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Transition Notice

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: 20th October 2014

I am pleased to announce that, after a two-day interview process involving staff, students and governors (including parent governors), we have appointed a new Deputy Headteacher, Miss H Neal.

Miss Neal is a Science specialist (Chemistry) and has taught at both Thurston and Copleston High Schools before joining Suffolk’s Learning and Improvement Service.  The post of Deputy Headteacher is focused on data and assessment, curriculum provision and quality assurance.   Miss Neal will join us in January, and, as an accredited OFSTED inspector, she will bring with her a wealth of knowledge of schools across the country.  One of Miss Neal’s first tasks will be to oversee the Year 9 options process and this will provide an ideal opportunity to meet both students and parents.

Year 11 Geographers returned safely on Monday 13th with all members of staff unanimous in their praise for the students’ work ethic and conduct throughout the field trip to Norfolk.   Year 11 students were again completely focused on Friday 17th October when all students were off timetable to complete an Individual Skills Assignment (ISA) in Chemistry.   This assessment, which is worth 25% of the final GCSE mark, completes the ISA work for those taking Additional Science, but the triple scientists have a further two ISAs to complete during the course of the year (in Physics and Biology).  Staff are now busy marking and moderating the assignments and all students should receive feedback on their performance by the end of the first week after half-term.

Sporting achievement continues as Mr Dick (a veteran of many marathons) reports on the most successful cross-country event to date.  Thirteen students travelled to the Royal Hospital School on Thursday 16th October and acquitted themselves superbly in both the Junior and Intermediate competitions.   An unprecedented seven athletes have qualified for the “Suffolk A” race to be held at Alde Valley School on Saturday 6 December and we wish Chloe Doyle, Emilie Organ, Megan Thomas, Jacob Jack, Alex Harrison, Ben Hammond and Jacob Theobold the very best of luck in the next stage.  Following the December meeting, students may have the chance of representing Suffolk in the Anglian Championships or at National level.  Please see the team photograph below.

XC team RHS 2014 (1)

We have also taken advantage of the weather this week to hold a whole-school fire-practice.  Health and safety is taken extremely seriously across the school site and student behaviour was exceptionally good with all year groups maintaining silence throughout the exercise.


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