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School Photographs: payment deadline

Monday, 07 November 2011 00:00

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. 


Behaviour, Safety & Attendance

Thursday, 10 November 2011 08:58

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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)


Collapsed Curriculum Day

Monday, 17 October 2011 00:00

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 00:00

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 08:16

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 08:47

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 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


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