Message from the Headteacher – Mrs John

What an amazing end to the week! It was a real pleasure to spend Thursday evening watching our talented dance students take part in the 2018 House dance! I continue to be impressed with the extra curricular opportunities available to our Stanborough Students. The curriculum celebrates the diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Well done again to our talented dancers!

Headteacher’s commendations for this week are:

Headteacher Commendation Awards 17 10 18Matthew Dunstan (Yr. 7) for excellent attitude towards his education;
Ian Britten (Yr. 8) for being a consistently positive role model and showing kindness to other students at all times;
Hubert Lee-Larke (Yr. 9) for an improved attitude to learning this academic year;
Freddie Walker (Yr.10) for a high number of bronze awards and a notable improvement in conduct;
Holly Craven (Yr.11) for being a supportive peer demonstrating care for the learning of others;
Charlotte Ball (Yr.12) for making a superb start to her Post 16 programme and always being willing to help out with events;
Tawsif Chowdhury (Yr.13) for continuing to achieve academic excellence and a positive attitude.

Quote of the week:

“A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.” William Hazlitt

Enjoy the weekend ahead.
Mrs John

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Spy Missions

Mrs Venneear, Year Leader: Year 7, writes:

Spy Missions 2018 3On Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th October Year 7 visited Spy Missions in Milton Keynes. Everyone was excited but a little apprehensive as we did not know what to expect. Upon arrival we were made to feel welcome by the staff and everyone was seated in their groups. Group one set off on their mission first and everyone else followed at 15 minutes intervals. Whilst waiting the students started to tackle the computer based activity. This involved students solving maths problems to gain entry codes to various rooms. Once they had all the answers they were able to gain access to an imaginary vault. The Spy Mission was based on a ship and involved students climbing over lasers, crawling through tunnels and using ladders and slides to manoeuvre their way around the ship. In certain areas students had to work together as a team to solve problems to prevent a missile being deployed. After the mission students had a spy quiz to answer. All the answers were displayed on the walls. Students were scored on how well they worked together as a team and also for the number of correct answers. Everyone had a great time and said that the Spy Mission was the best part.

The top teams were Groups 7 and 8 on Tuesday; Group 9 on Wednesday and Group 7 on Thursday. Gold Awards have been given to the members of each of these teams.

Spy Missions 2018 1“I thought Spy Missions was really good because it felt like you were actually in a real environment. You had to work well as a team which helped you make better friends.” Isaac Eden 7S

“I think it was really fun. It made me face some new challenges.” Alanna Dawson 7A

“It was fun solving all the missions; a great day.” Amber Cooper 7A

“I was very anxious as to what was next. But I really enjoyed the lasers . A fun day.” Emily Young 7A

“I thought it was really good solving all the problems and I liked how we climbed on things and shot lazer guns.” Heidi Emery-Lillie 7A


Message from the Headteacher – Mrs John

Stanborough welcomed a group of ex-students after a very long break! The group of students, who all left in 1955, came to look around their old school. It was wonderful to receive the letter of thanks from the ex-students.

“Just to say a big thank you to you and your team for yesterday’s visit. We had a brilliant time and we’re most impressed with what we saw, how times have changed. We went into a number of classrooms of different age groups and all the students answered with a smile, not your normal teenage grunt. Everywhere we went had a very calm atmosphere and the diversity in the learning that you offer compared to our day is amazing.”

Headteacher’s commendations for this week are:

Headteacher Commendation Awards 15 10 18Year 7: Tahlia Wornham for outstanding approach to transition and outstanding effort in all lessons;
Year 8: Arran McConnell for using commendable initiative by administering first aid to a distressed student during Run for Stanborough;
Year 9: Kaitlyn Batchelor for outstanding attitude to learning in all subject areas.;
Year 10: Alfie Butler for significant improvement in work ethic from last year;
Year 11: Joshua Long and Jack Hamer for outstanding contribution in raising money for charity;
Year 12: Jasmine Tarry for representing Britain in an international Horseball competition and excellence in assisting on Open Morning;
Year 13: Alex Baxter for outstanding leadership demonstrated on Open Evening and Run for Stanborough.

Quote of the week:

Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Best wishes
Mrs John

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Run for Stanborough 2018

Mr T. Braybrook, Deputy Headteacher, writes:

The sun shone, over a thousand students and staff walked around the lakes dressed in a variety of guises and the afternoon ended with four poor souls being covered in gunge. It could only be ‘Run for Stanborough’ day again!

After the hiatus of last year being disrupted by the rain, all eyes were on the weather forecast. Luckily, the gods were smiling upon us and after a foggy start to the day, the clouds broke and the sun shone!
The event started with House Cross Country (I’ll leave it to the PE Department to give you the results). The runners were soon followed by the walkers. Many students took the opportunity for some fancy dress fun with ‘onesies’ being brought out along with a dinosaur outfit, army camouflage and a giant snake or was it a dragon? from Miss Hawker’s tutor group. Staff also got into the mood with the Maths department taking the lead, closely followed by Science who curiously all dressed up as Mr Christodoulou! The Senior Leadership Team did some reverse fancy dress by donning school uniform. As many students pointed out however (it was good that they noticed) there were a number of technical infringements, luckily Mrs Vlijter had a medical pass to excuse her trainers!

Upon their return, the walkers and runners were greeted with the usual array of stalls and sideshows; well done to all the students who took a lead in organising these activities. The cake selection was fantastic and it was good to see that the Year 11 trial of Pot Noodles was a storming success (raising over £100 alone!).

And so onto the climax of the day – the gunging spectacular. Our very own master of ceremonies, Mr Mason, took to the megaphone as usual to whip the assembled masses into a wild frenzy. The first two victims (sorry, volunteers!) were Miss Hawker and Mr Bishop who both took their drenching with usual grace and dignity. Then came a surprise to all, Mr Mason himself, not content with organising the gunging, became its third victim (sorry volunteer). If this wasn’t enough however the crowd went wild as the fourth member of staff came out. It was our very own new Headteacher, Mrs John! After a rapturous countdown from the crowd she too was covered by a strange coloured concoction of gloop. Thank you to all four staff for their bravery and willingness to join in, it was undoubtedly the highlight of the day.

We must remember what the event is all about. We are raising money for two charities this year, the Ollie Foundation and the Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation. I’ll update you in future issues about how much we have raised, but can I please ask that any sponsor money raised is either brought into school and taken to the Bursars office or is paid directly into the Justgiving page which can be found at

Thanks to all the students and staff who took part in the event, and thank you to all those parents who have contributed thus far. All in all, a fantastic start to our year of fundraising!

See our Gallery for more photos of the day.

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Well-Being at Stanborough School

Mrs V. Hargreaves, Year 8 Leader / Mental Health Lead, writes:

This week we launched a new Twitter page, StanboroughWellbeing, which aims to share information on wellbeing and mental health, because the happiness and wellbeing of our students, parents and staff is of the utmost importance to us.

This week, there have been two significant events on the national Mental Health calendar which we have marked in school:

Wednesday, 10th October 2018 was World Mental Health Day, an annual event raising awareness of mental health around the world to mobilise support and efforts and to discuss what needs to be done to take care of people’s mental health.

The facts from the WHO (World Health Organisation) website:

Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14;

There is growing recognition of the importance of building mental health resilience;

Prevention begins with better understanding.

At Stanborough, we organised Tea&Talk for staff, bringing World Mental Health Day to their attention to open conversations amongst staff.

7th – 13th October has also been OCD Awareness Week. There are many misconceptions about OCD. This is a diagnosed mental health condition, which can be serious but is treatable. People with OCD have repeated thoughts or images, which can be distressing. They often carry out rituals or habits (compulsions) which temporarily make them feel better. OCD can have a significant impact on someone’s life. Information about this condition was shared with students during tutor sessions this week. Please discuss this with your child at home and reassure them, if necessary, about any concerns. Just because people experience one or more symptoms of OCD, it doesn’t mean that they are definitely affected by OCD. A GP should always be consulted for a full diagnosis.

If you have any concerns about the mental health of your child, please speak to your child’s tutor or Year Leader and for any more general concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me. I can signpost you to the best person for advice or support.

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @StanboroughWellbeing.


Message from the Headteacher Mrs John

We opened our doors to 95 families on Monday and Wednesday as they joined us for the Open Morning visits. I have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback from so many of the parents and children who visited our school on these two days. Thank you to our wonderful ambassadors who were great role models.

It was wonderful to meet the students who secured this week’s Headteacher commendation awards. A student from each of the Year groups is selected to get this prestigious award on a weekly basis. Well done to our award winners!

Headteacher Commendation Award 4 10 18Tameem Alom (Yr. 7) for positive attitude towards school
Freya Dobson (Yr. 8) for the support and kindness provided to a friend in need
Chloe Kunjasic (Yr. 9) for an outstanding attitude to learning in all subject areas
Alfie Mullin (Yr. 10) for 43 positive behaviour points and improved work ethic from Year 9
Jay Puranik (Yr. 11) for high reward points and no negatives
Taku Chioko (Yr. 11) for being a good citizen in going out of his way to help a member of staff
Holly Harvey (Yr. 12) for outstanding approach to studies and providing student leadership
Caitlin Watts (Yr. 13) for outstanding leadership

Quote of the week:

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Thank you so much to our staff, parents and students for your excellent support in the last month.
Best wishes, Mrs John

Ex Students Visit Oct 2018

Ex-Students return to Stanborough

Tuesday 2nd October saw a group of ex-students return to Stanborough after a very long break!

The group of students, who all left in 1955, came to look around their old school. Unsurprisingly, much had changed since they left (including the fact that the school size at the time was approximately 300 students). However, they still managed to find some of their old classrooms down the ‘F’ and ‘G’ corridor (which is part of the original building built in 1939).

After an expert tour conducted by Mr Green and ably assisted by Kelly Dolan and Lucy Thompson in Year 12, the group were treated to a lavish afternoon tea produced by Miss Burnham and her Year 12 food group.

During the tea, the ex-students reminisced about how the school had changed since they left. They were amazed at the standard of equipment in the school and the technology block in particular. They were also very impressed with the standard of uniform and behaviour of all the students they came across.

Times had definitely changed; one of the group spoke about how she was summoned to see the Headmaster of the time who told her that she was wasting her own time and the time of his staff as she was struggling in maths, she would therefore not sit the final exam in a few months time!

All the group thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the superb afternoon tea and many expressed a desire to return again at some stage in the future. It was a pleasure to host them and we look forward to seeing them again at some stage in the future. It was very pleasing to hear from many members in the group that they felt that it would be fantastic to be a student at Stanborough in 2018 and that they would have no hesitation sending their children to the school if they were in that position today!
High Expectations Quality Learning Mutual Respect Success For All

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Year 7’s First Concert – Thursday 25th October 2018

Year 7 First Concert 2018

Tickets available from the LRC

House Dance 2018 box

House Dance: Thursday 18th October

House Dance Autumn 2018


Message from the Headteacher Mrs John

Commendation Awards 28 9 18It was wonderful to meet the students who secured the new Headteacher commendation awards. A student from each of the Year groups will be selected to get this prestigious award on a weekly basis. Well done to our first award winners – Maggie Moylan (Yr.7), Keira Joyce (Yr.8), Abigail Cannon (Yr.9), Millie Neighbour (Yr.10), Ruth Morgan (Yr.11), Pia Joyce (Yr.12) and Tanya Enerst (Yr. 13).

It was wonderful to open our doors to a record number of Year 5 and 6 students and parents for last night’s Open Evening. Our students were true ambassadors to the school and talked so confidently about the journey they have been on here at Stanborough. I received many positive messages and emails from the families.

“Just wanted to say thank you for opening the doors of your school tonight to what I thought was a fantastic evening. Having been a teacher for 18 years, and being involved in many open evenings myself, I fully appreciate the amount of work and effort that you, your staff and pupils put in to running such an event. I was very impressed with the talks in the school hall and may I add how well all of the 4 pupils delivered their speeches. The choir were uplifting and it was lovely to see a range of age groups working collaboratively. The classrooms were a hive of activity and my daughter came away excited at the prospect of what she will be learning at Stanborough. The staff were very approachable and were keen to answer any questions I had. The pupils genuinely seemed to enjoy being at school and being part of the Stanborough community.”

Open Evening Speakers 2018Thank you once again to all our students for making the evening so special. Thank you also to our great speakers – Head Boy – Alex, Head Girl – Caitlin, Aimee, Ben, Poppy and Sam. I truly appreciated your support!

Quote of the week:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

Wishing you a restful weekend and continue to make others feel special.
Best wishes.
Mrs John