The CCHS Blog:

Chris Taylor, the Head of SchoolSeptember 30th, 2019

The new Year 7 students are settling into CCHS life extremely well, after four weeks completed, they have definitely found their feet and way around the school and have been introduced to our expectations and the opportunities that secondary school is able to provide.
Last Thursday we held our annual Open Evening. Year 6 Students from across all of our local primary schools attended CCHS, accompanied by their parents/carers, to take a look around the school and sample all of the exciting things that happen at secondary school. The evening is a very special event in the school calendar with presentations and activities. Staff and current students were available to showcase the school and provide as much information as possible to enable the Year 6 students and their parents/carers to help make the most appropriate secondary school choice for September 2020. The evening went extremely well and was very busy, it was a pleasure to welcome and meet so many prospective students and their parents/carers. I hope we have helped to enable them to make an informed choice about the next step for their child's educational future. Thanks to all the CCHS staff and the student helpers, it was long day for many, but very satisfying to proudly showcase our school and what we do.
The previous Thursday we held our annual Awards Evening, enabling us to recognise and celebrate the success of those students who have just completed their examinations and received their results in August. Whilst there were many outstanding academic achievements, it also gave the opportunity to recognise those students who have worked really hard throughout their time at CCHS and achieved way beyond expectations. The evening made me extremely proud of our young people and provided the opportunity to wish them well for the future; especially those heading off to pastures new away from CCHS, whether that be university, employment or apprenticeships. Good luck and best wishes to them all!
Last week we published our list of extra-curricular clubs. Taking part in activities outside of the classroom is very important, whether a student’s interest lies within STEM, drama, music, dance, art, sport or academia, there really is something for everyone and I would encourage all students to participate in an activity linked to an area of interest. The clubs allow students to socialise with other peers that may not be in their forms and classes and perhaps from other year groups. The school community is very important to us and creates a real sense of unity and pride.
Each week we publish our Parent News, which has many articles on the amazing things that our students do, but also has important information and dates for parents. In this week’s edition there is an introduction for parents to our new PROUD initiative which is happening throughout school and encourages students to build their experiences beyond the school gates. We are very excited about this, please take a look and see how you can support and encourage your child to complete the PROUD pledges. The weekly Parent News is available to view HERE.
Chris Taylor, Head of School

September 2nd, 2019

Welcome back to school and I hope that everyone enjoyed a very happy and healthy summer break. It was good to have a late August bank holiday weekend with exceptional weather and a good way to lead up to the end of the holidays.
I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all of our new Year 7 students and their parents/carers, and to our new members of staff. I look forward to working with everyone.
During the holidays we received our Key Stage 5 (Level 3) A Level & BTEC results as well as our Key Stage 4 (Level 2) GCSE & BTEC results. There were some stunning individual outcomes at GCSE and many students received a raft of amazing grades. I would like to give a special mention to our top Year 11 performers that include Thea Longden (10 subjects at grade 8/9); Laurelin Chase (7 subjects at grade 8/9 and 3 subjects at grade 7); Shadman Rahman (7 subjects at grade 7+); Katie Doidge and Hannah Thomas who both achieved 9 subjects at grade 7+; Libbi Benbow (8 subjects at grade 7+); Daniel Keil and Cole Matthews who both achieved 6 subjects at grade 7 or above.
We saw many outstanding individual Year 13 results with the vast majority of students having achieved their first choice place at university. Amongst the highest achievers were Adam Swaine (A* grades in Further Maths, Maths, Extended Project and an A in Physics) who has gained a place at the University of Warwick to read Maths; Shannon Fisher (A* Extended Project, A grades in Biology, Chemistry and a B grade in Maths) who will be reading Medicine at the University of Hull; William Lawrence (A grades in Criminology, Art, Extended Project and a B grade in English Language) who will be studying Animation at Norwich University of the Arts; Mia-Rose Daniels (A grades in Drama, Criminology and a C grade in History) who will be studying International Event Management at the University of Surrey; Mateusz Nowak (A grades in Maths, Extended Project and B grades in Further Maths and Physics) Mateusz is reading Physics at Kings College London next year; Amelia Newport (A* Extended Project, A grades in Maths, Drama, C grade in Further Maths) who will read maths at the University of York; Jon Nico Matibag-Perez (A Spanish, B Geography, C Maths, Distinction in Business); Laura Goldsmith and Carl Anderson both achieved (Triple Distinction* in Sport, equivalent to 3 A grades); Katie Smith (Distinction* in Business, Sport and a C grade in Maths).
My congratulations go to all of our GCSE and A-Level students and their families and I wish them every success in the next stage of their chosen path.
As with school life, students quickly settle back into lessons and their learning. This is complemented by the wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities. In the next couple of weeks we will be putting together our 2019-20 programme and will be inviting students to become involved in a club or activity to suit their individual interest or passion. I would strongly recommend all students look to take part in at least one extra-curricular club each week to ensure that they get the most out of their time at CCHS.
Also look out for the launch of our new re-branded PROUD initiative. We are very excited about this and look forward to the students becoming involved in both school and community projects.
Chris Taylor, Head of School