Year 11 exams have started, we have had Art and Photography and MFL speaking exams the formal exams start on Monday 13th May and finish on Friday 14th June. Both staff and students have worked incredibly hard in lessons, during catch up sessions, holidays etc. to make them as ‘exam ready’ as possible, thank you for all that you have done to support your child through this process.
It is important that we remain consistent about our expectations during this crucial exam season therefore please support by ensuring
– Your child continues to attend ALL lessons until their LAST exam
– Attendance – morning registration and class registers will continue to be marked in the usual way and the attendance team will ring home if your child is not in lessons up until their leaving date.
– Uniform – your child must continue to wear their uniform.
Dear Parents and Carers,
On the 26th and 27th March Churchill Community College was visited by Ofsted Inspectors to inspect our college. We are delighted to share the outcome of this inspection, where following two days of visits to lessons, meetings with staff and discussions with students they have identified some of the many strengths of our college:
- The Ofsted team stated that leaders have a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the college and have confirmed that the teaching and results our students achieve are good.
- Ofsted recognised how staff are highly ambitious for all of our students and the college has an ethos in which students are encouraged to reach their potential, in a nurturing and inclusive way.
- Based on lesson observations and reviewing of students work, they recognised that students in college are making good progress from their starting points across a range of subjects.
- Relationships between staff and students are very positive. Students are confident, polite and courteous to one another and to staff. Students behave well and show positive attitudes to learning.
- The curriculum is broad and balanced and constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of students.
- There is strong support for students with special educational needs and/or disabilities and this helps them make good progress.
- Students’ personal development, behaviour and welfare are strong. Students generally conduct themselves very well in lessons and around the college. Students benefit from very strong careers information, advice and guidance.
- About our Sixth Form they said that as a result of effective leadership and good teaching, sixth-form provision and outcomes are good.
The Ofsted team have left us with areas to work on to further improve our college:
- Continue to improve the progress and outcomes of all students in the college, including those of students in the sixth form,
- Continue to improve students’ attendance and reduce persistent absence.
Our full report can be found on the college website which provides greater detail about their inspection judgements, we hope you enjoy reading the full report.
The overall grade for this inspection is GOOD, which is different to our inspection in 2014 where the grading was outstanding. We are delighted that we are a good school as so much has changed in terms of the national picture for schools during the five years between our two inspections, the Ofsted inspection team left us with a comment that the college would be outstanding again. This is certainly our ambition for our students, staff, college and community. We are convinced that with the ongoing support from you as parents of our students we will again be able to share an outstanding grading for Churchill Community College. During this time please be assured that we will continue to do our very best to support all of our students to be the very best and to make maximum progress to achieve the best possible exam results.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Tracey Booth David Baldwin Jill Huxtable
Chair of Governors Headteacher Head of School
Would you like to be nominated as a Parent Governor at Churchill Community College? We currently have one vacancy for a Parent Governor.
Being a Parent Governor can give you an opportunity to contribute to the education of all children at Churchill and training and support is provided by the school and the Local Authority. Our Governing body is made up of people from a variety of different backgrounds. Some are nominated by the Local Authority, staff, the North Tyneside Learning Trust and parents.
Welcome to Churchill Community College and thank you for selecting to send your child to our school. In selecting us, you have chosen a fantastic school for your child’s education over the next seven years.
We fully recognise that the move to secondary school, while exciting can also be a daunting prospect so to ensure that everyone (young people, parents/carers and college staff) involved in this process is thoroughly prepared and ready to work together for excellence we offer a comprehensive Transition Programme across the Summer and Autumn Terms.
The next stage of Coming to Churchill will be an individual meeting with a senior member of staff at the college, followed by a range of opportunities to visit Churchill Community College, participate in Transition activities and meet our staff. During the individual meetings a range of key information and resources will also be shared.
In the coming weeks, we will be in touch with further details regarding Transition Meetings, visits and Transition Week. In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Miss Bruce on 0191 234 7200.
We really look forward to meeting you and your child at the beginning of their new experience at Churchill Community College.
Churchill Community College awarded Bronze] Champion status by National Citizen Service (NCS)
National Citizen Service (NCS) has awarded Bronze ‘Champion’ status to Churchill Community College thanks to its great commitment to working alongside NCS to build awareness of the NCS programme and having exceeded expectations in promoting the programme as well as recruiting students to take part.
The North Tyneside School has been given the accolade from the royal chartered NCS programme, which supports young people’s transition to adulthood by developing their strength of character and life-skills. The programme is open to 16-17 year olds and takes place during the summer holidays.
NCS includes outdoor team-building exercises, a university-style residential and the opportunity for teenagers to create their own social action and make a difference in their local communities.
Churchill Community College achieved the award thanks to their commitment to the programme during the 2017/18 academic year, ensuring that students signed up to take part in the summer programme. The Bronze award is granted to schools which see over 20% of their year 11 sign up to the programme.
Jill Huxtbale, [Head of School at Churchill Community College says:
“This year continues to see a fantastic reaction from our pupils who have attended NCS, which has resulted in a positive impact throughout the whole of Churchill Community School. We’ve seen first-hand how the programme can enhance our students’ CVs when planning for their future – be that for university, college or the world of work. We’re really proud to have been awarded ‘Champion’ status by NCS and look forward to our pupils continuing to benefit from the programme in the years to come.”
Thierry Brown, NCS Recruitment Coordinator for North Tyneside says:
“We always receive a warm welcome from staff and students at Churchill Community School so I am delighted to present an award to mark their NCS Champion status. Current year 11s can now sign up to the 2019 summer NCS programme – places fill up fast so I’d encourage them to take action before it’s too late.”
NCS is making a positive contribution towards developing our country’s future talent and is proven to increase confidence, communication and leadership abilities. University participation rates for those who take part in NCS was on average 12% higher than those who didn’t take part*.
Izzi Dorrian, Head of Education engagement at the NCS Trust comments:
“Through working closely with schools and colleges across the UK, we are able to ensure more young people have the opportunity to be aware of the amazing benefits which come with participating in the programme. This collaboration is helping us to ensure the programme is embedded in local communities and reminds us exactly how the programme is helping change the futures of thousands of young people each year.”
Places on NCS this summer are already limited. Year 11 students can book now for just £35 at NCSYES.co.uk. Young people eligible for free school meals are entitled to a bursary and can take part for £10 when calling 0191 247 4020.
We are very excited to announce the launch of the 2019 Star Awards to all Trust partner schools in North Tyneside. The 2019 Star Awards aims to be bigger and better than before, inspiring young people, recognising personal achievement and celebrating success at a glittering awards ceremony in July 2019.
Anyone can nominate any child or young person for one of the 11 categories, to acknowledge hard work, successes and inspiring achievements they have recently made.
After nominations close, a committee will select 4 finalists from each category who, along with their families, will be invited to a glittering awards ceremony. All 48 finalists will receive a fantastic prize bag and certificates of recognition.
The categories are:
- Inspiration Award
- Volunteering Award
- Fundraising Award
- Resilience Award
- Useful and Kind Award
- Leadership Award
- Can Do Award
- Achievement Award
- Inclusion Award
- Local Hero Award
- Breakthrough Award
You can nominate a young person by completing an application form here
Churchill Community College ACHIEVES YOUTH SPORT TRUST GOLD QUALITY MARK
Churchill Community College in North Tyneside has been awarded the Youth Sport Trust
Gold Quality Mark for its commitment to physical education (PE) and school sport at its
school. The Youth Sport Trust is a national charity that builds a brighter future for young
people through the power of sport.
The Quality Mark is an online self-review tool which provides schools with a nationally
recognised badge of excellence for the quality of its PE and school sport. The tool supports
schools to audit their PE provision and identify priorities for its development.
David Baldwin, said:
“We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the Gold Quality Mark from the Youth
Sport Trust, which recognises our commitment to delivering the best possible sporting
experiences for the young people at our school.
“There are a whole range of educational, health and wellbeing benefits from delivering high
quality PE and school sport, and we see on a regular basis that when it is delivered well it
can transform the lives of all pupils.”
Churchill Community College has revamped the current PE curriculum to ensure that every
students enjoys and is enthused by PE as well as understanding the importance of physical
activity. We are really committed to providing a range of opportunities to students in a
range of activities. We currently have a whole host of teams who since September have
represented the college in a range of competitions including Rugby League, Rugby Union,
Football, Futsal, Netball, Basketball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Indoor Athletics and
Trampolining. We currently have a range of extra curricular clubs which include a Sateliite
Trampolining club every Tuesday night and American Football with the Jacksonville
Alison Oliver, Chief Executive at the Youth Sport Trust, said:
“Congratulations to Churchill Community Collegefor achieving the Youth Sport Trust Gold
Quality Mark. Schools which achieve the Quality Mark, share our belief in the value of high
quality PE and sport and the positive impact it has on young people’s journey through
“PE and school sport helps young people to live healthy and active lives and through it,
helps them achieve their personal best in school and life. We are delighted to be working
with thousands of schools across the country that recognise the competitive advantage this
gives to their pupils.”
Dear Parents / Carers
We want the very best for all of our students and central to this is good attendance and punctuality to school.
As a Family of Schools, we take this very seriously as time off school means missed learning time. Days off school soon add up and missing lessons makes it hard to catch up, resulting in students having to work harder when they come back and missing vital information that will slow their progress. There are 175 non-school days a year for holidays, cultural experiences and family time therefore please do not take holidays during term time.
The Churchill Family of Schools have agreed to the attached statement on term time holidays. Please take the time to read this document and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact school.
Thank you for your support on these matters. We look forward to working with you so that your child receives the best education possible.
Position statement on Term Time Holidays
School attendance is central to raising standards in education and ensuring all children can
fulfil their potential and we expect all children on roll to attend every day, when the school is
in session, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so. Under section 7 of the
Education Act 1996, parents are responsible for making sure that their children of
compulsory school age receive a full-time education.
All children of statutory school-age who are registered at a school must, by law, attend that
school regularly. Any absence from school can seriously disrupt a pupil’s continuity of
learning and have a detrimental effect on their future progress. Regularly taking time off
school for family holidays and events can have a significant impact on a child’s
achievement. The law requires that all schools have an attendance register that records
which pupils are present at the start of both the morning and afternoon sessions of the school
day. This register will also indicate whether an absence was ‘authorised’ or ‘unauthorised’.
National codes enable the school to record and monitor attendance and absence in a
consistent way that complies with regulations.
An absence is classified as unauthorised when a child is away from school without the
permission of both the school and a parent. Therefore the absence is unauthorised if a child
is away from school without good reason, even with the support of a parent.
Department of Education Attendance Regulations, from September 2013, dictated that
Headteachers should only authorise leave of absence in exceptional circumstances. If a
Headteacher grants a leave request, it will be for the Headteacher to determine the length of
time that the child can be away from school. Leave is unlikely, however, to be granted for the
purposes of a family holiday. While Leave of Absence may be granted during term time, it is
entirely at the Head teacher’s discretion and it is not a parental right.
If a parent removes their child from school without requesting a leave of absence or without
authorisation from the Headteacher, the parent will be informed in writing that a referral is
being made to the Local Authority requesting a Penalty Notice be issued.
A Penalty Notice is a fine of £60 if paid within 21 days of receipt, rising to £120 if thenotice is paid after 21 days but within 28 days.
If the penalty is not paid in full by the end of the 28 day period, the Local Authority may prosecute for the offence to which the notice applies. Where there is more than one child, each parent may be issued with a Penalty Notice in respect of each child.
Dear Parents / Carers,
Schools can receive the Pupil Premium Plus for children adopted from care, or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order or Child Arrangement Order (Residence Order). The Pupil Premium Plus can be used to provide additional resources to help raise attainment.
Pupils that are eligible include those:
- that were adopted from care
- that left care under a Special Guardianship Order
- that left care under a Residential Order on or after 14 October 1991 (under the Children Act 1989);
- that left care through a Child Arrangement Order
If your child is eligible and you would like the school to receive this funding, then you need to let the school know.
To enable the school to claim the Pupil Premium Plus, you will need to inform the school about your child and provide supporting evidence, for example, show the school the original Adoption (Court) Order. As this document will contain sensitive information about the child’s original birth family it is acceptable to photocopy the original document and hide the confidential information.
You will need to self-declare before 12.00pm on Wednesday 16th January 2019 and the information will be recorded on the next school census in January 2019. This will then trigger the payment of the Pupil Premium Plus to the school. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Under the revised Statutory Guidance that came into effect in September 2018, if your child falls into any of the above categories, or was adopted from abroad (unfortunately not eligible for pupil premium plus currently), you are entitled to access advice and information from the Designated Teacher in school and The Virtual School, who can be contacted via email: email@example.com.
Jill Huxtable, Head of School