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Arrangements for September 2019

posted Jun 27, 2019, 2:16 AM by J Grant   [ updated Aug 19, 2019, 12:29 AM ]

Dear Parent/Carer,

I would like to take the opportunity of informing you of the arrangements for the start of the new academic year at Holyhead and provide you with some important information about how we can work together to maintain standards at the school.

School will open for students on Wednesday 4th September 2019. Year 7 and Year 10 students will need to be in school for 8:40am. Part of the morning session for all students will be spent with Form Tutors. Normal lessons will begin after lunch at 1:40pm.

Included with this letter, you will find: Please note new Year 7 students should purchase a clip on College tie representing the College they were placed in on New Intake Day.  If you have any queries, please contact Mrs Marnell or Mrs Edwards on 0121 523 1960.

In September your son/daughter will be issued with their Holyhead Planner.  This Planner is an important teaching and learning tool that must be carried at all times. We expect all students to use it both in lessons and at home and we would appreciate your support in ensuring that students carry it with them each day.  The Planner is to be used to record homework, reminders and things to do.

You will receive as part of your New Intake Parents Pack an Enrolment Form.  It is very important that this is completed as accurately as possible and contains the emergency contact numbers of at least two people. We appreciate your support in the completion of this.

Your son/daughter may have siblings or relatives in the school.  Please be aware that the key members of the staff responsible for Student Support are changing roles for September.  Please look out for our ‘Directory of Student Support’ which will come home with students at the end of the first day accompanied by a letter with details about our professional development days.

I hope that all students enjoy the summer holiday and keep themselves safe and in good health ready for their new school in September.

We look forward to welcoming your son/daughter to Holyhead. Please have a look at our website and social media platforms to familiarise yourself with the Holyhead magic!

Yours faithfully,

Mr R Trafford

Welcome to Holyhead

posted Oct 5, 2018, 7:56 AM by J Grant

Thank you for taking the time to visit Holyhead School. We are an 11-19 Academy at the heart of Soho Ward, a vibrant and aspirational community with a deep sense of its own heritage and culture.

Ofsted recognised us as ‘Outstanding’ in 2013 and again in 2017. More importantly, the local community recognise the value of our work and consequently, there is a high demand for school and Sixth Form places. There is always a high level of interest in our work and I am very proud of the amazing reputation that we have both locally and nationally.

We are part of the RSA Family of Academies which means a commitment at all levels to Arts, Culture and Creativity. We are also at the forefront of approaches to promoting positive mental health. Our final RSA commitment is about creating opportunities for students to excel in the World Beyond School. We are a stand-alone Academy, but proud of our collaborative work with the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

In addition to a rich curriculum, we pride ourselves in innovative approaches to Teaching and Learning. Our dedication to training and developing high-quality teachers has been recognised via our designation as a National Teaching School.

These are two examples of our desire to be the best at everything we do. That is how you inspire and awaken learning!

What makes Holyhead special is our commitment to learning without limits. Students enter the school with attainment levels significantly below the national average (ISDR) but go on to achieve whatever they set their minds to. More students than you find at other schools, go on to employment, Higher Education and Apprenticeships. They attend Russell Group Universities and read the most competitive courses you can imagine. They become Engineers, Lawyers, Accountants, Entrepreneurs and Doctors etc, but they also become well-rounded individuals who understand how to keep safe, how to articulate themselves and how to respect diversity, equality and active citizenship. 

We invest a lot in developing the strength of their character, making students independent and confident with vision and intellectual curiosity.

The focus on the development of character extends to staff. Whilst we have a strong commitment to staff wellbeing and CPD. We also expect staff to become role models for the school community. Our induction, staff incentive scheme and person specifications place an emphasis on Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication.

Despite being an Outstanding school, we are still not satisfied. We are all working hard to take the school to even greater heights and the real challenge for us is to ensure that the whole community, parents/carers, students and staff work in harmony to further raise aspirations and standards in the years to come.

If you share our vision and values, we would love to tell you more. 

Once again, I thank you for showing an interest in learning more about our special community.

Ross Trafford

Alliance of Leading Learning

posted Oct 5, 2018, 7:41 AM by J Grant   [ updated Nov 5, 2018, 5:48 AM ]

We are proud to announce that Holyhead School and Aston Manor Academy are part of the NPQ consortium of schools in partnership with the Alliance of Leading Learning. We have been accredited to deliver the gold standard NPQSL training programme through our experienced facilitators and tailored approach that is specifically designed to meet individual leadership needs.

Presently, there are FULLY funded places and scholarships available for category 5 & 6 schools (Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Dudley). This means that you can train your middle leaders for FREE. Without a doubt, this is a fantastic opportunity to develop some of your strongest staff by providing a high-quality CPD programme that is linked with an accredited qualification. This training is available locally at Holyhead School and Aston Manor Academy - both within easy reach of your school and we have a limited number of places still available.

In order for aspiring and serving senior leaders to receive their qualification, they will need to lead an improvement project across their school, lasting at least two terms, to reduce variation in pupil progress and attainment and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching. Once again a 'win-win' situation for staff within your school.

Please click on the relevant link below and follow the instructions within the flyer to register your aspiring leaders.


A Level Exam Results 2018

posted Aug 26, 2018, 9:41 AM by J Grant   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 4:52 AM ]

I am very pleased to confirm that yet again we have achieved fantastic A Level results. 

A Level 

We have had another exceptional year for A Levels with our current % A*-B figure of 46% this means that students make progress at a rate equivalent to the top 25% of all Sixth Forms and FE Colleges. 83% of all grades were at least a C grade at A Level. Our BTEC results are also incredibly strong.

In particular, we are pleased that 100% of grades achieved were between A*-E (no grade U's). This is a testament to the great work the team and the hard work of the students in the Sixth Form. 

The vast majority of the students received news that meant they could pursue their chosen University courses next term. 

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