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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: 18th May 2015

Unfortunately, we were not in a position to break a world record (apparently over 1,000 examples would have been required), but this week’s assembly gave us all  the chance to develop (rather than hone!) our skills in the Japanese art of origami, courtesy of Mrs Grandi, Lizzy Broom, Carys Fisher, Charlotte Suter, Louise Tarling, Declan Webb and Hayley Whipps.

Following instructions en masse, we each attempted to create a star which, we were advised, symbolises good luck and is often given as a gift prior to occasions such as exams.  We completed these with varying degrees of success, but, at some point, we hope that our efforts will be transformed into a new display somewhere in the school!

I also visited a lesser-known area of the building project this week and was quite staggered to see the progress being made.   My last recollection of the additional music room was of a sawn silver birch (and please do be reassured that a replanting programme is in place) but we now have walls and a roof!  As a second classroom, the new space will present the opportunity for a range of activities, including ensemble work.  Ms Clubb is delighted and is very much looking forward to welcoming younger students into the subject area.

Continuing with the SOR theme, we have now appointed a second Assistant Headteacher ready for September 2015.  Mr Christian Appleford will be joining us next year from Mildenhall College Academy where he is presently an Assistant Principal.  Mr Appleford will be Head of Lower School at Stowupland and have overall responsibility for the attainment and achievement of students in Years 7 and 8.  He will also be the whole-school lead on attendance, behaviour and safety.

We will be bidding “au revoir” to two year groups this week: Year 13s begin study leave on Thursday 21st May and Year 11s join them on Friday 22nd.   Examinations will be taking place throughout the week and on Monday 18th, the AS and A2 Drama students will be presenting their monologues/duologues and group pieces will follow on Tuesday 19th May.  The evening performances run from 4.30 – 8.00pm.

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If the decision is made to close the school for the whole day because of adverse weather conditions notification will appear here on the school’s website home page.  In addition, we intend to send an email informing parents of closure to those who have signed up to ParentMail and provided an email address.

In the event of any difficulty information will also be displayed at http://schoolclosures.suffolk.gov.uk  BBC Radio Suffolk will also be notified, 95.5, 95.9, 103.9 or 104.6 FM (www.bbc.co.uk/suffolk),  but there is inevitably a time-lag between a decision being taken and broadcast, or information being displayed on their websites.

Any decision to close the school is based on the following factors: safety of the school site, transport arrangements, ability to staff the school adequately, weather forecast for the day.