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Brumstead Road, Stalham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 9DG
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19th September 2014

Dear Parents/Carers,

It's hard to believe that we are already at the end of the second week of the Autumn Term, especially when I think of all that we have done in that time. I'd like to take this opportunity to update you on the start of the academic year at Stalham High School. 

We have had such a positive return to school. Students across all year groups have come back to school with a determination to succeed and an admirable work ethic. We often talk about ourselves as a learning community and, increasingly, our students are modelling that in their approach to lessons and through their enthusiastic response to activities across the school. 

More and more often, students will be given opportunities to talk about their learning. I am running our Student Learning Council every fortnight. This group discusses areas of teaching and learning from questioning to assessment in books to group work. They often talk to staff in briefings and share their thoughts with the rest of the school. Any student can become a member; they just need to see me to express an interest. Also, we will be popping into lessons to discuss progress with students as part of our Student Learning and Progress reviews.

We have welcomed a number of new staff to the school this term. Mrs Dorkins has joined us as a Teacher of Food Technology and Child Development, Mrs Allman has joined us as a Teacher of English, Mr de Grandis has joined us as a part time Consultant Deputy Head Teacher and Mrs Davison has joined us as Head of Science. They have all made a fantastic start to their time at Stalham and we are delighted to have them. We have also welcomed Mr Sampson who will be with us until the end of September. He is a Teacher of English who is with us while Mrs Rollason is recovering from an operation. We wish her a swift recovery and look forward to welcoming her back. 

Your son/daughter will be noticing that their end of year targets are changing. We have changed the way we set targets to make them even more ambitious for all students. 

Our extensive extra-curricular programme is continuing this year. Already, we have a trip to see 'To Kill A Mockinbird' lined up as well as trips to see eminent authors: Michael Grant and Morris Gleitzman. We also have many additional sporting opportunities coming up both within school and across the county. 

You'll notice that we have introduced an intercom system for entry at the front of the school. This is so that we can increase the security of the school site and ensure our students feel as safe as possible. It does not mean we do not welcome you into the school in the way we always have!

At the end of September, we say goodbye to Mrs Coupe who works in the school's office. She has many exciting new opportunities lined up but we will be very sorry to see her go. She has been a huge support to the school over her years with us and we all wish her all the very best. 

On the 1st October, the school photographer is with us and all students and staff will have their photograph updated. 

On the 25th September, we open our school to all parents and carers or Year 5 and 6 students. Staff and students will be available to talk to prospective families about the school. Many of your sons and daughters will be eager to represent the school and, if this is something they have volunteered for, you will receive a letter home prior to the evening. 

There have been a few sickness bugs around recently and a few parents have asked me about the guidance for a child's return to school. General guidance that the child does not return to school within 48 hours of the sickness bug. However, this is ultimately your decision.

Finally, we would like to extend an invite to all parent and carers to attend our half-termly parents' forum. This half-term's is on the 13th October at 6pm.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss any aspect of your son/daughter's education. 

Kind regards,

Amy Webb
Interim Head Teacher

School Calendar

Cashless Catering changes - 23rd September
Maths Homework & MyMaths - 23rd September
29th September - ‘Sexting’ Assembly
Parent Update - 19th September
25th September - Year 5 & 6 Open Evening
18th September - Choices at 16+ Evening

17th September - SEN Changes Coffee Morning
Headteacher’s Letter - 5th September
• GCSE Results - 51% 5 A*-C with English and   Maths - 57% students received at least 5 A*-Cs

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