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Middlewich High School

Achievement for all

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Welcome from the Headteacher

Hello and welcome to the summer term at Middlewich High School. I feel incredibly privileged and proud to be leading the school. Firstly I would very much like to thank Mark Edwards who led the school strongly last term prior to me taking up the post. I would also like to thank all of the staff who gave up their time to lead Easter revision sessions for our Yr11 students, who will shortly begin their GCSEs. I am sure you will join me in wishing all of our Yr11 students every success in their coming exams.

I believe that Middlewich is a unique school; The community cohesion and values are a true strength and I am looking forward to being able to continue to develop strong community partnerships. As a new Headteacher I have read a great deal about the challenges faced in education, funding, retention and recruitment of great teaching staff, pressure of league tables, the increasing concerns around the emotional health of our young people and the increased rigour and pressure of examinations. In spite of these challenges I am a great believer that it is up to us to ‘find a way’, that with the right mind-set and self-belief anything is possible. I am very much looking forward to leading a school that shapes young people into strong, confident young adults who are inspired to go and take hold of their futures and to ‘find their way’ in the world. I want Middlewich High School to be the first choice for families in the Middlewich Community. Our curriculum is focused on achieving excellence in examinations but also, importantly, in broadening horizons, understanding of the world we live in, challenging our students to have courage, to be leaders, ambassadors, to be the difference we need in all of our futures. Our desire for excellence and our determination to ensure that all our students achieve excellence will, I hope, be the reason that you trust us with your children now and in the future. I am determined to lead a school where students are happy, where they thrive and look beyond their own horizons, where staff are valued and respected and where all of us place learning at the heart of everything we do.

I look forward to meeting students, staff and families over the coming half term. I will be holding a welcome evening shortly and I look forward to you attending. I am available to meet during the school day. If you wish to meet with me, please arrange a meeting with me through my PA Rebecca Dale on the email address below.

Over the next term I will keep you updated with several exciting developments as we finalise plans for an impressive new build to improve our SEND provision and improve our school site. We will work hard to improve our partnerships with schools in Cheshire West and Cheshire East, specifically our work with Sir John Dean’s Sixth Form and the Sir John Brunner Foundation. We are delighted to have secured further funding to continue to be a lead school for Emotional Healthy Schools, which will continue to be led by Clare Holmes. We will be welcoming our prospective Yr7 students to the school during the summer term, and I am very much looking forward to meeting my first Yr7 intake; We have an exciting journey ahead.

Looking forward to working with you all this term.

Heidi Thurland