Government Response to Petition on School Funding Formula

I know that many of you have already signed the petition urging the government to reconsider their proposals for a national funding formula (if you haven’t, then please do spare a minute to do so by clicking here). If so, then like me you will have a received an email in response from the government.
Click HERE to read our latest update on school funding with details about the email I received. I have also provided a response of my own in red text. This is a complicated issue and is only really beginning to be understood by most people – partly because schools have worked so hard to maintain the quality of their provision in the face of cuts to funding, but also because the government has done a good job of suggesting the cuts are somehow not real, or are not significant. I hope my responses at least help to provide some clarity.

Four fashion students receive offers from the prestigious London College of Fashion

Four Lymm High School Sixth Form students have secured offers from the prestigious London College of Fashion.

The successful applicants are Ellie Turner, Hattie Lofthouse and Alfie Chambers who applied to study Fashion Design Development, with Izzy Barnes being offered a place on the Fashion Contour degree course.

Currently ranked as the second best fashion university in the world, it is an amazing achievement for the school to have so many students securing offers after their interviews.

The four aspiring fashion designers are making history, being the first from the school to be offered places at the esteemed university after staying on to study the BTEC Level 3 Fashion and Clothing course. The course was added to the post-16 curriculum offer in 2014 after noticing a lack of provision for the subject within the North West.

Applicants were initially requested to upload digital portfolios to showcase their design ideas. This led to the four being shortlisted to attend a formal interview for which they had to provide a second, more extensive portfolio of their work.

Throughout the application process students were supported by the school’s Art staff, acting as referees and mentors with specific support provided by Miss Doherty, Head of the Technology & Art Faculty.

Mrs Doherty said: “I am immensely proud of them all. They have shown an exceptional commitment to their studies and we are so proud to see them being rewarded for their hard work and preparation. In the fashion industry, most aspire to gain a place at the UAL and to have four applicants receiving offers underlines the quality of our programme of support.”

The four are now focusing their attention on their final projects, creating a 10 piece fashion collection for the school’s upcoming fashion show which takes place Wednesday 3rd May.

Student Alfie Chambers, who has an interest in designing sportswear said: “I’m completely overwhelmed with excitement at the thought of receiving an offer.”

“It has been such an intense process and now all of the hard work has paid off.”

“I cannot thank the staff at Lymm enough for encouraging and supporting me throughout the application process.”

Mum of student Ellie Turner said: “As a mother of Ellie I’m thrilled that she has been accepted to such a prestigious institution as the London College of Fashion. I’m so very proud of her achievements and eternally grateful for the support her teachers, especially Mrs Doherty, have given her”

Headteacher, Mr Williams, added:

“Huge credit must go to the students involved, as well as to their teachers; this is an extraordinary achievement and we are delighted for everybody involved.”



Lymm Year 9 Football Team take on Great Sankey!

The Year 9 Boys football team successfully won the Great Sankey High School 5a side competition. We won six games, keeping six clean sheets and scored a massive twenty-three goals. We dominated every game and the boys are very proud to have represented Lymm High and won the trophy through hard work and team work. Special mention to Ewan Robertson for not conceding any goals which is unheard of in 5 a side, especially six games.


PiXL Student Conference

Sixty Year 10 students enjoyed an informative morning at Old Trafford Cricket Ground gaining an important insight into university admissions. The main aim of the conference was to improve students’ aspirations and understanding of what attending university can offer.

The conference was split into three parts. After an introductory talk outlining what our students needed to know about the process of university application and course selection and about what universities look for in candidates, a talk from Manchester University gave us a beneficial insight into life and courses at Manchester – introducing the history of the Red Brick University, student life, modern advantages and the numerous alumni of the city.

The day concluded with a question and answer session to ease any concerns or queries students may have in relation to the university application process.The students were impressed with the informative content and the conference proved to be a really useful experience for all who attended. Students even had the opportunity to meet with chair of the PiXL Club, Sir John Rowling.

In all, the group of us left feeling that applications to top universities were not such far-fetched dreams and feeling inspired to make the most of all our future opportunities.


Scholars Rise to Writing Challenge

In November, Year 11 Scholars were given the opportunity to enter an academic writing competition on “who is your favourite literary character?”  Students were asked to consider the impact that the character has on their life and how they related to them.

We had some fantastic entries that were judged by a panel of Senior Leaders and Governors.

We had a wide range of characters, ranging from Edmund in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, Katniss in ‘The Hunger Games’ through to Lady Macbeth.

The governors and senior leaders were very impressed with the mature and sophisticated level of writing and the individuality that all the entries had.  However, after a close battle the overall winner was Brooke Shay.

Brooke focused on Elizabeth Bennet from ‘Pride and Prejudice.’  She wrote with care about the principles of equality and strength of character that Elizabeth promoted in a time when gender roles were restricted and how the message retains its importance even today.

Brooke recognised the flaws in Elizabeth’s character but also commented on how this further added to her appeal.

Well done to all the scholars who rose to the challenge!


Year 13 student Ellena Hudson exhibits in the Williamson Gallery

On Tuesday 17th January the Williamson Art Gallery opened its doors to students, parents, teachers and the public for the ‘Young Artists in Cheshire’ Exhibition. Our year 13 student Ellena Hudson was successful in securing a place on the prestegious residential and now has a selection of her work on display at the gallery.

Young Artists in Tuscany’ has been a highly successful sixth-form project since 1984, with coverage in the past on both Italian and English television and exhibitions of the work in London, Florence and Montreal. Many students have used this experience to gain places at prestigious art colleges across the country and this year’s ‘Young Artists in Tuscany’ promises to build on these achievements.

Students drawn from Wirral, Cheshire West, Cheshire East, Warrington, Halton and Manchester undertake an interview process and successful candidates receive the unique opportunity to study and work in Tuscany, probably the most loved region of all Italy. Over a period of 8 days practical work runs alongside organised visits to see some of the great works of the Italian Renaissance. Visits to Sansepolcro, Arezzo, Siena and Florence reveal the world’s finest masterpieces by Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Raphael, Duccio, Benozzo Gozzoli and others, some housed in the art galleries, others in beautiful churches and cathedrals.

Having prepared for the visit in advance, the 42 students drew and recorded personal responses to the Renaissance works of art in their own sketchbooks. This helped to hone their skills of critical appraisal and added to their knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of art. Once home they developed their ideas further through a range of mediums and produced a final piece for the exhibition.

The work exhibited was of exceptional quality and we are all very proud of Elle for her artistic achievements.

The exhibition closes on the 26th February.