Letter from the Chair of Governors

We have reached the end of another school term and Christmas is just around the corner. Work on the new maths block has now reached the final stages and we are looking forward to the completion at the end of this term. We are planning to do the move into the new block on the last day of term; we will therefore, need to close school one day earlier than usual. This will mean that on return to school, at the start of January, the students will be being taught in a new learning environment, which we expect will benefit attainment and progress through all year groups within the school. We are hoping to be able to do a formal opening of the building next term, and will be in touch with further details.

This term has been a productive one and pupils from Years 10 & 11 have been involved in Pre-Public Examinations (PPEs). The school and governing body recognises that there is so much change nationally and the new specifications at GCSE continue to challenge us all. Staff are working incredibly hard to best prepare students and I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that all subjects at GCSE are being assessed using the new 9 – 1 scale. The new GCSE Grade 9 is considered to be exceptional performance and is judged to be slightly higher than an A*, Grade 4 is a standard pass and Grade 5 is considered a strong pass. Whilst I understand that the Christmas holidays is a festive time for staff and students to enjoy good quality time and be with their families, I hope students will also use their time wisely and catch up on any work missed and revise for their studies.

As well as the day to day activities that go on in school there has been after school enrichment and intervention, day trips, visits to places of interest, and many visitors to the school. My thanks as always go to all of the staff for the time, effort and commitment they put in when organising and running these events and activities.

The governors have also been into school this term meeting with staff, doing walk rounds, observing classes and speaking to the students. It has been a wonderful to see our students so engaged and committed in their studies. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the students for their hard work, dedication and being great ambassadors for Churchmead.

Finally, as always the governing body welcome your thoughts, questions and feedback on the performance and direction of Churchmead; these can be sent to the governing body via the school office.  

I wish you all a peaceful and relaxing Christmas break, and look forward to welcoming you back in the New Year.

Paula Hammond - Chair of Governors.