27 November 2020

This week includes:

Online safety resources – Year 11 mock exams –Careers advice for parents – Virtual Parents’ Evenings – Forthcoming key dates – New Post-COVID rules for schools

It has been a week of returning from self-isolation this week for many students.  We have almost everyone back in school currently as there have been large returns in Years 9, 10 and 11.  Our experience tells us that we can’t heave a sigh of relief though, as we are only ever one case away from a significant number of isolations.  We are hoping we can minimise any further disruption over the remainder of this term. 


I have been looking at some of the work that has been completed via our Remote Learning.  Whilst it can never be a replacement for being in classrooms, I know that most of our young people are working hard at home via Google Classroom.   Thank you to parents and carers for your support with this.


It’s a time when we recognise that home supervision of young people as they learn online is a challenge for us all.  I would therefore like to signpost parents to three online resources that are endorsed by Stockport Local Authority safeguarding team.  It provides useful resources in allowing you to keep your child safe online.


Parents – scare or prepare? – SafeBlog from LGfL DigiSafe

You can also access a whole section on Online Safety via our school website:

Online Safety | Werneth School


For families: #OnlineSafetyAtHome packs

Our #OnlineSafetyAtHome packs are still available for you to share with parents and carers to use at home. These include fun activities, conversation starters and practical tips on topics such as:


We have been incredibly impressed with our Year 11 students this week as they have carried out their mock examinations.  They have shown real maturity in their attitude towards their mock examinations, and their conduct in the examination hall has been impeccable.  Two more weeks to go for the mocks, and a reminder that all of the information about mock examinations can be accessed here: Exam Information | Werneth School


Guiding your child to a successful career –

a “Live Online” event for parents of secondary school pupils.

InvestIN provides students from the age of 12 with immersive work experience in some of the world’s most competitive and desirable careers – medicine, law, engineering, investment banking and more.  You are invited to a free-of-charge event for parents on Thursday 10th December at 19.30 – 21.00.  You will hear an expert panel share information on all aspects of careers advice. 


Please follow this link on 10th December for the Careers Event if you wish to join: 



Year 8 Parents Evening will take place on Monday 14th December.  This will be a virtual Parents’ Evening via an online company called 'SchoolCloud' where parents can have a face to face parent-teacher interview using their phones, tablets or computers.  Miss Kennedy will be sending out details to Year 8 parents, including a 'how to' video to support parents in making their appointments.  Feedback we have seen from other schools has been very positive and we are very much looking forward to an opportunity to discuss the academic progress of our year 8 students, albeit virtually! We will be organising further virtual Parents’ Evenings after Christmas and starting with Year 7 and Year 11.


Just a reminder that school is closed on Friday 4th December as planned on our year calendar, for staff moderation.


Football’s Premier League recently published an article concerning one of our ex-Year 11 students, Rhea.  It details the transformational work that goes on in our school for young people with regard to the Manchester United Foundation:  have a read here:  PL Charitable Fund 10 years: Rhea and Man Utd (premierleague.com)


Almost 600 pupils competed against 250,000 other pupils nationally in the BEBRAS Computational Thinking Skills Challenge this month with many achieving results well above the national average scores. We are so proud to report that we have a handful of pupils who achieved at the very top in their age categories. Official scores and certificates will be distributed next week. Thank you to all the pupils who took part for representing Werneth School and themselves so well and to Mrs Birds who organised this.


The Department for Education has today ( Friday ) published amended post-lockdown rules for schools related to COVID-19.   You can read the full guidance on the gov.uk website should you choose to do so.  The guidance from 2nd December will be different depending on the tier for our local area.  Initially, Stockport will be in the highest level of Tier 3.  So, a quick summary of the implications for Werneth School:


  • School will of course remain fully open and follow all of the usual rules with regard to isolation.
  • Face masks will continue to be worn when not in classrooms - corridors, movement around school.
  • Children must follow social distancing and the wearing of masks on public transport and school buses. 
  • Extra curricular provision after school should return gradually, in year bubbles.  This includes PE.
  • Performances ( eg Music, Dance, Drama ) can happen via live streaming or recording with parental permission.  However, live audiences are not permitted.

Finally, you may be interested in responding as a parent to the term time arrangements for schools 2022/23 consultation detailed here: Admissions Arrangements and School Holiday and Term Dates Consultation 2022-23 - Stockport Metropolitan Borough Citizen Space - Citizen Space


Have a good weekend!



Posted by cmurphy

Category: Parental Update