• GCSE results pave the way for exciting futures
    GCSE results pave the way for exciting futures

    On Thursday 22nd August, Withernsea High School’s Year 11 cohort returned to the school to collect their long-awaited GCSE results.

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  • A-Level results open up fantastic opportunities for hard-working students of Withernsea High School
    A-Level results open up fantastic opportunities for hard-working students of Withernsea High School

    On Thursday 15th August, Year 13 students were joined by staff and parents at Withernsea High School to collect their A-level results.

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  • Governors' Awards 2019
    Governors' Awards 2019

    Last Friday, parents and governors joined staff and students at Withernsea High School to recognise and celebrate a year of successes at the annual Governors' Awards Assembly.

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  • Manchester Camerata bring a fiesta of fun to town
    Manchester Camerata bring a fiesta of fun to town

    On Wednesday 17th July, Withernsea High School were privileged to host a performance by the world-famous Manchester Camerata Orchestra.

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  • Humour and heavy metal combine for hard-hitting message on the war on plastic
    Humour and heavy metal combine for hard-hitting message on the war on plastic

    Year 10 students at Withernsea High School recently benefited from a talk by Tom Hird – a leading marine biologist who spoke to students about the devastating impact plastic waste has on the world’s oceans.

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Information for the new Year 12

We are delighted that a large number of students have enrolled in the Sixth Form and will return as our new Year 12 on Tuesday, 3rd September.

Please click here to view/download a letter which contains important information about your first day.

GCSE results pave the way for exciting futures

On Thursday 22nd August, Withernsea High School’s Year 11 cohort returned to the school to collect their long-awaited GCSE results.

The receipt of these results signalled the end of one chapter, and the beginning of an exciting new one, on a continuing academic journey which has seen students develop the skills, knowledge and attributes to succeed in a changing world, while achieving some excellent outcomes.

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Year 11 Leavers' Hoodies

A reminder that students who ordered Leavers' Hoodies will be able to collect these in the Holderness Learning Centre during this Thursday's results day.

If you are unable to attend, please contact the school office to arrange another time for collection.

GCSE Results Day and Sixth Form enrolment

GCSE results will be available for collection from 9.00am in the Holderness Learning Centre (Sixth Form Centre) this Thursday, 22nd August.

Staff will also be on-hand to facilitate enrolment to the Sixth Form and answer any questions prospective students may have about continuing their education at Withernsea High School.     

Please note: If you are unable to collect your results in person, you can nominate a family member to collect them on your behalf. In order for them to do this they will need a written letter, signed by the candidate, naming the person who will be collecting and granting them permission. The person collecting will need photo identification. Any results which are not collected on the day will be held at the school for future collection.

A-Level results open up fantastic opportunities for hard-working students of Withernsea High School

On Thursday 15th August, Year 13 students were joined by staff and parents at Withernsea High School to collect their A-level results.

For many students, their results were confirmation of the strong commitment to learning shown over the last two years – a commitment that has already led some into apprenticeships, further training and onto degree courses. For those with conditional offers from university the long wait was over, the tension was released, and they were able to celebrate securing places.

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A-Level Results: Thursday 15th August 2019

We look forward to seeing Year 13 tomorrow morning as they collect their results.

Staff will be available from 8.00am in the HLC to provide any advice and support students might need.


HETA Engineering Open Evening

HETA (Humberside Engineering Training Association) are holding an open evening on Thursday 15th August between 5pm and 6.30pm.

The event will provide a chance to discuss the fantastic opportunities available for students who are interested in an engineering apprenticeship. Current opportunities include work in fabrication and welding and process operations.

The event takes place at HETA, 27-31 Dansom Lane, Hull, HU8 7LA

Please visit www.heta.co.uk for more information or call 01482 826635.

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Senior members of the student council were invited to apply for the positions before the school’s Senior Leadership Team reviewed the applications and appointed the successful candidates.

On Tuesday 14th February, year 11 students Sam Storey, Alex Ogilvie and Mercedes Cook-Hannah became Head Boy, Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl respectively. The students were each presented with an enamel badge by special guest Stephen Wallis, a former pupil of the school who had the privilege of being the first Head Boy of the ‘new’ high school when it opened in 1955.

 
Recalling his time in the role, Mr Wallis commented: 'We had responsibility for the prefects and had to allocate their duties.'

'We had to assist with corridor discipline during lesson
changing and break times. We were expected to keep an eye on new students, especially the younger ones, and help integrate them in to the school.'

'We assisted with school visitors, speech days and open days and generally acted in a manner the teachers
expected of us.'

'I regarded the role very much as an honour and I’m sure Alex, Sam and Mercedes will too.'

In a continuation of past tradition, the students each signed their names in the school’s original prefect book to begin a record of a new era of head students. Mr Wallis was also
invited to sign, marking his second appearance in the book a mere 62 years after the first. 

Headteacher Richard Williman said: 'We were delighted to welcome Mr Wallis back to the school and felt it quite fitting that he should present the students with their badges. As a school, we are really proud of our history and it means a lot to us to have former students engaging in the daily life of the school.'

Speaking of the work expected of the new head students, Mr Williman added: 'The roles of Head Boy and Head Girl are really crucial because the students are now the public faces of the school. They will be expected to lead the student council and be exemplary role models to all students. In addition, they will work with the governing body and senior leadership team to review our provision and discuss how the student council can contribute towards its improvement. They will represent the student body and speak on behalf of the student council at events and meetings. I congratulate the students for their commitment to the school and look forward to working with them.'

Newly appointed Head Boy Sam Storey commented: 'It means a lot to be Head Boy after all the years of being in the school and I'm really pleased I have been given this opportunity. As a member of the student council, it has been an amazing thing to help change the school for the better and I hope that we can all continue to make this the best school we can make it. The opportunity to help the school and the students is one that I enjoy to the fullest and will continue to commit to as hard as I can.'

Prefects, and the associated titles of Head Boy and Head Girl, were first introduced to Withernsea in 1951 while the high school was still operating from the present-day junior school site. At that time, Michael Parrish and Brenda Stott were the first to be given the head student titles which they retained until 1953.

The original register of prefects reveals that there were a total of 17 upon their inception in 1951. By 1961, the numbers had grown to 87 after the introduction of Sub Prefects that year.

In 1964, formal roles of Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl were introduced and the total number of prefects continued to hold strong for the next ten years. 

Change came in 1974 with a streamlining of the system which saw the large numbers of prefects replaced by four School Officers who were elected by members of staff and students of the Sixth Form. These officers retained the titles of Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl.

1994 saw the end of Head Boys and Girls by title with the introduction of male and female School Officers. The officer roles continued until 2007 when they became obsolete.


Alumni Spotlight: Stephen Wallis
After visiting the school on the 60th Anniversary Open Day in July 2015, Mr Wallis signed up to our Alumni. Please click here to view his profile to learn more about the impact Withernsea High School had on his life and subsequent career.


 

 
Left to right: Mercedes Cook-Hannah, Sam Storey and Alex Ogilvie sign their names in the original prefect book, watched by Stephen Wallis.

 

After the presentation, the head students led Mr Wallis on a tour of the new school. A building which he described as 'mind-blowing'.


The old list of Head Boys and Head Girls from 1951 to 1994.


The old list of Deputy Head Boys and Girls from 1964 to 1994.

 

The school's original prefects book exists in the school archive. It contains the names of all prefects, head students and school officers between 1951 and 2007. The 2017 additions mark a new chapter in the book.