Headteacher's Blog - 30/11/2018

Sixth Form Open Evening
The Sixth Form team and I were delighted to see so many year 11 students and their parents at last night’s sixth form Open Evening. Stratton has a post-16 provision to be proud of, and one which offers a wide range of courses and levels that can be accessed by all our students after their GCSE studies. I would like to thank the Sixth Form team for organising such a successful event, as well as all the subject staff who contributed to the evening. Thanks are also due to the head students for being excellent hosts and in particular Alex Scholes and Emma Royston for taking their first step into public speaking by sharing their experiences during the talk. It is very nerve wracking to stand up and speak to a packed hall the size of ours and they did a great job.
Parents’ Forum
We also had a good turnout for our first parents’ forum on Tuesday evening and the feedback we received is very valuable. We will circulate the full minutes in due course, but I have highlighted here some of the areas of discussion:
It was pleasing to hear that lots of good quality Extended Learning is being set across all year groups but some issues were raised about the setting of homework on Go 4 Schools and recording its completion, which we will discuss with staff. It is apparent that some students are struggling to manage their workload and we will be considering how to help them learn to manage their time as well as looking at the timing and flow of homework across the week for each year group.
It is clear that both parents and students feel that behaviour in lessons is very good in most areas of the school, but we are aware of a couple of pockets of poor behaviour, which we are actively addressing.
We had an in-depth discussion about the process for trips and visits and we will be posting the full trips calendar on the school website so that parents can have an overview of all the trips available and can make informed decisions. There was a strong feeling that the process for signing up for a trip is lengthy and involves a number of steps and forms. Parents have also raised that our current ‘first come, first served’ practice is not as inclusive as it could be and we have committed to looking at the whole process to make it sleeker and fairer for all. Please look out for future communications on this. 

School of Rock
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.
Yours faithfully
Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher