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Middlewich High School

Excellence in Learning – Achievement for All

Welcome from the Head Teacher


Welcome to Middlewich High School, I am delighted to be leading a happy, inclusive school where the success of every member of our community is at the heart of our values. Our staff work tirelessly to ensure that our students achieve academically and also develop into respectful, successful, considerate members of our community. At Middlewich High School we work hard to ensure that our students are given a wide range of experiences and cultural awareness so that they can fully appreciate the diversity in our society. We strive to teach our students that it is our differences that unite us, make us unique and interesting as individuals and as a community. At MHS we expect all students to conduct themselves respectfully and safely. Classrooms are focused and calm, we do not tolerate disruption to our learning culture, we care deeply that learning is high quality – we make every lesson count.

As a new Headteacher I am determined to lead with optimism, humanity and integrity. I am determined that Middlewich High School is the school of choice for our community and for professionals. We invest fully in our teaching staff, supporting trainees into the profession through our links with the Chimney House Alliance and Teacher Training Universities. We develop our teachers and leaders through internal coaching and development programmes with each of us committed to the philosophy that we are all lifelong learners. Middlewich High School is a school where students and staff feel valued and respected, where parents are listened to, where we are forging successful links with local business and the Town Council. Our academic and pastoral curriculum is designed to sharpen thinking; to encourage students to be independent thinkers, resilient and determined – who recognise that failure is simply the first step to success. In 2020-2021 we will be developing our careers curriculum to ensure that our ethos is one of high expectation and high aspiration for all learners. Achieving excellence in learning drives each and every one of us as we look to ensure that all our students achieve beyond expectation.

2019-2020 proved to be an exceptional year for our community – we saw our students and staff demonstrate courage, kindness and resilience in abundance. Our ethos of excellence permeated every aspect of our work – with students demonstrating a thirst for knowledge, determination to succeed and exceptional pride in their work. Regardless of where or how we taught our students – in school or online during the summer term - we saw them take every opportunity they could to improve their learning. I am incredibly proud of the fact that in a time when perhaps others were talking of challenge, our students and staff were seeing opportunity. We continue to build on the opportunities that working in different ways has given us. We continue to strengthen our curriculum, our optimism and aspiration remains undaunted, we truly believe that whatever the challenge we will find a way.

We have strong links with Sir John Dean’s Sixth Form and we are delighted that several of our students have gone onto Oxford & Cambridge in recent years. During this Academic year we will be converting to Academy Status and strengthening our partnerships with good and outstanding schools through a collaboration with the Sir John Brunner Foundation. At Middlewich High School every member of staff, from our cleaning team and site staff through to our teaching staff and Governors, are determined to ensure that the students we have the privilege of educating have a broad curriculum experience and leave us with the best possible outcomes. We support each of our students with the curriculum that best suits their needs – we firmly believe that the needs of our students matter most. Please come and see us for yourselves; we welcome visits during the school day whether you are an interested parent, a potential colleague who is looking to join us or learn from us or a business who wishes to work with us.

We look forward to learning with you,

Heidi Thurland,


‘Excellence in Learning – Achievement for All’