Headteacher’s Blog: 17th July 2017

The school can seem quite different once Year 11 and Year 13 students depart and their “proms” held
on the 29th June and 4th July respectively were a fitting celebration for all that these year groups have
achieved and contributed to Stowupland. Particular congratulations go to the organising committees:
Cameron Jarrold in Year 11 and Chloe Warnes, Emily Ray and Chelsea Hollocks in Year 13. We look
forward to seeing students again during August when GCSE, AS and A Level results are published (AS and A Level on Thursday 17th August,  GCSE on Thursday 24th August).
Our older students are not the only ones making plans for the future and 224 Year 6s spent Monday
10th and Tuesday 11th July with us, getting to know the school and experiencing a variety of lessons.
There was also the opportunity for parents/carers to meet key members of staff and we trust that
everyone now feels prepared for the year ahead. In keeping with previous years, the first day of the
new term, Wednesday 6th September, is for the new Year 7 and the sixth form only . The whole school
will return on Thursday 7th September.
PE activities have thrived in the warmer weather and on the 13th July, eleven students from Year 9
participated in a 4 team “Round Robin Tournament” against Stowmarket High School. We may not
have won the trophy, but the teams embodied the spirit of the game and contributed magnificently to
the principle of fair play.
I am also delighted that the Sports Council has been re-formed, providing students with the
opportunity to share ideas and voice opinions. The members of the council are:
Y7: Samuel Pile and Eloise Jackson
Y8: Lewis Leggett and Ella Denison
Y9: Harvey Norman and Emily Piper
Y10: Lewis Long and Lucy Ray
Y12: Jamie Smith and Paige Batram
These students will continue to meet with Ms Wardley throughout next year and will be joined by new
Year 7 representatives in September. Health and well-being forms an important and integral part of
the school’s personal development curriculum and we are continuing our work to provide
opportunities and experiences for students to develop a range of skills and attributes in addition to
academic attainment.
As the new year approaches, we have provided some key information in this bulletin, but please do
look out for the final newsletter of the year which will be published on Friday 21st July. On behalf of
staff and governors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents/carers for their support
throughout 2016/17 and to wish everyone a safe and refreshing summer break.
Mrs K Grimes

Power to Perform

Power to Perform

Stowupland is working closely with the PiXL group of schools which is a national organisation that seeks to share good practice and develop resources for students.
To this end PiXL have developed a number of resources to support students going through exams called ‘Power to Perform’.  There is advice for parents on how to support your children through the exam period and advice for students on time management during the exam period.  They have also worked with a celebrity chef to develop recipes for meals that contain important nutrients for memory and the correct energy balance to enable students to keep focused in exams.   All of these resources can be downloaded here:

School Closure and Severe Weather Information

Information for School Closure due to Severe Weather or other Unforeseen Difficulty

In the event of school closure, an announcement will be made via Parentmail, on the school’s website, on Suffolk County Council’s website and on local radio stations.

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

Parents are reminded that if a school bus fails to arrive, students should wait 30 minutes and then return home. If this occurs we would be grateful if the school could be contacted.

Website and Radio Station Details

Suffolk County Council     http://schoolclosures.suffolk.gov.uk

BBC Radio Suffolk              95.5, 95.9, 103.9 or 104.6 FM          www.bbc.co.uk/suffolk