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Principal's latest letter to parents


23rd January 2018

Dear Parent / Carer

As we are all aware, last week the Colne Valley experienced some difficult weather conditions, but thankfully we didn’t experience the severe weather forecast. I can assure you that it will always be my intention to avoid having to close the school due to severe weather and prevent disruption to learning, so I would ask that you always assume that school will open, unless you hear otherwise.  Information about school closure will be made available as early as possible and communicated via the school website ( and the text messaging system. Any decision to close the school would only be made in extreme circumstances and would take into account, first and foremost, the safety of students and staff.  It would be extremely unusual for me to close the school during the school day.  In order to make such a decision, I would have to consider the many risks involved with releasing students early; the potentially risky journey home and would parents be at home to supervise younger students.  Whilst at school, I can be sure that students are warm, dry, fed and safe until such a time that they can be collected by parents/carers.  Hopefully, we have seen the last of the wintry conditions, but should they return, please look at the school website for updates and thank you for your support last week.

It remains my vision to continue developing a strong sense of belonging and community within Colne Valley High School. We are a school that is ‘child-centred’ and all decisions are made with the best interests of our students in mind.  I expect all students, and staff, to role model our school values: Respect, Integrity, Teamwork and Aspiration (RITA), which are core values of our organisation and therefore non-negotiable.  I am very proud of our school and want all students to hold the same sense of pride as they put on their uniform every morning and make their way into school.  I believe that high standards of uniform underpin every other standard in school and ultimately develops confidence and self-esteem.   For this reason, I expect all members of staff to present themselves in a professional manner and I expect all students to uphold the school uniform policy.  From Monday 29th January, I will be asking key members of staff to welcome our students into school every morning to praise the high standards of uniform that we demand, and at the same time correcting any that fail to meet the required standard.  It is expected that all students will arrive at school on time and dressed correctly.  Shirts should be tucked in and students should be wearing the correct footwear, as set out in the school’s Uniform Policy.  I ask that you assist me with this by ensuring your son/daughter comes to school every day wearing correct uniform. If you are unsure of the uniform requirements, please use the following link to view our policy on the school website: I understand, that on rare occasions an item of uniform may be missing.  In such circumstances, please write a note in your child’s Planner.  If you are have difficulty providing your child with the correct school uniform, please contact your child’s Achievement Co-ordinator who may be able to help.

‘Behaviour for Learning’ is integral to our ethos, therefore I now feel that the time is right to move the focus from consequence and sanction, to the promotion of positive behaviours that develop learning and social contribution. I want to educate our students to make the right decisions for the right reasons so that they contribute positively within both the school and local community. Praise and reward will be more prevalent. I want to acknowledge and appreciate the consistently high level of performance that our amazing students demonstrate on a more regular basis. I will keep you informed as to how this shift progresses. Please be reassured that the vast majority of our students exhibit courteous, mature and positive behaviours every day which augur well for their futures. If any parent / carer has any ideas or suggestions on how to recognise positive attitudes towards learning whilst at the same time supporting local businesses, then please contact my Personal Assistant, Mrs Lunn, using the email address

Finally, I would like to bring to your attention two key events that are taking place in school over the next two weeks.  On Thursday 25th January we are holding our first Apprenticeship Event aimed at students in Years 9 through to Year 11.   The purpose of the event is to showcase the varied range of Apprenticeship opportunities that are available to young people once they leave High School.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the students of Colne Valley High School to meet with, and talk to, training providers and employers in the familiar environment of their own school.  The event will run from 4.00pm until 7.30pm in the Theatre.  Why not come along with your child and explore post-16 options?

On Thursday 1st February we are holding an Engage Evening for the parents of students in Years 10 and 11.  The evening is designed to inform parents about ways in which we can work together to ensure your child achieves his/her full potential and obtains the grades required to access their chosen post-16 pathway, whether that be further education or training courses.  Letters are coming home this week which provide more detail about this evening.  I look forward to welcoming you at these two exciting events.

As always, thank you for your continuing support; together we are stronger.

Yours sincerely

Mr J Christian