1 October 2021

This week’s update includes: vaccines, young carers, homework club, Year 11 Parents’ Evening, Launch for Success, Royal Mail Heroes Competition, Football, Stars of the Week, Man Utd Foundation - Phil McGrath


I started the academic year with a wish that COVID would not prove to be disruptive this year.  I am increasingly anxious that my wishes may not be realised, as we saw a significant rise in cases across the secondary schools in Stockport last week.  Within our school, our positive cases have also risen over the past week and - although our cases are relatively small compared to some other areas of the borough, I am keeping a watchful eye on the situation.  Other schools have had to reintroduce face masks and I really hope we do not need to follow suit over the coming weeks.  Parents should have received the vaccination consent forms this week, and I hope you feel able to support the NHS request that your child is vaccinated.  Please return the form to school as quickly as you can … we expect vaccinations to take place in mid October, and they have already started in some schools.  A reminder of course that we will not vaccinate without your permission.


We are being asked to risk assess and consider carefully if any forthcoming large events can take place within school.  It is at my discretion, and we will continue to monitor each event carefully, using a risk assessment.  Year 11 Parents’ Evenings will use the online system, but we are currently aiming to run an amended version of our Year 7 Launch for Success event next week, unless the situation in school worsens significantly.  We know how important it is for Year 7 parents to come into school.  Expect a communication from Mrs Kennedy next early next week telling you about our amendments.


Werneth School is very proud of the fact that we have achieved the Gold Award for the support structures that it has in place to support our Young Carers. Each year at this stage we take the opportunity to review those services and to ensure that we have captured the names of all Young Carers in school.   This is especially important when we have a new Year 7 group joining us as they may have already found moving to a secondary school quite daunting, Therefore it is important that we do everything we can do to help them settle in or ensure that their teachers are aware of the home caring responsibilities, so that they can make allowances as appropriate.  It would be really useful if any Year 7 parents/guardians could advise us (in confidence) if your child has caring responsibilities outside of school. We will then meet with them and advise them of the additional support that we can offer in school.  Contact ruth.craven@wernethschool.com if you wish to do that, or discuss any aspect of our Young Carer programme.


Homework club: If you feel that your child would benefit from some support with their homework, the Student Support team are running a drop in homework club every Tuesday and Thursday straight after school in the library, for years 7-9.


Year 11 Parents’ Evening - Online Appointment Booking

The government have this week confirmed that Year 11 students will sit formal examinations in the summer of 2022, so it’s more crucial than ever that Year 11 students remain on track for that.  I would like to invite you to attend our Parents’ Evening on Thursday 14th October from 4pm until 7pm. This event will give you an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with their teachers via a video link.

The school will be continuing to use the initiative started last year using the online appointment booking system. This allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers and you will receive an email confirming your appointments. We are confident this will be an improvement to the previous system and welcome any feedback.

Appointments can be made from Monday 4th October and will close on Wednesday 13th October. Should you wish to make any changes after this date please contact the school office.  Please visit https://werneth.schoolcloud.co.uk to book your appointments. (A short guide on how to add appointments is at the bottom of the page)

Login with the following information:

Student’s First Name

Student’s Surname   

Student’s Date of Birth

 If you do not have access to the internet or struggle to make appointments, please contact Jane Hunt on jane.hunt@wernethschool.com. She will be happy to collate feedback to send home or make appointments on your behalf.


Launch for Success night for parents and carers of Year 7 students is on Thursday 7th Oct, 5.00 - 6.30pm.. Letters have been sent home and all information can be found on the web site.


Massive congratulations to Ella Horsfield in Year 10 who has been shortlisted for the Royal Mail’s Heroes Stamp Design Competition, judged by no less than the Queen herself!  There were 606,049 entries from 7,749 schools and Ella now must wait until November to find out if she will be further shortlisted to become a regional finalist.  Outstanding achievement, and she is rightly proud of herself.  She has already won a guaranteed £100 prize for herself and her school but this could increase to £1000 depending on how far she progresses.  Fingers crossed, but she is already a winner.  Frustratingly, she didn’t keep a copy of her design so I can’t share it with you.  Mrs Holden, Head of Visual Arts, is delighted that one of our students has been recognised in this way.  Well done Ella!


Mixed results for our Boys Football teams this week:  Y7s and 8s lost in their cup games against St James and CHHS whereas our Y9s beat Kingsway 12-1 and Y10s won their 1st round of the Greater Manchester Cup 4-2 at Unsworth Bury.   Our Y11s play Crompton House in the Greater Manchester cup on Friday at Hyde United.   

Some excellent results for the Girls Football teams on Thursday in torrential conditions.  The U13 team won both of their matches. 1-0 against Harrytown with Maisie scoring the winning and batting back from 0-1 down at half time to beat Reddish 2-1. Goals coming from Olivia and Pheobe.  A positive set of results from the U15 team with a 1-0 win against Harrytown with Sophie scoring the only goal of the game and a hard fought 0-2 loss against Reddish with an outstanding performance from Kiki in goal.  A huge well done to all players.



Miss Howell has been working hard to increase the amount of access to careers information in school, starting with last week’s Post-16 event.  This week, she wants to pass on “huge thank you to the representatives of Tameside and Clarendon Sixth Form Colleges for attending Werneth to speak with our year 9s, 10s and 11s about their future and the possibilities of which college can open up for our students after leaving high school. 

They were wonderfully engaging and informative with all students who attended the session. They also commented on how polite our students were and were really impressed with the end result.  We have a number of colleges offering lunchtime sessions, on a Thursday, over the coming weeks.”


Many of you will have had cause over recent years to celebrate and gain from our partnership with the Manchester United Foundation.   It’s a key partnership aimed at providing our students with aspirational experiences working with a world class brand.  Of course, Phil McGrath has been our in-school Manchester United Foundation Hub Officer, and led many of those initiatives ranging from summer schools to Street Reds to hampers for struggling families.  Phil has been promoted within the Foundation and moves to a new job in Rochdale, and will leave Werneth School this Friday to take up that position. 


We send him on his way with our thanks and very best wishes in his new role, and I know we will see him in the future.  He has been a superb member of our team, and formed very strong relationships with students, parents and staff.

Our links with the Manchester United Foundation continue.  Phil’s replacement has been shadowing him now for a number of weeks, and I would like to introduce you to Niccola Massey.    Niccola says in introduction “I have been with the MU Foundation for the past six and a half years and worked full time as a Hub Development officer for nearly four years. I have been based over in Salford until taking the offer of a new adventure in Werneth. I very much look forward to working with the staff and students at Werneth continuing on from the previous successes of the partnership.”


Have a good weekend!




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