Headteacher's Blog


 Mrs Shields Bayliss

Following the dreadful news of Mrs Shields-Bayliss tragic passing, the supportive response from our school community, both within the gates of our site, and beyond, has helped us all through. The comments on social media, the emails I have received, and the conversation between students has shown our community to be mature, concerned, compassionate and caring.

This sounds odd, but I was so pleased to hear that so many students had accessed the support available from our friends at The Mix on Thursday evening. We are lucky to have such a strong youth centre in the town, and our relationship with them, built over the last three years now means we benefit hugely from their experienced and skilled counselling and advice.

I have received numbers of suggestions about how we might commemorate Mrs Shields-Bayliss, or fund raise. I do not want to make a rushed decision, and need to ensure that I work with her family to ensure that whatever we do has their blessing. I have opened a suggestion box which has been placed in Lilies. I have also established an email address which can be used to post suggestions, or comments that parents or students can contribute to a Condolence Book. If students prefer to write directly in the book, or parents would like to do so, it will be held in the main hall at break and lunchtimes. During lesson time the book will be taken to outside my office, so that staff, guests, parents and sixth formers can access it. The Condolence Book will remain open throughout the week, and through the end of the first week back over half term.

On its completion, we will arrange for it to be delivered to Mr Bayliss.

The email address is LSB@stowmarkethigh.suffolk.sch.uk

On Other Matters

The Design Team have been at the top of the hill this week, and at the bottom. On Wednesday they were proudly observed as Ben Coleman presented his swirly coffee table at the Young Furniture Makers’ Exhibition, in London, amidst the best work from young designers across the country. It was a real honour to attend, and Ben’s piece gained much admiration and interest from the great and the good in the designing world. This is the second year we have presented at this prestigious national event, and Mr Hawkins and Mr Burgess looked almost as proud as Ben’s parents.

Year 11 Evening

I was delighted to see so many parents and students attend the Year 11 GCSE evening on Thursday. I was proud of my staff who had had a terrible day stay on and deliver such high quality sessions for parents, helping explain the demands of the GCSE English, mathematics and Science courses, plus the support that we will be offering during the year.

Year 9 GCSE Evening

On Thursday 18th of October we are holding our Year 9 GCSE Evening.  This is an excellent opportunity to meet with you to share important information about what to expect during Year 9.  It will also give you further guidance with what is happening in school to help your child progress and how you can support them further.  Please email: liaison@stowmarkethigh.suffolk.sch.uk to confirm you attendance.  This is an important information evening and we would like as many parents as possible to attend.

Have a good week.


Mr Lee Allan