Visit to National Archives

Last week 24 Year 11 GCSE History students travelled down to London to visit the National Archives and Westminster Abbey.

The National Archives are 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 pupils had an induction to the archives and then washed 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.
Pupils then crossed London and entered Westminster Abbey to explore the role of Elizabeth’s sovereignty and monarchy. They viewed numerous objects linked with Elizabeth, including the coronation chair which has been used for the crowning of every monarch since 1399!

Elizabeth was no different and while she was crowned at Westminster, she is also one of the numerous monarchs to be buried here alongside her Tudor family in the stunning 16th Century Lady Chapel. Pupils were encouraged to think about the function of this special building and what it meant to Elizabeth.

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.

Junior Maths Challenge

Well done to our Year 7 and 8 pupils who recently took part in the UK Mathematics Trust Junior Maths Challenge. The Mathematical Challenges aim to stimulate mathematical problem solving.  It is the UK’s most popular mathematics competition with over 300 000 students taking part each year.

Here are the results:

Best in School & Best in Year 7 – Mattie R & Jack J
Best in Year 8 – Morgan D
Silver Award – Mattie R, Jack J, Morgan D, Alex W, Sammy R and Daniel B
Bronze Award – Agatha L, Finlay S, Rosie W, Lilly M, Isabella E, Jessica H, Niamh A, Isabel B, Emma W, Lucy S, Matinda S, Poppy G, Ruby W, Chloe K & Isabelle T.

Mrs Milne’s Art Party

Yesterday, all staff were invited to a ‘cake painting and cake eating’ workshop as a way of Mrs Milne saying ‘farewell’ to all the lovely people she has worked with at Studley High School (her words!). Everyone commented on how therapeutic it felt to sit and draw and paint

I was genuinely impressed with everyone’s creations. I have awarded the ‘Progress Certificate’ to Jayne Foster from the canteen who has discovered a new talent, and Mrs Morland gets the ‘Attainment  Prize’ for her beautifully expressive studies and focused attention to detail – clearly a talented family!

I would like to say thanks to everyone who came along – I really enjoyed it!
Here is a selection of the creations from our staff:

MP visit to school

Last Thursday, Nadhim Zahawi MP visited Studley High to lend his support and find out more about the school’s participation in the 2018-19 Beacon School programme.

Nadhim, along with the UCL Centre’s Programme Leader, Stuart Foster, met with the Headteacher and senior leaders, the programme’s lead teacher and a number of students to consider the relevance of Holocaust education today and the challenges and opportunities faced by schools across the country when teaching and learning about this difficult, complex and challenge past.

Mr Hobbis reflected upon the value of Holocaust education and what difference participation on the programme is making

Being a Beacon School has been truly transformational, for students, school and myself. This programme has led us to cutting edge pedagogy and engage staff in superb CPD. This in turn has allowed us to explore the Holocaust in a way never done before at Studley and has inspired students to study the Holocaust and all its complexities. In doing so we have unearthed the complex questions and have encouraged our students to think critically about important issues within the Holocaust, but also in today’s society. We look forward to our long relationship with the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education which will allow us to further develop our teaching and learning for Holocaust education.

Mr Eost commented:

It has been a privilege to be part of the UCL Holocaust Beacon School programme this year. This has inspired staff and students to deeper into the personal stories of those involved in the Holocaust and begin to access the real complexity of the issue at hand. This has lead to an array of fantastic opportunities for our students which will no doubt make them better global citizens.

We were delighted to welcome Nadhim Zahawi to Studley High School. It is particularly pleasing that Nadhim is both recognising and showing his support for our work with the UCL Beacon School programme for Holocaust education.

Studley High are at the end of their 2018-2019 Beacon School journey and it was wonderful to see our commitment to Holocaust education recognised, and the role of the Centre in supporting schools like us across the country to improve provision for and quality experience of Holocaust education through research informed pedagogy and practice. We look forward to carrying this work on with our Holocaust Quality Mark application in 2020.
We are grateful to all involved and a final thanks must go to Nadhim Zahawi for his time and interest in Holocaust education.

Let’s Get Quizzical – SHINE

This year’s ‘Let’s Get Quizzical’ event was a suitable end to the SHINE programme.

Expectations for closely fought contests were high, given the standards of previous years.

After battling through to the final, Priory defeated Manor to win their first ever title. Well done to all participants for their enthusiasm and positive attitudes throughout.

Will Priory retain their crown next year or will a new champion emerge?

ASPIRE Falconry experience

ASPIRE pupils were lucky enough to be invited to a VIP experience with Hagley Falconry centre this week, and their wonderful birds of prey.
A new initiative introduced this year, the ASPIRE programme currently has a key group of 27 pupils across Years 7 and 8, who are receiving additional support throughout this academic year. This support is to ensure they do their absolute best in homework, effort, attendance, and/or behaviour, to further improve their academic achievement and reach their full potential.
Fiona, from Hagley Falconry centre, introduced us to 6 wonderful birds of prey:

Tom – American Kestrel
Mr Burns – Long Eared Owl
Boo – Boobook Owl
Puddle – Harris Hawk
Mr Jangles – Spectacled Owl
Nugget – Bateleur Eagle

Hagley Falconry centre currently house and display a wide variety of Eagles, Vultures, Hawks, Falcons and Owls native to the UK and from around the world.
The ASPIRE students were able to get up close and personal, enjoying seeing them fly, learning about their life in captivity and in the wild, interesting facts it was easy to see the excellent relationship between Fiona and all of the birds. The pupils asked superb questions and showed a real interest in learning about the birds. It was also great to see them pushing themselves to stroke the bird, or have it fly close to them, something which some had been very nervous about beforehand.


We welcome you to our Open Evening at 6.15pm on Thursday 12th September 2019.

Enjoy a tour of school, lead by our own pupils, and take part in fun activities in each department, ranging from stop frame animation, food around the world, travelling back in time with VR, dissections, creepy crawlies, to explosions, performance and numeracy ninjas!

We have something for everyone!

Our headteacher, Mr Gray will open the evening at 6.15 pm, followed by a presentation from pupils past and present.

If you can’t make the evening, please contact the office to organise a school tour during the daytime, or on another date.

Don’t miss out on seeing what outstanding education looks like in action!

Medals for our swimmers

We are proud to report that 5 pupils who are swimmers from Redditch Swimming Club attended the Netherlands Invitational Open Meet in Eindhoven this weekend.

They all swam fantastically with Ashleigh G and Rosie W returning with medals.

Well done to:

Bradley S – Year 7
Rosie G – Year 8
Ashleigh G – Year 9
Nicola S – Year 10
James M – Year 10

Silver Award for History

Studley High School’s History department received some fantastic news last week, when they were informed they had been awarded a Historical Association Quality Mark.

The Historical Association is incorporated by Royal Charter and its rolling Quality Mark programme recognises the excellence of history provision in schools. At present, Studley hold the status as one of only 23 schools in the United Kingdom.

The Historical Association Quality Mark provides a framework for success in which to develop outstanding provision. There is a quality assured framework for a school working to achieve the Quality Mark to follow, with a clear assessment procedure delivered by independent Historical Association appointed assessors.The QM overall assesses and values the history provision of the teacher, their department and the school, and the offer to young people.

This award is even more special as we are the very first of the schools generously funded by the Royal Historical Society (RHS) to undergo the Quality Mark process. Studley applied for the grant funding in June 2018 and become the first grant funded RHS school to complete the process.

An independent assessor who visited Studley High School, said that history lessons ‘‘…were characterised by clear planning, focused learning, a good range of resources used to support pupils of all abilities, excellent behaviour and very good relationships between staff and pupils.” The report concluded: “The department has significantly improved provision of history over the past few years”.

Mr Hobbis, Head of History at Studley High School, is delighted with the Silver award – the second highest level issued by the Historical Association. Mr Hobbis commented, “The history department is very pleased to have attained the Quality Mark from the Historical Association. This accreditation focuses on standards in teaching and learning, the curriculum, pupil achievement and enrichment. Our vision as a department is now to further develop best practice, continue our hard work and push for the Gold award in the future.”

Rebecca Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer at the Historical Association, said: “I would like to congratulate Studley High School on achieving the Silver History Quality Mark”.The assessor very much enjoyed visiting the school and agreed that the evidence provided matches the criteria for the silver award. “We support the teaching, learning and enjoyment of history at all levels and bring together people who share an interest in and love for the past. We passionately believe that the study of history should be accessible to all people at all levels of study.”

Mr Eost, Head of School commented, “This is a fantastic achievement for our History department and reflects the hard work and passion that they all put in to teaching their subject.”