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On Tuesday, the year 10s faced King Edward’s in the first round of the County Cup. Having lost the toss, Nether Stowe were put in to bat. We got off to a flying start, with Foxley smashing the ball to all parts. With his opening partner Turner, they quickly put on a 100 partnership off just 6 overs. After 9 overs, Foxley reached his 100, off an estimated 40 balls with a big 6, his first 100 in any form of cricket. 100s in school cricket are very rare, so this was a fantastic achievement. After 12 overs, Foxley called his side in, declaring on 144-0, Turner finishing 25*. Martin picked up a wicket in the first over, clean bowling one of the openers. Year 7 Turner also bowled well on debut. One of the King Eddie’s openers managed to get to 50, before Foxley’s spin bought another wicket thanks to an excellent catch from Dixon. In the end, King Eddie’s finished on 118-2 off their 16 overs meaning that Nether Stowe won by 26 runs. The boys now advance to the 2nd round, where they will play St. Margaret Ward Academy from Stoke at home.
Result: Nether Stowe 144-0 (Foxley 100*, Turner 25*) beat King Edward VI 118-2
(Martin 1-11, Foxley 1-14) by 26 runs.
Mrs A Kavanagh who was duly elected as your new Parent/Governor. She joins the Governing body for a 4 year term with immediate effect.
Nether Stowe School hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords on Friday, 10th March 2017, to encourage students to become more engaged with the political and parliamentary process. Lord Rooker met with Sixth Form students for an hour to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords. This was followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster generally.
Mrs Smith – Head of Sixth Form at Nether Stowe School said, “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to interact with someone who knows the parliamentary system inside out, as it can sometimes seem far removed from their daily lives.”
The visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker’s “Peers in Schools” programme, which has been running across the UK since 2007 and has so far involved around 75,000 young people. This continuing outreach programme sends members of the House of Lords into schools/academies and colleges across the country to give talks in support of the citizenship
curriculum. For further information, see the Lord Speaker’s web page at www.parliament.uk/lordspeaker
Nether Stowe School was inspected by Ofsted on 31st January and 1st February 2017 and the report was published on 1st March 2017 (https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/124409). A copy of the report can also be found on the Ofsted tab of the school website.
There is much in the report with which we can be pleased: the confirmation that the school knows every pupil, strong governance, the real sense of community, the rich and varied curriculum, the strong focus on personal development and wellbeing, the very good teaching in some areas, promotion of equal opportunities and the positive impact of support for low ability students.
The report however makes clear that there is much still to do particularly with regard to improving the examination results for students in year 11 and the sixth form. Governors and school leaders are very committed to delivering the improvements required. Please be assured we are already working together to address the issues identified. Although we are disappointed with the judgement, the report makes clear that we have a solid base from which to work and, with careful planning and everyone working together, we are confident that we will be able to bring about improvement.
The governing board will keep you up to date with developments and look forward to sharing with you the signs of success.
Miss R Poppleton Mr G Crowe
Headteacher Chair of Governors
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