Headteacher’s update

Praise week

Last week we held our first praise week of 2019 and I am once again pleased with the number of students nominated for ‘going above and beyond’ their normal day to day politeness. All students will receive a certificate and I am delighted to say that Lottie Pike in Year 10 and Hollie Hunt in Year 7 are the proud recipients of a £10 voucher. Well done to all and keep up the good work.

Love my Community

Today we held our annual Southport Learning Partnership ‘Love my Community’ day, where students took part in a ‘Go Orange Day’ for Muscular Dystrophy. Students were asked to wear something orange for a donation to charity; suggested minimum donation of £1.00.

We are very thankful for the student’s participation in these events and as always, we know that the charities are grateful for every penny raised.

Year 11

Year 11 student’s revision timetable during the half term break is available on the link below, the timetable was issued to students last week. Please encourage your child to attend as this extra study time is vital in helping the students to be prepared for their exams. Students must enter via the back entrance as the front of school will be closed due to the roofing works.

Year 11 Mock Exams commence weeks commencing 25th February and 4th March. Please click on the link below to see the mock timetable.


Year 8

We held our Year 8 Parents/Carers evening last night and as always it was fantastic to see so many attend. If you were unable to attend and wish to ask any questions, please contact the school via the enquiries email or by telephone. Please speak with the Form Tutor or Year Leader.

If students are still unsure about what options to choose, please advise them to speak with their Form Tutor, Year Leader or Subject Teacher for further guidance. The Options Book is available online at the link below and please ensure the form is returned to the school office by Monday 4th March 2019.



On Thursday 21st March we will be holding a Dance Competition at 7pm in the School Hall. Tickets will be available from the Finance office or School Reception from Friday 1st March, at a cost of £3 each.

Students have been working hard for a number of weeks in preparation and I am sure it will be a fantastic event. We look forward to seeing you there on the night.

Whole School Assembly

This morning I spoke with all students to praise them on their efforts, determination and engagement this term. I also took this opportunity to remind students about the high standards we expect here at Stanley High School, particularly related to uniform, good manners and conduct.

I would like to wish all students, staff, parents/carers and governors an enjoyable half term break and please remember that school will re-open on Monday 25th September at 8.40am.

Mr N Moore

Duke of Edinburgh

This year’s Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is well under way with a large cohort following both the Bronze and Silver Award.

Last Sunday, 18 Year 10 students undertook a Training Day for their Silver Expedition. They revised their navigation and campcraft skills, discussed the impact of walking for the “extra day” (Silver expedition is for three days and two nights – Bronze is two days, one night) and the effect it has on things to bring, particularly food, and underwent extensive training on what to do in an emergency – hopefully they won’t need to put that into action!!!!

Meanwhile, we have 40 Year 9 students regularly attending training sessions for their Bronze Expedition after school on Friday evenings. They have completed their map-reading and route-planning activities and are currently organising their walking groups.

Finally, last year’s participants will be invited to a Presentation Evening at 7pm on Thursday 28th March at the Southport Theatre. Students involved will be given details of this prestigious event on their return after half term.

Exam Invigilators

We are looking to appoint some exam invigilators to ensure the running of the GCSE Examinations is done to the highest standards. The main duties are as below, but please follow the link to read the full job details. https://stanleyhigh.co.uk/vacancies/#exam

  • Setting up exam rooms
  • Supervising entry and exit of candidates
  • Giving out information
  • Distributing and collecting exam materials
  • Taking attendance registers
  • Supervising the exam
  • Completing documentation

Word of the week

As you may know, we have a word of the week that we encourage students to use during their day to day learning and each week the word will be displayed in classrooms and around school. The word for this week was ‘pretentious’ and we hope that students had plenty of opportunities to use this. The word for week commencing 25th February will be ‘engross ’.

Maths and English Challenge

The next challenge can be found on the link below, students have until Thursday lunch time to enter. Please encourage your child to get involved and even have a go yourself! The link below shows the new challenge and the answers to all the previous challenges. https://stanleyhigh.co.uk/fortnightly-challenges/


Mrs Ward’ s creative work of the week goes to Sophie  in Year 9 for her electronic character design.

Sophie has been working on experiments with watercolours and inks in lesson to develop her skills and has been sketching out character designs and plans. She has then developed these designs working on her own software at home.

Well done Sophie I cannot wait to see the next designs.

Wayfarers Arcade visit

5 Year 10 students from the more able cohort for Art had the opportunity today to draw on location in Wayfarers Arcade. This was to plan and prepare work for a public exhibition to celebrate the 120th birthday of the iconic building. The students were accompanied by Mrs McAlister and Mrs Coggins.

All students behaved exceptionally and were a credit to the school and the weather could not have been better to highlight the intricate ceiling and surroundings and the students did some fantastic drawings.


Congratulations to Miss Cassidy’s Year 9 Drama class who performed their ‘Theatre in Education’ performances to 70 Year 7 students this week.

They have shown fantastic teamwork this half term in planning, rehearsing, improving and performing the plotlines targeted to a Year 7 age group and aimed to highlight life choices and consequences.

Technology – Food

Year 9 Food students Holly, Charlie and Louis took part in the Southport College “Cake off” competition last week which gave them valuable experience of working in an industrial catering environment. The judges commented on the very high professional standards this year, so well done to all students for being a credit to the school and themselves.

Special congratulations to Louis who, with his own 5 layered creation “The Neapolitan Surprise”, won 2nd prize.


Sportshall Athletics

Our Year 7 and 8 boy’s teams finished runners up to Birkdale in the recent Sportshall Athletics competition at Greenbank High. The students participated in a number of track races and field activities which included Speed Bounce, Vertical Jump, Long Jump, Shot and Triple Jump. Our students excelled in a number of activities but special mention has to go to Thomas Walsh and Oskar Rosenblatt who won all 5 activities they were involved in.

Football News

Football fixtures will commence in the Sefton League after half term and our Year 7, 8 and 9 teams will have a chance to compete at Liverpool Academy with Stanley hosting tournaments each week at our site with the winners representing North Sefton at Liverpool Academy. Our girls Year 7/8 team and 9/10 team will have a final opportunity to win the Sefton Cup. If recent results are anything to go by then both squads have an excellent chance after winning several tournaments this year.

Sports Leaders

Sports LeadersA massive thank you to all the Sports Leaders who have helped with both our primaries and the younger students at Stanley. This week our Year 9 and 10 Sports Leaders helped with another Gymnastics competition for Year 3 and 4 students at Stanley. Teams from Larkfield, Kew Woods, Farnborough, Our Lady of Compassion Primaries and eventual winners Scarisbrick Hall Primary participated in an afternoon of floor and vaulting and our students, under the guidance of Kevin Corcoran of Marshside Gymnastics Club, helped score, judge and organise the competition.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Tuesday 26th February – Year 7/8 Girls Football Tournament at Netherton Goals
  • Wednesday 27th February – Year 8 Football game at home to Meols Cop High
  • Wednesday 27th February – Year 11 GCSE Athletics Moderation at Litherland High
  • Thursday 28th February – Year 11 level 2 Handball Competition at home


We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 8th February 2019 was 93.2%.

Congratulations to 8AWI for achieving 99.1% attendance.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Please follow the link below to see details of all extra-curricular activities.


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.

  • 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

If you have changed your email address or any other contact details please let the office know by emailing. You can also follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/stanleyhighsouthport/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/shs1952 to keep up to date with events and activities in school.

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