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Principal's latest letter to parents

14th January 2019

 Dear Parent / Carer,

 Happy New Year!

 I am excited to start 2019.  We have improved so much over 2018 I believe the rate of progress will accelerate, especially as we move into spring and summer.  My focus is always around our students feeling happy and confident as I believe these are the key to success in life.  Life can be hard and I take my role in helping children develop into resilient adults who contribute positively to society very seriously.  I strongly believe that is our job, alongside parents, to create a generation of adults who are happy, healthy and confident; our children will become the adults who will make changes to our local and wider community.  I am proud of our Wellbeing and Student Support teams knowing that we are offering the services that make a difference to our students, staff and parents.  We are in an age where mental health and related issues are increasing and our Wellbeing Centre, Careers Hub and Support Centre are leading edge; providing our students with excellent service and support.

 We are due to be inspected during 2019 and I look forward to showcasing the improvements made.  The new Ofsted inspection framework places emphasis on the local context.  We understand the nature of the ‘Colne Valley’ community and deliver a rich curriculum that is broad and balanced.  I will continue to monitor and modify our plan to meets the needs of our school community.  I am confident that ensuring we remain child centred is the right focus and provides a much better experience for our students which makes them healthier, happier and more confident and in turn, more successful!  2018 was a successful year, student performance, behaviour, attendance and engagement were all far better and student numbers are increasing rapidly.  Our GCSE results will improve again this year, so we will continue with the same ethos and vision.

 We promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and this is an area I want to continue promote and ask for support from home in developing student knowledge of ‘right and wrong’.  Actively promoting our values (RITA) means challenging opinions or behaviours that are contrary to them.

 I always emphasise that ‘together we are stronger’ as together we can:

  • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of, and respect for, public institutions and services in England;
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
  • encourage respect for other people; and
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

Please contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance if you have concerns or queries, our lines of communication will always remain open.

We are a school within the centre of our community and often have job opportunities across our different teaching and non-teaching departments.  We currently have a vacancy to join our Personal Development department supporting behaviour management in our school.  More details about the role and how to apply are on the website.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any skills that can benefit our students.

Best wishes for 2019.

Yours sincerely

Mr J Christian