The following action plan was drawn up following consultation at the Parents Forum event of 27th April 2016 and reviewed in July 2016. Click here to read.
Last summer, I published a three year School Improvement Plan following extensive consultation with students, staff and parents; this has been on the website all year. I have now added a review against each area of the Plan, which you can read here (the review comments are in red font). It may take a few minutes to read, but I encourage you to set aside some time to do so. We have had a really successful year and there can be no question that the school is improving rapidly. It was nice to see that the editor of Lymm Life referred recently to a “feel good factor” returning to the school and that seems to sum things up very well. I will always try hard to avoid the trap of over-stating how well things are going, but I will say that I could not be more pleased with the progress made this year. We are very heavily over-subscribed for September, staff morale is good and the foundations are now in place to really push forward. Thank you all very much indeed for your continued support.
Mr Williams – Headteacher
We would like to invite all parents to an e-safety presentation delivered by our Police School Liasion Officer, PC Jeff Mather on Wednesday from 6.30-8pm. As you will know, e-safety is such an important issue these days and it can be very difficult for adults to keep up with the latest developments; this session is aimed at ensuring parents understand the issues and know how to help keep their children safe online. If you are intending on coming along, please let Ann Mogey know on 01925 750711 or firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can ensure there are sufficient refreshments. (If you are a Year 7 parent and have already completed a reply slip about this, there is no need to let Mrs Mogey know again).
You may see press coverage this week about the professional conduct hearing convened by the National College for Teaching and Leadership in respect of Miss Angela Walsh, who was formerly Principal of Lymm High School, about her conduct in 2012 and 2013. The Secretary of State for Education has issued a prohibition order against Miss Walsh which means she cannot teach in any school in England. This is the most serious sanction which can be imposed on a teacher. We are glad to see these matters brought to a proper conclusion, and we welcome the Secretary of State’s decision.
We would like to thank everyone – staff, governors, parents, students and the wider community – who has worked so hard over the last three years to move on from those very difficult times. Under the leadership of Gwyn Williams as headteacher since April 2015, the school is now progressing well, securing the best examination results in Warrington last year and having a renewed sense of its purpose and place in the community.
We had many more applications for Year 7 in September 2016 than we had places, though we are pleased to say that we have still accommodated all applications from children at our partner primary schools. But there is still much more to do, and the governors and headteacher believe that our very able and well-motivated students are capable of even greater things in the future.
Kieran Walshe Rebecca Knowles
Chair of governors Vice-chair of governors
I’d like to remind parents and carers of the Parents Forum event I am hosting next Wednesday (27th April) from 6-7.30pm. The focus of the event will be on home-school communication and I will be grateful to anyone who is able to attend and support us with improving this aspect of the school. We are aiming to make some changes to the website to aid communication, as well as the Parent Portal and Key Stage 3 reports; draft versions of all will be available and I am looking forward to hearing your feedback. There will also be an opportunity to let us know if you feel there are any other areas of communication in which we can improve. If you are intending to come along, please let Mrs Headon (email@example.com) know so that we can ensure that we have the right amount of refreshments.
Please note that this is not the forum to raise any very specific complaints you might have (though you must contact me separately if you do have any), but rather an opportunity to discuss more generally the way the school operates.
Mr G Williams – Headteacher
TY’N-Y-FELIN SUMMER CAMP 2016
It gives us great pleasure to confirm the Tynny Summer Camp will take place this year from Monday 25th July – Saturday 30th July for Years 7 – 10. The coach will leave school at 9:30am on Monday 25th July and return approximately 3:30pm on Saturday 30th July.
Activities are likely to include coasteering, sea kayaking or Canadian canoeing, beach-combing at Silver Bay, art, BBQ, beach art, football, rounders, problem solving, team challenges, quiz night, movie night, cliff-jumping, camp fire, table-tennis, disco, basketball, crabbing at The Creek, trip to Rhosneigr and many more.
The cost of the camp will be £315. In order to secure a place for your child on the Tynny Summer Camp 2016, please pay the required non-refundable deposit of £100 via Parent Pay by Friday 22nd April 2016. Once payment has been made please can you return the enclosed medical/consent form to the school shop. The remaining balance must be paid by Friday 17th June 2016.
Click here to read the Summer Camp letter.