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Principal's latest letter

26th October 2018


Dear Parent / Carer,

As the end of the first and longest, half-term approaches, I take great satisfaction in the progress that the school has made in the following areas; Behaviour is much improved, the conduct of students is excellent, student attendance is good, exclusions have declined, student performance is improving, communication is better and the quality of teaching is much improved.

I have received some very positive feedback from our recent Open Evening and there appears to be significant support and confidence in the direction that our school is moving.  Our Open Evening was a huge success; our ethos of putting children at the centre of what we do was clearly evident due to the energy and enthusiasm of our student helpers and staff team.  However, this wasn’t an act, parents and carers are welcome to visit the school if they ever feel it is necessary; every day is an open day at Colne Valley High School.

That said, we still have areas that require further improvement; communication remains a key focus of ours, the continual progression of our school is reliant on easy and effective communication with all stakeholders.  In addition, I want to improve the quality of information that is shared with parents and carers regarding student performance so please expect some changes to the creating futures reports that will be sent home.

I have toured numerous parents, external visitors and prospective new students and staff around the school over this half-term and the feedback is overwhelmingly positive.  The most noticeable feedback has been from the Ofsted inspector who we use for consultation purposes who was quoted as saying “This is like a totally different school from when I first visited” (January 2018).  I have heard so many lovely comments about our school over the past few weeks and I am immensely proud of the students and staff.

Following our school ballot to vote for a new parent governor, I would like to announce the appointment of Mr Carl Sykes who has been elected to take on this role.  I would like to remind you that the cost of our school lunches are increasing to £2.15 after the half-term break.  Finally, I would like to request support again in ensuring that skirts are worn at a reasonable and professional length (just above the knee), this is becoming a bigger issue than is necessary.

As a school we will make mistakes and we try to reduce these to a minimum but as always, I encourage you to make contact quickly with your child’s form tutor if you have any concerns.  It is important that we continue to develop our partnership, as together we are stronger.

Thank you for your continuing support and enjoy the half-term break.

Yours sincerely,

Mr J Christian