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Year 11 and 13 Exam Preparation Programmes published

Detailed information about the Year 11 and 13 Exam Preparation Programmes have been sent to parents/carers on Friday 29th April:

Year 11 Examination Preparation Letter

Year 13 Examination Preparation Letter

Information for the beginning of the summer term on Tuesday 19th April 2022

Greetings at the end of the Easter break.  We hope that you have had the opportunity to refresh and recharge ready for the summer term 2022.

High Notes Issue 27

We are re-sending the link to High Notes Issue 27 that was published on Thursday 31st March because it contains a number of important pieces of information related to the following events this week: Year 7 parents’ evening, Year 11 and Year 13 assessments.

In addition, if your child travels to school on the train you will want to take note of the following article:

Education Season tickets are back on sale, with up to 75% savings on the equivalent adult season ticket, they are a greener way to get to school, saving parents money and helping reduce traffic. The sales window for the new school term opens on 1 April, until 25 April.

Click here for an explanatory booklet that also contains details of great value leisure tickets for family days out too.

 

Covid management – summer term 2022

As you will be aware, the latest stage in the government’s plan for “Living with Covid” came into force on 1st April.

The Key Points in 1st April 2022 government guidance regarding when not to be in school are as follows:

  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.

 

For more details on the measures that will be operating in school please see the following:

https://www.wilmslowhigh.com/noticeboard/actions-being-taken-in-school-to-manage-covid-19-with-effect-from-1st-april-2022/

http://www.wilmslowhigh.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Letter-Covid-Mitigation-Measures-revised-for-summer-term-2022-issued-April-2022.pdf

Welcome to new colleagues

We are delighted to be welcoming the following new teaching colleagues to the school this term:

  • Mrs S Leary – Teacher of RE and Philosophy
  • Miss K Draper – Teacher of SEN
  • Miss A Mills – Teacher of Food and Nutrition
  • Mr C Hall – Team Leader, Economics

We look forward to the contribution that they will make to Team Wilmslow.

With all best wishes for a fruitful and fulfilling summer term.

 

James Pullé

Headteacher

Actions being taken in school to manage Covid-19 with effect from 1st April 2022

Key Points in 1st April 2022 government guidance regarding when not to be in school

  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.

FAQs prepared by Cheshire East Council in response to the 1st April government guidance

  1. Should adults and children with symptoms get a test?

Access to free testing has now ended. Anyone showing symptoms may take a test if they can, either from kits they have at home or by buying them but it is not mandatory and schools should not ask for evidence of a positive test. Schools will not be provided with routine test kits as these will only be provided for staff who work very closely with clinically vulnerable individuals who are at risk of serious illness

  1. How long should someone stay away from school who has symptoms but does not have a positive test?

Staff and children should not attend if they have a high temperature and/or feel too unwell to carry out their normal activities. They should return when their temperature is normal and they are well enough to carry out their normal activities.

  1. Can children attend school/setting if they have symptoms but no temperature?

Children with slight cough, sore throat or runny nose can attend as long as they are well enough to carry out normal activities and do not have a raised temperature.

In such cases, they should be supported to follow the advice re. respiratory hygiene such as coughing/sneezing into tissues and regular handwashing.

  1. How is the stay at home period counted for those who have a positive test?

For a person with a positive test, the stay at home period is full days from the first symptom or positive test which is counted as day 0. For example, if a child has no symptoms but has a positive test on Monday then Tuesday is day 1, Weds day 2, Thurs day 3 and they can return on Friday if they are still well and their temperature is normal.  For an adult with no symptoms the guidance period is 5 days, so in this example the period of isolation would end on the Sunday.

  1. Is a negative LFT needed before an individual can return to school/setting?

No – an individual can return after the advised number of days as long as they are well.

  1. Can a pupil or staff attend if they feel well and/or have no symptoms but have a positive test?

No, the guidance is clear that they should stay away for a set number of days, even if they are well and symptom free.  They may be infectious during this time so coming into school/setting poses a high risk of passing the infection on to others.

  1. Will there be further access to test kits?

If there are high levels of absence which may be COVID related or if there are vulnerable individuals involved then further test kits may be issued after discussion with the COVID/Public Health teams.

  1. What advice can be given to staff and parents/carers on what to do if they have a respiratory infection, (including COVID-19)

Guidance for people with symptoms of respiratory infections, including COVID-19

Can you wear face coverings in school?

  • Yes. We continue to permit students and staff to wear face coverings anywhere in school if they wish.

What other measures will we be using in school to reduce the spread of Covid-19?

We will continue with the following measures:

  • promote good hand hygiene through use of the handwash stations and hand sanitiser dispensers around school
  • keep indoor spaces well ventilated by opening windows and doors to enable the flow of fresh air
  • encourage good corridor movement by maintaining the one-way system that we have developed
  • keep year group social and food areas separate
  • maintain the higher staffing levels within the Medical Needs and cleaning teams

Year 9 KS4 Choices process for September 2022 start

This week Mr Munro and Miss Powley launched the KS4 choices process in assemblies with students and all of the information is now available here, it includes:

  • a version of the assembly specific to parents
  • information about the courses offered
  • the timeline
  • guidance to support you and your child in the process

The next event to support with this process is the Year 9 parents evening on Thursday 3 February – you will be emailed further information about this on Monday.

Other key dates to note:

  • Tuesday 8 February – course drop-in sessions
  • Wednesday 9 February – course choices form goes live
  • Friday 18 February – deadline for course choices

Wilmslow High School’s online Open Evening – October 2021 (update 30.09.21)

As was noted in a previous website notice, we are continuing to implement a number of on-site Covid-19 mitigation measures to minimise the risk of in-school Covid transmission.  You may also be aware that a new £12 million pound building project started on the school site this summer, which has substantially reduced the availability of parking spaces.

For these two reasons, we have taken the decision not to offer an on-site Open Evening at Wilmslow High School this October.  Instead, as was the case last year, we will be publishing a comprehensive page of useful video and written information resources on our website for prospective parents / carers to view from Monday October 11th.  We will inform our feeder primary schools when this page goes live.

We have received a number of enquiries from prospective parents asking if there will be any opportunities to take a tour of the school in the next few weeks.  Because of the rising level of Covid infections in the local community, we will not be offering an Open Day or any Open Morning sessions this term, though we do hope to be able to offer some ‘familiarisation’ opportunities for parents and carers after the Easter break.

For admissions information please click on this link: Admissions – Wilmslow High School