Parents’ Info

Is your child safe?

Nothing is more important than this! We take safeguarding and child protection very seriously at William Howard School. Visit our Safeguarding page.

Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) and the Safeguarding Children e-Academy have teamed up to provide a short (20-30mins) online course designed for parents and carers. It will answer many questions you may have on e-safety and sexual exploitation of children.

This section of the Cumbria LSCB (Local Safeguarding Children Board) website is aimed at Parents and Carers to provide information regarding safeguarding and related matters that may be worrying them:

There is also more information, at the following link, for parents to help them ensure that they keep their children safe online:

Please contact Mr O'Connor (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Mrs Mothersdale if you have any further safeguarding queries or concerns.
Email: or phone: 016977 45700.


We have a convenient way to share information with you about your child’s school life - the SIMS Parent App gives easy access to important school information that will help you to stay up-to-date with your child’s school life as well as support your child’s development and progress.

What you will find in the SIMS Parent app:

  • Essential information such as achievement, attendance and behaviour
  • Access to your child’s school report
  • School term, calendar dates and contact details available at the click of a button
  • Receive notifications to remind you about important information such as key dates for your diary
  • Access to update your contact details, so we always have the most up-to-date information in case of emergency
  • If you have more than one child at school, you’ll have access to information for all your children, from the same app.

Download and follow these instruction to get started: SIMS Parent App Guide


Homelearning is organised in a different ways for each year group. Homelearning tasks should be written in the Student’s Planner and should be signed by a parent each week. You can also use the planner to communicate comments or difficulties with the Form Tutor and/or subject teachers. If difficulties continue, please make an appointment to see either the Form Tutor or Student Manager. Students can access the LRC as a venue to complete Homelearning tasks at lunchtimes and after school.


We believe that good schooling is about us working in partnership with parents and students to ensure the best outcomes for the students. In order to do this lines of communication need to be clear and easy to follow. The first point of contact for parents is their child’s Form Tutor or Student Manager. A phone call or email to them is usually sufficient to ensure that an issue can either be dealt with there and then or you will be directed to the most appropriate person to help.

The school also has a text messaging system that is used to inform parents when students don’t arrive in school on any given day. We also use it to inform parents of emergency school closures and reminders for Progress Evenings etc. It is vital to keep us informed of any changes to your child’s contact details.

Free Microsoft Office for William Howard School Students

Microsoft 200Microsoft’s Student Advantage Scheme, allows qualifying schools to provide a copy of Office 365 Pro Plus to their students at no charge. Students at William Howard School are eligible for this benefit, as part of our software license. For download details and installation instructions click here: Installing Office 365.

Office 365 Pro Plus allows students to download and install the product on up to 5 devices, including PC, Mac, Android and iPhone.

Further details on Student Advantage are available by accessing this link:

Further details on Office 365 Pro Plus are available here:

If you have any questions, please email

Martin Robson (Network Manager)

English as an Additional Language

Mrs McGaffin is our Lead for helping students who use English as an Additional Language (EAL). She is also our Forces Families Liaison. If you require support in these areas, she can be contacted via: