Update from the Headteacher

Those of you who have attended Welcome Events this year will be aware that the school has recently been accredited with the Mental Health Champions Award. This is a great accolade for the school and a great reward for our student leaders and pastoral staff who have worked over the last two years to achieve it. The Gloucestershire Healthy Living team commented: 


“We were extremely impressed with the excellent practice at Stroud High School and it was clearly evident that emotional health and wellbeing is not just a ‘bolt on’ to the school but is at the heart of the school environment as well as the community and important to everyone. 

 “Students are involved in helping to plan and deliver initiatives which were a very strong feature. “

 “Overall, this is a happy, healthy school with a sense of direction, enthusiasm and inclusion regarding emotional health and wellbeing of your young people. “

 Stroud High School now joins 6 other Secondary Schools in the County to have received the award.


 News will have travelled fast, but our newest member of Student Services started this week. Monty is a Golden Retreiver puppy who will be supporting our programme of wellbeing in the school. He is currently getting used to his surroundings and   will be receiving training in the future to complement our support for the students. He is already proving a real hit with staff and students. If you have not seen him yet there are a number of pictures on the schools social media platform.  He is the   only member of staff encouraged to nap during the day.

This week Year 11 undertook a taster day for the new Sixth Form in September 2019. Whilst the main business of the day was to sample A-Level subjects, there were also presentations from Bath University as well as question and answer sessions with Zarin Hainsworth OBE and Dr Diane Savery OBE about their life experiences and involvement with the school. In the evening we welcomed parents from across the school to come and hear about our plans for the Sixth Form. 

Parents heard from Andy Wheatley, a parent and consultant from GillHarrisJames, on his work with the school. We have reached out to our school community to ensure the Sixth Form communicates our values as authentically as possible and our Head of Sixth Form Ria Patel also outlined what the day to day experience will be like. You can find out more about the Sixth Form on a dedicated Sixth Form website https://www.stroudhighsixthform.co.uk/


We are confident that the values we are promoting support our work in defining a 21st Century Grammar School, ensuring they  focus on the limitless potential of individuals and the importance of making a difference to those around us. I would very much welcome your feedback as we continue this exciting journey.  

It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the girls with 185 students in Years 7-10 currently being auditioned for the school production of 2019: a double-bill of Roald Dahl's 'The Witches' and 'Matilda the Musical'. Mrs Caselton then has the unenviable job of casting, which will prove very difficult with such a lot of talent emerging. Once the cast list is announced after half-term, rehearsals will start in earnest for the shows in March. Watch this space for more updates! 

Stroud High School is pleased to announce we have been awarded the Hennessy Essay Prize.  Lord Peter Hennessy was very impressed by the standard of entries this year and gave all fifteen entrants comments to include on their UCAS forms.  The three winners were awarded £50 each for their passionately argued, detailed and highly analytical essays.  Well done to Robyn Lindeque, Imogen Smith and Imogen Tose.

As ever, should you have any questions or wish to book a time to come and talk about the school and your experiences do not hesitate to contact me on head@stroudhigh.gloucs.sch.uk.

Mr M McShane



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