Headteacher's Blog Post 2 2016/17

Headteacher's Blog Post 2 2016/17

We are now fully back into the swing of school life and it’s hard to believe that we are only one full week away from half term.

There have been numerous highlights so far, most especially how the whole school, students, parents and staff have responded to our first Harvest Festival and the vast amount of food we collected for those needier than ourselves in the local area. It was a real example of Team CCHS at its very best; thanks to everyone who donated. During the Harvest Festival with years 7 and 8, Rev Hart spoke with the students and emphasised the concept of giving and thanks and it has been a real feature of the first half term.

Year 7 and Year 8 have participated in completing ‘A Marathon in a Month’ charity event to raise money for Stand up to Cancer. They have also completed a remembrance wall and a PHSE scheme of work that aims to educate them about healthy lifestyles. This has culminated in our students being recorded by Channel 4 to feature in their broadcasts on the 21 October. Year 9 have also joined in the charity event with a ‘Give it Up’ campaign to support children to experience what life has to offer.

Year 7 have made a fantastic start to their school days at CCHS. They have fully embraced our school and are taking all of the opportunities we provide to broaden their experience. I have particularly enjoyed listening to the Year 7 choir, not just ten or twenty students but the whole year; a really impressive sight and sound.

Year 11 have returned fully focused on their studies and achieving their personal best but also beating the amazing performance of last year’s Year 11. They all benefitted from the Careers Day and the one to one interview with a local business provider that followed and a large number now are confident that they both know what they want to do but, equally as important, what qualifications they need to get there.

Our Sixth Form is focussed on the necessary preparations to ensure our Year 13 students are making successful applications post 18. Students have received support from Staffordshire University through a personal statement clinic. Those intending to progress to courses relating to teaching have been supported by Newman University guiding students through the necessary QTS tests. Student Finance England have worked to prepare university applicants for the financial complexities of higher education and the National Citizenship Service have continued their close working relationship with the school, again enrolling CCHS students to be part of their valuable community work with young people.

Our Open Evening was a real success and all of the students who came back to support on the evening did a marvellous job of representing the school. Lots of parents visiting us for the first time commented on how pleasant, helpful and supportive of our school their guides and those supporting in subject areas were.

This week sees the publishing of the government Performance Tables and we wait with eager anticipation to see how we fair. I will forward you on all the detail once we know.