13 December 2019

I’d like to start this week with a very positive press release about our school, and the excellent work undertaken to ensure that we are inclusive as we possibly can be:

Werneth School has been awarded a GOLD Young Carers Award: this recognises their work in ensuring that students don’t miss out on an education because they are young carers. The Young Carers in Schools programme helps primary and secondary schools improve outcomes for young carers and celebrates good practice through the Young Carers in Schools Award. Mr Conroy, headteacher, said of the award: “I am really proud of all the staff and students at Werneth School. Everyone has worked hard to develop a range of supporting strategies for our Young Carers. These ensure that our Young Carers have the best opportunity to excel at school. It is an incredible achievement to have received this very prestigious award” Young carers are responsible for emotional, practical or physical care for a parent, sibling or other family member who has a physical disability, mental health issue or substance misuse issue. Research reveals that there are around 700,000 young carers in England, equivalent to one in 12 school children. Many of these young people are unrecognised and unsupported. Research carried out by Carers Trust and The Children's Society shows that, on average, young carers miss or cut short 48 school days a year and often have lower levels of self-confidence, mental wellbeing and significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level, because of their caring role. Ofsted's Common Inspection Framework states that inspectors will look at how well schools support Young Carers. While some schools are doing this really well, others struggle and this causes real problems for Young Carers. Our feedback states that “To achieve their Gold Award Werneth School has demonstrated that it is actively working with young carers and their families to reduce the caring roles of these young people. Young carers are included in school improvement plans, and are considered at every level of the school.” One of the current Young Carers at Werneth said “HART is a really kind and supportive place for us to go in school. I especially enjoy the monthly meetings and activities as they have all helped me focus on my lessons.” The programme is open to all schools in England and you can find our more information by visiting www.youngcarersinschools.com

In other news:

On Thursday 5th December students from across all year groups performed a showcase of festive dance numbers to a jam packed audience in the school hall. Our Winter Wonderland certainly kicked off the festive season and the audience were amazed by some spectacular performances. Well done to all those students who were involved with Winter Wonderland 2019.

The Art Department were pleased to inform me today that two of Werneth's year 11 students - Macie and Katie - attended Clarendon College for an interview for the Photography Level 3 BTEC course earlier this week. This course only has 15 places and is at the highest level. When the interview panel looked at the coursework sketchbooks they told both girls there was no need for an interview, their work was of such a high standard that they were guaranteed a place on the spot. The college said this is the best work they had seen ever at GCSE level. Well done Macie and Katie!

Year 10 and our Fast Track Year 9 (completing the GCSE in Photography in one year) took part in the big portraits photoshoot on 2 & 3rd December. They were fortunate to work with two Manchester photographers Paul Wolfgang and Ash Cox who created some incredible portraits in the style of artists and photographers for the students. Our thanks go to both the photographers and the Make-up artists from Manchester College - a very busy, productive and enjoyable experience for all and the results are amazing.

The Manchester United Foundation held its annual Year 7 Christmas Party at Old Trafford on Tuesday. 5 Year 7 students who have demonstrated excellence this term were drawn to represent Werneth School. The event included a football freestyler, music, party food buffet, goodie bag each, special appearances from Fred the Red, and Michael Carrick, who generously provided each of the students with a pair of football boots. The students represented Werneth exceptionally and all had a great time.

It is our final week in school next week and it is a full week in school uniform every day. Students will be working for much of the week, and then finishing with some Christmas activities and Reward Assemblies. Friday will finish at 12pm, and buses have been booked.

Can I take this opportunity to thank all families for your support of Werneth School this term, and wish everyone an enjoyable Christmas break. School returns at 8.40am on Monday 6th January 2020.

Enjoy the weekend!

Posted by cmurphy

Category: Headteacher's Blog