Headteacher’s update

Good afternoon Stanley Families

Happy Friday! This week in assemblies Miss Copping has been launching our new e-Library which allows students to borrow eBooks and Audio books anywhere and at any time.  We are very excited about expanding the opportunities for our students to access a variety of eBooks which are age and stage appropriate, which can enthuse and engage the minds of your children.

I want to wish Year 11 all the best as their GCSE Examinations begin.  For many students with coursework, language speaking exams, entry level exams and practical elements of courses they may have felt this started right back at the beginning of Year 10!  Monday morning is the first formal examination for all of Year 11 in the school hall/examination rooms.  This afternoon is the first day of our broken down timetable for Year 11, this timetable is bespoke to the examination needs of the individuals and allows them to maximise the time with our experts prior to examinations.  I am both excited and nervous for them.  During examinations we also provide breakfast for students sitting a morning examination, this is probably the nicest part of the year as we join them each morning for breakfast to ensure they have a great start to the day. Families of Year 11 children, please continue the great care and support of your teens, they will need this over the next few weeks.  They will also need extra sleep, food and probably extra hugs.  Look after yourselves also please, this is a highly pressured time for your family, as you want the absolute best for your child.  They are incredible and they will be successful with whatever they choose beyond school.

We are continuing to work closely with Merseyside Police who have been speaking with a number of our younger students about the anti-social behaviour they are sometimes demonstrating beyond school, and the impact this can have on their futures and our community.  As the nights get lighter this often leads to children being allowed to stay out longer.  Please be mindful of having conversations with your young ones about their behaviour in groups in the evenings, and over weekends.  Often groups of youngsters with little to engage them make poor decisions together.  Our Safer Schools Officer PC Baker is onsite weekly, should you want any support with your child’s behaviours, please contact us. Parenting is not always easy and we all know there is not a textbook – we are ready and willing to support families.

Finally, this week I would like to thank you for the continued support for your children and the school. We love working closely with you through celebration and challenge.  To think that a year has passed since we announced that I would be replacing the previous headteacher, life is moving at a fast pace. I feel like its been an absolute whirlwind of a year, which I continue to enjoy and learn.  It is a pleasure and a privilege to see your children every day and see them grow and flourish.

Have a great weekend. Next week is a full 5 days!

Mrs J Shawe