Dear Parents, Carers;

I hope this letter finds you and your families well.

It was lovely to welcome our students back to school last week. Our students were very smart and most were in perfect uniform and were ready and prepared for the year ahead. Thank you for all your support in this.

I am writing to pass on some key information for this term.

Calendar dates

Please find attached with this letter, a calendar of key events and dates for the academic year ahead. This shows you parent evenings, parent information evenings, and information on exam seasons, and events! In addition, you will be able to see the winter assessment dates for your child. I hope you find this useful.

Lunchtime arrangements

Could I please also draw your attention to our new lunchtime arrangements? We are now having two separate lunchtime sittings. In addition, year 7 will be on ‘early lunch’ until they get fully used to high school. This has worked really well so far. For your information, our daily menu is varied and always includes a choice of salad, fresh vegetables, pasta dishes, sandwiches, pizzas, jacket potatoes and halal food is also available daily. An up to date pricelist will soon be available on our website.

Meals, cashless catering and plastics

A number of parents have asked how they apply can apply for free school meals. Applications can be processed by following the link at the end of my letter, which will direct them to their local authority to make the application. A reminder that we operate a cashless system. Regrettably, we cannot allow dinner money accounts to go into a deficit and we ask that you regularly check and ‘top up’ your child’s parent-pay account. As a school we are continuing our journey as a ‘hard plastic’ free school, and in doing so we now have fresh chilled water coolers installed in various locations around the school site. We would encourage students to bring a reusable sports cap water bottle and a reminder we do sell a SHS branded water bottle in the canteen for £1.50. NB: bottles can be purchased via parent-pay.

School photographs

The photographer will be in school next Thursday, September 12th. All year 7 students will have their photograph taken, and in addition, ‘catch-up’ photographs will be taken in other years. Photographs will be available to buy in variable ‘bundles’ later this half term.

HPV vaccinations

From this year, the HPV vaccine will be available to all children in year 9. This is excellent news and the vaccination will provide young people with protection against a range of medical conditions. We will be writing to you separately regards the forth-coming vaccination programme.

Uniform reminder

As mentioned previously, uniform standards are very good! A reminder that piercings – jewellery, apart from a single piercing in each ear, wearing excessive makeup, and extreme haircuts and unnaturally coloured hair, as well as false nails or nail varnish are expressively forbidden. Students who breach the uniform policy by wearing false nails to school, may be referred to a member of staff qualified to remove nails safely. Please ensure students are in correct school shoes and have a dark coloured coat or jacket. Finally, a reminder PE kit must be the official SHS PE kit purchased from John McHugh. Please refer to the attached list regards correct uniform and kit. Thanks as always for your support.

Communication with school

For all parents of new students, and as a reminder to all, could I please draw your attention to the section on the website on ‘communicating with school’ (see link below). This gives guidance on who the best point of contact is for any query you may have. Please note, if your child is absent from school, please contact Miss Kerrigan, attendance officer via the absence line: 0161 973 2713 - select option 1 and leave a message or email via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., please note, absences should be reported daily (even an absence which has previously been reported but is a continuous absence, should be reported daily before 9.30 am. Thank you for your co-operation.

Headteacher’s surgery

We will be running headteacher surgery appointments each half term, dates as below. Please note, slots are 15 minutes each, and provide parents, carers with an opportunity to discuss any matters of concern regards their child.

9th October

11th December

5th February

25th March

20th May

8th July


Please contact Ms Stead, PA to headteacher via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book a slot in advance.


If your query is more pressing, please do not hesitate to contact the school following the procedure given in the ’communication with the school’ section. Thank you!

I look forward to meeting you at the forth-coming parent information evenings and a brilliant half term!

Very best wishes,


Jayne O’Grady