Headteacher’s Update

Option Assemblies
Year 8 students have been receiving guidance regarding options in assemblies for the last two weeks from subject leaders. There will be an Information, Advice and Guidance evening for parents on Wednesday 8th February at 6pm where parents and carers will receive a presentation outlining the option process, there will also be opportunities to talk to subject leaders about the course content and assessments for options and the core subjects.

Year 11 revision
Year 11 revision has begun after school and I have been delighted with the engagement and attitude of our students, moving forward this time in preparing for their summer exams. Please can parents and carers continue to ensure children attend? Please see the timetable for revision below.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Science Maths English Option subjects All subjects

Parent/Carer Forum
I was pleased to see so many parents and carers at the last forum before Christmas and look forward to the next one which will be held on Thursday 2nd February at 6pm. If you have any questions you would like to ask, please email enquiries@stanleyhigh.co.uk in advance of the meeting.

Attendance and Punctuality
Following my recent attendance assemblies, I am delighted that attendance and punctuality have shown a marked improvement across the school. Can I thank parents and carers for continuing to support your child and the school in ensuring good attendance and punctuality.

Southport Learning Partnership ‘Love my Community’
Our school is part of the Southport Learning Partnership where we work together with other schools on joint projects. Last year Southport Schools joined together to collect for the local foodbank with astonishing success and we are hoping to repeat this success on Thursday 9th February with a second ‘Love my Community’ event called ‘Odd Shoes for Queenscourt’; further details will follow.

Mr N Moore

Year 7

On Monday 6th March Year 7 students will be taking part in a collapsed timetable day which will be led by an outside agency called Careers Connect. This is part of the Reach for the Future programme and students will engage in tasks around 4 C’s of Confidence, Control, Commitment and Challenge. The day has a view to increase student’s mental toughness and resilience both in and around school, and for the future towards further Education and beyond.

Paralympian Visit

On Friday 20th January Rik Warden, GB Paralympic cyclist visited Stanley High to work with a selected group of Year 8 students. The visit was organised by Mike Smethurst, School Games Organiser through the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme.

Rik was fresh from winning a bronze medal in the World Road Race Championships in Spain.

Throughout Rik’s visit he delivered theory lessons on the 6 keys to success and also practical sessions that were focused on teamwork and communication.


This week Mrs Ward’s creative work of the week is awarded to Emily Walsh for her A1 Artist research board based on Jessa Hueing Reisinger.

Emily Walsh's A1 Artist research board based on Jessa Hueing Reisinger
Emily Walsh’s A1 Artist research board based on Jessa Hueing Reisinger

Emily thinks that Jessa is an amazing artist and has copied her work and enjoys how she has her own unique individual techniques particularly using shadows to make the insect stand out with the colours. Emily said that Jessa had inspired her to do her own paintings using the same techniques.

alexdaviessmithMrs McAlister was also very impressed with Alex Davies-Smith who handed his Art homework in early this week, it was a 2 week project to make a collage of an imaginative bird using found materials.

Alex has used a variety of materials and produced a very colourful and quite impressive bird.




Following the Year 11 students completing their International Cuisine controlled assessment last week, please see below some more examples of the fantastic dishes the students produced.

Both Mr Fraser and Miss Smithies were exceptionally proud of the students and the amazing meals they created.


Drama GCSE students enjoyed an outstanding 1 day ‘Blood Brothers’ Workshop last Friday delivered by the actor Mike Southern, who played the character of ‘Sammy’ in the National Touring ‘Blood Brothers’ for 11 years.

Students took part in a wide range of warm up games, whole class performance of key scenes, ranging from playing children to teens to adults, as well as experiencing a masterclass in how to perform key scenes from the script.


Year 10 students are currently rehearsing scenes from ‘Blood Brothers’ for their scripted performances, this certainly gave them the inspiration to create their roles and perform with confidence.  Mike was impressed with the acting ability of our students as well as their energy and enthusiasm – well done everyone!

Duke of Edinburgh

40 Year 9 students have enrolled for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award this year and 27 Year 10 students have progressed to do the Silver Award therefore we have a record 67 students taking part in our D of E programme this year which is fantastic, no doubt the students will find it an exceptional learning experience. Should you have any queries regarding the Doe please contact Mr Hooton at school?

Linguist of the Week

This week’s award goes to Izabela Grodecki in Year 8.  Izabela has been nominated because she works very hard in class, improving her own Spanish, as well as helping other students with their work.  She also performed very well in her recent speaking assessment. Well done, Izabela! 

Sports News

On Wednesday Stanley High hosted the North Sefton Year 10 Handball competition. It was the first time the Year 10 team had played in a handball competition and the teamwork they showed was excellent, finishing 4th in a tight competition. Stanley will be hosting another handball competition after February half term where the team will aim to improve on their 4th place position.

On Wednesday Penfield School also visited Stanley for a Football fixture. A team of Year 10 students played in a thoroughly entertaining game where the emphasis was on participation. The students involved were a credit to the school in their attitude towards their opposition.


We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 20th January 2017 was 94.1%.


Congratulations to 7CRL and 8MEM for achieving 99% attendance, 8WAE for achieving 99.2% and 10WAJ for achieving 100% attendance.

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