31 January 2020

Welcome to the first blog of the new year, as we reach the end of January. Apologies for the lack of content over the first few weeks. It has been a busy start to term for Year 11, and the OFSTED inspection at the start of term also got in the way!

This term is obviously a crucial final full term for our Year 11s, and they have been receiving their mock examination results from us, digesting the feedback and planning the work that must now be undertaken to move forward to success in the summer. With only weeks remaining now – the examinations begin after Easter – they have received their provisional GCSE timetables, and are preparing for the final mock examinations in March in core subjects. Yesterday ( Thursday ) was the final Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening of the year, and parents have been informed about revision requirements. A reminder that a full revision programme is available every day after school and we also have a study room at lunchtimes for Year 11 revision in C57

I would like to welcome some new staff to Werneth this month: welcome to …

Ms Berry, Science teacher; Mr Fay, Cover Supervisor; Ms Walsh, Head of Drama; Mrs Murphy, Data Manager; Mrs Peters, Receptionist; Miss Graham, Pastoral Intervention. We also have Ms Emma Knee joining us on Monday as our new Year 7 Inclusion Manager: a key name for Year 7 parents.

Some really impressive news from Mrs Birds in our Computer Science department last week. During the second week of this term, all of our Year 8 girls were invited to participate in a Cyber Security Challenge run by GCHQ and the National Security Service. This was to identify girls who may be interested in a future career with GCHQ. This year approximately 12,000 girls took part from around 800 schools across the country. The girls spent a week completing as many of the gruelling challenges as possible. Giving the immense difficulty of these challenges, we are very proud to report that a team of 3 girls from Werneth have made the semi finals in Manchester where they will be competing against 9 other schools in the region. They will spend a whole Saturday solving more puzzles and completing some very difficult challenges in an attempt to earn a place at the National Finals. We are very proud of them for being in the top ten teams in the region and wish them great success at the semi finals! Well done to Leah Selbie, Mollie Selbie and Jess Eyre!

I’d like to announce some exciting developments for our school that will take effect over the coming months …. we are investing in a number of new resources to boost our school environment and you will see these take effect over Easter and the summer holidays. We will be receiving our new school minibus in March, we are building a new vocational facility for construction and other work-related learning, we are investing in an external canopy area for students at break and lunchtime and we will be installing some new electric gates to assist us in the safeguarding of our students during the school day.

Finally, here are some key dates for the remainder of the new term. Please note that our school term and holiday dates for next school year should be ready to publish next Friday, so look out for those too. Also our Year 8 Options Evening has been postponed until after Easter, as we are making some changes to our curriculum structure at the moment. More information to come!

Thursday 6th February: Year 9 Parents’ Consultation Evening

Thursday 13th February: School breaks up for half term at 3.10pm.

Monday 24th February: School returns from half term.

Thursday 27th February: Year 10 Parents’ Consultation Evening

Thursday 5th March: Year 8 Parents’ Consultation Evening

Monday 9th March: Year 11 Mock Examinations Week

Thursday 26th March: Year 7 Parents’ Consultation Evening

Friday 3rd April: School breaks up for Easter holidays

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