Windlehurst School

Respect - Courage - Inspire - Achieve

Windlehurst Road, Stockport, SK6 7HZ

0161 4274788

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Windlehurst School provides school places for children with an EHC plan stating Social Emotional and mental Health needs for the Stockport Metropolitan Borough. We have 2 sites within the Stockport Borough supporting 48 secondary school age pupils.

We are a unique school offering vocational and academic qualifications to enable all our pupils’ successful outcomes.

We aim to provide a safe, caring environment where all achievement is valued and celebrated.

Here at Windlehurst all staff strive to provide… ‘strong vision for the future of the school which is shared by leaders and staff.’ ‘Positive relationships between pupils and staff are nurtured and valued.’ ‘Pupils say that they feel safe, secure and well cared for in school.’ (Ofsted May 2019)

We achieve this through our 4 core values
Respect – for each other, for ourselves and for the environment we are in

Courage – within ourselves; to embrace new challenges, to succeed

Inspire – ourselves and others around us to achieve

Achieve – value and celebrate successes

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End of school year letter 2019-20

Term Dates 2020-21


Letter to Parents/Carers 10.6.2020

Google Classroom User Guide.

NEWS

Online Safety: 9th September 2020

We have been made aware of some potentially inappropriate and disturbing content circulating on social media which may be being viewed by our children and young people.

In line with previous advice from CEOP we would encourage  parents  to work to create a positive relationship with their children around their internet use, closely supervising younger children’s online access, and crucially, ensuring their children feel they can tell them (or another trusted adult) if they ever encounter anything worrying. Parental controls go some way to protecting children from accidentally viewing disturbing content but are unlikely to prevent it in many cases, for example when content has been deliberately spliced into content aimed at children.

Inappropriate content should be reported direct to the online service it appears on. Information on keeping children safe online and how to report concerns can be found here- https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers or here- https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

UPDATE: 1st September 2020

Dear parent/carer

We are looking forward to welcoming all our pupils this week, whether they are new to the school or are returning after a long break due to COVID-19.

We understand that you may have concerns about the return to school, and this letter therefore aims to provide both information and reassurance.

It is important to recognise that the circumstances we are in now are very different to when schools were closed in the first place. The prevalence of Covid-19 in the community has decreased, and the national Test and Trace system has been put in place. There is now greater understanding of the virus and how it behaves, as well as the measures that need to be in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.

In the UK, the Government uses a Covid-19 alert system to inform decisions and to explain the level of disease risk to the public. Using the data collated and analysed by the UK’s Joint Biosecurity Centre, the UK Chief Medical Officers sets the alert level for the whole of the UK. This alert level is currently at Level 3, ‘a Covid-19 epidemic is in general circulation’, which enables a gradual relaxation of restrictions under the plan for recovery published by the UK Government in May. 

As you will be aware, Greater Manchester is currently subject to additional local restrictions, although in Stockport we have seen a recent decrease in new infections, and we are cautiously optimistic about this and continue to monitor the situation very carefully. At present it seems that these local restrictions will be lifted on Wednesday 2nd September.

Are Schools Safe to Re-Open?

The Chief and Deputy Medical Officers of the UK, on the 23rd August, released a statement outlining their view that ‘very few, if any, children or teenagers will come to long-term harm from Covid-19 due solely to attending school’. The statement outlines a range of evidence they have taken into account in forming this judgement. This also includes evidence on the transmission risk for teachers, other staff working in schools, and parents, as well as the potential impact of opening schools on wider transmission. The statement can be found here

Both the Chief and Deputy Medical Officers and the Government have stressed that there is no completely risk-free option available to us, and that the risks from opening schools up again have to be balanced against the impacts on children from not attending school. 

What do I need to do?

To ensure that the return to school is as safe as possible, we have made a range of changes that we have previously communicated to you, and we will continue to review the arrangements we have put in place to maintain school as a safe environment.

To help us do this, we’d appreciate it if you could continue to support us in the following ways:

  • If your child, or anyone else at home has symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a fever, or loss or change of taste or smell) the entire household needs to stay at home, and children cannot attend school.  The person with symptoms will need to stay at home for 10 days, and all other household members need to stay at home for 14 days. Anyone with symptoms should get a test for coronavirus via https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. Please arrange a test as soon as possible, as early test results help us to protect our school community. 

 

  • Please inform us promptly if anyone in your household develops symptoms, and of any test results (positive or negative). If you need to contact the school to report an absence, we will ask about covid-19 symptoms and test results.
  • If your child develops symptoms during the school day, we will need to isolate them away from the classroom, and ask you to collect them as soon as possible. Please make sure that you are contactable throughout the school day, and that the contact details we hold are up to date.
  • Please ensure that you follow the social distancing arrangements that have been put in place, particularly at the start and end of the school day
  • Wearing of face coverings at Windlehurst School is not compulsory at the moment but should pupils wish to wear these in communal areas (e.g.corridors, when entering and exiting the school) they are able to do so.
  • We may look at using off site provision in the near future and if staff are transporting pupils in their own vehicles, this is when face coverings would be required. Please ensure that your child comes to school with at least one plain, clean, reusable (cotton) face covering that fastens behind the ears and a clean, resealable plastic bag to keep it in when it is not required.

We’d like to thank you in advance for your support in helping our school to remain safe and we look forward to welcoming all our children during the Autumn term.

Best wishes

Chris Ormiston

Head Teacher

 

UPDATE: 26th June 2020 at 13:30

Dear Parent/Carer,

I just wanted to provide another update on the website as we continue to hurtle towards the end of the school year. School has seemed a bit more normal in the last couple of weeks as we have welcomed quite a few pupils back in to school. It has genuinely been lovely to see some of your children again and it has been good that some of the usual sights and sounds (good and bad!) have returned to Windlehurst.

We continue to plan towards September, when we hope that even more pupils will be able to return. However, we will not be sharing all the details of this yet as we don't know what the exact situation will be locally or nationally. Rest assured we will let you know as soon as we can. For the next 3 weeks we will continue as we have been for the last 2. This will see some pupils in school for 2 days each week, pupils working remotely still (either all week or days when they are not in school) and we are also doing some transition work with pupils who are due to start with us in September.

For those working remotely all week, we have allocated specific staff to now make contact regularly with pupils and their families/carers. The aim of this is to continue with our welfare checks but also to encourage a greater level of engagement with learning at home. These staff will be able to help with work, will listen to requests for different activities that can be done at home and can provide additional work packs as and when this is needed. We appreciate your support with this as we know it can be hard to motivate pupils when they are working at home but it is important that pupils try and get in good habits for when they are to return to school.

Free school meal vouchers will continue throughout the summer holidays for those who are eligible and these may come in different blocks than they have done previously (e.g. 4 weeks worth at a time rather than the current 2) but we will inform you as to how this will work when it is confirmed. 

Don't forget that if you have any questions or concerns, you are always welcome to contact us on the phone or via email and we'll try and continue to communicate with you as best we can as things change and develop over the coming weeks.

Thanks again for all your support over the last few months, which have been a huge challenge for us all. We hope everyone is keeping well and that we will be able to resume 'normal' service at Windlehurst School as soon as possible.

Have a good weekend.

Chris Ormiston - Head Teacher

 

 

UPDATE: 5th June 2020 at 13:45

Dear Parent/Carer,

It’s Friday again so another update from me.

We have spoken to many of you this week and much of the conversation has been around our plans for pupils to begin returning to school from the week beginning 15.6.20. These plans look like they will be going ahead with those attending our Hawk Green site on a limited timetable each week for the foreseeable future. As this stands, this will involve those Year 7 and 8 pupils who have requested time back in school in on a Monday and a Tuesday and Year 9 and 10 in on a Wednesday and a Thursday. There will also be pupils attending our Millbrook site at agreed times throughout the week which will be shared in due course.  All of this is still to be confirmed officially and we will do this via our welfare calls, a letter and on the website during the course of next week.

We are in consultation at the moment with the transport team in Stockport to arrange taxis for our pupils and again the details of this will be confirmed as soon as we have this officially from the local authority. Communication that comes out next week will include some clear expectations of pupil behaviour that are directly linked to Covid-19. We will be asking that you go through these expectations with your child as any pupils who are consistently unable to follow such expectations will be at risk of having to work remotely rather than being on site.

We will be asking that all pupils (and staff) bring their own packed lunch each day as we will not be using the dining room or the school kitchen to prepare meals. Free school meal vouchers will continue for those who are eligible and this should help you to provide this for your child.

On days when pupils are not in school, there will still be remote learning in place online and via work packs that will be prepared and delivered. This will also obviously be the case each day for those not attending school at all. Welfare calls will cease for those attending site but will continue to take place with those remaining at home.

During lock down, there has not been a great expectation for schools to provide the usual curriculum. This will be changing and there will certainly be an expectation of teaching and learning happening in school and staff will also be supporting and encouraging remote learners to have more of a focus on their education.

Next week, staff will be spending quite a bit of time in school getting the building ready for more pupils and working on routines and procedures to keep our whole school community as safe as possible as we expand our provision again. It’s good for us to be able to plan and prepare to function a bit more normally in the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing more of our pupils again and will continue to work hard to try and support pupils and families in any way that we can.

If people have questions/concerns please feel free to raise these during welfare calls, by calling the main school number (0161 427 4788) or by contacting us via email on Parentcontact@windlehurst.stockport.sch.uk

Have a good weekend and take care.

Chris Ormiston – Head Teacher

 

UPDATE: 22nd May 2020 at 14:10

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope that everyone is OK as we come to the end of a 9th week in lock down. Things are changing slowly but it is really important for us, as a school community, to take our time and move forwards in a safe and careful manner. It was initially stated by the government that June 1st would be the date where more pupils will begin returning to school. The local authority in Stockport have since made clear that for us, this will happen no earlier than June 8th.

We are currently planning towards expanding our provision in school but it is vital to make clear that these are provisional plans and will only be implemented if and when it is safe to do so. We will keep communicating with you all and thanks for the input with regard to your thoughts on a potential increase of pupils in school. As soon as we have some clarity on what is happening we will let you all know.

Next week is half term. Whilst it doesn't seem the same as normal to be breaking up for a holiday, it is important that we all take some time out from trying to function as a school remotely. This means that there is no expectation for pupils to be completing school work at home next week and staff will be taking a well earned break themselves. During half term, we will still make some contact with parents/carers but this will probably only be once during the week. Obviously you are still free to contact us at any time should you need to do so.

As mentioned last week, there will be another free school meal voucher heading out to cover next week for those who receive these. In the first week back after half term (week beginning June 1st) we will continue as we have been doing. This means making welfare calls throughout the week, providing work packs and staff manning Google Classroom each day. Each week going forwards we will look to update you with any changes to this provision that may (or may not) be taking place in the following week.

Please keep staying safe and well out there and thank you once more for the support you have offered us as a school throughout this unprecedented situation.

Take care and have a nice weekend.

Chris Ormiston, Head Teacher.

 

UPDATE: 15th May 2020 at 13:45

Dear Parent/Carer,

It's Friday again and the end of another busy week in lock down. Staff have continued to work hard this week to support pupils with learning and to communicate as best we can with parents/carers. I know I've discussed with several of you, the implications of the announcements from the government earlier this week and how this might impact on us at Windlehurst School.

The date of June 1st has been used as a potential return to school for some pupils. This remains just a suggestion at this stage as it is still felt that more scientific evidence is needed as to the safety of this and it will also depend on data and statistics over the next couple of weeks. Clearly as a school we are looking at plans as to how school might look as we try and get back to some level of normality but there is nothing definite on this at the time of writing. As I think we have done so far, we will continue to make decisions in the best interests of safety for all within our school community.

If school does re-open, I think you all understand that this will be for small groups of pupils, on a rota basis with work still being done remotely at times. Some parents and carers will also make the decision that they don't feel it is safe at this time for their child to return to school at all. This decision is entirely yours, will be respected by us and we will continue to work with you as we have been doing thus far. We have sent out a survey linked to the potential return to school so thanks to those that have already completed this and please could those that haven't, do so at your earliest convenience. For those who haven't done this by Monday, we will go through this survey as part of your welfare call.

We will be sending out another free school meal voucher, for those that are eligible, at the start of next week. This will again be for 2 weeks and will cover the half term break. We will continue to provide these for the time being but should this continue into the summer holidays, free school meal vouchers would cease at this point. 

We have been doing welfare calls 3 times a week for the last 8 weeks and it has been good to speak to you all. Once more I thank you for your communication and patience during this time. Going forwards we are proposing to reduce this to twice a week as we think this will be enough. Obviously you are still free to contact us at any time should you need to.

We'll be in touch next week and will keep you updated in relation to any developments around a potential return to school. In the meantime please keep taking care everyone and have a good weekend.

Chris Ormiston - Head Teacher.

 

 

UPDATE: 13th May 2020

Please read the statement below from Stockport Local Authority regarding the Local Offer during these unprecedented times

LA message to parents May 2020

 

UPDATE: 7th May 2020 at 17:00

Dear Parent/Carer,

As we approach the end of another week, we are all wondering what news will come out over the weekend in relation to how lock down measures might be eased in coming weeks. Whilst I know there continues to be rumours and speculation about schools 're-opening' it is worth confirming again that we have had no direction or guidance as to there being a date for this. This means that we know as much as you do in relation to this. Rest assured that as and when we are given information on this we will put plans in place to introduce pupils back into school in a safe manner. Our priority will continue to be to make decisions in the best interests of the safety of all within our school community.

Once more it has been a busy week and I would like to say thank you to all the staff who have worked hard to keep in touch with everyone, provide work for pupils and to those who have also been working on the school site. I'd also like to thank all parents and carers again for communicating with us so effectively and for being patient during this difficult time. Thank you as well to all who completed the most recent parental survey that was sent out as this helps us to keep supporting everyone as best we can. Please continue to contact us by phone or email if there are any issues you have and we'll try our best to help out however we can.

So, please try and have a nice bank holiday weekend and we will speak with you all soon.

Take care.

Chris Ormiston - Head Teacher

 

UPDATE: 1st May 2020 at 17:00

Dear Parent/Carer,

We hope you've all coped OK during another week of lock down. It's been a busy one for the staff as we continue to try and support pupils and their families/carers as best we can during this tricky time.

Like everyone else, we await news and guidance with regard to as and when things might start returning to normal. As you will have heard/read, any return to school will be planned carefully to ensure that we can keep staff and pupils as safe as possible. We will keep you informed of any updates and plans to return whenever we have them but for the time being we will carry on as we have been doing.

It has been great to see many pupils working hard within google classroom and some will continue to benefit from the excellent facility in the future. A few people have asked questions about free school meal vouchers. Just to remind you, these are provided on a fortnightly basis with the next ones due at the start of next week (4.5.20).

You should have received a link to another parental survey so if you could complete this at your earliest convenience that would be appreciated. This is designed to help us ensure that we continue to provide the support that is required. If anyone has any issues being able to complete this, please just let us know on the regular welfare calls and we can go through it with you that way.

Thanks again for all your support and cooperation over the last few weeks.

Take care and have a good weekend.

Chris Ormiston - Head Teacher

 

 

 

UPDATE: 24th April 2020 at 14:15

Dear Parent/Carer,

It’s Friday again so another update from me.

Talking to some parents and carers this week, the topic of schools ‘re-opening’ has come up. I know there has been some speculation in the media about this and some people think that schools will be back soon and others feel that we won’t be back properly for a long time yet. I just wanted to be clear that The Department for Education (DfE) have confirmed that no decision has been made in relation to a timetable for ‘re-opening’ schools. Schools will only re-open fully when there is scientific evidence that it is safe to do so. We still strongly feel that we are open in a remote way and hope that you appreciate the work that the staff team are putting in to keep in touch, provide work etc.

I’d like to thank you for the support you’ve offered  for our pupils with home learning whether that be via Google Classroom or working through work packs that we have delivered. It has also been great to hear some stories of pupils being more involved than normal with baking, gardening and DIY tasks around the house. So the message from us is keep doing what you can, when you can and school work should not be adding additional stresses for pupils, parents or carers during this difficult time.

Thanks as well for all that you’re doing to follow government guidelines in terms of staying home and staying safe. I’m aware that this is difficult for anyone and possibly particularly challenging for some of our pupils. So keep up the good work with this and it will be worth it when we can come out of the other side of this.

As a school we will continue to do our welfare calls every other day to check that all is OK at home and in these calls (or at anytime) please let us know if there is anything else we can do to support you or your child.

Have a good weekend and take care.

Chris Ormiston – Head Teacher

UPDATE: 20th April 2020 at 16:10

Hi everyone it is good to have seen quite a bit of activity in Google Classroom on the first day of the summer term today so keep up the good work with that. There are just a couple more links that we wanted to share that have been launched today. These will both provide more opportunities for any online learning that can be done at home. The details for these are below:

Launch of the Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub

The sector-led Oak National Academy has today launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.

The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:

https://www.thenational.academy/ 

Launch of BBC Bitesize

The BBC has today launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents.

BBC Bitesize can be accessed here:

Thanks and take care.

Chris Ormiston - Head Teacher

 

UPDATE: 17th April 2020 at 16:15

Dear Parent/Carer,

It’s the end of the Easter holidays and we should be looking forward to everyone starting the summer term in school with us next week. However, due to the lock down being extended for a further 3 weeks at least we still find ourselves in the situation of the school being open remotely. We will continue to make a regular welfare calls throughout the week and have enjoyed being able to catch up with you all.

Google Classroom remains up and running and more and more pupils have been accessing this over the last week or so. There is more work on there now for all the classes to do and the virtual classrooms will be being covered by several members of staff each day between the hours of 10:00-14:30. Obviously pupils can do work or ask questions at any time on Google Classroom but these are the times when the classes will definitely be manned by school staff. We would really like as many of our pupils as possible to be in their virtual classes so if there are any who are still having issues with logging in please just let us know and we can hopefully help you through this. If any parents/carers would like to keep an eye on how your child is doing on Google Classroom just let us know during welfare calls and we can add an email address that will give you a review of what they have done during a week.

For those who are eligible, there should be another Free School Meal voucher heading your way at the beginning of next week. Also, those who asked for additional work packs (instead of using Google Classroom) should have received those yesterday.

We will carry on trying to make contact with all of you on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday next week and will try and offer any additional support that is needed. If you miss our calls, please try and get back to us (even if this is via a text or an email) as it is important to us to keep checking that everyone is keeping safe and well.

Don’t forget you can still call the school on our main number or contact us on the new email address that we have set up which is below.

Parentcontact@windlehurst.stockport.sch.uk

As we head into week 4 of lock down we hope that everyone is staying safe and well and it has been good to hear on our welfare calls that our pupils seem to understand the seriousness of this situation and are doing their bit to help try and get us get back to normal. It has also been good to hear on these calls and on Google Classroom, that some pupils are even missing us and are looking forward to coming back to school!

We hope you’ve had a good (if a bit different) Easter break and we look forward to speaking to as many of you as possible again next week.

Chris Ormiston – Head Teacher

 

UPDATE: 10th April 2020 at 14:00

Dear Parent/Carer,

The first week of the Easter holidays is over and it’s been the strangest one ever! We’ve been busy again trying to keep in touch with you all and we really appreciate you being so welcoming when we call to check in.

Google Classroom has been set up and it has been nice for staff to be able to communicate with pupils using this as well. For those pupils who haven’t logged in yet could they please be encouraged to do so even if they do just log in for now so we know that they can access this. Some parents/carers have reported issues with logging in to this so we have tried to offer advice and support about this and Mr. Berry has also created another help guide about Google Classroom (the link for this is to the left of this message). For those who don’t have access to a laptop or tablet for this we have been trying to arrange loans of devices for you but there are some difficulties with this that we may not be able to overcome. If this continues to be the case, we will arrange for another work pack to be sent out to you next week.

We will carry on trying to make contact with all of you on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday next week and will try and offer any additional support that is needed. If you miss our calls, please try and get back to us (even if this is via a text or an email) as it is important to us to keep checking that everyone is keeping safe and well.

Don’t forget you can still call the school on our main number or contact us on the new email address that we have set up which is below.

Parentcontact@windlehurst.stockport.sch.uk

We are aware that this situation is dragging out now and like you; the staff and their families are working hard to find ways of entertaining ourselves and stop us all from going stir crazy. Despite how difficult we know these times are, we echo the advice that is coming across nationally. Stay home as much as you can to stay safe and hopefully we will be heading out of the other side of this soon

Take care everyone and happy Easter to you all.

Chris Ormiston – Head Teacher

 

 

UPDATE: 7th April 2020 at 10:00

7th April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Firstly, thank you for your continued support of Windlehurst School at this difficult time. We appreciate the stress and strain everybody is facing at this current time, please remember we are here to help in any way we can. If you have any issues that you would like help or advise with, no matter how small, please raise it during one of our welfare calls.

In order to support your child’s learning at home during the closure, we will be uploading tasks to our new online learning environment - Google Classroom. It is our expectation that all children complete some work set each week during this period, learning is a habit and we want every child to continue learning to learn.

Pupils accessing remote online learning is new to us all. With this in mind, we anticipate that there could be some technical difficulties along the way. If, at any point, you have any difficulties please let us know and we assure you we will try to resolve any difficulties as soon as possible. Either call the school number

0161 427 4788 or parentcontact@windlehurst.stockport.sch.uk

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a group of tools that allows students and teachers to collaborate in real-time on a wide variety of documents, spread sheets and even websites. All tools are free, reliable and secure. You can find out about the suites here: https://sites.google.com/ab-ed.org/gsuite-for-parents/gsuite-tools.

How to access Google Classroom

On a desktop, laptop or tablet use Google Chrome to go to classroom.google.com and log in with the children’s account details. (This will be sent via individual text today)  If you are already logged on to google with your personal email accounts you may need to log out of these and log the pupil account in to access the classroom. You can swap between accounts on all Google browsers.

NB There is a Google Classroom APP available for iPads

When you login your child’s class should appear. Click on the class to open the classroom. On a desktop or laptop, at the top of the page there are 3 tabs (On an iPad or tablet these tabs will be at the bottom), select classwork and the work that has been set for the week can be found there along with instructions from the class teacher.

Work

From Tuesday 7th April, teachers will have set some work and hopefully light and/or entertaining tasks. We will start slowly and use the holiday weeks to hopefully all engage in the classroom.  As we move into term time, there will be more structured tasks as well as more open-ended, research based or creative task linked to another area of learning for your child to complete over the week.

Where to complete work

Where appropriate, children can complete their work electronically if they wish to either on their Google Drive or using Microsoft office.  If your child prefers they can use note books or paper to complete tasks. They should then even be able to take pictures of it and upload it back to the staff.

Reading

 

As at school, we would encourage all children to read every day. They have reading time every morning at school, we cannot stress enough how important to learning reading is to expand knowledge and vocabulary.

Contacting Teachers

Using Google Classroom the pupils can ask the staff questions about the work.  Please encourage the pupils to use this facility to get 1-1 support around a task. Teachers will answer messages on school days as promptly as possible during school hours, but it may not be the subject specific staff member. Over the holidays we will be running a rota of staff to try and answer any queries.  Just like in class, pupils will have to remember that they may have to wait their turn getting a response to a question.  As always, be resilient and move on to another question, this is good practice to become an independent learner.

Should you need to contact school with a problem, message parentcontact@windlehurst.stockport.sch.uk so we can keep a close eye on the queries coming in and direct them to the relevant member of staff.

Google Classroom Protocols

Google Classroom is a school learning environment. We expect all users to treat it respectfully.

When using Google Classroom you must:

  • Check if your teacher has set any work for you to complete
  • Reply sensibly to any conversations started by your teacher on your wall
  • If you are stuck, contact your teacher
  • Use public areas respectfully
  • Only communicate with teachers.

Hopefully Google Classroom will become a two way process.  So If any parents or carers have any good links that they think other pupils would enjoy, please share them with us on the email address above.  For example, David Walliams puts on a new audio book everyday on his website.

https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

Hopefully all pupils will engage in their classrooms and we are all looking forward to the challenge.

Lastly, our key message is for everybody, stay home and stay safe, keep positive and look after each other.

 Kind regards

P Berry

(Deputy Headteacher)

UPDATE: 3rd April 2020 at 16:30

Dear Parent/Carer,

It’s the end of another crazy week and we hope that you are all staying at home and keeping safe and well. Whilst there are no pupils currently on site, we very much see the school as being open as the staff are working tirelessly every day to try and ensure that we can keep supporting our pupils and their families/carers remotely.

We have continued to make contact with all of our families and carers every other day this week. It has been nice to touch base with you all and hear some different voices. We continue to follow guidance that states wherever possible it is safest for children to stay at home and we will monitor that this remains the case for each of our pupils. Next week, even though it is the Easter holidays, we will continue to make this contact by phone on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Those entitled to free school meals will also receive another voucher that may be redeemed at a local supermarket.

Staff will monitor what work is available to pupils and we are looking to launch the use of ‘Google Classroom’ which will allow our staff to work more interactively with pupils. All pupils will have a login for this, and we will provide you with full instructions of how you can access this tool. We will also try and support those that may struggle to work online,  and will pick this up from the parental survey we sent out this week and from our calls next week.

Don’t forget that you can still call the school on our main number, or contact us on the email address below.

Parentcontact@windlehurst.stockport.sch.uk

I hope you manage to have a nice weekend; keeping taking care of yourselves and each other.

Chris Ormiston – Head Teacher

UPDATE: 30th March 2020 at 18:30

Dear Parent /Carer,

As requested by the majority of parents and carers we have added additional resources that you child can access from home. We have provided learning resources for all subjects which you can access by clicking on the Teaching and Learning tab above. 

Don’t forget you can still call the school on our main number or contact us on the new email address that we have set up which is below.

Parentcontact@windlehurst.stockport.sch.uk

Stay Home - Protect the NHS - Save Lives

 

UPDATE: 27th March 2020 at 16:45

Dear Parent/Carer,

Well, what a week that has been for us all!!! As a staff we really hope you and your families are all coping as best you can at this difficult time. Please keep looking after yourselves and each other and make sure you follow the guidance about staying at home.

We have tried our best to communicate as as well as we can with you and most of you have spoken to myself or another member of our leadership team over the last few days. It has been good to hear that people are keeping well and I have certainly been impressed to hear about pupils getting on with their home, work packs (some seem to have done this better than others though!). In relation to this, we continue to collate further work that we will share with you as time goes on. I’ve also enjoyed chatting to a few pupils this week and will look forward to doing the same on Monday.

Next week we will continue to make contact with all of you on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday so feel free to ask us anything then. We aim to make these calls in the mornings so if you can be available to answer, please do as it is important for us to check on the welfare of our pupils and their families.

Don’t forget you can still call the school on our main number or contact us on the new email address that we have set up which is below.

Parentcontact@windlehurst.stockport.sch.uk

Like everyone, we are uncertain as to how long this will go on for but we will continue to keep in touch and provide any updates as and when they happen.

Have a nice weekend  everyone and I’ll look forward to speaking to some of you next week..

Chris Ormiston – Head Teacher

 

UPDATE: 24th March 2020 at 13:45

Dear Parent/Carer,

As communicated last night, school is closed for the time being in light of the new measures put in place in response to the coronavirus. As a school we will be making contact with all parents/carers every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning to check that all is OK and to update you with any relevant information. With this in mind, can you please try and be available between 9 and 10 am on these days so we can make contact and ensure that all pupils are safe and well.

You can still make calls into the school number and leave a message as these will be monitored each day. We have also set up a new email address for communication so that email queries will be sent to all members of the leadership team. Therefore enquiries over email should now be directed to the following address.

Parentcontact@windlehurst.stockport.sch.uk

I will keep communicating  on this website  on a regular basis and this, along with the phone calls we will be making, should help to keep everyone aware of what is going on.

Keep positive everyone.

Chris Ormiston – Head Teacher

 

UPDATE: 23rd March 2020 at 22.00

Dear Parent/Carer,

Following tonight’s (23.3.20) announcement from The Prime Minister, we have made the decision to officially shut Windlehurst School for all staff and pupils until further notice. We will continue to communicate with you all as and when there are any changes.

We will also keep working as a team to share work and activities that pupils can complete at home so keep checking our website and look out for any text messages with information about this.

It is so sad that we have had to make this decision but has been made in the best interests of pupils, staff and all of our families.

Thank you once more for your understanding about this.

Look after yourselves and your families.

Chris Ormiston – Head Teacher

 

 

 

UPDATE: 23rd March 2020 at 11:35am

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope that everyone is well and looking after each other at this most surreal of times. The bonus at the moment is the lovely weather so hopefully you are able to enjoy that in a ‘social distancing’ kind of way.

The update from school is that we remain open and you should all have received communication about the days/times that your child is due to attend school over the next fortnight. We will try and stick to this plan as much as we can or until we are told otherwise but will obviously update you if and when things change.

In terms of national guidance it is important to note that whilst there was the initial statement that all pupils with an EHCP should be in school, it is not quite as straight forward as this. The line really is that pupils (even those with EHCP’s) should only attend school if they have to, this is not compulsory. Pupils should only attend school if the work of parents is critical or if there is no other safe alternative. If it is possible to keep your child at home, then this is what you should do in the interest of doing what we can to stop the spread of coronavirus.

For those who receive free school meals we will soon be sending out E-vouchers that can be redeemed at local supermarkets. We will inform you when these are being sent out. Alison Holmes (our school business manager) will be in contact with those this impacts on to ensure we can get these sent out to you effectively to the right number/device.

For those at home, keep logging in to our website as we will keep sharing work tasks/projects that can be done at home as well as links to websites with a variety of educational activities. I would also recommend logging in to YouTube each day to complete the workouts with The Body Coach who is doing daily PE sessions at 9 o’clock. It’s really important to keep fit and active at this time.

Another point worth noting for parents and carers is that even if your child is coming in to school, we will not be running a full timetable. We are putting on activities with a limited number of staff with no expectation with regard to academic work/progress at this time.

We will keep communicating with you all as much as possible in what are ever changing times.

Take care everyone.

Chris Ormiston – Head Teacher

Online Safety

It is really important that parents/carers understand what their children are doing on line. Please use this link below to access a series of guides (including a guide about Whats App) which provide information about social media sites, gaming and other important issues such as streaming:

 

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/

Revised School Meal Charge from Monday 1st September, 2019 

We have received notification from Solutions SK who provides our school meals, that with effect from Monday 1st September 2017, the new daily charge of a school meal will be £2.10. 

The revised normal weekly charge for school dinners will be £10.50.

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs A Mulcahy

School Secretary