Headteacher’s update

Good afternoon Stanley families

As you read this, 116 Year 7 students will have happily arrived in North Wales for a residential weekend of excitement and team building.  At the end of the school day, I will drive across to join them; I am equally as excited to spend the weekend away with our youngsters.  Our Year 7’s who have remained in school have had a great Friday afternoon planned.

Mock examinations are over! Apart from a few catch-ups our Year 10 and Year 11 students will be happy to see the school hall set up as normal.  Over the period of mock examinations, we really do get to tailor the final examination requirements for each individual student.  Again, I must say how proud I am with the efforts and maturity shown by students during this time.  We talk to students about having a growth mindset when tackling any hurdles.  In the school we:

  • Pose challenges (like mock examinations) and obstacles as opportunities
  • Give constructive criticism and encourage acceptance of criticism
  • Encourage persistence
  • Encourage failure as a part of the learning process
  • Encourage a positive attitude
  • Show that having goals and purpose can help

This week in school we have raised money for Comic Relief Red Nose day with a cake sale and students making donations to wear red in school.  We also doubled up and invited students to wear green in light of red nose day coinciding with St Patricks day.  Today we also had 27 Leaders from across the North West attending Stanley High School to complete a National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership of which Mr Raikes (Trust CEO) and myself deliver the face-to-face elements.  It was a pleasure to show the visitors around our school and hear all of the positive comments regarding your children, how hard they are working and how they conduct themselves.  On top of this we have had an assembly from ‘Smoke free Sefton’ for our Year 10 students, which went through the dangers and legalities of Vaping.  They will also be returning for some small group workshops.

I know my weekend and a number of my staff members weekends will be super busy but enjoyable, particularly tonight when 116 children do not want to sleep.

I hope you all have a restful weekend.

 Mrs J Shawe