Headteacher’s Blog: 15th September 2014

We have now completed our first full week back at school.  Year 9 students are becoming increasingly confident in finding their way around the site and the atmosphere across the school has been extremely positive and purposeful.  I am also really pleased to see more and more school cardigans being worn!  This uniform option was requested and researched by the School Council and it does look extremely smart.

During the week, I was delighted to see an amazing mathematical-art project underway on the top corridor.  Maths staff are absolutely thrilled with the work being completed by Year 9 students and I’m really looking forward to seeing the large-scale display come to fruition!  I have also been extremely impressed with the effort and perseverance being shown in some Year 9 Geography classes with a very tricky “place quiz” courtesy of Mrs Bailey.  Well done to those who managed to score 8 or above and particularly to those who managed to identify the Dead Sea in Jordan!

Educational visits are an important dimension to learning and provide students with the opportunity to experience environments and expertise beyond the classroom.  On Thursday 18th, all sixth form students taking Art courses (both Fine Art and BTEC) will be visiting the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.  The students will be shown around the gallery by Dr Kate Noble who will be highlighting pieces connected to their coursework themes of Structures and Surfaces (Fine Art) and Natural Forms (BTEC).  There will also be a visit to the Botanical Gardens where students will be able to spend time drawing and taking photographs.   All work will then be developed further during lessons.

Students in Year 11 will also be receiving a letter this week about another expert who will be visiting the school in October.   Dr Peter Vardy is a British academic, philosopher, theologian and author and we are delighted that he will be leading a workshop on ethics and morality on Wednesday 22nd October 2014.    This is part of the school’s commitment to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education (SMSC).  As a school, we have just revised our SMSC policy and a copy is available on the web-site.  If you have any comments to make about the policy, please do send them to enquiries@stowuplandhighschool.co.uk.

We hope to publish our first newsletter shortly, but all students have already received an information booklet relevant to their particular year group which includes an up-to-date staff list, term dates and other useful details.  Our new web-site is also an excellent source of information.  We are in the process of transferring documents and creating additional sections,   so please do contact us if there is something you would like to see.