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Sprowston Cluster - Family Christmas Events

Wednesday, 07 December 2011

Just to remind parents/carers, please do take some time to visit our cluster website over this Christmas period, as we have sourced a good collection of local family Christmas events that are cheap or free.  The events section uses Google calendar, so is also compatible to download if you use a Google calendar already. The website address is

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Christmas.

Vic Bailey Extended Schools Coordinator


Telephone Careers Helpline for Students

Friday, 02 December 2011

The Department for Business Innovation & Skills has launched a telephone careers helpline for students as part of the National Careers Service.  Support is available from trained advisers who will talk through issues, offering confidential advice and practical help.  Advisers are available from 8am to 10pm, seven days a week, telephone 0800 100 900, or for text messages on 0776 641 3219


Christmas Celebration Assemblies 2011

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

It is with great delight that we are able to invite you to join us at these special events.  The invitation is open to all Parents, Guardians, Carers and their families, including Grandparents. 

  • Year 7 - Thursday 8 December
  • Year 8 - Tuesday 13 December
  • Year 9 - Friday 16 December
  • Year 10 - Thursday 15 December

The Christmas Celebration Assemblies will be a celebration of the talent and success of the students. The events will run from 09:00 to 10:10 in the Main Hall and will incorporate presentations of the end of term awards for academic excellence.

With space limited to 150 seats, there is a restriction on seats, which will be allocated on a first come basis.  During the event, photos or DVD recordings may only be taken by nominated staff, so please leave your camera at home.

If you would like to join us at these events, please contact the school office on 01603 485266, indicating how many places you would like to book.

May we take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Happy Christmas and offer our sincere thanks for your continued support this term.

Download a copy of the letter for parents, guardians and carers (pdf, 28Kb)


Behaviour, Safety & Attendance

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Under the new Ofsted criteria (active from January) there will be a sharp focus on the behaviour and safety of students.  Ofsted will be particularly keen to hear from students and parents about their perceptions of student behaviour and safety.

With this in mind we carried out surveys with a sample of students and parents.   As a school we are committed to driving improvements and we know that we must listen to our stakeholders when prioritising the areas for development.  We would like to thank all who contributed their voice, particularly the parents who offered such thoughtful and reflective insights.

On the whole we are very pleased with the results (available to download using the links below), which confirm that most perceive behaviour and safety to be good.  However we are not complacent and both surveys have indicated clear areas where we can build confidence and good practice.  This will form an action plan for the next 2 terms.

A number of parents have kindly indicated that they would be willing to contribute to a Behaviour and Safety focus group.  If you would like to do this, or you have any comments on either survey, please contact Liz Wood via the school phone number or at

Clcik here to download a copy of the Behaviour, Safety and Attendance - Parent and Carer Questionnaire Results (pdf, 104Kb)

Click here to download a copy of the Behaviour, Safety and Attendance - Student Questionnaire Results (pdf, 413Kb)


School Photographs: payment deadline

Monday, 07 November 2011

Please can we remind parents, carers and guardians that the final day for excepting payments for student photographs at the school is Thursday 17 November.  After this date, payments will need to be made direct to Van Cols, the photographer. 


Collapsed Curriculum Day

Monday, 17 October 2011

Sprowston Community High School celebrated its first Collapsed Curriculum Day on Wednesday 12 October.

  • Year 7 worked on a 'Sheep project' with PSHE and the Arts which contributed to 99 sheep being displayed at the Cathedral as part of the Leaders and Followers project.
  • Year 8 celebrated Europe through a European Awareness Day where they worked in teams to create a board game.
  • Year 9 used their scientific and design skills to take part in the 'Mission to Mars' project.
  • Year 10 completed their Speaking and Listening coursework in English and worked on controlled assessment and additional learning opportunities in Humanities.
  • Year 11 benefited from additional time in ICT and Maths to develop their wider key skills in preparation for their exams.

Many thanks are extended to all staff who contributed to making Collapsed Curriculum Day a great success.

Helen Watts
Deputy Head (Teaching and Learning)


School Photography Proofs

Friday, 07 October 2011

The money for the school photographer proofs will be collected by the school photographer, Van Cols, on Thursday 20 October.  Please pay your money by this date to make sure your pictures are received quickly.  If you have any problems with your proofs please contact Van Cols on 01206 273711, quoting your ID number from your proof.   Many thanks


Geography Ofsted Inspection Report Available to Download - September 2011

Wednesday, 05 October 2011

The results of the Geography Ofsted Inspection conducted on the 19 and 20 September 2011 are now available to download:

Download a copy of the Geography Ofsted Inspection Report (pdf, 166Kb)


Sprowston School Association Quiz and Chips Evening 14 October

Monday, 03 October 2011

Do you like quizzes and enjoy a fun night out with friends and family?

Join us for the Sprowston School Association Quiz and Chips evening.  It will be held on 14 October in the school hall at 7.00pm.  Prices are £5 for chidren and £7 for adults and includes quiz entry and fish and chips.  

We would love to welcome old friends and new parents/members of the community to this popular and relaxed evening.   Can you beat the staff team???

Click here for further information and to download a copy of the entry form.


Student Safety

Monday, 19 September 2011

In the interests of student safety, parents are not permitted to pick up students from the school premises between 3:20pm and 3:45pm unless the student has a disability. If you feel you have a valid reason to collect your child from school i.e. an injury, please contact the school to advise us of this.


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