School day

From The Headteacher

Yesterday we received the 2017 provisional national outcomes for the overall performance measures at GCSE and you will, I am sure be delighted to know that we are well above average, which is the top category of achievement for all secondary schools in the country and within the top three for achieving grade 5 or above in English and Maths and at the top for those achieving the EBacc at Grade 5/C or above in Hertfordshire.

This is an amazing achievement as we remain a non-selective community school with a rich cultural heritage and we are immensely proud of the performance of our students, set against this national context. Our progress score, known as the Progress 8 measure demonstrates that students at STAGS achieve two thirds of a grade above other schools with students of similar ability. Figures above 0 demonstrate the progress a student makes from the end of primary school to the end of Year 11. For STAGS, this is, once again, a significant validation of the quality of teaching and learning.

Following our very successful Open Evening last week where the whole school community supported the event so admirably, we have many follow-up visits planned for the next few weeks. It is always very useful to see a school in action and I am delighted to see so many families join us. This is when the students really shine and are the greatest role models showing great pride in their school community.

Congratulations to all 118 Year 10 students who successfully completed their practice Duke of Edinburgh expedition last weekend – a superb achievement for all and I am sure that there will be a great sense of accomplishment next year when the final expedition is completed.

Last weekend it was a great pleasure to get to know our Year 7 as over 200 students accompanied by 24 members of staff visited PGL in Marchant’s Hill, Surrey. The behaviour and attitude was exemplary, from the many varied activities including throwing themselves off high poles (with ropes and safety harnesses!) to problem solving and orienteering in the woods, this trip marks the end of the formal transition process between primary and secondary school and I very much look forward to seeing all students flourish and thrive as they move through STAGS.

Congratulations to Alice Mitchell in Year 11 whom given her excellent musical prowess, has been offered an amazing opportunity to sing in a choir with the MTM Musical Theatre Masterclass at the London Palladium with Collabro who are on tour in the UK.

Congratulations to Aishah Khan who has had her short story published in a schools publication for the whole of the southern region of the UK.

Congratulations also to Nia Boty who has been invited to be part of the ESSKIA team for the World Schools’ Skiing Championships in Grenoble. Her selection as a result of superb performances in ESSJIA races, English and British Alpine Championships and other international races.

There is an excellent update from the Alcohol Education Trust which will be shared with parents via Parent Comms.

Please also note the updated guidance sent by parent comms entitled Keeping your Daughter Safe Online. It is invaluable guidance and as always if you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

A reminder of the PTA uniform sale tomorrow, Saturday 14h October between 10.00-11.30am in the school library.

I look forward to seeing you at the careers evening next Thursday.

With all good wishes.

Margaret Chapman