Sweeping changes at Wetherby High School ahead of new term

Wetherby High School. (09040315f)
Wetherby High School. (09040315f)

A series of changes will meet students when they return to Wetherby High School next month for the start of the new academic year.

The school day will be altered to include an earlier start from Tuesday to Friday and an earlier finish on Wednesdays and Fridays.

There are also plans to implement a coaching programme, where staff will have pastoral time with students to deal with any difficulties.

These alterations to the day to day running of the school accompany the arrival of an executive headteacher from an outstanding Leeds school.

Simon Flowers, from Carr Manor Community School, will take over the school’s leadership in September.

He said: “The school day at Wetherby High school has been changed from September to a more suitable day for formal and informal learning. The day will start earlier with a brisker start to the day and on two days finish earlier to allow for a concentration on enrichment and informal learning.

“The children will receive their normal hours of formal learning but we intend to increase the opportunities for extra-curricular activities.

“The school buildings and grounds have been modified and refurbished over the summer break and part of this investment is to support the opportunities the new school day offers.

“This is an exciting time for our students and all associated with Wetherby High School.”

Plans to change the school week would see students learning from 9am on a Monday and 8.30am on other days, and until 2pm on Wednesdays and Fridays with a usual end time of 3.30pm.

The coaching project, which gives staff the opportunity to catch up with students three times a week, allows students to address areas of concern with staff.

Mr Flowers said: “A healthy and successful school is evidenced in the positive working relationships amongst the school community.

“Coaching is a tried and tested way to make sure all the children are known in detail by a member of staff and supported by peers from across the different year groups.

“The coaching programme allows all children to have a voice and to be listened to, and secures clear and effective communication between the home and school.

“We are very excited about the positive impact the coaching programme will have on the outcomes for children, the communication with families and the effectiveness of the staffing resource.”

There will be an open evening at the school on Thursday September 25.