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“Students are proud to be students at Stanchester.” QA review February 2017.

As we approach the mid-point of the year, I have reflected on what has been an incredibly busy, rewarding and successful five months culminating in our recent ‘Challenge Partner’ quality assurance review.

The autumn term saw many visitors coming into our learning community, seeing for themselves and openly commenting on what a positive, welcoming and aspirational ethos we have at Stanchester. Our various open events have ensured that we have again exceeded our predicted entry numbers for next year and that we will be over-subscribed moving forward.

Our students have experienced some superb opportunities during the first half of the year. We are incredibly proud of the level of enrichment our students access, and over the last five months students have been to Munich, Hastings, @Bristol, on Ten Tors practise expeditions, to Billy Elliot and The Woman in Black theatre trips, the year 7s had their residential, years 8 upwards have attended careers fairs, they have visited Bristol University MFL department, the World War II battlefields in Belgium and this half term sees our annual ski trip to Austria – growing in popularity every year. The Education at Stanchester is about equipping our young people for adult hood through outstanding learning that starts in the classroom but extends to experiences which will enable their dreams and aspirations to become reality.

The 2017 Edge Academy programme has been launched for our highest achieving students and includes graphic novel writing, investigating climate change, fighting fit sports science, historical enquiry, legal eagles, theatre in education, the Fibonacci connection and historical enquiries relating to the Holocaust. Students work independently on their projects whilst being guided and monitored by staff, learning critical skills that will enable them to later be successful in gaining places in top universities across the country.

Ensuring our students’ have the brightest possible futures is a key motivation for our team. The report from our recent quality assurance review stated “Leaders’ ambitions for students’ futures are driving the academy forward. The energy, warmth and openness of leaders at all levels are palpable. A highly collegiate approach, modelled and engendered by the Acting Principal, is setting high standards for all.”

The review recognised the many outstanding features of learning in our school and makes reference to “high levels of student engagement” and “a buzz about learning in many lessons” as well as teachers subject knowledge and enthusiasm inspiring students to reflect and ask questions. Through conversations with students the team of five reviewers from across the country found that students spoke about feeling respected and supported in a community where everyone ‘gets on with each other’ and in which they are pushed and encouraged and staff believe in them. The team stated that “A positive ‘can do’ ethos permeates the academy”. Recognising our many strengths, the QA report summarises by stating “leaders are steering the academy confidently and strategically towards outstanding.”

We are incredibly proud of the achievements we, and our students, are making and welcome visitors at any time. Our full QA report can be read on the website or please contact the school office if you would like to come and see our exciting environment for yourself.

Acting Principal,
Mrs. Amy Joynes

Key Dates


Thursday 2 February 2017 Years 9,10 and 11 UK Maths Challenge
Wednesday 8 February 2017 Year 10 Parents Evening 4pm – 7.30pm
Wednesday 8 February 2017 POSTPONED Year 9 MEN ACWY Vaccination Catch Up (New Date TBC)
Friday 10 February 2017 INSET
Wednesday 21 February 2017 NEW DATE Year 9 MEN ACWY Vaccination Catch Up
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
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

wbd Book-themed fancy dress for Students and Staff. Many events and activities at break and lunchtime, including student Quidditch on the field, Story-board storm (graphic novel challenge), Book Blitz Competition (one minute abridged version videos of favourite novels) and Book Swap (bring in your old books to swap or donate). Plus prepare literary-themed cakes for the Great Book Bake-Off! Donations invited for Book Aid International.