Headteacher’s Blog: 10th October 2016

With the term well underway, we are in close contact with all our feeder schools and Stowupland staff are thoroughly enjoying working with Year 5 and 6 pupils across a range of subjects, particularly Art, MFL and PE.

The Headteachers of all John Milton Academy Trust and Pyramid schools have been meeting to begin planning for the next three years.  We do celebrate the diversity of our schools, but also focus on operating collaboratively and sharing curriculum ideas and resources so that our provision can be of the highest quality.

Sixth Form News

Back in school, our post-16 students have had a particularly eventful start to the term.  At the very end of September, forty three Year 12 students participated in a one day Mentor Training Programme. This scheme has been running for seven years and our new recruits will, no doubt, contribute enthusiastically to its ongoing success. The Year 12 mentors, like their Year 13 counterparts, will support students from all year groups with academic, emotional and behavioural needs. In total, almost 100 sixth form mentors will be offering some form of support to younger students this year.

Sixth Formers were again sharing their expertise and experience during assemblies last week when representatives from the World Challenge Expedition for 2016 delivered a presentation on their time in Swaziland and, in particular, the community project they completed – bringing water to a remote rural community.  Our thanks go to Imogen Flack, Georgia Bird, Tom Wood and Beth Hall for inspiring us all.  A film of the expedition has been posted on the school’s website.

Geography Visit

GCSE Geographers have also returned safely to school after a weekend residential in North Norfolk.  Students studied how the coast is managed at a range of sites on the Norfolk coast including Happisburgh and Sheringham  (where the mandatory fish and chips plus ice cream were eaten).

Essential fieldwork was combined with a range of confidence and team-building activities including climbing, archery, obstacle challenges and fencing.  Subject Leader Mr Hailstone writes:

“The students were a fantastic credit to the school and managed to combine successful completion of their controlled assessment fieldwork with developing leadership, team building and communication skills. This will certainly benefit their preparation for GCSE Geography.  Well done!”


Mrs KD Grimes, Headteacher


Traffic Congestion on Site

The Summer Term begins for all students on Tuesday 12th April

Traffic Congestion on Site

May we please remind all parents and carers that if you are dropping students at school you may only access the site before 8.30am and should only drive onto the site to collect students after 4.00pm.   These restrictions are essential to ensure that buses can enter and exit the school safely.

Severe Weather Information

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.