Changes to Lymm High School Bus times and Routes

Changes to Lymm High School Bus times and Routes

The “school double deck” service buses will change as follows:

AM service 42 departing Lumbrook Road at 0743, will now depart 2 minutes earlier at 0741, and subsequently throughout, arriving at school at 0805, previously 0807.

PM service 41A currently departing school at 1520 will now depart at 1515.

PM service 42A departing school at 1545 will no longer operate.

In addition to this we will be diverting one journey in the morning and afternoon on our service 5, Warrington to Altrincham, through Partington. In the morning this will arrive from Altrincham/Partington at LHS at 0815, and depart 1522 towards Partington/Altrincham.

Please CLICK HERE for your copy of the bus timetable for Warrington – Lymm

Please CLICK HERE for your copy of the bus timetable for Warrington – Altrincham/Partington – Lymm

School Improvement Plan Update

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

E-Safety Presentation – 25/05/16

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 amogey@lymmhigh.org.uk 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).

Year 7 Revision Topics

Please see below a list of revision topics recommended by subject teachers.

SCIENCE

  • Cells
  • Nutrition
  • Respiration
  • Photosynthesis
  • States of matter
  • The atom
  • Chemical formulae
  • Speed, distance, time
  • Motion graphs
  • Moments
  • Balanced and unbalanced forces

GEOGRAPHY

There will be 3 sections to your exam.

  • Multiple choice
  • Short questions
  • 1 long question (you will pick one from two options)
  • Map skills:– 6 figure grid references, 4 figure Grid references, compass points, contours, direction, scale.
  • Fantastic places:- Look over a selection of the fantastic places you have studied, focusing on what makes them fantastic and any issues that these places face.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Topics:

  • Ultimate Questions
  • Judaism
  • Christianity
  • Islam

Exam technique:

  • Keywords
  • Personal opinions regarding the issues we have learned about
  • Understanding and explaining how people are affected by the issues we have covered
  • Evaluating these issues (for and against views)

Format:

Section 1: Keywords x 5

Section 2:

  • Part a) (4marks): Keywords
  • Part b) (6 marks): ONE opinion with TWO well explained reasons
  • Part c) (12 marks): FOUR explained points with examples
  • Part d) i (5 marks): 3 well explained reasons for your opinion on an issue
  • Part d) ii (5 marks): 3 well explained reasons for the opposite opinion

HISTORY

Topics to revise:

  • Who are the British?  Windrush/Notting Hill Riots
  • Medieval England
  • Battle of Hastings
  • Bayeux Tapestry
  • Doomesday Book
  • Feudal System
  • Harrying of the North
  • Motte and Bailey Castles
  • Medieval Religion
  • Why is religion important to Medieval people?
  • Heaven and Hell
  • Thomas Beckett and Henry II
  • Medieval People
  • King John and the Magna Carta
  • Peasants’ Revolt
  • Black Death
  • The Tudors
  • War of the Roses
  • Henry VIII – his wives and children
  • Reformation of the church- why did it happen?
  • Dissolution of the monasteries

Skills

  • Explanation of definitions
  • Source analysis – how useful is a source as historical evidence?

FRENCH

Revision Topics 

  • Self, family and pets: name, age, birthday, appearance, personality, animals, descriptions
  • School: favourite subject, opinions about other subjects with reasons, uniform, what you eat and drink at school, with opinions
  • Hobbies: what you enjoy doing after school and at the weekend – present and future tenses
  • Home: where you live, your house, your bedroom, opinions
  • Question Phrases

Question Structure

  • Listening paper: yes/no/true/false/letter in a box type questions. Any written answers given in English
  • Reading paper: as per listening exam, plus a short translation into English
  • Writing paper: questions mainly in English, building up from one word answers, to short sentences, to an extended paragraph, plus 5 short sentences to translate into French
  • Speaking: a 2 minute conversation with your class teacher, in French, about any of the topics listed above

Revision Tips

  • Use www.linguascope.com (username lymm, password Madrid1234) to revise all topics
  • Use your exercise books to revise vocabulary
  • Write model answers to expected questions (given by class teacher) and learn them and/or key vocabulary phrases
  • Practise both speaking and writing your model answers
  • Get your parents/carers/siblings to test you on vocabulary

Important Notice from the Governors

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

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Parents Forum – Wednesday 27th April 2016

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 (hheadon@lymmhigh.org.uk) 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