5 November 2021

This week’s update includes: COVID Update; Key Dates for your diary; football news; GCSE Art trip; Star of the Week; Support for parents


Welcome back to a new half term, and the first update for a few weeks.  As you will be aware, this is a half term where we have been asked by the NHS to use face coverings for all times when students are not in their classrooms.  This will be reviewed at Christmas.  We talked to children on Tuesday about the need for this, to ensure we do not contribute to the high COVID rates in Stockport and we support our colleagues at Stepping Hill hospital who are under pressure with the number of cases currently.  I have to say, I am slightly disappointed with the significant number of students who are not following this advice.  Please do encourage your child to wear a face covering so that we can ensure we reduce the spread of the virus, and that we can keep school open and safe in this period.




Monday 22nd November - Thursday 2nd December

Year 11 Mock Examinations

Friday 3rd December

INSET Day - Students not in school

Thursday 9th December

Provisional dates for flu vaccinations

Theatre production in school for Years 10 and 11

Monday 13th December

Provisional date for in-school Winter Wonderland concert

Thursday 16th December

Years 7 to 9 reports home

Friday 17th December

Finish for Christmas at midday


On the weekend of the Manchester Derby, there is a lot of football news this week!

Ball Assistant 2021/22:  Manchester United have once again offered Foundation Partner Schools one place each to appoint a Ball Assistant. After an application and interview process we are absolutely delighted to announce the successful candidate from Werneth as Sophie in Year 10. Sophie will now represent the school in this very valued and important matchday role at Old Trafford for all home fixtures, for the remainder of the season. Huge congratulations Sophie!





Girls Hub Tournament: On Friday 22nd October, Year 10 and 11 female students took part in a football tournament against other MU Foundation schools. The girls made it to the final where they were defeated in penalties. The girls did the school proud not only with their football skills but also their excellent team spirit and sportsmanship. Well done Girls! 


Massive congratulations also to Oliver in Year 11 who has joined the Macclesfield FC First Team squad.


Y11 Football update from Mr Brierley:    It was a great first half term for our Y11 football team who have played 7 and won 7 of their games.   They have progressed to the 3rd Round of the National Cup where they will play Kirk Balk Academy (in Barnsley) and to the Quarter Final of the Greater Manchester cup where they will play Altrincham Grammar School.  They are also in the semi finals of the Stockport Cup to be played later in the year.   Well done lads. 


Well done to Year 11 students on the GCSE Art trip to Alton Towers this week.  Mrs Holden tells me that they were an absolute credit to themselves and the school.

Free Courses for Parents/Carers in Supporting Children

Stockport is now offering completely free online courses around pregnancy, parenting and understanding the children in your life.

The courses are appropriate for anyone playing an active role in a child’s life, up until they are 19 – this could be mothers, fathers, partners, carers, professionals of all kinds, grandparents, other family and involved friends. They are split into the following topics:

  • Understanding your child (0-19 years)
  • Understanding your child with additional needs (0-19 years)
  • Understanding your teenager’s brain (short course)
  • Understanding your brain (course for teenagers)

The courses are available in multiple languages, and look at brain development, play, styles of parenting, sleep, temper tantrums, communication and more. Additional courses will be added as they become available.

They can be completed in privacy at any time of day – each course is delivered in 20 minute chunks.

How to access these courses for free

The course usually costs £39 per person, however by following the steps below, you can join for free:

  1. Visit the Our Place website
  2. Use access code ‘REDROCK’
  3. You will be asked to create an account so that you can resume the course where you last left off.
  4. You will also be asked to verify your postcode to make sure that you’re a Stockport resident. This personal information will remain private.

Have a good weekend!  Please be careful if you are involved with fireworks.


Posted by cmurphy

Category: Parental Update