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The Principal Reports:

Neil Gallagher, PrincipalFollowing directly after the release of our recent Ofsted report, we received the latest DfE Progress 8 league tables. I am extremely pleased to be able to inform you that CCHS remains one of the top non-selective schools in Essex in terms of the progress our students make during their time with us from year 7 until the end of their GCSEs. This year, our Progress 8 outcome was +0.25, this means that on average, our students achieved a quarter of a GCSE grade higher, compared against the national average of those students with a similar starting point. Since the Progress 8 tables were introduced, we have consistently been one of the top schools in Essex, but additionally our outcomes have stood up very well against the national figures.
I would like to thank all of the staff at CCHS for their hard work, commitment and support and we will continue to put our students at the forefront of everything we do to ensure that as individuals they have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
We are now in the second half of the autumn term and unbelievably, the festive season will come along very quickly. As I was informed the other day by a local supermarket, 'just 55 sleeps until Christmas'! There is so much going on in school, staff and students, are being kept extremely busy, with mock exams for Years 10 and 11 continuing, as well as many extra-curricular events and clubs.
As you will have heard in the media, this year on 11th November, it will be 100 years since the end of the 'war to end all wars'; World War I. There will be many national tributes of remembrance to the lives lost in conflict and at CCHS we are holding our very own Peace Party on Tuesday, 6th November. The event begins at 5pm in the main hall, where there will be performances and poetry readings by our students, to acknowledge the sacrifices made by our forebears. Students and staff have been asked to bring in any accounts and /or photos from family archives to contribute towards our PROUD remembrance board. It is quite profound, when we begin to delve into our personal family histories, that there is barely a family that would have been untouched by loss in this terrible war. The week culminates on Friday with a two-minute silence at 11.00am as a mark of respect for those fallen and lost, and a small group of Year 8 History students will walk to the seafront to lay a wreath at the memorial in the gardens.
This coming Thursday is also a very important day for our current Year 11 students; it is the Sixth Form Taster Day. The day is designed so that students can really get a feel for what it is like to be a member of our sixth form college. Students can dress out of uniform, experience sixth form tutorials across a range of subjects, follow the daily schedule of a typical sixth former as well have the opportunity to attend an in-house subject fair. Staff will be on hand to give advice and guidance on the entry requirements for different courses and there will also be post-18 information to help students really focus on the best subjects and course level to support their future aspirations. Some of our students will also be heading off to the Colchester Institute to see the courses available there, which broadens the subject and course level selection. There really is a post-16 pathway on offer to suit the needs and abilities of all students.
Alongside these important events, the rest of the week is equally busy. A group of students embark on the Firebreak course, working alongside firefighters from Clacton Fire Station; with a passing out parade on Friday, there is an inter-form PE competition, a girls' football enhancement tournament at Colchester United, a schools' District Cross-country event, on Saturday a group of upper school students visit Ipswich Crown Court to participate in a Mock Trial Competition and, as I said before, the important mock exams continue.
Finally, massive congratulations to James Poynter, our Technology technician, who during the half term break was announced as the Pearson Teaching Assistant of the year at a glitzy, televised event in central London. This is an extremely prestigious national award and James is an exceptionally worthy winner, we are very proud of him and very lucky to have such a committed and hardworking member of staff.
Neil Gallagher, Principal CCHS

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    Year 11 Mock Examinations
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    Monday 19th November
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    Monday 19th November
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    Wednesday 21st November
    POSTPONED due to a waterlogged pitch
    North East Essex Schools Football Finals
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