On Thursday we held our first coffee morning at Shevington. We were delighted to welcome parents of students who will be joining us in September to look at transition to high school.
We shared past experiences, top tips and provided a forum for parents to share their concerns on transition to high school.
If any parents were unable to attend but feel that they need additional support in this area please contact [email protected]
Next week the focus for our coffee morning will be Autism and ADHD. We will share information including seeking assessment, strategies and provide a forum for parents to share experiences and top tips. All parents are welcome to attend. Please confirm your attendance by using the booking form.
Wigan Borough Domestic Abuse Service are holding a 2-hour workshop on the dates below regarding the impact of domestic abuse on children and victim’s ability to parent affectively.
*Thursday 5th May 10am -12pm
*Tuesday 17th May 12:30 – 2:30pm
*Thursday 26th May 6:30 – 8:30pm
Please find further information below and the link to allow you to book on the workshop
Please click belowfor further information
We are going to be holding a parent group every Thursday morning. These sessions are going to be general chat session where parents and carers can get together, grab a cup of coffee or tea. Ask questions to any concerns or queries with Mrs L Ince-Sargeson (SENCO) and Miss Miller (HLTA).
All parents and carers are welcome to attend if is not just limited to SEND.
Please complete the form to confirm which session you will be attending.
- Session 1 – Supporting your child with transition from primary to Shevington High School.
- Session 2 -ASD & ADHD Awareness
- Session 3 – Supporting wellbeing.
- Session 4 – Supporting Attendance.
- Session 5 – Supporting your child with extra school activities and out in the community.
Session 6 – Supporting your child with Emotional regulation.
Children’s Mental Health Week 2022
We are Celebrating Children’s Mental Health Week 2022 7th – 13th February 2022 and this year’s theme of ‘growing together’ with Place2Be’s
Please click below access advice to parents on how to support young people with their mental health. And information that explains the work of the Mental Health Support Team who are working in school with our students. It explains how to access support
Please see below a Letter to parents from Professor Kate Ardern , Director of Public Health Wigan
Dear Secondary School/College Parent/Carer,
I wanted to write to you, following the changes to the COVID-19 measures in English schools that the Prime Minister announced last week, to tell you what those changes are, and to explain the local advice that will continue to be in place for our schools.
As you are probably aware, evidence is showing that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is less severe in terms of the risk of severe illness and hospitalisation for people, particularly those who are fully vaccinated and boosted. However, we now know that it is significantly more transmissible than the previous, Delta variant, which means that it much more easily spreads amongst our population. Nationally (as can be seen on the Gov.uk website), the numbers of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been extremely high in recent weeks, and although these numbers have reduced overall in the last two weeks, we are still seeing an extremely high number of cases in Wigan in general, and in Wigan schools, which is in line with what other areas in Greater Manchester and North West England are also experiencing. The current information on our case rates can be found here.
On 19th January, the Prime Minister announced the ending of many ‘Plan B’ measures, including the removal of the requirement for secondary school pupils to wear face coverings in the classroom. From 27th January, nationally, the requirement for secondary school pupils to also wear face coverings in corridors and communal areas is also being removed, although the Government has made it clear that local Directors of Public Health may make recommendations to schools in their areas if they judge it necessary for the safety of public health.
Given the current high prevalence in Wigan, and pressures on our health and social care system, as well as the need to try and maintain our secondary pupils’ access to COVID-19 vaccination opportunities, I have provided advice to all Wigan secondary schools that they should retain the usage of face coverings in corridors and communal areas. There is now a clear body of evidence that face coverings are effective in reducing transmission, and a summary of the Respiratory Evidence Panel’s findings in this respect can be found here. I would like to draw your attention to this sentence in particular:
‘the evidence suggests that all types of face coverings are, to some extent, effective in reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in both healthcare and public, community settings – this is through a combination of source control and protection to the wearer (high confidence)’
I would therefore ask you to support your school if they ask your child to wear a face covering in corridors and communal areas. There are also a number of other, also critical, things we can all do to support our schools in trying to reduce the risk of transmission in their setting and keep our children and young people safe, including; participating in regular testing, testing daily if a close contact of a confirmed case, self-isolating if required to, and taking up the offer of a vaccination or booster dose if eligible to.
I am grateful to you for continuing to support our schools and colleges in these challenging times, and wish you and your child or young person the very best during the rest of the 2021/22 academic year.
Professor Kate Ardern MBChB MSc FFPH Director of Public Health
Click here to download the letter in PDF format
Please click link below to view our latest Careers Newsletter.
I am writing to you today to bring your attention to an issue that is affecting all schools nationally at the moment.
As a school we have had a number of offensive videos that are defamatory and offensive targeting members of school staff. They have been posted on the social media platform TikTok.
The TikTok videos include material making highly insulting and unfounded allegations and abuse to staff in the school. These post contravene and breach the TikTok community guidelines but in some cases the comments and videos fall into the category of hate speech and are abusive.
As a result we are investigating each video to identify the perpetrators and get the videos removed.
We are asking for your support in this matter. Firstly to raise awareness of the current situation we and also the linked issues is that our students are making comments about the videos and some are again derogatory and defamatory towards staff.
Any student found to be making defamatory comments publicly online will be subject to school disciplinary procedures and any student found to be creating defamatory videos will permanently excluded from the school.
At this moment in time I hope that it isn’t Shevington students creating these videos.
I would like to thank you again for your continued support. If you do see any posts of this nature please report to school and TikTok.
Mr J Grant
Dear Parent / Carer
Further to my letter before half term regarding covid outbreak measures. This week I have met with Public Health and we will be continuing with some measures in line with other schools in the borough. Please see below a copy of the letter from Wigan Council which recommends that all students, visitors and staff are encouraged to wear face coverings in communal areas in all schools and colleges in Wigan with immediate effect.
Please note that this does not include during lessons / in classrooms, however students and staff may choose to wear them if they wish.
Over the last term, we have been providing face masks to students free during our outbreak management, however in light of the new guidance and ongoing costs we request that all students come to school with their own face coverings. Please ensure your child has a face mask unless exempt. The safety and well being of our students, staff and the wider community is paramount at all times and we thank you in advance for your support with this.
We would like to thank you for your continued support throughout the time we have implemented our outbreak management. Due to the support of pupils and staff following these measures we have been able to reduce the covid cases in school significantly and the effort of all of us in school is very much appreciated.
Mr J Grant
Please click below to view the Letter issued to all schools.