In this letter to you I am writing about:
- student progress this year
- curriculum matters – Key Stage 3, Enrichment Day and Personal Development
- on-line learning
- open evenings
- staffing and governors.
We have just completed the first monitoring of student progress and the information for your son/daughter is available on e-portal. Of particular interest is the progress KS3 students are making in their new curriculum; teachers are speaking very highly of them. As you know it is designed to develop learning competences, is exciting and often takes place outside the classroom. It is also written in collaboration with 2 excellent schools from across the UK and others in Sweden and Holland. We have been scrutinising very closely these year groups and teachers are telling us it is making a real difference with more students making at least expected progress than ever before.
Hopefully, you will have seen or read about the last Enrichment Day, they are hugely popular with students and ‘Personal Development’ is delivered in engaging and exciting ways. If you missed the videos you can always catch up with them through our social media channels; Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. In the coming weeks a focus will be ‘drugs education and awareness’. We are delivering many aspects of this with some of our partners, including the Police who hope to have a working drugs dog with them. This follows on from the similar highly successful work we completed with them last year.
Other partnerships this term have been with our primary partner schools; most notably the literacy project that sees hundreds of KS2 and KS3 students using Chromebooks to access their curriculum through Google classroom. It is proving to be successful and making a real difference. This style of learning is also growing rapidly with Post 16 students enjoying the concept of ‘anywhere, anytime’ to develop their skills and abilities. We also hosted an Open Evening attended by about 120 families, most of whom will enrol their children in September 2017, and their feedback was very positive. We will be putting on many more events for students in years 5 to 12 in order for them to understand why we do certain things and what it is we do.
Because of the falling number of students in the area, we have spaces in every group. If you know of others who want to be part of our success story then please do let them know.
This academic year is an ‘Ofsted Year’ for us and you could help us be graded ‘good’ again by completing the ‘Parent View’ survey. Inspectors like to see this well populated but that is down to you. The website address is shown at the end of this letter.
Finally, on the topic of staffing, it is good to inform you that Mrs Rahn has completed the National Professional Qualification for Head Teachers and Mrs Jones will also do so next term. Ms Collett has passed a Master’s Degree in Special Education and recently achieved the national SENCo qualification; this expertise, along with the rest of the SEN team, under the guidance of Mrs Kirk, is being put to great use as we support those in greatest need. We are very pleased to be able to offer this great service at Caedmon College Whitby. All the work we do has always been supported 100% by the Governing Body and in particular Richard Simpson as Chair. Although he remains as a Governor, he has been succeeded as Chair by Pen Cruz who will serve the College to the best of her ability.
Please do keep up with all our news through our website and social media.
Our wesbite: www.ccwhitby.co.uk
Parent View: https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk