Transition to Stowmarket High School September 2019

We are looking forward to welcoming your child to our Induction days on Monday, 8th and Tuesday, 9th July 2019. They need to arrive at the front lawn of Stowmarket High School, dressed in their current uniform at 8.50am. A school meal will be provided on Monday but students should bring in extra snacks and water to keep them going throughout the day. A school bag will be essential to carry their pencil case, snacks, a jacket in case of inclement weather and any essential medication that has been previously agreed with our Medical Administrator.

Students who qualify for a bus pass do not need to have bus passes during the two induction days, as the bus companies are expecting them. However, students who do not qualify, but plan to use public transport on the two days will need to pay. We will have bus monitors on the buses during the two induction days to welcome your child onto the bus and help them if they have any questions.

On Monday, 8th July 2019 students will spend time settling into the school with their tutor and tutor group. On Tuesday, 9th July 2019 they will sample a number of lessons. On Tuesday students will need to bring their own picnic lunch, but students who have free school meals will have a picnic lunch provided for them by us (we will ascertain numbers by contacting the primary schools). Also on Tuesday please ensure your child packs trainers suitable for PE into their school bags.

Both days will finish at 3.10pm and students will exit from school at the gates by the Leisure Centre. If you wish to pick your child up by car, please park in the Leisure Centre car park and not in the bus bay by the school gates.

Our Parents’ Evening is on Tuesday, 9th July 2019 and doors open at 5.45pm. The evening is just for parents, and students should not attend. A talk will take place in the hall at 6.00pm for parents/carers and you will then have the opportunity to meet your child’s form tutors. The Friends of Stowmarket High will be at the parents’ evening and will provide refreshments, drinks and cakes for a small donation.

We hope by this evening we will have definitive transport options available pending confirmation from Suffolk On Board.

This year we will have samples of our school uniform on display during the Parents Information Evening, with details of online availability. We will also be hosting a couple of ‘try and buy’ sessions during the summer holidays, and we will give you these 

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 2 hours.

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

Ms Tracey Goodman, Head of Year 7 & 8 email

Following SCC review for funded school travel please follow the link: Getting your child to SHS