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Principal's message





 Mr James Christian



It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself as the new Principal of Colne Valley High School. It is a privilege to have been appointed and entrusted with the job of leading such a fantastic school with a unique history of being the first purpose-built comprehensive school in the North in 1956.

Many of you will already know me: I have worked at the school for over three years and have been employed by The MFG Academies Trust for over 14 years. I have thoroughly enjoyed working at Colne Valley High School and I hold huge belief in all of our students. I am determined that our school continues to improve rapidly and maintains its position at the heart of our community.

The success of the school is reliant on strong relationships with parents and carers. My passion is that all students and members of staff have the greatest opportunity to 'Be the Best That They Can Be'. This relies on all parties feeling as confident and happy as possible so that attendance and engagement are high. My intention is to develop a culture whereby Colne Valley High school is the preferred school of choice for students, staff and parents/carers. I believe this is created by appreciating and acknowledging all individuals and making people feel valued.

I will endeavour to create a culture which is centred on our young people to create well-rounded, happy and confident learners able to contribute positively within society. I am a firm believer that our school values, when followed by all stakeholders, are the most appropriate foci to enable our young people to achieve the best possible outcomes. I would like to remind you of our values and encourage you to support me in embedding these into our community.


I am determined to ensure that all stakeholders uphold the highest levels of respect for all individuals within our community. I want all students, staff, parents and carers to be respectful of: one another; the reputation of the school; and of the local area. In addition, I require students and staff to be respectful of the environment in which we work and learn, and to be respectful of all visitors to the school.


I pride myself on holding a high moral compass to ensure all decisions are made with the best interests of our young people in mind. In return, I expect all stakeholders to hold the same values, and to ensure that all learners have the best opportunities to learn. All students must embrace the 'Behaviour for Learning' system and follow it effectively to ensure the outcomes of any other individual within our community are not adversely affected. I aspire to lead an organisation enriched with individuals who act with integrity in all that they do.

Team Work

It is essential that the school works closely with students, parents/carers, and the wider community, if our young people are to achieve the best possible outcomes. All stakeholders have a responsibility to ensure that these relationships are strong and communication is effective.


Recent research shows a direct correlations between the levels of aspiration and student outcomes. Where a student and their parents/carers hold high levels of aspiration the higher the student outcomes are at the end of Year 11. Student outcomes are greatest when these levels of aspiration are also matched by the school. Therefore, it is essential that we all work closely together and develop high levels of aspiration of our young people if we want them to 'Be The Best That They Can Be'. The research also highlights the importance that we, as adults, hold high expectations of our learners. When aspiration is high alongside realistic expectation, then the learner is more likely to better achieve. We all need to show pride in ourselves, our work, our school and our community and celebrate the success that we have. I am extremely proud to lead Colne Valley High School and want you and our learners to hold the same levels of pride.

Thank you for taking the time to read this welcome message and thank you, in advance, for your support. 

Yours faithfully

Mr J Christian