06/07/2020 – Update to Uniform Information
As a school we have recently paired up with a company called Freedom Tech to provide Chromebooks at very favourable rates; you can buy them outright or pay monthly over three years – both options are significantly less than you’d be able to buy a similar package for elsewhere. There is a choice of two Chromebooks – both very similar, but one is a touchscreen version.
We have consulted closely with other schools who have more experience than us of students using laptops and are confident that the Chromebooks we are recommending provide the right balance between affordability and performance; they certainly do more than enough for what any student needs for schoolwork. Please also note that they come with excellent 3-year, zero-excess warranties and accidental damage and theft policies – both essential where teenagers are concerned, we would suggest!
Please see the links to the letter about the Chromebooks and also the form with the specification, pricing and payment options below.
What is the School Gateway?
School Gateway will allow you to view information about your child(ren) at Lymm High School, such as:
- View your child’s current attendance, including explained and unexplained absences as a percentage
- Inform us if your child is due to be absent and the reason why
- Inform us of the reason why your child has been absent previously
Please note: Attendance data is uploaded at 6pm at the end of each day.
- View your child’s timetable, including subject, teacher, room, group and timings of the lesson
- If your child receives a Behaviour For Learning grade 3 or 4, this will be updated on the app at 3:30pm each day, with the reason, sanction and the class in which they received it. In the first instance we suggest you discuss the BFL grade with your child, and if you are still concerned you can contact the relevant Head of faculty
- If your child receives an achievement point or a BFL grade 1, this will be updated on the app at 3:30pm each day, with the reason, and the class in which they received it.
Please note: If you have more than one child at school, each child will have their own unique area on the app, so you will be able to view details for each child separately.
What you need to do now?
Download the app! If you have a smartphone, please download School Gateway from your app store (Android and iOS). The app shows the same information as the website PLUS you can send app messages to the school for FREE.
Visit the website: www.schoolgateway.com and click on ‘New User’. You’ll receive a text message with a PIN number. Use this PIN to login to School Gateway.
We hope that you find School Gateway a valuable way to keep up to date!
Can’t activate your account?
If you’re having trouble activating your account, please email email@example.com providing your preferred contact information (mobile number and email address) and details of your children.
If you have any questions regarding items of uniform, sizing or ordering or if you had any support with purchasing uniform in the past or your child has free school meals, please contact Sue Hill or Anabelle Ralph using the email below before placing your order.
I know that parents and pupils have many questions regarding the transition process that would usually be answered during my visits to primary schools or via a phone call. Even though this year is very different I still want to ensure I answer as many questions as I can so that the transition is as smooth and as stress-free as possible. I have had a number of parents and children email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with queries, I will answer the questions here as they come through. Mrs Worrall.
What do I do if my child has a medical condition?
The information regarding medical conditions is included in the admissions form. If your child will need medication in school or they will need extra support and care you can contact Mrs Lambert (email@example.com). Mrs Lambert will be able to let you know if we need any further paperwork completing and what medication would need to be held in school.
How do I return forms?
We are now ready to start getting your forms back. If you can’t find your forms you will be able to download them again from the Documents section of this webpage. Please send them to:
Miss T McGuffie, Lymm High School, Oughtrington Lane, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 0RB.
If you would rather email these forms, please scan them in and send as an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that we are not able to process pictures of the forms as they need to be printed off and distributed between the team.
How do I claim Free School Meals?
We have recently updated the paperwork that allows you to apply for Free School Meals. If your circumstances have changed recently and you are now in receipt of Universal Credit you may be able to apply for Free School Meals. If you are completing the forms now you still need to put down your child’s primary school not Lymm High as they are not officially on role with us until September. If your child becomes eligible for free school meals in Year 6, they will automatically become eligible for Pupil Premium for the next 5 years at secondary school. This will enable them to gain access to extra support in Maths and English (Upgrade programme), provide financial support for trips, uniform assistance, free breakfast in the canteen, revision guides and textbooks in Year 11, and many other benefits. All of the information and the documents on how to apply can be found in the Health, Well-being and Safeguarding section of the School Closure Portal.
I have not received any paperwork, how do I get a new welcome pack?
The post is very hit and miss at the moment. All packs have been sent out; however, some may not have arrived yet. In the Documents section of this webpage you will find the welcome letter and all of the forms that were sent out in your welcome pack.
What do we do about uniform?
Please see the section on Uniform above. You can also read some FAQs by clicking here.
Mrs Ralph and Mrs Hill in the school shop have put through their order for next year’s uniform as normal. They are keeping an eye on delivery dates as this may be affected by the current situation. If we are able to open the school shop it will be accessible during the summer holidays as usual. At the moment we just have to wait and see what will happen. All pupils that need new uniform will be in the same situation so do not worry if there are any delays. I will keep you updated as to how and when you will be able to purchase uniform.
I always get to see the teachers at primary school when I drop my child off. How do I speak to the teachers at Lymm High and how do I find out who I need to speak to?
Communication can look very different at high school compared to primary school but that does not mean we don’t want to have the same level of communication. Communication is key to the transition aspect of your child’s life at Lymm but also throughout their time with us. At primary you will probably only deal with one teacher each year and perhaps the Headteacher in some cases. At Lymm your child will have a number of different teachers and staff that support them in different ways, so how do you know who to turn to?
If you have a question about a specific subject, this could be relating to classwork, homework or progress, your first port of call is your child’s teacher, you can do this via email or phone.
If it is a pastoral question or concern then we have a number of different people you can talk to.
Your child will have a Form Tutor. They will see them each morning and they are there to look after them in school. They will make sure that they start the day off with the right books and equipment. They will also pass out any messages to the pupils regarding trips and other school activities.
We are incredibly lucky that we have an amazing team in Student Services. Each year group is assigned a Pastoral Manager who looks after all students in the year group if they are having any problems at all. This could be a friendship issue, information and support about attendance and illness, safeguarding concerns, or general queries such as bus times, extra curricular activities and lost property.
Head of Year
I am always available to support with any of the above. I also teach and so sometimes I will not always be immediately available (in which case you can contact Student Services). The best way to contact me is via my email address (email@example.com).
The most important thing is to keep communicating. Often when things go wrong it is because we have not been made aware of something and we have to pick it up when it has already escalated. Any concern to you is a concern no matter how small, so please contact us. If you call the main school number (01925 755458) Miss Ashton will put you through to the right person.
Will we have permanent seats in class?
All of your teachers will have a seating plan of where they will want you to sit. They will organise this in different ways. Some teachers like to put their class in register order (this is quite popular when you start in Y7), some organise their class so that people with similar grades work together. Every so often your teacher will change their seating plan so you get to work with different people. All of the classrooms are set out differently. Some are set out with the desks in rows, whereas some are set out in groups. In some of the practical lessons, such as design technology and food technology, you don’t really have tables you may have benches or you will be working in a kitchen.
How many teachers are going to teach me?
At Lymm you will have 5 lessons a day. For each of those lessons you will have a different teacher. This means that you can have up to 12 different teachers. But don’t worry you will get to know them all really well. You will see them out and about in school and they may also run some of the clubs at lunchtime. You may even be taught be me or your Form Tutor.
What is Show my Homework (SMHW)?
At Lymm High you will be set homework by your different teachers. To look at this homework you will have an app that you can download on to your phone or look at on the computers in school and also at home. On the app or website you will be able to see the date that your homework has been set, which teacher has set the homework, a description of the homework, and also when it is due in. If you need to complete a worksheet then your teacher can also attach this so you can print it off in school or at home. We have a lot of computers available in school for you to use so you do not need to worry if you don’t have a phone, computer or tablet at home. You get log-in details when you start and your parents will also get their own details so that they can see what homework you have been set. You can also contact your teachers on SMHW. This means that if they set a homework and you don’t really understand what to do, you can go and speak to them or send them a message on SMHW.
What happens if I get worried about something?
Firstly you don’t panic. You need to tell someone. We have a lot of people in school that can help you. I am always around so you can come and see me. I will let you know where my office is so you can find me. Your Form Tutor will see you every morning and will take the register so that we know you are in school. Your Form Tutor is there to look after you and make sure that you’re OK and set for the day. If you have any worries when you come into school you can always speak to your Form Tutor in the morning. We are also really lucky as we have an amazing team of staff in Student Services. They are there to help you with anything you need from lost PE kits, leaking water bottles to forgotten timetables. If you are worried about something that is linked to a lesson you can always go and see your teacher. They will be able to help you with any work you are stuck with. You will be able to see them in the lesson, at break and lunchtime, and you will also be able to contact them using your school email or SMHW. We have lots of people in Lymm to help you. The most important thing is that you let us know if you are worried. If you don’t tell us then we can’t do anything to help.
What is playtime like?
Playtime is going to be very similar to your playtime at primary school. We have a 30-minute break in-between lesson 2 and lesson 3. During this time you will be able to get something to eat and drink from the school canteen (we have bacon sandwiches, pastries, fruit and toast, just to name a few). You can meet up with your friends and catch up with teachers if you need to. When you first start, Y7 have their own playground called the Languages Yard. Only Y7 are allowed on this playground so it is your safe space. As you get used to the school we will let you go to other areas of the school if you want to, but the Languages Yard is always for Y7 only.
Do the corridors get busy?
Lymm High is a lot bigger than you primary school and the corridors do get busy between lessons. For the first couple of week we do let Y7 go early to get to their lesson before all of the other classes start to move. This means that it will be a little quieter for you at the start while you are finding your way around. There are lots of different ways to get to your lessons so you will quickly find the easiest way for you. You can also find the quietest route that you are happier with.
How will you know who I want to be in a form with?
I have sent an email to your Year 6 teacher asking them to get in touch with you to find out your 4 closest friends. I can’t guarantee how many of these friends you will be in a form with and I am not able to do it in priority order as we have so many children in Year 7, but you will be in a form with at least one of your friends on the list. Nobody sees the list but me and your Year 6 teacher so it is completely your choice.
How can I find out what activities I can do at Lymm High School?
We normally start putting the list of extra curricular activities together in the last term. We do not have a full list yet of all the activities but if you click on the link below you will be able to see the activities that took place this year. There are so many to choose from and my aim as your head of year is to get everyone to sign up to at least one new activity per term.
Do you think we will be able to visit the high school before we start?
This is a great question, and one that I think a lot of Year 6 students will be thinking about. Currently my honest answer is I just don’t know. At the moment we only have 3 or 4 staff in a day looking after the children of key workers. What I can assure you is that I am going to plan for a transition day. If we are able to allow more pupils to come in I am going to endeavour to have your transition day as normal. If that is not possible I am looking at other options for you so that we can make the transition a little smoother. I don’t want you to feel like you have been thrown into the deep end. What you need to remember is that whatever happens there are lots of staff in school to support you. You will not be on your own and all of the other Year 6s will feel exactly the same.
What happens if I get lost?
This is something that all Year 6 students worry about. Lymm High is a big school compared to your primary school and we would be amazed if you managed to find your way around with no problems. For the first week all teachers will pick you up for your lessons. For the first 2 weeks we let all new Year 7 pupils leave their lessons 5 minutes early to give you a little more time to get to where you need to be. There are always staff on the corridors that will be able to help and the older students at Lymm are lovely: they will always help out and take you to your lesson if you don’t know where to go.
All of your lessons when you start at Lymm are in form groups so you will be moving from lesson to lesson with your form. This means that you are unlikely to be on your own if you do get lost. We often have groups of 10 or 11 pupils turning up to student services because they don’t know where they are going. Just remember there is always someone about that can help you, just ask.
I have attached a map below that you can use to get an idea of the different blocks and room numbers in school: E Block is Science, Maths and Technology subjects; B Block is Computing, Business and Media Studies; A Block is Humanities, English and the library; L and S Block are languages; and the sixth form and D Block is music, drama and dance.
When will I find out what form I am in and who my Form Tutor is?
I am getting some of the information back from your Year 6 teachers regarding your friendship choices. Once I have this information about everyone from your school I can start to put you into forms. For a couple of schools I have done this already and so I am starting to put them into forms. However, I may have to make changes as I go along; it is quite a complicated process. You will know what form you are in before you start in September and you will also know who your Form Tutor is. Hopefully you may get to meet your Form Tutor before you start.
What joins us together across year groups and halls is competition, challenges and activities. While we are all at home this does not stop and some of our faculties have sent out challenges and activities for all pupils to take part in. As part of your welcome to Lymm High School we would like to give you the opportunity to take part in these challenges. Make sure that you keep checking for new challenges. It would be great to see you take part. You can follow all challenges on twitter @LymmHighSchool.
Ready Steady Cook
Watch this space for a new challenge arriving after half term
Mrs Worrall’s Challenges
My Acts of Kindness
As we face these big changes to our lives, things can feel a little uncertain and even overwhelming. But, during these difficult times, one thing is clear: small acts of kindness make a big difference. Across the country, there has been an outpouring of kindness and you can play your role too.
By taking part in this kindness challenge, you will:
- Learn about the power of kindness
- Carry out kind acts
- Consider how you can be kind to yourself and others
Below is a link to an act of kindness calendar. I would like you to think of just one act of kindness that you could do each day. It doesn’t have to be anything big, sometimes it is just the small things that make a difference.
The Write off Challenge
Write off Challenge Video
All entries must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your challenge is to write a short play.
Winning submissions will be shared on our website and associated social media. Make sure you send us your name and Primary School when entering the challenge. Publications can be anonymous if preferred; if you do not want us to share your name on the website or social media let us know when you send in your submission.
Submissions will be shared on our website and associated social media. Make sure you send us your name and Primary School when entering the challenge. Publications can be anonymous if preferred; if you do not want us to share your name on the website or social media let us know when you send in your submission.
ART CHALLENGE #14
Continuous line – All picture entries must be emailed to email@example.com
PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE #16
Routine – All picture entries must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Use your phone and be creative in taking a photo that involves your daily routine. Edit using your camera’s software or even make a collage if you have more than one. Don’t forget to use the Instagram link above to see your entry.
With help from the site staff team I have been doing a bit of research into the history of Oughtrington Hall. I find it fascinating and if you are ever lucky enough to go down into the cellars underneath Oughtrington Hall you can still see the original rooms where the kitchens would have been and the maids and butlers would have been busy looking after the family that lived there. When you go into classrooms in B Block you can just imagine it being a bedroom, drawing room or dining room. Have a look in the FAQ section for the map I have uploaded, can you find where B Block is? B Block is Oughtrington Hall.
The original ‘Oughtrington Hall’ sits in the middle of Lymm High School. It was rebuilt from a manor house in 1810 by George Trafford whose family owned the estate from the 15th century.
In 1862 Oughtrington Hall was bought by George Charnley Dewhurst a cotton manufacturer from Manchester. He made the Hall slightly larger and built St Peters Church across the road: this is where we have our Christmas Services. Just think when you are sitting in your computing classroom you may well be sitting in what was George’s bedroom!
Oughtrington Hall during the First World War
When war broke out in 1914, Henry Ford (founder of the Ford Motor Company) wanted to help the war effort by opening a hospital for wounded soldiers. However, he was advised that this was not allowed given the USA’s neutrality in the war, so at the suggestion of his wife Clara they came up with a plan to create a settlement for Belgian refugees. Three years earlier in 1911 Oughtrington Hall had been bought by Sir William Lever, but it was now lying empty. Percival Perry (friend of Henry’s that lived in Lymm) wrote to Clara Ford suggesting that he could negotiate a short-term lease on the building with the owner. Sir William Lever would take rent on the building from Henry Ford but would then re-donate it to the Belgian refugee fund.
Work quickly went ahead preparing Oughtrington Hall to receive up to 100 Belgian refugees. The Belgian community that lived in the Hall created their own chapel, sewing and repair workshops and even their own farm.
The ground surrounding the hall was used for part of the farm. This is now the school fields.
This is a school room for the children that were living there. I am still trying to work out which room this is.
This was the sewing room. Together with the site staff I think we have managed to work out that this is room B206.
These photographs was taken by the main entrance to the hall. It is now just outside the school’s staff room.