Remembrance Day update

We have just received notification from the Royal British Legion, that our pupils collected a total of £294 for the Poppy Appeal on the 11th November, in Studley Village.

They thanked the following pupils for giving up their time:
Daniel martin, Ethan Delve, Molly Maguire, Ellen Reeves, Ruby Lee, William Parry, Nathan Chapman, Kian Brown and Hannah Dixon.

Webheath pupils complete a circuit

Earlier this week, 22 Year 6 pupils from Webheath Primary School came to visit us, with 3 of their teachers. They spent time in the Design & Technology department with Mr Salmon, learning how to use soldering irons, and creating circuit boards.

James said:

I loved melting the solder and the fact that the product we made actually worked!

Millie said:

It was really fun and a great opportunity to use the soldering iron which we wouldn’t be able to use at our own school.

Jazmin said:

I really enjoyed it. Mr Salmon was friendly and helpful!

Thought-provoking GCSE Art

Showcasing some of the amazing GCSE artwork that has been created in the past few months:

GCSE Fine Art (Year 9)

Students have been exploring the theme of ‘denim’. They have explored a range of drawing materials and treatments, and experiences what it is like to take on a challenging large scale drawing – over time.

The creation of these life-size garments was set as a homework task:

GCSE Fine Art (Year 10)

Students have been exploring the theme of homelessness and the underlying causes such as unemployment, debt and mental health. They researched the effects of homelessness on individuals, such as physical risks, isolation and depression.

The students studied the work of Henry Moore and Leonardo da Vinci in order to learn ways of representing the human form. they will move on to develop large scale paintings based on this theme.

GKN to speak to pupils

Last week, global engineering company GKN representative, Pauline Mullins, came to speak to us about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities and future projects with our pupils.

GKN is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by road or air almost anywhere in the world it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to better in everything we do

STEM activities, will introduce new engineering ideas and broaden the knowledge of our pupils in the coming months. GKN will work with pupils on projects such involving virtual reality, building go-karts and TED talks over the next 12 months.

Watch this space for more information as the projects commence!

National Grid at Studley High

This week, National Grid came to Studley High.

National Grid is a British multinational electricity and gas utility company headquartered in Warwick.

We are one of the world’s largest investor-owned utilities, focused on transmission activities in electricity and gas. We play a vital role in connecting millions of people to the energy they use – safely, reliably and efficiently.

They came to tell our pupils about engineering roles in the energy sector and routes into engineering in this sector.

National Grid say, “Learning in our world-class training centre in Eakring, Nottinghamshire, our apprenticeships offer cutting-edge development, featuring expert instructors, hands-on training with live models, 3D learning suites and more. Here, we’ll show you how you can make the most of your skills – and get paid at the same time.”

They discussed ‘Advanced and Higher’ Apprenticeships with our pupils

It was really informative and an insight into what the actual job would be like” “I am considering taking Maths and Physics and very interested in Engineering.

Will Healesgrave

Chef of the Week for Studley Pupils!

Pupils taking the WJEC Level 1/2 Hospitality and Catering and have to complete plenty of practical work as part of their studies! They cook every other week and the dishes, which they prepare, cook and serve are then judged.

They are judged on the way they work, their organisation, confidence, safety and hygiene as well as the finished result.

‘Chef of the Week’ has only been running for a few weeks, so here is the place to find the winners and what they made.
Chef of the week w/c 27th November
Sophie Cheetham & Alfie Smith (Lasagne)
Previous chef of the week winners:
Abbie Jinks
Millie Dyson
Katie Simcox
Millie won for her Macaroni Cheese, Abbie for her Cinnamon buns and Katie also for Cinnamon buns.

Warwickshire Award for Studley High


Picture for Warwickshire County Council
Ofsted Schools celebration event
Please by-line photographer Dave Warren, thank you.

Studley High school was invited to attend the ‘Excellence in Warwickshire Schools Awards’ evening at Stoneleigh Deer Park Gold Club earlier this month.

The event was to recognise schools who had improved their Ofsted grade or retained their outstanding grade in academic year 2016-2017.

Studley High was represented by Mr Gray, Michael Thake, Chair of Governors and pupil leadership pupils Daniel Martin and Elizabeth Payne and Cllr Colin Hayfield, Portfolio Holder for Education at Learning presented the award.

Michael Thake said: “Headteachers, Chairs of Governors and pupils from some of the best and brightest Warwickshire schools attended, to be recognised for their recent Ofsted achievements. It was wonderful to be able to share our successes with other schools attending the event.”

Elizabeth Payne, pupil, said: “I was nervous, but prepared a few words about my experience of education and why I think that Studley High School deserves to be rated ‘Outstanding’.”

Mr Gray said: “It is such a pleasure for our school community to receive further recognition for the hard work and dedication of Studley High School staff and pupils.”

We are very proud of this achievement.

You can find this article in the Redditch Standard and in the Redditch Advertiser

Rolls Royce at Studley

As part of ‘Tomorrow Engineers Week’ we invited Rolls Royce to come and engage with our students.

Rolls Royce – one of the world’s leading producers of aero-engines for large civil aircraft and corporate jets, second largest provider of defence aero engines in the world and Rolls-Royce globally known for being a pre-eminent engineering company focused on world-class power and propulsion systems.

Two of their representatives presented to pupils in Year 9, 10 and 11 who were given the option to attend, allowing them to take ownership towards decision making, whilst gaining insight into the world of work in Engineering which is a diverse, wide-reaching sector. Topics included gas turbines, control systems, careers at the company and routes into these roles.

Insightful talk about how everything functioned got my attention and the different routes into the company. I’m interested in Maths and Physics and developing a career in engineering

Ellen Reeves

Very informative and engaging, I found it interesting in how they assemble engines and the different parts together.

Braden Faulkner


Studley High School lights the skies

Around 1600 people swarmed into the grounds of Studley High School last Saturday evening (11th November) to take part in a fireworks extravaganza.

The fireworks event was organised jointly by Studley High School and Studley Community Infant School.

Activities kicked off at 6pm, with live music by local band ‘Aftermath’ followed by a ‘Golden Ticket’ draw, before an incredible fireworks display at 7.15pm. This was then followed by raffle prize draws and closed with live music until close.

Caroline Maddock-Jones, of Studley High School PFA said: “Our aim in the Studley High School PFA is not only to raise much needed funds but also to give our children memories that will stay with them long after they have left school.  It was wonderful to see the whole community coming together to support this event and also raising money for charities as well as the PFA.

We worked together with the Guides, Scouts, British Legion and Studley in Business –  all pulling together to deliver a fantastic event that our pupils and the village will remember for a long time to come.”

The fireworks were supplied by 1st Galaxy Fireworks and were simply amazing.  Footage from a drone was taken by a former Studley pupil, Paul Blakemore and as well as some fabulous artistic shots by Studley High photographer Wendy Roberts.

Penny Kirk, of Studley High PFA said: “It was an incredible display, set off in time to music featuring artists that we have lost in the past 12 months – Prince, Bowie ending with an amazing display of purple fireworks to the classic Prince track, ‘Purple Rain.’

The PFA (Studley High and Infants Parents and Friends Association) raised over £3000, and over £1000 was raised for local charities: Studley public access defibrillator, Studley Royal British Legion and local Guide and Scout groups.

Hundreds of former Studley High pupils, still living in the area and attending the display, poured into the school to catch a glimpse of themselves in old whole school photos and look at how the building has changed!

Next year’s display will take place on November 10th 2018.

Y11 to National Archives, London

On Wednesday 9th November, 24 Year 11 GCSE History students travelled down to London to visit the National Archives. This is the official archive of the UK government for England and Wales; and “guardian of some of the nation’s most iconic documents, dating back more than 1,000 years.”

Once they arrived, the students were given a fantastic induction to the archives and even had to wash their hands during the process in order to help preserve the original documents that they would be handling.

The morning session explored the question of “What was Elizabeth I’s personality like?’ and used original documents from the reign of Elizabeth in order to help explore this. The ‘Tidal Letter’ which Queen Elizabeth wrote to delay her travel to the Tower of London (by writing very slowly so the tide would go out and they would be unable to transport her via the Thames) was a real highlight with many students touching the exact same paper as Elizabeth I had done!

Students then explored other aspects of the archive and many were interested in how they could use the archive to explore their family history and even planned another visit for the summer with their families.

Students then washed their hands again and went to explore the question of ‘how much did the British government know about the Holocaust?’. This raised a lot of debate in the group as they explored telegrams, radio intercepts and reports received by the Foreign Office between 1942 and 1944. Opinion was still divided at the end of the day and debate even continued on the coach home.

The trip gave a real insight to the work historians do and how such differing views and interpretations can be taken from the exact same piece of evidence. Such skills will be vital for the students to continue to develop as they head towards the final exams and beyond in constructing arguments and analysing primary source material. Overall, it was a fantastic trip and the students were a credit to the school.