Stanborough Times 11/6/21


Stanborough Times 28/5/21

SIMS Parent Lite APP

We are in the process of rolling out our SIMS Parent App to our Stanborough community.  Some parents of Y9 students may already have this from completing the Options process last year, and we are now extending this opportunity to all our parents.

What can I see or do on the SIMS Parent app?

SIMS Parent App enables you to access information about your child and provides the opportunity to update the school with key information.

Using SIMS Parent App

As the system is rolled out, you will receive an invitation code to join SIMS Parent app.  The invitation will have been received from noreply@sims and will be valid for 14 days.

A guide on how to setup the Parent App is attached.

Usernames and passwords are not issued directly by the school as parents can use their existing Facebook, Twitter, Google or Microsoft Account credentials.

If you do not have any of the above then please find below links to create a free Google or Microsoft Account

Support & Registering for SIMS Parent App

If you have any issues with signing in to the SIMS Parent App, contact

App Version

Available on Apple & Android devices please click below to download the appropriate app.

Web Version

There is also an online web-based version which can be found at

Creating a Google Account
Instructions for how to set up a Google Account are available directly from Google

Creating a Microsoft Account
Instructions for how to set up a Microsoft Account are available directly from Microsoft

Charity Silent Auction

Christmas gifts for loads less and all money to charity!

Our silent auction in aid of CLIC SARGENT is now live!

 An amazing opportunity to get high end products for a discount – Some amazing gift ideas!

Simply view the brochure and email with your bid.

Include the item number and your contact details.

Bids close on 10th December – the highest bid is successful!!

Charity of the Year, 2020/21 – Clic Sargent

Mrs Vlijter, Assistant Headteacher, writes:

Last weekend my family and I were in the amazing position of being able to celebrate my nephew’s recovery from Leukaemia. Rory was 4 when we discovered he had leukaemia, and has had invasive and painful treatments ever since to help him recover.

Cancer is tough for everyone, and the impact on a child can be significant. Rory lost the ability to walk, and is now just recovering his speech. On a whole family the impact of cancer is painful and certainly life changing. CLIC SARGENT is a national charity which supports families who are living with cancer. They can provide ‘home from home’ for families to stay in when their child is undergoing treatments, and they can provide nurses and play therapists to aid the child’s recovery. This is a charity that has really supported my family through this difficult time.

I am grateful to the Stanborough School community that we have chosen to support
CLIC SARGENT this year as our school charity, to help other families going through this.

Please donate to our Justgiving page via this link or use the QR code below, if you can:

Stanborough School Charity Fundraiser 2020/21

Please watch the assembly that all students have seen this week: Assembly – Charity Launch 2020

Please discuss with your child how we might be able to raise money in a covid-secure way this year.

Thanks in advance to all.


Stanborough New-build

Mr T Braybrook, Deputy Headteacher, writes:

You may have seen in last week’s Stanborough Times, pictures of the Mayor, Councillor Roger Trigg, opening our new building.  This was a fantastic day for all those involved in the project and the end of a very long journey!

The story starts in 2015 when Hertfordshire County Council approached the school about expanding in size.  Following detailed discussions on the issue, a grant of £4.8 million was awarded to the school in 2018.  This grant covered the following:

  • A new classroom block that now houses our Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages faculties. Also, new students toilets, staff offices and student support services;
  • Extra science laboratories;
  • Extensions to the car parking capacity of the school;
  • Expansion of cycle storage;
  • Conversion of existing facilities to increase the number of art rooms.

As you would expect with a project of this size and complexity, the road is never straight!  A number of issues delayed the building work, so it wasn’t until the Autumn Term of 2019 that we finally saw the diggers moving on site and real signs of progress!

In March 2020, when things were going to plan, the pandemic hit.  This led to a shutdown of the site for a while and then a phased re-opening.  This obviously delayed the planned finish date, but with a lot of hard work from the contractors, T J Evers, they have delivered the building in time for students to use it from the start of this term.  Yes, there are a few ‘bits and pieces’ to finish off, but in the current environment we are happy to be able to have more classrooms to space students out around the school.

The classrooms in the block are bright and large and they each have a state of the art interactive white board.  The block has a controlled ventilation scheme and the new toilet facilities are a welcome addition to the school.

We are also very pleased with our new science laboratories that have not only been fitted out with the latest equipment, but are also a very different design to the others with the separation of classroom and practical zones within the same room.

Looking at the future, the old classrooms that housed Compass will soon be demolished.  They currently house the music department.  We are now looking forward to the next development to improve the school’s already amazing facilities.  The new music and drama block is a separate scheme.  This has been funded via a £1.4 million grant direct from the ESFA Condition Improvement Fund.  Work is progressing well, and we look forward to this block opening in January 2021 (I am sure the music and drama departments would heartily agree with this statement).

Stanborough already has some amazing facilities for its students.  These new additions will make our student accommodation even more incredible and allow teachers and support staff to deliver some amazing learning experiences for our students in the years to come.

Growing Success Continues at Stanborough

GCSE Results 2019-20

Stanborough’s growing reputation is down to the aspirational and hardworking students supported by passionate and dedicated teachers and support staff. This has been an extremely distressing time for all Year 11 students as the pandemic has created circumstances no one could have ever imagined or wished for but it has been great to see the wonderful outcomes received by the students.

Stanborough’s Headteacher Mrs John who has led the school in the last two years commented “It has been a true pleasure to work with this cohort of Year 11 students. The school has seen several changes in the last two years but in spite of these changes, the students led by their Head of Year, Mrs Ridgeon have been extremely welcoming, receptive and supportive of the initiatives introduced. I am very proud of our students as the school continues to flourish and the aspirational culture of the school supports the learners to achieve these justified results. I have also been so impressed with the resilience demonstrated by our Year 11 students during this extremely difficult, challenging and exceptional period. They have embraced the situation that they were faced with and taken everything in their stride. It cannot be underestimated what they have been through but also the stress and uncertainty that they would have faced leading up to receiving their results today. I would like to congratulate every single student for their hard work, dedication and perseverance in their time with us. Our Year 11 students are indeed a credit to the Stanborough community and they should be very proud of what they have achieved and who they have become.

Today, we also celebrate the fantastic commitment of the teachers and support staff. The staff here at Stanborough have worked tirelessly to support each and every child and this is evident in the results. I would also like to personally acknowledge the support that the Head of Year Mrs Ridgeon has provided to each of the students in her care. She has been an amazing tower of strength to each and every child in the last five years.

I would also like to acknowledge our parents and carers who have nurtured and encouraged their children throughout their school lives. This collaborative effort and strong partnership between school and home has been a major factor in influencing the aspirational culture.

Particularly successful Stanborough students were:

  • Annabel Dunstan with all 10 GCSEs at Grade 9
  • Jack Moylan with 12 GCSEs at grade 9 and 8
  • Louis Ross with 9 GCSEs at grade 9
  • Chloe Fisher with 9 GCSEs at 9 and 8
  • Ellie-Anne Hart with 9 GCSEs at 9 and 8
  • Zhe Gao with 6 GCSEs at grade 9 and 8
  • Phoebe Gordon with 6 GCSEs at 9 and 8
  • Katie Jeffrey with 5 GCSEs at 9 and 8
  • Dominik Orzel-Walker with 5 GCSEs at 9 and 8
  • Thomas Farran with 5 GCSEs at 9 and 8
  • George McAleese with 7 GCSEs at 9, 8 and 7
  • Hannah Davis with 6 GCSEs at 9, 8 and 7
  • Chloe O’Connor with 6 GCSEs at 8 and 7
  • Samuel Holmes with 6 GCSEs at 9 and 7
  • Oliver Warner with 7 GCSEs at 8 and 7
  • Ptolemy Carnell with 6 GCSEs at grade 8 and 7.

A humble Annabel Dunstan, who achieved the highest grades in the year, said, “I am very proud of myself and my results and I want to thank all my teachers for teaching me, supporting me and believing in me.”

An emotional Louis Ross was delighted when he received his impressive results and said,

“I am really pleased with my results and relieved considering what’s happened over the past few months. I’m looking forward to starting sixth form at Stanborough in September.”

Mrs John also added, ‘We are also very pleased that a high proportion of students will continue their studies into the Sixth Form at Stanborough and will continue to perform at the highest level as demonstrated by our very good A Level results achieved last week. We also have a number of students who have been successful in their GCSE qualifications and will now follow college or Level 2 Apprenticeship courses.’

On behalf of the staff and governors, we would like to wish all our Year 11 students the very best as they embark on the next exciting chapter in their educational journey.