The school was delighted to have received a letter from Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, congratulating us on our Progress 8 figure 2016/2017 which places the school in the top 5% for progress.  This is a fantastic achievement given that students already enter the school achieving at a very high level.

In further national recognition of the work of the school, CCHSG has also just been informed that we are to receive an Educational Outcomes Award for exceptional 2016 results from the Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT).  Educational outcomes data analysis from SSAT has shown that the school is in the top 10% of selective schools nationally for attainment and progress.

The school’s SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards will be presented at a regional celebration event held to draw attention to the work of high-achieving and innovating schools and teachers.

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:

 

“It’s my great pleasure to commend Colchester County High School for Girls on their excellent 2016 performance and to have the opportunity to highlight and share their great work at an SSAT Educational Outcomes celebration event.  We know how hard teachers work to ensure the success of every child.  SSAT’s Educational Outcomes Award recognises the professionalism, commitment and hard work of the leaders, teachers and students at Colchester County High School for Girls.  A big thank you and well done to the students, staff and governors.”

CCHSG was delighted that inspirational speaker Steve Brown was able to join us to present awards at our Sixth Form Celebration Evening on 12 January.    Steve is a British Wheelchair Rugby athlete and former Captain of the Great Britain National Wheelchair Rugby Team.  He led the GB team in Wheelchair Rugby at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

CCHSG Biology Department are delighted to have been awarded one of only 20 Royal Society (The UK national academy of science) school partnership grants to work with scientists from the prestigious Babraham Research Institute based in Cambridge.  Babraham are world leaders in biological research into the molecular processes that cause aging and disease www.babraham.ac.uk

CCHSG Art Department has installed a stunning display of Remembrance Day themed artwork at County Hall as part of the "Art in Essex Schools" initiative. The artwork is formed of hundreds of small canvases depicting poppies, each produced by a different student or member of CCHSG staff.  

 

"Friendly and welcoming with really helpful and knowledgeable staff".

We had much positive feedback from the many visitors to our Sixth Form Information Evening.  Mrs Marshall, Dr Parrott (Head of Sixth Form) and students gave presentations about the Sixth Form ethos, academic opportunities and extra-curricular activities.  Subject based activities ranged from food tasting in languages and Diwali celebrations in Philosophy and Ethics, to the distillation of orange oil and dissection of an ox heart in the Science area - not for the squeamish.  

Over half term some of our Year 12 students and Miss Blackburn were on an exchange trip to Yangzhou High School, in the Jiangsu province of China.  As well as spending time with their host families, students were able to take part in a wide range of activities at the school.  They also shared information about their lives in England, including the delights of the English breakfast, with their Chinese classmates. The school day ends at 9pm in China!

Staff have been working on Improvement Planning in their CPD session.  The plenary task - to present a summary of their subject or area Development Plan in under 30 seconds - was certainly a challenge. First prize went to Computing for an excellent 32 second attempt.

 

 

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