Literacy across the CurriculumLiteracy across the Curriculum

Literacy Mission statement

"Raising the standards of Literacy across the curriculum is the responsibility of all, to ensure the future successes of all students."
Clacton County High School is committed to raising the standards of literacy for all of its students. We are dedicated to successfully delivering an effective literacy programme in all areas of the curriculum, as this is essential to the progress and future successes of our students both in and out of the school setting. High levels of spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary are fundamental to the achievement of a rich and fulfilling life.
Pupils have a right to be competent readers, writers and communicators in order to reach academic potential and be successful in life.
Reading, Writing and Communication are an embedded aspect of how we learn well at Clacton County High School and all staff and students have a responsibility to develop these life skills in others.
All staff contribute to this in their daily teaching and learning, and students can expect to be exposed to effective teaching and reinforcement of these skills around the school.

See the special Literacy edition of Parent News - November 2019

'Reader to Leader' - Form Time Reading Programme

'Reader to Leader' - Form Time Reading Programme
Reader to Leader - Form Time Reading ProgrammeEach of our form groups has been issued a form group library, managed by their own nominated reading representative. At least two tutor sessions per week are allocated to reading. Students across all year groups read a text of their choice to help them develop vocabulary, reading and comprehension skills, as well as helping enhance leadership skills.

Our Reading Representatives are recording reading in tutor times, those students who are leading the reading league tables in each year group are entered into a prize draw at the end of each term. These leading students will become reading representatives, who will in turn support other students across the school with their reading.

In addition, any student who is seen reading of their own accord, in or around school, is rewarded 25 achievement points - they could be reading at break or lunch in the corridors, on the school field, in the library or Clouds. This initative is linked to the Reader to Leader Programme to help promote reading to enhance literacy skills such as reading, comprehension and vocabulary.

'Reader to Leader' - Reader Mentoring Programme


So Why Read?

• 1 in 7 (14.9% / 5.1 million) adults in England struggle to read.
• 15.9% of all 16 to 24 year-olds are not in education, employment or training; Literacy is a big factor in this.
• 10 to 16 year-olds who read for pleasure, do better at school.
• Reading books is the only out-of-school activity for 16-year-olds demonstrably linked to securing managerial or professional jobs.
• There is overwhelming evidence that reading and understanding texts has a significant relationship to people’s life chances.

KS3 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS)

Raising the standards of extended written communication is a key focus of our whole-school literacy programme. Recent changes to exam specifications and qualifications mean that there is now a growing focus on students being able to demonstrate excellent knowledge of grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS). In order for students to improve their GPS and thereby enhance the quality of extended writing across all areas of the curriculum, students at Clacton County High School have a GPS focus every half term which is explored, explained and applied in English lessons in a variety of contexts. In addition, KS3 students are set weekly word-lists that are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell.

Literacy in Action
Oracy & Public Speaking - Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge

Jack Petchy Speak Out ChallengeEvery year a group of Year 10 students participated in a Speak Out Challenge run by the Jack Petchey Foundation. The students use the skills they had acquired during the day of workshops to deliver a presentation that they had prepared. Students are encouraged, not only to stand up and speak in front of their peers, but to also consider their body language, changing tone and facial expressions whilst doing so. Each year our students astound their peers with the difficult and personal topics that they tackle.

CCHS Jack Petchey Speak Out Finalists 2018

Hermione -
"You’re more than just a piece of paper"

Izzy - "Respect"

Lola - "Drama"

Nathan - "The future is in our hands"

Bar Mock Law Trial

Bar Mock Law TrialA number of our talented Year 10 and 11 students take part in Bar Mock Trial competition at Ipswich Crown Court each year. They are tasked with presenting two cases - a theft and a domestic abuse case - in front of the judges, including the resident judge for Ipswich Crown Court. They take on various roles within the courtroom with four barristers - who have to prepare both defence and prosecution cases; a group of witnesses - who face some challenging interrogation by the barristers; a Court Clerk and a Court Usher. The remaining students form part of the jury - they have the unenviable challenge of deciding the verdict from the evidence put before them. This year the whole team performed incredibly well under pressure, showing confidence in public speaking and the ability to think on their feet. This was the students’ first experience of the Bar Mock Trial and they were highly commended by a barrister who had organised the national competition.

Literacy in Action - Creative Writing

Year 7 Able & Talented - The Wallace CollectionYear 7 Able & Talented - The Wallace Collection

Groups of our Able and Talented Year 7 students benefited from a Learn on Location trip to the Wallace Collection in London. The students had an opportunity to tour the museum of paintings and artefacts. They were particularly taken by the museum's display of armoury.

“The long journey was worth it! Published authors Alison and Nicky showed us around the museum where we were lucky enough to see lots of paintings that included those of Greek and Roman Gods. There was also a fascinating painting of a woman grooming a lion, clipping its claws while hunters watched on from the forest behind them. Ever painting had a story to tell!
My favourite was the painting of the Duke of York and Edward V in the tower, their story was that they were locked in a room with their little dog keeping guard as they were being hunted by people many believed to have been sent by King Richard. It was very fascinating and fun!"

Freya Welham

They also participated in a creative writing workshops with published children’s literature authors, who challenged them to write a letter from the perspective of them as elderly people, offering advice to their younger selves.

“Dear younger self,
Always work hard. Don’t let others get in the way of your grades and successes. Be yourself and don’t let anyone or anything change you. Don’t regret your mistakes – learn from them. Take all the chances you can take even if they sound like they may not be as fun as you hope; all opportunities help us to learn.
From Rheanna.”

“Dear younger self,
Don’t take drugs or smoke and don’t be a bully. Be kind to others and don’t be someone you’re not just to impress someone else. Don’t pick on people but at the same time, stand up for yourself. Work hard. Focus on yourself. Don’t be stupid and do something inappropriate just because your friends are doing it. Do well in school. Learn from your mistakes and even the mistakes that people make around you. Don’t change because you want someone to like you; if they don’t like you for who you are then move on! Pay attention in lessons. Take your chances when you can! You only live once after all! Remember: no one is perfect so don’t let one little thing get to you and break you down.
Good luck!
From Ellie Mae-Reed.”