Welcoming Our New Acting Headteacher

A letter from Mr Goodwin

I am honoured to have been asked to take on the role of Acting Headteacher of South Wirral High School, following the retirement of Mrs McCormack at Easter. I will be the Acting Headteacher for the rest of this term, until a permanent appointment is made.

The values and the ethos of our school will not change. Our aim is to raise the achievement of the students in partnership with parents and the wider community. We aim to prepare our students for a successful adult life by developing a positive attitude to learning that they can apply to higher education and the world of work. We will continue to instil the values of good citizenship. We will continue to celebrate their strengths and achievements and support them to meet all the challenges they face. My expectations of the students’ achievement and behaviour are very high. I expect all members of the school community to uphold the values of respect, tolerance, courtesy, and co-operation. Your support in reinforcing high expectations is very much valued.

Some changes have already taken place in school. There is now a room called “Student Services” at the student entrance to our school. Our Heads of House and Senior Leadership Team meet and greet the students and ensure that they look smart in full uniform and are fully equipped for a happy and successful school day. Student Services is led by Ms Dutton.

Mr Durham has taken on the role of Acting Deputy Headteacher. He will support students in making curriculum choices in years 8,9 and 11 and, together with Mrs Williams, he will monitor the quality of teaching and learning in school.

A great deal of our energy is going into preparing all of our students for the challenges they face this summer. Our year 11,12 and 13 students are preparing for their GCSE, A Level and BTEC examinations, with the support of their teachers. Our year 10 students are preparing for their first GCSE examination in Science on May 25th, and then for a full series of Pre-Public-Examinations in all their other subjects. Every student in year 10,11,12 and 13 has been given a revision planner and clear guidance on how to revise. Years 7,8 and 9 students are also working towards summer examinations, as they build up their knowledge and exam skills. Every student has been encouraged to use the “Pomodoro technique” in their revision and they should be able to explain that to you. Parents can play an important role in supporting students through a stressful and challenging time.

Thank you for your support,

Mr S. Goodwin

Acting Headteacher