CCHS Newsletter 25 - 24th May 2021
Weekly Message from Mr Harding, Executive Head Teacher
You would hardly believe that it's nearly summer with the shockingly bad weather we have had over the last few weeks!  In a normal year we would be in the midst of the exam season and we would be looking forward to the second half term by focusing on the transition arrangements for our new students starting in September.  In keeping with the rest of the year we are having to do things very differently (again!) with our teaching staff taking on the role of the examiners. This additional demand on staff is huge. I know that the half term break will be very welcome.
Keep an eye out for next week's newsletter as we will be exploring some further adjustments on the road back to a form of normality and reporting to parents accordingly.
Message from Year 11 House Captain
A big thank you to all of the outgoing Year 11 House Captains.  We wish them and all our Year 11 students best wishes for their next steps.

To view a message from our Year 11 Discovery house captain Dylan Wright, please follow the link below:
Regional Competition - Student Achievement
The West Midlands Police Regional Cyber Crime Unit co-ordinate annual challenges for young people. The country’s brightest young cyber minds were crowned winners of Matrix Challenge 2020, a competition pitting the most talented 11-17-year-olds against a series of digital tasks aimed at promoting positive pathways into cyber security careers.

Beginning in January 2020, the competition saw 65,000 participants from around the UK use their digital skills to tackle coding, code breaking and knowledge-based challenges, with winners crowned in two age categories.  Over 28,000 from the West Midlands region took part, with 20 making it to the final events, held remotely in January.

Our Year 12 student Nick E achieved the highest points in the West Midlands region, the highest in his age group for our region 15-17, and was placed 10th nationally.  Well done! 
Nick has received a certificate from the Chief Superintendent and will receive a prize for his achievements.

These annual challenges are co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency and help to run annual national challenges foryoung people to take part in enhance their cyber and tech skills while also educating them on the Computer Misuse Act.  
Update - Easing of Covid Restrictions
A reminder of the easing of restrictions as part of the route out of lockdown.  The most significant change is that 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.

Own clothes day for selected students who have earned a Conduct Reward
- Thursday, 27th May
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 -  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:

                        Kenzie F               Hayden H                    Chloe S
                        Josh L                   Mia F                           Taylor M
                        George M             Kadi T                          Jessica B     
                        Freya O                Josh M                         Oliver R
                        Mai P                    Jaskim K                      Emaan C 

                         Harvey E              Declan M                      Leah B
                        Morgan W             Louis S                        Josh L
                        Joe J                     Isobel C                       Bella F-J
                        Melody G              Joe D                           Leah I
                        Tom K                    Kevina L
County Lines Initiative
Staffordshire Police are leading an initiative called ‘County Lines’.  
You can find out more information using the link below:
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.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island.  An abandoned orphanage.  A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.  As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.  As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar.  They may have been dangerous.  They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason.  And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive.


 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: 9781594746031 

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
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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