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The Principal Reports:

Neil Gallagher, PrincipalThis academic year has seen many, many highlights and successes in all aspects of school life. There have been personal accolades, team accolades, fantastic academic achievements, wonderful moments of giving selflessly to charitable causes and to the community and even an incident of a student saving a life. Since beginning this weekly blog in September, there has not been a single week where I have not been able to share something with you that makes me feel immensely proud to be the Principal of this school, and as parents, I hope that you have also been astounded and pleased at the amazing things your children actually do. Many of these wonderful achievements could not happen without the support of our staff.
Friday, 17th June was ‘Thank a Teacher Day’. A special assembly had been organised to coincide with this day, but I had been sworn to secrecy over the real intentions of the assembly! I am so delighted to be able to share with you the news that Laura Townsend was presented with the Pearson Silver Award for 'Outstanding New Teacher of the Year'. Laura is one of just seven new teachers selected from the entire country to go on to the finals in October where she could receive the award for overall winner. The tributes given at the assembly to Laura by her students were eloquent and very emotional, without doubt, she has been a teacher that has motivated and inspired them and just as we are, they are very, very proud of her.
Moving on to very different matters. You may have seen in the local press and Parent News that CCHS, along with the Stanway Federation of Schools and St Helena School, have agreed to come together to form a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) called The Sigma Trust.
On a day-to-day basis parents and students will not notice any difference, but we are very excited to be part of this partnership of schools who all share the same vision and ethos; raising the aspirations of all students and providing opportunities for all, regardless of gender, ethnicity or background, to succeed in whatever they choose to do. Being part of a MAT will enable us to improve the educational experience of students within North East Essex by working together to achieve these aims and by sharing expertise and resources, whilst maintaining the individual identities of the schools.
The name of Sigma was chosen to represent the collective strength of the schools and best summed up in a quote from Aristotle and translated from Greek it means ‘The complete is more than the sum of its pieces’. The MAT schools all agree that although on our own we are great schools, but by working together as a collective we are bigger, stronger and a tremendous educational force for the good of all our students.
If you do have any questions that you would like answered about The Sigma Trust please do not hesitate to contact me by emailing

Neil Gallagher, Principal CCHS

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