Headteacher’s Blog: 8th February 2016

It was good to welcome several alumni into the school on Wednesday (some of 20+ years’ standing) in their role as STEM ambassadors.  As publicised last week, we held a careers event mid-week and many former students were acting as representatives for their companies including Bosch, BT and CITB.   Several of our year groups are at critical points in their school career (Years 9, 11 and post-16) and these students had designated lesson time to visit the STEM Fair. We were delighted that parents were also able to attend during the afternoon.  As always, we received some very complimentary feedback from exhibitors. The students’ courteous and friendly demeanour was commented upon as well as their ability to ask thoughtful questions.

On Wednesday evening, the newly-formed girls U15 cricket team competed in a round-robin tournament at King Edward VI School. The girls have responded really well to the coaching sessions they have received and this was certainly reflected in some skilful performances on the night. The girls acquitted themselves extremely well and were a credit to the school. Stowupland won two out of their three fixtures – an excellent start for the team.

On Friday 5 February, we were given advance notice of a consultation on post-16 transport.  A change to the policy in 2015 caused considerable distress and concern to Stowupland parents and a number of successful challenges were made. The revised policy of 2015 means that many students in the Stowupland catchment area for Years 7 – 11 are now deemed “out of catchment” post-16.  We will advise all parents/carers of the link to the consultation via parentmail and would urge you to make representation.  Governors will also be responding to the consultation.

The weekend has seen the Inter-Anglia cross country competition taking place in Boston, Lincolnshire.  Five counties – Suffolk, Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Cambridge and Northamptonshire – were competing against each other and we are delighted to report that Lewis Hammond in Year 7 was part of a winning Suffolk team.  On a wet and windy course, Lewis contributed significantly to the result for Suffolk and, across all runners, he was placed 22nd.   Well done. Lewis – a superb achievement.

The final week leading up to half-term is set to be extremely busy with a visit to the Tate Modern for GCSE Art students and Year 13 Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 10th February.  Some members of Year 11 will be out on work experience this week and we are also looking forward to three performances of the musical “Grease” on Wednesday10th, Thursday11th and Friday 12th February.    Finally, it is the Year of the Monkey and sixth form students are celebrating Chinese New Year in the Common Room with activities and a cake sale.  All year groups are welcome!

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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.