Released On 17th Jun 2022

Headteacher Letter Friday 17 June

17 June 2022

Dear Parent / Carer  

With the end of Year 11 exams in sight, we have all been reflecting on how quickly the year has gone and how well they have prepared for this first set of formal exams in two years.

Our students have continued to demonstrate resilience and optimism as they approach their final few exams, making good use of the revision programme and committing to do their best right until the end. We are proud of all they have achieved and thank our teaching staff for the above and beyond effort they have put in to help every student achieve the best outcomes this summer.

With just three exam days to go, following their final physics exam, students will then be able to celebrate their efforts with their peers in their leaver’s assembly on Thursday 23 June.

Warm Weather

As the weather really heats up over the next few days, please ensure your child has sun cream, water bottles and a hat for break and lunchtime, should they wish to wear one. We have recently added more seating areas to the school site and recommissioned our PE water fountains, but unfortunately, when the sun is at its highest, shady patches are limited across the site. Students who wish to remain out of the sun can use the refectory at break and lunchtime.

Trips and Visits

We were extremely grateful to the Rotary Club for sponsoring a trip to Crealy for many of our Year 7 and Year 8 children this term. The pupils had a superb time; it was delightful to see them all interacting sensibly outside of school and building closer relationships with their friends. They were all a real credit to the academy and seemed to have a great day. Staff commented that the bus was significantly quieter on the way back due to some very sleepy students, which I think is the measure of how much they all enjoyed their day!

We were also able to send our budding young photographers over to the Shindig Festival at Dillington House just before half term, to create their photoshoots on ‘People and Places’ for their GCSE portfolios and to experience a festival afternoon of crafts, fashion and merriment.

Military Students at ARK, Egwood

Seven students from military families recently completed a five-week project at ARK (Acts of Random Kindness).  The project was run by veterans, teaching our military students fire building, shelter construction, camouflage and concealment and teamwork, culminating in a showcase morning where they taught their parents how to do the things they had learnt, including making firesticks, building fires (well enough to fry sausages) and making a basha (a shelter). 

Our project coordinator, Mrs Hendry wrote:

The best thing about this project was bringing together students who share a common bond, that otherwise would never really have spoken to each other. The minibus, on the way home  especially, was full of laughter and friendship. Parents reported their children had really enjoyed the project, made new friends and developed confidence. It also was a huge support to the students whose serving parent was away at the time. We will be running this project next year, so please encourage your military student to get involved.

January 2023

With a heavy heart, I will be finishing my Headship at Stanchester Academy on the December 31 2022. This has been a brilliant couple of years and I have loved working with your children who delight and impress me with their creativity and talent every day. I joined Stanchester Academy during lockdown in 2020, it has been a year of new challenges for all school leaders from learning how to deliver high quality remote learning; organising testing centres at school; allocating centre assessed grades; supporting students with a range of increased mental health and well-being needs and recognising a sense of collective desire to get back to ‘normal’.

Your children have made every moment of this time worth the hard work and I am so proud of the whole team here and how well they have all pulled together during the last two years. It is time for me to spend some more focused time with my own young family, but I will keep in touch with the staff here and celebrate the achievements of future Stanchester student over the years to come.

Yours sincerely

Miss E Forward


Important notice from NHS Somerset:

We are aware that many 12-15 year old children missed their second Covid vaccination due to self-isolation and the need to wait three months post virus. There is also growing concern that there may be another wave of Covid coming towards the UK.

We have therefore arranged clinics throughout Somerset to ensure that everyone who would like to improve their protection against the virus is able to receive their second, or equally a first dose of the vaccine at a location closer to home.

Therefore please could I ask you to help us by sharing the clinic dates we have set in your area, with all parents and guardians of 12-15 year olds. These appointments can be booked on the national booking system.

Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton. Somerset, BA22 8HT

All dates 9am – 5pm

  • Saturday 16 July
  • Tuesday 19 July
  • Thursday 21 July
  • Sunday 24 July
  • Tuesday 26 July
  • Thursday 28 July
  • Saturday 30 July