Summer Uniform Update From June 2023
Parent/Carer and Senior Staff meeting
Good morning, following on from our initial parent meetings we will be holding our next meeting on Wednesday 14 June between 2.30 and 5.00. Slots will be allocated depending on the numbers wishing to attend.
These meetings are an opportunity for you to work with the school to discuss any issues and ideas for improvements. We would also like to take the opportunity during this meeting to talk to you about school reports to make them more informative for parents and carers.
If you would like to attend please email the school (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 3pm on Friday 9 June.
We look forward to working with you.
Number 44 Bus Route Information
Unfortunately, due to an operational decision by Newport Transport, the number 44 bus will not be stopping outside the school on Nash Road from today onwards. The number 42 and number 43 buses will continue to stop outside the school and the number 44 bus can still be caught on the SDR at the end of Nash Road.
We are working with Newport Transport and the Local Authority to see if there is any opportunity for this service to be reinstated in the future, if this happens we will, of course, inform you.
Year 11 Study Leave
Dear Year 11 Parent/Carer,
As you will be aware we are entering the main summer exam series, with the first subject examinations starting today, Friday 12th May. As far as our learners are concerned normal attendance at school is required up to May half term, which starts on Monday 29th May.
After half term Year 11 learners are expected to attend all timetabled lessons for the exams they are still to sit. For example, English Language Unit 3 exam takes place on Monday 12 June. All Year 11 learners are expected in all of their English lessons before this date. If learners wish to remain in school to revise, they can continue to go to all timetabled lessons.
The only times learners will not be needed in school is if they have undertaken all of the exams listed on their exam timetable and are completely up to date with any coursework/BTEC subjects they are entered for. If this is the case, they will be told by a member of staff that they do not need to attend.
The last official day of attendance for all Year 11 learners will be the end of June, but in reality, they will not be attending once they have completed all of their examinations unless they are needed for other reasons e.g. to complete coursework. You will be contacted should this be the case.
Please note that we will be having an official leavers assembly for our Year 11 learners on 26th May. All learners are expected in school and in their form class by 8.30am. On this day Year 11 learners will be leaving school at approximately 11.00am.
Please do discuss the things I have highlighted above with your child if you haven’t already done so.
I would like to thank you all for everything you have done to support your child and our school. I hope that you and your child have a fantastic summer break following the completion of the summer examinations, and that they get the results they deserve in August on results day (further information to follow regarding this and revision/exam preparation). If you would like any further information or support, please do not hesitate to contact us. I look forward to seeing most of our Year 11 learners once again in September, when they embark upon the next stage of their lives as part of our school’s Sixth Form.
Headteacher Update (27/04/23)
As a follow up to the letter I sent to you earlier this week, I would now like to inform you that our investigations into Monday’s incident are complete. As a result of our investigation I have issued the strongest sanctions possible under Welsh Government statutory guidance to two learners. This reflects the seriousness with which the school viewed the incident and our stance that physical aggression or violence is totally unacceptable in any form. A range of other actions, including external agency involvement, has also been put in place for any learners who were involved on the periphery or arranging of the incident. We have also liaised with the local authority regarding this matter.
Moving forward, in order to discuss any concerns you may have in a constructive way we will be establishing a ‘senior staff & parent/carer group’ which will meet every half term. This will enable a representative group of parents or carers to work collaboratively and directly with senior school staff in order to discuss and resolve any future issues or concerns. It will also enable those parents/carers involved to have an input into the wider educational experiences we provide and to represent the views of other parents or carers.
You will no doubt be aware that there was a planned ‘protest’ involving some parents arranged for tomorrow afternoon. I have met with one of the organisers of this today along with their Ward Councillor and, following positive and constructive discussions in that meeting and also between the school, local authority, police etc., I have been asked to inform you by the organiser that the proposed protest has now been cancelled.
As I stated previously and as you will no doubt know from your own school experiences, unacceptable incidents can take place in any school on occasion. However, please be assured that we will continue to do our utmost to ensure that your child is safe, happy and successful in our school. I look forward to working constructively and collaboratively with you in the future.
Lliswerry High School
Easter Newsletter 2023
Headteacher Announcement – Post Easter Arrangements
I hope that this letter finds you well, as we head towards the Easter break. This academic year has continued to be one of much progress alongside important developmental changes, as we continue to embed the Curriculum for Wales, the new Additional Learning Needs Bill etc. in our school.
I would also like to make you aware of a further change that will come into effect after the forthcoming Easter break. At that time the current Headteacher of our neighbouring school, Llanwern High School, will be starting a new role in another local authority and they will therefore not have a Headteacher in post. In order to support the staff and learners of Llanwern High School, it has been agreed that I will take up a revised role. In this revised role I will effectively become the Headteacher of both Lliswerry and Llanwern High Schools until a permanent Headteacher is appointed at Llanwern. This has been arranged in consultation between the Local Authority and Governors from both schools.
I would like to reassure all parents and carers that my first consideration when agreeing to this arrangement was to ensure that it would not in any way be detrimental to Lliswerry High School and our learners. Throughout my time as Headteacher here I have carefully planned the development of leadership capacity and capability. I am therefore absolutely confident that we have the leadership in place at all levels of our school in order to undertake this arrangement in a highly successfully manner.
We are currently taking appropriate steps to ensure that our school leadership structure is adjusted in readiness for the start of this arrangement. This will ensure that effective leadership capacity continues to be in place to provide high standards of wellbeing and progress of our learners. Throughout this period, our experienced Deputy Headteacher Miss Fitzgerald will become Head of School at Lliswerry High School. As Executive Headteacher, I will retain the overall responsibility for both Lliswerry and Llanwern High Schools and will spend time at both school sites. This is an organisational arrangement that has worked successfully with schools in other local authorities in our region and across Wales.
Please be assured that I will continue to be fully committed to Lliswerry High School and our learners, alongside those learners at Llanwern High School. The added benefit that this arrangement brings is the opportunity for both schools to work closely together, in order to share good practice and learn from each other for the benefit of all learners and staff in both schools.
Exam and Assessments 22/23
Information for learners completing GCSE & AS/A Level this year:
•an overview of this year’s arrangements
•information on grading
•links to helpful websites for revision tips & wellbeing
Newsletter Christmas 2022