CCHS Newsletter 24 - 17th May 2021
Weekly Message from Mr Harding, Executive Head Teacher
We've only got two weeks left until our next half term break and I have to say that I am incredibly impressed with the resilience of our exam year group students and to the determination and hard work of their teachers. 
I listened to an item on the news this morning where an A Level student stated that if she was sitting her normal exams this year she would have a total of eight.  However, because there are school assessments instead of exams she's sitting 32 assessments!  Thankfully, we're not quite at that level but it does make everyone aware of just how much hard work is going on across all schools at the moment..
I'm very grateful to the hard work of all involved

Update - Easing of Covid Restrictions
This week the government announced further easing of restrictions as part of the route out of lockdown.  The most significant change is that from Monday, 17th May pupils no longer need to wear face coverings in classrooms or communal areas, unless they wish to.
Currently and until further notice all pupils must continue to wear a face covering when travelling on our school buses and public transport unless they are exempt.
Our other control measures remain in place for now and it is important that we remain vigilant with regard to:
  • Handwashing and good respiratory hygiene
  • Operating in Year bubbles
  • Encouraging social distancing wherever possible
  • One-way systems around school
  • Changes / phasing to elements of the school day
We also ask that pupils continue to complete two Lateral Flow tests per week (on Sunday and Wednesday) and report the results to NHS Track and Trace.  This will continue to keep our school community safe as the restrictions are relaxed.

Thank you for your continued patience and care in this regard.
Upcoming Events
Reminder - Form time
Each Tuesday and Thursday morning: 
Year 10 -  8.35am onwards;   Year 9 - 8.40am onwards; Year 11 - 8.45am onwards.

Y11 - Dress for Success day - Friday, 28th May

May Half Term - Monday 31st May - Friday 4th June

School reopens to all students - Monday 7th June

In-school Assessments (weeks 2 and 3)
For Year 10K, Year 11, Year 13 and GCSE resits
17-21 May and 24-28 May

Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh Award - Bronze Expedition :-
- Tuesday, 25th May - 2-hour First Aid training / route card planning 
- Wednesday, 26th May - Thursday, 27th May - Qualifying expedition        (Long Mynd)

- Friday, 28th May - Presentations, kit handed back and e-DofE (P1-3)
Staff Commendations
Students that have been nominated for extra praise by teaching staff and will receive extra Achievement points for their Head of Year/ Senior Leadership Team nomination which can be seen on EduLink. 
The students nominated this week are as follows:

              Japneet B                Jessica B                   Riko H-P
              Nour E                     Ben A                         Luci D
              Charlie K                  Kayden H                  Eleanor M
              Alfie D                      Sophie H                   Liam C
              Kody B                     Lewis G                     Kacper K
              Corey P                    Owen C                     Daisy R
              Olivia S                    George T                   Sophie R
              Joe P                       Charlie P                    Emma T
              Dylan P                    Sadie M                     Chelsie D
              Henry H                   Tilly R                         Lily S
              Freddy W                 Caitlin D                     Ellie M
              Ruby E                     Olivia D                     Ruby F
              Paige C                    Luke E                       Liam C
              Evie F                      Shannon G                Lilia K
              Tapi M                      Julie J                        Cariad B
              Callum P                  Connor E-W              Chardonnay W
              Ashwina N               Caitlin D                      Ellie M
              Ruby E                     Olivia D                      Ruby F
              Luke E                      Liam C                       Paige C
              Evie F                       Shannon G                Joshua B

                 Mason G                   Jack H                        Emily Mae R
              Keshav J                   Alex F                         Rhianna R
              Grace C                     Amy H                        Haydn F   
              Eve L                         Leah B                           

'Ditch the Blade' Initiative
Staffordshire Police are leading an initiative called ‘Ditch the Blade’.  This is being covered as part of Year 9 PSHEE. 
You can find out more information using the links below: 
The updated poem video is live in YouTube:
The information is also embedded on the Staffordshire Police page:
Book Recommendations
Another book suitable for teenagers to read. 
Some will be linked to a particular curriculum area, others will simply be books that your child might be interested in reading or that you might both want to read and compare notes.
All Quiet on the Western Front
by Erich Maria Remarque

One by one the boys begin to fall...

In 1914 a room full of German schoolboys, fresh-faced and idealistic, are goaded by their schoolmaster to troop off to the 'glorious war'.  With the fire and patriotism of youth they sign up.  What follows is the moving story of a young 'unknown soldier' experiencing the horror and disillusionment of life in the trenches.


 Available for free on Sora.  Sora link: - this is for all Year 9 or Year 10 pupils. If any pupils can't remember their logins (they are written in their yellow books) then they can email at

Suitable for:  All year groups at CCHS
ISBN: 9780099532811

Students are still being encouraged to sign up for a free online tool recently produced by a charity called Read for Good. Students are sent unique web links where they register their reading and the number of minutes they have spent reading, which then contributes to a 'school total'. It's really easy to use - for pupils to be able to log a variety of different texts on this, e.g. article, comic, book.  The school's page can be found here

Thank you to all of the students who have already registered their reading.  Miss Ford is very pleased with your progress!
General Reminders

A reminder that students are not allowed to use mobile phones on site during the school day, with the exception of Sixth Form students who can use them when working in the Sixth Form centre only.

Years 9, 10, 11
1. Students are not permitted to carry or use mobile phones within the
school at any point during the school day, including break and lunch.
2. Phones must either be left at Student Services at the start of the school
day or switched off in their school bag.

The school places great importance on the wellbeing and safety of all
individuals and mobile phone use during the school day has been proven
to lead to incidents of;
➢ bullying
➢ intimidation
➢ deteriorating mental health and wellbeing.
Learning is impacted upon in a negative way by issues around mobile phone use for social purposes.

The full mobile phone policy, along with all school policies, can be found on the school website on

Thank you for your continued support.
Reminder that students and staff are now being asked to conduct 2 lateral flow tests a week at home.  We suggest that tests are done a few days apart for example on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Students received more self-test kits before Easter to see them through the next few weeks.
Results should be registered at and through our own website covid 19 Record Results
Due to a computer error, some students may have been awarded an incorrect number of Achievement points for some sessions.  Please note that this is now being corrected.  
Have you left a message on our school answer phone for a member of staff recently? 
If you ever need to leave a message on our answer phone, please remember to say which member of staff you wish the message to go to so that we can ensure the messages are passed onto the person who can best  address your query.  
Community Events
As part of @EarthDay awareness which promotes the importance of being green and taking care of our planet, our @codsallsixth have been litter picking and promoting our Air Aware campaign to 'switch off when you drop off' to parents this morning
#EarthDay #AirAware
 Thank you to the Sixth Form students who have been handing out information leaflets and car stickers to parents who dropped off their children at school and thank you for your support.

  • Idling is the main source of air pollution around our school.
  • For every minute a car idles enough harmful exhaust to fill 150 balloons is sent into the air we breath.
  • If everyone switched off their engine when dropping off or picking up, air pollution around our school would fall by a huge 30%.

Poor air affects everyone but expecially children.  Poor air quality can seriously aggravate conditions like asthma.  It's responsible for 500 deaths a year across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

But the good news is that you can do something about it.  Walking or cycling to school even once a week will make a big difference.

If you must drive, why not park away from the school then walk in?  Remember that leaving your engine running while stationary is illegal.

Take our anti-idling pledge and find out more at:
If you would like us to share a community event with others in a future newsletter, please contact the school with details email:
Have your circumstances changed recently?
Parents claiming some benefits can claim free school meals for any of their children who are registered at a Staffordshire school and who would normally be at school at lunch time. School meals are a good way to ensure that your child eats well at lunchtime and you can save yourself time and money.

Even if you don't want your children to have the meals, claiming them helps their school. The more eligible parents who claim meals, the more funding the school receives.
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