Headteacher’s update

Good afternoon Stanley Families

I hope that this newsletter finds you all well. Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of spending all day with our Year 11 students supporting their learning. The dedication, support and care they showed towards their continued learning and to each other was, at points, heart-warming.  I spoke to Year 11 about still having a great deal of time to make a difference, what it means and feels like to bury your head in the sand and how to turn that feeling around. Families of Year 11, they really are tackling this challenging period well. We also had a puppy on site for the morning to boost the well-being feelings across the school.

I would like to remind families about the expectations of our students beyond the school grounds and online.  Anti-social behaviour has an impact on us all. The reputation of a school matters for all of our students.   Having a great reputation in the community allows Stanley High School to recruit and retain great staff and it also supports students past and present seeking employment.  More importantly the behaviours of students outside of the school can really impact how students feel in school.  We want all students to feel safe and happy in school and our main focus is the educational and personal development of the children.  Please support us by knowing where your children are, staying up to date with any safeguarding notices and re-iterating our message of tolerance and kindness.

Next week will feel like a short week for many given the Bank Holiday followed by a subsequent strike day.  I am looking forward to seeing a full school of students rested and ready to learn on Wednesday 3rd May.  Please see strike communications for any details regarding the expected attendance of your child.  All students in Year 11 are expected to be in school.  Personal communication will be sent for all other students expected on site on Tuesday 2nd May 2023.

Thank you all for your continued support and tolerance for the industrial action taking place.

I hope you all have a lovely long weekend.

Mrs J Shawe