School Arrangements for Tuesday 5th July 2016

Following an official ballot, the National Union of Teachers has called for industrial action in the form of a one-day strike.  This action forms part of a legitimate trade dispute and the strike will take place on Tuesday 5th July, 2016.

Members of the remaining unions are not permitted to cover the work of colleagues who are on strike and it is unlawful to employ supply staff for this purpose. Having looked carefully at the number of staff who may be taking strike action, I have had to take the decision to close the school to particular year groups on that day.   The arrangements, therefore, will be as follows:

Year 6 Transfer (Day 2):      The Year 6 day will continue and all Year 6 students should attend as planned

Years 7 to 10:                        School will be closed to all students

Year 12:                                 School will be open to all students   (separate letter to follow)

Maths / History visit to Norwich:  This visit will continue and the Year 7 students involved should attend as planned  

For all those students attending school on Tuesday 5th July, school transport will operate as normal.

School will re-open for all students on Wednesday 6th July 2016

Headteacher’s Blog: 13th June 2016

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!

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Mrs KD Grimes, Headteacher

Admissions 2016

Congratulations to all Year 6 students joining us next year – we are very pleased that you have gained a place with us.
We are in the process of preparing some information for you including a “Welcome” pack and this will be delivered  to your school before half-term.  In the meantime, if you have any immediate questions or queries, the contact for parents, carers and students is Mr Christian Appleford and his email address is lowerschool@stowuplandhighschool.co.uk
The majority of students will be joining us for two transfer days on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th July and parents/carers will have the opportunity to come into school and meet staff on the evening of Monday 4th.
We look forward to meeting you all soon!

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.