The Ward Councillors are holding a drop-in session on Saturday, March 17th in the Micklethwaite Room at Wetherby Town Hall between 10.30 and 2.30 to enable Wetherby residents to talk to them about the Secondary School consultation.  Paper copies of the survey document will be available.

 Letter from Parent Governors

2nd March 2018

Dear fellow parents, 

As parent governors, we wanted to write to you to alert you to an important consultation document which is asking for local residents’ and parents’ view on an issue which will directly affect the education of our current and future children.

Leeds City Council has produced a document outlining the long term need for provision of secondary education in our locality and is proposing one school in the Outer North East, based here on our current site. This will involve a rebuild, thus creating a new, state of the art school for our children and will serve the needs of our town and surrounding areas. It is also likely to include facilities for the community such as sport and leisure facilities.

The council planners and experts are clear that the changing profile for our area indicates that whilst it may be a difficult and emotive decision, there is only the need in the long term for one secondary school in the area. The proposal is, understandably, that the location for this school should be in our town which is the main settlement in the area.

It is highly important that we respond as a school community to the consultation and that we are clear that, whilst we understand it is always a difficult decision to make significant changes to the number of schools on offer, we have a responsibility to secure the best possible school – including the location of that school – for our current students and for all future students. Our view is that there should be one school in the area, centred in Wetherby Town, to service the needs of the children in our community.

As parent governors we encourage you and your families to respond to the consultation either online

 or via hard copy returned to c/o Town Hall, Leeds City Council, PO Box 837, Sufficiency and Participation Team, Leeds, LS1 9PZ.

There are only a few questions and it takes less than 5 minutes to complete.  You will be asked to confirm which school you think should remain and why.

The closing date for the consultation is 25th March 2018.

Should you wish to discuss this further with ourselves, or any member of the governing body, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email on the addresses outlined below. Alternatively, please telephone the school and we will endeavour to contact you swiftly to discuss in more detail.

Thank you for your support. Whilst the current performance of the school is strong – the strongest in the locality – it is important to make clear that this decision is about planning for the future provision for our community and relies on a long term view, beyond the current comparatively temporary personnel or progress of any provision in the area.  It is essential we do not miss this opportunity to ensure that the views and opinions of the parents and children of the school and local community are acknowledged when making such important decisions for Wetherby.

Yours sincerely

J Eaton                                              C Nielsen

John Eaton                                         Caroline Nielsen

Parent Governor                                 Parent Governor     


Letter to new Year 7 Parents from Headteacher

6th March 2018

Dear parents,

I am delighted to learn that you have been offered a place at WHS in September 2018 for your child. We know and appreciate what a significant decision this is for you and look forward to welcoming you and your child into our school community.

The move from primary school to high school is a very significant and important one and therefore ensuring your child has a successful transition is paramount to the staff team at WHS. We will be in contact shortly with details of the extensive and effective transition events including an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s coach and year manager before the start of the new academic year in September.

It is an exciting time to be joining the thriving school community of WHS. We have had our most successful year in terms of examination outcomes at both GCSE and A-level making us highest performing secondary school in the locality. Additionally, we continue to be the secondary school of choice for Wetherby families and are humbled by the feedback regularly received from parents and families telling us what a positive and supportive experience their child is having after their move to high school.

Furthermore, we are pleased to see emerging proposals from Leeds City Council to rebuild a new school with fist class facilities here on our site in the heart of the town. Although these proposals are at the early stages, I would encourage you to complete the online consultation form and share your views that any new school should be located in the market town of Wetherby.  The consultation is considering the future of education in this locality and will lead to a long term plan for the area including new facilities and resources for the whole community. It follows all logic for this plan to be focused on the main settlement of Wetherby in order to serve the town and the wider local community. The consultation can be found at

or via hard copy returned to c/o Town Hall, Leeds City Council, PO Box 837, Sufficiency and Participation Team, Leeds, LS1 9PZ.

I would also like to take this opportunity to reassure those who have expressed concern over the suggestion that WHS may be merging with any other school. The governing body are delighted with the progress the school has made and our current strong outcomes. Our child-centred ethos and inclusive approach is highly important to us and there are no plans or proposals by ourselves or LCC to merge with any other school in the area.

The school community continues to go from strength to strength. Our pledge and commitment to ensure that every child gets every chance to develop and achieve their academic and personal potential is at the heart of our work. This academic year we have seen over 45 extra-curricular clubs on offer, residential and school trips for every year group, work experience at KS4 and KS5, sporting representation at city and county level, drama performances in school and at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, regional success at the F1 in schools competition to name but a few of the highlights.

Our coaching programme ensures that every child is known at WHS and we work in partnership with the family to maximise every opportunity for your child, as an individual, to succeed in a successful school. I encourage you to take up the numerous opportunities in the summer term to support your child’s participation in the transition programme; we know from feedback from parents that it really helps their Y7 child feel confident and happy when they join us in September.

Additionally we are always happy to welcome parents to tour the school and speak with any member of staff. If you would like to speak with myself or any member of my team, please do not hesitate to be in contact.

Yours faithfully


Lucie Lakin




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