Year 9 “Why Study Languages?” event

On Tuesday 12th March we were delighted to welcome Alessia, an Italian student ambassador from Aston University into school to talk to Year 9 students about the benefits of studying a foreign language.
The event was arranged in conjunction with the University. Alessia is currently studying a Masters in Strategic Marketing Management and through a presentation and question and answer session gave our students a great insight into what doors may open and what careers are available to them if they study a modern foreign language.

With Year 9 about to select their GCSE options this informative and entertaining session has certainly given the students something to think about.

Year 7 intake for September 2019

Friday 1st March was national offer day when Year 6 pupils were notified which secondary school they would be attending in September.

Shipston High School can now confirm that all 120 available places for our September intake have been allocated and we are running a substantial waiting list. This is great news for our school and the local community as we continue to strive to provide a safe, supportive and nurturing environment to enable every student to grow personally and academically.

Parents are reminded that the deadline for accepting or declining the offer made is Friday 15th March and that if no response is received by this date the offer will be withdrawn by the Warwickshire Local Authority ready for the first reallocation round which starts on Monday 18th March. Appeals for places should be lodged by Friday 29th March.
If you have any queries about the admissions process, waiting list or appeal system please contact Mrs Alison Punt, Headteacher’s Secretary either on 01608 661833 or

Careers Department News

Years 8, 9 and 10 have recently all been experiencing practical sessions to help broaden their knowledge of different career paths they may wish to choose:
Year 10 CPR session
All Year 10 students learned how to perform CPR and First aid during a recent Careers lesson. One of our ex-students James Booth, who now works for the Fire Service, came into school and told the group all about his career and showed everyone how to perform CPR, as well as telling them how to use a defibrillator. Everyone in the year had a practical try at performing CPR on the first aid dummies. We are very grateful to James for such an interesting and useful session.
Year 8 Careers Day
On Thursday 14th February Year 8 all took part in a Careers day. Students chose their favourite jobs from a selection of job descriptions and had a try at completing application forms. Following this, they took part in a team activity where they had to invent a future business and present it to the whole year group. This was a really great, fun and educational event which was thoroughly enjoyed by the students whilst providing them with essential skills they will need in the future.
My Hospitality Work Event – Q Hotel Stratford Manor
On Thursday 27th February a group of Year 9 students attended an event at Stratford Manor Hotel aimed at showcasing some of the huge range of careers within the Hospitality industry.
On arrival students were give a sumptuous breakfast and were met by the General Manager, Joanne Hammick who told them a bit about the hotel before watching a film about some of the amazing opportunities within the industry. After a tour around all the different departments in the hotel it was back to a conference room where the Head Chef showed the group how to make their own pizzas, which were then served to them in the dining room for lunch.
Three fascinating and insightful sessions for all students concerned.

Charity Fundraising

Just before Christmas, three enterprising Year 11 students Georgia, Paige and Holly held a Face Painting stall at the Rotary Club Victorian Evening to raise money for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. The girls worked hard all evening and raised the sum of £45.00 and were delighted when Shipston Rotary Club agreed to match the sum, making their grand total £90.00. We were pleased to welcome Rotarian David Dawkins into school recently where he presented Georgia and Holly with the Rotary cheque.

Year 7 Careers Day

Careers Education at Shipston High School starts as early as Year 7 and on Thursday 24th January, all of Year 7 took part in a Careers day.

Students worked in teams to try and decide what they would like to do in the future and what skills they would need to achieve their goals. It was a really fun and interactive day and Year 7 thoroughly enjoyed it whilst beginning to think about their future career paths.

Team GB athlete visits Shipston High School

On Wednesday 23rd January we were delighted to welcome Team GB athlete Eden Francis into school.  Eden, a discus and shot athlete, started athletics at the age of 10 and was awarded her first Team GB vest at the age of 15.

Eden’s latest achievement is making the final top 8 in both the Shot Putt and the Discus at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and she is now in training to compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

Our Year 10 students had the opportunity to take part in two circuit sessions with Eden which were followed up by an inspirational assembly delivered to Years 9 and 10.  Students were fascinated to learn how Eden’s career has developed so far, to hear her aspirations for the future and to find out what can be achieved by sheer hard work, dedication and commitment.

We are very grateful to Eden and Team GB for making this visit possible and would like to wish Eden every success for the future.  We shall certainly be keeping a close eye on what she goes on to achieve next.

Happy New Year

As we start the new term, may I wish everyone connected to the school community a very Happy 2019.

We begin the year by welcoming new staff to the school for January. Mrs McDermott joins the Technology department, primarily in Graphics and Product Design. This follows the retirement of Mr Harper, who left in December after nearly twenty years’ service to Shipston High School. We thank him for his work and wish him well in his new ventures.

We also welcome Mrs Sheasby to the role of Pastoral Support Manager and Mr Harvey to the role of ICT Network Manager. The new staff are most welcome, and bring real strengths and skills to the school.


Tinsel Hockey Tournament

Shipston High School had another strong start to the Hockey season with its annual autumn term finale – ‘Tinsel tournament’ on Thursday 20th December. The evening involved just under 70 students competing in a fun and festive competition with teams suitably named for the festive period – Christmas trees, Crackers, Santas, Sleighs, Snowmen and The Wise Men. One of the highlights of the tournament is that every team consists of a mix of age and abilities.

Each game was played in excellent spirit and enabled players to show the skills they have learnt and developed during the term. All games proved to be very tight with the eventual winner being the ‘Crackers’. Prizes were also awarded for the best festive outfit, the winners were Abigail Neale and George Turner.

Each year group have enjoyed fixtures against a range of local schools with more scheduled in the spring term. All age groups have displayed excellent commitment to the sport and continue to progress in every game. Further highlights to look forward to are a Hockey tour to Rotterdam in the Netherlands in April and an opportunity to watch GB v Australia at the Olympic Park in June.  Hopefully Hockey will continue to be a great strength at Shipston High.

Christmas Jumper Day

Wednesday 19th December was Christmas Jumper day at Shipston High School.

Students were invited to wear their Christmas Jumpers alongside their normal uniform and donate 50p in support of two Charities, Shipston Community Christmas and Macmillan Cancer Support.  The school has never seen so many reindeer, penguins and robins, coupled with a large amount of glitz!

Thank you to all students and staff who raised £224.00 for the charities.

Live Art Workshop

Our GCSE Art and Design students had a fascinating session on Monday 17th December with well known artist Becky Gouverneur, who specialises in highly detailed charcoal and graphite portraits.  Students were treated to an amazing insight into her work and the techniques involved, gaining some first hand knowledge for them to apply in their own Art and Design lessons.

We are very grateful to Becky for taking the time to come and visit us and for all the helpful tips she gave to the students.