Headteache’s update

praise week winnersPraise Week

Last week we held our second praise week with the topic being ‘Above and Beyond’. Staff were able to nominate students who they felt had gone above and beyond what would be normal practice.

I am delighted to say that we had 121 names nominated and I am pleased to announce the two winners of a £10 voucher are Walid and Ella who are in Year 10 and 11 respectively.

Well done to both students and well done to all the students who went ‘Above and Beyond’. Each student nominated will receive a certificate.

Year 8 Parents Evening

As usual, it was a delight to see so many parents attending the parents evening last Thursday, despite the very cold weather. I am sure you all found it very helpful for your child moving forward and should you wish to speak further, or were unable to attend, please contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance.

Year 9 Parents Evening

On Thursday 22nd March we will be holding our Year 9 Parents Evening, the booking system is now 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.


Mr N Moore

Apprenticeship Fair – Southport College

This week has been National Careers Week and on Tuesday all of Year 10 and some Year 11 students attended the ‘Apprenticeship Fair’ at Southport College. The event provided students with the opportunity to visit the College and collect some information about apprenticeships, speak to local employers, find out about current vacancies in the area and a chance to talk to current apprentices about their experiences. The students also attended a 15 minute talk from the National Apprenticeship Service about the different apprenticeships available. Also in attendance were local universities who provided advice on their new Degree Level Apprenticeship programmes.

The students were given a wealth of information to help them to begin thinking about their future once they leave Stanley High. The students were a credit to the school and the college commented on how polite and smart they were. Well done to all who attended and thanks to the staff who supported the students on the visit; Mrs Rae, Mr Lock, Mr Lilley, Mr Fraser, Miss Van Eker, Mr Thorpe and Mr Hutchings.

More Able Visits

Five History students went to Runshaw College last Tuesday 27th February with Mr Ben-Ali for the Challenge History GENOCIDE: Perpetrators versus Bystanders debate.

They discussed who was responsible for the deaths of 8 million men, women and children (mainly Jews) during the Second World War. This day aimed to uncover some surprising truths by examining eyewitness evidence and investigating the motives and psychology of both perpetrators and bystanders in one of the most horrific genocides of the 20th century. The students found it to be a valuable experience which would contribute towards their History GCSE.

Five students also attended a workshop at Runshaw College on Monday with Mr Hutchings which focussed on gang culture and how to prevent young people becoming involved in criminal activity.

Five teams were given the task of preparing a presentation on identifying the causes of gang culture and coming up with practical policies to prevent criminal activity in a Dragons Den format. Our team focussed on using sport as a way of engaging young people in meaningful activity and keeping them out of trouble, working in conjunction with schools, parents and local sports clubs to develop skills, friendships and team building opportunities. After the presentation, the groups were interrogated on their ideas and cost implications which encouraged independent thought and problem solving.

Although Stanley didn’t win the challenge they worked cohesively as a group and were able to listen to other proposed ventures with great interest. Lunch was provided and there was a chance to view the facilities at Runshaw College. Well done to Benish, Helena, Danielle, Molly and Liza who all represented themselves and the school impeccably.

Sport Relief

During the week of 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 Vanesa Paulauska in Year 7 for her design plans for her abstract painting based on colour. Vanesa has used the artist Sara Boccaccini Meadows for ideas and inspiration. She used a range of colour related themes to help her designs, examples she has used are tertiary, primary and secondary colours. Well done Vanesa.


On Friday 2nd March, the Year 11 GCSE Drama students performed their scripted scenes for two visiting AQA examiners and were fantastic! Well done to all of the class – students were supportive, committed and most of all really pushed themselves in performance; to do their very best. The examiners congratulated all of them on their performances which were worth 20% of their final GCSE.

On Friday 9th March, Southport College Performing Arts students are presenting 2 performances of Frankenstein and Pride and Prejudice in the main hall. GCSE Drama, Dance and Music students are invited as well as those students in year 8 who have opted for those subjects.


World Book Day

Thursday 1st March saw us celebrating World Book Day here at Stanley. We started off with a quiz during registration (where the staff learned a thing or two about teenage fiction!), then during English lessons students took part in two competitions; to design new book tokens and to design book character balloons. Miss Navin was very impressed by some of the Year 8 work on the balloons, with Winnie the Pooh and Piglet being particular favourites.

Lunchtime saw the judging of the Book in a Box competition by Mr Moore. All of Year 7 and 8 had been given the opportunity to create the world of their favourite book inside a shoebox. We had many entries which covered a wide range of genres and they all looked amazing. Mr Moore couldn’t choose just 3, so we have four prize winners. A huge congratulations to Lulu, Holly, Natasha and Saifullah and a big thank you to Mrs Abram for organising everything!

Alongside all of these competitions, we also had a book character hunt around the school. Miss Navin had hidden 20 images of book characters around the school for Year 7 and 8 to find. The winner of that competition was Esther in 7JF, who found and correctly named all of the characters.

Everyone had a lot of fun and we now need to think how to do even better next year!

RSC Twelfth Night

On Thursday 8th March, a number of our Year 7, 8 and 9 students had the chance to watch a live stream of the recent RSC production of Twelfth Night. Watching the actors such as Adrian Edmundson and Kara Tointon was a real treat and it was good to see a comedy (until now we have only seen tragedies!).

We are hoping to do another of these screenings in April for Macbeth starring Christopher Ecclestone (probably better known as Doctor Who.)

Spelling and Grammar Focus

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.




This week Stanley played a thrilling Year 7 game against Formby High. In a game that ebbed and flowed Stanley came from behind to lead 5-3 before eventually drawing 5 -5. This maintained the unbeaten record of our Year 7 team in the Sefton League and with games still to play against Meols Cop High, Holy Family High and Range High before the Easter break the target for our Year 7 team is to stay unbeaten until the end of the season. Year 7b team will also have fixtures against Scarisbrick Hall and Range High before the Easter break.

Sports Leaders

This week Stanley hosted Year 3 students from 12 schools for a football tournament. The tournament was officiated by our Year 9 Sports Leaders, and their enthusiasm and patience with some of our potential future students were commented on by teachers and parents. Well done on being good role models for Stanley High.

Cross Country

This week Stanley hosted the third and final round of the Sefton Cross Country Championship. After previous rounds at Birkdale Common and Merchant Taylors, Stanley was well placed in some of the team competitions. Our Year 7 Girls have had success this year with top 5 finishes from Chloe Rimmer, but our stand out team again is Year 7 boys who had 4 student’s finishing in the top 15. This is no mean achievement as the races usually consist of over 110 students. Special mention has to go to two students; Ollie Benford and Adam Oakley. Adam finished second in the combined Year 8 and 9 race which is a fantastic achievement as he is a year younger than most of his competitors! Congratulations also to Ollie Benford who provided an excellent sprint finish to win his Year 7 race.

Well done to all our students who took part and well done to our Year 8 Sports Leaders who did a fantastic job marshalling this event.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Monday 12th March – Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 Football home to Meols Cop High
  • Tuesday 13th March – Year 8 EFC Football Tournament at Stanley High
  • Tuesday 13th March – Year 7 Sefton Basketball Final at Deyes High
  • Thursday 15th March – EFC Year 1 Football Tournament at Stanley 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 2nd March 2018 was 94.5%.


Congratulations to 8SB who achieved 100% attendance and 9KD who achieved 88.1% attendance.

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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