Mrs Millar's Blog September 2019Posted on 5th Sep 2019
Welcome to the start of the school year. We have just celebrated another set of outstanding GCSE results with a record number of top grade 8s and 9s achieved by the students. Once again, we are one of the highest performing schools in Suffolk. We are very proud of our students’ achievements and wish them well for the next stage of their educational journey.
It was lovely to address the whole school assembly on Wednesday morning and look out at the fresh faces ready to tackle another busy year at school. Year 11 have the pressure of preparing for their exams, which will be upon them very quickly in the form of mocks in English in just a few weeks and then the mock week in November. We are confident that with continued hard work they will do extremely well.
Along with welcoming the students, we have also welcomed several new staff:
Mrs Jones – SENDCo
Miss Street – Maths
Mr Powers – Maths
Mr Meeson – Head of DT
Mr Watson – MFL
Miss Hurrell – Drama
Mrs Seeman – Science and Assistant Head of House (Dove)
Ms Proctor – DT Technician
We are very excited for them to join the school and know that everyone will make them feel welcome and help settle them in.
I was very proud of Year 7 yesterday; they coped with their first day at high school with incredible resilience. They were keen to get “stuck into” their learning and have already made new friends. I know they will quickly find their feet and will be confident around school.
Our new student leadership structure is now in place led by our Head Boy (Alex Stephenson) and Head Girl (Hettie Bright). There are opportunities for students in all years to get involved as a Senior Prefect, Prefect, House Captain, Form Captain or Sports Captain, to name just a few roles. All students can also join the School Council to ensure their voice is heard in shaping the school’s journey.
On Sunday, from 10 - 3 we will host our annual CARnival organised by FOSH (Friends of Stradbroke High School). We are very grateful for the support we receive from FOSH and for the hard work they, as volunteers, put into supporting the school. If you have the opportunity, please do come along. There really is something for everyone. Fingers crossed for a dry day!
The school may have had a change of leadership, but the drive and determination to ensure the students have the best possible education, varied and interesting extra-curricular opportunities and outstanding pastoral support remains the same. Student success is not seen in isolation as just academic achievement. It is also about young people being nurtured and supported to achieve socially and become well rounded members of society. I am delighted to be the Head of School, working with Mrs Fisher as Executive Headteacher. Together, with the rest of the senior leadership team, we will work with you and the students to make sure every one of them achieves their full potential.
It will no doubt be another busy (and at times crazy) year, but the youthful enthusiasm of the students, and the knowledge that they have the potential to achieve whatever they put their minds to, is all the motivation I need.