Welcome back from what I hope was an excellent summer holiday, and welcome to all our new students.
Our new Year 7 have already shown what a great addition they are to the school and the feedback from them has been excellent. A big welcome to our new Year 12 students as well, fresh from their exam success over the summer.
On the subject of examination success, we had another excellent year at A Level, with 84% of students achieving grade C or above. 100% of students moved on to employment, apprenticeships or university places. Our Deputy Head girl, Maisie Frost continued our tradition of students securing a place at Oxbridge - she will be reading Literature at Oxford. Congratulations to all students on their achievements, as their futures look ever brighter.
The improvement journey that I am leading at Stowmarket increases pace as I am delighted to welcome numbers of new staff to our school. We welcome staff to our maths, science, SEN, music, geography and pastoral teams amongst others. In particular, I would like to welcome our new Director of Mathematics, Mr Tom Jacobs. He and his staff are already showing us our investment in them will pay off.
We started the year by talking to the students about happiness, and how, by making small changes to our routines, we can build behaviours and practices that not only lead to good study skills, but make us happier as we take control of our lives. Improvement was the theme, and the students will see key areas of the school that have been hugely improved over the summer, freshly painted corridors along with new flooring replacing some very old and unpleasant carpet
This is going to be a very exciting year at Stowmarket High, and I am so proud of what we are all building. If you would like to come in and see what we are doing, please feel free to make an appointment. If you would like to discuss any issue, I would love to see you – just make an appointment through the main office.
Time now to get on with the job of securing great outcomes for our students, and ensuring that the education they receive here gives every one of them the very best head start for the future.