On Friday 25th September, we celebrated the effort, participation and achievement of students over the past 12 months. For a copy of our presentation booklet, click the pdf.
New Site - Public Consultation - Monday 22nd June
On Monday 22nd June 2015, parents, carers and all interested parties are invited to attend the school to view plans for the new school site. Senior school staff and governors, as well as key members of the Kier project team will be on hand to answer questions.
Parents of existing students are welcome to attend between 3:30pm and 7:30pm.All other visitors are welcome between 4:30pm and 7:30pm.
Ofsted Vist STFS and grade it 'GOOD' overall.
STFS Netballers on tour - 24th - 27th April
Ten Year 9 girls, accompanied Miss Coll and Miss Saundery to an England Schools Netball Tournament in Minehead. The weekend involved a series of coaching sessions as well as the main competition. Our girls ended up as winners of the U14 Shield Competition. Well done girls!
Dogs Day Out - Sunday 19th April
Once again, we were asked to help out at the annual Medical Detection Dogs Charity's day out. This year we ran the the tea and cake tent, a real responsibility since it is such a key stall. Many students and parents brought cakes to sell and these went down a treat. Some students carried trays of cakes around the event and the raffle also raised over £5000 with the STFS stands and raffle contributing around £1000 of this.
We were joined by more than 25 of our students who also ran a Treasure Hunt, Guess the weight of the cake and a Name the dog stall. A number of students also showcased our 3d printers and sold pen tops created by students. It was great event for a very worthy cause and we were very pleased to have helped out. Thanks as alwasy to staff who were extremely generous with their time, especially on a Sunday.
RAF Stem Day at STFS
Year 9 and Year 8 students enjoyed a STEM Day courtesy of the RAF and the Smallpeice Trust on Thursday 5th March. Working in teams, they had to solve a number of puzzles and create a gadget capable of disabling an electronic communications device from nearly 2m away. The teams came up with a huge array of solutions but ultimately it was the girls of Year 8 who won with the Year 9 girls taking second place.
STFS in the press again
STFS hit the headlines once again through our World Book Day events and our particpation in the Rotary Technology Tournament where one of our teams came third. Click on the links to see more.
A great couple of weeks on the recruitment front
In what has been our busiest couple of weeks on the recruitment front, we have got in early for our new staff for September. In a field of very high quality candidates, we have now recruited a teacher of maths, two teachers of humanities subjects, a teacher of ICT and a new Head of English. This will allow Miss Day to concentrate on her leadership team and SENCo duties.
We have also appointed our Combined Cadet Force School Contingent Commander and School Staff Instructor. Both will start at the school after Easter and will work on recruiting cadets ready for a September start. We will be inviting parents to an information evening about this soon after Easter.
STFS makes the news again for 3D work with BCA
Once again, STFS's innovative 3D Design curriculum is making the news. In this video, staff and students discuss what this means to them and how we work with BCA to deliver a genuinely leading edge curriculum.
Click the link to watch our video
PE & Sport in the News
Once again, school sport has hit the headlines, this time focused on the lack of competitive sport and the fact that outside of the 'first' teams, competitive sport is often denied to students. This is something that at STFS we have attempted to overcome from the outset. We pride ourselves on providing opportunities for competition to all students and, as a result, have ensured that over 75% of students have done so already. Follow the link to find out more about this story.
Christmas Newsletter - Read all about the term at STFS, as written by the students.
Bucks and Winslow Advertiser November 2014
TCT Magazine November 2014 - STFS Featured once again in article on 3D Printing in Schools
11th November 2014 - RAF TEST Officer Visit
The school hosted Jenny Muddiman (Cadet Expansion Officer) and Sqdrn Ldr Chris Hillman (TEST Officer for RAF) today. They spent an hour or so explaining the process we need to go through before opening the cadet force in September. They also shared our impeccably observed 11am Armistice Day Silence. We are very excited about the CCF (RAF) and what it will offer our students.
30th October 2014 - IQM Award for the school
We have today received the excellent news that the school has been awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) following our inspection earlier this month.The following is taken from the report...
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the school and found everyone I met to be welcoming and very keen to tell me about their school of which they are very proud.
The school is a very harmonious community and feels like a family. The school is built on strong relationships, which ensure children have trust and confidence in their teachers and support staff. They feel safe and secure in school and are able to thrive and learn. Pupils and parents are very proud of the school and even though they have suggestions for improvements they are loyal and fully committed to supporting the school. They really appreciate the excellent education their children are receiving and furthermore appreciate the strong relationships formed and a curriculum designed to support the whole child.
The emphasis on educating the whole child and providing a curriculum that will develop their resilience as well as their academic progress is noteworthy.
The school has come a long way in a short time and they have a lot to be proud of.
15th October 2014 - e-Safety talk for Year 7s
PC Graham Brigenshaw attended the school along on Tuesday 14th October to give a talk on e-safety. It was extremely interesting and informative. PC Brigenshaw reminded students that they should not access Facebook until they are 13 and warned them about ensuring that all settings on social networks, instagram etc. should be set to private.
Graham will be running an update session for Year 9s next week and this will focus on more mature themes which are likely to be relevant to our older students.
We will once again be running a parents' e-safety evening in November but in the meantime, parents are encoraged to check out our e-safety information (LINK) on our website. The world of social networking is a fast-moving one and we encourage parents to keep up with it. We feel that it is very important for parents to know what their children are doing online.
14th October - 2014 - Headmaster meets other Free School Heads
The Headmaster attended a celebration of Free Schools hosted by the New Schools Network at Lancaster House today. The event was presided over by Secretary of State fore Education, Nicola Morgan. She was joined by the Prime Minister, David Cameron and Education Minsitster, Lord Nash who you may remember visited the school last year. Lord Nash thanked the school for his 3D Head which has pride of place on his ministerial desk!
More success for the Year 9 Netball Team
The girls chalked up another win this week and are fast acquiring a reputation as the team to beat locally.
The school is closed to students on Friday 24th October
Meet the tutor evening
Thursday 23rd October, 2014