Shipston High School congratulates our Year 11 students on the fantastic GCSE results achieved this year. Students have had an extremely challenging time since the government’s cancellation of the usual examinations. The grades awarded represent the hard work across the duration of their courses, and their commitment has been rewarded with impressive individual performances and strong results across the school. All students should be very proud.
Shipston High School has once again proved its reputation for high academic achievement with a host of top grades across all subjects. Shipston High is proud of the wide success for our students, including those who scored especially impressively by securing a grade 9 in at least seven different subjects.
This year, following the cancellation of exams, grades were awarded through a process of centre assessed grades, checked against a national standard and approved and awarded by the exam boards. The government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year due to the varying impact of the pandemic.
Gavin Saunders, the school’s headteacher said: “We are immensely proud of all the work and achievements of our students, especially after such a difficult and disrupted year. Our students, supported by their families and teachers, have worked with real commitment to ensure they can pursue their ambitions in education, training and employment and we look forward to seeing what they will achieve in the future.”
The selection process has now taken place to elect our new Senior Prefects for next academic year. Having made a written application for the post, students were then interviewed by a panel comprising the Deputy Headteacher, a member of staff, a representative from the Governing Body and an ex-Head Girl. The successful students who received their new prefect ties in the End of Term Assembly on 21st July were:
Head Boy: Harry Wixey
Head Girl: Emma Musgrove
Deputy Head Boy: Rowan Thompson
Deputy Head Girl: Abi Neale
Many congratulations to them and to all the other contenders who made the selection process very difficult for these hotly contested positions.
The whole of Year 7 were recently tasked with making earphone wraps during their Technology sessions.
Students managed to work the acrylic plastic with a range of saws, files and drills to create some very interesting shapes, and with only a few breakages of the acrylic (which is a brittle material).
Students drew their design ideas, modelled these in card and made changes, investigated and created their own logos and packaged the finished product using the vacuum forming and line bending plastics processes.
Congratulations to all students for all of their enthusiasm, hard work and focus on this project, during what has been a very challenging year.
Art/Textiles students in Years 10 and 11 have been using their lockdown time to look at how they can recycle ordinary everyday items into something special. The results have been astonishing, showing without a doubt that recycling is the way to go. Congratulations to all students on producing such original designs.
Although the majority of students have been engaged in on line learning since the start of the lockdown at the beginning of this term, a lot of amazing work has been taking place in living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms across the school community.
Our Art department has received some brilliant artwork sent in by students whilst home learning and we would like to share below some examples of what has been achieved. The “eye” themed pieces of work are by Year 8 students whilst the remainder are from a collection of work by Year 10 students.
In the period up to Christmas, before the covid lockdown in January, the Technology Department was able to run some after school homework/coursework sessions for our Key Stage 4 students, with all appropriate safety measures in place. Their hard work both in lessons and after school has produced some exceptional work.
Textiles, students have been working on products based on nature, which involves experimenting with many different techniques and using artists as inspiration for their work.
Health and Social Care students have been researching some support organisations for families in poverty.
Food technology students have been working on their controlled assessments, where they have been building their practical skills base to enable them to identify three to four dishes based on a theme, two of which they would be required to cook in a three hour practical exam, should this be allowed under Government/Exam Board guidelines.
The gallery below shows some of the brilliant work that has been taking place.
Remembrance is one of our whole school events that is embraced wholeheartedly by our students. This year, more than ever our senior prefects were determined that even though the country is in lockdown they still wanted to undertake the traditional wreath laying ceremony. When it became apparent that it wouldn’t be possible for the four of them to attend the Shipston town event we decided to hold our own commemoration on the school site.
On the morning of 11th November in the school grounds Cameron, Emelia, Tom and May read out a paragraph they had written expressing their thoughts, together with the names of the fallen from the two World Wars and laid the wreath in their memory. The whole school then fell silent for 2 minutes, where students stood and reflected on past events. Each year group in school had attended assemblies during the previous week on the theme of “Respect”, something to be shown in everyday life but also in remembering with great respect those who had risked their own lives for the rest of us.
We will never forget the courage you showed for us.
Now, more than ever, we understand the importance of community, and regret that we cannot commemorate this time together as we are socially distanced, but we know we are united in our gratitude.
We understand the importance of role models and we thank you for how you stood up as people of Shipston on Stour, and contributed to victory.
You will always be remembered as heroes.
We will remember them.
The senior prefects on behalf of Shipston High School”
Many congratulations to our four new senior prefects for this Academic Year.
There was a very strong field of applications for the posts, but after a rigorous application, shortlisting and interview process Cameron Collie and Emelia Berry were appointed Senior Prefects with Thomas Taylor and May Redshaw their Deputies.
The students received their Senior Prefect ties from Mr Saunders and are now ready to take up their responsibilities in school.
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