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Welcome to Stowupland High School


We are proud of our students and what they achieve both in and out of school.

We enjoy an unrivalled setting with modern facilities which are being constantly updated. Beyond the bricks and mortar though, our innovative approach to curriculum design and partnership working enables us to offer diverse and tailored learning for all year groups.

Outside the classroom, the dedication and commitment of staff supports an unparalleled range of extra-curricular activities. Every Wednesday, our formal timetable ends at 2.00pm and this provides a unique opportunity for many students to broaden their outlook and develop new skills and talents. Present options include: Art, Drama, Life-style Cookery, Photography/Film Making, French, Textiles, Homework Club and a variety of Sports.

In return, we expect the best from all students. The school motto is Tene Virtutem (keep hold of that which is good) and great emphasis is placed on the core values of rights, responsibilities and respect. We apply these core values to all aspects of school life: from courteous and respectful behaviour around the site, to purposeful and responsible attitudes both to study and to each other. In addition, students are encouraged to demonstrate a genuine understanding of the local, national and international community.

Above all, we want students to embrace the opportunities available at Stowupland. We want them to enjoy the challenge of learning and to be excited by the choices that educational achievement can bring.

The experiences we provide at Stowupland prepare all students for highly successful and fulfilling lives in an increasingly complex world. I thoroughly enjoy leading the school and hope that you will share my enthusiasm for our work and will want to be part of it.

About us

Every sixth form wants to do the best for its students, so what is distinctive about our ethos at Stowupland?  Quite simply, student achievement and student well-being are at the heart of everything we do.  Stowupland is an inclusive community school where all young people can make outstanding progress. 

We are focused, determined and unremittingly positive in pursuing this vision.

We enjoy an unrivalled setting with modern facilities which are being constantly updated.  Beyond the bricks and mortar though, our innovative approach to curriculum design and professional working enables us to offer diverse and tailored learning for all year groups.

Outside the classroom, the dedication and commitment of staff supports an unparalleled range of extra-curricular activities.  Every Wednesday, our formal timetable ends at 2.00pm and this provides a unique opportunity for many students to broaden their outlook and develop new skills and talents.

In return, we expect the best from all students.  The school motto it Tene Virtutem (keep hold of that which is good) and great emphasis is placed on the core values of rights, responsibilities and respect.  We apply these core values to all aspects of school life: from courteous and respectful behaviour around the site, to purposeful and responsible attitudes both to study and to each other.  In addition, students are encouraged to demonstrate a genuine understanding of the local, national and international community.

Above all, we want students to embrace the opportunities available at Stowupland.  We want them to   enjoy the challenge of learning and to be excited by the choices that educational achievement can bring.

The experiences we provide at Stowupland prepare all students for highly successful and fulfilling lives in an increasingly complex world.  I thoroughly enjoy leading the school and hope that you will share my  enthusiasm for our work and will want to be part of it.

Sixth form students at Stowupland enrich the work of the school and are highly valued members of our learning community.  

Facilities available

Stowupland High School is set in one of the most rural parts of Mid-Suffolk.  The village of Stowupland itself lies just north of the A14 corridor and the school is close to the village green, the village hall, the church and The Freeman County Primary School.  This setting at the heart of the village is rare among secondary schools and we are proud of both our central location and of the central part we play in the wider life of the Stowupland community.

The school first opened its doors on 6 September 1978.  The buildings were designed to blend with the local architecture with extensive use of pantile roofs and stained boarding in keeping with the village   character.  A Community Sports Centre was opened in 1999 and students are able to take advantage of the on-site Fitness Suite.

Working with County architects, an additional block has been added to the original building.  We continue to refurbish and re-design the interior of the building to create a flexible learning environment for the 21st century.  We also have a top-class library with a dedicated Sixth Form study area.  

The Sixth Form are able to make full use of all school facilities.  In addition they enjoy their own dedicated  dining room, study area and common room as well as independent access to our Sports and Fitness Suite.

Our catchment area is now one of the largest in Suffolk and covers some 250 square miles including a number of outlying villages.  This diversity adds to the vibrant and stimulating culture of the school.  We have 180 places available in each year group and the number of applications from those living outside the catchment area increases each year. 

Additional support

Stowupland Sixth Form works to provide a broad and relevant curriculum and general education for its students.  Each student is given the opportunity to fulfil his/her academic potential, commensurate with his/her ability, and to achieve the highest possible attainment level. Our curriculum seeks to promote breadth and depth of study and to encourage independence of learning and self-reliance in our students. 

•           We work closely with our Inclusion Team to accommodate students who have specific needs and to ensure that students are able to access the individual support that is vital to their success.

•           Additional support is offered to students who wish to stretch and challenge themselves.  We prepare students for Oxbridge entrance and university applications and provide opportunities for work experience placements.

•           Our tutorials and assessment systems are aimed at students setting realistic and challenging targets, reviewing their progress and taking responsibility for their learning.  We challenge students to work with staff to help them to develop the resilience and skills required to complete their course and be successful, and also to move onto the next stage in their lives confident and equipped with the essential skills required. 

Learner success

Over 75% of our students proceed to study in higher education each year from the Sixth Form.  Most, but not all, study for degree courses at UK Universities or Medical Schools.  This includes several students each year who achieve places on prestige degree courses such as Medicine, Engineering, Architecture, Maths, Sciences, Law, English, History, Economics and gain places at Oxford, Cambridge or other top ‘Russell Group’ universities. Many of our students also pursue more specialist or vocationally focused degree courses including: Computing, Management Science, Finance, Creative Arts, Environmental Science, Performing Arts, Education, Media, Arts and Nursing. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Stowupland High School directly.

Last updated date: 26 July 2017
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