Weaverham High School
Cheshire West and Chester, United Kingdom
About Weaverham High School
Weaverham High School is an over-subscribed, high performing secondary school which has placed itself at the heart of the community it serves. Its strong record of high academic achievement along with excellent participation in its outstanding range of extra-curricular activities means that many parents choose Weaverham rather than their local or designated secondary school. Consequently approximately 50% of pupils come from outside the designated catchment area.
You will join Weaverham High School at an exciting time. There is extensive house-building in the local area and the number of secondary-aged pupils is growing rapidly. We are currently in the midst of a £1.5M basic need expansion programme which will allow the school to increase its intake to 240 pupils from September 2018.
Weaverham High School is an 11 – 16 comprehensive school situated on the edge of Weaverham ‘village’ near Northwich in Cheshire. It serves the surrounding villages of Weaverham, Sandiway, Cuddington, Delamere Park, Acton Bridge, Crowton and Whitley. However, owing to its popularity and success, the school is over-subscribed and now comprises 1030 pupils drawn additionally from Hartford, Northwich and Winsford along with their surrounding villages. Over 40% of the pupils are now from ‘out-of-zone’ areas and approximately 11% of pupils are in receipt of free school meals.
Weaverham enjoys very good transport links, being close to both the A49 and A556 with fast links to both the M6 and M56. A mainline railway station is 5 minutes away and Manchester International Airport only 25 minutes away. Traditionally ICI was the major employer in the area but this has been replaced by a number of smaller employers and now many parents utilise the excellent transport links to work in Warrington, Chester, Liverpool, Manchester or beyond.
The school is situated on the edge of the open Cheshire countryside providing easy access to areas for walking, riding, cycling, sailing and canoeing. The National Parks of North Wales, the Peak District, the Lake District are all within easy transport reach. More cosmopolitan attractions can be found in nearby Chester, Manchester and Liverpool – all of which lie within 35 minutes of travel.
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Although the original school buildings date from 1956, there have been significant additions in recent years. An extensive refurbishment and building programme has taken place to include a sports hall, an all-weather pitch, a purpose-built science block, creative arts centre which includes a fully-equipped drama studio, a new library and learning resource centre, new boys’ toilets. A major Design and Technology extension and 3 additional classrooms were completed in November 2007 and in March 2011 a new Art Block was constructed to replace temporary accommodation. There have also been full refurbishments of the Maths block, ICT and Design & Technology areas and we recently completed a programme of major refenestration.
The school is planned to expand to an entry of 240 over the next 2 years and a building programme began in January 2017 which will be completed in summer 2018. This has built 2 new science labs and provided an additional 6 teaching spaces.
The PC-based computer network now comprises 380-workstations and has been combined with the installation of over 20 interactive whiteboards. This includes 5 rooms equipped for whole class use of computers. These rooms are re-equipped on a rolling programme. Each teaching room is equipped with a desktop computer and digital projector for teacher use. We have installed Wi-Fi throughout the school. We have 6 class sets of iPads which are used throughout the school. We have a widely used VLE based on Frog OS.
The extensive extra-curricular programme is a distinctive feature and a strength of the school, which has been recognised as outstanding by Ofsted. The wide range of school Physical Education activities includes: Rugby, Hockey, Football, Netball, Volleyball, Cross-Country, Table Tennis, Badminton, Dance, Athletics, Tennis, Cricket, Rounders, and Gymnastics. School teams operate in the sports listed along with regular Saturday morning, fixtures. Pupils are selected regularly to represent the district, county or national teams.
We also offer a wide range of Creative Arts opportunities. These include learning to play a musical instrument through our programme of subsidised music lessons, an annual production and concerts at Christmas and in the summer. Recent productions have included High School Musical, Peter Pan, Grease, Bugsy Malone, Fame and Macbeth. We currently have 2 choirs, junior and senior bands, a jazz band, a steel band, and a number of ensembles.
Over 100 pupils each year participate in the Duke of Edinburgh award programme. The school has its own Duke of Edinburgh license and is one of the largest suppliers of D of E candidates in the North West. This programme, combined with our pupil leadership development programme, contributes significantly to the personal development of our pupils.
Each year we organise a number of trips and residential activities. During the last year there were residential visits to the Condover Hall near Shrewsbury, 2 Modern Foreign Languages exchanges, work experience and Christmas market trips to Germany and France, First World War Battlefields trip, a ski trip, water sports summer trip, as well as theatre trips and visits to major sporting events.
In addition an enrichment programme is operated to bring expertise into school which we do not possess among our own staff. Pupils are asked to make a contribution towards the cost of these courses and currently activities include: driving lessons, first aid, swimming, dry slope skiing, golf, beauty therapy, trampolining, fencing, archery, self-defence and climbing.
Weaverham High School has helped me to achieve a success beyond my expectations and to develop lasting friendships.- Matthew Lowe 2000-2005 MSc (Cantab) MPhil (Oxon) Kennedy Scholarship MIT, Consultant Economist, World Bank and IMF
The inspiring attitude to be the best you can and to make the most of every opportunity you are given was one of the most important aspects of Weaverham High School- Rebecca Annells 2008-2013 (former member of the Youth Parliament) Biological Sciences, Exeter College, Oxford University