Parent News

Autumn Term 2018
Friday 2nd November 2018

Pearson Classroom Heroes 2018 - Teaching Assistant of the Year

Pearson Classroom Heroes 2018 - Teaching Assistant of the YearWe are exceedingly proud to announce that Clacton County High School Design and Technology Technician, James Poynter, has won the ‘Teaching Assistant of the Year’ in the Pearson Teaching Awards. During the half-term holiday, he attended the prestigious UK grand final of the annual awards, at a glittering ceremony in London. The awards are recognised nationally and an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching, acknowledging the life-changing impact of inspirational teachers and school staff, on the lives of the young people they teach and support.
Earlier this year, James was shortlisted from a record number of nominations and, after the judges visited the school to see him in action with our students, he was announced as a Silver Teaching Award Winner for his exceptional contribution to the teaching profession. The regional winners in his category were then whittled down to just three national finalists who attended the televised final. James was exceedingly surprised and flattered to be announced as the winner and was presented with his award by former teacher turned TV presenter, Mehreen Baig at the celebration of ‘Britain’s Classroom Heroes 2018’; shown on BBC2 last Sunday evening.
Clacton County High School has a hardworking and highly skilled staff and it is very rewarding to have one of them recognised in this way. This is the third member of our staff in just six years that has made it through to the grand final of the Pearson Teaching Awards – a record that no other school can currently match. We can all share in this success and we offer our sincere congratulations to James.

Celebrating Outstanding ProgressCelebrating Outstanding Progress

Following the summer’s GCSE exam results, we are once again very pleased to be recognised as one of the top achieving non-selective schools in the whole of Essex, in terms of the academic progress made by our students. The Progress 8 league tables, recently published by the Department for Education (DfE,) look at the progress students make, across eight subjects including English and Maths, from the time they join secondary school until they complete their GCSEs in Year 11.
Celebrating Outstanding ProgressThe 2018 League tables show that, based on a national average starting point of zero, our Progress 8 score was + 0.25. This means that every student within our Year 11 achieved, on average, a quarter GCSE grade higher than the national average of other students with a similar starting point, in every one of the required eight subjects.
Commenting on the news, Principal, Neil Gallagher said, "This year’s Progress 8 outcomes continue to reflect our determination to ensure that each and every one of our students, through great teaching and learning, are able to fulfil their potential. The school’s ethos of ‘Higher Expectations, Raising Aspirations’ is something that we are proud of and dedicated to, and year on year, we strive to ensure that no student is left behind, all are provided with a first class education and we are passionate about improving outcomes for the young people of this area.”

An Interview with an Author – Vanessa Altin

An Interview with an Author – Vanessa AltinA combination of students, from Years 7 to 11, recently experienced the school’s first ‘Interview With an Author’ literacy event. They met Vanessa Altin, author of ‘The Pomegranate Tree’, a text that has been a recent focus of our Literacy ‘Reader to Leader’ programme.
Vanessa is an ex-student who was thrilled to return to her old secondary school and share with students her experiences of taking A-Levels, Journalism school, (where she trained with the notorious Piers Morgan), and her career - working for the News of the World and as a free-lance writer, before writing her first novel, The Pomegranate Tree. The students were transfixed by Vanessa’s stories of visiting Turkish refugee camps close to the border with Syria, where she met numerous child refugees, including Dilvan and Elif. The two young children shared their harrowing encounters with ISIS and became the source of inspiration for her story. The Pomegranate Tree aims to raise awareness of the impact of conflict on the younger generations, as well as raise money for Heyva Sor, the Kurdish Red Crescent, through a percentage of the book royalties. Our literacy team look forward to hosting further ‘Interview with an Author’ events in the near future.