Welcome back to the new school year. Staff have been working hard over the summer and training days in preparation for the new term so we could welcome the students back to an organised and purposeful learning environment. It is worth noting that we have recruited some very strong new members of staff and we start the academic year with a full complement of specialist subject teachers.

The site team has been carrying out a number of maintenance jobs, deep cleaning and sprucing up the school over the holiday and the roof replacement at the back of school continues. We anticipate this work will be complete by the time we return from the October half term break.

Last academic year we introduced a new praise and reward system for students, which we are building further upon this term. We have also been revising our expectations of the whole school community and we have drawn together a ‘Stratton Standards’ document which you will find attached to this letter. The standards explain our agreed expectations around our attitudes to learning and how we behave within school and towards each other. They clarify our values and commitment to everyone in the community and specify the language we will use to praise achievements and deal with inappropriate behaviour; they are designed to focus on the positives.

These standards have been shared with staff and all students in their welcome assemblies and I also wanted to share them with all parents and carers as they apply to all of us in the school community; students, staff and parents as well as Trustees and Governors. Please familiarise yourself with these standards, talk about them with your child/children and have them in mind when discussing how things are going in school and when making contact with staff.

I firmly believe that students, who attend well, work hard and share our values and a sense of belonging to our school community, achieve really great outcomes both in terms of qualifications as well as skills and experiences. Together these support successful transitions to the next stage of education, training or employment and we certainly see strong evidence for this in the summer exam results and the destinations of students once they leave us.

We are excited for all the opportunities this academic year will bring and are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of our students.

Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher


It has been a delightful final week of term and end to the academic year. A highlight of the week was the Stratton Bake Off challenge organised by the Year 11 Council. We had some amazing entries from both students and staff and their delicious cakes raised over £100 for Dementia UK, a very worthwhile cause. Student winners announced in assembly today were: Millie Albon for Student Taste and Sienna Kelly for Student Presentation.

In true Stratton style, there continued to be opportunities for enrichment right up until the end of term. Year 10 History students spent last weekend on the Battlefields trip in Ypres, Belgium.  Students in Years 11- 13 attended the Paperbirds Theatre Workshop on Monday and some came back to school to attend a UCAS information evening in the Sixth Form Centre. The A level geographers have also been out on fieldwork in Southwold this week and the whole of Year 13 took part in their annual Summer Olympics event on Friday morning, which involved big ball football, mummy races and egg throwing.  Congratulations to Humphries House for winning Summer Olympics. After the event all the house points were totalled for the entire year and Howe House were the winners!

Today we celebrate this year’s achievements in final assemblies and say good-bye to students for the summer. We also bid farewell to staff who are retiring or moving on to new roles from September and we wish them all the best for the future. I am very pleased that we have managed to recruit some incredibly strong teachers for the new academic year and we are looking forward to working with them from September.


We would like to remind everyone of the summer exams results days, as follows:

A-level: Thursday 15th August (8.30-11.00am)

GCSE:  Thursday 22nd August (9.00-11.00am)

Results can be collected from the Sixth Form common room and you can access the school via the side gate by Sixth Form. The front doors of the school will be locked. There will be members of staff available on the day if your son/daughter has a query regarding their results.

I would like to wish all our students and their families a wonderful summer break and look forward to welcoming everyone back in September.



Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher


Winners of the Bake Off:

Michelle Ksher - staff presentation

Katy Ellis- staff taste

Millie Albon student taste

Sienna Kelly student presentation


The penultimate week of term has been a very exciting one. On Monday evening the A level and GCSE Art Craft and Design exhibition was open to the public. The standard of work this year is phenomenal and we are incredibly proud of the talent displayed by our students. The creativity and quality is such that many people have said that they would be keen to buy some of the pieces. The display will remain in place in our exhibition hall until the end of September. If you would like an opportunity to see it for yourself please contact us to make an appointment.  Due to current exam board legislation we are unable to post images until after the GCSE results have been made available.  Images will be posted in September.

The whole school took part in a huge range of activities during sports day on Tuesday. The weather was perfect, dry, not too hot and fairly cloudy. Students and staff were out all day and there was a fantastic, competitive atmosphere. It was great to see all students participating enthusiastically in various parts of the school during periods 1-4. For period 5, everyone came together on the field for the athletics events, which culminated in a departmental staff and sixth form student teams relay race, quite an event!

On Thursday, we welcomed around 280 new year 9 students for their induction days. We work very hard to ensure the smoothest transition possible for our new students and it is always a delight to see that, no matter how nervous they are when they arrive on Thursday morning, they leave smiling and confident on Friday afternoon having made new friends and looking forward to September. It was a pleasure to be able to greet so many parents on Thursday at our ‘Meet the Tutor’ evening and share something of the experience their children had over the transition days and our expectations for September.

The final week of term fast approaches and I would like to remind parents that students finish early on Friday 19th July at 1pm, and buses have been booked to arrive in time for the earlier finish.


Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher


Year 10 GCSE geography students completed their physical fieldwork this week at Epping Forest, Essex. With quadrats and tape measures in tow and the sun shining, students set to work collecting data, which they will use in their Paper 3 exam. Everyone really got stuck into their fieldwork and have developed their understanding of a small-scale ecosystem. Not to forget the geography mascot, Globey also came along to keep students and staff company! Another group are out on the field trip today and we wish them the same success.


It is a very busy time of year and some students from Year 10 are also on a Maths visit today at the University of Bedfordshire. It was a delight to welcome back so many Year 11 students on Monday as the new Year 12 for their induction and students from Potton Middle school visited on Tuesday, as they will be away in Paris for our full Year 8 into 9 Induction on Thursday and Friday next week.

Yesterday we welcomed the new teachers who will be joining us in September for a comprehensive induction programme. I am truly thrilled to have appointed a number of exceptionally strong and capable teachers and leaders for the new academic year. It was a pleasure for us to work with them yesterday and we are all looking forward to working together in September.

We are looking forward to the Art exhibition on Monday 8th July and we would love to see as many parents there as possible. Please do come along any time between 3.30pm and 6pm to see the fabulous work of our talented students on display. The display has already been set up in the Exhibition Hall and I can assure you it is worth a visit.


Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher



As we approach the final few weeks of the academic year we are busy with events that celebrate the achievements of Stratton students across the year groups. On Thursday this week we congratulated the winners in Years 9 and 10 at our Awards Evening. It is always an honour to recognise the endeavour, achievements and perseverance of so many students in the presence of their family.

After the awards evening I joined other staff at the Year 13 leavers Ball at Wyboston to say farewell to this amazing group of young people who are about to embark on the next stage of their lives. Then tonight (Friday) we will be at Knebworth celebrating with the outgoing Year 11 at their prom before welcoming most of them back to school for their Sixth Form induction day on Monday!

The new positive rewards system in now well embedded and it is a delight to see students looking for their names on the weekly list of winners. Each week there is an overall ‘student of the week’ for each year group as well as ‘form group of the week’ and ‘subject student of the week’ winners. These totals will eventually contribute towards some students having the chance to win some quite significant prizes, which I am sure is helping to keep many of them motivated.

There are still a number of trips, visits and other activities to pack in before the end of term, so there is plenty to keep the students engaged in their lessons and learning beyond the classroom, right up to the last day.


Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher



Yesterday evening our magnificent sports field hosted the first ever Stratton Arts Festival showcasing music, dance and drama performances as well as a host of other activities. Despite the weather not being typical for June, we were delighted with the turnout of friends and family who came to support the performers from both Stratton and local middle schools. It takes a huge amount of planning and organisation to run an event like this and it was simply an astonishing team effort involving many staff and students from across the school.

We are very grateful to local businesses who supported the event, as without them we would not have been able to achieve something of this scale. There is so much talent among our local young people, the opportunity to perform at an event like this is both daunting and exciting, and this in turn builds confidence and self-esteem. We are very proud of what they have all achieved and it was great to see so many middle schools involved as well.

Thank you to everyone involved in planning, organising, running stalls and performing – get ready for next year!

I wanted to take this opportunity to say just how pleased we are with the focus and hard work of students in Years 9 and 10 since they stared their new timetable in June. I have seen students really engaged in their lessons and fully participating in activities, creating a very positive learning environment. Much of this is down to teachers planning interesting and challenging lessons and I would like to thank them for keeping up the momentum this half term.


Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher


We are fast approaching the end of the exam season with the final GCSE exam on Tuesday and the A level exams will be finishing on 24th June. We wish all our Year 11 and 13 students a wonderful summer when they are finally able to relax.

On Thursday we were delighted to host our local Year 7 & 8 middle school pupils in the 4th annual Bake off competition. We had some fantastic entries by the students, so the judges had a very difficult decision to make, but thoroughly enjoyed the process.  The winning cake was number 5.

Mrs Walton and Mr Warburton took a number of Year 9 and 10 students to Oxford University this week.  They visited St. Edmund Hall at Oxford University.  Whilst there they had a tour of the college which included the beautiful quad, the library (where they have every book ever published in the UK) and the servery.  The students had the opportunity to meet with current Oxford students to find out what life is really like at one of the most prestigious universities in the world.  They were told that their GCSE results were of key importance for any Oxbridge application.  They are looking for committed and enthusiastic students who go above and beyond the GCSE and A Level course requirements.  They were encouraged to read around the subjects, look for summer courses run by both Oxford and Cambridge, attend extra-curricular clubs and have an awareness of developments in their subject.  It was a great day and the students were a real credit to the school.

Finally we are very excited to be running our first ever Stratton Festival! So please do remember the date is next Thursday, 20th June. We are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather and would love to see as many of you there as possible. Please buy your tickets now from www.ticketsource.co.uk/strattonupperschool to avoid disappointment.



Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher


It’s been a great start to the final half term of the academic year. There is tremendous focus and energy in lessons as students are now on their timetables for the new academic year, which is particularly exciting for Year 9 starting their GCSE courses.

 I thought it would be good to share some highlights from the fantastic week of fun, mud and water that was shared by 44 Year 9 students and 4 staff members on the Blue Peris trip. Students learnt many new skills and I am sure that parents were particularly pleased that this included making their own beds, washing up and using a vacuum cleaner.

Activities included canoe paddling on the local Llyn Padern, learning to trust and help others although many students struggled to stay dry. The pass of Llanberis enabled students to work on pushing themselves out of their comfort zone and all managed the climb with many overcoming their fear of heights! At Afon Ddu Gorge, pupils enjoyed scrambling over the rocks, crawling through crevices and sliding down waterfalls. Coasteering gave the thrill seekers of the group a chance to leap from cliffs and traverse the rocky shoreline.

 The week was finished off with an evening of karaoke that the group will never forget and ended with an epic group rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody.  

 All students were a real credit to the school and made the trip a week to remember. Although very enjoyable, it is also hard work for staff and I would like to thank Mr Lattimer, Miss Parmar, Miss Webb and Mr Stevenson for giving their time and energy to make the trip such a success.

 On Thursday we were very proud of some excellent performances from all our athletes who attended the Bedford School Multi Athletics event. Well done to everyone involved.


Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher



This week we are very proud of our Year 10 cricket team who on Tuesday beat Redborne Upper School by 11 runs. Tom and Ronan deserve a special mention for being top for wickets taken and runs scored respectively.

The Year 9 students at Blue Peris are getting stuck into all the activities and it’s great to see them really challenging themselves while having lots of fun along the way. You can follow them on Instagram http://www.instagram.com/strattonupper

I am sure that all our Year 11 and sixth form students will be glad of the break from exams next week and we would like to remind them that the pre-exam breakfasts for morning exams will continue after half-term.

Wishing you a fabulous bank holiday weekend and we look forward to students returning to school on Monday 3rd June.


Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher

The summer exam season is now in full swing and we are very proud of the way Year 11 and our A level students have approached their exams. With a good number of core GCSE exams this week, it is good to see the students smiling and generally feeling confident. Next stop, the Year 11 prom and Year 13 leavers’ ball which I know they are all looking forward to.


Mrs Lawrence, our school Librarian needs your help!

Stratton School has an amazing Library for our students and we would like your help in our quest to make it even more amazing. We would be grateful if you could fill in the nomination form in the link below to help us get even more books for our Library (the more nominations we get the more likely we are to win).  If we get the most nominations, it will mean £5,000 worth of new books for our Library, an amazing resource for our students. https://www.nationalbooktokens.com/schools#.facebook.

Thank you in advance for all your support of our school Library.


With one more week to go before the half term break, I would like to take the opportunity to remind parents that we roll our timetable over to next year’s from June, so Year 9 will be starting their GCSE courses in earnest from then. I know many Year 9 students are looking forward to Blue Peris next week and we wish them well for their outdoor adventures.


Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher