Headteacher's Blog

HRH Duke of Edinburgh

As a school that is extremely proud to offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, we are saddened by the passing of its founder, Prince Phillip. The Duke’s vision, that young people should have the opportunity to prove themselves in ways outside of the examination hall, fit completely with my personal philosophy which has become a defining feature of Stowmarket High School. Just before the holiday I saw Mr Wright hosting an afterschool session with a brand new set of recruits, full of energy and willingness to push themselves to achieve more. It is clear that the legacy of the scheme is safely protected here at school, and long may this continue.

Covid

As the shutters of bars and shops start to draw open and the country starts to come out of lockdown it is important for our students to be reminded that the virus has not vanished, and that even with many adults having had at least one vaccination jab, we cannot relax our Covid safe protocols too quickly. For the time being, masks will continue to be worn in classrooms and in all indoor communal areas, and all the sanitising procedures that we have been operating will continue. I hope that soon I will be able to relax the bubble rule somewhat, which would allow teachers to operate from their own classrooms, with students moving between the various floors of the school more freely – but right now the same procedures as operated before Easter will be running. Throughout this time, I have been deeply impressed with the student effort to follow the rules, and I would like to thank them again for their support.

All students will be issued with their new home testing packs today – as before the key message is that the tests should be supervised and the packs should not be opened until they are ready to be used. If you need any help – again, please just ask.

Year 11 and 13

Over the Easter break we ran an extensive support programme for Years 11 and 13, which by and large was well attended. For example, it was great to come in and see the Design students hard at work finishing their practical assignments. These students will now sit the national tests which will help provide solid data on which Centre Assessed Grades can be shaped from. My message to these students is that we are 100% committed to supporting every student to do their best, and if any student is particularly anxious about any aspect of the process they must come forward, quietly and privately and we will support them.

Your School Needs You!

Our School Committee (formerly known as Governors) could easily be called our School Improvement Committee, as throughout my time at school they have been fundamental to our improvement programme. I currently have two vacancies on this group, and would welcome conversations from my local community about finding new members. There is not a single skill set required, but of course anyone with an educational, finance, management, organisational background would make a great SC member. Also, someone who can spare a few hours a month to the meetings process, who wants to make a difference would be equally welcomed. If you want to know more, contact me at school and I would love to chat.

Here is to a great summer term – please stay safe

Mr Lee-Allan