Sad News regarding two former members of staff

This summer, we received the very sad news of the deaths of two former members of staff, Mr David Rowlands and Mrs Ann Wade.

Ann Wade

Ann Wade grew up in    Liverpool, a city that held an important place in her heart. She taught English and Humanities at Tarporley from 1982 until her retirement in 2006. She was also Head of Careers. In this role she skilfully guided many, many students onto the next stage of their lives Ann had a great passion for literature and for education, and a lively sense of humour. She loved reading and poetry, and she supported,   encouraged and inspired countless Tarporley students over the years. She was a great friend to her colleagues, especially the teachers in the English and Humanities Faculties. Ann enjoyed a busy and creative life after retirement and   thoroughly enjoyed being a grandmother.


David Rowlands

David Rowlands grew up in Buckley, just over the   border in Flintshire and later adopted Crewe as his home town. He was Deputy Headteacher at Tarporley from 1989 to 1996. He made a key contribution to the popularity, high standards and growing reputation of Tarporley High School during those years. David  taught Science and Chemistry to A Level. He was a sharp, analytical thinker, and had a  tremendous knowledge of all aspects of the school. From 1996, he continued his dedicated support for Tarporley High as Assistant Registrar until 2002 and remained highly involved in Tarporley life, as a governor. He also continued to coach students in Chemistry for GCSE and A Level. David was a keen sportsman; a cricketer, a Liverpool fan, and a runner. He loved the mountains of North Wales and the Lake District. He was also a tireless fundraiser for Cancer Research.

I know many of you are former Tarporley      students and will remember Mr Rowlands and Mrs Wade. I worked with both of them. They were dedicated, professionals and highly skilled teachers. I know how much this school, its         students and its community of staff, parents and partners meant to them. David died in May, of cancer, and Ann died in June, also of cancer. They are sorely missed by family, friends and colleagues.

Spelling Bee Final


On Thursday 30th March, three of our Year 7 students (Maisey Brown, Evie Halsall and Erin Murray) travelled to Trinity Church of England High School in Manchester to compete in the North West Regional Final of the Routes into Languages Spelling Bee 2017.

Spelling bee

Due to the sheer number of students taking part in the competition from schools right across the North West, all competitors were divided into groups of around 30 students upon arrival for the First Round, to determine the top four spellers that would then move on to the second round to compete for a place in the National Final.

During this First Round, contestants had one minute to accurately say and spell out as many French or Spanish words as they could in target language and from memory.

Not only did our students have to learn 150 words in preparation for the competition, but they each had to compete in front of a panel of native speaker judges and verifiers in a classroom full of spectators! This was a daunting prospect for all contestants, but our three students from Tarporley rose to the challenge and performed exceptionally well, impressing the judges and their audience!

When it came to announcing the top four spellers from each language group, Maisey Brown’s name was called out for Spanish, and she went on to compete in the second round of the competition against even tougher competitors and an even bigger crowd! Maisey, once again, performed brilliantly under pressure, coming fourth overall and thus progressing to the National Final of the Spelling Bee, which will be held in Cambridge in July.

Spelling bee 1

We are extremely proud of the incredible achievements of all three of our students, and we wish Maisey the very best of luck for the final stage of the competition!

Next year, as part of their role as MFL Lead Learners, Maisey, Evie and Erin intend to help promote the Spelling Bee to our next cohort of Year 7 students, and guide them through the competition.

Spelling bee 2

Email System

School EMail

There will be a period of time during the school Easter holidays when the email system will be out of service for essential maintenance. If you need to contact the school for any urgent matters, please phone the school telephone number 01829 732558.

Phone System

Phones issue

The school is currently experiencing some technical problems with its phone system.  We are able to receive and make calls, however the auto-attendant which controls our automated greeting and our voicemail system is not working.  Please do not leave any messages on our system until further notice as we cannot access them.    We apologise for any inconvenience that this issue is causing and we would like to reassure you that we are working with BT to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.  We will keep you updated via the school website and SchoolComms.

Year 7 Foreign Language Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee Completed

On Friday 10th February, our fourteen Stage 1 winners listed below took part in the second round of the Year 7 Foreign Language Spelling Bee Competition, which involved them learning how to say and spell 100 words from memory in either French or Spanish.

Harriet Hassall

Megan Drinkall

Jodie Johnson

Evie Halsall

Leo Carr

Cameron Bott

Jessica Brady

Anna Slowik

Jack Barker

Bobbie Sumner

Maisey Brown

Florence Green

Erin Murray

Grace Rawcliffe

The 3 students who received the highest point scores will now move on to Stage 3 of the competition, The Regional Final, held in Manchester on Thursday 30th March 2017.  In this round, they will be tested on 150 words and will compete against Year 7 students from other schools in our local area.

The names of our 3 winners are:

Maisey Brown

Erin Murray

Evie Halsall

Congratulations and good luck to our Stage 3 Spelling Bee competitors, and a huge thank you to all fourteen Year 7 students who enthusiastically took part in this round of the competition, making it such a great success!

ResearchED Cheshire


Cheshire Vale Teaching Alliance host national ResearchED ‘Cheshire’ Conference

Cheshire Vale Teaching School Alliance (formed by lead school Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College) are delighted to announce that they will be hosting the first national ResearchED Conference to come to the northwest.  The conference will be held at Queen’s Park High School in Chester, on Saturday 18th March.

ResearchED conferences, founded by Tom Bennett and Helene Galdin-O’Shea, are grassroots networking and CPD events designed for all who are involved or interested in education – teachers, leaders, governors, practitioners and providers of all kinds.  The events attract a broad range of high profile speakers from across the educational spectrum and this event is no exception.

Headteacher at Queen’s Park High School Lyndsay Watterson said “It is a privilege to be able to welcome such a prestigious event in the world of education to our school and to the northwest.  We would encourage anyone involved or interested in education to come along to what will be a thought-provoking day filled with many inspirational workshops and sessions.”

Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College Headteacher Sarah Lee also added, “It is a pleasure to be co-hosting this event with ResearchED.  The profile of ResearchED conferences has grown enormously in the last couple of years and this event provides an exciting opportunity to bring together and share the most effective approaches to teaching and learning with the northwest and beyond.”

The theme of the conference is ‘ResearchED: Where to start and where next?’ providing delegates with sessions including an introduction to educational research evidence, a focus on evidence-informed leadership and translating evidence into classroom practice.

Tickets are excellent value for money (£22 including lunch) and there will be a number of different sessions for delegates to opt into throughout the day.

Tickets can be purchased via the ResearchED website here:

Sixth Form Information Evening

SixthForm Subject Consultation Evening 2017

Tarporley Sixth Form College A-level Information Evening

We understand the importance of students choosing A-level subjects that fit with their strengths and potential career prospects, and as such, we are hosting an A-level Information Evening on 9th February 2017 from 5:00-7:00pm. This will offer students and parents an opportunity to speak directly to subject teachers in order to gain an insight into the A-level course content. We believe this evening will prove to be very informative and will help your son/daughter to make important decisions about his/her academic future.

There is no limit on the number of appointments students can make. Some students will be undecided at this stage about which courses to pursue. Choosing subjects can be a daunting task; Mrs Everton (Sixth Form Pastoral Manager) and I will be available if students and parents would like to speak to us about specific subjects needed for university courses; I will be in the main entrance hall; Mrs Everton will be situated in the Sixth Form College. The Senior Leadership Team will also be available to speak to throughout the evening. Additionally, on the evening, there will be current Year 12 and 13 students who can speak to Year 11 students about life in the Sixth Form.

Further subject information can be obtained from the Sixth Form prospectus – a copy is available on the website. Option blocks are set following 10th February; clashes rarely occur, if they do, we will contact you about your son/daughter’s options. Also, students can change their subjects once they receive their GCSE results in August and some continue to change subjects until the end of September (although option blocks will have been fixed by then).

To further ensure a smooth transition to Key Stage 5 study, we are planning A-level Taster Days on 24th April and 10th/11th July.  Details will be available nearer to the time.

If you like further information, please feel free to email us at or

Mr Nuttall

Director of Sixth Form


Takes place during the morning of GCSE results day on Thursday 24th August 2017.

Carol Service

Carol Service

Dear Parents / Students

I am writing to invite you to our Carol Service at St Helen’s Church, Tarporley at 7pm. Students have been working hard to prepare carols, accompanied by our Concert band and several solo and small ensemble items, performed by students from years 7-13.

There will be no charge to attend the carol service, but a retiring collection will be taken at the end of the event to raise funds for local charities.

I would also like to take this opportunity to inform you of other Music Department events that will be taking place in the next few weeks. On January 12th we will be holding our Piano Recital Concert, a short event featuring our many talented pianists, which will take place in the school hall at 7pm. Tickets will be available on the door and the cost is £3 for adults, £1 for concessions.

January will also see the School gearing up to perform the classic musical “The Wizard of Oz”.  Performance dates are January 25th/26th/27th, more information and tickets will be available in the coming weeks.

I look forward to seeing you at one or all of our music events, and may I take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Yours Sincerely

Mr Monument

Head of Music

Festive Fun Day

A Festive Fun Day

‘Festive Fun Day’ – Friday 16th December 2016

As you will be already aware, we were unable to host our annual Christmas Market at Tarporley High School & 6th Form College this academic year.  However, we would still like to celebrate the festive season with our students and find an opportunity to support local and national charities in the spirit of Christmas.  We have therefore decided to host a ‘Festive Fun Day’ in school on Friday 16th December to coincide with the national ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ fundraising event.

  • Christmas Jumper Day is an annual fundraising campaign in the UK organised by the charity Save the Children. On Friday 16th December, people are encouraged to make the world better with a sweater and raise funds for Save the Children by wearing a Christmas jumper and making a minimum donation of £1.

The event will be a whole school non-uniform day, with those taking part wearing a Christmas jumper they already own, decorating an existing jumper with festive decorations, or even knitting their own.

Staff will be collecting donations of £1 as students arrive in school.  Anyone not wishing to participate should come to school in full uniform as normal.

In addition to this non-uniform celebration:

  • We will be hosting a ‘Festive Market’ in the school hall at lunchtime. This will be an opportunity for students to come into the warm, enjoy the festive music being played by a number of our music students and purchase some food or gifts from our market stalls.

We would like to request the support of parents/carers in donating cakes, mince pies etc (either homemade or shop bought!) to sell at this event in order to raise further funds for Save the Children

Any students who would like the opportunity to hold a stall at the Market should speak to their tutor to register their interest.

  • We have teamed up with local business ‘The Ice Cream Farm, Tattenhall’ to ensure that the 134 children that are homeless in Chester, North Wales and Wrexham are really able to celebrate Christmas this year. By adding to a homeless child’s stocking you will be providing a child with presents to open up on Christmas Day, that without your support they would likely go without.

We will be collecting any donations to this cause during registration time on Friday 16th December and will deliver the gifts to the Ice Cream Farm before the 23rd.  All toys donated need to be new due to health and safety reasons, and should be left unwrapped so that parents and carers can check the items.

The children will be visiting the Ice Cream Farm on Christmas Eve, where they will receive their presents from Santa himself!

Many thanks in advance for any support that you are able to provide and ‘Merry Christmas’!

Yours sincerely

Miss C Blackhurst

Associate Assistant Headteacher