Head's Blog March 2018

Posted on 5th Mar 2018

“If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb” is an old weather proverb that seems very pertinent this year. We started March with heavy snow and very cold temperatures, and so I had to make the difficult decision to close the school for a few days. The most important factor in coming to this decision was the state of the roads, and the importance in making sure that students and staff were not imperilled in their journeys to and from school.

The outcome of our recent Ofsted Inspection has now been published. This positive report rightly celebrates the high standards we have at Stradbroke High School. It is pleasing that inspectors have recognised that we are not complacent and we have continued to improve since their last visit. Some of their comments include:

  • Students feel very safe, are free from bullying and feel listened to.
  • Behaviour and attitudes are exceptionally good.
  • This is a friendly, inclusive school that welcomes pupils from different backgrounds.
  • Improvements have continued since the last inspection and the school is now securely good.
  • The additional capacity provided by joining the Sapientia Education Trust has ensured the school is well on its way to reach its aspiration to become outstanding at the time of its next inspection.
  • Proportions of pupils attaining higher grades are well above average.
  • Outcomes in the key subjects including English, mathematics, humanities and religious education are high.
  • Leaders know the school well and the school is ably led.

As always, Ofsted have noted some next steps for us to work on so that we can continue to build upon our current successes. You can be assured that we are always striving to provide the best educational experiences for your child. I am proud to be Head of School at this amazing school, with such committed staff, impressive students and supportive parents and carers.

This report comes just after the government’s School Performance Tables were published, which confirmed that in 2017 Stradbroke High School was the second highest achieving school in the whole of Suffolk, with 59% of our students attaining grade 5 or above in English and maths.

The Friends of the School (FOSH) recently held their annual scrap metal collection. This event is always very successful, with two large skips being filled with all manner of scrap metal by the local community. In addition, they were able to recycle approximately 20 washing machines and other appliances. This is a great way to raise funds which will be spent directly on students in school. Many thanks to FOSH for their highly valued support which is always appreciated.

Congratulations to two of our students who have recently been featured in the press. Lee Chilvers in Year 11 has created a game app which is proving popular. He taught himself coding and has plans to further develop his skills in this area in the future. Daisy Shearman has secured a place in the cast of the English Youth Ballet Company’s Cinderella in Hollywood. It is always a pleasure to celebrate the successes of our students, both within school, and beyond.

Written by Mr Axtell
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