HEADTEACHER'S BLOG - 17th DECEMBER 2014 - END OF TERM
Christmas and New Year is a time for reflection over all that has happened in the year and looking ahead to new beginnings and the future. It has been an amazing year for The Coleshill School. We have had a massive 10% increase in results, a positive Ofsted inspection and increasing numbers of children coming to the school. The school has changed physically, with the opening of the new Leisure Centre complementing the extensive refurbishments that took place last year. Students are working hard and there have been numerous community projects over the year. It really is a very exciting time for the school.
This term has seen rapid progress in all of our cohorts. In Year 7 the students settled quickly and are loving their learning, it is such a joy to see them soaking up knowledge like little sponges. These are the stars of the future and it is a privilege to nurture them and watch them grow. Year 11 have been working hard in lessons and attending after school classes during this term. The early indications from the mock examinations show that there has been a dramatic improvement in achievement, particularly in mathematics and science. We are extremely proud of the excellent attitude to learning shown by our Year 11 students. In the Sixth Form, students are creating some fabulous work, such as in the media productions you can read about it in our December Coleshill Matters newsletter, and are preparing for important mock examinations in January. It is also pleasing to see Sixth Form students taking leadership roles within the school, such as in the work done by the Student Leadership Team and the work of students in clubs such as STEM club.
The last half term has really captured the ethos of learning and achieving together within the school community. Highlights have included: the deeply moving Remembrance service with 150 clay poppies made by Year 7 students and staff, carol singing at Morrisons and the whole school getting behind Children in Need and raising over £1,000. Most recently we have enjoyed the Christmas production. Audiences were rolling in the aisles with laughter at the spectacular pantomime ‘Cinders and a few intruders’. This event, like the others mentioned above and written about in our newsletter, are experiences which will remain with the children forever. As Aristotle said ‘An education which educates the mind and not the heart is no education at all.’
So as we get ready for 2015 what does the New Year hold in store for our school and wider community? We will be working even harder to develop community links, with the new leisure centre now open and projects such as the community garden. We will be ensuring that students make at least expected progress in their subjects, with the continuation of assessment weeks and more regular data and reports for parents/carers. We are also increasing the work we are doing with The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, as we draw closer to the Department for Education formalising our place within the partnership. All staff are taking part in a joint training day across four schools on January 5th and the relationship with our family of schools is making us stronger as an organisation. You can read about the partnership by downloading the Partnership Post - click here.
In the Spring term we will be having a focus on developing outstanding behaviours for learning across the school and I have already written to parents/carers about not having fizzy and sugary drinks in school and ensuring the highest standards of uniform from January 6th when we return to school. If we want our school to be outstanding then we need students making outstanding progress and this starts with outstanding behaviour. I am sure, like the staff, that is what you want for the students and school community and will continue to support us in our efforts.
The best present that I can have this Christmas I have already received; it is a privilege to be leading the school. I wish you and your family a peaceful Christmas and a very happy New Year.
Head of School