Update from the Head - October 2019

Dear All

It has been a long yet incredibly rewarding term. Year 7 have had a fabulous start to their time at Stroud High School. Last week they welcomed over 500 families through the school during Open Mornings and our Open Evening. They toured round parents and their children with a confidence and enthusiasm for school which is worthy of incredible credit. They were then rewarded with a team bonding day with the Mini Marines organised by Mrs Pullon, who as ever, set the fastest time on the inflatable assault course.



The new Sixth Form has started with all teaching areas focusing on a clear transition to A Level study whilst developing the skills of scholarship required to not only excel now, but to be prepared to thrive at University. The students who joined us from 20 different secondary schools have settled in well, as have our first cohort of boys and the students who have joined the school from Switzerland. Already this term 20 students have applied for Senior Student Leadership roles, many have been engaging in political events concerning Brexit, as well as those undertaking UN training to be NGOs later in the year.

This week we have our first ever team training for next May’s Ten Tors challenge, whilst a number of students have already begun their Gold DofE. We are also delighted that Sixth Formers have begun supporting our teaching staff who are working with 8 local Primary Schools, as well as students who are mentoring Year 11 students at three local 11-16 secondary schools. They have certainly hit the ground running! 



You may well have checked out the provisional School Performance Tables online. As a school we are clear that we produce people not just results, but the progress our students make is amongst the highest perfroming schools in the country. The Department for Education give all secondary schools a Progress 8 score - a measure which monitors pupils’ progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4. Stroud High School has a Progress 8 score of 0.91, which for the third year in a row was the highest in Gloucestershire.  

A Progress 8 score of 1.0 means pupils made, on average, a grade more progress than the national average. A score of -0.5 means they make on average half a grade less progress than average. In 2017 the score was 0.92, in 2018 it was  1.12. You can find out more by clicking here.

As ever, your feedback is always welcome. You can receive daily updates about life at Stroud High if you follow any of our social media site – we have invested in maintaining these channels of communication over extensive newsletters or updates. Your thoughts on this matter are important and I would appreciate any feedback on how we get this communication right. 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.

Mark McShane