Useful Information & News for Parents

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Don Edgar

School Policies and Procedures

For all school procedures please refer to the School Documents and Procedures

section in the Parent Zone.  All school policies can be found in the School Policies Zone which can be found in the main menu on the left hand side.

Student Safety

Monday, 19 September 2011 20:50

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.


Sportivate: Sport courses for 18 - 25 year olds

Tuesday, 06 September 2011 00:00

Sportivate is a nationwide campaign that aims to provide new sporting opportunities for teenagers and young adults to receive coached or lead sessions. The four year project commenced in April 2011 and is working with local authorities, national governing bodies, sports clubs, schools and workplaces.

As part of the Sportivate programme Broadland Council are offering courses in Golf, Snowboarding and School of Strength for those aged 18 - 25 years old. Places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Click here for further information


Mr A & Mr C in the O2 Learn £100,000 National Final!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 00:00

Sprowston Cluster Website Logo
Pictured from left Mr John Cordeaux
and Mr John Allerhand

We are on the brink of a very exciting opportunity at the school and we need your help. Two of our teachers, Mr John Allerhand and Mr John Cordeaux entered a national educational video competition organised by O2 Learn. Mr A and Mr C, won two of the fortnightly prizes with “Reincarnation” and “Matters of Life and Death” and so found themselves amongst eighteen schools in the semi-final. This was largely due to voting support from the students at the school.

Over the summer holiday a panel of educational experts examined the eighteen videos and reduced them to a final eight.  Both of the videos were chosen to be in the final eight. We are the only school in the country with two videos in the final.  We want to put Sprowston on the national educational map and we want to win the first prize of £100 000 for the school to build a multi-media O2 complex for the school and support the foundation of a new Sixth Form Centre at Sprowston.

How Can You Help?  Each of the films will be awarded points from the panel of experts according to the educational value of the film.  These points will then be added to points gained from a public vote for the two weeks starting Wednesday September 14 and ending on Tuesday September 27 2011. This is where you come in. O2 have clearly stated that each voter has only one vote and we want you to make it count.

To do this you will need to go on to the O2 Learn home page on or after the 14 September and follow the new voting instructions. Register with O2 Learn; “verify” as instructed; and then please vote for “THE REINCARNATION SONG”. This is the video that we believe can win. Watch it again and sing along! Please try not to vote for the other video “Matters of ...” because it will split the vote.

1.  We need all students and staff to vote.
2.  We need all parents and guardians to vote.
3.  We need you to spread the word so that we can maximise the Sprowston voting potential.

Results will be announced by O2 Learn on Friday October 14 2011.


Many thanks

Mr A & Mr C


Changes to the Kett Sixth Form Partnership

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 11:39

Dear Parents, Carers, Guardians and Students

We just wanted to write to you to outline some changes in relation to our involvement in The Kett Sixth Form partnership.  This is an especially important time for our parents and students in Year 11 as they move into their Sixth Form provision and the next stage in their academic careers.

Over a period of time Governors have been considering having our own Sixth Form, which led to a period of consultation with Sprowston staff.  At a meeting held by the full governing body on 11 July 2011, Governors voted in favour of a resolution: “ that we the Full Governing Body of Sprowston Community High School begin the process which will result in our withdrawal from The Kett Sixth Form College and the establishment of a Sixth Form at Sprowston Community High School. “   The aim is to have our own Sixth Form on our Sprowston site with our Sixth Form provision being geared towards this.  This decision has not been taken lightly and has involved research and discussion.

We want to reassure parents with students in Year 11 that your son or daughter starting their courses in September will complete them through the Kett partnership by 31 August 2013.  We will continue to ensure the best possible provision in those 2 years and we confirm our commitment to the partnership with Open Academy and Sewell Park College for those students too.

We will however be making changes, and our current Year 10 moving into Year 11 this September will be making their transition into the Sprowston Sixth Form from September 2012. 

We have valued our relationship with The Kett over the years, and look forward to this continuing in the transition period.

Yours sincerely

Andrew John
Fiona Hardman
Chair of Governors

Library Matters: The CILIP Carnegie Medal

Monday, 27 June 2011 13:40

Every year stalwart readers from our school library tackle the shortlisted books chosen for 'The CILIP Carnegie Medal'.  Students are encouraged to read all six shortlisted books and choose their favourite.  Furthermore, they can read and write reviews of the books on the Carnegie website.

The shortlisted books for the Carnegie Medal

This year, Key Education, who provide our school with Supply Teachers,  have donated book tokens to our School Library and these have been used to buy the shortlisted books and a selection from the longlist. Thanks go to them for their generosity.

Jane Wright
Library Manager


The Higher Education Student Finance Package for 2012/13 onwards

Monday, 06 June 2011 00:00

Student finance for higher education is changing from September 2012.  The government wants these changes communicated clearly to all students.  To help pupils, parents and the staff advising them understand all the facts the government have launched the 'Future Students' campaign which contain resources in helping pupils, students and staff understand the new system.

Click here for further details and to read the full message from Vince Cable, Secretary of State and David Willetts, Minster of State for Universities and Science


KS4 Scientists - Material World Podcast

Friday, 21 January 2011 11:58

Following a successful Year 10 Parents' Evening last week many parents were anxious to support their children's education. One such way is to encourage your child to do some reading or research into topical science issues. What better way than to download the Radio 4 podcast for the weekly 'Material World' programmes in its own words.

'Material World is a science programme reporting on developments across the disciplines. Each week, scientists describe their work, conveying the excitement they feel for their research projects'

You can download the podcasts using the following link:

Each one lasts 30 minutes and you don't even need to write anything. Happy listening!!

The Science Department


Sprowston Library Events

Friday, 21 January 2011 00:00

Sprowston Library Event Try out DS games for free


Sprowston Cluster Website

Wednesday, 12 January 2011 10:20

Sprowston Cluster Website Logo

Welcome back to the new school term! I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year. Hopefully you have had a chance to visit the cluster website by now, but if not, do have a visit if you can. There is a wide range of information on there. Also, I welcome any queries, and information through the contacts page, especially if you know of any events happening locally, that would be of interest to other parents/carers and other members of our community.


If you find any information on the site that has been useful to you, do let me know, as all feedback is helpful to the running of the site.


Thank you.

Vici Bailey Extended Schools Coordinator.


January 2011 Exam Timetable

Wednesday, 15 December 2010 14:10

The January 2011 exam timetable is now available to download here, please note, this timetable includes all external exams, mock exams and Kett exams.


Spanish Trip to Cantabria June 19th – 25th 2011

Wednesday, 01 December 2010 00:00

In June 2011, the Spanish department are offering a 7 day residential trip to the region of Cantabria, Spain, close to the city of Santander. The trip will follow a similar itinerary to that offered in 2010, but with a few modifications, including one night in France. This trip has been organised for us via STS School Travel Service Limited and will provide students with an insight into Spanish culture and an opportunity to practice their language skills. The trip is open to all students within the school and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.  It will take place from Sunday 19th June – Saturday 25th June 2011. Transport will be by coach via return ferry crossing Dover to Calais.


The total cost of the trip is £345 which includes all travel, accommodation and insurance.  For further details about the trip please use the document link belowPlease note, if you would like your child to take part in this trip, you will need to complete the the consent form below and return it with the deposit by the 15th December 2010


Download the Spanish Trip Letter and Consent Form


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