Headteacher’s update

Open Morning/Afternoons

The tours this week have yet again been very well attended by potential parents/carers. It is a delight to walk prospective parents around school to show them the wonderful school environment and calm atmosphere and to enable them to see the students and staff at work.

We have two further dates available for tours next week, as below.

  • Wednesday 3rd October – 9.15am
  • Thursday 4th October – 1.15pm

To make an appointment for a tour, please telephone the school office on 01704 228940 or email enquiries@stanleyhigh.co.uk.


Year 7 students continue with their bikeability training on Monday 1st October at 8.45am. Please ensure that your child has the correct clothing, along with their bike and helmet for their allocated time slot. Over the next two weeks 63 students will take part in this annual training event.

Safety is paramount for us as students ride to school and as they approach the school entrance. It is fabulous to see so many students engaging in this opportunity.

Year 7 Parent/Carers Meeting

We held a meeting for Year 7 parent/carers on Thursday evening which included a short address by Mrs Urquhart and myself. There was a chance to meet with form tutors and to take a guided tour around the school. There was also a second meeting regarding information for the Colomendy visit which takes place next weekend.

It was fantastic to see so many parent/carers in attendance and I hope they felt that the evening was helpful in their child’s transition to High School.

Year 11 Prep for GCSE Meeting

On Tuesday 9th October we will be holding a meeting for parent/carers and students in preparation for the upcoming study towards their GCSE Examinations. The focus will be on English, Maths and Science but there will also be college representatives in attendance should you have any questions regarding them moving on to further education. We look forward to seeing you all there, the meeting will start at 6pm in the Main Hall.

Mr N Moore

Enrichment Day

On Wednesday, we had our first Enrichment Day of the year, and for Year 7, 8, 9 and 10, the theme was centred around positive mental health, discussing PERMA from the Positive Psychology framework. The students focused on the 5 strands of PERMA: Positivity, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment, to discuss how our well-being can be managed through these aspects of our lives.

As part of one of the sessions, Year 7 received a presentation from Greg Dunnings, a former soldier from the Coldstream Guards who had served in Afghanistan. Greg told the students about his experiences, and how his positivity and resilience overcame horrific injuries to win gold and silver medals at the Invictus Games, to win Strongman competitions in both Preston and Bolton and now be a serving firefighter for the Lancashire Fire Service.

Year 9 also received a performance from Ginificent about road safety and the importance of keeping safe around traffic, and use of mobile phones at these times. All of the students showed excellent engagement in the sessions, and many comments were made from the visitors in school about their behaviour and conduct.

Year 11 students were involved in a College Carousel, a Study Skills Workshop and a ‘How to write a Personal Statement’ session. The aim of the day was to help the students make some important decisions about their options for when they leave Stanley and to prepare them for their final GCSE exams. During the morning, students attended talks delivered by Myerscough College, Southport College, King George V College, National Apprenticeships and Edge Hill University.

In the afternoon, students took part in a Study Skills workshop; a session on how to write a personal statement delivered by Runshaw College and finally a session using Kudos, a computer programme that helps students explore possible future careers. Congratulations to all the Year 11 students on their excellent behaviour and engagement during the day.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

We had a fantastic morning hosting our annual Macmillan coffee morning and we thank students, parent/carers and staff for their amazing efforts that made this year even better than last year.

We invited parent/carers, grandparents and members of the local community to join us for
refreshments from 10am to 12 noon and were delighted with the fantastic turnout and the
many donations of cakes, both homemade and shop bought.

Staff held a competition for the best cake and the winners were Mrs Coggins, Mrs Abram and Mrs Bracken. Congratulations ladies; bigger and better next year and maybe an offering from the male members of staff?!

Thank you once again for the fantastic support and participation to raise funds for this fantastic cause.

We have raised over £300 so far, final amount and photos next week.

English and Maths Challenge

We are currently running a fortnightly challenge for students in Years 7 and 8 in both Maths and English. The challenges are placed on the doors of Mr Hooton (Room 2) and Miss Navin (Room 11), as well as being available on the school website and on the link. https://stanleyhigh.co.uk/fortnightly-challenges/

For students to enter the competition, they need to write their answers, their name and form on a piece of paper and hand it in to Mr Hooton before Friday 5 October. Each fortnight prizes are available and a huge well done to Ben Porter in Year 8, who won last fortnight’s challenge.


Mrs Ward’s creative work of the week is awarded to her Year 10 GCSE Art class for their professional summer art homework booklets.

Students have included photographs they have taken themselves, artists research pages with paintings and they are going to use this research to develop their own final pieces.


Miss Cassidy’s Year 10 and 11 GCSE Drama students were involved in an LMA Acting Workshop on Monday with visiting tutors from the College/University where they explored differences between acting for TV and Theatre. The students were fantastic and really enjoyed the afternoon.

The visiting Actor/Tutor was blown away by how well all of the students performed and worked through the afternoon – well done everyone! Students are reminded to take a look at the college courses on offer at lma.ac.uk.


National Poetry Day will take place on Thursday 4th October and the theme this year is ‘Change’. Students are tasked with writing a poem with the title ‘Change’. The poem can be linked to the title in any way, it can be hand written or typed, does not need to rhyme but should be no longer than 15 lines long.

The deadline to submit entries is Thursday 4th October please give them to Mrs Abram in Room 9.


Year 11 maths revision will take place every Monday from 3pm – 4pm, classes and rooms as below.
11X1/11Y1 Lecture Theatre 11X2/11Y2 Room 3 and 4 11X3/11Y3 Room 16.

Year 11 GCSE maths mock exams will be taking place on the following dates:

  • Monday 1st October paper 1
  • Tuesday 2nd October paper 2
  • Wednesday 3rd October paper 3

Should your child feel they need help or advice please ask them to speak with their Maths teacher or Ms Waltho.



Year 7 have continued in their fabulous start to the new season with another impressive victory against Meols Cop.  The performances of all students who represented the school in both A and B teams has been excellent and a massive thank you to our older students who have assisted with the coaching and refereeing of games.

Stanley A have won two out of two defeating Scarisbrick 5-1 and Meols Cop 7-3 and the B team narrowly lost 3-1 against Meols Cop in a very competitive game.

Year 8 have had a tough start to the season with two consecutive defeats against a very strong Birkdale team and a very athletic Meols Cop team. There have been some excellent individual performances and I am sure with upcoming games they will turn the defeats into victories.

Year 9 have opened up their campaign with an excellent winning performance against Meols Cop and there were plenty of positive signs with the EFC tournament coming up next week at Stanley.

PE GCSE Moderation

The next 3 Mondays will see Stanley host GCSE moderation for football, rugby and netball for our Year 11 students alongside students from Meols Cop, Birkdale and Christ the King. This is invaluable preparation for their practical assessment, which take place in the New Year, and we wish all of our students the best of luck.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Monday 1st October – Stanley hosting a Primary League Football Tournament
  • Monday 1st October – GCSE football moderation Year 11
  • Tuesday 2nd October – Stanley hosting a Primary League Football Tournament
  • Tuesday 2nd October – Year 7 A and B, 8 and 9 Football vs St Mary’s at home
  • Tuesday 2nd October – Netball for all years at Scarisbrick Hall
  • Wednesday 3rd October – Stanley hosting a Primary League Football Tournament
  • Wednesday 3rd October – Year 9 EFC Football competition at home
  • Thursday 4th October – Stanley hosting a Primary League Football Tournament
  • Thursday 4th October – Year 8 National Cup Football vs St Mary’s at home
  • Thursday 4th October – Year 10 and 11 Football vs St Mary’s at home


There was a fantastic attendance at our ‘Technology Tuesday’ for Year 7’s afterschool club from 3-4pm. Students from 7CS came back to make a passive speaker with Mr Pinder. All Year 7 students are welcome to join in the fun so please encourage them to attend.

Technology Tuesday catch-up sessions also had another good attendance from Year 11 this week. Please can you encourage your them to attend if they study a technology subject. Technology Tuesday runs from 3-4pm every week in R44/R46.


We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 21st September 2018 was 94.9%.

attendance 28 September 2018

Congratulations to 8MG for achieving 99.2% attendance, 9SC for 100% attendance and 11JR and 11VW for achieving 99.3% 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

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

Term Dates 2018-19

Extra-Curricular Activities

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

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