Personal Development Day

Last Friday, was Personal Development day at Studley High School.

Year 7 attended sessions on road safety from John Squires, Road Safety Mentor at Warwickshire County Council. They learned about independent travel and taking account of their new risks and consequences.

Year 8 learnt about financial understanding.

Year 9 learnt about identities and diversity which was supported by Anna Turney an ex Paralympian. Anna is a fantastic role model for our pupils, highlighting how you can be determined in the face of adversity, and inspiring our pupils with her incredible sporting achievements.

Year 10 received sessions on personal identity.

Year 11 were supported by Brook and Life Charity with representatives from both, leading sessions on gender, sexuality and relationships.

Firework night – review

Saturday 10th November saw a second year of success for the Studley Fireworks Extravaganza that took place here at Studley High School.

After months of planning by staff and parents from both Infants and the High School, the event was even bigger and better than ever! This year’s spectacular 15 minute fireworks display, thanks to 1st Galaxy Fireworks, was accompanied by the ever-popular soundtrack to ‘The Greatest Showman’.

Performances by The Harc Duo and Andy Bennett (of Ocean Colour Scene fame) made the evening more than just a fireworks show.

The event showcased local suppliers:

Bespoke Butchers provided delicious hot food.  Weatheroak Brewery supplied real ale and Caney’s Cider supplied their medium traditional blend.  In recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1, Sally’s Wartime Tea Room was a huge hit with traditional bakes, wartime music and wartime propaganda posters provided by the children as part of their history curriculum.  Former pupils came back to help with Festival glitter, the tombolas did a roaring trade and hot chocolate with baileys and mulled wine kept everyone warm. The raffle was a great success with some terrific prizes donated by local businesses. The best raffle prizes were donated by the Co-op who donated 2 huge hampers of free trade goodies.  C&C Flooring also sponsored the event and donated a fast car driving experience.

The event helped raise over £1000 for local charities and groups – Camps International, a local gym group, the Britsh Legion, Scouts and the NSPCC.

Next year, the Fireworks will take place on Saturday 9th November and will be increasing the spend on Fireworks to provide an even more spectacular display next year.

We were delighted to host a tremendously successful community event which brought together not only Studley High School and Studley Community Infants school but also local fundraisers such as the British Legion and Scouts, together with local businesses and a huge turnout of local people.  The whole team would like to thank everyone who supported our event and enabled us to put on a fantastic Fireworks display and a great family night out.  We look forward to Saturday 9th November 2019 and putting on an even more spectacular show next year!”

Caroline Maddox-Jones

Brass lessons @Studley

Peripatetic music lessons with our instrumental teachers are very popular at Studley High, with currently around a hundred students receiving weekly tuition on their chosen instrument.

Since September the music department has been promoting the brass family of instruments and trying to encourage more students to ‘come and try an instrument’.

The brass family including the trumpet, trombone, horn and tuba, have been less popular in previous years but we are aiming to buck the trend though and our newest brass playing recruits have just joined the school orchestra.

They are enjoying their lessons and playing as part of a team and will be performing for the first time at our Christmas Concert on 13th December.

We currently have a special offer on brass lessons, with students able to ‘try out’ a brass instrument for five weeks priced at £5 a lesson. There is also no requirement for families to commit to buying an instrument for their child as we have received kind support from the locally based Arrow Valley Brass Band meaning that we can lend instruments to pupils, free of charge!
If you would like more information about brass lessons for your child, please contact us.

Year 7 Amie in GymFusion

Performing at the Birmingham Hippodrome, Amie Jeff from year 7 took part in the GymFusion event representing the Bromsgrove Gymnastics National team.

The audience was amazed as display teams from across the country showcased their skills to wow the audience at GymFusion, the British Gymnastics Festivals Programme that this year had the theme of ‘Time’.

British Gymnastics National Festivals Programme has seen more than 22,000 performers take part in show-style festivals across the UK. With seven events this year, the show included exciting and creative performances from all ages and abilities across a wide range of gymnastics disciplines.

GymFusion gives participants the opportunity to display their team skills and talents in a fun environment, promotes diversity, encourages performance and brings together the whole gymnastics community.

Well done Amie for an amazing performance.

Riley makes the cut

Year 9 pupil, Riley Haywood ‘made the cut’ just before half term.

Riley decided to have more than 7″ of hair chopped from her lovely locks, in aid of The Princess Trust.

Her hair will be donated to the trust who supply real hair wigs to children suffering with cancer, for the duration of their treatment. They also assist children with other conditions which also result in hair loss, the most common being alopecia.

Studley Cross Country

Congratulations to James Mucklow (Year 10) and James Faulks (Year 7) who represented Studley High at the Cross Country County Championships on Saturday in Stratford.

James Mucklow came in 3rd place and James Faulks in 6th, hopefully both qualifying for the Inter County race on the 8th December! Good luck both!


Creative Maths Poster Competition

Mathematics is a creative subject – professional mathematicians will agree that they need to be imaginative in order to succeed in their work.It is aimed at all ages.

If you’re creative and want to enter a new competition to make a poster aimed at showing people how there is a connection between maths and arts subject such as music, art or dance, then this is for you!

Open to all year groups – this is something you could do over half term, showing your creative talents linked to maths.

Winning posters will receive an Android tablet, a certificate and have their winning entries on a national website. See the information below for categories and guidelines.

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School residential @Whitemead

During mid-September, the staff at Studley High School supported 80 Year 7 students on a residential trip to Whitemead Forest Park in Lydney, Gloucestershire.

Prior to the trip, activities were selected by Mr Rose to help develop teamwork skills and resilience. Students had the opportunity to participate in a number of engaging activities such as fencing, low ropes, tree climbing, body zorbing and the ‘crate stack’ challenge. Although the residential was a great opportunity to develop new friendships with other students in the Year, it was a real joy to watch students grow in confidence and support others when needed.

The site itself is set on the edge of the Forest of Dean. Not only did students love the beautiful surroundings and the glorious weather, they really appreciated the luxury accommodation they shared with their friends. The students also enjoyed the food that was on offer during their stay too. Energy levels needed to be kept high ready for the two evening activities: the general knowledge quiz on a Friday night (where the staff narrowly missed a victory!) and the disco where students had the opportunity to throw a few shapes! Mr Rose personally ensured that Mr Rushton was banned from the dance floor for crimes against ‘Dad Dancing’!

The residential trip was a real success and the Activity Leader and Coordinator from In2action made the following comment:

Mr Rose. Thank you for your kind feedback. Your school has been a real joy to have stay with us, you’ve been great! I will pass on your feedback to the team and we look forward to seeing you next year!

Mr Rose would personally like to thank all the Year 7 students that attended the residential for their exceptional behaviour and the staff who supported the trip: Miss Baker, Miss Boyle, Mrs Case, Mr Rushton and Miss Hinde.

The staff are already looking forward to the next Year 7 residential!

Post 16 Progression Evening review

Last week, we held our annual Post 16 event at Studley High.

More than 20 exhibitors came to speak to our pupils, including sixth forms, colleges and universities as well as local businesses.

The event was open to years 9, 10 and 11 and their parents/guardians, enabling them to gain further knowledge of post 16 and progression onto higher education. The event was a huge success with excellent feed back from the exhibitors on pupil engagement.

It was great to talk to the students and their parents at the event.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to showcase our sixth form. We were delighted with the conversations had with your students and their parents.

It was a great evening. There was a variety of options to choose from and it helped me to make some decisions about my A levels”

List of exhibitors:

Alcester Grammar School
Arrow Vale School
British Army
Bournville College
HOW College
King Edward VI School Stratford
Mills Pyatt
Newman University
North Bromsgrove High School
Prince Henry’s High School
St Augustine’s Catholic High School
St Benedict’s Catholic High School
Stratford Girls’ Grammar School
Stratford College
Solihull Sixth Form
Studley Castle
Tudor Grange Redditch
Woodrush High School
Worcester 6th Form

Cyber-bullying Presentation

Last week, Calum Foad came to talk to our Y7 pupils about cyber bullying.

“Calum Foad – You & I”

This program has toured to more than 4,500 schools around the UK and Ireland, with a mix of different artists who’ve had outstanding reviews. The pupils watched a unique and entertaining performance from Calum, followed by a Mental Health / Online Safety educational message.

The main message of the presentation was to empower pupils to make the right choices with online safety and encourage them not to discriminate and treat everyone fairly. He discussed  mental health and well-being, with the intention to instill confidence in our pupils, and to speak about their state of mind, tools to recognise when to reach out and who to talk to.

Calum is a 21 year old singer / songwriter from Berkshire and has been tipped by BBC’s Radio 1 as the next big British male singer being compared to Olly Murs. Calum has been singing and playing guitar for over 10 years, last year supported McBusted on tour and will soon be heading off to LA to work with some huge songwriters.