Update from the Headteacher November

This is an incredibly busy time of year with Year 13 receiving their first academic reports of the year and Year 11 undertaking their mocks. Year 9 have been visiting the impressive Stroud Ambitions event and Year 7s have just invited their Year 6 teachers into the school to help them understand how much progress they have made this year. All in all school is a very busy place.


Personal Best as National Best

Many of you will have read that official performance data with regard last year’s GCSE examinations has been released. Each school receives a Progress 8 score which indicates the level of progress students make from their performance at Key Stage 2 to the completion of their GCSE results. The Progress 8 score for Stroud High School is 1.12, a score amongst the 20 highest in the country, and for the second year in a row the highest in Gloucestershire. Impressively, Stroud High School was the 7th highest ranked grammar school.

We are delighted that the progress students make at Stroud High School is as strong as anywhere in the country. Whilst the students themselves deserve all of the credit it is a real team effort and shows the potential for success in a community built on strong relationships.  Staff across the school work incredibly hard to create an educational experience which will prepare young people ready to make a difference, along with all the students they make the school a vibrant place to be every day.

Whilst we are thrilled with the academic progress of the students we are equally proud that last year students across the school completed the Duke of Edinburgh in record numbers, undertook over 4,500 hours of volunteering, presented STEM projects to engineers and learnt in classrooms in France, Spain and Germany, became award winning photographers and fundraisers whilst 1 in 4 of Year 12 gave speeches at events in the United Nations as well as becoming National Debating Champions. This is before we consider the contribution to sports, the arts and drama. This year we will continue to develop the House system and the focus on leadership and well-being across the school remains an ever present priority.


Widening Access to Stroud High School

We are currently putting together the final pieces of the school’s Fair Access and Raising Aspiration Plan. Our Admissions Policy already supports accessibility for Pupil Premium students in Year 7 and we are about to begin formally consulting on aligning these principles in the Sixth Form. Last summer we took on board views about these principles and we received good support from our Local Member of Parliament, David Drew. We have already begun putting this plan into place with revision sessions at Sir William Romney School and are currently mentoring a number of students at Maidenhill School. This is part of a Raising Aspiration Programme we are building together with local 11-16 schools and Bath University.

Gloucestershire Junior Sports Team of the Year

Congratulations to our Year 11 and 10 Handball team who won Gloucestershire Junior Sports Team of the Year Award. They received the prize at an awards dinner held at Cheltenham Race Course hosted by John Inverdale. You can see pictures from the event on our social media platforms.

History Society and 100 years since the end of the First World War

The Stroud High History Society is currently preparing to acknowledge 100 years since the end of the first world war. Their work will culminate in a stand at a special remembrance event being held at Cheltenham Race Course on Sunday 18 November. The society will be promoting the work of women in Gloucestershire and how they contributed to the war effort and the way women then achieved the vote. They have worked closely with Stroud Museum to prepare archived photos and Cotswold Costumes will be ensuring all participants will be in authentic costumes. It promises to be a great occasion.

European Translating competition

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Translation (DG Translation) is organising once again the prestigious 'Juvenes Translatores 2018', a translation contest for schools in the European Union. SHS has been one of 73 schools selected to represent the UK, and this will be our fifth time representing the country. The competition will take place simultaneously across Europe, on Thursday 22 November and the start times will take into account the different time zones. Our students will translate from Spanish into English, and will need to draw on all their excellent translation skills, to produce what should read as an authentic and interesting topical piece in English once translated. The students representing SHS this year are Alana Conley-Driscoll, Helena Smith, Imogen Smith, Emily Spellman and Anna Chappell.

We wish them every success!