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Welcome to Stanley Park High

We, of course, value the importance of our students being literate, numerate and achieving examination success; however, we also place a great deal of emphasis on developing other capabilities that we believe are vital in today's and tomorrow's world.

We are a flourishing secondary school, part of the Academies of Inspiration Trust.

We pride ourselves on our absolute focus on our students’ wellbeing and development; our outstanding facilities and our innovative, award winning curriculum, which, as well as achieving examination success, aims to nurture and educate the ‘whole’ child.

Relationships at the Heart of Everything we do

We believe we have a unique and exciting offer and that our success is due to the relentless focus we place on ensuring that your child forms excellent relationships with all those they interact with at the school. Our ‘Small Schools’ create the structure and environment for us to know and value the individuality of each child, while our tutoring arrangements are designed to provide the guidance required to find, support and nurture each student’s passion.

We are highly ambitious for the success of your child and driven by our determination to ‘ignite a passion for learning’ in every one of our students, who reap the benefits of a broad, rich and forward-thinking curriculum, within a nurturing environment.



Our Vision for your Child



Our vision is governed by our motto: ‘Igniting a Passion for Learning’ and our aim is that every one of our students will have:

  • Ambition, commitment, resilience and perseverance
  • Confidence to take risks
  • An ability to organise and present themselves effectively
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Imagination and creativity
  • Initiative and self-motivation to learn independently and with others
  • Optimism for a future in a rapidly changing world





Smaller Communities

When students start at the school, they will be placed in one of our ‘Small Schools’: Performance, Trade or World, with a maximum of 450 other students, under the leadership of the Head of School. Their ‘Small School’ is very much regarded as their home base and students remain in the same small school throughout their time at Stanley Park High.

Students with a statement for Autism will be based in our other ‘Small School’, Horizon, which has two opportunity bases, Aqua (Mild Autism) and Ignis (Moderate Autism)

In years 7 and 8, each student is placed with a tutor in a class of less than 24. Your child’s tutor will be the initial point of contact in the school and they will offer care and guidance through our unique tutoring programme. Each school also has a Learning Progress Leader, who works very closely with tutors to ensure that we successfully cater for each student’s personal development and academic achievement. In year 9 students join very small tutor groups of up to 16, again with the emphasis on the development of relationships. In order to prepare students for ‘real’ life, these groups are of mixed ages, which aids students in developing empathy and maturity.




Our Award Winning Curriculum

At Stanley Park High, as well as studying the core subjects,  our year 7 and 8 students benefit from an acclaimed programme designed to educate the ‘whole’ child. Called the Excellent Futures Curriculum, it was created to help students to communicate with confidence, collaborate, be creative and think critically.

The EFC is taught over several lessons each week, in small class groups. Each half term a new project is launched which blends a number of different subject areas. The success of the projects is due to the fact that they are rigorous, engaging, and authentic and are very much embedded in real world issues. Each element of a project has challenging assessment criteria, and students are expected to critique and redraft work until it meets or exceeds the required standard.

At the end of year 8, EFC students have a graduation interview in front of their teacher, their parents and members of the school community. They speak for twenty minutes, explaining their progress and their learning over the two years.




Year 9 on – Choice and Flexibility

In year 9, students continue to study core subjects (English, mathematics, science, religious studies and PE), but also benefit from our unique curriculum offer that gives them the opportunity to choose from a wide range of ‘taster options’, backed by business and industry. These range from architecture and engineering, vehicle technology, construction, and childcare to textiles… In the first two terms of year 9, all students choose 6 subjects as ‘termly tasters’ so they can try out their choices. At the end of that period, students select their final subjects they wish to study. We are one of only a handful of schools nationally to offer students the opportunity to try out such a wide range of subjects before they commit to their GCSE choices.

Post 16

At the end of Year 11, it is envisaged our students will move into our Post 16 centre. These students can choose from a portfolio of courses designed to meet the rigorous demands of higher education and the workplace.



Beyond the Classroom

We, of course, value the importance of our students being literate, numerate and achieving examination success; however, we also place a great deal of emphasis on developing other capabilities that we believe are vital in today's and tomorrow's world.

Our students benefit from a wide range of clubs and extra-curricular activities including music, chess, drama, sports and arts.

A peripatetic music service is also available to all students. Sports clubs and competitions at SPH are extremely popular, with our sports teams enjoying great success. In 2018 our Under 15 girls’ team were English Schools’ FA National Champions 2018. We have successful cricket, rugby and rounders teams and actively encourage all students to participate in extra-curricular sport and PE.

We also offer a range of educational visits for students across all year groups. Previous visits include skiing in Austria, visits to New York, Morocco and Rome and a maths trip to Paris. At the end of year 7 students attend an outdoor activity week, and in year 8 students are invited to visit the First World War battlegrounds around Ypres, Belgium.

From years 9-13 students are invited to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

Stanley Park High is part of Academies of Inspiration:
A company limited by guarantee

Registered in England:
Company Number: 08349962

Registered Office:
Damson Way, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 4NS