Headteacher's Blog

Open Evening

With the help of Assistant Headteacher Mrs Broxton, I ran my first Virtual Open Evening using Zoom Webinar software. Overall, I think we did a very good job, but unlike the traditional live event one gets no sense what the feedback is. One thing is that our other marketing events have been very popular, with over 1000 views of the promotional video, and many hits on our Facebook page. This highlights the dramatic shift in marketing strategy, and a lesson to us all that sometimes the world changes slowly, sometimes swiftly, but change it does, and one has to adapt to survive.

Wet Weather

We have had some very wet weather, the worst October for billions of years, and the brilliant decision by the DFE to give us no hard play area and ridiculously narrow paths has resulted in our lovely building being covered in mud. Despite this, on wet weather days, the behaviour has been pretty good – down in part to the excellent staff effort to be on duty and engage so positively with students, and to the vast majority of students being so sensible and calm. Thank you all – it really makes a difference.

Cross Country

On the topic of rain, despite some torrential downpours, PE held cross country competitions last week, and it was brilliant to see the results up on the atrium screen so quickly. Congratulations to all competitors, and hats off to the winners;

Year 7 Miles Bevans + Eve Caldwell

Year 8 Archie Underwood + Lily Craft

Year 9 Harry Craft + Ozzie Gunton

Year 10 Poppy Bingham + Sonny Larke

Year 11 Fin Davies

6th Form Simon Page + Josh Manning (I think they were the only runners – but you have to be in it to win it!)

6th Form Tasters

Staff have been making videos promoting the Sixth Form subjects, and this week numbers will be running taster sessions for Year 11 during the week – please encourage your son or daughter to attend.

Monday – Physics, Art, Health and Social Care

Tuesday – Chemistry, History, Photography, Sociology

Wednesday – Applied Science, English Literature, PE

Thursday – Biology, Geography, Media

For more information, please go to; https://stowhigh.sharepoint.com/sites/Year11SixthFormInformationHub

Non Uniform Day

Friday is non uniform day – a letter has been sent out separately on this, but my respect to the polite, erudite and determined Erica Hall in Year 8 who contacted me and asked us to promote a Halloween theme as it is unlikely that Trick or Treat activities will take place this year. Whilst personally I am not a fan of us adopting this particular American pastime, I have to stop being the grumpy grey head and loosen my collar sometimes. Well done Erica.

Have a great week everyone

Mr Lee-Allan