20 December 2019


We have reached the end of our longest term of the year and this is the last blog of 2019. It has been a 15 week term packed full of opportunities and we leave at Christmas with a positive Christmassy final week. We have had a week full of festive fun when lessons ceased on Tuesday. Christmas activities were held on Wednesday, and Praise Assemblies on Thursday for each year group where we celebrated excellent achievement, progress and attendance with prizes and recognition for our many excellent students in each year group. I have a list of all of our winners, but it is too long to include here!


Werneth School prides itself on the work we do in partnership with the local community. This week that work was recognised by St Chad’s Church in Romiley who very kindly donated a number of food vouchers and boxes of chocolates to be distributed amongst some of our more vulnerable families. This came as a massive surprise to those families who were incredibly grateful for the additional support at this time of year. We would like to take this opportunity to formally thank all those involved at St Chad’s Church for this very kind donation and their ongoing support to Werneth School.


Our students have also been involved in charity work over recent weeks – young people from all years have been taking part in the Reverse Advent Calendar for Stockport Foodbank during the month of December. We have received hundreds of items which will help many members of the local community through the fantastic work done at St Mark's Church, Bredbury. Thank you to all our parents and families for their support in this great cause


Eight Year 11 students explored life within the NHS at Manchester Metropolitan University on Tuesday. They learnt about the working life of a radiographer, an oncology research nurse, a social worker, a midwife, an operating theatre professional and many more. They were involved in practical workshops, including experiencing the life of a severely disabled person and also constructing the human skeleton under timed conditions! The students were a credit to the school and they were able to see first hand their potential career choices.


Our students have been telling us in Student Voice sessions with senior leaders that Maths lessons have really improved this year, as Mr Brighton has introduced a new way of working. Our Maths department rewarded one hundred and twenty students for either excellent effort or achievement across this term. Students came and enjoyed treats and a film in the main hall. All these students have shown an excellent attitude to their studies in Maths.


Meanwhile Mr Brighton in Science tells me that - as a reward for excellent progress - the Science department took twenty six pupils from across our year groups bowling and for a meal. The students enjoyed their time at the Hollywood Bowl, however our year elevens were beaten by an excellent bowling performance from Miss Wicks. She was unfortunately less than gracious in her victory! All of the students were nominated to attend by their individual teachers and they have consistently illustrated excellence in their Science lessons throughout the term. Mr Brighton commented that “we are committed to rewarding pupils who consistently illustrate our core values and further praise events will take place throughout the academic year.”

Congratulations to the Year 10 Christmas Cake Winners …. Megan Adie; Eloise Edwards; Jordan Hamblet; Oliver Helps; Annelise Fisher; Ellie Chatburn; Christina Likai; Nichole Swindell-Mather; Nile McPherson

It was lovely to attend the Christmas Concert on Wednesday evening and see so many of our students from Year 7 to Year 11 performing musically in a variety of different ensembles, bands and individually. It’s always nice to see so many of our talented young people performing. It was also great to award certificates to so many of our students who have passed their musical external examinations in a range of musical instruments. As a follow up, I invited our “Seventh Octave” Year 7 choir to sing to all of their teachers on Friday morning, and we were also treated to a rendition of Slade’s “Merry Christmas Everybody” from our Year 9 boy band “Silver Lining”.

A small number of students are missing key pieces of uniform as we reach the end of term – shoes and ties being the main areas to work on. We understand the cost of Christmas may prohibit buying new uniform, but we would ask parents to check on uniform ready for our return in January.

As always at the end of term, we have a number of staff leaving us, and I would like to thank them for their service to school.

Miss McSheffrey leaves Werneth School after an incredible 22 years’ service in our school to take up a position at The Kingsway School. She has been a veteran of countless school productions at Werneth, has held a vast array of positions in her time at the school and most recently has overseen excellent results in her teaching of Drama.

Miss Cherrington has been our Year 7 Inclusion Manager, joining the school in 2010. Caroline will be a well-known figure to many parents and students, who have experienced her energy and enthusiasm in the countless activities organised during the transition process from primary to secondary. She leaves for a promotion at East Manchester Academy.

Finally, Mr Jones has been somewhat of a local celebrity recently, with his appointment as football manager with Stockport Town FC and their subsequent signing of Robbie Savage. As Year Inclusion Manager and Reflection Lead, he has worked closely with the mentoring of many students. He leaves us to take up his football management role full time.

Werneth will be fully staffed as ever when we return in January. Replacements have already been appointed and I will introduce them in January. A reminder that we return on Monday 6th January at 8.40am. Have a relaxing Christmas and we wish you every happiness for the new year.

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