Parent Staff Association (PSA)
Attendance and Fixed Penalty Information
Dear Parents and Carers of Learners at Lliswerry High School
We want the best for all Newport children and young people and we would like to remind you of the importance of good attendance at school.
What is good attendance?
The recommendation from Welsh Government is that good attendance is at least 95% and we expect this of most children. Out of 365 days in a year, schools are open to pupils 190 days which allows 175 designated days for parents to take holidays, dental/medical appointments and other non-urgent appointments.
What are the advantages of good attendance?
Attending school has the benefit of:
* Keeping up with school work
* Ensuring that children meet their expected progress
* Meeting friends and learning and playing together
* Learning key skills needed for adult life such as regular attendance and arriving on time.
What are the consequences of poor attendance?
* Your child will fall behind in their learning and miss out on key concepts taught.
* Lack of social contact in school; difficulty in maintaining friendship groups.
* Low self-esteem and poor pupil well-being.
* Statistics show that poor attendance can be linked directly to low attainment in National tests.
Regular attendance is required by law. Following the pandemic, the Welsh Government has re-introduced the use of Fixed Penalty Notices for non-school attendance. Schools in Newport will resume their use of Fixed Penalty Notices to ensure children and young people are accessing their education. This can be issued for any absences not authorised by the school, including holidays. Newport City Council will issue these notices when concerns are raised by EWO, school or the police. The fine is £120 unless paid within 28 days when it is £60.
If your child is absent for any reason, please contact the school to explain why.
If you need help and advice with any difficulties, contact the Education Welfare Service on 01633 210615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org(more…)
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022
On behalf of our staff, learners and Governors I would like to express my deep sadness at the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, after a lifetime of unflinching dedication to our country and the Commonwealth. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.
Letter from Qualifications Wales and UCAS
Results week has arrived. Your hard work and resilience managing the return to exams and the extremely difficult and unprecedented disruption of the pandemic will have prepared you well for whatever choices you make about your next steps, whether that be an undergraduate course, apprenticeship, or
We know you might have questions about your options on results day and Clearing.
Here are a few things we’d like you to remember:
• This year we have returned to summer exams, with all students being assessed on the same basis. Your grade will be determined solely on the basis of your work.
• Don’t worry if you don’t get your predicted grades. This happens very often. In 2019 only 21% of accepted applicants achieved or exceeded their predicted grades, but 86% of UK 18-year-olds applying to UCAS took up a HE place.
• Universities understood what grades will look like overall this year and took this into account when making offers. It’s not meaningful to compare this year’s results to those in 2021, because there were different assessment arrangements.
• In 2019, when exams last went ahead, around three quarters of UK 18-year-old applicants were placed at their first choice. Come results day this year, UCAS again expects most students will secure their place at their first choice.
• You have lots of choice for your next step, whether it’s an undergraduate degree or an apprenticeship. There are more 18-year-olds in the population this year and more applying to higher education too, but there are still lots of places in higher education and apprenticeships at top employers available. Over 90 per cent of this year’s applicants are happy with the offers they’ve got. In fact, nearly 300,000 UK 18-
year-olds are holding a firm offer, up 7,000 on last year and the highest on record – meaning more applicants are in a prime position to secure a preferred course than ever before.
• University admission isn’t always just about grades. When deciding whether to make an offer or accept a student, universities generally look at the full range of information within the UCAS application, including the personal statement and reference.
• If you don’t get the grades for your first choice, you may still be accepted by your university of choice, for example, if you are a grade lower than your offer.
• If you don’t get your first or insurance choices, there will be lots of choice through Clearing with around 30,000 courses available across a broad range of universities and colleges as well as apprenticeships with employers. UCAS is here to support you with your choices through Clearing. You might find it helpful to think in advance of results day about what you might do if you don’t get the results you were hoping for, do better than you expected, or change your mind about what you want to do. You can put yourself in the strongest possible position by thinking ahead and putting together a Plan B.
We are confident that with the right support you will continue to rise above any obstacles in your way and progress onto your next step.
If you’d like to know more, listen to UCAS’ Clearing Choices podcasts about all things to do with results day, and how to take control of your future, and discover your options in the UCAS Hub. For more information on marking and grading this year, check out Qualifications Wales's blogs and how qualifications were awarded web page. There is also useful information on Qualifications Wales’s Learners, Parents and Carers web page.
Chief Executive, Qualifications Wales
Chief Executive, UCAS
Start of Term Arrangements – September 2022
I am writing to confirm arrangements for the start of the new academic year. Friday 2nd September is staff Professional Learning, therefore no learners will be in school. The new academic year for learners begins on Monday 5th September. There will be blended learning for Yrs 8-11 on their google classrooms for that day as they are not expected in the school building.
Year 7 learners will start on Monday 5th September (please see the earlier email sent to Year 7 parents/carers). Learners will enter via the far, side door by PE (next to the main car park).
Sixth Form will return on Monday 5th September (Please refer to earlier email sent to Sixth Form parents/carers). Learners will enter by the main reception doors.
Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 learners will all return on Tuesday 6th September. All learners are to wear full school uniform from Tuesday 6th September and must be in school by 8.30am. Learners will have their timetables issued during form time and their Form Tutor can assist with any queries that may arise. Lessons will start as normal at 9am. Yr 8 will enter via the side door onto the link corridor. Yr 9 will use the rear doors, Yr 10 will use the side door by the college and Yr11 will use the main reception entrance.
I would draw your attention again to our website for all other information on the school day, uniform, equipment etc.
We very much look forward to welcoming all our learners back in September and wish you all a fabulous summer break.
Mr D Jackson
Assistant Headteacher (Wellbeing, Inclusion and Equity)
National Literacy and Numeracy Tests Results
The results for the National Literacy and Numeracy tests undertaken this academic year, via Hwb, for learners in Year 7, 8 and 9 will be available online on Thursday 21st July. The additional guidance document also explains what the data means for your child.
These tests are set by the Welsh Assembly Government and are used to assess how well learners are progressing. They can also highlight where individuals may need additional help to improve their skills or where they are making exceptional progress.
The Reading Test determines how well a text has been understood and assesses the ability of learners to make judgements about reading.
The Procedural Test measures skills in number, measuring and data.
To access this data:
* Your child will need to use their usual Hwb login and password details to log into their Hwb account at https://hwb.gov.wales/
* Select the ‘Personalised Assessments’ icon on the main menu to access results
* If your child is unable to remember their user ID, their form tutor will be able to help them with this.
* If you are unable to access the report from home or you do not have digital access, please contact the school via email email@example.com or phone 01633 277867 where we will be able to provide you with a paper print out of the results.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school should you require any further details or information.
Mrs J Bartley
Assistant HeadteacherPersonalised assessment progress report - Numeracy (Procedural) - Information for parents and carers
School Uniform for September 2022
There have been no major changes to our school uniform policy, so please bear our uniform rules in mind when purchasing new uniform items over the summer. Trousers must not be skin tight or jean type and skirts should not be tight fitting and should be a maximum of 7cm above the knee. Currently the length of some girls’ skirts is not appropriate for school, however we have not asked parents/carers to purchase new skirts so close to the end of term. No leggings are to be worn. Please see the images below.
All learners must wear a Lliswerry High School blazer and should they be cold they can add a Lliswerry High School branded black jumper. This does not however replace the blazer. A school tie must also be worn at all times and footwear should be plain black.
The school PE kit remains the same and can be seen below.
Female - Compulsory - Polo-shirt, either skort or shorts or leggings, and socks
Male - Compulsory - T-shirt, shorts, and socks plus optional rugby jersey
All learners have the option of purchasing a hoodie as well as having their initials printed on their kit too (no names or nicknames). This would be at an additional change.
The only change in our uniform policy is around jewellery where, after listening to our learners, we now allow 1 small nose stud. Large hoop or dangling earrings, bars, nose rings or any other facial piercings are still not permitted.
The uniform policy is part of the school’s drive to raise standards and helps ensure that learners feel part of our school community and take pride in their appearance. Full details about the uniform requirements can be found on the school website at https://lliswerryhigh.org/parents/uniform/.
From September, if a learner is not wearing correct and appropriate uniform, as per the school’s uniform policy, parents/carers will be expected to bring appropriate uniform items to school. If a learner persistently attends school in incorrect uniform, they may be placed in our Inclusion Room (IR). Obviously, we do not want either of these scenarios to happen, so we would ask that you work with us and support the school with this matter.
We appreciate that buying school uniform can be expensive. If the cost of school uniform is likely to be problematic for you, please do contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your child’s Head of Year so that we can assist you if possible. Many thanks for your support and understanding with this.
Mr D Jackson
Assistant Headteacher (Wellbeing, Inclusion and Equity)
PE Extra-Curricular Clubs
School Sports Survey 2022
Click the link below and answer all the questions as accurate as possible.
It should take approximately 10 - 15 minutes to complete properly. If you’re unsure of any questions please ask your teacher