Welcome to St Albans Girls' School
Welcome to our new STAGS girls. The summer term can be a daunting time in Year 6 when you are thinking about the new start in a new school in September. We will ensure that you quickly settle in and feel very much part of the STAGS community.
During May and June, a member of our pastoral team will visit you at your primary school. This will ensure that we are able to support you and that you make the most out of the learning experiences and opportunities that you will have during your seven year learning journey with us. This is particularly important to help your organisation and be clear about our expectations from you in terms of your class work, home learning, behaviour and uniform, as we have very high standards that we expect all students to follow.
I look forward to meeting you on Thursday 4th July at 7pm at STAGS where you will be able to meet your form tutors, visit your form rooms and become familiar with your surroundings. This will be followed by an opportunity for you to spend a whole day with us on Thursday 11th July.
With all good wishes
Message from the Head:
As we move into the next five weeks of this term, a reminder please that attendance at all lessons is crucial. Students in Year 9 and above are conducting GCSE and A Level studies which will not be revisited again until revision for the actual final examination in one or two years’ time, so continued focus is essential. Class work undertaken at Key Stage 3 is no less important and forms the foundation of future success.
The calendar is available on our website and important events highlighted in Stagslink but I draw your attention particularly to the following:
Monday 1 July – Friday 5 July – Higher Education Week at STAGS: independent advice and guidance for all Year 12 students with sessions about UCAS, Careers, Apprenticeships, external speakers and much more
Year 11 to Year 12:
Wednesday 3 July – Friday 5 July – Induction Week. Subject Taster sessions for all Year 11 students returning to our Sixth Form and new entrants
Key Stage 3:
Saturday 22 June - Thursday 27 June - Normandy trip
Year 6 to Year 7:
Thursday 4 July - Transition evening
All Year groups:
Monday 8 July – Tuesday 16 July - Extended Learning Activities Please do ensure that you refer to the calendar for a full update of events. In addition, you will be aware of the Department for Education statutory requirements in relation to Independent Advice and Guidance for Careers. This includes the requirement for all students in Years 8 to 13 to have the opportunity to receive independent careers advice. With this in mind we have continued our strong working partnership with the Connexions Careers service. An advisor, Hilary Stephens is in school for at least one day per week and the role of Mrs Nawathe who is our Post 16 and Specialisms Co-Ordinator has been extended to include leadership of Careers – this has resulted in extending links with businesses such as IBM, who will again be conducting a full mock interview day with the whole of Year 11. IBM has also offered students work experience placements and six Year 10 students are attending a seminar at the South Bank to promote women in Business and Industry. We are also developing strong links with BAM Construction and many other large companies who can provide targeted work experience opportunities for our students.
We will again be hosting the launch event of the Dragon’s Apprentice Scheme in September and a key focus for our School Improvement Planning for the forthcoming year is to ensure an even higher profile for Careers guidance for our students. I am extremely grateful to parents who have already volunteered their support in promoting different career pathways for our students, but if there are any more we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Mrs Nawathe if you are able to share your working experiences with our students as they make their choices for future careers.
Ofsted Final Report Jan 2013
Read this week's Stagslink
Congratulations to our many students on their fantastic achievements this year in the public examinations. The results at both GCSE and A Level have been outstanding, beating the very challenging targets that we have set and going against the national trends which identified a dip in performance.
At A Level we exceeded all targets - 11 students achieved the very challenging entrance requirements to study at Oxbridge, Veterinary surgery and Medicine. In addition, 23 students achieved outstanding A and A* grade in ALL of their chosen A Level subjects. 35% achieved A* and A grades, 68% achieved A*-B grades. We achieved a 100% pass rate. There are so many individual achievements for all of the students to be so proud.
At GCSE our results are stunning with 98.9% achieving 5A*-C and 91% achieving 5A*-C including English and Maths. 32 achieved all A* and A grades in all of their subjects, with 69% achieving the English Baccalaureate and 100% of our girls gained A* to G grades. This is a phenomenal achievement and a superb foundation for wonderful future opportunities with dreams and learning aspirations being achieved – these results open so many pathways for our girls and we wish everyone success in their future endeavours. Congratulations also to the 26 students in Year 10 who took GCSE maths a year early achieving 24A* and 2A grades – a superb achievement.
I would like to encourage all our parents to spend five minutes rating St Albans Girls’ School on the new Ofsted Parent View web site. Details on how to access the web site and register to use it can be found on our Letter/Forms page. I hope you feel the quality of our work for all students at the school is what you would expect and it would be great to tell Ofsted this through their web site.
Student Survey www.testingforschools.com/do/login/sagsal36db/alban262