Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

We launched Gold DofE this week to interested Year 12 students, and we urge all students to consider getting involved in an extremely worthwhile and valued award. Please check carefully the expedition dates and ensure that your child can commit fully to all aspects of the award before returning the reply slip and deposit to secure a place. For students who have not previously completed Silver DofE, the Gold Award will take 18 months minimum, for students who have done Silver it will be 12 months minimum. Letters will be available from Monday 30th October from Sixth Form Student Services.

Important KS3 Exams Information

Dear Parents

KS3 students are entering their ‘end of year exam period’.  Students will be sitting exams in their core subjects (English, maths and science) in formal exam conditions.  They have all received an individual timetable for these tests.

Tests will also be taken for the following subjects: history, geography, RS and languages, in the classroom during normal timetabled lessons.  Students will be having assessments at the end of their current unit (so nearer the end of the summer term) in the practical and performance subjects.

Students are being issued with a blank timetable to write in when they are having their class based tests, this is because different groups will be sitting these subject tests at different times.

These exams are really nothing to be worried about.  They give the students good experience and practice of taking tests and get them into the habit and routine, so when they sit more formal exams they are able to take them in their stride.  They also provide really useful assessment information for teachers.

Students have been set revision tasks centrally for the core subjects: these can be found on Show My Homework.  Other subjects will continue to set revision tasks.

Best wishes

Jayne O’Grady

Deputy Headteacher

KS3 Assessments in English, Maths and Science

Students will take tests in English, maths and science after we return from the Christmas holidays, with tests taking place over the first two to three weeks. Your son/daughter will shortly be receiving a timetable.  The assessments will be taken in formal exam conditions and will assess students on what they have learnt so far at Lymm.

Students should begin to revise. Although these exams are ‘lower stakes’ than the  externally marked papers they will take at the end of Key Stage 4 and 5 and we do not want to cause  undue stress, we are encouraging our students to take them seriously and prepare through revision. At Lymm we believe that revision is important for many reasons: it helps students consolidate their learning; builds confidence; enables students to practise revision skills for public examinations further up the school; gets students used to sitting extended exams; and allows teachers to build a clearer picture of progress (without proper revision, it is less clear whether students have merely forgotten something or didn’t understand it in the first place). Please see the school website for further details: exams information is given under ‘Curriculum’ on the website. You will find information on what to revise and how to support your sons and daughters here.

Results from these assessments will be reported as a percentage, giving the comparison to the average and top ten percentage score. In this way you will be able to compare your son or daughter’s performance with others in the year group.

I hope you will find the materials on the website helpful. If you have a specific subject query please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your child’s subject teacher.

May I also take this opportunity to wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas holiday.

Best wishes,

Jayne O’Grady

Deputy Headteacher

Summer 2016 GCSE Certificate Collection

GCSE certificates from summer 2016 examinations are now available for collection.

Reception is open Monday to Thursday 8am – 4pm, Friday 8am – 3.30pm.  Please bring photographic ID with you.

If you have nominated a third party to collect your certificates on your behalf, they must bring written authority from you and have their own photographic ID.

If you would like your certificates posting, you should provide written instruction and include a stamped addressed envelope (A4 size).

Your certificates will be held in school for 12 months from 30th November 2016 then they will be either destroyed or returned to the awarding body.

If you have any queries regarding collection of your certificates please do not hesitate to contact the exams office.

Headteacher’s Welcome Message

We wish you a very warm welcome to our website.

Lymm High School has a long history as a successful and popular school and, as Headteacher, it is a real honour to have the opportunity to lead such a special place into the next stage of its development.

Even the shortest time spent in the school makes it clear that students here are typically very well brought up; they are bright, conscientious and ambitious. They enjoy their time at school and contribute hugely to the warm and positive atmosphere about the place. It is also immediately apparent that staff choose to work here for all the right reasons; they care about the young people they serve and work hard on their behalf. In particular, they give up many hours of their own time to facilitate a remarkable range of trips and extra-curricular activities, utilising the fantastic grounds and facilities that we are blessed with.

We don’t have a complicated view of what makes a great school and aim to keep things simple. The focus is on maintaining a calm and orderly environment, delivering the highest academic standards and encouraging every student to fulfil their potential in whichever other areas their talents and interests may lie.

Most importantly, as a parent myself, I recognise the huge responsibility that schools have to provide for the young people in our care and will do all that I can to make sure that every single student at Lymm High School continues to be loved and cherished as an individual.

Of course, no website or prospectus can ever be an adequate substitute for spending time in a school and, if you are considering sending your child to Lymm High School, we would urge you to come and visit us. We would be very happy to show you around the school during a normal school day and would be very surprised if you did not leave feeling as positive about the place as we do.

Mr Gwyn Williams

Headteacher