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.


Year 9 Visit to the National Arboretum

As we approach a significant remembrance Sunday, the school is involved in a number of activities to commemorate this important event. Miss McElroy has written a summary of a recent trip to the National Memorial Arboretum, which follows here:
On Thursday 4th October we were able to take Year 9 on a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum. This trip was designed to help the students reflect on how and why we remember the fallen by looking at a small section of the 300 war memorials.
During our visit we took part in a poppies workshop, this enabled us to learn about the creation of the poppies and about some of the poetry inspired by them. Students were asked to take apart their poppy and then put it back together with restrictions such as using one arm or closing their eyes. This helped to demonstrate how difficult it is for veterans returning from war to adapt to their surroundings; a real insight into the impact of conflict.
We were then able to freely walk the grounds of the arboretum. We focused on two memorials: the armed forces memorial which commemorates soldiers killed in conflict since the end of World War Two and the Shot at Dawn memorial which commemorates those soldiers who faced the firing squad for perceived offences. These were both powerful memorials that provoked a deep level of discussion from the students.
As a close to our day we took part in the act of remembrance where students read poetry and laid a wreath on behalf of the school. The students’ response to the trip was profound with many reflecting on why we are free today and what it actually means to be free. The scale of the memorial at the Arboretum also provoked some awe from the students, leaving them with a deep level of respect.

At a more local level, we are very proud of Year 11 student Connor Begley who has recently completed his training as Standard Bearer for the Shipston branch of the Royal British Legion. Connor performed his first duty on Sunday 21st November when he took part in the remembrance Service at the Memorial Garden in Shipston to commemorate the end of the First World War.

Major Road Safety Award

Shipston High School is the inaugural winners of the Warwickshire County Council Road Safety Team annual award, sponsored by the Ocado Foundation.
This award is given to the school considered to have shown the best initiative or making a particular, significant contribution to road safety. We won the award for the tremendous voluntary homework carried out by a number of our Year 7 students in preparing booklets and posters on road safety themes covered in their PSE lessons over the last year. Some of the students, together with Mrs Lucy Baker were presented with the Trophy and a £500 prize to be spent on road safety initiatives at the school by Mr John Squires, Road Safety Mentor from the WCC.

Shipston High School is the place to be

Shipston High School’s student numbers continue to grow. This year the school will admit 120 new students into Year 7 in September – its largest intake yet. On 28th June we held our Induction day for those students to come and have a day in school to experience just what it’s like to be a student at Shipston High School. It is always exciting to see pupils from a number of schools join together with new friendships to foster and new experiences to share. This year was no exception and by the end of the day there were many smiling faces and an air of anticipation of what lies ahead. We are very much looking forward to them joining us properly in September.
It doesn’t, however, end there. We are already looking ahead to September 2019 and the following week, on 3rd July, we held an Open Morning for Year 5 Parents and pupils who are exploring possibilities for their secondary education. We were delighted to welcome into school around 60 families, eager to see what we have to offer their children – and to get a first look at our new building. Applications are now open through the Warwickshire Local Authority for places in September 2019 until the end of October 2018.


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The Long Road to Ghana

One Week, 4,000 Miles, Two Great Causes

When we were invited to help raise money for Brain Tumour Research UK and Willing & Abel we were keen to find out what we could do to help. The aim of the “Long Road to Ghana” was to help the local community to travel 4,000 miles from Shipston-on-Stour to a young man called Ethan’s Home in Akatsi, Ghana. Ethan Suglo first came to the UK for surgery a couple of years ago to treat a medical illness that is treated at birth in all Western Countries. His first surgery was very successful, but to give him the chance of a normal life he needed more. It was for this surgery that we wanted to help raise money. The fundraising challenge across the community was to travel – by whatever means – the equivalent of 4,000 miles in 7 days.

On Monday 4th June staff and students gave up their lunchtime and took to the school field, along with Dr. Williams from the local Medical Centre, to clock up some miles towards the 4,000 mile total. With the help of the school Jazz Band to spur them on, we estimate our walkers covered around 375 miles, raising over £400 for the charity. We would like to thank all our parents who gave so generously towards this event and understand that the Ethan has now had his surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Shipston High School Sporting Success

Extra curricular PE is very popular at Shipston High School, with a great number of students representing the school in numerous sports. Our sports teams have been very active over the last few months and have achieved a number of notable successes:
Congratulations to:
Our Year 8 boys who took the gold medal in the Warwickshire School games level 3 sports hall athletics competition
Our U13 girls who took part in the Warwickshire girls rugby festival held at Barkers Butts RFC and won all of their games and then had tickets to watch the Womens’ England v Ireland Six Nations match at the Ricoh Arena
Our Year 8 basketball team who beat a very strong Alcester Grammar side 42-33 to become South Warwickshire district champions 2018
Our U15 girls rugby squad who won all their games at the recent RFU Warwickshire festival held at Shipston Rugby Club

Winter sports are nearing an end, with the Ski trip to the USA taking place during the Easter holidays. We look forward to the Summer term and achieving more great successes on fields, courts and track.

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.