Parent News

Autumn Term 2018
Thursday 29th November 2018

Happy 90th Birthday CCHS

This week we celebrate the school’s 90th Birthday - the Clacton-on-Sea County High School was officially opened on the 28th November 1928 by the Rt. Hon. Lord Rayleigh. The school opened with 87 pupils (40 boys and 47 girls) and 4 teachers plus the Headmaster, Mr Vivian Smith. Students had to pass an entrance examination and supply a certificate of good conduct from previous schools. Their parents also had to pay for their child to attend the school, as well as buying all their own books, materials and instruments.
Happy 90th Birthday CCHS
Over the past 90 years, there have only been 6 headmasters with Mr Vivian Smith remaining in charge for 30 years until he retired in 1953; the original Mr Smith was replaced by Dr Gardner, who sadly died after only 2 terms in office. Another Mr Smith then became headmaster for 25 years before handing over to Mr Clay who took charge for a further 23 years. Mr Brindle followed in 2007 before handing the reins to our current Principal, Mr Gallagher, in 2016, when Mr Brindle left CCHS to become CEO of the newly formed Sigma Trust.
Happy 90th Birthday CCHS
There have been many changes to the school over its 90-year history; a ‘West Wing’ was added in 1946 to accommodate an increase in student numbers, with more extensions following in 1958 and 1963. The 1970’s saw a whole new block built, which is now known as F and G block. More recently, Private Finance Initiative improvements were completed in 2005, including a new gym and the remodelling of the old gym and courtyard into Clouds Restaurant. Since then, the school has been enhanced further with various classroom refits, including our science rooms, replacement windows throughout the school and further ongoing improvements.
Over 90 years the school has grown from 87 pupils and 4 teachers to over 1600 pupils taught by 111 teachers, and from a single school secretary to 67 administrative and support staff.
Happy Birthday Clacton County High School!

Non-Pupil Day - Friday 30th Nov.

Parent News is published a day early this week, as tomorrow is one of our five statutory non-pupil days. Students are not required to be in school tomorrow.

CCHS Inclusion Ambassadors

Our Inclusion Ambassadors recently attended a school council meeting at Holland Park Primary School. The students discussed ways in which our ambassadors could work together in the future with the younger students.
CCHS Inclusion Ambassadors in Action
Ideas included our ambassadors assisting the early year foundation class with Forest School sessions, welcoming the Holland Park Primary School council for a tour of CCHS, and looking at other joint events.
CCHS Inclusion Ambassadors
After the successful meeting, our Inclusion team are now hoping that our ambassadors can attend a multi-schools council at Market Fields School in the near future.

Fayre for the Rotary Christmas Day

Fayre for the Rotary Christmas DayThis coming Saturday, 1st December, a special Christmas Fayre is being held at the Tendring Education Centre (TEC), in Jaywick Lane, to help raise money for the Clacton Rotary Christmas Day lunch, which is held at CCHS every year. Rotarians and their dedicated team entertain over a hundred local pensioners every Christmas Day, cooking them all a traditional dinner and giving them a Christmas Day to remember. Many of their guests would spend the day alone and the annual event is their highlight of the festive season.
The fayre at TEC takes place between 10am and 1pm in the main atrium at the centre; entry and parking is free.