Year 9 Choices Evening

We would like to warmly welcome all year 9 students and parents to Lymm High School’s Year 9 Choices Evening.

To see the curriculum on offer to your child click HERE for the Year 9 Choices Booklet.

Choices can be submitted by completing this choices form and handing in to form tutors.

The choices evening has two major components: a brief presentation in the hall where our choices process is outlined and a subject ‘market place’ in the sports hall where you can ask the subject experts: our teachers and heads of faculty, any questions about their subject area.

The timings of these will be:-

6.00 – 6.30pm

Arley, Dunham & Moreton Hall: Presentation from the Senior Leadership Team in the Main School Hall.

6.30 – 7.15pm

Arley, Dunham & Moreton Hall: A subject ‘Market Place’ in the Sports Hall.

6.30 – 7.00pm

Tatton & Walton Hall: Presentation from the Senior Leadership Team in the Main School Hall.

7.00 – 7.45pm

Tatton & Walton Hall: A subject ‘Market Place’ in the Sports Hall.

Cashless Catering

A polite reminder:

Please can you top up your child’s cashless catering accounts via Parent Pay to ensure your child is able to purchase food during their lunch break. We also urge parents to check their email accounts for information regarding the upcoming school census.

Many Thanks.

Fast Tomato

All Year 9, 10 and 11 students have had assemblies launching the careers programme Fast Tomato. Fast Tomato is a programme which allows students to find personalised information with regards to future careers. All students have been given allocated a sign up code and in this letter. Please click HERE to register.

Year 7 Parents Questionnaire

Shortly before Christmas 148 parents of Year 7 students kindly completed a questionnaire giving us feedback on the transition process. You can read details, including our response to the issues raised, by clicking HERE.

Overall, the results were exceptionally positive: for example, 97% of parents say their child has settled well since September and 98% would recommend Lymm High School to other parents. We will never be complacent about identifying areas in which we can improve further, but it was very pleasing to see how happy Year 7 parents evidently are about the way the school has looked after their children during the first few months of secondary school.

Free School Meal / Pupil Premium Eligibility

Your child could be eligible for Free School Meals (to the value of £2.20 per day) if you are in receipt of:

  • Income support; or
  • Income-based job seekers allowance; or
  • Child tax credit (but who are not entitled to working tax credit* and whose annual income is less than £16,190 from 1 April 2010); or
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999; or
  • The guarantee element of state pension credit; or
  • Income related employment and support allowance; or
  • Equal base job seekers allowance/employment and support allowance; or
  • Universal Credit

*Where a parent/carer is entitled to working tax credit during the four week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start work less 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meals for that period. Your child will be able to receive their free school meals from the date that your eligibility has been confirmed.

If any of these apply to you, please contact Mrs Mogey in Student Services for a FSM application form, which will be processed by Warrington Borough Council.

Your child may be eligible for Pupil Premium if they have been:

  • Have previously been eligible for Free School Meals during some time in the last 6 years; or
  • Have been in care of a Local Authority for 1 day or more; or
  • Have been adopted from care; or
  • Ceased to be ‘looked after’ through a Special Guardianship Order; or
  • Ceased to be looked after through a Residence Order; or
  • Under a Child Arrangement Order; or
  • Have a parent serving in the Armed Forces, or a parent that has done so in the last 4 years.

Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools to improve achievement of eligible pupils. Some of the ways we use Pupil Premium spending and the impact it has can be found here.

If any of these apply to you, please contact Miss Clark in Student Services on 01925 750711.

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