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Transition Notice

Prospective Parents/Carers:   Following our Open Evenings,  “Frequently Asked Questions”  have been posted and can be accessed here or from the ‘Transition Team’ link on the navigation bar above.   Please contact the school if you have any questions or queries.  Our Transition Team will be visiting parents’ evenings for Years 5,6,7 and 8 throughout this academic year.

Headteacher’s Blog: End of Summer Term 2015

The end of term means that we have bid fond farewells to a number of staff who are leaving Stowupland this Summer.

From the support team, Mrs Elliott and Mrs Nibloe are taking the opportunity to undertake new ventures and projects.  Mrs Elliott has been at Stowupland since 2003 and will be known particularly for her work in Humanities.  Following a degree in History, Mrs Elliott has recently completed and been awarded her MA and so numerous possibilities lie ahead.   Mrs Nibloe joined the school in 2005 to take up the post of Progress Support Worker.  Aside from demonstrating highly artistic talents, Mrs Nibloe has supported numerous students across Years 9 – 11 and we wish her well in all her future plans.

Mrs Lawson (Food Technology) is also leaving to take up a post at Thomas Mills in Framlingham.  Mrs Lawson has made a significant contribution to the work of  Design and Food Technology continues to prove a popular option at GCSE.  Mrs Lawson’s work is well known in “A” corridor and the whole English Team has enjoyed the sights and smells of regular practical work!  We would have to say that the closing project of gingerbread houses was something of a triumph.

From the Maths Team, Mrs Trye is leaving after seven years at Stowupland.  During this time,  Mrs Trye has fully supported the rejuvenation of Maths in the school and has taught across a range of courses and year groups.  As a tutor, Mrs Trye has always been caring and committed and her sense of humour will be missed by staff and students alike.   Mrs Trye will now  be focusing on family life and she leaves with our thanks and very best wishes.

It is a case of “Wiedersehen und Viel Glück”  for Mrs Heywood as, after fourteen years at Stowupland, semi-retirement beckons.  Although Mrs Heywood speaks a number of languages,  her examination work has focused primarily on German and, over the years, many students have progressed to GCSE, post-16 and also university study after the double-act of Mrs Heywood and Mr Hill.  Travel (at speed) is likely to feature prominently in Mrs Heywood’s future plans, but we hope that she will also find time to visit us.

In 1998, Stowupland created an innovative post, that of School Business Manager (embracing Finance, Premises and Health and Safety) and the school was fortunate enough to secure the services of Mrs Hewick.   Over a considerable number of years, Mrs Hewick’s financial acumen has steered the school through difficult times, but her strategic approach has also ensured a focus on growth. Projects such as solar panels, the bio-mass boiler and the new build bear testament to this. Mrs Hewick has also been our resident expert on everything connected with transport. As Business Manager,  Mrs Hewick will be working until the very end of August to ensure that the transition to an 11-18 site runs as smoothly as possible, but she will then be retiring to continue her passion for travel.   There is no doubt that she will be very sorely missed for her immense knowledge, humour and patience, but we know she will stay in touch.

After twenty-five years at Stowupland, Mr Taylor has also decided to embark on new adventures and seize new opportunities.   Joining the Science Team in 1990, Mr Taylor has supported generations of students through their academic and personal development.  A specialist in Biology, Mr Taylor has a real passion for his subject and his lab – complete with animal masks and a variety of toy monkeys –  demonstrates this very visually.  Mr Taylor has also taken many tutor groups through the school and, more recently, has made a really important contribution to the sixth form team.  In addition to work in the classroom, Mr Taylor has always been a great advocate of extra-curricular activities and was involved with Duke of Edinburgh and World Challenge over a number of years.  Mr Taylor is also a seasoned traveller and we wish him well in all future expeditions and projects.

And finally, after an amazing thirty years at Stowupland, Mrs Rigden is retiring as our Reprographics Assistant.   Mrs Rigden’s expertise is considerable and extends far beyond the photocopying machine.  She has been our expert proof-reader for a number of years and this, combined with her seemingly limitless knowledge of the school and students, has proved absolutely invaluable.  On a practical note, it is Mrs Rigden who has enabled all our special consideration candidates at GCSE and post-16 to receive exam papers of varying colours and sizes. There is always a limited amount of time for this vital exam work to be done, but Mrs Rigden would remain calm and composed, even when all around her were feeling the pressure.  Mrs Rigden has shown tremendous commitment to the school and we will miss her enormously. We know that she will be looking forward to spending more time with her family and we wish her a long and happy retirement.

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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.