Transition to Stowmarket High School September 2019

We enjoyed meeting all our new Year 7 students during our transition days and we look forward to welcoming you to your new school in September.

Term begins on Tuesday 3rd September 2019 at 8.50am.  Year 7 students should meet on the front grass outside school.  The first lesson and a half will be spent in tutor groups, where students will receive their new timetables and maps of the school.

To enable you to reach your full potential and so that you can participate in all of your lessons on your first day, you must ensure that you have a: pen, pencil, ruler, calculator, rubber, reading book and PE kit.  You also need to be in school uniform.

There are lockers available for your use in school.  If you would like a locker then you will need to bring in a padlock.

Timings of the School Day

Most of your lessons will be 60 minutes long.  On some occasions you will have double lessons for 1 hour and 20 minutes.

The School Day

Registration: 8.50 – 9.10

Lesson 1: 9.10 – 10.10

Lesson 2: 10.10 – 11.10

Break: 11.10 – 11.30

Lesson 3: 11.30 – 12.30

Lesson 4: 12.30 – 13.30

Lunch: 13.30 – 14.10

Lesson 5: 14.10 – 15.10

In Year 7 students study the following subjects:  English, Mathematics, Science, Drama, Art, Geography, German (top sets only), French, History, Music, Physical Education, Design Technology (Graphics, Food, Resistant Materials and Textiles), ICT and PSHE.

At Key Stage 3 the following subjects set students based on ability: Maths, Science and Languages.  Some students leave language lessons for extra literacy lessons.

At the end of the day students that go home on the bus will need to go to the Year 7 yard or the bus bay to board their bus.  The bus numbers are shown at the front of the bus so you will know which bus you need to catch.  There will be members of staff on duty if you need help.

School Meals

During your first week at school you will receive your log in details to enable you to use parent pay for your school meals in the meantime you will need to bring in cash to purchase your lunch and snacks.

On  intake day pupils had their fingerprints scanned which now enables them to use the loading machines in Lilies canteen.  Pupils put their cash into the loader and then scan their fingerprint, they should remember to press the red button when they have finished.  Please note that 1p, 2p and 5p coins are not accepted.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Mrs Katy Farrow, Assistant Headteacher SLT for Year 7 & 8 email 

Mrs Claire Broxton, Assistant Headteacher SLT for Year 7 & 8 email

Mr Rob Herbert, Head of Year 7 & 8 email

Mrs Terri Gerrard, Assistant Head of Year 7 & 8 email


Getting your child to Stowmarket High School  


Following Suffolk County Council’s review for funded school travel, the criteria for determining your child’s nearest school has changed. 

Additionally, all new pupils and returning pupils now need to ‘opt-in’ for funded school travel with Suffolk on Board.

As a result, you may have chosen Stowmarket High School as your preferred school and subsequently been allocated a place for your child from September 2019, but may now just be learning that you no longer qualify for funded school travel. 

Stowmarket High School will help.

At the moment, we are having to wait until Suffolk County Council's 'opt-in' window, for funded school transport, has closed.  Once this has taken place, we will then know the exact number of students still requiring transport and what assistance, if any, Suffolk County Council will be able to offer.

We hope to be able to share more information with you in early June and will be writing directly to the parents of all new pupils joining us in Year 7 from September 2019.


In the meantime, if you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or visit or call Suffolk County Council on 0345 606 6067