Visit by author inspires students

Year 7 students took part in a fantastic workshop on Thursday 6th June led by author Gary Toward who came to share his inspiration for writing the novel “The Magpie”, set in World War I.

His presentation took students on a journey through time, incorporating the history of the period. The main character in the book is based on the author’s own experience as a child growing up in a mining family, the story starting in the north east of England and ending in the trenches of France. Students then had the opportunity to produce their own piece of poetry, learning the story of Valentine Joe Strudwick, reputedly England’s youngest military casualty of the First World War.

We are grateful to Mr Toward for taking the time to come into school and deliver such an inspiring, thoughtful and inspirational session with our students, re-enforcing the message that writing and reading are key skills for whatever path students decide to take in the future.

As a result of the enthusiasm and interest shown by the students, the local bookshops can probably expect to see a number of copies of “The Magpie” flying off the shelves anytime soon!

Amazing success!

Year 10 student Isabella Benfield has again shown us what persistence and endeavour can achieve. Isabella competed yesterday in the Riding for the Disabled Association qualifiers, entering
two dressage classes and two show jumping classes. She came first in all four!! Not content with that, Isabella went on to win a trophy for the highest dressage score for Warwickshire and another one for the highest show jumping score of the day for the whole West Mercia region.

We are delighted that through her dedication and efforts she has qualified for the National Championships at Hartpury College on 12th and 13th July. Wishing you the best of luck Isabella, we are all so proud of you!

Year 10 Law Day

On Thursday 9th May a group of Year 10 students took part in a Law day at Stratford Girls’ Grammar School.

It was a really interesting and informative day. The students took part in five different workshops with lawyers from the Law firm Harrison, Clark Rickerby. Each workshop featured a different type of law, Criminal, Litigation, Insolvency, Employment and Property.

After lunch, the students spent some time preparing for a mock trial to take place that afternoon. Each student had been given legal papers to pre-read before the day and all students took on a role in the trial. Before the mock trial, students prepared their own questions and planned how they wanted the defence and prosecution to go. At the end of the afternoon the trial went ahead with a judge deciding the outcome of the case.

We are grateful to Harrison Clark Rickerby for leading the workshops and to Stratford Girls’ Grammar School for hosting the event. It was certainly a busy day and really gave the students a very good insight into a career in Law.

Year 9 Further and Higher Education Day

On 21st March we arranged a series of Further and Higher Education workshops for Year 9 students.

The students spent the day attending different workshops by many different colleges, sixth forms, apprentice providers and people from industry.

The available workshops were delivered by Warwick University, Chipping Campden School Sixth Form, Stratford College, Ricardo Engineering, Q Hotels, Stratford Manor, Taylor Wimpey, Agri Tec, and the Police, as well as workshops in Photography, Theatrical Make-up, Sport and Public Services.  We even had Comau, a robotics company who bought two robots with them which the students had to control to make them perform various tasks.

This day was both fun and informative and the students thoroughly enjoyed the day, coming away with lots of information about their future opportunities.

The visitors also commented on how well behaved and interested all of our students were.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Mr White is spearheading some whole school fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support:
“I had the good fortune to meet up with two of our ex-pupils recently. Both attended the school about twelve years ago and both are progressing extremely well in their careers. We exchanged the usual pleasantries, talked fondly about the past but it was the more recent experiences of one young lady that stuck in my mind.
Parissa Barghchi left school in 2007. Since this time she has enjoyed considerable success in her chosen career but it is her private life that has presented the greatest issues. In 2018, Parissa lost her mother to breast cancer. If this wasn’t enough to cope with, shortly afterwards she was informed that another close family member was suffering from the same condition and very soon afterwards Parissa herself tested positive for the BRCA1 gene which hugely increases the possibility of her contracting the disease. Parissa has recently undergone significant medical intervention to help prevent her becoming the third member of her family to battle this awful disease.
I’m glad to say the prognosis for Parissa and her family is very positive and great thanks must be given to our wonderful health service for this. What impressed me most however is that Parissa is the same bubbly, positive young lady that she always was. She has not let this faze her and now wants to give something back. What surprised me is the manner in which Parissa plans to do this. She was never the sportiest individual in school but she has recently gained entry to the Virgin London Marathon and will be running to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support who gave her such great help during a very challenging period.
I have pledged to support Parissa in her venture and will be running some fund raising events within school. I would also ask anyone in the wider community that either knows Parissa personally, has been affected by similar issues or just wants to show support for a very brave young lady to get behind her if you can. The easiest way to do this is to type Parissa Barchghi London Marathon into Google and choose Virgin Money Giving. You will see Parissa’s individual page, can read more about her and the reasons for this fantastic challenge and hopefully offer sponsorship for the event.
Thank You.
Chris White
Deputy Head Teacher”

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.