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
Year 10 Parents’ Evening – Appointment Booking
I would like to invite you to attend our Year 10 progress evening on Thursday 30th March 2023.
The school is using an intuitive and easy to use online appointment booking system. This allows you to choose your own appointment time with your child’s subject teachers. You will receive an email confirming your appointment(s) to discuss their progress face to face and how best to support them in year 10. Any feedback on this system is welcome.
Appointments can be made from Wednesday 1st March 2023 and will close on Wednesday 29th March 2023. Should you wish to make any changes after this date please contact the school office.
Please visit https://lliswerryhigh.parentseveningsystem.co.uk to book your appointments. (A short guide on how to add appointments is linked below). Login with the following information:
Learner’s First Name
Learner’s Date of Birth
If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the school office who will be happy to add appointments on your behalf.
We reserve the right to return to virtual appointments at any time.
Mr S Marshall
Head of Key Stage 4
Newsletter Christmas 2022
Understanding the symptoms of iGAS and Scarlet Fever
Strep A Information for Parents/Carers
You will undoubtedly be aware from the media of concerns around Strep A cases and we are mindful of the anxiety this can understandably cause. To advise and reassure you on this matter, please see the information from Aneurin Bevan Health Board below.
‘The Health Board is aware of increased public anxiety with regards to recent media reports on rare complications of Strep A in children.
We are asking parents and carers to view official advice from Public Health Wales, which can be found at www.phw.nhs.wales/news/igas-infection-remains-rare-say-public-health-experts/
Complications of Strep A are extremely rare and there are lots of viruses circulating at the moment, which may give children a sore throat. We are urging people not to worry unnecessarily - please read the Public Health advice or use the online 111 symptom checker before seeking medical attention.
Consultant in Adult and Paediatric Emergency Medicine at The Grange University Hospital, Dr Rob Stafford, said: "We know there are a lot of parents and carers who are anxious about Strep A at the moment, but I would urge people to stay calm.
"The complications of Strep A that have caused a small number of deaths across the UK are extremely rare and parents are advised to be vigilant and only seek healthcare if their child displays symptoms that might suggest a review by a health professional is needed. The symptoms to look out for are: a high temperature above 38°C, severe muscle aches, localised muscle tenderness, and redness at the site of a wound.
“There are many other illnesses circulating at the moment, many of which cause sore throats and cold symptoms in children. This should be managed at home with paracetamol and ibuprofen products.
“If your child does not have the symptoms that might suggest Strep A, listed above, then there is no need to seek a swab test or to see a medical professional.
“It is particularly important that parents avoid taking their children to the Emergency Department at The Grange University Hospital unless absolutely necessary to ensure those children who are seriously ill can be seen and treated quickly.”
Parents and carers are being advised to contact their GP or call 111 if they think their child has any of the signs and symptoms of Scarlett Fever or iGAS disease.’
From our perspective as a school, we would ask that you follow the normal procedure of not sending your child to school if they are unwell, including if they have a sore throat. Please do contact us to let us know if your child is going to be absent and to explain the reason why.
Lliswerry High School
Alumni Letter to Parents and Carers
Dear Parents and Carers,
Did you or someone you know attend Lliswerry High School? We would value your help to inspire current learners to become more confident, motivated, and inspired about their future careers.
There is extensive research highlighting the benefits to learners of employer role model engagement in schools. In their 2019 research, Insights, and Inspiration; Exploring the Impact of Guest Speakers in Schools, the charity Education and Employers reported:
* 91% of learners surveyed reported increased levels of motivation, understanding of careers and self-belief after listening to employer guest speakers.
* 88% of learners said they were helped to understand that everyone needs to overcome setbacks in pursuit of their career goals.
* Learners who could not recall any encounters with employers were 5 times more likely to believe that their background held them back from achieving their ambitions.
* Free school meal (FSM) students typically benefitted more than non-FSM students
Research also shows that engagement with employer role models who attended the same school, and experienced similar barriers to current learners, is even more valuable.
By becoming part of the ‘alumni community’ at Lliswerry High School and depending on the amount of time you would like to commit, you can support the school and its learners in a range of ways:
* Give a talk to a small group of learners about your career or your industry
* Deliver a presentation to a large group of learners or at open days or special events
* Host a visit for a group of learners to your workplace
* Join a lesson in a specific subject to talk about how the subject is relevant to your work
* Host a work experience placement for a learner at your workplace
* Film a vlog about your experiences of school and your career to date
* Attend mock interviews or support a Careers Fayre
Register your interest here - [EN] Community Alumni
If you would like to find out more, please contact Heidi Purnell 07890 274901 - Heidi.Purnell@careerswales.gov.wales
Mrs L Evans
Senior Assistant Headteacher
After School and Lunchtime Clubs
The timetable of After school and Lunchtime clubs have gone live on Google Classrooms, along with a link to a Google Form for learners to sign up to the clubs they wish to attend. The sports based clubs will continue as normal when we return to school on the 7th November. Our new clubs for the half-term will commence w/c 14th November. Learners will receive more information about the specific clubs on Friday 11th November via their school email.
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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…)