As I went into the Drama Studio to prepare for assemblies this week, I came across Year 10 students auditioning for our “Shakespeare in Schools” project.
In celebration of the Bard’s 400th anniversary, we have a wonderful opportunity to work directly with theatre professionals. As part of this project, resources, training days and technical expertise are all available, together with a professional venue for the final performance. Stowupland’s chosen play is “The Tempest” and we look forward to seeing rehearsals progress.
Last week, an unprecedented 112 Year 10 History students made the annual trek to Ickworth House near Bury St Edmunds on Monday 6th, Tuesday 7th and Friday 10th June to undertake research in preparation for their GCSE ‘History Around Us’ Controlled Assessments. Having studied all the background information on Neo-Classical architecture, the Grand Tour and the Hervey family in their History lessons, the students were eager to experience the resulting Mediterranean influence right here in the heart of Suffolk. This year, they were certainly able to feel the benefit of the south facing micro-climate of the Italianate gardens, so much so that the Stumpery provided some welcome shade!
The regular stroll in the parkland was taken and picnic lunch enjoyed before a full a tour of the house and basement in the afternoon. Our students were once again complimented by fellow visitors as well as staff and guides on their exemplary behaviour in the house. Thanks must go to the students, all the staff at Ickworth, and particular to Mr Clarke, Mr Bartholomew, Mr Everett, Miss Noys and Miss Bewley for their contribution to three more very successful trips.
Since becoming a Foundation School in April, we are now managing our own mid-Year admissions and, as a result, the school is now oversubscribed in all lower year groups. Staffing will increase for September 2016 and we have a number of posts on our website for both teaching and support staff. Recruitment will continue to operate throughout the summer and we are always happy for potential candidates to visit the school informally.
On Friday 10th June, I was also delighted to receive an Educational Outcomes Award for exceptional student progress. Our certificate confirms that Stowupland is in the top 20% of schools nationally for value added progress. This achievement reflects the talent and commitment of the whole school community and it is also excellent news for Suffolk!
Mrs KD Grimes, Headteacher