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The Head of School Reports

19th April 2022

Welcome back to the 2022 summer term!

It was a very busy spring term and so much went on that it is hard to know where to begin to reflect on all that happened.  As you will be aware, the term was not without its challenges but we came through it, without too much impact on students’ learning, and were able to go ahead with the great activities we had planned, all this alongside the mock exams within the main school and at Sigma Sixth.

To sum up on just some of the additional activities that have taken place; there has been a Year 7 Disco, Rewards Trips to the Pier, Duke of Edinburgh excursions, Bletchley Park visit, lots of different sporting events and local competitions, a visit to Cambridge and Twickenham for some Sixth form students, NEMO maths competition, World Book Day, Zoo Trips, Minsmere RSPB, Mercury Theatre, this is to mention only a few things and the list goes on.  

All of these things would not be possible without the amazing staff at CCHS and I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of senior colleagues, governors, students and their parents, to publicly thank all the teachers and support staff.  As ever, they have worked incredibly hard and will continue to do so for your child, to ensure that they receive great learning, excellent pastoral support and able to access a range of extra-curricular clubs and opportunities.  This is a very important part of school life that children desperately missed out on over the past two years; we feel like we are back in business!

In addition to this, we were finally able to take full possession and move into our fantastic new build; L Block.  The facilities include a four-court sports hall and six brand new classrooms which have really enhanced the Walton Road site. There have also been improvements elsewhere and changes continue with a planned external canopy close to the drama and main student entrance to provide additional outdoor covered space for our students.  The official opening of L Block will take place later in the summer term, we will let you have more details closer to the time.

Safeguarding is always at the forefront of all that we do at CCHS and it is important for everyone to remain vigilant.  Young people need independence and freedoms as they grow and develop, peer groups often become their main priority as they grow resilience, but please ensure you know where your child is and who they interacting with.  This could be when they are out and about in the community or online.  My advice is never be afraid to check, young people can be very private, but through sharing and engaging in dialogue, it opens lines of communicate and can often prevent any upset or distress.  There are some great apps to enable students to know where their child is.

We are very excited and looking forward to the forthcoming term.  Upper school public examinations will be taking place for the first time since summer 2019, the year 11 Prom will be held in June, year 9’s will complete the decision process for their pathways of study for GCSE from September and we hope to continue with providing many more trips and community experiences for our students, alongside a full curriculum of learning.   Summer term is also when we begin to think and plan for our next cohort of students and for those year 6 students who are planning to become part of the CCHS family there will be a full transition programme this year, something that we have really missed doing over the past couple of years.

To all of our families, as ever thank you for all of your support and the many kind words of thanks that we receive from you, these are always much appreciated.  Your generous donations via ParentPay and students’ contributions on the non-pupil day raised £680.87 which has been sent to the Disasters Emergency Charity on behalf of the Ukraine Appeal.

Chris Taylor, Head of School


11th March 2022

With only three weeks remaining until the start of the Easter holidays, there is still a lot to get through and a lot to look forward to. For those students in the lower school not involved with final summer examination preparations, there are some exciting trips ahead: a Year 8 STEM Science trip to Colchester Zoo and, in support of National Science Week, for Year 10 students, a visit to RSPB Minsmere.  The week beginning 28th March marks the start of Careers Week @ CCHS for Years 7-12 with exciting things planned.  There are external visitors booked from the world of business, armed forces and from across the public sector.   Assemblies have been arranged where our guests will present and speak with students, in addition, lessons will be themed around careers and aspirations.  For Friday, 25th March a Year 7 disco is organised and of course, the finale to the spring term; the Rewards Trip, for those students with the most PROUD points.

Alongside the special events planned, we continue with a full academic programme including mock exams for our Year 11 and sixth form students, and for Year 9 the very important next step, their ‘Pathways’ options.  Students will soon make their final choices for the subjects they would like to study at GCSE and perhaps beyond for Post-16 at the CCHS sixth form college, Sigma Sixth.

With sixth form in mind, after the positive feedback about the new CCHS website that came on-line last June, we have recently launched a new Sigma Sixth website using the same platform. The new Sigma Sixth Tendring website utilises the now familiar format used on the main school site and is optimised for both desktop and mobile devices. All of the pages from the former sixth form website have been updated and improved along with the addition of many new features. As with the CCHS website, the sixth form site includes its own responsive drop-down menu; each tab reveals different sixth form related choices. We hope you like the new layout! 

Following on so close to the pandemic, we know that global events, including the war in the Ukraine, can be very upsetting for some students and they may be feeling overwhelmed with all that is going on around them.  If this is the case, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s pastoral team and we will be happy to offer any advice or support or even to provide just a listening ear.

As ever, our students proved they are kind and caring citizens and last week when our Sixth Form team sent out an email appeal to our Sigma Sixth students with details of a local firm transporting supplies to the people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine, they jumped at the chance to help.  Within just a couple of days they organised themselves and came together to create a huge pile of donations. They brought in extras purchased on their shopping trips, along with tins and packets from the forgotten corners of kitchen cupboards, spare blankets and duvets (permissions granted, of course, from their parents on items no longer needed). Well done to them all!

As we approach the Easter holidays and the lifting of the final Coronavirus restrictions on 1st April, it is important that we still do our best to keep each other safe and well.  ‘Every lesson counts’ and excellent attendance is vital so that students maximise every opportunity available to ensure they can fulfil their potential.  Although there is no legal requirement to test or self-isolate, it is advisable to remain vigilant to help mitigate the spread of the virus.  If you need any advice please take a look at the Government website.

Chris Taylor, Head of School


11th January 2022

LFD testing
Thank you to all parents for your support on the CCHS testing day on 5th January. Out of 1054 students tested, a very small number of asymptomatic cases were detected via the supervised LFD tests and appropriate actions taken.  This highlights the importance of continuing with the twice weekly testing on Wednesdays and Sundays; LFD home testing is a vital tool in helping to keep our school and entire community safe.  Students were issued with a test kit to take home which should have contained a further six tests.  It was disappointing to see that some of these had been discarded as students left site, especially as they have recently been in such short supply.  If your child did not return home with the LFD test pack, please let us know and if we have any to spare we would be happy for you to collect them from reception by notifying us in advance; please email admin@cchs.school 

Visiting the school site
Recent guidance from the Department for Education indicates that all visitors to schools are now required to complete and register a negative Lateral Flow Device test immediately prior to any visit to site.  Therefore, with this in mind, if you are attending a meeting with a member of staff, please ensure that you complete a LFD test before you come to school.  This will help us all to stay safe and mitigate the risk of spreading the virus to both teaching staff or other support staff colleagues.

Temporary changes to testing requirements & possible reduction in period of isolation 
You may be aware that the government has introduced temporary changes to testing due to the high levels of Omicron cases across the UK.  From 11th January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be required to self-isolate immediately and will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test. Whilst levels of COVID-19 are high, the vast majority of people with positive LFD results can be confident that they have COVID-19.

Lateral flow tests are taken by people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who develops 1 of the 3 main COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home and self-isolate and take a PCR test. They must self-isolate if they get a positive test result, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test – these rules have not changed. For additional information on what to do from day 6 of a positive test, please check the latest advice on Covid testing issued by the government or go directly to:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/confirmatory-pcr-tests-to-be-temporarily-suspended-for-positive-lateral-flow-test-results 

Changes to Parents’ Evenings – Spring term
• Year 11 parents’ evening will be moving from 3rd February to the 10th February.
• Year 9 parents’ evening will now be on 17th March.  (NB year 8 & 9 dates have swapped around.)
• Year 8 parents’’ evening will now be on 5th May.
Sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused with any forward planning.

Finally, to reiterate, as the number of positive COVID-19 Omicron virus test results is increasing in schools, it is vitally important that we all continue with the twice weekly testing on Sundays and Wednesdays each week to reduce the risk of transmission as much as possible.   With this in mind, I also seek your support in encouraging your child to wear their face masks at all times when they are on the school site including lessons.  I know this is a challenge for children but we sincerely hope this will be a very temporary arrangement.

Best wishes to everyone and by working in partnership we can help to keep everyone safe and well.

Chris Taylor, Head of School


17th December 2021

In the lead up to this Christmas, I have been reminded countless times of the number of fantastic students that we have here at CCHS. I have witnessed daily lunchtime musical performances in Clouds (organised by our broader curriculum students), watched hundreds of students leave for a rewards trip to the Pier, read about one of our students donating 16” of her hair to The Little Princess Trust, read some incredibly warming messages of thanks from Holly Court where our students, teachers and families have worked together to ensure each resident receives a Christmas bag of goodies from the school, and finally watched some of our Year 11 students perform a Grease medley in rehearsal for their external assessment the following day. Well done to all these students and the countless others who help make CCHS a fantastic place every day.
I would also like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all CCHS staff, both teaching and support colleagues. I know many of you appreciate their efforts throughout these very challenging times.  The daily diet of great lessons, countless trips, visits and after school activities offered to our students to help enrich their school experience and the astounding pastoral care given is to be commended.  Students are definitely happy to be back in the classroom with their teachers and making the most of the learning experience.  This is reflected in the excellent attendance of CCHS students which is significantly above the national average for this term.  It is very important to us, and we sincerely appreciate the support that we receive from our parents, many of whom personally acknowledge the hard work and dedication of school staff; this means a lot to us, and it is important that when contacting staff they are shown the courtesy and respect they deserve.
During this last half term, the number of positive PCR tests amongst students and staff has remained relatively low and I hope that the Christmas holidays do not bring a rise in cases for you all. Given the current case levels of the new Omicron variant, the pandemic does not seem to be abating; with this in mind it is important that the twice weekly testing continues at home. Please may I ask for your support by testing your child on Sunday, 2nd January and then this will be followed up by a supervised LFD test in school on Wednesday, 5th January.  Timings for your child’s form group are detailed within this timetable.
The NHS has also asked us to share with you an updated letter from them about their community vaccination programme; Updated letter from the NHS , this has also been sent to you directly under separate cover.
Finally, although the current situation in regards to the pandemic is not how we want or expected it to be, but I know we will all do our best to keep each other safe and make the most of time with family and friends where possible.
To all of our families, I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a healthy and happy 2022.

Chris Taylor, Head of School


10th December 2021

We are almost at the end of the first full term of the academic year 2021/22.  We have made a great start and are looking forward to the spring term.  Year 11 students have worked really hard over the past week and I am delighted at the mature approach they have taken towards their mock examinations; these continue right up until Wednesday, 15th December.  Well done too, to those Year 10’s who have also been involved in some exams.
The recent change to the guidance issued by the government has had implications for us in school too.  Students and staff should now wear face coverings when in the communal areas inside of school, particularly when moving around corridors.  So far, we have taken the stance of reminding students and issuing face masks to those not in possession of their own, but from Monday, 13th December, unless advised differently, it is really important that all students take responsibility (unless exempt) for wearing a face covering.  From Monday, students must bring two face coverings into school, one to wear and one spare.  The school will still be able to issue face masks but students will be deducted 5 PROUD points from their Rewards account plus 30p to cover the cost of a replacement.  It is so important that we do everything we can to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in school and within our community, to keep each other safe and well and ensure we all have a Covid free Christmas.

Chris Taylor, Head of School


25th November 2021

The autumn term is flying by, the first half came and went, and we are now firmly in the build up to Christmas. The school trees will soon be going up, with one in the foyer and another in Clouds and the Holly Court Christmas Appeal is in full swing.  However, before our full attention is committed to Christmas, there is still a lot of work ahead.  

Year 11 Experience Day took place at Sigma Sixth Tendring on 25th November.  It was an excellent day and our Year 11 students got to experience life as a sixth form for the day, including attending key stage 5 taster lessons.  To see some highlights from the day, please follow sigmasixthtendring7 on Instagram.  If you are interested in more information on Sigma Sixth Tendring please visit our Sigma Sixth website; To apply for a place at Sigma Sixth Tendring, please fill in this form.

The next few weeks are particularly important for all upper school students, including sixth form, as their mock exams are taking place.  These will be held under strict exam conditions and will provide students with crucial examination experience as we head towards next summer’s examination season. It is important that the mock exams are taken extremely seriously as they may be required to be used for any Teacher Assessed Grades (TAG); although we hope this is not the case.  Good luck upper school, revise well and make the most of the support offered by your teachers.  

Our mantra of “Every lesson counts” refers to excellent attendance, which must remain a priority for all students (upper school students - please do not miss any of your mock exams).  There is a lot to get through within each subject area and if a lesson is missed, then this valuable teaching time cannot be regained.  This is where the twice weekly testing remains so important and we continue to do all that we can to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The LFD testing is really helping us to identify any asymptomatic positive cases and keep infection rates as low as we can. Your support with this has been amazing, let’s keep going, we all want our Christmases to be ‘merry and bright’ this year for sure!  If you need any test kits please contact admin@cchs.school and we can arrange for you to collect a pack.

As you will be aware, for many months now, there has been some disruption to the school site due to the completion of a brand-new build being erected on the school playing field, just adjacent to the recreation field.  I am delighted to inform you that we are almost at the completion of this project and the current plan is for the building to be handed over to the school either late this term or early next term, when we return in January.

We are very excited about the extended facilities this will provide for our students, which will include six classrooms and a huge 4-court sports hall.  I have been visiting the site regularly throughout the build and I can report that it looks amazing and it will be a significant asset to the school and local community.  You may have also noticed that we have been able to secure some additional land so, despite such a large new building, the available field space for our students remains virtually the same.

On the whole, we all use social media responsibly to communicate and engage with others, but it is very important that as parents we monitor our children’s personal usage.  The use of WhatsApp, Snapchat, Tik-Tok and other similar messaging services and the decision to allow a child to create an account must be a well-informed decision.   Taking a few moments to talk to your child about the use of the messaging service, advising them to consider how they communicate with others is vitally important in building and maintaining friendships.  My advice is do not be put off by feeling intrusive, it is wholly acceptable for you to look through your child’s communications, especially for younger students.  

Finally, as ever, the school relies so much on the support of our parents, and we receive many emails praising teachers and other support staff colleagues for their hard work and efforts, they are most gratefully received and really appreciated and on behalf of the school community I would like to thank you for your efforts over the past and quite challenging 18 months.
 

Chris Taylor, Head of School


13th September 2021

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to our latest cohort of students into year 7 and a welcome back to all of our other year groups.  It is great to see everyone back in school and really excited and ready for the forthcoming year.
Students have returned looking exceptionally smart in their school uniforms and I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for taking note of our expectations.  Full information on uniform is available on our website, but if you have any issues or require any support, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s relevant pastoral team admin@cchs.school; staff are available to help.
The new year 7s are settling into CCHS life extremely well, already they have found their way around the school and have been introduced to our expectations and the opportunities that secondary school is able to provide. The programme of extra-curricular clubs is currently being put together and will be published as soon as it is available.  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.

I am delighted to be able to announce that this year we are able to hold our annual open evening.  This will take place on Thursday, 23rd September and, to give you advance warning, school will close at 1.15pm to allow us to prepare.  The evening is a very special event in the school calendar and I am very pleased that we are able to showcase our school to prospective year 6 Students from across the local primary schools, to take a look around and sample some of the exciting things that happen at secondary school. The aim of the evening is to 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 2022.

Whilst we are delighted to be getting back to some normality, we are still required to follow the guidance issued by the Department for Education and Public Health England.  Therefore, twice weekly LFD testing for students and staff continues this year.  Students have been sent home with testing kits and should test on Wednesday and Sunday evenings each week.  This is a very successful tool that keeps not only our school community safe but also protects our local community beyond the school gates.  Your support as parents in ensuring that your child takes the tests bi-weekly is very important.  Following the test, the results should be registered via the school’s Test Register service, details of how to do this and a weekly reminder will be sent by email to the parent designated as first contact for their child on the school system.  

Each week we send out an email; the ‘Weekly Mailing’, this includes links to all important communications sent throughout the previous week.  Links lead you to information for both whole school and your child’s relevant year group.  In addition, we publish our Weekly News, which has many articles on the amazing things that our students do, but also has important details and dates for parents to note. A copy of the Weekly News is always available to view via a link within the weekly mailing or on the school website.  Please ensure that we have your most up to date email address so that you do not miss out on vital communications.

Finally, from an educational point of view, the year ahead looks promising and we remain optimistic that with home and school working together, our students can all achieve their potential and remain healthy and happy in school.

I wish everyone all the very best for the year 2021-22.
 

Chris Taylor, Head of School


16th July 2021

The end of academic year 2020-21 has arrived, whilst yet again this hasn’t been the year any of us could have expected, we are all looking forward with great anticipation to the start of the new academic year in September, welcoming our students back to school.  We are very excited about meeting our new Year 7 students.
Overall, since we returned to school in early March, our students have been amazing.  They have shown real resilience and have been a joy to have back in the classrooms, all eager to engage with their education.  This is a testament to you as families, supporting and encouraging your child(ren) through the lockdowns with home learning, and as a school we would like to sincerely thank you for your positive approach to this during such challenging times.
Bringing our thoughts back to the start of the 2021-22 academic year, it is important to note that both the 1st and 2nd September are non-pupil days.  Following this, Friday, 3rd September is dedicated to settling the new Year 7 into school and making sure they are completely familiar with the school site and expectations.  The new Year 12 students also begin the next stage of their educational journey at Sigma Sixth College on Friday, 3rd September. 
Following DfE guidance, it is extremely important to note that although the first 2 days are designated as non-pupil days, we are organising in-school Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests for all students prior to their return to school.
A programme of timings for the testing can be found here. Students will be tested in their form groups.  Please make a note in your diaries of the time and day when your child needs to be in school for their LFD test.  Testing will take place in the school gym.  All Sigma Sixth students will come to CCHS for their first pre-return to school test on Thursday, 2nd September and would have also received in advance a specific time slot to attend.
Finally, it looks as though the weather is going to pick up just in time for the holidays and I hope that you all have a lovely summer.  Although restrictions are lifting on Monday, 19th July please continue to stay alert and stay safe and I look forward to seeing all of our students when they return to school in September.

Chris Taylor, Head of School


3rd May 2021

When the full lockdown ended at the beginning of March and following the subsequent return to school, we were determined to ensure that our students’ attention was focused on learning back in the classroom setting, rather than remote learning. As ever, our students, your children, responded positively and it has been a pleasure to see them all settled and working hard in their lessons. This past year has proved to be an amazing example of children’s resilience and their ability to adapt to ever-changing circumstances.
Now that we are all settled back into school life, and as we begin to move forward, it is really important that our high standards of expectations are re-established. Parental engagement is key to ensuring that we maintain our high standards and I would personally like to thank you for your ongoing assistance and support with all of these matters.
As a school, our families and local community are very important to us. If we can assist any of our families in any way, whether this be with financial support for uniform or with any advice or guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us. Likewise, we are happy to help with any appropriate community projects, so please let us know and we will see what we can do.
Extra-curricular Clubs are back! Although still currently limited in what we can offer, some clubs and activities are now beginning to recommence. How these will operate will be dependent on any government guidance and restrictions, whilst some clubs are ‘sign-up’ only for others students can just arrive on the day. For each club or activity, students should talk to a member of staff from the department organising the session or from students’ subject tutors. More activities will be able added as we progress through the summer term – check our clubs webpage for more details.
Clacton County High School is always planning for the future, aiming to continually drive up standards and improve outcomes for all of the children in the local area, this includes improvements to the school site and environment. With this in mind, expansion and re-modelling of parts of the Walton Road site has finally begun. This is a very exciting opportunity for the school and if all goes to plan, the work is scheduled for completion during the autumn term. The plans include a new module build which will provide our students with a four-court sports hall and six additional classrooms. If you walk across the Leisure Centre field you will notice that our contractor, Morgan Sindall, has established their compound and will shortly begin the groundwork. Improvements to the current areas in school will also take place; students will then have use of a new fully canopied area adjacent to the drama quad which they can use at social times and for a range of other activities.
Continuing with our thoughts on the future, it is worth parents and students taking a look at our Careers & Aspirations Hub, which is continually being updated. There is a wealth of information available to assist in choosing the right individual career pathway, whether this be university, apprenticeship or employment. Through the Careers Hub micro-website students can book an individual appointment to meet with a careers advisor for any help and advice. The careers team are continually seeking to develop links with businesses and further education establishments and are on hand to help students build and establish relationships which could open many doors of opportunity for life after CCHS. Whatever year group, it is seriously worth looking at the Careers Hub to begin to build a vision for the future.

Chris Taylor, Head of School


26th March 2021

It has been the most amazing and challenging past three weeks, welcoming the students back on 8th March was long overdue and seeing them back in their classrooms learning with their peers has been a gratifying experience for everyone.
The biggest challenge of the reopening was undoubtedly setting up the Asymptomatic Test Centre in the main hall and completing approximately 4500 tests in nine school days whilst keeping the rest of the school running smoothly. During the testing, the students were a real credit to themselves and to the school and we received some very complimentary emails about your children from the testing volunteers. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Winterford, Mr Graves and Mrs Reynolds for their monumental effort in coordinating the entire testing programme as well as all the other staff who were redeployed into the testing centre. I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of six volunteers from our local community who came in and gave up an incredible amount of their time to support with the testing and processing. To parents, thank you too, for your support and for ensuring that your child’s test results have been registered.
Face masks have been a necessary feature since the re-opening and in line with government guidance we have recommended that students and staff wear face coverings in classrooms as well as communal areas and we have been delighted with the response. The guidance is due to be reviewed over Easter and we will respond accordingly in line with required directives. Without doubt, over the past 12 months, our young people have been exceptional, they have taken on board all that has been asked of them and adapted with great versatility and an abundance of resilience, this latest advice has been no exception. We are extremely proud of our students and your support has been at the heart of their positive attitude to all of the adaptations implemented. If your child is exempt from wearing a face covering, they should have been issued with a card or a badge and if this is not yet the case, they should see their year leader.
By now students will have received an additional box of home test kits as government guidance changed yesterday and students are being asked to test twice weekly in the Easter holidays. A powerpoint/video has been shared with students, in form time and via email, showing how to perform the tests at home. During the Easter break students should continue to test on Sundays and Wednesdays with the first test being on the evening of Sunday 28th March and then subsequent Wednesday and Sundays, with the final test on the evening of Sunday 11th April (before we return for the summer term).
It is important that the test results continue to be registered via testregister.co.uk/login - all of the instructions are within the letter which has been given to the students but also on the videos we have shared with the students, one includes when to perform the tests and the other is the instructional video produced by the government - Home testing video. The purpose of home testing is to continue to protect our staff, students and the local community by identifying any asymptomatic cases and to limit the transmission of the virus. Yet again, this will only be achieved by home and school working together, and this is when we are at our most successful; your support is vital. Please rest assured that all school staff will be home testing at the same intervals as your children.
Uniform is a very important part of our school identity and understandably it has been difficult for parents to obtain new items with non-essential shops being closed, but even so students should all be wearing their school uniform as required. If your child has any issues with their uniform they should let their year leader know in the first instance.
Information on uniform expectations on the days when students have practical PE lessons can be found within this link.
Happy Easter to all of our families and students, let’s hope we are able to enjoy some lovely spring weather over the school break and we look forward to welcoming all of our students back on Monday, 12th April.
Chris Taylor, Head of School


14th January 2021

Remote learning continues for all of our students. We have put together a comprehensive timetable for every year group of students which should mean for your child, whether KS3 or KS4, they will be receiving a blend of learning each day for a minimum of 5 hours.
We have received many emails and phone calls over the past week, especially in regard to Year 7 logins for remote learning, and I hope by now all of your questions have been answered and all of our students are able to access their online programme of lessons. Some will be live and some will be recorded, but teachers will always be available to help and support students and will answer any questions they may have in regard to their work.
We have expanded our online offer to include daily sessions based on either a physical or mindfulness activity and additionally all year group assemblies will be followed by a PSHE activity for students to complete, which should take around 35-40 minutes.
Our PROUD reward programme will continue and students will be able to receive weekly recognition for their remote learning work and those with the most PROUD rewards achieved each week across the year groups will receive a £5 Amazon voucher. Winners will be notified and their success celebrated in our Weekly News bulletin.
Every morning, we are asking students to register in their year group Google classroom and we will be keeping a live lesson attendance log. Staff are completely committed to remaining in contact and accessible to their students. Any questions on any lessons, anything not understood, students should not hesitate to contact their teacher via email. Teachers will get back to them as soon as possible. Likewise if any parent needs any help or support to facilitate their child’s home learning, please contact the member of staff via - admin@cchs.school
For all students, attitude to learning is key to academic success. Excellent attitude to learning at all times is important, but excellent attitude to remote learning is vital to remaining engaged with education. Home and school working in partnership is now more important than ever and with parents and school in collaboration, we are confident that we can keep your children motivated and working hard to achieve the best outcomes that they can.
Year 11 students and sixth form students expecting to take summer examinations, will no doubt be aware that these exams have now been officially cancelled. Grades will be awarded based on a form of centre assessed grades produced using teacher assessments. Some students would have received results from recent mocks, but other subjects have yet to complete internal assessments. If any students were disappointed with their recent grades, it is really important to realise that this is not the final grade and can be improved upon. Students will continue to be assessed via remote learning engagement, short in class/online assessments and through more formal assessments. The current plan for when we do return to school, is that Year 11 students will sit a formal assessment in all of their subjects. All of the evidence will then be collated and used to inform the final summer examination grade. Examination students need to continue to work hard, remain focussed and motivated and make the most of all of the help and support available to them. Mrs Loosley has put together a Year 11 assembly, which aims to answer some of the questions that you may have and also gives some important advice, please take 5 minutes to watch this assembly.
To all of our school community, I have been so proud of everyone. To our staff, who with such short notice of closure really stepped up to the mark, organising a comprehensive remote learning experience and providing daily in-school learning for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children, a massive thank you. To our students who have shown so much resilience this year; a year like no other we have known, but have managed to adapt and remain engaged. Finally, to all parents and carers, your continued support of both school and your children has been remarkable, your messages of gratitude are so gratefully received and I sincerely thank you as well.

STAY SAFE AND WELL.

Chris Taylor, Head of School