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Exciting News - CCHS Expansion

Neil Gallagher, Executive Headteacher I am delighted to be able to write to parents to advise that, following a period of negotiations, proposals for an expansion of Clacton County High School have been put together by the school, Essex County Council and Tendring District Council.
As you may be aware, the number of children in Clacton’s primary schools has been increasing for several years, and more places are urgently required at secondary schools to meet this demand. Essex County Council, Tendring District Council and Clacton County High School have been working jointly on a proposal which will allow our school to expand to provide the places needed for local children.
The proposed expansion project will involve relocating the CCHS sixth form to the Tendring Education Centre in West Clacton. Tendring Education Centre is a modern building with some outstanding facilities that lends itself well to a post-16 learning environment. The proposals will look at creating a new 10 classroom block along with a 4-court sports hall to be built on our existing site to provide accommodation for a larger number of 11-16 children. For several years the demand for places at our school has outstripped capacity and these developments will ensure that children can access a place at a secondary school that sits within the heart of the community.
I am really truly excited about the proposed changes and what they could mean for both the school and the town. As a school, our focus has always been on improving outcomes and raising the aspirations of the young people within the Tendring area. Extending our provision, particularly at post-16, will make a huge difference to enhancing the opportunities available locally; establishing a new CCHS sixth form college will provide a local centre of excellence.
Close collaboration between Essex County Council and TDC has also led to an agreed proposal to improve access arrangements at the rear of the school and to provide a new, state of the art, all-weather pitch at Clacton Leisure Centre along with other improvements to this facility.
The expansion project requires increasing the playing field space at the Walton Road site, and TDC has agreed to start a consultation process looking into a possible land transfer which includes part of the adjacent Vista Road recreation field to the school. To ensure that Clacton residents do not lose public open space, it is proposed that some land close to the Rush Green recreation area would be transferred to TDC and made available for public use. The public consultation on the Vista Road land transfer will take place at the end of July, and residents will be encouraged to give their opinions.
If the outcome of the initial consultation proves positive, CCHS will further consult with the community about detailed plans for the expansion of the school in September. The intention is that the sixth form would move to West Clacton in September 2020, and the additional buildings at the Walton Road site would be completed in time for September 2021. Market Field Special School is also currently operating on the TEC site and this provision would continue alongside the CCHS sixth form centre.
The proposals are supported by Essex County Council and Tendring District Council, recognising that part of their corporate priorities is to provide the young people of this area with an outstanding educational experience combined with facilities which promote a range of extra-curricular opportunities.
As said previously, I am tremendously excited about the proposals and the future benefits this will bring to our young people as well as the general population of the Clacton area.
Neil Gallagher, Executive Headteacher

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