Headteacher’s update

Student Leadership Team

I am delighted to announce that following interviews on Tuesday we have appointed the Student Leadership Team for 2019-20. All the students that applied were a credit to themselves and the successful Head Girl and Head Boy are Jess Thorpe and Jamie Ogden. Elizabeth Barton and Igor Zwolinski will be Deputy Head Girl and Boy, and Anna Williams and Mille Mann will be additional members of the Student Leadership Team.

We will also be holding a prefect recruitment process later in the term, so please encourage your child to apply if they are in Year 10.

Friday 24th May 2019

Please be reminded that on Friday 24th May, the school will close at 1.10pm for Year 7-10 students. Year 11 will remain in school for the examination and revision sessions. Please contact the school should this cause any problems for you.

Year 10

World of Work week will commence on 8th July for students who wish to take part in some Work Experience. Students were given a letter and form to complete and this was also groupcalled out. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Lee of Mrs Fraser-Orr should you have any questions.

Year 11

Congratulations to the fantastic start students have had to their examinations, they have all arrived promptly and behaved impeccably, which all helps towards a calm and controlled atmosphere for students entering into the exam rooms as they sit their exams. Next week sees their first Maths paper, second English Literature paper and final RE paper, so please encourage them to continue to work hard, but also to take care of themselves and take plenty of breaks between study sessions.

Please be reminded that revision sessions will continue throughout. Students have been given a timetable detailing when the sessions take place. Should they have any concerns please encourage them to speak with their Subject Teacher, Year Leader or Form Tutor. We will also be holding revision during the May half term; details will follow next week.

Should you have any questions yourself, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Mr N Moore

Rocket Club

Stanley High School Rocket Club had its first pre-launch test on Wednesday with real fuel powered motors. The students have been working extremely hard building their rockets over the last few months and all the hard work paid off with a fantastic display of successful launches.

Some of our rockets were reaching altitudes of 60 – 70m and the students thoroughly enjoyed, not only the pre-launch test run but the making and designing of them in the classroom.

A big thank you to Miss Greenwood and Mr Black for the supervision of this event and ensuring it all ran smoothly.

The students are now preparing to return to the classroom and look at improving the aerodynamics of each rocket so that they gain greater altitude in our next launch afternoon.

Year 7

The Giant Sunflower growing competition is underway. Year 7 students have been busy planting sunflower seeds this week. They have offered donations to be sent to the Hospice Foundation in exchange for a pot, compost and seeds. We are eagerly awaiting the first seedlings and then will continue to watch them grow into giant monsters. Students will work on a rota to visit the polytunnel at lunchtimes to help water and care for the plants.
Who will win the competition? After the competition finishes on the 12th July students are welcome to take their sunflowers home and plant it elsewhere or we will donate them to people in the community who might wish to add a ray of sunshine to their garden.

Thank you to all parents who have supported this venture by supplying the donation.


The Art department would like to wish Year 11 students all the best with the rest of their exams. They have now completed their Art GCSE and there are some very exciting and interesting final pieces as per the examples below.

Well done Year 11 from Mrs Ward and Mrs McAlister.


Blood Brothers Workshop with Professional Actor Mike Southern

Miss Cassidy’s Year 9 and 10 GCSE Drama students took part in a full day workshop with West End Blood Brothers actor Mike Southern (who played the character of Sammy).
It was a fantastic day led fully by Mike who has worked with our GCSE students in previous years. Students played warm-up games to get into character, rehearsed and performed ensemble performances with Mike’s direction and had 1 to 1 direction on key duologue scenes from the play.

All of the students will write about Blood Brothers in their final GCSE written exam so this workshop was invaluable, memorable as well as plenty of fun!

The students will be going to the Liverpool Empire Theatre in September to watch Blood Brothers, so this was a taster to keep everyone excited! A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all and Mike was blown away at the energy and concentration of the students and is looking forward to returning.


Boccia and Curling Competition

Boccia and Curling Competition

On Tuesday 14th May Stanley High hosted the North Sefton KS3/4 Boccia and Curling competition. We had 3 schools competing in this event Stanley, Christ the King and Peterhouse School. Can I please congratulate Penny, Marcus, Bartos and Charlotte who represented Stanley High in this competition. The team came runners up in the Boccia and achieved a third place in the Curling. Christ the King went on to be the winners of the Boccia and Peterhouse won the Curling. They all showed great determination and teamwork throughout their games. Congratulations and well done.


We played our first Rounders matches of the season on Wednesday night against Greenbank and Meols Cop High.

The results were pleasing, which gives students lots of encouragement going into the tournament which will be held at Stanley next half term. Year 7 and 8 won both their games with comprehensive victories; displaying both excellent batting and fielding techniques.
Our Year 9 team just fell short against both Meols Cop and Greenbank but Year 10 had an excellent victory against Meols Cop and were involved in the match of the night against Greenbank before losing to half a rounder.

Well done to all the girls who participated – please continue to attend extra-curricular practice.


Dance auditions took place this week for the Wally Cain Dance Festival. Should your child not be successful we encourage them to continue to attend practices as there are other competitions and festivals which are taking place before the summer holidays in which the entry number for students taking part is higher than that of Wally Cain.

Wally Cain Dance rehearsals will be taking place on Wednesday and Friday next week.

Cross Country

Next week is the Victoria Mile Road Race at Victoria Park. Previously we have won several of the team races plus have had numerous individual winners and hope to be as successful this year. If you are interested in representing the school, please see a member of the PE department to collect the details for your time of the race on Wednesday 22nd May.

Sports Leaders

On Thursday 23rd May, Stanley will be hosting up to 20 primary schools with students from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 who will be participating in the Sefton Cross Country Championships. The PE department will require a number of sports leaders to be marshals, and runners to act as pacemakers. Please see a member of the PE department if you are interested in helping out at this event.


Cricket practice continues this half term and we are fortunate that we are able to use Fleetwood Hesketh for both training and matches. An additional benefit is that our students have received coaching from both Greg Pennington (Lancashire Cricket) and the Overseas Professional Cricketer from South Africa which is undoubtedly going to help our students continue to progress. Year 8 and 9 students have had matches against Hutton Grammar School and Archbishop Temple this week and although they were on the wrong side of the results, this means our students will go into the Lancashire Plate competition. This is a competition which our students have either won or reached the final in the last 4 years. We have also have organised some cricket festivals to be played at Fleetwood Hesketh with the Southport and Formby Schools; Year 7 is next week, with Years 8 and 9 to follow after half term.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Tuesday 21st May Girls Year 7 – 10 Basketball Tournament at Meols Cop High 1–4pm
  • Wednesday 22nd May Year 7 Southport and Formby Cricket Tournament at Fleetwood Hesketh 1-4pm
    Victoria Park Road Races 6pm onwards
  • Thursday 23rd May Sefton Primary Schools Cross Country Championships at Stanley High

Please refer to our extra-curricular timetable for additional activities during lunchtime and after school.

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 ‘encapsulate’ and we hope that students had plenty of opportunities to use this.

The word for week commencing 20th May will be ‘allegation’ – noun; “a claim or assertion that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically one made without proof.”

Maths and English Fortnightly Challenge

Well done to Tyler Lydiate 7JF who got the Maths Fortnightly Challenge correct last time. Please encourage your children to get involved and even have a look and have a go yourself!

Please click on the link below to see the current challenge and the answers to all the previous challenges.


Extra-Curricular Activities

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

School Term Dates

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


We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 10th May 2019 was 93.2%.


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