Monday 16rd May 2016
It is official – Joel Fisher is the Book Mastermind Champion! Huge congratulations to Joel on his success. In the final competition held in Bury St Edmunds, Joel delivered a highly competent performance on his chosen text, Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan and then, in the general knowledge round, Joel excelled himself and secured a decisive victory. The Book Mastermind shield is on display in the library and Joel’s name will be added shortly. Well done, Joel!
There is much national debate at present relating the strategic direction of education and the formal consultation for Stowupland both to academise and to establish a Multi Academy Trust begins today, Monday 16th May, and continues to Monday 20th June. Parents/carers and other stakeholders will receive an Information Sheet to explain why we are taking this step and what we feel the benefits will be. There will be the opportunity to respond via a dedicated email address which will operate from Monday 16th May through to Monday 20th June. This email address will be monitored regularly and responses made either individually or through a “Frequently Asked Questions” sheet which will be published part-way through the consultation. There will also be the opportunity to discuss any questions or queries at a governor “drop-in” session on Wednesday 18th May. Governors will be based in the library and the drop-in which is open to parents/carers from all year groups will operate from 6.00 – 7.30pm.
In terms of governance, we are, in fact, presently seeking to appoint two partnership governors to the Governing Body. Partnership Governors are appointed on the basis of their professional skills and they may, or may not, have existing links with the school. Parents/carers of students presently at Stowupland are not eligible to apply for this particular category of governor, but parents/carers may well know of suitable candidates. Further details are available on the website, please click on Statutory Information and Governors.
Mid-May means that the public examination season is upon us and GCSE and A Levels are well underway. Drama, Art, PE and Language students have been extremely disciplined and focused in their approach to practical examinations over the last few weeks and, next week, there are a number of written examinations taking place. During the exam period, the canteen is open to provide breakfast from 8.30am to 8.50am each morning serving both hot and cold options. We would encourage all students to ensure that they eat something prior to morning examinations and bring water bottles with them. Good luck to all!
Mrs KD Grimes, Headteacher