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Published on 6 Oct 2021

The Head of College Reports

30th September 2021

This month the college has been a hive of activity with our students settling into the new academic year. It was a joy to welcome the class of 2021 at the start of the month with a full year group induction in our large and airy atrium. Students were arranged in a conference style and embarked on team building tasks to 'break the ice' and get to know each other. The activity where students had to work collaboratively to build the largest spaghetti tower was surprisingly competitive but also very entertaining. It was great to see them conversing at ease whilst also finding imaginative ways to be the most successful. This is definitely a skill we want to see our young people embrace as they move into their future studies and the competitive world of work. 

Our year 13 students have returned with a renewed sense of purpose, ready to embark on the final year of their A Level and Applied Level studies. In our first assembly we looked at our new Academic Mentoring Programme which are small group or 1:1 sessions that will take place each morning before lessons to support students with any gaps they may have in their learning. Our subject specialist mentors identify students based on recent assessments and their knowledge of the individual. Despite the slightly early start for some, this was well received by students and they have been engaging with the programme, it has also been an opportunity for them to discuss any concerns they have and to help us identify any additional support that can be put in place. 

A number of our year 12 students are now out on their one day a week work experience placement and are having a wonderful time exploring the world of work. Students are supported by their mentor and work experience coordinator in finding a high-quality work experience placement. This increased self-understanding, maturing and independence compliments their studies and future career prospects. Along with our enrichment curriculum in year 12 we have been encouraging students to engage with 'super-curricular' opportunities to enhance their college experience. 'Super-curricular' is a popular term used in higher education to describe activities that go beyond course content. These activities range from being involved in our extracurricular clubs to writing a sixth form blog about a topic. We have explained to students that involving themselves in activities outside of their normal school work whilst still related to their academic studies, will make them stand out from the crowd during university or work interviews. 

This week students received their first relationships and sex education talk from the RAP foundation. The organisation has been set up to empower students by educating them on UK laws and defining consent and sexual offences. Students were attentive and engaged during the mature talk, learning valuable information about a very relevant and current topic, with a real focus on ‘consent’. We are committed to helping students develop as individuals ready for life in the wider world and this is the first of many sessions that will be provided during the academic year. 

Thank you for taking the time to read our Sigma Sixth blog, I look forward to sharing more stories about college life in the coming weeks. 

Sarah McKarry, Head of College

Face Coverings Re-introduced

Published on 5 Oct 2021

Firstly, can I thank you all for ensuring that your child is continuing to test twice a week; this is clearly picking up the asymptomatic cases. In order to avoid a return to class bubbles, restricted practical lessons and segregated social spaces, we have re-introduced the need for all students to wear a face covering whilst using indoor social spaces and in corridors. In order to support this, and minimise any potential disruption to learning in the future, please can you ensure your child attends schools with a face covering in their blazer pocket (unless previously exempt) as well as a spare in their bag. Please rest assured, this is a proactive measure at present as we are well below the Government thresholds for returning to class bubbles etc.
Additionally, please ensure that your child has their own hand sanitiser, all of their own equipment as well as their own water bottle; all of which I would advise are clearly labelled.
Finally, please follow this link to see an update letter from the Local Authority.

Chris Taylor
Head of School
Clacton County High School

Peer on Peer Abuse

Published on 24 May 2021

The Clacton County High School Commitment - 
Peer on Peer Abuse

Clacton County High School is part of the Sigma Trust family of schools and like everyone we have been appalled by the stories emerging from across the country. Collectively, we are passionate about our students’ well-being, both physical and mental, and want all of our students to feel empowered to step forward and talk about their experiences; this is good for them and good for society as a whole.

Our commitment is to you and your children; we will not tolerate any peer on peer abuse or any form of sexual violence or sexual harassment. Through our existing practices, Safeguarding & Child Protection policy and our Sexual Violence and Harassment policy we will support and take appropriate actions as required for any breaches of expectation or offence caused to others.

This form of abuse is a societal issue, schools are at the heart of our communities and we will continue to work to be part of the solution, together with parents, students and a range of partners we aim to eradicate this type of abuse and discrimination from our culture and society.

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The CCHS Blog

Published on 3 May 2021

The Head of School Reports

13th September 2021

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to our latest cohort of students into year 7 and a welcome back to all of our other year groups.  It is great to see everyone back in school and really excited and ready for the forthcoming year.
Students have returned looking exceptionally smart in their school uniforms and I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for taking note of our expectations.  Full information on uniform is available on our website, but if you have any issues or require any support, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s relevant pastoral team; staff are available to help.
The new year 7s are settling into CCHS life extremely well, already they have found their way around the school and have been introduced to our expectations and the opportunities that secondary school is able to provide. The programme of extra-curricular clubs is currently being put together and will be published as soon as it is available.  Taking part in activities outside of the classroom is very important; whether a student’s interest lies within STEM, drama, music, dance, art, sport or academia, there really is something for everyone and I would encourage all students to participate in an activity linked to an area of interest. The clubs allow students to socialise with other peers that may not be in their forms and classes and perhaps from other year groups. The school community is very important to us and creates a real sense of unity and pride.

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Turn on the Subtitles

Published on 14 Apr 2021

Literacy @ CCHS

Kids automatically and subconsciously read more when we turn on subtitles! Turning on the subtitles while children are watching television can double the chances of a child becoming good at reading. It’s so brilliantly simple and can help children’s literacy so much. Same Language Subtitling (SLS) has, for years, been recognised for language learning but there is also strong and growing evidence that subtitling helps improve reading skills. Word for word, what you hear is what you read, in perfect timing.  Find out more -

Face Coverings

We have re-introduced the requirement for students to wear a face covering in all indoor social spaces and corridors throughout the school. This is a proactive measure at present in order to avoid a return to class bubbles, restricted practical lessons and segregated social spaces.
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Covid-19 Testing

IMPORTANT: Please ensure that your child continues to test at home twice weekly on Wednesday and Sunday using the Lateral Flow Device tests they are given by their form tutors.

If you have run out of LFD tests you can collect a box from reception between 9am-3pm.

Remember to log all results on the Test Register and Government websites;
any Positive cases should be reported the school.
We need to keep working together to keep each other safe.
For more detailed information - Click Here