Personal Development Day

Last Thursday was Personal Development day at Studley High School.

Year 7 and 10 took part in the Raising Aspirations Event which aimed to give them an insight into the various careers and educational pathways available to them.

We had over 15 different organisations come in to support the event including colleges such as Bournville College, Warwickshire College, Newman College University and Heart of Worcester.

Also in attendance were various companies and government organisations, ranging from Rolls Royce, MacDonalds, Centralis, Warwickshire Police, Worcester NHS Trust, Midland Group Training Services, RAF, Shakespeare Hospice, Sitel Hotels, Ricor Engineering, Q Hotels, Bright Kids, Royal Shakespeare company, West Midlands Ambulance Service, Mills Pyatt, Allelys, Acorn Vets and the British Army.

Year 7 also had a fantastic day learning about sustainability and how to solve the problems facing an ever increasing population.

Year 8 learned about government and democracy which included them creating a political party and running a school vote. The Samaritans also came in to talk to students about the work they do.

Year 9 spent the day learning about personal risk. This was supported by James Tranter from Life Charity talking about relationships and misconceptions. There were also interactive sessions from Streetwise365 on personal safety and dealing with confrontation.

Year 10 took part in the Raising Aspirations Event and received help from Cunneen on how to construct a successful CV.

All students undertook first aid training under the guidance of Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Year 10 also took part in a stress management workshop ran by the Warwickshire Primary Mental Health Team. And finally they also received lessons from John Squires, a member of the Warwickshire Road Safety Team’s Driving Ambitions Programme working to reduce fatalities and road accidents.


It was with great excitement and anticipation that the four different house teams gathered for this year’s edition of the annual ‘Let’s get quizzical’ SHINE event. After a closely fought contest last year, expectations for another set of titanic battles were high.

Following their victories over Manor and Priory, it was left to Castle and Abbey to compete for the illustrious title. In the closest of contests, Castle emerged victorious. In an exclusive interview with one of the participants, Alice Kerridge gave the following comments:

The competition was exhilarating and to win for my house was a great experience. The entire event kept everyone on the edge of their seats and the house rivalry spurred us on to fight even harder. I’m glad to have had this opportunity to participate in the race for the house cup.

Many thanks to all of the staff and pupils involved and we look forward to another exciting edition of the competition next year!

In the Spotlight

Now that Studley High has ‘gone digital’ for all news about the school, and we’re no longer printing our newsletter – you’ll notice an increase in content and regularity for ‘Latest News’ on the site as well as increased sharing on social media.

But we know some of you miss some of the regular articles that we were printing, so we’ve decided to reinstate them online! One of the most popular, was our ‘3 minutes with’ article.

So each half term, we’ll interview a member of staff, so you can continue to enjoy the brief insight into the world of our staff.

This half term – we spent 3 minutes with:

Mr Eost – Deputy Head

Tell us about a typical ‘day in the life of a Deputy Head’

There is no typical day as a Deputy Head and that is what I love about my job. I am privileged to work with a cross section of our school community including a range of staff and pupils. I also work with colleagues from other schools/agencies to help ensure that there is high quality provision, not just for Studley High School pupils but also for Warwickshire pupils in general. My favourite part of the job is still teaching in the classroom and although I don’t teach, due to the nature of my role, it is still my passion!

What inspired you to teach?

I went to Bridley Moor High School in Redditch (its doesn’t exist now) and I was inspired by my PE teacher, Mr Grey. The way that he taught engaged all pupils and from that experience I knew that I wanted to teach as well. I randomly met Mr Grey a few years ago and I had the opportunity to tell him about the effect he had/has on my career in teaching, which was great.

What is your greatest sporting achievement and why?

I love sport and have have been fortunate to take part/play in a wide range of sports. My greatest sporting achievement was getting to a county cricket final with my cricket club and getting the opportunity to play at New Road. Although I still play sport, I spend a lot of my weekends taking my two boys to rugby and cricket fixtures. They are both a lot more talented than me!

What is your favourite food or place to eat?

A bit random – but Kerala in India. I travelled around India for a number of months when I left university and can honestly say its the most beautiful country I have ever been to. So I would pick a beach side restaurant in Kovalam eating traditional Indian food.

Finally, what was the last track you listened to on Spotify/iPhone etc?

Kings of Leon – ‘Use Somebody’

Law for SHINE

On Wednesday 11th July 9am-10am, ‘Law Ambassadors’ from the University of Warwick are delivering a workshop in school on, ‘The Justice System’.

They will be delving into a landmark case at the ‘Crown Court’. Our students will research the background of the case, the evidence, the history and the roles of everyone in a court room. They will make arguments for the defence or prosecution.

Additionally, there will be a Q&A session at the end of the workshop and students can discover more about studying Law with a view to a career in Law. This workshop is being offered as part of SHINE at Studley and will be a fantastic, challenging opportunity for our SHINE pupils, even if they’re not interested in following a career in Law.

Top tips for revision

These days, we understand more about the structure of memory than we ever have before, so we can find the best techniques for training your brain to hang on to as much information as possible.


How does it work? Information is transmitted by brain cells called ‘neurons’. When you learn something new, a group of neurons activate in a part of the brain called the hippocampus. It’s like a pattern of light bulbs turning on.

Your hippocampus is forced to store many new patterns every day. This increases hugely when you are revising. Provided with the right trigger, the hippocampus should be able to retrieve any pattern. But if it keeps getting new information, the overworked brain might go wrong. That’s what happens when you think you’ve committed a new fact to memory, only to find 15 minutes later that it’s disappeared again.

So what’s the best way to revise? Here are some top tips to get information into your brain and keep it there.


1.Repeat yourself

Pathways between neurons can be strengthened over time. Simple repetition – practising retrieving a memory over and over again – is the best form of consolidating the pattern.


2.Use science to help you retrieve info

Memories get stronger the more you retrieve them, you should wait longer each time – after a few minutes, then a few hours, then a day, etc – this technique is known as spaced repetition.

This also explains why you forget things so quickly after a week of cramming for an exam. Because the exponential curve of memory retrieval does not continue, the process reverses and within a few weeks, you have forgotten everything.


3.Take regular breaks
Breaks are important to minimise interference. When your hippocampus is forced to store many new (and often similar) patterns in a short space of time, it can get them jumbled up.

Plan your revision so you can take breaks and revise what you’ve just learned before moving on to anything new.


4.Avoid distractions
Attention is the key to memorising. By choosing to focus on something, you give it a personal meaning that makes it easier to remember. In fact, most of our problems when it comes to revision have very little to do with the brain’s capacity for remembering things; we just struggle to devote our full attention to the task in hand.

Playing music while revising will make your task harder, because any speech-like sounds, even at low volume, will automatically use up part of the brain’s attention capacity.


5.Sleep is vital
We spend approximately a third of our lives sleeping and it’s never as important as during revision time. Sleep plays a critical role in memory consolidation – this is when the brain backs up short-term patterns and creates long-term memories. The process is believed to occur during deep sleep, when the hippocampal neurons pass the patterns of activity to another part of the brain called the neocortex, which is responsible for language and the generation of motor commands.

Past research in Nature Neuroscience shows how memories are decluttered and irrelevant information is deleted during this process. This results in the important memories (the pathways that have been strengthened through repetition) becoming easier to access.



6.Control your emotions
We remember emotionally charged events far better than others, and this is especially the case if the emotion was a positive one. It is not always possible to have warm feelings about your revision, but if you can associate a particular fact with a visual, auditory or emotional experience from the past, then you have a better chance of remembering it, as you have created multiple pathways for retrieval.


Try to reduce anxiety, because it uses up working memory, leaving a much smaller capacity available for processing and encoding new information.

David Cox, The Guardian
Sat 17 May 2014

Year 10 pupils, parents and carers – you can find revision guides and information here:

Kia’s cut for charity

This week, Kia Dwyer in Year 7 decided to have her hair cut.

This is not big news normally, but Kia will be donating her locks to children undergoing cancer treatment.

Kia chose to donate her hair to ‘The Little Princess Trust’, inspired by the passing of her Grandad last year, from cancer. She told us:

I know my hair will be going to someone who has lost their hair through cancer treatment or other illnesses. My hair will make a wig, to help another young person who doesn’t have their own hair.

Her mum, Kerry told us:

I am very proud of Kia for being so selfless and proud that she decided to donate her hair to help other young people, inspired by her grandad.

Hair must be a minimum of 12″ before it can be used by the charity.
For more information:

D of E Gold Award

We are delighted to report that former pupil, Ellie Wakefield-Clarke has incredible news:

On the 24th May 2018, Ellie was invited to attend the D of E Gold Award ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

She met HRH Countess of Wessex:

She was lovely and told us to ‘keep going’ in our DofE stories and was very softly spoken and naturally pretty and down to earth. I was able to glimpse HRH Prince Edward (who is the spitting image of his father!) and as I was leaving, HRH Princess Eugenie waved from her car. As we came through the entrance gates of Buckingham Palace to leave, HRH Prince William was arriving in his car and gave us a wave too!! So a Royally good day!

Over 300 young people received their award that day and the ceremony took several hours. Ellie was informed that only 4% of those that complete Bronze, go on to complete their Gold.

Ellie completed Bronze, Silver and Gold all under the age of 18!

Ellie told us:

This was only possible thanks to Studley High School taking me through Bronze and Silver awards while I was at school, so thank you to those staff who helped me through!

Conrgratulations Ellie!

England vs The Barbarians

On Sunday 27th May, we took 12 pupils to England vs The Barbarians rugby match at Twickenham Stadium. Whilst the Midlands suffered torrential rain and floods, we basked in glorious sunshine in South West London.

The Barbarians are a nomadic team of world class players form all over world, who hold on to the amateur ethos of rugby and are renowned for playing an exciting brand of rugby. This game did not disappoint.

The Barbarians led 21-0 within the first 12 minutes. They scored nine tries in all, with Fijian centre Semi Radradra unstoppable by the sheer strength of his running.

England made some fantastic scores of their own and tied the game to 28-28 after 35 minutes. The second half was just as exciting as the first, with the final score being 63-45!

Year 6 MFL Primary Taster Afternoon

At the end of last half term, we invited 60 Year 6 pupils to Studley High from our local primary schools.

Students coming to us in September, who are presently in Year 6 will choose whether they want to study Spanish, German or French, before they arrive.

To make the decision making process easier, the Year 6 students attended an ‘MFL Taster Afternoon’ where they completed a carousel of 30 minutes in each language. The sessions allowed the students to see teaching styles, content and to experience each language, which they may not have encountered at primary school.

Schools involved now, and in forthcoming taster afternoons: Studley St Mary’s Junior School, Tanworth-in Arden Primary, Coughton Primary, St Mary’s Catholic Junior School and Webheath Primary School.

Studley High School has been awarded the status of `Beacon School in Holocaust Education’ for 2018-2019 academic year.

The accolade comes from the Centre for Holocaust Education, which is part of the highly-respected Institute of Education (IoE), one of the world’s leading university in the field of education .

A Beacon School is committed to the view that the Holocaust is a critically important part of young people’s education while appreciating the complex challenges it raises as a school subject. Only 15 secondary schools in England are chosen for this scheme nationwide each year, which will put the Studley High History department at the forefront of the latest teaching and research about Holocaust Education.

This award reflects the confidence that UCL has in the school with regard to the quality of the education it provides and its commitment to developing students’ understanding of the Holocaust. A major part of this award is a place for our Lead Teacher of History, Mr Hobbis, on a comprehensive training programme of the very highest quality by UCL and the Institute of Education. The programme includes, for example five days of intensive training in London and four days in Poland looking at sites of the Holocaust and how these can be brought into classroom experience.Through standout training, Beacon Schools such as Studley can draw upon UCL’s unparalleled expertise and resources in Holocaust education.

The programme is not just about the history of the Holocaust – it is also about developing students’ understanding of the Holocaust in other ways and is very much cross-curricular. It will cover,issues of ethics and morality, the geography of the Holocaust, Holocaust literature, the complicity of business in the Holocaust and much more. The aim of the programme is to develop students’ independent learning, a vital attribute transferable to all subjects. The programme will also establish Studley High School as a Beacon School for Holocaust Education in the region, with responsibility for not only teaching our students but also for leading many other schools in the area.

One of our key aims as a UCL Beacon School is to build a network for teachers of the Holocaust in local schools from across a variety of curriculum departments. We will facilitate thinking and practice on Holocaust education and share outstanding teaching materials and high quality professional training. We also want to hear from colleagues in other schools and colleges about your own practice, successes and challenges, to work together, and to offer support to colleagues – deepening knowledge and understanding of this complex and deeply disturbing history.

We anticipate exciting things ahead – not just in the History Department but for all departments at Studley High School.