Good afternoon Stanley Families

Students may have missed seeing Mrs Shawe around the school over the last couple of weeks.  Unfortunately, she has had a period of illness but is on the mend and looking forward to getting back to her Stanley family as soon as possible! All emails sent to Mrs Shawe are still being monitored and responded to. I am sure you will join us in sending her well wishes for a speedy recovery.

One of the highlights of my day is visiting lessons and speaking to students about their learning.  I am so proud of the engagement, resilience and motivation shown by our students so far this year.  Often, without realising, they are developing an impressive range of soft skills, alongside their curriculum studies.  In one day, I watched Year 7 students’ complete activities that strengthened their communication, teamwork, creativity, problem-solving, organisation and empathy skills.  They have certainly earnt a well-deserved break!  Please remember that curriculum maps are available on our school website should you wish to discuss topics at home.

Thank you to the Year 11 families who supported their children by attending the GCSE Preparation Evening on Thursday 19th.  One of core Stanley family values is to remain ‘future focused.’  If you need any further advice, guidance, or support in helping your child prepare for their examinations, please do not hesitate to let us know.

We look forward to welcoming families and extended families to the first upcoming Together Trust coffee morning.  These are aimed at supporting students with additional needs and general anxieties.  We have a professional who presents and refreshments are provided.  Families tell us that this is an excellent support network providing an opportunity to meet other families and talk to the professionals.  Please see the flyer below for further details.

Please keep an eye out for an email from Miss Davenport, inviting you to a SEND review meeting for all students on the SEND register.  If your child is not on the SEND register but you feel that you would like an opportunity to discuss your child’s needs, please contact [email protected] with your request.  To further support all students, we have Learning Support Assistants available in the library to support with their learning, homework, and revision each day from 3-4pm.  This is where students can access laptops within a quiet and supportive learning environment.

Please make sure that you have seen the email from school regarding a WhatsApp group targeting young people in the local area.  As always, we strongly recommend that you monitor your child’s social media use regularly.  Please also see below some useful information on Online Safety.

Finally, our new behaviour for learning policy has had an incredibly positive impact. As always, we thank you for your continued support as we review and improve the learning experience of our students. It has been particularly pleasing to receive communication from families acknowledging our consistent high standards and expectations for all students. Since September over 450 students have been recognised for their hard work and effort in our Recognition Friday celebrations.

On behalf of all staff at Stanley, we hope our students have a happy and safe half-term break.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

 Mrs J Kelly

Assistant Headteacher