Headteacher’s Update

Good afternoon Stanley Families

Anyone who works with children may understand the fear we face on a windy day.  The wind has a magic ability to unsettle many, it might be down to poor sleep, it may be down to students being blown into the building?  It’s a lovely phenomenon and it’s also Friday 13th.  Today we are happy that the moon is not full.

Last week I added a link to our family survey, thank you very much to those of you who have already taken the time to share your feelings and comments about the school.  All the positives that you send really do boost team moral and I am so very happy to be able to talk about and share positivity with staff and students.  Alongside this, as a school we cannot improve without understanding the practices we can get better, already this week we have updated how we display our term dates on the school website, so they are clearer for all to understand.  Please spare the time, if you have not already, to complete the survey via the link below. The deadline for completion is 3pm on 20th January 2023.   https://forms.office.com/e/b8Fh7fjRga

As I mention term dates, we have published the expected dates for the next academic year.  This will support any families looking at getting holiday care, organising a getaway or time off work.  Please follow the link to view all term dates available.  https://stanleyhigh.co.uk/term-dates/

This week Mrs Waltho took some of our Career Champions to Edge Hill University with a careers focused day in partnership with the Liverpool Careers Hub.  Careers is an element of Stanley High School life we are currently developing further.  Our aim is to inspire all students with a goal or understanding of the amazing opportunities the world has to offer after they leave school.  We start this work in Year 7 and it weaves through our curriculum and bespoke opportunities.

Parents of Year 11 students please be aware that next week our Steps after Stanley week begins, which includes a mock results day on Monday followed by college interviews and parents’ consultation evening. Monday will bring many mixed emotions for our students and your children. From this we look at how all students can make amazing and positive steps to ensuring they feel proud and successful on the real day come August.

We are working on a really exciting project with our Collaborative Group the Southport Learning Partnership; this group consists of local Primary, Nursery, Alternative Provision and Secondary Headteachers working together across Southport the group meets at Stanley High School once every half term.  We are currently at the fact-finding stage of a new project.  Our focus is about cohesion across Southport with tackling equality and diversity issues for students, staff and the local community.  Before we go any further with the project, we are keen to seek views from our families and would be so grateful if you could complete the questionnaire following the link below.


I am sure you will all agree that every Southport child and adult deserves to be valued and respected for themselves.  It is so important that we tackle issues where children don’t feel safe or don’t feel that they have equality opportunity.

This week I will leave you with a proud moment for myself.  As part of working together to improve students’ outcomes, we held a meeting at Stanley High School which involved all the local Southport and Formby Secondary Headteachers.  During their time at Stanley High School a comment was made about the positive and calm atmosphere in the school.  Your children and our staff work so hard every day to make that happen – it is lovely when external partners recognise this.

Thank you.

Happy Weekend.