The second transition event took place on Wednesday 16th November with afternoon lessons becoming co-educational on the Stamford School site. The school was buzzing with Stamfordian Spirit as the pupils took to their planned activities with gusto.
As part of the merger of our two senior schools, we have been considering how best to restructure our boarding provision to ensure the boarding community continues to thrive. Our thinking has been driven by a desire to collocate our younger boarders, both boys and girls, on the St Paul’s site to avoid the need to travel across town between their boarding house and the school campus where lessons will be held. Having reviewed the options, we have concluded that the best solution is as outlined below.
We know that these changes will have a material effect on all those involved in boarding, and that boarding parents and students in particular will have questions. We ask for your patience whilst we establish which boarding staff will be working in each boarding house. Consultation is underway with all boarding staff to work out staffing for the future. Change can be very unsettling, but it also provides huge opportunities, and our intention is to build on our already excellent boarding provision so that it can continue to thrive and be at the heart of our new coeducational school in September 2023.
Head of RSE Appointment
We are pleased to announce that Rev. Matt Phillips has been appointed as the new SES Head of PSHE. Rev. Phillips joined SES earlier this year as the school Chaplain and brings with him a wealth of experience working pastorally with young people in both community and school-based roles. He is currently undertaking a research project with the University of Buckingham focusing on the pedagogy that underlies the delivery of PSHE in independent secondary schools as part of an MA in Education. Commenting on his new role, Rev. Phillips said, 'To me, PSHE is one of the most important elements of the curriculum at SES, and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to give our students the best preparation for life today and tomorrow.’ From September 2023, Rev. Phillips will combine this new role with his existing role as Chaplain, which we hope will strengthen the overall pastoral provision offered as we continue to strive for excellence in this area.
Since September we have been working with MIST Timetable Solutions who have been building our new timetable.
We have run a provisional options process with the current Y9 and Y11 to ascertain the likely option blocks for Y10 and Y12 next year and so have been able to build a hypothetical (but not unrealistic) timetable based on this.
The keys changes focus on lesson length. In Y7-11 lessons will be either 45 or 90 minutes long depending on the subject and year group. Whereas in Y12-13 lessons will either be 60 or 90 minutes long and all subjects in the Sixth Form will have a combination of both lengths throughout the fortnight. Significant research was undertaken looking at a range of high performing schools in both the maintained and independent sectors and moving away from 35/70 minute lessons to the new model is very much in keeping with best practice.
We’re pleased to be able to confirm that the proposed timetable works and so now work begins in earnest on the following areas:
Now that we know the proposed timetable works, the team is embarking on detailed campus master planning. We are now allocating rooms to subjects on both sites, hubbing subjects and faculties together in a way that isn’t currently possible and which will greatly improve collaboration. Once finalised, the detailed and complex logistical planning around moving departments can commence. As with all the best house-moves, staff have been asked to start the process of clearing out their areas to ensure we only move necessary items.
Design plans continue apace for new 6th form spaces, and we hope to be able to involve students in some of the final decision making early next term.
We wish to enable families with girls to look around the St Paul’s campus where their daughters will be based next year. Equally important is that families of boys are able to meet Vicky Buckman, who will be leading the co-ed school from September 2023. Making these arrangements is next on our agenda.
Keeping you updated
The next update will be issued on Friday 2 December. Copies of these updates will be shared online at stamfordcoed.org so that you can refer back to them as necessary as the project progresses.
If you have any questions regarding the transition process, you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org