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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: 29th June 2015

Artistic endeavours have been much in evidence this week as we once again participated  in the annual Gipping Valley Art Exhibition.

This year, the exhibition was mounted at the United Reformed Church in Stowmarket and work on display represented early years through to “A” Level pieces.  Students from Stowupland had produced some stunning portrait work, but there was also some intricate embroidery and textiles alongside spectacular photography produced in conjunction with “The Mix”.   There was a preview evening on Tuesday 23rd June and the exhibition was then open to the public for two days with Stowupland sixth formers acting as guides.  The work of Stowupland students will be on display again during induction evenings (6th and 13th July).

It was particularly pleasing to see the talent and creativity of younger learners on display and at Haughley Crawfords Primary School, Year 4 and 5 students have been working throughout the year with Mrs Garrad from Stowupland.  Their exhibition focused on figures based on the sculptures of Giacometti and included photographs of the work in progress.  This project is a good example of the liaison developing between Stowupland and primary partners.  There are also close links in terms of sport, MFL and Music.  In MFL, we are developing commonality across schemes of work for Key Stage 2 learners and, in some schools, Stowupland specialists are delivering the lessons.  This week, pyramid Music takes centre stage and Stowupland will be hosting “The Big Sing” where young musicians will be gathering for a concert and then picnic on Thursday 1st July (weather permitting!).

Monday 22nd June also saw the arrival of Year 8 students under the guidance of Mr Schmidt (Progress Leader) and a team of tutors.  The new school timetable will begin in September 2015 (a four period day with lessons of 75 minutes), but this early transition period is allowing students to experience a range of lessons in the secondary setting.  We also had the opportunity to meet parents and carers for an induction evening on the 22nd and Year 12 mentors have been much in evidence throughout the week, supporting students through the school day.  Year 8 students will have one more week as the “youngest” students in the school and they will then be joined by over 180 Year 7 students.

Public examinations finished officially on Friday 26th June. Year 13 students celebrated at their “Prom” event  – an extremely pleasant evening at the Fynn Valley Golf Club – and Year 11 students will be marking the end of their year at Seckford Hall on Thursday 2nd July.  There are still some GCSE controlled conditions assessments taking place in school,  but for many students exam pressure has abated and this is a timely opportunity to thank our own exam officers, particularly Mrs Sequeira, and also the myriad of exam invigilators, readers and scribes who have made this particular season run as smoothly as possible.

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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.