Headteacher's Blog - 23/11/2018

This week you will have started to notice changes to our website, letterhead and other forms of communication within and outside of school. These changes are being made to promote a consistent modern image of the school which has drifted over recent years. The school uniform will not be changing and in fact the changes made to the school badge on our communications are more consistent with the badge on the school jumpers. I would personally like to thank Mr Kilby, Head of Computer Science and Miss Phillips who is responsible for marketing, for their commitment to developing and rolling out these improvements. Also working alongside Mr Kilby is a team of students, we call the Tech Team, that will be taking on some of the management and technical side of the website, with a new Student News service appearing soon. A special thanks to Mitchell Kettlewell and James Langridge for their help with the photography for the new website and prospectus, and to all the students that have appeared in the photos.
 
Sixth Form Open Evening
We are looking forward to welcoming students and parents at our Sixth Form Open Evening next Thursday 29th November. All Stratton Year 11 students have had an assembly and letter to inform them of the evening and will be receiving information and guidance packs early next week. Comprehensive information is also available on the website for Sixth Form https://www.stratton.beds.sch.uk/sixthform and applications should be made on line through the website before the end of term.
 
GO 4 Schools Reports
Most parents have now logged in to GO 4 Schools to view their children’s grades, attendance and homework. Formal reports have also been published for Years 9-11 and we are about to publish the first report for Year 12 for this academic year. I would encourage all parents to view these reports in Go. If you have any difficulty logging on to or using GO we would be happy to help, please contact us or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   We are hoping to be able to launch the App for Go very soon which will make accessing the information even easier.
 
Performing Arts
This is a very busy time of year for the school and particularly the Performing Arts Faculty. On Monday evening a group of Year 10 students performed at Bedford Modern School.  Assistant Headteacher Mr Evans went along to support and said that he was incredibly impressed with the level of performance shown by Year 10 students.  “The theme of political drama is a challenging one but Stratton students did themselves proud.  Special thanks to Lorna Wood and Amy Amies for organising and directing the performance.”
Doors will open in just under two weeks for our production of the musical School of Rock. The cast and crew are now working late into the evenings and at weekends to rehearse and prepare to launch this exciting and energetic production. Tickets are still available for the four shows on Thursday 6th, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December. Please support the school by booking online at Ticket source, https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/biggleswade/stratton-upper-school. If you would like a free taster, our students will be performing some songs from the musical in Biggleswade this evening, Friday 23rd November, at the Christmas light switch-on.