Headteacher’s update

End of Term

Please note that we will finish for the Easter break on Friday 23rd March at 12.15pm. Should your child be eligible for free school meals and will require a lunch, please let the office know and a packed lunch will be provided.

Year 11 Revision

Please see below the revision timetable for Year 11 students during the spring break. Students will have been informed if they are expected to attend but should your child wish to attend any of the sessions please ask them to speak with the relevant teacher. 

Year 11 Parents meeting

On Tuesday 10th April, we will be holding a meeting for parents from 5-6pm, to provide further information for examination preparation, revision and support for your child. I look forward to seeing you there.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards Evening

I was delighted that so many of our students attended the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Evening on Thursday night, at the Southport Convention Centre. The students were awarded their Silver and Bronze badges during the evening and the Duke of Edinburgh is going from strength to strength at Stanley High. On the evening Lauren Oates and Rebecca Flinn did a fantastic job compering and Jack Sullivan presented a video about his Silver expedition.

A big thanks you to Mr Hooton and all the staff who contribute and give up their time for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

Mr N Moore

Year 9 Parents Evening

On Thursday 22nd March we will be holding our Year 9 Parents Evening, the booking system is open for parents to make their appointments, please follow the link below. Should you have any questions regarding this, please contact the school office who will be happy to assist you. https://stanleyhighschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/

wickedWicked visit

Last Thursday, after a brief scare with the weather, we were fortunate enough to take 80 of our students to the Liverpool Empire to see the West End spectacular ‘Wicked, the Musical’. Set as a prequel to the Wizard of Oz, Wicked tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Elphaba and Glinda who meet as sorcery students and the adventures that set them on the path to their chosen destinies.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the trip and we received some lovely comments from members of the public about how well-mannered and considerate our students were. The first question that was asked when getting back onto the coach to head home was: ‘That was amazing, what are we going to see next?!’ Watch this space! A huge thank you must also go to Mr Winstanley, Miss Cassidy, Miss Cregg, Mrs Bowers and Mr Proffitt who accompanied the students on the visit.

Duke of Edinburgh

Congratulations to the 13 students who completed their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition last weekend. They walked approximately 10 miles each day with a full pack in North Yorkshire between Horton-in-Ribblesdale and Clapham.

Their attitude, determination and good humour in the face of some very trying weather conditions was excellent as the weather was dreadful. It was bitterly cold on Friday night and rained most of Friday night through to Saturday evening. However they overcame the cold and wet conditions to complete the expedition, although spirits were lifted by food, hot chocolate and a warm shower. Sunday was more pleasant weather and a better day all round.

I am sure that this will have fully prepared them for the final expedition next weekend.

Rotary Technology Tournament

On Friday 9th March, 12 talented students from Years 9 and 10 participated in the Rotary Technology Tournament at Greenbank High School. The task was to design and construct a “Space Capsule Launcher” using only the materials provided. Each team of 4 students were fully engaged and worked skilfully to solve the difficulties that arose by experimenting and adapting their ideas.

At the end all teams had great fun demonstrating their launchers by firing balls 3 metres into the air through a hoop.

Well done to all students for showing great ingenuity and enthusiasm, they were a credit to themselves and the school.

Sport ReliefDuring next week, 19th – 23rd March, we will be holding a number of sporting activities to raise money for Sport Relief.

Students will be taking part in a variety of activities during both lunchtimes and PE lesson time that will include a skip challenge, speed stacking and a dance mat challenge culminating in a sports clothes mufti on Friday 23rd.

We hope that as many students as possible can join in and donate a small amount as this is as always, a very worthy fundraiser. Please see members of the PE department for further information.


Mrs Ward’s creative work of the week is awarded to Patricia Gaviovica in Year 7 for her beautiful painting based on colour.

Patricia has used her knowledge about colour to complete this lovely painting. Well Done.


Miss Cassidy’s Year 9 Drama students attended the Little Theatre Southport on the evening of Tuesday 13th to view ‘Blood Brothers’ (The Play) by Willy Russell. The performance was by Southport Dramatic Club’s Youth Theatre and it was exciting to see younger actors presenting such a classic play.

Our GCSE students will be performing extracts from the play in the future as a practice exam performance as well as studying for their written exam.

Southport College Performing Arts students performed to 200 Year 8-10 students on Friday, presenting both Pride and Prejudice and Frankenstein, finishing with a question and answer session with the actors. The performances, as always, were excellent and it was lovely to see some of our ex-students back in school who are now successfully studying Performing Arts at College.

Drama Club

A reminder that Miss Cassidy’s Drama Club has now switched to Tuesday 3-4pm in Room 33. All students are welcome. This week we were exploring characters and scripts from Wicked after watching the fantastic musical at the Liverpool Empire last week.


Mr Fraser and Miss Smithies are delighted with the hard work and commitment demonstrated by our Year 11 students during their GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition practical exams both last week and this.

We would both like to thank the parents for their continued support, the staff who acted as tasters and provided support for individual students on the day, and Mr Pinder for his endless shopping runs and his photographic skills. The 3 course outcomes produced by students were outstanding and have been positively commented upon by a wide range of staff tasters, well done to everybody!


A huge well done to 7X1 on their performances of Hamlet’s soliloquy this week in English. Every student did their very best, and there were some excellent interpretations of the speech. Shakespeare would be proud!

Each fortnight during form time there will a specific spelling and grammar focus for the students. This information is also available online for parents/carers and students should they wish to work on it at home. Please follow the link below to see the fortnightly focus for this half term.



Sefton Football

This week our Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 teams played home fixtures against Meols Cop High. Although the weather again had an impact on the quality of play produced, credit must go to both schools for trying to play football on quite wet and heavy pitches. Year 8 played a number of new players and although these students tried hard they suffered a defeat to a strong Meols Cop team, but nevertheless it will prove great experience for those boys who were playing in their first game. Year 9 were involved in the closest game of the day and unfortunately for them they suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat. Special praise goes to Year 7 for maintaining their outstanding season with another victory by 5 goals to 2, but the performance of the night goes to Year 10 who produced some enthralling football and came out very comfortable winners 11 goals to 2.

Year 8 EFC Football

Stanley High School played host to the Year 8 EFC Football Competition which saw 6 schools including; Birkdale High, Formby High, Scarisbrick Hall, Christ the King High and Range High take part. Some new students played which gave them an opportunity to compete against other schools. What is particularly pleasing with Years 7 and 8 is that every student who has trained has now played competitive fixtures and represented the school. Stanley started the tournament well with a comprehensive win over Scarisbrick Hall but were beaten in the last minute by a strong Formby High.

Sport Relief

Next week Stanley will be honouring Sport Relief by holding a number of challenges during PE lessons but also at lunchtime. Every lunchtime next week will see Speed Stacking Competitions, Skipping Challenges and Trampoline Competitions which will be organised and supported by Year 9 Sports Leaders. During PE lessons our KS3 students will be looking to complete the mile and steps challenge and by the end of next week our Year 7 and 8 students will take part in an inter form Sportshall Athletics Competition.

Sefton Cricket news

With the cricket season about to start after Easter, I am pleased to announce that 3 of our students, who recently attended cricket trials, have now been successful in gaining a place in the Sefton Cricket Team. Well done to Fred, Bellis and Benish.

It looks like our cricket teams might be able to go one step further and win the Lancashire Cup Competition!

Upcoming fixtures

  • Monday 19th March – Year 8 Football vs Formby High at home
  • Monday 19th March – Year 10 Football vs Range High away
  • Wednesday 21st March – Year 7, 9 & 10 vs Holy Family High at home
  • Wednesday 21st March – Year 9, 10 Netball tournament at Formby High
  • Friday 23rd March – Year 7 Basketball Sefton Cup Final second leg at Birkdale High

School Meal Price Increase

Please note that Sefton Catering have informed us that on 1st April 2018 the price of a set school meal will increase from £2.20 to £2.30.


We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 9th March 2018 was 94%.

Parents/Carers Evening dates

The yearly parent/carers evenings will be taking place on the following dates between 4-7pm. The booking system will open on 2 weeks prior to each date and will close the day before. You will be notified of this nearer the time via GroupCall with details of how you can book your appointments. Should you need any assistance with booking your appointments or on how to use the system, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

  • 22nd March 2018 – Year 9
  • 3rd May 2018 – Year 10

School Term Dates

term dates

Extra-Curricular Activities

Please follow the link below to see details of all extra-curricular activities. https://stanleyhigh.co.uk/curriculum/extra-curricular-activities-2/

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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