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End of Term Letter from Mr ChristianJCh

Dear Parent / Carer

As we approach the end of the school year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a restful and enjoyable summer holiday. I’m sure all students will welcome this break after what has been an extremely busy year in school.  As a school we continue to improve and I am pleased to report that we are fully staffed for September.  We have recruited some amazingly talented teachers and support staff to fill the vacancies of those few members of staff who inevitably ‘move on’ at the end of the academic year.

Last week, we welcomed our New Year 7 cohort to Colne Valley High School.   They have not only added an increase in student numbers but have quickly brought increased energy and enthusiasm across the school.  I look forward to getting to know each and every one of them better in September.

Our New Year 11 are an incredible year group who have set an excellent example to our New Year 7 students and will achieve excellent GCSE results in the summer of 2019. We have 5 very strong year groups across the school now which will accelerate the rate of progress and improve the experiences for all of our students.

Our school priorities will continue to focus on improving consistency across our school with particular focus on; leadership, quality of teaching, student contribution to learning and communication with all stakeholders. The reading age required for students to access GCSE examination papers continues to increase and therefore reading will become a greater focus over the next academic year, particularly for the younger year groups. I would like all parents / carers to support their children with reading and encourage them to read as much as possible, this WILL improve their outcomes. In addition, student attendance is a huge focus; schools are under increased scrutiny over the number of sessions some children miss from school. As a result, we have a duty to work together to ensure that attendance is high at all times so that no student is disadvantaged by low attendance and subsequently a reduction in learning.

A final reminder that school will close at 1.30pm tomorrow, at which time school buses will arrive at school to take students home. The exception to this is the ST11 and K185 which will not be available.  This will only affect a small number of students so we hope that parents / carers can make alternative arrangements to transport students home tomorrow lunchtime. However, should this cause a problem for any parent or student, please do not hesitate to contact school and we’ll be happy to discuss alternative arrangements.

GCSE Results Day is on Thursday 23rd August.  Year 11 can collect their GCSE Results from the Sports Hall between 9.30am and 12.00noon.  If any student will be away on this day, we can post your results to you.  If you would like your results posting out, please supply school with a stamped addressed envelope.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this academic year and am incredibly proud of the culture that has been generated within our school. I am proud to lead Colne Valley High School and look forward to the coming academic year, and the challenges and rewards it will inevitably bring. I look forward to welcoming all our students back on Tuesday 4th September at 8.40am.

As ever, thank you for your continuing support; together we are stronger #nolimits.

Mr J Christian