Remembrance activities

Over the last few days, as is the norm, the school observed the national commemoration for Remembrance.

The whole school gathered together for a special assembly to reflect on the commitment and sacrifice of our armed services. We were proud and honoured to welcome special guests from the Shipston on Stour branch of The Royal British Legion to the assembly, and we thank Chairman, Richard Adams, and President, David Kernohan, for joining us for the event. Students heard the story of Ernest Arthur Webb who served in the 2nd Batallion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and who, at age 29, became the first Shipston fatality of the second world war.

School staff and students were represented by our five senior prefects, Ashish, Minnie, James, Matthew and Amy who took part in the parade and the Sunday Remembrance service on 10th November and attended the marking of the two minutes’ silence on 11th November with Headteacher Gavin Saunders.

We are grateful for the opportunity to be involved, and proud to have raised money for the Royal British Legion through poppy sales in school.

Prison Me No Way Day

Prison Me No Way day is an event we always look forward to in school.

As part of our work on Personal Social Health Education (PSHE), we had visitors in school from the Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Red Cross, Police, CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre), the Prison Service and other organisations for a Crime and Safety Awareness day. The aims of the day were to raise awareness among young people of the consequences of crime, and discouraging young people from making a mistake that could affect their adult lives. Workshops this year included Prison Life, Drugs, Knife Crime and Making the Right Choices. Students also had the chance to experience what the inside of a prison cell looks like, forcibly bringing home the message that actions have consequences. This event for Year 8 and 9 students has been run in school for the past 12 years and it has been hugely successful and valuable. The event is organised by the No Way Trust.
If you would like to know more about the charity organising the day, please visit their website at

Mrs Hunt’s visit to the Cotswold Wildlife Park

On Saturday 28th September 45 students visited the school’s adopted rhino – amongst other animals –at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford. The visit was the culmination of Mrs Hunt’s “Rhino Week” at school, involving students fundraising for the rhino by putting loose change into a rhino shape, a ‘name the rhino’ competition to win a cuddly rhino and selling animal key rings and snap bands. Students also bought and hungrily devoured a large amount of homemade rhino shaped cookies!

The day was bright and sunny and students enjoyed a great day around the Park. It was especially pleasing to see so many of our new Year 7 students taking part in their first school trip!

Thanks to Mrs Hunt and all the other members of staff who gave up their Saturday to enable the trip to go ahead.

Fantastic turn out for Open Evening

Open Evening took place on Thursday 26th September and we were delighted to welcome so many prospective parents to what we believe is a very special school. The school was alive with demonstrations, displays and current Shipston High School students eager to share their experiences of life at the school. We never cease to be amazed and proud of the way our students volunteer to come back to school in their own time to help in classrooms, act as tour guides, car park attendants and do anything else that needs to be done!
Our visitors were certainly impressed with their Shipston High experience and our visitors questionnaire revealed some lovely comments:
“The students were absolutely charming. You can see immediately how happy they are. We’re extremely impressed”
“I have been very impressed by how warmly the pupils spoke about their school: their sense of pride is evident”

The closing date for on time applications for entry to Shipston High School in September 2020 is 31st October and the school has 120 places available.

Open Evening

A fantastic number of people attended our Open Morning back in July. We are now delighted to invite you to our OPEN EVENING which is taking place on Thursday 26th September 2019.
The evening will commence with the Headteacher’s presentation at 6.00 p.m. (which will be repeated at 7.30 p.m.) followed by an opportunity to view the school until 8.00 p.m.

During your visit there will be the opportunity to:
• See our high achieving and student focussed school in its attractive setting and explore the ‘Shipston Experience’ for yourself
• Find out about our success and why Shipston High is the first choice school for so many families
• Get involved in the exciting, interactive displays in all subject areas and experience the high quality of our teaching and learning
• Meet and chat to our students and learn how they achieve significantly above local and national averages.
• Talk to staff and students
• Appreciate how we develop character through extra-curricular activities
• Hear how well our students do after they leave us
• Learn about our engaging curriculum
• During the evening you will also be able to access help and advice on the admissions process

We very much look forward to meeting prospective parents and students during the evening. If you have any queries please contact Mrs Alison Punt, Headteacher’s Secretary, on 01608 661833 or

First week of term

The new Autumn term started on Tuesday 3rd September when we welcomed 120 new students into Year 7 together with older students in year groups across the school and 5 new members of the teaching staff.

The school has certainly been buzzing this week as our young people negotiate their way around their new school environment, dealing with different lessons in different classrooms, different teachers for each subject and deciding what food to buy in the school canteen! All students have arrived looking very smart in their new uniforms, well equipped and ready to start the new chapter in their lives. They are already engaging well in their lessons and anxious to join some of the many after school clubs which will be starting shortly. This intake is the largest Year 7 intake for many years, being fully subscribed with a waiting list. As we continue to help our new starters settle into life at Shipston High School, we are now turning our thoughts to those pupils in Year 6 at local primary schools who will shortly be visiting us with a view to making their applications for next September and we are currently making preparations for our Open Evening on Thursday 26th September.

GSCE results success

Shipston High School students have achieved fantastic GCSE results this year. Students in year 11 worked extremely hard studying for their exams, and their commitment has been rewarded with impressive individual performances and strong results across the school. All students should be very proud. These results show the results of sustained hard work and the excellent progress students make at the school. I am delighted that these results empower students to go on to fulfil their ambitions in education, training and employment.

Shipston maintains its consistently strong record in core subjects. In English, 75% of students secured grades between 4 and 9, with 78% in Maths. Top grades have been secured across all subjects, including students with multiple grades at 7, 8 and 9. Students have achieved grade 9 across the subject range, showing a consistent high performance in a diverse range of subjects. As important as individual grades achieved is the impressive progress from students, with many exceeding their expected outcomes.

The school has a strong and consistent record of academic achievement. The school’s focus on quality education, and our work preparing students for adult life, will enable students to move onto a wide range of fulfilling careers. 2019 results demonstrate the strong academic focus of Shipston High School. Results day is also a day to remember the community spirit that supports our young people; students are encouraged and supported by their friends and family along with the school staff. All students should be congratulated. Well done to everyone.

Shipston High School’s work is centred on our students, 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 young people. Shipston students have once again excelled; congratulations.

Mr G. Saunders

Headteacher’s end of academic year summary

Shipston High School has had another active year, with students and staff involved in a varied range of activities. As the school community enjoys the summer break, it is an ideal opportunity to reflect on the year.
In August 2018 the school celebrated a really successful set of GCSE results for our Year 11 students. Individual grades were really pleasing, allowing many students to fulfil their ambitions for the next stage of their education. Results day was especially hot, as was the whole of last summer, and the school enjoyed favourable local press coverage as we celebrated in the sunshine. We are already looking forward to this years’ results being announced.
In November the whole school joined with the British Legion to commemorate Remembrance Day in the school and the community. This year students wrote personal messages on our own wall of poppies; a very moving installation. 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 and researched local and family connections.
Student participation in the extracurricular opportunities at the school is always impressive. Students show real enjoyment of these activities, and attend regularly. Even when winter weather may deter some, Shipston students are still to be found on the playing fields after school. There are many activities to list across a range of disciplines but students should be proud of their participation. Public speaking continues to be a strength of the school, with impressive involvement and extremely high standards. Thank you to everyone who makes these activities so successful.
Creative arts thrive in the school, and The Shipston Proms concert at the school was, as always, well attended. It was our pleasure to welcome visitors from the Prom committee and wider community. Students of all ages played a rich variety of music in what was a hugely entertaining evening. The musicians also perform in local venues across the Proms season, and I am sure many people across the community share our pride in these young talents. I am grateful to our music team for the work they do with the students and community performances throughout the year.
Students enjoyed working with a range of visitors this years, including authors, artists, and Olympic athletes. Students also engaged with numerous charity events, raising money for good causes including Macmillan Cancer Support and Warwickshire Air Ambulance.
The final day of the school year was an opportunity to celebrate success, including presenting our Shipston/Pixl Edge award. This national programme enables students to demonstrate their independence, maturity and resilience across a range of criteria. I am grateful for the continued support of the Rotary Club for our awards programme.
All of us should be very proud of the work of the whole school community this year, and of the continued achievement of our young people; well done to everyone involved. Shipston High School’s reputation is strong, and is built on the achievements of the young people who make the school such a positive place to be. I wish everyone a relaxing and refreshing summer.

400 Merits!

Many congratulations to Madison Davies in 7CL who has obtained the highest number of merit awards this year!  Madison was presented with her certificate and trophy in the end of term celebration assembly on Friday 19th July.  Well done Madison!

Staff retirement

A special meeting at breaktime enabled staff to say a fond farewell to Judith Jackson who retired from her post of Teaching Assistant after 33 years service to the school. She was presented with gifts, cards and a memory book from staff and students all wanting to wish her well. After an address from Mr Saunders, staff heard from Mr White just how much Judith has done not only for Shipston High School but also for the wider community of Shipston on Stour since starting work here in 1986.

We will very much miss seeing Judith in school and would all like to wish her a long and happy retirement.