them to a Mcdonalds on the way home!!  They were lucky enough to meet the MUFC Under 18s squad.   

Finally, a further reminder that our Street Reds programme continues to grow week on week.  Numbers are increasing steadily each week.  6pm – 8pm on the astro turf pitches every Friday.

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 11th May 2018


It was great to see so many Year 7 parents in school on Thursday for their first formal parents’ consultation evening.   School was packed with parents, and there were lots of smiley faces at the positive comments from teachers.

It was a real privilege for me this morning to walk around the Year 11 Photography Controlled Examinations and see some of the fantastic projects that our Year 11 students have created for their exam.  They are justifiably very proud of their excellent work!

A reminder that, next week, the examination timetable for Year 11 really steps up another level with some large examinations.   It is crucial that Year 11s continue to work with their teachers in lessons, as there are a whole series of breakfast preparation sessions and booster sessions prior to examinations.
Examinations next week for Year 11 are:








IT /
Computer Science

French Listening and Reading


Triple Chemistry
Combined Science Chemistry

French Writing



Triple Biology
Combined Science Biology


Computer Science


Please view the Year 11 Exmaination link here for the letter and booster sessions.


News that the school will be taking part in a project run jointly between schools and Greater Manchester Police.  “Operation Encompass” is a project where schools will be contacted the next day where a young person is exposed to, or involved in, domestic incidents.  “Operation Encompass” will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, will be trained to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence.  It will also ensure that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or families.  Obviously, we are keen to offer the best support possible to all of our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all of those involved.

Stockport Council have informed me this week that there are two vacancies for a school crossing patrol near to our school.  One at the junction of Harrytown and Highfield Road, and the other between Harrytown and Clapgate.  If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please visit the Stockport Council Jobs Website.  All jobs are subject to an enhanced CRB check, medical clearance and references.

ADVANCED NOTICE: Next Friday - 18th May 2018 - the School Council are putting on a non-school uniform day.  Red, White and Blue Royal Wedding theme.  Students should bring in a contribution of £1 to participate on the day.  This is to raise money for our recycling bins and to provide resources for student rewards.


Andrew Conroy

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Posted on Friday 4th May 2018

The desks for the formal written GCSE examinations will be set up in our Main Hall next week as the examination timetable really kicks in …. our Year 11s are as focused as they can be with an additional layer of adrenaline, fear, determination and excitement …. we are trying our very best to support them through these challenging weeks.  A reminder that school will continue as normal for the time being for the Year 11 in terms of lessons, and attending lessons is essential to gain the final tweaks and tips that will allow success.  Could Parents and Carers please remind students to use a planned and sensible revision timetable, supporting students by ensuring there is a suitable place to study. 20 minute slots with a break is the way to go, but it is essential they revisit what they have revised before closing the books.  Your support is crucial over the next few weeks, as they battle with the stress and the effort that goes with any exam.  Good luck to us all!

A reminder of the importance of attendance .... a minimum of 95% for every student, and our school attendance is finally beginning to improve due to our joint efforts.  Well done to the students and form tutors of 7N, 8C, 9R, 10R and 11DS who are the attendance league winners for the Spring Term. There will be rewards in the first few weeks of the Summer Term. 

Caring for our environment and community is an important cornerstone of learning at Werneth.  As well as our recent work on improving recycling in school, we try to support as many charitable ventures as we can.  This week, Mrs Smith in English arranged a visit for Year 8 from the Guide Dog Association.  Dave came in, with Cyril the guide dog, to talk to Year 8 about how dogs are trained and the impact they can have on the life of a blind person. Year 8 have since decided that they would like to raise the £1500 needed to sponsor a dog and are enthusiastically planning fundraising events which will start next week. Watch this space for further updates!

On Wednesday evening our celebration of dance took place at Werneth school. It was a lovely evening where parents and carers got to enjoy a sample of work produced by our year 11 GCSE dance students as well as some of the hard work our lower school students have been doing in dance club.

A few final reminders:

  • The Manchester United Foundation “StreetReds” programme continues into its third week this evening, open for young people aged from 8 to 18.


  • Next Thursday is Year 7 Parents’ Consultation Evening from 4pm until 7pm in school.  Parents should have received a letter and appointment list.  If you require any information on this, please contact Caroline Cherrington caroline.cherrington@wernethschool.com at school.

It only remains for me to remind you that we are not in school on Bank Holiday Monday next week.  School returns as normal on Tuesday morning.


Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 27th April 2018


This week we have sent a letter home to inform you of some action that we intend to take within school, following some action from the government on energy drinks. The Government have now banned the sale of energy drinks for under 16s. The label on the side of cans says that they are ‘Not recommended for children' but research shows that they're consumed by 78% of adolescents and 18% of under 10s. The health implications to children are massive with scientific studies showing not only the issues with rotting teeth from the high sugar content but also damage to internal organs and in extreme cases heart failure. Other side effects include shaking hands, feeling angry and stressed, hyperactivity, feeling tired and unable to concentrate.

At Werneth we have decided to follow governmental guidelines and are now banning energy and high sugar drinks in school. We ask you to ensure your child does NOT bring them into school and suggest that you do not give your child money to buy these products. We are speaking to all students about this in assembly this week. These products include all high energy drinks such as Lucozade, LSV, and all fizzy high sugar drinks including Coke and Pepsi If students do bring them into school they will be confiscated and returned only at the end of the day.

Drinks can be purchased in school, but these drinks are water, flavoured water and no added sugar drinks. All of which can be bought in school from the canteen and vending machine using fingerprint scanning. We therefore recommend you using parent pay to put money on your child’s account therefore releasing the need to give them money. If you require a copy your parentpay account details, your password resetting or a unique bar code so you can top up your child’s account at any paypoint station with cash, please contact the school office.

Water is also always available in school from any sink and the drinks fountain for your child to fill up their bottle.

Thank you for your continued support.

Last Friday, 14 Werneth students travelled to Cheadle Hulme High School to take part in 'The Read' Book Awards ceremony. Students from 6 Stockport schools have been frantically reading and discussing the shortlisted books since January, and voted for their favourites in March. Since then, there has been an air of anticipation in all 6 schools, and lots of impatient waiting to discover who the winning Authors of both categories would be!

Before the announcements, Chris Bradford, the winner of the 'Quick Reads' category 2017, educated and entertained us all in his very unique way, showing us the Way of the Samurai. He brought in his very own samurai sword, and his wooden Bokken, and, with lots of safe audience participation, talked about his books and his journey to become a trained Samurai. An extremely lively  book reading followed, as did a video of all participating schools sharing their Book Award photos, and a 'The Read' shoutout for all books on the shortlists. Finally, it was time to announce the winners!

The winner of the 'Quick Reads' category was Mary Hooper, with 'Ring of Roses', set at the time of the plague.

The winner of the 'Big Five' category was Ross Welford, with 'What Not to do if you Turn Invisible', a book about teens, acne, and a very special spot cream!

Many thanks to everyone who was involved in our Book Award-it takes teamwork to make it a success. Our school librarians, student readers, English staff, and support staff work very hard to put this together, as, of course, did the staff and tech team at Cheadle Hulme High School. We thank you all.

All of the books involved in this years' award can be found by clicking here. All are available to borrow from the school library, too!


Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 20th April 2018

It has, as always, been a busy return to school for the start of the summer term.  As the weather has improved, we have – at this stage temporarily – said that students do not need to wear their red jumpers.  Let’s hope the warmer weather continues for at least a little while longer.
It has been really heartening for us to see how many of our Year 11 students attended GCSE revision sessions over the Easter holidays.  It is very important that students remain in school over the coming weeks, as we hold continuing vital “booster” sessions for the examinations.  We are very nearly at the end now for Year 11 students: the formal examinations in the Main Hall are only weeks away, but exam elements have already started this week with GCSE elements in Drama and Modern Languages: Dance and Music elements are completed next week.

Are you a parent of a Year 11?  We hope you may find this useful …

Year 10 Fine Art students had the opportunity to work alongside a practising artist/freelance illustrator called Laura Von Burns this week. They produced a series of outstanding celebrity portraits and character designs, working in realistic and cartoon styles. This work will contribute to their GCSE portfolio. 

Miss Burrows reminded me that the Duke of Edinburgh team are taking around 20 year 10 and 11 pupils on their practice Duke of Edinburgh expedition this weekend. They start at Lyme Park, walk to Hayfield, camp overnight and then walk to Marple on Sunday. They have to navigate themselves whilst carrying all their equipment with them and cook an evening meal and breakfast.  Let’s hope the good weather remains for our intrepid explorers.

It was a privilege to listen to our Student Council members present in assemblies this week.  Their passion to develop recycling in school was evident to everyone, and they gave some hard messages on why this hot topic nationally applies to all of us.  It was particularly interesting to see them place items of rubbish on every seat that they had collected around school, and remind students that it was no-one else’s role to pick up litter for them.  They showed real leadership and care for the environment.  Next week we will be talking about the government’s drive on reducing sugar levels in drinks.

A reminder that our community football “StreetReds” sessions start tonight [ Friday 20th ] from 6pm – 8pm on our school astroturf pitches.  This programme, run by the Manchester United Foundation with their qualified coaches, is open to any young people aged 8-18.  Everyone must have a signed consent form to participate: there will be no exceptions to this rule. You can download the form here. To assist with managing the site, we will use our Higson Avenue entrance for this session: parents are asked not to park around Higson Avenue however, in order to assist our neighbours.

Next week is our Parents’ Consultation Evening for Year 9 in school on Thursday between 4 and 7pm.  On Wednesday during school hours our Year 9 leaders will be at Brinnington First House as well.  If you need further information on either event, contact Mr Mujagic or Mrs Lumsdon.  ( The final consultation evening for this academic year is for Year 7 on Thursday 10th May ).


Andrew Conroy




Posted on Wednesdsy 28th March 2018

As we reach the end of the Spring term, we reflect on a very busy, action-packed term for us all with a bumper edition of the blog this week. 

The coming summer term is of course vitally important to our Year 11 students.  They have completed a number of mock examinations over the last month, and the real business starts almost immediately on our return after Easter.  A full Easter programme is in place for revision work with teachers, and arrangements for revision and examinations can also be viewed here:  https://wernethschool.com/staff_student/exams.html

I offered Year 11 the opportunity to complete revision timetables with me a few weeks ago, and I have been pleased with the uptake from some of our students …. the offer remains open, though they should of course have now started that programme at home.  It was the “beginning of the end” for our Year 11 students this week, with their leaving group photograph.  It was taken on Wednesday morning.  Photographs will be available for purchase after Christmas, but it was lovely to see Year 11 looking immaculate!

The Year 8 pastoral team took 66 students to see The Greatest Showman at The Light Cinema at the Red Rock complex on Tuesday 27th March. The students that were invited on this trip have had excellent attendance over the course of the year, and had received a substantial number of achievement points from their teachers over the term. The students and staff all had a great time!  Well done to all students that achieved the criteria for this trip.

You will be well aware that attendance is crucial.  Every day in school counts.  In school, we operate an inter-form competition where every form “plays fixtures” against each other in a football league, focused on attendance each week.  Congratulations should go to the winning form in each year group, based on the spring term: 7N ( Mr Harrison ), 8C ( Mr McKenna ), 9R ( Mr Hodson ), 10R ( Mr Ryan, MFL )  and 11DS ( Mr Smith, English ).   These forms will each receive a reward after Easter, and the league will begin again with new fixtures.

On Friday, as part of their Life Learning curriculum Mrs Smith-O'Connell took 65 Y10 students to the Skills North West Event at Eventcity, Trafford.  The event was sponsored by The Manchester College and The Royal Navy & Royal Marines and was an exciting, interactive skills, careers and apprenticeship event aimed at 14-19 year olds. At Werneth we believe that bringing our students together with employers, training providers, specialist schools, further education colleges and universities is crucial.  It opens their minds to the range of education, employment and training opportunities available in our area. 

It was a highly inter-active, and hands-on day, encouraging students to network and develop key contacts that will help them as they move from school and college into university, employment or training.  Students had the unique opportunity to meet face to face with exhibitors, including: ALDI, Carnell, First Response, Graham Construction, Greater Manchester Higher, KPMG LLP, Myerscough College, QA Apprenticeships / Higher, Royal Navy & Royal Marines, The Manchester College, The National Logistics Academy, The Trafford Centre Ltd, Trafford College, University of Salford, UTC Media City UK, Vodafone Limited, Wates Group Ltd and many more.   There were also a number of colleges and universities exhibiting.  A packed program of events including skills competitions, interactive activities, live apprenticeship and other job vacancies, spotlight talks from industry experts and careers advice and guidance helped to create the largest event of its kind in the region.  All of this meant the Y10 students really got an insight and some valuable information regarding the choices they will have to make over the next year as they prepare to leave us at Werneth. Take a look at Y10 in action at the event in the pictures taken by Year 10 student Sam Nagler.

Year 11 did amazing in their Food exams this week. They had to create 3 dishes, with accompaniments in 3 hours.


On Tuesday this week, as part of their Life Learning curriculum, Mrs Smith-O'Connell organised for Kelly Scott at Teenage Cancer Trust to come in and speak with our Year 9 and 10 students.   Teenage Cancer Trust is a national charity dedicated to help young people fight cancer. This national “Understanding Cancer Education” presentation is recognised by the Government as it raises awareness of cancer which can lead to earlier diagnosis of cancer in the long term. 

The presentation was an interactive opportunity for students to learn about and discuss:
• What cancer is 
• Common Signs and Symptoms 
• The impact of cancer on a young person 
• Types of Treatment 
• Healthy Living 

By the end of the presentation, all students knew more about early warning signs and how they can reduce their risk of cancer later in life.   Here's what our students had to say about the visit:
"I thought it was really useful and it was really touching listening to experiences of people who had actually survived cancer." Lydia, Y10

"I thought the assembly was useful because it showed us different ways to get it and how to minimise the risk of getting cancer." Holly, Y10

"It was very educational. I learnt a lot about cancer that I didn't know. I think all of our students should learn about it." Ginerva, Y10

Years 9 and 10 listened intently and took part in all discussions with Kelly, who commented on how engaged and respectful our students were throughout the morning. A real credit to themselves and our school, students showed great maturity around this difficult topic.
Some key dates for next half term:

Wednesday 25th April - Year 9 Parents’ meetings at Brinnington First House
Thursday 26th April - Year 9 Parents’ evening at school, 4pm – 7pm
Wednesday 9th May - Year 7 Parents’ meetings at Brinnington First House
Thursday 10th May - Year 7 Parents’ evening at school, 4pm – 7pm
Friday 11th May - Official GCSE Examination Period commences
Friday 25th May - School breaks up for half term
Monday 4th June - School returns after half term

It’s been a week of celebrating our students’ achievements at the end of term.  I presented 16 students with headteacher awards for excellent pieces of work on Wednesday, and they each collected an Easter Egg in recognition of their efforts.

I would like, as ever, to thank everyone who has supported the school in any way over the past term.  I wish all families a relaxing ( unless you are Year 11! ) and safe Easter, and we look forward to welcoming our students back into school on Monday 16th April.


Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 23rd March 2018

Our last full week in school before Easter and it has been a busy one.  A reminder that school breaks up at 3.10pm on Wednesday, and returns on Monday 16th April 2018 at 8.40am.

All Year 11 students now have a copy of their summer exam timetable.  Hopefully they are working steadily at home using at 20 minute slots for each subject on a regular basis.  Revision is most effective with short, regular sessions.    Revision classes at lunchtime and after school are running and we are also  putting on lessons during the Easter break.  Not long to go now until the most important stage of Year 11!

A busy few weeks in Life Learning has seen trips take place for some of our Y9 and Y10 students.

As part of Life Learning partnership with Enabling Enterprise on Friday 9th March Mrs Smith-O'Connell took 30 Y9 students to RSA in Manchester to take part in a "Day in the Life Of" experience day. 

These business trips are designed to inspire and motivate students, as they learn more about the workplace, the sector and the employees. It is also an opportunity for them to further develop their understanding and application of the enterprise skills they have used at school in lesson time projects and Drop Down Days in a real world situation supported by professional volunteers.

Students took part in a challenge called "Lend-A-Hand" that brings together 8 essential skills with a specific focus on Problem Solving and Staying Positive. The students took on the role of financial advisors and guided a family in making sensible decisions with their money. In order to do this they needed to ensure they were Listening and Understanding the needs of the family. To help prepare them, the day kicked off with a higher and lower value quiz base on the price of popular luxury items and moved on to a thought provoking lifestyle quiz.

Our students were a real credit to Werneth and RSA staff commented on how hardworking, polite and driven our students are. Here's what some of our students said about the trip:

“I got involved a lot today with everything my group did, something I only normally do with my friends.”  
“I never speak in front of the class but I did today and I’m proud of myself.” 

To read more check out the news report from Enabling Enterprise about the day. http://enablingenterprise.org/archives/25292

Mrs Lumsdon leads our Young Carers group within school, and she was really moved when she attended the “Young Carers Celebrating Success” evening on Tuesday. It was great to see ex-student Olivia Gaffe doing so well and making a very moving speech explaining her successes since leaving school.  Our congratulations to Aaliyah Saidani, currently in year 8, who won an award.  Mrs Lumsdon said “It was a real privilege to be invited and represent Werneth School.”

Wednesday was our annual Boccia competition for Stockport schools, hosted as ever by Werneth in our Sports Hall.  Thank you to all of our teachers, SEN team and students who helped to make the day such a success.   It is always a fantastic event, and really heart-warming to see students across the age range taking part in a very competitive and fiercely-fought event.  The winners this year were Aquinas College and St Annes High School, and I was delighted to present the medals to the winning teams.  Congratulations to every student who took part though.


Have a relaxing weekend!

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 16th March 2018


Normality has returned this week, and Year 11 have been hard at work completing full mock examinations in English, Maths and Science.  As ever, their conduct has been exemplary and this will be their very last practice in this format before the real event after Easter.  Lots of exam preparation on the cards now, and there will be a packed Easter programme for them to complete in school over the Easter holidays – they really need to make the most of every opportunity that comes their way.  That message was reinforced in assembly this morning, where Manchester United Foundation Chief Executive John Shiels spoke to them about the importance of maximising their remaining time: 11 years of school life and work, now reduced to around 11 weeks before their examinations are complete.

In last week’s blog, I mentioned our School Council and their implementation of a recycling initiative in school.  There have been quite a few developments since then, with our students winning some financial backing … I will pass to Leah and Amelia, who have written their account of the exciting developments …

“On the 8th of February, we went on a rewards trip to Old Trafford through the Manchester United Foundation, this event was called 'Show the love'. This event gave us information about the effects of climate change, and in the end we were taught how to present a campaign to an audience, and we decided to carry on this campaign and call it 'Werneth’s Greener Future.' As we continued this during school, we entered their competition and much to our delight, we won a trip to London and £300.  

Our trip to the 'Green Heart Award' took place this Tuesday. We travelled from Stockport train station and arrived at London Euston. We travelled on the Underground to arrive at Green Park station. We then had time to visit Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, the London eye, Tower bridge, Downing Street , Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.  We were lucky enough to secure a tour around Parliament with William Wragg, our local MP, who took us around The Houses Of Parliament and informed us on the history of Parliament, and we got an exclusive seat in the speakers house to watch a debate about free school meals. After watching the debate, we went to another part of Parliament to take part in the 'Green Hero Heart Awards', where we got a mention just before the award for 'the best youth/school project'.”


Thank you to Year 8 parents who attended the Year 8 Options Evening on Thursday – it was a packed out hall and lower floor in school as subjects detailed the many GCSEs and BTECs on offer.  A reminder to Year 8 parents that forms are due back to form tutors on Monday.
Have a good weekend.

Have a relaxing weekend!

Andrew Conroy





Posted on Friday 9th March 2018


It’s been an eventful and challenging fortnight it is fair to say!

The snow closures last week caused a great headache for us as a school and no doubt for families as well.   I apologise for any inconvenience this caused to families: it really is a no-win situation for everyone.  “The Beast from the East” has a lot to answer for: disrupting learning, routines, events and the start to the half term.  Year 11 were of course particularly affected as time runs out for them, but hopefully they have been using the opportunity to get extra revision in place.  They have mock examinations in English, Maths and Science next week as a last chance to sit an exam paper, and also some of the key practical elements in some GCSE subjects are taking place.  The formal exam period commences in only two months’ time!

Unfortunately, some of our young people have been slow to respond to the correct work ethic this week.  Whilst our older students have been very focused on work, some of our younger students have not responded well to the break in routine.  Consequently, we have had an unexpected spike in anti-social behaviour.  I’m sure this is a temporary blip, and I know we can count on parents to support us in ironing out those inconsistencies.  The vast majority of our students always conduct themselves well as a community, but too many young people have let themselves down this week!  I’m hopeful next week will be more positive.

It was fantastic to see so many parents from Year 8 in school yesterday ( Thursday ) for the Parents’ Consultation Evening.  A reminder that the rescheduled Options Evening for Year 8 will take place next Thursday from 6 – 8pm in school.

Also, a reminder to all parents that the holiday pattern for 2018/19 academic year has now been confirmed and is available here, as well as on our website.

This Tuesday, twelve of our Year 10 students had the opportunity to represent Werneth at an Army Residential through the Manchester United Foundation and the Army. On day 1 the students participated in team building challenges in the morning, gradually improving as the challenges went on. In the afternoon the students then visited the live shooting range, where they had the opportunity to use the weapons in a controlled environment to hit specific targets. Day 2 saw the students complete the assault course, with many overcoming fears and going out of their comfort zone to achieve. The residential concluded with a team 'Gun Run' challenge. The students had to work in a team, travelling a total distance of 1.5km, to locate objects including tree logs, tyres, barrels and medicine balls hidden around the campus. They showed great team work and leadership skills to win this challenge ahead of the other three schools in attendance. This challenge summed up the students’ attitude and behaviour while on the residential, where they represented Werneth really well. 

Also on Tuesday, six of our Key Stage 4 students took part in creating a Charity Fine Dining experience at Reflections Restaurant in Tameside. Our students worked alongside the students of Tameside College to provide a seamless evening packed full of fun, laughter and exquisite food for all. From preparing the restaurant to cooking and serving the food, the students did it all. Ky Webster, Olivia Holden and Liliana Schiano Di Colella worked tirelessly in the kitchen to prepare six courses of divine food whilst Daniel Gavin, Matthew Fahy and Bryony Potts prepared the restaurant for its guests and brought the night to life with their superb service skills. Thanks to the hard work of our students and the support of staff and students at Tameside College we managed to raise over £500 for Christies and everyone had such an enjoyable evening. We would also like to thank the Gavin family for supporting the event and being so generous during our charity auction. The Werneth students were a credit to our school and were professional, hardworking and dedicated throughout the whole experience.

Finally, I was really proud of a group of students from our School Council this week.  They have been liaising with Stockport MBC and a host of staff in school so that they can create a new focus on recycling in school.  They then formally presented their plans to the governing board on Wednesday for approval, and governors were delighted and intrigued to see the plans.  Expect to see the plans take shape over the coming months, and I am confident you will see this development covered in the blog.

Have a relaxing weekend!

Andrew Conroy






Posted on Thursday 15th February 2018


Half term is finally here, with our students at home on Friday this week. Friday is a training day for our teachers. On the training day, we will be focusing particularly on the importance of written work: adopting a standard approach to the teaching of literacy across every teacher in school; sharing good practice on how to improve the length and quality of students’ writing; looking at some new teaching strategies to improve progress in classrooms; standardising how we assess students’ work in Years 7 and 8; looking at how we can get the most from revision sessions with Year 10 and Year 11.

Congratulations to our Year 10 Construction group, who have worked really hard again this term. They have gained in confidence and are now beginning to improve their own learning and performance. The students are almost ready for their Assessment in Joinery and after half term they will be assessed individually on this Unit. It’s pleasing to see the students beginning to assess their own work and identify standards to ensure they meet the Assessment Criteria. Peer assessment is also taking place and enabling students to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses.

The group are working hard to prepare for the functional skills exams and have been working on percentages, area, volume and probability. Although they find this part of the day challenging, they are all showing commitment and determination to succeed. Particular congratulations to Student of the Half Term, Kiahn Hodkinson who has achieved a persistently excellent approach to his learning, 100% attendance and excellent progress towards his functional skills exam.

Miss McSheffrey, our Head of Performing Arts, took a group of Year 10 GCSE Drama students to watch a performance of “Teechers” at Romiley Forum this week, as part of their GCSE course – they will be studying the text in lessons.

Meanwhile Mrs Holden, our Head of Visual Arts, was delighted this week with the visit of some Chinese Artists, who led sessions within Art lessons with a cultural twist of the Far East. Mrs Holden and our fantastic Art team have also been creating an in-school mural at the end of B floor to extend their Art gallery. The mural is being jointly created by students and staff to brighten up this area even further, and to give our students some ownership in their own school building. There will be more opportunities to create a variety of art forms in the summer term as we seek to make our new building a celebration of students’ work.

The holiday pattern for 2018/19 academic year has finally been confirmed today, and I hope to get this communicated to parents in the next edition of the blog. We will confirm it on our website prior to this however so keep an eye out if you need to check those dates.

We return to school on Monday 26th February.

Have a great half term.

Andrew Conroy



Posted on Friday 9th February 2018

This week’s blog is focused exclusively on the importance of attendance at Werneth School.

Maintaining positive attendance is absolutely crucial for every young person, and you will I am sure be aware that research shows even small absences can impact seriously on GCSE grades.  I am sure that you have noticed through recent communication that attendance is a key priority for improvement for some of our students at Werneth School. This is a message for all parents as we feel that our expectations around attendance and punctuality should be highlighted to everyone. 

Why bother worrying about attendance?

Being in school is the only way to ensure that progress is maximised towards those crucial exam results in Year 11. Colleges, apprenticeship providers and employers all ask school for records of attendance, and it makes a real difference when choosing who to employ.

How do absence marks work?

Students are expected to be on site by 8.40am to receive their morning mark. If a student arrives in school after registration, a reason for the late arrival will be recorded and a detention may be given. When a student arrives in school after 10am, a late absent mark will be recorded in the register and this will contribute to a student’s overall absence.

What action will school take if attendance is a concern?

If your child has unsatisfactory attendance or punctuality you will have received letters from your child’s Year Inclusion Manager or been visited at home by the Attendance Team to raise this issue with you. If attendance does not improve, absences will not be authorised without medical evidence and ultimately a referral will be made to the Local Authority’s Education Welfare Service to consider issuing an Education Penalty Notice or to start the Parenting Contract process. This can lead to prosecution. The pastoral staff at school will work with you to try to improve attendance but if this is not successful, we will take action.  All of this is in line with the legal requirements for schools.

What do you do if your child is unable to attend school?

If your child is unable to attend school you must ring school before 8.40am to register a reason for absence. It is important that you phone school on every day of absence so that we know your child will not be attending and you do not receive text messages asking about his or her whereabouts. These are sent for safeguarding reasons and so that you know that your child has not registered at school.

Can my child have leave of absence during term time?

School will not grant leave of absence during school term time unless exceptional circumstances exist which outweigh the harm caused to a pupil’s education by missing school. If the leave of absence is taken without permission, school will request an Education Penalty Notice which may result in a fine of £60. This will rise to £120 if it is not paid within 21 days. This is per parent, per child.

What happens if my child comes to school and feels unwell?

If a student is feeling unwell in school they must inform their teacher in the first instance. If it is not teaching time, a student can inform 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. It is essential the procedures are followed and students must not use their own mobile phones to contact parents or carers and asked to be collected during the day.

I hope this shows you the crucial steps we are taking as a school to ensure that attendance is not a barrier to students’ learning and achievement.  If school and home work closely together, we can provide the very best opportunities for young people to succeed.

2017 - 2018 Term dates

Have a good weekend

Andrew Conroy





Posted on Friday 2nd February 2018

Year 11 continue their vital build-up to the GCSEs, with only 3 calendar months remaining now until the main examinations in the summer commence.  In terms of school weeks, it is very little time.  There are a wealth of opportunities available in school for revision and an after-school timetable every day for every GCSE subject.  Many students are taking advantage of this opportunity, but some still need pushing from teachers and parents together.  Every day, every lesson counts now in gaining those vital extra marks to move to higher level passes.

Year 11 Food Technology students continue to impress Miss Harness and Mrs Oakes with their practical assessments, on pastry and meat this week.  Here is a sample of their finished work …

It was a focus on Year 10 though this week as we held our Year 10 Parents’ Consultation Evening in school on Thursday evening.  It was really encouraging to see so many parents in school to discuss progress with teachers, and also at First House Brinnington on Wednesday.  Working in partnership with parents always leads to improved performance in our young people.

This week the Humanities department hosted an event for all year 8 pupils in order to commemorate and educate pupils about Holocaust Memorial Day. This links into developing pupils’ social, moral and cultural understanding. The event saw an external speaker called Mr Naftel visit Werneth School and speak to all year 8 pupils.   Pupils were taught about the events of the Holocaust and also learnt about Mr Naftel’s personal experience. He informed pupils that he had relatives who both survived and were lost in the extermination camps. The year 8 cohort demonstrated exceptionally good listening skills and were very respectful. Mr Naftel remarked on a number of pupils such as Jake Hamilton, Niall Dudley and Kyle Allen who were very engaged and asked lots of questions, showing a keen interest to learn.


Our new displays have been going up around school this week. Each department has a display for excelling students.

Finally, congratulations to our Book of Excellence winners this week:

Year 7 Chelsey McKie
Year 8 Harley McPherson
Year 9 Alister Shojakhai
Year 10 Jasmine Estelle
Year 11 Will Moran


Have a good weekend.


Andrew Conroy



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Posted on Friday 26th January 2018

This week, we organised our first Werneth School Careers Fair in our Main Hall.  All year 9 & 10 students were invited to attend and meet local training and college providers, to start thinking about their future post-16 options.  Aquinas College, Cheadle & Marple College, Tameside & Clarendon Sixth Form College, Stockport College, The Skills Co, the NHS and the RAF all sent representatives fully laden with information, prospectuses and lots of fun and interactive activities.  Please have a chat with your child and look through the literature given out at the event and let’s spur them on to achieve great things.  The providers all commented on the mature interest of many of our students in discussing their future pathways!


Last week was Young Carers Week at Werneth, and we raised awareness of the vital role that young carers play in supporting a member of their family in their daily lives.  Assemblies were held, and we organised some activities in school to raise the profile of the carers.  If they aren’t supported, young carers can have their progress affected because their workload at home creates problems in school.  At Werneth, Mrs Lumsden is our central contact for Young Carers.  As a result of the focus last week, we were made aware of several young people who act as young carers but we were not aware of this fact.  As a result of knowing that, we can now offer additional support.  If you believe there is a Werneth student in your family who is a young carer and we don’t know about it, it’s worth speaking to Mrs Lumsden so that we can activate some support. Read more about young carers here.

Our Year 11s have now received their mock examination results.  It was good to see so many Year 11 parents at the GCSE Intervention Evening this Thursday.  I know how much time teachers have been dedicating to provide detailed feedback for students, in order to improve those grades and gain success in the summer.  There is no excuse for Year 11 – daily preparation should be in full swing.  There are a host of resources, lunchtime and after school revision sessions as well as time to revise at home every evening.  Steady revision leads to spectacular success!  If Year 11 parents need any advice or help in preparing their child for any aspect of GCSE revision, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Hunt who will liaise with teachers in school if she doesn’t know the answer immediately.  Mrs Foy, Deputy Headteacher, also leads this aspect in school and parents can speak with her on any aspect of Year 11 examination prep.

Year 11 GCSE Food Technology students have been preparing for their first trial examination over the past fortnight.  Miss Harness has sent some photographs of the excellent samples produced – fish and chips!

Meanwhile, some of our Year 8 pupils recently participated in a day of Drama workshops with other schools across Stockport.   The pupils had a fantastic time and were a credit to the school.   Despite being a year to two years younger than the other pupils, they participated fully and created some excellent work.

Book of Excellence winners this week are:
Lewis Hencher, Year 7 for Life Learning
Bethany Pridgeon, Year 8 for Art
Ayah Azabanee, Year 9 for Science
Kiahn Hodkinson, Year 10 for English
Steph Thompson, Year 11 for Maths  


Finally, I mentioned a few weeks ago that a new community project will commence next half term in partnership with Manchester United, where we will be offering our astroturf pitches for Friday evening football with qualified coaches.  Manchester United are currently advertising for vacancies with these positions as coaches, to work with young people.  If you are interested, click on the following links: 

Casual Youth Engagement Coach

Casual Football Coach


Have a good weekend.


Andrew Conroy






Posted on Friday 19th January 2018

It’s been a sad, reflective week here at Werneth as we have mourned the passing of one of our Year 11 students on Monday, Max Westwell.

Max had been fighting a rare form of cancer for the past 15 months, and his fight was brave and full on.  Unfortunately, he lost that battle on Monday. Thankfully his passing was peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his family.

Max is the fifth member of his family to attend Werneth, and his family came into school on Tuesday morning to talk through the good times with us.  They are thankful of the support offered to them from all members of the Werneth community and wanted me to communicate that message to everyone.

Max was a very inquisitive, optimistic, intelligent and caring young man who loved every day at school and at home with his family.  He is already sorely missed by his friends and teachers at Werneth.

Max’s family would love him to be remembered at Werneth, and we are exploring ways that we can move forward with a permanent memorial in school.  His family will work with us on that over the coming weeks and months.  They wanted to pass on to our Year 11s that Max will be with them in spirit over the coming months as they sit their examinations, and enjoy the rites of passage with their prom in the summer term.



Andrew Conroy






Posted on Friday 12th January 2018

Welcome to 2018, and a happy new year to every member of our school community!
It’s been a calm and purposeful start to term, and our students have responded well to the first challenges of the new term. 

I have spoken with our Year 11 students in assembly this morning about the unique challenges of their final full term at Werneth before the vital GCSE examinations in the summer.  Year 11 will pick up their mock examination results on Monday.  As ever, they are a mixed bag on an individual and year group basis.  Some students have performed well, and some have a lot of work to now secure success in the summer. 

Of course, the whole purpose of mock examinations is to judge where we currently sit and to use them as a checkpoint: the vital journey between receiving those results and resolving to improve them for the summer is now central to their school life.  We are all working hard to get the results they deserve, and parents of Year 11 students should always feel able to contact teachers and leaders in school to activate any necessary support.  There should be no barriers to success.  Our teachers are ensuring that there will be many support mechanisms for Year 11 between now and the examinations.  These include revision materials, after school revision sessions and opportunities in the Easter holidays.  More details to come!

Some key dates for this half term:

Thursday 25th January 2018 – Year 11 intervention evening ( parents may be asked to visit school to discuss any issues with particular subjects in preparation for GCSE )

Wednesday 31st January 2018 – Year 10 parents drop-in day at First House, Brinnington

Thursday 1st February 2018 – Year 10 Full Parents’ Consultation Evening

Thursday 15th February 2018 – School breaks up for half term at 3.10pm ( return 26th Feb )

Could I remind parents that you update any details with school if any circumstances have changed, particularly parental contact information – mobile numbers, emails etc.


I’d like to welcome some new staff to Werneth this week: Mrs Birds in Mathematics; Mr Ryan in Modern Languages and Mr Renshaw in Science.  In addition, Mrs Houghton has commenced her new role working as Emotional Health and Wellbeing Officer to support students.  Consequently, we have made some changes within our year teams for Year 8 and Year 9.  Year 8 is led by Mrs Tonge and Mr Jones, who joined Werneth this week.  Year 9 is led by Mr Mujagic with Mrs Lumsden now switching into this year group.


We’ve been installing some new aspirational displays at key locations around school over the break and during the course of this week, linked to some of the subject areas in school.  Here’s a flavour of some of those displays …


Finally, I am very pleased to announce that we have managed to secure a new programme working with Manchester United Foundation for evening community football sessions on our floodlit astroturf pitches, coached by Manchester United qualified coaches.  The sessions will be open to young people between the ages of 8 and 18, and will operate every Friday evening starting next half term.  More information will come on this exciting community venture over the coming weeks.



Have a good weekend.

Andrew Conroy






Posted on Thursday 21st December 2017

It’s been a happy and festive end of term today with Christmas jumpers, gifts and celebration events in school. We have raised £985 for charity today with our non-uniform event.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to the worthy causes. The autumn term this year has been a 15 week affair, with this half term particularly long.  It has been action packed and full of opportunities, though it’s fair to say everyone is now ready for a rest and recharge before we return on Monday 8th January 2018.

As you will know from a previous blog, we have been operating a “12 days of Christmas” attendance event to promote excellent attendance right up to today.

Congratulations to the winners, who received prizes today:
£10 Gift Vouchers: Kade 7R; Ellie 7N; James 7S; Charley 8T; Bethany 9C; Luke 9C; Alex 9W;
Amber 9E; Jasmine 10O; Callum 10N;
Luke 10C; Kayleigh 11W 
2 x MUFC Premier League Tickets; Dylan 8W 
Kindle Fire Joshua 7O 

Congratulations also to the winners of selection boxes and other prizes in yesterday’s Celebration Assemblies across every year group.

Thank you to all of our families in school who have donated to our Food Bank Appeal.  We have collated a mass of items from every form group in school to donate to Stockport Food Bank at a time of the year when many families will appreciate a helping hand financially.  Miss Darlington is overwhelmed with the generosity from our families, which will help the local community.

I’d like to formally say goodbye to a number of staff who are leaving us at Christmas:
Mr Dorman (Computer Science); Mr Wilde (Mathematics); Mr Keshe (Science); Mr Danesh (Mathematics) and Mrs Beckett from our Learning Support department.
We thank all of them for their services to our school community.

I’d like to give a special mention to Mrs Jan Holt who leaves us this week after an association with Werneth School that began in 1979.  Jan has been a PE teacher for many years and – for the past 15 years – has also worked as our Primary Sports Co-ordinator, working in all of our feeder primary schools to promote sport.  Jan is passionate about developing sport in our young people.  I am sure she must know virtually all of the young people in our local area in some capacity, and some of the not so young people will have benefited from her work as well.

As a mark of Jan’s longstanding efforts in school, Mrs Sloane – our Head of PE here at Werneth – has initiated a new sporting shield to be presented to the feeder primary school who makes the largest contribution to sport in our partnership with them every year.  A fitting legacy for Jan’s time at Werneth.  We wish her a long and happy retirement.

I would also like to draw your attention to our first ever edition of our students’ own newspaper, the Werneth Whisper.

That’s it for 2017!  On behalf of everyone at Werneth, we wish all families associated with our school a wonderful festive season, and we look forward to welcoming our students back on 8th January 2018.

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 15th December 2017



It’s a packed edition of the blog this Friday, as there have been so many events in school at the end of our final full week.  Next week, we are in school as normal Monday to Wednesday and then finish at 12pm on Thursday.  Thursday will be a Christmas themed non-uniform day for two worthy causes: students are asked to bring £1 into school on the day.

As part of our partnership with Adidas, representatives from our two choirs came together for a spot of Christmas carolling at Manchester Children's Hospital on Tuesday. They sang a whole range  of Christmas songs from traditional carols to popular Christmas classics. We had an appreciative audience and helped raise money for the hospital along the way.  Jonathan Collinge, Adidas CSR Manager commented “They were fantastic! The engagement level from the students was first class.  I feel everyone who went added something very special to what is a sad time in the hospital.  All the staff and children totally enjoyed the singing.”

Next Wednesday, 20th December, is our popular Carol Concert starting at 7.15pm at St Chad’s Church in Romiley.  It’s my favourite school event of the year, so I am absolutely gutted to be unable to attend this year.  Get yourself along though if you can though … it’s a real treat.

Year 7 have been making and decorating Christmas gingerbread in Food technology this week.   Attached are pictures of contributions from Elle, Ebony, Arran, Olivia and Charlotte.  Well done to our Great Werneth Bakers!

Meanwhile, Year 10 boys and girls dodge ball teams both came 3rd in Stockport schools competition on Tuesday.  Both teams showed great sportsmanship and represented the school in a very positive way.

Congratulations to Elliott in Year 8 who had a fabulous time representing Werneth School and the North West at the English Schools national diving finals. Competing against some of the best junior divers in the country, he placed 9th out of 16 on springboard.  He is pictured here in his North West kit with Tom Daley.

We have a group of enterprising Year 7 boys who approached me last week to create a poster to be used around school in every classroom.  They wanted to remind everyone in school of key school rules, and they worked with our web designer Mrs Mansfield to create the design.  Well done to Samuel, Josh and Jack and you can see their finished poster here.

Our teacher trainees have enjoyed a successful placement with us this term.   They left our school today and move on to another school in January, in order to continue their teacher training course. We thank them for all their hard work with our students and wish them well in the new year. We have a new group of trainees starting to work with us in January.

We arranged for our Year 11 students to visit Stockport College today to sample a range of vocational subjects that they can consider when they leave us in the summer.  As a treat for their hard work in the recent mock examinations, we laid on a buffet lunch for them.  We now look forward to seeing their results in the new year on Mock Exam Results Day in January.


Students from Werneth spent some time with residents of Pembroke Court retirement home on Thursday. The Tracks team were there providing refreshments before students from our Seventh Octave singing group arrived armed with song books so that everyone could join in with a whole variety of Christmas songs both old and new. 


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

Year 7 - Owen, for excellence in Maths
Year 8 - Aidan, for excellence in Food Tech
Year 9 - Katie, for excellence in History
Year 10 - Fi, for excellence in MFL
Year 11 - Georgia, for excellence in History

Finally, please keep an eye out if you follow the Guardian online or in print.  We anticipate that Werneth School will be featured there on Boxing Day, a leading schools in terms of restorative practice.  The national Restorative Justice Council is publishing a short video which was filmed at Werneth earlier this term, featuring some of our students.  I hope to link the video to my blog in the new year.

My final blog of 2017 to come next Thursday.


Have a good weekend.

Andrew Conroy





Posted on Friday 8th December 2017


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a good weekend.

Andrew Conroy





Posted on Friday 1st December 2017


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a good weekend.

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 24th November 2017


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a good weekend.

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 17th November 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And on that note, have a good weekend!


Andrew Conroy



Posted on Friday 10th November 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some key dates for this half term:

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


Have a good weekend!  

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 3rd November 2017


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Some key dates for this half term:

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


Have a good weekend!  

Andrew Conroy





Posted on Friday 20th October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Andrew Conroy





Posted on Friday 13th October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to Nathan; Daniel; Joe; Jake; James; Oli; Kai; Toby; Lewis; Will.

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

Have a good weekend!  


Andrew Conroy



Posted on Friday 6th October 2017


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

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

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

Some key reminders:

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

Have a good weekend!  


Andrew Conroy


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Posted on Friday 22nd September 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Have a great weekend!

Andrew Conroy


Posted on Friday 22nd September 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great weekend!

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 15th September 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great weekend!

Andrew Conroy




Posted on Friday 8th September 2017

Welcome back!

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

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

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

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

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

Just a few reminders please for parents –

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

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

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

Have a great weekend!

Andrew Conroy