Great Sankey High School Great in name, greatest together Thu, 27 Feb 2020 14:19:10 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Headteacher Letter Feb 2020 Fri, 14 Feb 2020 14:04:26 +0000 14 February 2020

Dear Parent/ Carer

As we prepare for the February break I wanted to provide you with an update on what has been happening at Great Sankey this half term.

Year 11 and 13 have been using PDR time for bespoke extra revision sessions from specialist teachers as they prepare for their Mock exams when we return.  Half term holiday sessions, as well as extended after school sessions are taking place to ensure course content and coursework is completed to the correct standard. 

Recently, Year 8 have completed choices for their Art and Technology specialism ready for next year and Year 9 have also submitted their GCSE option choices. For September 2020 we are adjusting the scheduling of the curriculum to facilitate an increase in the number of students studying separate science and higher tier maths and we are working on some ambitious plans for Key Stage 3.  To ensure a consistently high quality of learning across the school we want to be explicit with both students and parents about the sequence and building blocks of that learning.  We believe that if children understand the purpose of what they are learning and why they are learning it; not only will they be more engaged but they are much more likely to remember what they have learnt and use it in the future.  

After the concerns raised around bike safety Mrs Malone has organised the delivery of a Level 3 Bikeability course, letters have been passed to students in Year 7,8 and 9 and the courses will take place next half term.

The early opening of the LRC has proved to be a great success, with over 50 children each day arriving at 7:45am to use the library.  To follow on from this, after half term we are planning a pilot scheme to provide a free breakfast before the start of school day, this will be served in the small dining room and will be available to all students.  Recent research high-lighted, students who rarely ate breakfast score nearly two grades lower at GCSE than those children who eat a regular morning meal.  We recognise it can be very hectic first thing in the morning and we want to provide an alternative to our students if they had not had a chance to grab a bite to eat before leaving for school.

I am aware of some of the concerns around the ATL system and I have been working with Mr Masher to review the current arrangements and make some amendments. Fundamentally, we want all students to be ‘Ready to Learn’, remove inconsistencies and ensure low level disruption is dealt with swiftly.  Mr Masher will write to parents after half term to share the changes that we have considered and how this will be implemented in the short term and longer term.

Governors have asked me to pass on their thanks to those parents who responded to the school day change consultation and they are currently reviewing this feedback and will confirm their decision next half term.

Finally, I was delighted to receive a letter announcing that our sixth form has been awarded Champion School NCS (National Citizenship Service) for their work in 2018-19.  As a school we are working towards further accreditation for the fantastic work students and staff have been doing.  

Thank for you continued support, I wish you all a good half term break.

Yours faithfully

Mr J Shannon


You can download this letter here.

Bridgewater Hall Trip Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:02:40 +0000 Our GCSE and A Level Music students enjoyed a trip to the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester to watch the Halle orchestra perform their set works, including the wonderful music of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Stravinsky and John Williams. 

Tom Palmer Author Talk and Workshops. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:49:49 +0000 Author Tom Palmer is giving a talk and running workshops on Thursday 30th January.

Year 7 and 8 students who have been invited to the Tom Palmer talk and workshops need to make their way to BHT by 9.10am for the talk. A selection of Signed books can be purchased on the day for £6.

Tom has written over 40 books and will be conducting his football reading game in BHT followed by 2 workshops which will be based on his books containing sport, historical and war themes. Your child will have been asked by their form tutor if they would like to attend.  

All students will have the opportunity to buy a signed book on the day over lunch.

Consultation On Proposed Changes To The School Day. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 09:51:51 +0000 A letter has gone home with students regarding proposed changes to the school day. You can download a copy of the letter here.

Year 7 Adventure camp – Rotation dates Fri, 17 Jan 2020 16:29:03 +0000 Letters have been sent home today to confirm the rotation dates for the Year 7 camp. Due to a mail merge error the dates have been swapped around. Please find the attached letter with the information on regarding the rotations and the meeting date in May.

To confirm, rotation dates are:

Rotation 1 – Monday 29th June – Wednesday 1st July 




Rotation 2 – Wednesday 1st July – Friday 3rd July 




Download letter

Year 9 Options Evening Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:20:39 +0000 Please find a copy of the recent letter home to Year 9 parents/ carers regarding Options Evening.

Parent / Carer Communication for Year 7 and 8 Wed, 15 Jan 2020 13:21:40 +0000 Please find a letter for all Year 7 and 8 parents/ carers from our Deputy Headteacher below:

Headteacher Letter December 2019 Fri, 20 Dec 2019 13:13:13 +0000 Happy Christmas to all of the Great Sankey community. Please find the Headteacher communication for December 2019 below.

PE Equipment Recommendations Wed, 18 Dec 2019 11:23:41 +0000 Following some parental feedback, I would like to remind you of our recommendations for the use of protective equipment during PE lessons and school sport and benefits they bring…

Scarlet Fever Letter Thu, 12 Dec 2019 14:08:17 +0000 We have been informed that a small number of children who attend Great Sankey High School have been diagnosed with scarlet fever. 

We have sought advice from the local Public Health England Health Protection Team. They have advised that although scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, it should be treated with antibiotics to minimise the risk of complications and reduce the spread to others. 

Symptoms of scarlet fever: 

The symptomsof scarlet fever include a sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. This is followed by a fine red rash which typically first appears on the chest and stomach, rapidly spreading to other parts of the body. On more darkly-pigmented skin, the scarlet rash may be harder to spot, but it should feel like ‘sandpaper’. The face can be flushed red but pale around the mouth. 

If you think you or your child have scarlet fever: 

·      See your GP or contact NHS 111 as soon as possible. 

  • Ask your GP to take a throat swab to confirm if this is scarlet fever.
  • Make sure that you/your child takes the full course of any antibiotics prescribed by the doctor.

·      Stay at home and away from nursery, school or work for at least 24 hours after starting the antibiotic treatment, to avoid spreading the infection. 

If you/your child has an underlying condition which affects the immune system, you should contact your GP or hospital doctor to discuss whether any additional measures are needed. 

Potential complications: 

Children who have had chickenpox recently are more likely to develop more serious infection during an outbreak of scarlet fever and so parents/guardians should remain vigilant for symptoms such as a persistent high fever, cellulitis (skin infection) and arthritis (joint pain and swelling). If you are concerned for any reason please seek medical assistance immediately. All children with chickenpox should remain off school / nursery until at least 5 days after the start of their rash AND until all their spots have crusted over.

Infection control advice:

The Health Protection Team have advised us on hygiene measures to help prevent spread within our school / nursery. Parents/guardians can also help with this by reminding children of the importance of coughing / sneezing into tissues and placing these in the bin, washing hands regularly and ensuring any breaks to the skin are covered with a waterproof plaster/dressing before attending school / nursery.

Further information:

You can find more information at:

–      NHS Choices

If you have any further questions, please contact the school on 01925 724118

Yours sincerely

John Shannon


Download Letter Here