Headteacher's Blog

GCSE Options Evening

The Year 8 Options evening was a great success this week – 

I was delighted with the response to our Year 8 Options evening that was held on Thursday evening last week. Choosing what courses one will study for the next three years is a big deal, and by the standing room only in the hall clearly means a lot to our Year 8s and their parents.

I am proud of what we offer our students, and this year we have been able to increase the choices for students and also the flexibility around those choices, which will hopefully mean more students than ever before will get to do the courses they want to next year.

Food exams

The food exams looked and tasted fantastic this week, Mrs Brewster and Mr Forde had clearly schooled their students superbly in the build up to the exam, and I was deeply impressed with the quality of food the students produced.


The Walking Talking Mocks last week were very successful – again the feedback from students has been excellent.  My thanks to Maths, English and Science for their work preparing these. This week we have the PiXL wave exams, these examinations will give us excellent feedback that we can use to target future intervention. I have been deeply impressed with the response from Year 11 since their Pre results were announced – they are attending intervention sessions across the board and our GCSE zone is proving to be a real hit with the students. Over the holiday we have asked staff not to set anything other than essential homework, as these Year 11 students thoroughly deserve and need a break, and a chance to refuel their batteries.

Grease – 6th & 7th March starting at 6.30pm

Rehearsals are ramping up now for our production of Grease, with the cast and crew working really hard to learn the lines, practice the moves, sing the songs and play the instruments. I am really looking forward to seeing the team build on the success of last year’s ‘Olivia!’, and I hope that we can fill the audience for both nights – to reserve your seats email j.cooper@stowhigh.com remembering to specify which performance.  A donation of £2 is suggested (payable on the evening).

Rt Hon Jo Churchill MP

This week I will be hosting Jo Churchill MP, and an ex- student of ours, Harry Cobbold, who now works in Jo’s team. They are here to view the new build, and to better understand the challenges it will present us, particularly around resources and new equipment. Harry, and hopefully Jo will also meet with our Politics group, fresh from their visit to the Houses of Parliament, as they prepare for their live question and answer session with Speaker of the House of Parliament, The Right Hon. John Bercow. We are mixing in heady circles!

Have a lovely week everyone,

Mr Lee Allan