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.
One of our proposed post-16 developments this year is to establish an “Alumni” association so that we can keep in touch with former students and ensure that the present school community can benefit from their success and expertise.
It was particularly pleasing, therefore, that on 19th January, Year 13 students had the chance to meet an “alumna”- Emily Pike. Emily is currently the Community Liaison Officer at the Great Blakenham Incinerator and, as part of their A Level studies, the Applied Science group, accompanied by Miss Neal and Mr Dick, toured the site to learn more about science and its application.
The Great Blakenham incinerator burns all non- recycled rubbish in Suffolk and this prevents the waste from going into a landfill site. From the heat generated by the process, there is enough electricity produced to power around 30,000 homes – a town the size of Stowmarket. Whilst the benefits are clear, the students also learnt about the methods of monitoring emissions to ensure that Environmental Agency guidelines are met.
At the end of the week on Friday 23rd, another group of former students made a dramatic impact. Local band ‘Renegade Twelve’ (ex-students Jake Mayes, Josh Barnard, Dan Potter and Jack McSloy) spent the day in school running workshops for all Year 10-13 music students. It was a huge success with songs being written and performed by Stowupland students under the expert tutelage of Sam Robson from Industry Education in Music (IEM). The day culminated with a “Renegade Twelve” performance to all Year 9s, ably supported by our own music students. The sheer volume of cheering and applause indicated that a good time was had by all!
Sam Robson issued the following press release on behalf of IEM: “It was an absolute pleasure to bring our Music Industry Taster day to Stowupland High School. Not only were the Year 10/11s responsive to our Song Writing, Industry Careers and Music Journalism workshops, they thoroughly impressed our workshop leaders and attending artists with their enthusiasm and skills.”
Sandwiched between these visits, we held our Options Evening for Key Stage 4 and Key stage 5 students and also received a two-day Ofsted inspection! Understandably, parents/carers and students are interested and keen to know the outcome of the Ofsted visit. This remains confidential until publication of the report, but suffice it to say that we found the inspection a very positive experience.
We were also delighted with the number of students and parents/carers attending our Options Events. For Year 9 students, there will be a further chance at parents’ evening and in interviews to discuss GCSE choices, and the MFL team will be holding specific sessions so that parents and students can explore the benefits of pursuing a language at Key Stage 4. Year 11 students also have important choices to make and Mr Hill will be holding individual interviews for students presently at Stowupland. For those considering joining that school in Year 12, we would like to offer individual tours of the school during the working day. Please contact Mrs Southgate on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to have a personal tour with Mr Hill (Assistant Head for Key Stage 5).
The School will be inspected by Ofsted on 21st and 22nd January 2015. The lead inspector is Pete Sewell (HMI).
The team would like parent views of the school which can be given by completing Oftsted’s on-line survey, Parent View, at: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk .
Parents / carers have further details via Parentmail or a letter given directly to your child.
We are holding our Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form Options Evening on Wednesday 21st January 6.00pm – 8.30pm.
During the course of the evening, parents and students will be able to attend a general presentation and visit subject displays. The presentations will be as follows:
|6.00pm-6.30pm||Key Stage 4 Options (9A; 9B; 9C)||Drama Studio|
|6.50pm-7.20pm||Sixth Form Options||Drama Studio|
|7.30pm-8.00pm||Key Stage 4 Options (9D; 9E; 9F)||Drama Studio|
The Key Stage 4 Options Booklet is now available online, Parent Information – Options – Key Stage 4, and paper copies will be given to students on Monday 19th January.
We extend a warm welcome to students and parents. Our Sixth Form Evening is open to all Year 11 students, including those attending schools other than Stowupland.
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.
Please find our December Newsletter here: Newsletter December 2014