PiXL Edge Presentations

The first PiXL Edge Awards ceremony to celebrate Year 8’s success during their first year at Shipston High School took place on Thursday 30th November.  The PiXL Edge – Apprentice Level framework gives students the opportunity to develop five key life attributes through a series of targeted activities and challenges. These attributes were chosen after research looked into employability skills and the following attributes were identified as key to success.

Leadership; Organisation; Resilience; Initiative and Communication

Students were required to complete two activities per attribute.  Examples of some of the activities undertaking by the students to gain the award include organising a fundraising event for a local Youth Council which involved running a tabletop sale, car wash and bike repair, writing and delivering a speech on Animal Abuse and Animal Testing, learning a new musical instrument and completing research for a project within History which included creating a model of castle.

As a school we are keen to promote such skills and qualities to prepare students for life once they leave Shipston High. Our students are keen and determined to face every challenge set which was evidenced by the number of students who achieved the award. Hopefully the success and accolade of this award will drive them forward to work towards the next level which will be launched after Christmas.






Awards Evening

The school’s annual Awards Evening took place on Thursday 23rd November.

This evening is one of the major celebration events of the school calendar, where we celebrate the achievements of our current Key Stage 4 students and present last summer’s leavers with their hard-earned GCSE certificates.  As well as many parents, staff, governors and ex-students we were pleased to welcome members of town organisations such as the Rotary, Lions and Probus clubs together with representatives from the Shipston churches and our Town Mayor, Cllr. Dan Scobie.

It is always very interesting to meet up again with our ex-students and find out what career path they are taking and learn the variety of A level and college courses they are undertaking. They are certainly great role models for our younger students.

In addition to prizes for outstanding progress and achievement, awards were presented for service to the school and the general wider community.  One such award was The Graham Lowe “Wilco” Award sponsored by the Shipston on Stour branch of the Royal British Legion in memory of Graham Lowe who was the school’s first Head Boy in 1957The award is presented for being a cheerful and willing volunteer and was given to Rebecca Drew and Abigail Slatter for the work they are doing as volunteer junior librarians in school.

Year 11 Mock Interview day

Our Year 11 students have now applied for further education courses, so interviews for Colleges, sixth form, apprenticeships and full-time jobs are just around the corner. In preparation for this we organised a “Mock interview” day on Thursday 16th November so that students could experience for themselves what it feels like to be in an interview situation and the type of questions they may be asked at interview.

During the course of the day, every Year 11 student took part in a 25 minute interview based on their own CV.  Interviews were conducted by members of the local business community and representatives from the Shipston on Stour Rotary Club  who have much experience in interviewing young people.

The day was a great success with the students gaining a lot of valuable knowledge and useful information to help them in the “real thing” and our visitors remarking on the level of maturity and ambition for the future shown by our students.

Once again, we are very grateful to all our interviewers for giving up their own valuable time to give their support to this project.



Shipston High School is very pleased and privileged to support the Shipston branch of the Royal British Legion in its fundraising and in raising awareness of conflicts past and present and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  Our poppy sellers are busy during the Poppy Appeal fortnight selling poppies and other merchandise to support the Poppy Appeal, each year trying to beat the previous year’s total.

A big part of our school Remembrance is the whole school assembly led by the President and Chairman of the Shipston Royal British Legion.  At 2.30  p.m. on Friday 10th November the school falls silent for the whole period of the assembly as a mark of respect for all those who suffered.  Mr Hunt, Head of Music, sounds the Last Post and Reveille and we are proud to say that Year 10 student Harvey Crockett is the Legion’s official Standard bearer.

To end our remembrance, our four senior prefects will represent the school in the town procession on Sunday 12th November, lay a wreath on behalf of the school at the war memorial and read out the names of the fallen during the remembrance service.

Each year our senior prefects decide on their own wording to accompany the wreath.  This year’s wording is very poignant:

“We will never forget their fight, their suffering and their pain

We will always remember them; their bravery and their name”

Prison Me No Way day

Prison Me No Way was created by the No Way Trust, a national educational charity whose main aim is to raise awareness among young people about the causes, consequences and penalties of crime.  On Tuesday 3rd October all students in Years 8 and 9 attended a series of workshops aimed at helping them to make the right choices in life, including listening and taking part in activities run by volunteers from the fire and ambulance services, the prison service, magistrates and the police.  In addition, they took part in a “street scene” to raise awareness of anti-social behaviour, listened to an ex-offender about his experiences and found themselves in a mock-up prison cell.

This biennial event was kindly sponsored by the Stour Valley Lions and DASH Shipston, whose support we very much appreciate.

Open Evening

Our annual Open Evening was held on Thursday 28th September and was exceptionally well attended.  Parents and Year 6 pupils took tours around the school and heard about our current successes, our plans for the future and the incredible “Shipston Spirit” as well as taking part in some of the many and varied activities available.
The pupils were, as always, out in force during the evening (including our team of roving reporters who scoured the school looking for stories and conducting interviews for the Open Evening Newsletter written and prepared during the evening) and filled the school with energy as they shared their pride in the school with prospective parents. Visitors were full of praise for the atmosphere of the school, the mature demeanour of our pupils, and our reputation for excellence.

With just under one month left before Year 6 parents have to make their final choices for admission to secondary school in September 2018 we hope that the evening will have provided a good flavour of what Shipston High School has to offer.

2017 GCSE Success

Shipston High School has achieved some excellent GCSE results this year. Pupils should be very proud of their exam results, Year 11 worked extremely hard studying for their exams, and work has been rewarded with strong individual performances and impressive results across the school. Pupils have made excellent progress at the school and we are delighted that the pupils can now go on to fulfil their ambitions.

Shipston’s results include subjects achieving notable success with A* to C grades. For example, Business Studies secured 94%, Geography 91% and Graphics 94 %. Drama secured 100% A* to C grades.

2017 is the first year of new grading for English and Maths, and Shipston pupils performed well with these new and challenging exams. Shipston continues its tradition of strong results in Maths, with 30% of the year group achieving a grade 7, 8 or 9 – equivalent to A & A* – a fantastic result. Overall in Maths, 80% of pupils secured grades between 4 and 9. In English, every pupil achieved a GCSE in both Language and Literature. 91% of pupils gained a grade 4 to 9 in an English GCSE, significantly ahead of the national average.

Notable individual performances included a wide range of top grades, including pupils with multiple A & A* grades or equivalents. Progress has been really positive, with some pupils exceeding their expected outcomes by two or even three GCSE grades.

The school has a strong and consistent record of achievement. This year’s results will enable pupils to succeed with further study, training and employment. 2017 provides additional evidence of the strong academic grounding pupils receive at Shipston High School. All the pupils should be congratulated. Shipston High School’s work is pupil centred, and we are delighted to see so many strong results; they are a testimony to the ethos of the school and the dedication of our pupils.

Headteacher’s End of Year message

Shipston High School has had a wonderful year, with students and staff involved in a range of activities. As the school pauses for the summer break, it is worth reviewing the year.

In September 2016 we celebrated our best ever examination results, with 82 % of pupils achieving at least five GCSEs at grades A* to C. A fantastic result by any standards, and in excess of the national average. This success was confirmed with our impressive ‘Progress 8’ score of +0.46, one of the highest in Warwickshire.

In November, we celebrated these impressive results at our annual awards ceremony. The young people looked justifiably proud as they received their awards, and guests enjoyed an address by Olympic gold medallist Matt Gottrel.

November is also a time of reflection, and the whole school joined with the British Legion to commemorate Remembrance Day in the school and the community. Remembrance was also a focus for year 9 students on our history department’s trip to the battlefields of World War I, where students laid a wreath at the Menin Gate. Again, we thank the local British Legion for their involvement in these events.

We recently confirmed the start of building work on our next phase of development. Work will progress across the summer and the next few months. This will provide space for us to offer more school places and further improve our environment.

Students continue in their incredible commitment to the extracurricular opportunities in the school. We enjoyed a production of The Jungle Book, featuring a huge cast of actors, singers and dancers. The year also concluded with creative arts, taking part in the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company ‘playmaking’ festival in July.

The Shipston Proms concert at the school was massively well attended. It was lovely to welcome visitors from across the community. Pupils of all ages played a variety of music in what was a thoroughly entertaining evening. So impressive were the performances it was often easy to forget the young age of the performers.

The year in sport has been equally active, with pupils participating in an impressive range of teams and activities. Pupils have had real success in national and regional competitions. For a school with under five hundred pupils, everyone involved should be proud of what they achieve in cricket, netball, rugby, football, hockey and so much more.

The school also excelled in the Rotary Youth Speaks public speaking contest, with strong performances from all involved. We were especially proud of our three national finalists; an outstanding achievement.

We closed the year with our Shipston Award ceremony in July. This programme enables pupils to demonstrate their independence, maturity and resilience across a range of criteria. I am delighted with the work of the whole school community this year, and am proud of what the school is achieving. I wish everyone a relaxing and refreshing summer.

Senior Prefects

We are pleased to announce that our new Head and Deputy Senior prefects have been appointed for the next academic year.

Head and Deputy posts are appointed following applications from current school prefects. Students have to apply with a formal letter of application, with the selected applicants undergoing an interview by a panel comprising the Deputy Headteacher, a Governor, a member of staff and an ex-Senior prefect. Not for the faint-hearted.

Congratulations go to Luke Parker and Milly Bryan (Head Boy and Head Girl) and Oliver Simpkins and Georgia Cook (Deputy Head Boy and Head Girl).

Visit to Prodrive factory

As part of our STEM work, the Technology department held a competition for students to design a new memory stick, with the 10 winners being given the opportunity to take part in a visit to the Prodrive Factory near Banbury to see for themselves the advances being made in motorsport design and technology.

Our students had an amazing morning at the factory, visiting the exhibition area and specialist workshops used for saloon construction and racing. At the end of the visit they were presented with a piece of the carbon fibre front wing of the Aston Martin Vantage GTE which won the 2017 Le Mons Championship and which now takes pride of place in the school reception area.

Thanks go to Prodrive for a fantastic visit, much talked about by staff and students on their return to school.