Foodbank Collection Success

Once again Lymm High School students have shown how generous they can be, by donating nearly 900kg of food to the Trussell Trust during October for the Warrington Food Bank.

Code named Operation Hippo, students were set the challenge of bringing in food donations that, combined, would match the weight of a Hippopotamus.

They did not disappoint, showing a sense of community, empathy and generosity that meant the Warrington Trussell Trust had to come into school to take collection more than three times in the space of a couple of weeks. At one stage, the staff room was overflowing with trays of donations!

Richard Hughes, Head of Ethos, said: ‘This was a whole school challenge, increasing the rivalry between our different halls and form groups. Particular recognition should go to two year 8 forms, 8TL and 8MH, who donated 240 kilograms of food between them! The level of enthusiasm and support shown towards the Food Bank was excellent, reaffirming the belief that students embrace the community they live in and are willing to help those who are less fortunate.’

Rachel Morris, Head of Ethos, added: ‘At Lymm High school we are very proud of the generous nature of our students and strive to embrace this aspect of our ethos, making sure that we embed and promote the importance of being decent, socially responsible members of the community. As such, supporting the Trussell Trust is now going to become a regular installment in our academic year and, fingers-crossed, we will reach the goal of donating the equivalent weight of an elephant!’

Open Evening – Thursday 6th October 2016

We would like to warmly welcome all prospective students and parents to Lymm High School’s Autumn Open Evening. 

With so much on offer, our autumn event will continue to showcase the many aspects that make our school so special. Come along and be part of a highly ambitious and successful school, which provides excellent opportunities for enrichment, enhancement and extended learning. You will have the opportunity to tour the school, meet current students – including our newly inducted Year 7 Student Ambassadors – and speak to teaching staff about what we can offer your child.

Lymm High Celebrates GCSE Results!

Lymm High School are today delighted to be celebrating the achievements of our Year 11 students in their GCSE examination results.

We are pleased to report a further improvement in the headline figure, with 76% of students achieving five or more grades A*-C including English and Maths and a very strong Ebacc score of 38%. Within these results, we are especially pleased to see a significant improvement in the performance of students eligible for the Pupil Premium, something that has been a key priority for us. When national data is released later this year, we also expect to have performed very well on the new ‘Progress 8’ measure.

So many students have performed exceptionally well at the top end, with almost 60% achieving at least 1 A*/A grade and 27% achieving 5 or more A*/A grades.

Those who deserve a special mention for achieving at least five A* grades are: William Caldwell, William Catlow, Ben Corrigan, Elizabeth Coy, Jack Evans, Rory Foster, Joseph Hassall, Molly Horne, Pip Hyde, Liam Johnson, Rebecca King, Sian Lakey, Alex Lee, Hannah Leighton-Jones, Elena Rurlander, Pavan Sidhu, Ellen Thomas and Matthew Warren.

The Languages department should also be applauded for a truly exceptional set of results: over 95% of students gained A*-C grades in French, German and Spanish, with around 50% in each of the three languages scoring A* or A grades.

Headteacher, Gwyn Williams said:

“We are extremely proud of every single one of our students and are delighted to see so many of them achieving so highly today. Watching them celebrate with their parents and teachers this morning has been wonderful. It has been a real team effort and I want to thank everybody involved for all their hard work and commitment. Taken together with last week’s excellent set of A’level results, it has been a great few days for the school and reinforces the feeling that we are going from strength to strength at the moment”

Update, October 2016:

Some provisional national data has now been published which, as you can see from the table below, confirms how well our students have done in comparison with the national picture. Importantly for us, the positive Progress 8 score (which measures the progress students make from their starting points at the end of primary school) shows that we are performing better than most schools with cohorts similar to our own.

Measure Lymm High School National


Warrington Average
Pupils achieving C grades in English and Maths 77% 59.3% 63.6%
Percentage achieving Ebacc 38% 23.1% 23.6%
Progress 8 score +0.08 0 -0.16
Attainment 8 score 56.6 48.5 50


We are delighted to report an excellent set of A’ level results.

These results include superb performance at the highest grades, with 24% of all exam entries receiving A* or A grades. In addition, 52% of all grades awarded were A*-B grades and 82% at A*-C. The pass rate remains extremely high at 99%.

Whilst we are very proud of the achievements of all of our students, within these results there are some exceptional individual performances that deserve particular mention with eleven students gaining at least 3 A* or A grades: Eleanor Anderson (AAA), Timothy Cooper (AAA), Thomas Gregson (A*AA),  Eleanor Harrison (A*AA), Myles Jones (A*AA), Ciara McEvoy (A*A*A*); Sam Smith (A*AA), Isabel Troth (A*A*A*), Joshua Wadsworth (A*AA), Michael Walshe (A*AA) and Eleanor Ormerod (A*AAB)

We also celebrate high levels of success with Level 3 Vocational qualifications, with particular mention going to Abby Jones for achieving a Triple Distinction* grade in Sports Studies.

Hayley Edwards, Head of Sixth Form at Lymm High, said: “We are extremely proud of our students’ success: they have worked incredibly hard for these results and it is wonderful to see so many students moving on to exciting futures at university, in apprenticeships and other training courses or employment. We wish all of our students the very best for the future and hope that they will stay in touch with us.”

Headteacher, Gwyn Williams, added: “These are a very strong set of results. We are delighted for the individual students who have done so well and, at the whole-school level, we are especially pleased to see a significant improvement in terms of value added compared to students’ starting points. Initial data suggests our students have made progress in the Sixth Form equivalent to around the top 25% of schools or colleges with similar cohorts. This represents a big step forward and we are already very excited about what our young people can achieve in future years.”

German Exchange – by Shaun Wright

We arrived at Manchester airport for 5:00 and had about an hour to spare before boarding the plane to Munich, leaving behind what looked like a weather forecast from hell – which is obviously typical “summer” weather for the north west of England! We had two flights to catch, both of which were short and punctual, which was expected as we did fly with Lufthansa (German efficiency!)  After arriving in Nuremburg, we took two trains to Lauf an der Pegnitz, but Matt Davies (now Head Boy!) left us early to go to Allgäu with his host family. Allgäu is the home of the “Neuschwanstein castle” which for people not into Germany’s culture is known as the Disney castle.

When we arrived in Lauf we were greeted by our partners at the train station, and all 16 of us parted ways for the weekend. However lots of the German partners were friends and it was often the case that there was more than one exchange student with you at once, which was especially good for people who were shy. However…this was not always the case, and some people spent the weekend in a German household, where they hopefully learnt that Germans do not only eat sausage… which was a nice surprise for me! Many people went to restaurants for dinner and experienced some typical Bavarian food, which from my experiences was very nice eg: Klöße (potato or bread dumplings). Over the weekend people went swimming to the big outdoor swimming pool, where the temperature of the water depended on the temperature at the time and it just so happened that in Lauf it was about 28 Celsius so the pool was a “comfortable” (in the words of my exchange partner!) 20 Celsius. Let me tell you that when you have just ‘bombed’ into the German Freibad, without any indication of how cold the water is, 20 Celsius is anything but comfortable!!

Many other people went into Nuremburg, Franconian Switzerland, and visited the toboggan that looked like it was built in the 1960s (it probably was!) and even learnt some new sports…a certain member of the trip spent a full day at judo practice and found himself so enamoured with it that he has now taken up judo as a full time hobby!

On Monday we experienced a day in a German school, where I had to get up at 6am however there were many people who had to get up earlier to get the train to come to school. It was sweltering hot throughout the day and everyone experienced the lessons that their exchange partners were having, which was between us all was a varied spectrum of lessons. After school finished, which was approximately 2pm, we had the rest of the day to do whatever we liked with our partners. On Tuesday we visited Franconian Switzerland (a beautiful area of the German countryside) which has the highest density of breweries in the world, where we found ourselves in a series of limestone caves learning about how stalactites and stalagmites are formed! After that we visited a chapel and a falconry centre, which made for a very nice day. On Wednesday we had the chance to have a look around Bamberg, which is a very old and colourful town not too far by train, our tour guide was one of many classics teachers from the school and he had no problem telling us all about the history of the buildings and the towns overall historical heritage, which was again very interesting! After our tour of the city we had the chance to go shopping with friends and have another look around for ourselves. On Thursday we went to Nuremburg and more specifically to the “Doku-Zentrum”, which had thousands of artefacts from Nazi Germany and more information regarding the time period than anyone could ever imagine, which for everyone, especially those taking GCSE / A-Level history was amazing!We then had a tour of the grounds around the building, learnt how the architecture helped soldiers march in time and stood where Hitler addressed the thousands. After that we again had the opportunity to do some shopping and have a better look around the city, which is amazing. In the evening, most of the people were met by their German counterparts and met up together in the centre for a meal, which was a good opportunity for people to buy presents etc. On Friday morning we went into school with our partners and experienced some more of their lessons, before saying an emotional farewell to our partners, and setting off on the journey home.

Overall the trip was great and everyone learnt countless new things regarding the culture of Germany, the wonderful German language, and even their schooling system. The weather was great and all of the host families were amazing. All of the Lymm pupils had a great time and are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of their partners to England in October, where the partners will learn loads about our country, culture and language.

Year 7 Ty’n-Y-Felin Residential

Over the past few weeks our Year 7s were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to visit Lymm’s very own residential site, Tyn-Y-Felin, in Anglesey. Two forms per trip; the groups travelled in their halls and this was an excellent opportunity to get to know each other even better as they continue their seven year journey through Lymm High School together. Whilst the weather was changeable for each trip, all the students spent some time on Silver Bay beach, went crabbing with string and bacon in the creek and took part in team building exercises at the residential site. In addition, each student was given the opportunity to go ‘Coasteering’ in Trearddur Bay. This is an amazing experience where students, in wetsuits and lifejackets, are lead around the rocks and cliffs and given the opportunity to jump into the sea from various heights – depending on how daring they are! The students had a great time and were very grateful to be given this experience and they are all looking forward to getting back to Tynny as soon as another opportunity arises!

Merseyside STEM Winners

Congratulations to the Merseyside STEM Robotics challenge day winners: Grace Cooke and Gwen Tavernier and to the Merseyside STEM Medical challenge day winners: Jessica Ward and Hannah Maudsley-Barton. As part of Lymm’s scholar programme, the girls attended Liverpool John Moores University on Wednesday 6th July to take part in an annual Science Technology Engineering and Maths challenge day against students from seven other schools. We are really proud to say that Grace and Gwen from Year 8 came in first place in the Robotics challenge based on their teamwork and programming skills. They programmed an autonomous robot to complete a task set by the organisers and outscored over 90 other students. This was made even more impressive by some of the other challengers being in Year 9. We are equally proud of Jessica and Hannah, also from Year 8, who came in first place in the Medical challenge based on their teamwork and diagnostic skills. The girls diagnosed a patient based on symptoms described to them by a junior doctor and also outscored over 90 other students. Again, this was made even more impressive by some of the other challengers being in Year 9.

Cheshire Librarians’ Book Quiz 2015/16

StudentsThe final of the Cheshire Librarians’ Book Quiz 2015/16 took place at The King’s School Chester on Tuesday 14th June. The top four scoring teams competed in the evening’s thrilling final which really put their literary knowledge to the test. The overall winners came from the Queen’s school, Chester.

The guest host this year was author Teri Terry whose successful dystopian teenage series ‘Slated’ was followed up by sci-fi thriller ‘Mind Games’ and supernatural page turner ‘Book of Lies’. Teri gave a talk outlining her writing methods and style and presented book tokens to the finalists.J Timson

Lymm High School students from Years 7 and 8 who took part in the quiz received book tokens, signed book marks and signed copies of ‘Mind Games’.

‘Mind Games’ was a popular book choice amongst the group. Over the school year they have read and answered questions on six set books and completed six general fiction quiz rounds in the competition against 25 schools from Warrington, Halton and Cheshire.