Headteacher’s Blog

Blog 16 – 10/6/16

Summer has arrived and so has the exam season. The invigilation team have commented on how cooperative our Year 11 students have been during the first phase of their examinations. This is reassuring as all students need a calm start to every examination session.

There are a number of exciting events looming, including Activities Day, Y10 Careers Day, Macbeth, Dance Exchange and a Sixth Form eSafety play called ‘Groomed’. I am looking forward to all of these events and please keep an eye on the website if any of them takes your fancy. Macbeth  and Dance Exchange tickets are still available from the school Student Reception.

The Governing Body has recently agreed to take on its own cleaning arrangements and we anticipate that this will improve the learning environment for all of us over the next year.

We are also heading towards timetable roll through which this year will take place on Monday 20th June 2016. I was just commenting to a colleague this week how the Year 8 & 9 students seem to have grown rapidly since Easter. It is that time of year, KS4 and Sixth Form students busy with examinations and the younger students begin to fill the empty spaces left behind. The school field is a busy place at lunchtimes as students (and some staff) take the opportunity to enjoy the warm weather. Of course, there is a lot of work to do before the summer holidays are upon us.


Blog 15 – 20/5/16

Exam season is upon us. If your child is involved in examinations please check that they have a revision plan, have plenty of rest breaks and lots of early nights. Our own indications suggest that at both GCSE and A level our students will do well this summer but they will need our support, even at this stage of their courses. I hope every student involved in examinations this year achieves their full potential.

It seems to be ‘all change’ in many Sheffield secondary schools with King Ecgbert’s, King Edward VII, Notre Dame and ourselves appointing new Headteachers for September. Although a change of Headteacher can cause some anxiety, it is also an exciting time in terms of the school’s development. There is a lot of talent to choose from within the school, across Sheffield and I’m sure High Storrs will attract interest from outside of the city too. High Storrs’ current leadership team is very experienced and will ensure that the school continues to serve your children well during the recruitment process. I’m certain that the Governing Body will introduce you to the new Headteacher as soon as their recruitment process is complete.

May I also remind you that Macbeth tickets are now sale and the show will be stunning, and please make a note in your diary’s that the ‘Dance Exchange’ will be taking place on Wednesday 29th June, tickets will go on sale after the half term break.

Blog 14 – 22/04/16

You will, by now, have read of my intention to leave High Storrs School at the end of this academic year. The Governing Body will begin the recruitment process for a new headteacher very shortly. I’m sure they will make an excellent appointment, given their experience and interest in securing the best they can for your children, our students.

Examination season is moving closer and if your child is involved, please talk to them about their revision programme and get in touch if you need any clarification about this summer’s examinations.

A date for your diary nest week is Thursday 28th April 6-8pm when the GCSE Art and D&T Exhibition will be available for you to visit. I do hope you can attend as it is a superb evening and the exhibits will be inspirational and thought provoking.

Blog 13 – 11/03/16

I was thrilled to learn of several piece of good news regarding our students over the last fortnight:

  • The U15 Boys Basketball Team have reached the National Semi Finals. Congratulations to all involved.
  • KS3 girl’s ‘Framed’ were awarded a prize in the Sheffield  Big Challenge Event – they are definitely entrepreneurs of the future.
  • I also received a lovely letter from Cllr Drayton praising our recent publication High Storrs Families Talking. She was delighted to read about the inspirational stories of High Storrs families.As we approach Easter, examinations inevitably begin to loom on the horizon. If your children are involved in examinations this summer, please ensure that they are balanced in their approach and have rest time as well as studying.

Have a very good holiday

Blog 12 – 25/02/16

I was very pleased to learn that some of our students have been successful in this year’s Big Challenge Award. As a result they and their families will be invited to a presentation event at a Sheffield hotel. Many thanks to Mr Bennehan for his work in support of this important area of our curriculum.

KS4 students are busy with trial exams. Many thanks to all parents for your support in preparing them. We look forward to some good indications for the summer’s real event. Y10 and Y11 Parents’ Evenings are important dates in the school calendar and will be upon us soon (Y10 – Wed 9th March 4.30-7pm and Y11 – Tue 15th March 4.30-7pm) .

It seems that we are to have a new school in the South West area of the city. Further consultation will take place soon. High Storrs looks like it will be full in September with many children on the waiting list. We do appreciate the confidence this demonstrates parents have in their school and will continue to work hard to make the school the best it can be.

Finally, I assume everyone is as happy as I am to see the lighter nights returning.

Blog 11 – 05/02/2016

Many thanks to all the Y8 Parents who attended the Options Evening a fortnight ago. This was the best attended evening in six years.

The school was really pleased to learn that Ms Croome’s Science Club won a competition to visit the Liverpool World Museum and take part in a Link Up with British Astronaut, Tim Peake at the ISS. The students were very excited and enjoyed a fantastic day out.

The school are also really proud to be awarded a Discovering Democracy Award by the British Youth Council. This is as a result of the hard work by staff, students and parents in encouraging our young people to take an active interest in their world and how it is organised.

Finally, have a great half term break.

Blog 10 – 22/01/2016

We were delighted to see the article in this week’s Sheffield Star which highlighted the talents of our Dance Troupe and Dance teacher Sean Selby. We wish them all well in the next stage of the competition. Well done!

The work of our pastoral staff, community staff and Mr Williamson in Politics and Sociology received recognition this week when the school was awarded a prize in the National Democracy Awards. This is tremendous credit to the work of parents, staff and students and speaks volumes about the values we share.

Please encourage your children to get to school on time. There is nothing more frustrating than people who arrive after everyone else and disturb the lesson, film, match or show.

Y8 Options Evening will take place on Monday next week. This is an important event where you can find out about KS4 courses for your children.

Blog 9 – 08/01/2016

The end of last term was very busy, but very worthwhile. The staff performed wonderfully in their Panto, the KS3 Dance Gala was appreciated by the younger students and the Carol Concert was well attended.

The festivities of the holiday seem a long time ago now as we look towards the spring term, lighter days and get to grips with the lead up to the summer examination season. There will still be lots of extra-curricular opportunities for students within Performing Arts, PE and other subject areas and I hope your child will take advantage of the opportunities available.

Keep an eye out for the Y8 Options Programme which will gather pace over the next few weeks. The Options Evening itself will take place on Monday 25th January 2016.

Blog 8 – 26/11/2015

Martin Luther King Jr told us “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” As we move towards a season of goodwill we begin balancing the hard work of school life with opportunities to celebrate the forthcoming festivities. Nevertheless, during this fortnight, our Y11 are in the midst of trial exams and working hard to prepare for next summer when they face their formal exams.

Sixth Form Theatre Studies students have returned from a rigorous residential and are back into the routine of autumn term in a school.

We are also well into preparations for the Xmas fayre which will take place on Saturday 5th December. This will be as spectacular and warming as ever so please come if you can.

Other dates to mark in your diary are:

  • Bents Green Community Carol Service Monday 7th December 6.30pm
  • Monday 14th December School Christmas Carol Concert 7pm School Hall
  • Staff Pantomime Thursday 17th December – Tickets available from the school.
  • Y13 Parents Evening next Wednesday 2nd December

I am also looking forward to the Father’s Event, at 11.00am in Wolsey Road Mosque, on Thursday 3rd December. This is an initiative we are involved in with King Ecgbert’s School to support Muslim fathers to help their children at secondary school and help us better understand the aspirations Muslim parents have for their children in regard to education. This year the event is sponsored by High Storrs and the Mosque. We hope it will be as successful as last year’s joint event, which was sponsored by King Ecgbert’s School and the Mosque. As I discovered at their recent Open day, Wolsey Road Mosque make you feel very welcome and I’m hoping there will be delicious samosa too!

Blog 7 – 20/11/15

Many thanks to the Parents and Students who attended last week’s PTA Quiz. It was a successful event. Having a PTA in a secondary school is a little unusual these days, but we are really pleased with the support they bring and they are a credit to the school.

For parents with children in Y12 please remember that it is Y12 Parents Consultation Evening next Tuesday 24th November 2015.

The consultation on a new school for the South West has been extended to the 27th November 2015. There is a lot of interest from parents and groups within the community on these proposals. It is reassuring to hear that parents in part of Sheffield, have a high interest in their city and the future provision for their children. This process must involve parents as it is essential that elected members hear your views as well as the views of those working in education. I’m sure that when discussions begin on which primary schools will feed a new school, parents in this area will remain as involved in the democratic process as they are now.

Blog 6 – 13/11/15

This week has been a very busy one for the school. The Governing Body held our Student Matters Meeting which was well attended.

In school I have been visiting Y11 lessons and have been impressed with their hard work. It is a long year for these students and if you have a child in Y11, please give them every encouragement  to keep working – it will be worth it!

Meanwhile, I visited Greystones Primary School where over 100 parents met to discuss the new school consultation. During this week I have received enquiries and messages of support from almost all of the schools involved. As High Storrs expected, and communicated to the Local Authority, local parents have a view on these proposals and want to make it heard. Parents at Greystones are very keen to keep their partnership with High Storrs School and their concerns were valid and interesting. If you wish to see High Storrs’ response to the consultation please see the previous post below. I have also been meeting local Councillors to share the views of parents in regard to these proposals; let’s hope the LA Officers are listening and Councillors base their decisions on the views of the parents affected.