Headteacher’s Blog: 16th May 2016

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!

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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.