Released On 20th May 2022

Headteacher Letter Friday 20 May

 20 May 2022

Dear Parents and Carers

They say that pressure creates diamonds” 

Although we have worked hard to try to alleviate the pressure from our Year 11 students, it is fair to say that this week has been a momentous one for them as they started their exams. In my mind, this is a year group of absolute diamonds - they have shined bright all week. I could not be prouder of this cohort of students; they have been a credit to you and to the school.

We have a daily breakfast (including drinks) on offer for students on each day of the morning exams in the refectory, alongside preparation sessions from their class teachers and reminders from their mental health and well-being assembly.  Last week, the staff community sent in motivational messages to the Year 11s in their assembly and the entire staff body have gone out of their way this week to make time for all of our young people in this often challenging time.

Below are a couple of examples of messages from staff:

“Year 11 - you are the reason I teach. You are a joy to have in my class and I look forward to every lesson we have together. Only a few to go now, so do yourselves proud, you deserve it. Still smiling”.

Mr Barrow

“So often you find that the students you are trying to inspire are the ones that end up inspiring you. You have all been incredible”.

Miss Glass

Student Surveys

Our important student surveys are almost complete. These have focused on well-being, peer on peer abuse and safety at school. From this data we have been able to closely identify where students are identifying concerns and the Stanchester Inclusion Team have begun setting up intervention groups to address and support those with feelings of low mood and anxiety. Following on from this survey there will be a staff survey and then a parental survey at the start of June.

Parent Engagement

Thank you to all our parents who engaged with Year 10 parents’ evening. We had a high uptake of appointments, and your continued engagement makes a huge difference to the outcomes of our young people. It was also brilliant to see lots of Year 9 and 10 parents on site yesterday to hear about the Barcelona trip, as we prepare for our Curriculum Enrichment experiences at the end of term.

Essential to Stanchester’s focus for next year is both parental and community engagement, we want to relaunch the Parent and Teacher Association (PTA) and will be seeking to appoint additional Parent Governors at the end of the summer term. If you feel you would be able to support our school community, please consider these opportunities over the next few months.

Thank you to those parents who have already extended their offers of support and interest in these roles.

At Stanchester Academy, we aim to make all decisions which affect parents and the local community in a fair and transparent way. Where any stakeholder feels that this is not the case, we have a robust procedure through which any complaint can be considered and resolved. Complaints are a key part of a constructive process that allows schools to improve and, as such, it is crucial that there is a process to handle them fairly and respectfully. We openly encourage parents to use the complaints procedure if they feel their needs have not been met. A copy of the policy can be found on our website here or for more information please contact the school office at office@stanchester.co.uk

Good News travels ‘in a glider’

We are delighted to share the fantastic achievements of the Year 8 students in the Flying Start competition. Not only did all four teams secure their spot in the final but they also represented Stanchester Academy superbly.

Two of our students came first (out of 30 teams!) in the glider throwing competition and have each won a flight in a real glider. All the students also achieved the Bronze Industrial Cadets award.  It was a fantastic day, and it was lovely to see our students enjoying themselves and developing new STEM skills. Well done to all of those involved.

Christian Student Group

We are pleased to say that this term Reverend Nick Clarke, Rector of the Ham Hill Villages Benefice, along with the support of Mr Young have started an informal lunch club to encourage Christian students and provide a space to meet and socialise. Anyone in Years 7-9 are welcome and should expect a relaxed friendly environment where questions can be asked and friendships made. For more information, speak to Mr Young by contacting Jason.young@stanchester.co.uk

Fingers crossed for a sunny weekend.

Yours sincerely

Miss E Forward

Headteacher