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Prospective Parents/Carers:   Following our Open Evenings,  “Frequently Asked Questions”  have been posted and can be accessed here or from the ‘Transition Team’ link on the navigation bar above.   Please contact the school if you have any questions or queries.  Our Transition Team will be visiting parents’ evenings for Years 5,6,7 and 8 throughout this academic year.

Headteacher’s Blog: 10th November

Our vision at Stowupland is for “Outstanding Progress for All” and it is a vision which we strive to put into practice for every young person in the school.   It is very pleasing, therefore, that we received recognition this week through a “green” (top) rating awarded by the Local Authority.  The “traffic-light” rating system is based on 2013 and 2014 Key Stage 4 results and takes a number of factors into consideration, including overall GCSE outcomes and  the progress which students make in the core subjects of English and Maths.

In the week ahead, the whole nation will be focusing on Remembrance Day.  All students have been reminded of the importance of this day through a very poignant and evocative “Remembrance Assembly” delivered to each year group by Mr Dick and Mr Clarke.

The assembly showed some remarkable pictures of the art installation now surrounding The Tower of London.  It is entitled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” and has been created by a ceramic artist, Paul Cummins.  The first ceramic poppy was planted in July and the final one will be put in place on 11th November.  Students learnt that there are now 888,246 poppies on display, each one representing a death during the World War 1 conflict.  All the poppies have now been sold and the proceeds (more than 15 million pounds) will go to charity.

Mr Clarke spoke of a personal connection with World War 1 through his Great Grandfather who served with the York and Lancaster Regiment.  There were pictures of his grandmother as a child and also her father, worn in a locket which she kept throughout her life.   Students were made aware that although World War 1 is passing from living memory (the last British survivor, Harry Patch, died in 2009), World War 1 affected, and will continue to affect, each and every community.  Mr Clarke’s research showed the war memorials for all local villages:  Bacton, Combs, Cotton, Creeting St Mary, Creeting St Peter, Elmswell, Finningham, Haughley, Mendlesham, Needham Market, Old Newton, Rattlesden, Stowmarket, Stowupland and Woolpit.

There will be a two-minute silence throughout the school on Tuesday 11th November.

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Open Evenings

Year 8 (transferring into Year 9 in 2015) Tuesday 23rd September 2014
Year 7 (transferring into Year 8 in 2015) Wednesday 24th September 2014
Year 6 (transferring into Year 7 in 2015) Thursday 25th September 2014

The evening will begin for everyone at 6.00pm and general presentations will take place in the Drama Studio at the following times:

  • 6.15 pm Parents/Students from Bacton & Stowmarket Middle Schools
  • 7.00 pm Parents/Students from Combs & Needham Market Middle Schools, and any other school