Headteacher’s update
The next PTA meeting will take place on Wednesday 7th December at 7pm in the school hall.  Please come and join us if you feel you can help the school in any way with either fundraising or volunteering your time at one of the monthly car boot sales.  All funds raised will go to supporting the students.

Please be reminded that there will be a Parent/Carer forum on Thursday 8th December at 6pm in the school hall, please ensure you forward any questions you have in advance to the enquiries email address.

We are working hard to improve attendance in school, as regular attendance is the key to attainment and ensures that every student gets the most from their time in school. With the cold, dark mornings, it is more important that students realise the importance of good attendance and the impact it can have missing lessons over their time here at Stanley.  I would like to thank parents for their support in promoting good attendance with their children.

  • Attendance at 90% = half a day missed every week
  • Attendance at 90% for 1 school year = 4 weeks lessons missed
  • Attendance at 90% over 5 years at Stanley High School = half a year missed

Christmas Jumper Day
On Friday 16th December we will be taking part in a Christmas jumper day to raise funds for Save the Children.  Staff and students will be encouraged to wear a Christmas themed jumper on the day and we would ask that a minimum donation of £1 be given. It will be expected that students will have their full uniform on with the jumper as a replacement for their blazer.

Christmas Jumper Day

This will be a festive start to the Christmas season and we hope that you will encourage your child to take part to raise vital funds for this worthwhile cause.

Christmas Lunch
On Wednesday 14th December the school canteen will be serving a traditional festive lunch with all the trimmings, including Christmas pudding or a mince pie for £2.20.

From 28th November to 20th December a ‘Merry Xmas Panini’ will be available each day for £2.00 and from 12th to 16th December a ‘Star Shortbread & Satsuma’ will be available each day for 75p.

Christmas Extravaganza
On Monday 19th December at 1.30pm we will be holding our annual Christmas concert for local senior citizens and parents and grandparents of the cast performing.  We will have a variety of Christmas themed musical items, as well as some drama performances and dance displays.

Students are busy rehearsing in Drama, Dance and Music and we want to give a huge thanks to Miss Cassidy, Miss Cregg and Mr Winstanley for their hard work and dedication towards these productions.

Letters have been sent home this week inviting parents and grandparents, so if your child is taking part and you wish to attend, please contact the school via email or telephone to reserve your seat.

Maths Christmas Advent Calendar
This week the Maths department launched an advent calendar competition. Please encourage students to get involved and to see Mr Hooton with any questions they might have.

Each answer will give them the next room number for the next clue and they should start at Room 1.

Year 7 update

southport-logo-three-colourYear 7 Christmas Appeal.  Thank you to all parents/carers who have sent in items for the Foodbank Christmas appeal, they are very much appreciated.  Our appeal runs until the 9th December and on the 12th December the Year 7 form reps will take the donations to the Foodbank accompanied by Mrs Urquhart.

Credit Challenge

Year 7 students were given a challenge in September to reach 7,000 credits before 20th December.  They have been working hard to achieve that total and so far to date they are on 6,131.  Please continue to encourage your child to work hard and complete all homework so that as a year group we can work together to reach our target.

Please also look out for 100% certificates and credit total certificates next week. Check in the depths of your child’s bag!

Beautiful Advent
During December we are asking Year 7 to follow our ‘Beautiful Advent’ Challenge. Each day a new act of kindness will be ‘opened’ on the Year 7 Notice board Advent Calendar. Our motto for this challenge is “Every act of kindness grows the spirit and strengthens the soul”.


This week Mrs Ward’s creative work of the week has been awarded to Izabela Grelecka in Year 8 for her stunning pen drawing. This piece of work clearly shows the skill Izabela has developed using a range of different coloured biro’s.  This particular drawing is for a project we are working on called creepy crawlies and is being used to inspire other students to start developing designs for their own insects.


Year 9 and 10 GCSE Drama students, accompanied by Miss Cassidy, visited the Little Theatre for a tour of the building, stage and backstage. It was an opportunity for students to understand the workings of a theatre as a business as well as a performance space. For many of our students this was their first tour behind the scenes and an exciting chance to see what the actors see backstage.

Some students at Stanley are already part of the Youth group at the theatre and have performed in recent shows such as ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Our Day Out’. Their upcoming pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ is also starring GCSE Drama student Jack Chapman.

Linguist of the Week
This week’s award goes to Keaton Bowers who has been nominated by Mrs Lee for his consistently excellent standard of work in German. His attitude to learning is fantastic and Mrs Lee has been pleased with how his German has developed since September.

Sports News

During the winter months students wear base layers underneath their PE kit to help keep them warm, these can either be black or white.

y9-g-badmintonYear 9 Girls Badminton

Students recently competed in a Centre Parcs tournament held at Stanley High, the girls played with great skill and enthusiasm and finished as runners up and should be congratulated.



Year 8 recently played in a tournament at Formby High and have started the season with 3 fine results, again our students played with great determination and remain undefeated.

Stanley High won 6- 2 against Formby High, 8 – 4 against Christ the King and drew 6 – 6 against Meols Cop.

Well done to Year 8 who have started the season impressively and are looking to match the success of Year 7 who last week were joint winners alongside Birkdale High School.

We are currently still awaiting the photographs taken at the Chance2Dance Festival in Blackpool in November, when they arrive we will make students aware.

In the Year 9 National Cup we beat Wright Robinson, Manchester 7-0 to reach the final stages of the cup. The Year 10 team beat Alsop High 2-0 to reach the last 16 in the National Cup. Finally Year 7 beat Altrincham Grammar 3-0 to reach the last 16 of the National Cup. Well done to these 3 teams who have had a wonderful season so far.

Year 7 and 8 practice took place this week and the players of the session are Rebecca Bamber and Shannon Brown, well done girls and keep up the hard work. Netball matches will re-commence after the Christmas break.

y9-rugbyYear 9 Rugby
Students recently took part in a Merseyside emerging schools festival playing and producing rugby of an excellent standard which ensured a win in all of the games.

Stanley High won 20-0 against Calderstones, 15-5 against Hilbre, 20-5 against St Augustines, 20-0 against Woodchurch and 15-0 against Ridgeway. Well done boys, excellent results.

Next week’s fixtures

Tuesday 6thDecember
Year 9 Basketball tournament at home

Wednesday 7thDecember
KS4 Girls Badminton tournament at home

Thursday 8th December
Year 7/8 Futsal tournament at Formby High

We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 25th November was 93.7%.

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