Nether Stowe High School
|Motto||Learn Achieve Succeed|
|Established||1964, first operating in 1965|
|Location||St Chads Road
|Houses||Austen, Elgar, Francis & Turner|
|Colours||Green, Red, Yellow, Blue|
|Website||Nether Stowe High School|
Nether Stowe High School is a comprehensive school located in Lichfield, Staffordshire. The school was originally opened in late 1964, with its first full year of running in summer 1965. It caters for students aged between 11 and 18, providing a wide range of curriculum over all key stages. The school's current headteacher is Ruth Poppleton, formerly Barrie Cooper (From 2004 to 2008) and latterly acting headteacher John McElroy (2008 to 2009).
Awards & Achievements
As of 2008, the school has achieved a Maths & Computing College status. The school also received an Artsmark reward; a school achievement award, and a Sportsmark award - all of which were awarded in 2001. In 2003, the school gained 'Investors In People' status and a 'School Extra' award.
The 2013 OFSTED report has shown that the school now places under the 'good' category, having moved up from 'satisfactory', with inspectors citing that the use of peer marking in lessons, carefully planned teaching and reading initiatives and good relationships between staff and pupils have increased attainment substantially. Students stated that they feel 'very safe' and the pupil premium that is being utilised has had a great benefit on those involved. Also noted was the fact that some lessons were 'outstanding' and that the school only has a few basic steps to take before becoming an outstanding school. The full report can be viewed on the school website at 
The current motto for the school is 'Learn, Achieve, Succeed'. Previously, it had been 'Altiora Peto', translated from Latin as 'Aim Higher'. The old motto is still visible on the school uniform.
The school has various 'houses' in which competitions are played. This increases both competitiveness and extra education, as well as being a fun activity too. Usually, one is held in every term. The houses involved are Austen, Elgar, Francis and Turner, all of which are relative to key figures in society - Jane Austen, Edward Elgar, Francis Bacon and J. M. W. Turner. Up until 2009, there was a fifth house - Brunel, representing Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
The school abolished the form of 'house points' in 2010, in favour of a 'Credits & Debits' system, whereby credits are awarded for good behaviour and achievement, and debits are incurred for bad behaviour.
In 2011, the school improved both its dining facilities and Performing Arts centre, with the addition of both 'Bill Gates' Dining Area' and 'Newton's Nibbles', centred around Bill Gates and Isaac Newton respectively. The state-of-the-art 'Samuel Johnson Centre for the Performing Arts' was opened on 4 July 2011 and has seen moderate usage. Samuel Johnson's birthplace museum is located in the city centre.
Nether Stowe's new website was unveiled in November 2011, at , and many cosmetic improvements, which are currently underway, ave been authorised to maintain the ageing infrastructure, such as replacement of the roof coverings and new windows and doors in most corridors to aid lighting and ease accessibility.
The school houses a specialist Autism Spectrum Disorder resource, which has a small number of students registered within it with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The resource aims to integrate autistic students with mainstream high school life and curriculum whilst offering additional support according to their specific needs.
According to an OFSTED inspection from 2004, the school, at the time, was notable for its failure to recruit suitable experienced staff members for long periods of time. In the same report, it was noted that the students of the time had a bad attitude to learning, and that teaching staff failed to control classes - thusly, results were being affected badly. As a consequence, the school was put under special measures. This measure was lifted towards the end of 2005.
In 2007, the school came under scrutiny when incumbent headteacher Barrie Cooper announced to install CCTV cameras in the main toilets to quell the effects of problematic pupils - at the time, poor behaviour was rife. Although some students cited this as a good idea to cut down on violent incidients and gang gatherings, many felt that it was an invasion of privacy and that impressionable children may think that it is acceptable. The operational status of the cameras today is unknown, although they are still present.
List Of Headteachers
- 1966 to 1970 - Mr. C. L. Bower
- 1975 to 1976 - Mr. A. K. Chatwood
- 1991 to 1999 - Mr. D. L. Binnie
- 1999 to 2004 - Ms. J Ward
- 2004 to 2008 - Mr. B Cooper
- 2008 to 2009 - Mr. J McElroy (Acting Headteacher)
- 2009 to present - Miss R Poppleton