Headteacher’s update

Colomendy visit

On Friday 5th October Year 7 students and staff went to Colomendy Adventure Centre, near Mold in North Wales. The students were very excited about their weekend away and on arrival, after a brief site tour and a long time sorting duvet covers, they went into their first activity.

The variety of activities covered over the weekend challenged and developed team work, encouraged communication and offered adventure. The favourite activities were laser tag, zip wire and caving although the night line and buggy building sessions also proved to be a big hit.

The night time activities varied from sitting around a campfire listening to jokes and riddles and singing camp songs to a Science based activity of rocket making. The weekend was a huge success as students made new friends and memories, which will stay with them during their time at Stanley High and hopefully long after they have moved on.

Year 11 ‘Prep for GCSE’ Meeting

On Tuesday we held a meeting for parent/carers and students in preparation for the upcoming study towards their GCSE Examinations. The focus was on English, Maths and Science but there was also information available from other subjects and college representatives were also present with regards to students moving on to further education.

We hope parents/carers found the meeting to be useful and should you have any further questions for staff, please do not hesitate to contact the school via email at enquiries@stanleyhigh.co.uk or by telephoning the school office.

Praise week

This week we held our first praise week focusing on ‘Manners’. Students who showed exceptional manners were awarded with a praise card and will be in with a chance of being chosen to win a voucher. We know that most students show good manners daily, but this was a chance for them to be rewarded for their politeness. Two students will be randomly drawn and they will receive a voucher; all students nominated will be awarded a certificate of praise.

Inset Day

On Friday 19th October, there will be an inset day and students will not be in school, this will then run into the half term break from Monday 22nd October to Friday 26th October. Students will return to school on Monday 29th October for form time at 8.40am.

Mr N Moore

Word of the week

As you may know, we have a word of the week that we are encouraging students to use and this is being displayed in classrooms and around school. The word for this week was ‘Superfluous’ and we hope that students had plenty of opportunities to use this. The word for next week will be ‘inhibition’.

Students Safety

To ensure the safety of all of our students who travel to school on bikes, we would like to remind students that they must dismount on Fleetwood Road and walk with their bikes to the bike shed. Students have been very sensible recently in crossing the main roads, and I would encourage them to continue to be mindful of the busy roads during the start and end of the school day. Please also ensure your child wears the correct safety equipment.

Please also ensure that they have a secure lock to ensure the safety of their bike, and to use the bike shed provided which is locked from 8.40am to 3pm and not to leave their bike at the front of school.

If your child comes to school on a bike please share the following resources with them on bike safety.


Maths and English Challenge

The winners of the Maths Challenge last fortnight were Hollie Taylor (Year 7) and Ben Porter (Year 8) and the winners of the English Challenge were Kate Duffy (Year 7) and Cameron Pedrick (Year 8). Well done to them.

Answers for last fortnight’s challenge can be found at the link below.


The next Challenges can be found on the link below, students have until next Thursday lunch time to enter.



Mrs Ward’s creative work of the week is awarded to Bailey Massam in Year 11 for his magnificent three-dimensional Kingfisher.


He has created the artwork to represent the destruction of the planet with all the plastic.


GCSE Drama students and those who attend Drama club on Wednesday 3-4pm attended the The Little Theatre on Wednesday to watch the musical ‘Oliver’. It was a fantastic performance and the students were a pleasure to take.

We are already starting to plan our next theatre trip!

Year 11 Drama students performed their Dress Rehearsal to the Year 9 and 10 Drama students this week, for feedback, before their exam on Wednesday 17th October. The stimulus question of ‘What does it feel like to be a 21st Century teenager?’ created the theme for the performances.

Good luck to all Year 11’s next week!


Sports leaders

This week Year 9 students organised and delivered two football competitions for our local primary schools. On Tuesday we hosted the EFC Year 5 Tournament for 11 different schools and on Thursday we hosted a Year 5 and 6 girl’s football tournament with 12 schools attending. The Year 9 students who helped during the week gave an excellent account of themselves and I am sure there will be further opportunities in the near future for them.

As a result of our Sports Leadership Programme the local primary schools have asked if they can play all of their football fixtures and other sports at Stanley High this year. There will be numerous opportunities for students to get involved in Sports Leadership and if this is something they wish to do please advise them to see Mr Smethurst for further information on how to get involved.


In the National Cup our Year 8 and 11 teams were involved in games that both went into extra time. Year 8 won a thrilling game 3-2 with the last kick of the game against a very strong Brownledge St Marys, Preston. However, our Year 11s deserve a special mention for the outstanding performance they displayed in losing to Our Lady’s, Manchester on a penalty shootout. Our Lady’s had won the trophy in Year 9 and of course our Year 11s had been National Champions in Year 7 and 8. In what was a titanic clash the teams could only be separated on a penalty shootout. We wish Our Ladys good luck in the cup competition and our Year 11s will now focus on winning the Sefton Cup in their last year of school.


Our Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 teams played against Christ the King this week. We are pleased to announce there were much improved performances by all year groups but a special mention must go to Year 8 who won a close fought match 3-1.

GCSE Moderation

This week a number of our Year 11 students took part in the Rugby assessment at Stanley High. Pupils from Meols Cop, Christ the King and Birkdale also attended but it was our year 11 students who excelled with some fantastic individual performances.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Monday 15th – Stanley to host GCSE Netball Moderation
  • Tuesday 16th – Year 8 and 9 Football vs Formby High at home
  • Tuesday 16th – Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 Netball at Range High
  • Wednesday 17th – Stanley to host the ear 7 EFC football competition
  • Wednesday 17th – Year 7 and 8 Girls Football at playfootball.net, Thornton
  • Thursday 18th – Year 11 Football vs Meols Cop at home


We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 5th October 2018 was 95.5%.

Congratulations to 8KVE for achieving 100% attendance and 10KD for achieving 99.6% attendance.

Parent/Carer Parent Evening dates

The yearly parent/carers evenings will be taking place on the following dates between 4-7pm. The booking system will open 2 weeks prior to each date and will close the day before. You will be notified nearer the time via GroupCall with details of how you can book your appointments.

  • 15th November 2018 – Year 7
  • 17th January 2019 – Year 11
  • 14th February 2019 – Year 8
  • 14th March 2019 – Year 9
  • 2nd May 2019 – Year 10

Should you need any assistance with booking your appointments or about how to use the system, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

School Term Dates 2018-19

Term Dates 2018-19

Please follow the link to see all available term dates. https://stanleyhigh.co.uk/term-dates/

Online Information and Apps

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