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21st July 2014

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to you for the last time as head teacher of Stalham High School. It seems hard to comprehend that I have been at the school since 4th January 2014 and all that has happened during that time. I know it has not been the easiest of times to be a parent or a student at the school and the necessary changes have not always been popular.  The fact is, however, that the last monitoring visit of the school by HMI and an additional inspector showed considerable improvements on all fronts. The job however is not nearly complete.

As you know the North Norfolk Academy Trust, all being well, will take over the school from the IEB in January 2015 but there is still a very important term’s work to be completed before that. I am delighted at the appointment of Ms Webb as Interim Head Teacher and am very confident she will continue to take the school in the right direction of travel which will lead to the removal of special measures. She will be well supported by
the other members of the leadership team who have given me such great support this year: Mrs Davies and Mr Wilkinson.

Behind the scenes there has been much work done to improve the administrative support of the school and I would like to thank my colleague from Hellesdon, Mrs Warnes, who has given so much time to enable this to happen. Working very hard in the background for the school is the Interim Executive Board consisting of Mr Mitchell, Mr Chapman and Mr Pollock. They have provided the support and challenge to the school and me in the right proportions, to enable progress to be made and worked tirelessly to ensure that the right sponsor for the school was found.

None of the above would have been possible if it had not been for the hard work and dedication of the Stalham High School staff. The Ofsted judgement left everybody bruised but they recognised the need for change if the school was to make the necessary improvements. They have shown great courage and resilience in a time of intense pressure.

The students of this high school are a great credit to their families, their school and themselves. They have conducted themselves with great dignity and have bought fully into the changes that had to be made. They have high expectations of themselves and their school and I hope they continue to question when they feel that an aspect of their school life is not up to scratch. A strong student voice listened to by staff is one of the main ingredients of sustained school improvement.

Lastly I would like to thank you, the parents and carers, who in the vast majority have been supportive and enthusiastic about the changes that have been made. I am sorry I did not manage to meet all of you but time was not on our side. I wish every success to Year 11 for their results in August and I will follow their progress closely.

I hope you have a happy, peaceful and restful summer and I am confident that Stalham High School will go from strength to strength.

Yours faithfully

Gerard Batty

Executive Headteacher

School Calendar

The school will reopen on Thursday 4th September to all students
Headteacher’s Letter - 21st July
Uniform information update

Teaching group changes
Message to Parents - 17th July
Report - Warhorse school trip on 10th July

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