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Principal's latest letter to parents


29th November 2018

Dear Parents/Carers

I write regularly about the importance of effective communication between home and school and the importance of working together.

Our focus currently in school is around ‘stranger danger’.  Please reinforce with your son/daughter the danger of talking to ‘strangers’ on the way to and from school.  We advise all our students to NEVER accept a lift from someone they do not know.  We also emphasise the importance of walking home with a ‘friend’ or in a group, especially as the nights are getting darker.  We would be grateful if you could reinforce this message too.

As you are aware, we have redesigned our Creating Futures reports to show the current performance of your son/daughter.  Creating Futures is our process of reporting student performance, which we do three times per academic year.  The purpose of our Creating Futures reports is to allow both parents/carers and students to understand current performance and to help identify areas which require additional focus in order to progress.

As these reports are produced to provide information to you as parents/carers, I am keen to hear your feedback.  If you have any feedback that you believe can help us to improve our reporting process, please contact Mrs L Singleton, Vice Principal for Standards and Achievement, using the email address or by telephone.   In addition, if your child’s latest Creating Futures report has identified questions that you require answering, please contact the subject teacher directly for personalised feedback.

Your Creating Futures report also reports an Attitude to Learning score.  Please can I ask that you take time with your son/daughter to talk through their Attitude to Learning grades.  We have a highly talented teaching body now and I am confident that your son/daughter will be successful providing that he/she displays the appropriate Attitude to Learning. Please read the back of the Creating Futures report to familiarise yourself with the criteria required to achieve the best grades. We need all students to be at least ‘engaged’, attend school regularly and behave impeccably.  Supported by ‘good’ teaching and a supportive school environment, our students will be successful, happy and confident resulting in rapid personal development.

In additional to ensuring our students attain the best possible academic outcomes, we also focus on preparing our students for life after high school.  Our fantastic Careers Officers, Mrs Hardcastle and Mrs Mawhinney provide our students with a high level of support as they progress through school.  They offer an array of Careers Spotlights, where employers visit school to speak with students about their careers, we provide introductions to further education / training establishments which fit with students’ individual career aspirations and provide 1-1 advice. 

I am extremely proud to report that, from our most recent school leavers, 99% have gone on to further education, employment or training.  This is significantly above the national average and is a fantastic achievement, one of which I am extremely proud.  I hope that as a parent you feel reassured that during their time at Colne Valley High School your child will be supported, advised and guided into the most suitable post-16 pathway for them, whether that is a work placement, an apprenticeship or a college course.

Finally, I am delighted to report that we have received phenomenal interest in our school for the 2019 Year 7 intake. The number of parents requesting Colne Valley High School as their first choice of high school has increased significantly and we are hoping that our Year 7 in September 2019 will be full.  This is further testament that parents/carers believe that our school provides a happy, positive and successful high school experience for their child and that we are a school who place our children at the centre of everything that we do.

As always, thank you for your support.  Please keep the lines of communication between home and school open as together we are stronger.  #nolimits.

Yours sincerely

Mr J Christian