Headteacher's Blog - 27/9/2019

It has been a very busy week at Stratton. While the whole school was preparing for our Open Evening on Thursday, the Year 9s were working hard to finish off their STEM projects down in science. This culminated with project teams presenting posters on their research, design, testing and results on Tuesday morning. Winners and runners up were announced for the categories of a self-sustaining island, an efficient rocket and a flood proof house. There was real energy down in the Science Centre as students explained what they learnt though the project work and it was great to see so much passion for their chosen projects.

Last night’s Open Evening was a huge success and I would like to thank our dedicated staff for all the extra work that went into the evening. It was a pleasure to meet so many prospective students and their families and receive some really wonderful feedback about our school, students and staff. Students are always our greatest ambassadors and they deserve a huge thank you too. The Year 9 tour guides were a real credit, having been at the school less than 4 weeks. They demonstrated great resilience, especially towards the end of the evening when energy levels were flagging. Many other students helped in departments and the Head Students did a great job of meeting, greeting and directing. I would especially like to thank Amy Andrews in Year 9 and Finley Woodward in Year 13, both bravely speaking in public for the first time to share their experiences of Stratton to large audiences in the Hall.

If you missed the Open Evening or would like to see the school in action during the day, please contact the Office to make an appointment for a visit. We would be very proud to show you around on a normal working day.

Our Macmillan Coffee morning on Thursday was hugely successful. We asked all staff and students to contribute and, with a bit of health rivalry between the year groups, an astonishing number of cakes were brought in to school. Cakes were on offer during the Open Evening and will be on sale again during Friday break time. Next week we will be able to announce how much money was raised for the incredibly important cause.


Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher