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.


Adverse weather arrangements

With the onset of winter weather, we have recently circulated to parents the actions the school will take in the event of advance notice of a school closure or a forced closure during the school day.  Although we hope to avoid any weather related closures, please can parents familiarise themselves with our procedures in the event of challenging conditions.

The website link to this letter is www.shipstonhigh.co.uk/information/school-letters/


Non Uniform Day

As a rural community we are very mindful of the amazing work done by the Air Ambulance teams serving our locality.

On 20th November, we were pleased to welcome Mary from the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity who gave two assemblies on the work of the Air Ambulance.  At the instigation of the students, the school decided to undertake some fundraising to support them in their work and Friday 30th November saw a non-uniform day in aid of the Charity.  We also sold Air Ambulance merchandise and invited our parents to donate through Parent Pay.  Donations received a significant boost during our recent staff training day when staff took part in a “Chips for Choppers” lunch where everyone who wanted chips for lunch made a donation towards the fund in return for a member of staff to go and collect them from the local fish and chip shop!

We are delighted that we raised a massive £915.67 for the Charity.  Thank you to everyone for your amazing support.

Year 11 Mock Interview day

With the end of their time at Shipston High School approaching, our Year 11 students are preparing to take their next steps into further education or employment with training.  Each year students have timetabled sessions to help them prepare their own CV in preparation for forthcoming interviews when applying for school and college places and apprenticeships.

This year’s mock interview session took place on Thursday 29th November where every student had a 25 minute personal interview conducted by representatives from local businesses and members of the Shipston on Stour Rotary Club.  Dressed in their choice of interview clothes, this experience gave the students a real opportunity to prepare themselves for the “real thing” when formal interviews for sixth form and colleges begin in the New Year.

Once again, we are very grateful to the members of the Shipston on Stour Rotary Club and our business community for giving up their valuable time to help our students.

Teach Meet

When looking at the school Hall after school on Tuesday 4th December you may have thought that Miss Whitworth and Miss McElroy were preparing for a Christmas party, with the beautifully decorated tables, decorations and lovely food.

It was, however, a staff training event “Teach Meet” which saw teachers and teaching assistants gathering from near and far to hear trainer, keynote speaker and author Gary Toward’s wise words.

Gary’s focus was on teachers being the ‘decisive element’ in their classrooms, encouraging staff to be reflective on their classroom practices and the way they form relationships with their students.

Gary’s book ‘The Decisive Element’ really is a great read.

Alongside Gary, there were a number of great presenters from Studley High School and Alcester Academy who shared their ideas as well as Shipston staff Ms. Lawrence, Mr Denham, Mrs Hunt and Miss McElroy looking at a variety of topics such as whole class feedback and careers in the classroom.

Attendees left the session with a lot of new ideas to think about.  Thanks go to Miss Whitworth and Miss McElroy for all their hard work in arranging the event.


Calais Youth Refugee Centre

Head of Religion, Ethics and Philosophy Ms Jordan Whitworth recently visited a Youth Refugee Centre in Calais and gives her account of her experience:

Over the weekend of 17th November a friend and I headed down to Calais to work with the Refugee Youth Centre.  We delivered a truckload (literally!) of donations to the Help Refugees Warehouse and helped out there for the day, helping them prepare the 2000+ meals they deliver every day before then helping sort the donations in the warehouse.  I took with me the post cards that Shipston High School students had written to let the children there know that people were thinking of them, another show of how caring and wonderful the students at Shipston High are. On the Sunday we delivered some youth work in Calais.  I worked with a number of unaccompanied young people, teaching them English at the side of a car park. The people I met there were truly incredible and had a resilience I didn’t think was even possible. The volunteers too were incredible people who will be giving up their Christmas to be with the unaccompanied children who are still having to live on the street. We will be sending hampers to the volunteers as a thank you for all that they do, so if you have anything you would like to donate e.g hot chocolate sachets, nice toiletries etc. please get in contact with Ms Whitworth: jordanwhitworth@shipstonhigh.co.uk 

Opening of New Reception and Teaching Block

On Friday 16th November we were delighted to welcome into school a group of invited guests for the official opening of our new Reception and Teaching block. The block hosts a new Reception and Visitor area, together with nine fully equipped teaching classrooms for the delivery of English, Modern Foreign Languages and Religion, Ethics and Philosophy.

Guests included representatives from Warwickshire County Council, Glancy Nicholls Architects, Ridge & Partners Property Consultants, Shipston Town Council and School Governors, with the Guest of Honour being Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for the Department of Education who described us as an “outstanding school with a passionate team of teachers and exceptional students”.

It was a great pleasure to be able to share our pride in our new facilities and to show our local community that Shipston High School is well placed to serve the town and its surrounding community.