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I am incredibly fortunate to be taking over the leadership of the Academy at a very exciting time. Not only is our performance now consistently high but we also achieved a great result in our Ofsted Inspection in the spring term and at the end of July we were one of only six schools in Somerset to be named in the top 25% of all schools nationally in the ‘Real Schools Guide’ (available at

I have spent the majority of my life living in South Somerset and three years ago made the decision to move into the Stanchester catchment area to ensure that in the future my own children would smoothly transfer with their peers from an excellent primary education to what was clearly becoming “the school to watch”. My absolute core values lie in my belief that every child, regardless of background or ‘location’ deserves the very best opportunity in life and that all our children have talents that we as educators have a duty to discover, nurture and champion.

One of the aspects of Stanchester life that excites me the most is our relentless focus on providing our students with an education that encompasses far more than academic excellence. An education which ensures our young people leave Stanchester equipped with, not only outstanding academic qualifications, but also the personal attributes that will help them make their own mark on their community and society as a whole. The ability they have to express themselves, be creative, solve problems, show resilience, respect, empathy and emotional intelligence ensures they are successful for many years after they have completed their Stanchester journey. It is our key values for which our students regularly attract such high regard and praise from visitors, sixth form colleges and employers alike.

Acting Principal,
Mrs. Amy Joynes

Key Dates


Tuesday 10 January 2017 Year 9 Parents Evening 4pm – 7.30pm
Wednesday 11 January 2017 Citizenship Day
Monday 23 January 2017 Year 9 MEN ACWY Vaccinations
Tuesday 24 January 2017 Rotary Club Cooking Competition 6pm
Wednesday 25 January 2017 Year 11 Art & Photography Trip to London
Thursday 26 January 2017 Year 10 English Trip to Poetry Live! Bath
Friday 27 January 2017 Deadline for return of Year 9 Options forms
Thursday 2 February 2017 Years 9,10 and 11 UK Maths Challenge
Wednesday 8 February 2017 Year 10 Parents Evening 4pm – 7.30pm
Friday 10 February 2017 INSET
Wednesday 22 February 2017 Year 11 Parents Evening 4pm – 7.30pm
Wednesday 22 February – Friday 24 February 2017 Year 11 Practice Interviews with the Rotary Club
Monday 27 February 2017 Year 8 and 9 Girls HPV Vaccinations
Wednesday 1 March 2017 Year 11 History trip to watch ‘Hitler on Trial’ at Barnfield Theatre Exeter
Thursday 9 March 2017 Year 8 Parents Evening 4pm- 7.30pm
Monday 13 March – Friday 17 March 2017 Year 10 Work Experience
Tuesday 14 March 2017 Year 5 WOW Day
Monday 20 March 2017 Year 8 Geography/Science Trip to @Bristol
Tuesday 28 March 2017 Year 11 Year Photograph
Wednesday 29 March 2017 PR2 issued to parents
Thursday 30 March 2017 Citizenship Day

Upcoming Events

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Links and Notices


Options Evening materials 16th November 2016

Year 10 Parents Evening Wednesday 8 February 2017

Andy Hall was elected as Parent Governor