Headteacher’s Blog: 23rd November 2015

For the second time this month, Stowupland fell silent at 11.00am on Monday 16th November to reflect on the tragic events in Paris.  Although Year 11 “mocks” were underway, examination students also joined the rest of the school and put aside their pens for the duration of the minute’s silence.  It was a moving, but fitting tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack and this atrocity has reminded us all of the significance and validity of the core values we work hard to uphold:  rights, responsibilities and respect.

In such a week, we have been appreciating day-to-day life at Stowupland and it was particularly pleasing to receive a match report this week from Mr Broom relaying the progress of the Year 10 Rugby Team in the West Suffolk Schools Competition.   Throughout the tournament, our students have proved themselves to be formidable opponents against much larger schools.  They began by playing Mildenhall College winning 10 – 0 before moving onto a draw with County Upper.  In their third game, the Year 10s played Thurston Community College and dominated the match eventually winning 5-0.   The final match was against a highly skilled team from KEGS.  Mr Broom writes:

“This match was the eventual decider to see who qualified for County finals. We were ready to see how KEGS would react to being put under some intense pressure. The boys did not disappoint and, as the game went on, they started to control both the ball and the game. Despite the great efforts of all the boys the try never came and we eventually lost the game by one try!” 

Progressing this far in the competition has been a superb achievement and congratulations are most definitely in order.

Year 11 students have acquitted themselves extremely well throughout the week as they have been experiencing the pressure of mocks, with two and sometimes three examinations a day. There are some final papers in the early part of the week ahead, but most students will return to a normal timetable on Monday 23rd.  On the subject of examinations, I was delighted to receive a letter from the Local Authority which has, once again, awarded the school a Green rating – the top category.

At the end of an eventful week,   Friday 20th provided another opportunity for reflection.  Mr Blay – more usually associated with the Science and Year 9 Team – is, in fact,  a highly accomplished pianist.   At the end of school, we were treated to a recital in the Drama Studio with a programme taking us from Mozart through the Romantics to early 20th century works.  It was an extremely calming hour and thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by the audience.


Mrs KD Grimes, Headteacher

Open Evening and Visiting the School

Open Evening and Visiting the School

We held our Open Evening on Wednesday 23rd September for entry into Year 7 in September 2016.  We have 180 places available and the school is presently oversubscribed.

We are offering a “Tea and Tour” with the Headteacher every Monday morning throughout the Autumn Term from 9.15-10.45am beginning on Monday 28th September.  This will enable you to see learning and teaching operating during the working day and have the opportunity to speak informally to the Headteacher and other staff.  In order to book a place, please contact the Headteacher’s PA, Mrs Stringer.  Please note that places on each tour will be limited and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Contact Email:   enquiries@stowuplandhighschool.co.uk 

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.