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Year 6 Parents’ Open Evening at Churchill Community College
Wednesday 23rd September 2020, 6.00pm.
14th September 2020
Our Open Evening for Year 6 parents and students, at Churchill Community College, is on Wednesday 23rd September 2020, starting at 6.00pm.
At the current time unfortunately, due to Covid 19, we are unable to conduct our usual style Open Evening where you would visit the school, have a look round all of the departments and sample the food available to students.
Instead, we will have an on-line event with the Leadership Team. You will also be able to view videos about every subject department on our website from Monday 21st September. You will also receive a brochure with information about our school through your child’s primary school.
If you would like to attend, please book a place at:
The booking needs to be made by Friday 18th September at 3pm. On completion of your booking you will receive a link, via email, to enable you to attend the event. The event will be held on Zoom, so you will need a device on which you can access this meeting e.g. smart phone, Ipad or computer.
If you are unable to attend the event on the 23rd September, please call the school (0191 2347200) and we will take your details and send you a recording of the event via email. If you do not have an email address or do not have a device on which to attend the virtual event, please let us know and we will work out how we can support you to find out more about Churchill Community College.
We are looking forward to meeting you and your children to explain more about how the College can meet your aspirations as parents, and match the ambitions of your children for the future. We know that choosing a secondary school for your child is a very important decision.
Applications for places at secondary schools start on 10th September and end on the 31st October 2020. You must fill in an application or you will not be able to choose the school your child attends. The form can be found at:
If you have any queries please email email@example.com
If you are unable to attend the event but would like to have, please contact the school on 0191 2347200
Paul Johnson Lucy Roderick
Headteacher Assistant Headteacher
Year 11 Success Stories from CCC
Emily Bryden aged 16 achieved grade 8s in English Language and Maths, grade 7s in English Literature, Business Studies, French and PE and a grade 9 and 8 in Combined Science. “I am so overwhelmed, I was shaking when I opened my envelope and haven’t stopped crying since – even though I promised myself I wouldn’t no matter what I got! I’m going to go for a meal, see my family, see my friends and try and calm down. I think I’ve done well because I didn’t leave my revision until the last minute and I’m so pleased I didn’t, I’m going on to study Science and Maths at A Level and I can’t wait to get started.”
Jack Clifton aged 16 achieved a grade 9 in Maths and Computer Science, grade 6s in English Language, Geography and Combined Science, a grade 5 in English Literature and a grade 4 in Spanish. “I think I have a good set of results which I’m really pleased with. I’m going to study Maths, Computer Science and Music next and want to be a programmer in the future.”
Louise Jamieson aged 16 achieved grade 9s in Combined Science and English Language, grade 8s in English Literature, Maths, Geography and History and grade 7s in PE and Spanish. “The build up to coming in today has been a bit surreal and I’ve felt nervous. The worst bit was waiting to come into school as I knew my results were only a few steps away. When I opened the envelope I looked for my Science grades first; I was both shocked and delighted – all my hard work had paid off which was an amazing feeling. I’m so happy with my Maths and Spanish grades too as I’ve had to really concentrate and persevere in those subjects, I’m just pleased this is over now and I can start looking forward to my A Levels. I’m hoping to study Biology, Chemistry, Maths and English Literature and eventually go to medical school. “
Louie Margison aged 16 achieved grade 7s in Maths, English Literature, Combined Science and Spanish, a grade 6 in English Language and a grade 9 in PE. “I’m over the moon, I’ve tried really hard in the last few years to knuckle down and stay focused to get good grades and it’s paid off. I’m planning on doing A Level PE, Psychology and Physics and want to be a Sports Physiotherapist in the future.”
Lewis Ransome aged 16 achieved grade 9s in Geography and History, grade 8s in Combined Science, 7s in Maths and Spanish, grade 6s in English Language and Computer Science and a grade 5 in English Literature. “I started to feel the nerves building up last night; I did come in fairly confident that I’d pass everything and get some good grades but I’m absolutely over the moon with what I’ve got. Over the past year I revised every night and really worked hard in lessons as I knew that’s what was needed to be successful. I’m staying at Churchill to study History, Applied Science and Maths at A Level and I want to join the RAF and become a pilot in the future.”
Hermione Richardson aged 16 achieved grade 9s in Combined Science, History and English Language, grade 8s in Maths, English Literature and Art and a grade 7 in Spanish. “I am over the moon with my results. This morning was filled with a lot of anticipation and I honestly did not expect the results that were awarded to me today. It was a brilliant surprise and I currently feel as though I am on cloud nine! I’m planning to stay on at Churchill for sixth form and study A Level Maths, Biology and Chemistry. My dream career is to become a genetic biochemist and I wish to eventually study Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other forms of dementia.”
Jack Scudder aged 16 achieved a grade 9 in Design Technology, grade 8s in Maths and Business Studies, grade 7s in Science and grade 5s for English Language, English Literature and Geography. “I’m really pleased with my Design Technology result and of course the Business Studies and Maths grades too. I’ve had to work hard for these grades and it wasn’t easy at times but I stuck with it and feel like it’s been worth it in the end. I’m going to stay at Churchill to study A Levels.”
Ellie Thompson aged 16 achieved a grade 9 in PE, grade 8s in Combined Science and Maths, a grade 7 in Art, grade 6s in English Language and English Literature and grade 5s in History and Spanish. “I was feeling nervous about coming in today as I didn’t get to show what I could do in my exams, I knew I’d worked hard over the last few years but still, it was nerve wracking. When I opened the envelope I was so happy, I saw the 8s in Maths and Science and then the 9 in PE. I’m going to stay at Churchill and study Biology, Maths and Sport and want to be a sports physiotherapist in the future.”
Jack Watson aged 16 achieved grade 9s in Combined Science and Maths, grade 8s in French, Geography and PE, a grade 7 in English Literature and a grade 6 in English Language. “I’m really pleased and surprised, in fact lost for words. I tried to put myself in the best position by staying back at school to revise every night but it’s still a shock. I’m planning on celebrating with family and friends today then I start my academy programme in September at South Shields FC and Sunderland College.”
Post-16 Examination Results 2020
As you will be aware, the government has just announced that the Post-16 grades will now be based on the assessments that teachers made and will not be subject to any changes through an algorithm.
For most of our sixth form students this will not change your results and we continue to congratulate you on the work you have done to achieve your results and wish you good luck as you make the next step to university or employment.
For a small number of students the grade that the school assessed for you was higher than the one you received from the exam board on Thursday. Once we have confirmation from the exam board, we will let the affected students know the good news and let them know the improved grade.
The last few months of lockdown have been tough for most of
us. We haven’t been able to see our friends, go about our lives in
the way we would like to and have fun.
You may have quite liked some bits of the lockdown. It hasn’t been a bad
experience for everyone. Maybe you liked staying at home. Maybe you were
having a tough time at school. But it’s fair to say that it hasn’t been easy for
Some of you will have worked hard for exams and be disappointed that you
didn’t get the chance to sit them (or you might be pleased that you didn’t have
to). If you’re leaving or moving to a new school, you might not be able
to say goodbye to your old school, your teachers or your friends. You might
have missed out on school trips and activities at the end of term. Your family
may be getting on your nerves, too. It happens.
These are major and unexpected changes, and we all sometimes find change
hard to cope with. This can add to our stress or make us feel unhappy.
So how should we manage stress or our feelings of worry about unexpected
change? There are a lot of things you can do to look after yourself.
Just as we look after our physical health, it’s important to look after our
mental health. In fact the two are very closely connected.
Download the #SelfcareSummer Brochure
‘Keep Doing Good – One Million Hours of Doing Good’ – YEAR 11 OPPORTUNITY
Year 11 have the opportunity to ‘Keep Doing Good’ with us this Summer, as part of our hope to pledge one million hours of doing good over July and August. This will entail young people pledging some of their time over July and August to help the local community get back on its feet. This might mean helping out in a charity shop on a Saturday afternoon, or planning and delivering a social action project that will bring about a positive change or impact in the local area. Of course, the safety and wellbeing of young people and staff has been top priority in planning, and all Keep Doing Good programmes have been planned and will be delivered in line with government guidelines. For more information, please visit: wearencs.com/keep-doing-good.
There is no cost to take part in Keep Doing Good this Summer, and they are asking young people to pledge just 16 hours of their time – but, of course they can volunteer more than this! All Year 11 students are able to register their interest and sign up for Keep Doing Good via our website: wearencs.com/sign-up-to-ncs. Volunteering opportunities will begin from 27th July onwards.
ALSO LOOK UP:
‘Staying Connected’:wearencs.com/staying-connected which has been created especially for Summer 2020. There is a wealth of information and activities loosely based around the NCS curriculum covering topics like political engagement, public speaking, CV writing, ideas on how to support communities through the pandemic, self-care and plenty of fun stuff too with quizzes, ‘cook-alongs’ and a good news round up.
Thursday 20th August 2020
Dear Parents / Carers and Students,
With results day in August fast approaching I thought I would take this opportunity to go over the plans we have made regarding the collection of results for Year 11 students.
All students will be required to come into school from 9.30am, on their own, to collect their results and confirm their destinations.
Students will collect their results and then talk to us about their next steps. We will have Connexions available to advise students and Mrs Teale and Mrs Lawlor will be available to discuss Sixth Form at Churchill Community College. Enrolment forms will be available in the results envelope and these are to be completed and returned on results day. Before students leave they must make us aware of their destinations in September.
Government guidance on social distancing means that parents or siblings will unfortunately not be allowed on to the school site at this time, however appointments will be available for students and their parents to meet with a member of staff to discuss their results should they wish to. Appointments slots will be available in the afternoon of Thursday 20th August and throughout the day on Friday 21st August. Details of how to book an appointment will be available on results day.
We know that there has been a lot of discussion in the media about the fact that, because exams were cancelled, students’ final grades will be arrived at differently this year and it is important that both students and parents/carers understand this process. Like all schools, we have followed the following procedure:
1. Teachers across the school have worked very hard and spent many hours working together to estimate as accurately as possible the grade each individual student would have got if they had sat the exams. This was done for each subject separately by taking into account results from mock exams, class tests, and coursework, as well as the amount and quality of home learning and work completed in lessons.
2. Teachers have then worked together to put all students who they estimated would receive the same grade in a particular subject, into a rank order. For example, all the Art teachers took the list of students they estimated would have got a grade 5 and ranked them. The students at the top of the rank order for each grade were those whose previous work made the teachers most confident that they would have achieved that particular grade. The students at the bottom of the rank order were those who the teachers thought might have got that gradeif everything had gone well, but whose previous work made them less confident that they would definitely have achieved that grade.
3. Exam boards have then reviewed the grades submitted by all schools across the country and moderated them. This means that exam boards will have changed some of the grades submitted by each school so that nationally roughly the same percentage of students this year will have achieved each grade as last year. For example, if 20% of students lastyear were awarded a grade 4 in English, they will make sure that 20% of students this year will be awarded a grade 4 in English.
4. Exam boards will finally look at the rank order each school submitted for each grade and maychange the grade of some of the students at the bottom of the rank order, giving them the grade below the one the teachers originally submitted. It may also work the other way, and students at the very top of the rank order for a grade may end up being awarded the next grade up. This does not mean that the teachers were wrong, but might happen because exam boards want to ensure that roughly the same number of students achieve each grade as achieved it last year.
Nationally this was the fairest way of assigning grades to students across the country, but it does mean that, in some cases, our students’ grades will be different to those that the school submitted to the exam boards. After students have collected their results, if you do wish to discuss how a particular grade has been awarded and the extent to which it has been moderated, as previously mentioned appointment times will be available that afternoon (Thursday 20th August) or the following day (Friday 21st August) and details about how to make an appointment will be provided on results day itself. It is important to understand that the government have, however, made clear that this year there will be no appeals and it will not be possible for any results to be changed.
We look forward to welcoming and celebrating with all of our students on results day, and in the meantime we would continue to encourage you to keep in touch through our regular website updates or by following us on social media.
David Baldwin – Headteacher
This year our end of year Star Awards was somewhat different and took place virtually.
Our keynote speaker was none other than Steph McGovern from the BBC who explained how proud she was of all our students for their resilience and commitment to their learning throughout the Lockdown period. Steph explained that it was these qualities (that we, as Northerners have in abundance) which serve us well throughout our lives and have given her the edge in her media career.
Virtual Star Award Winners 2020
Year 7 Winners
Year 8 Winners
Year 9 Winners
Year 10 Winners
Year 11 Winners
Year 12 Winners
I am writing to inform you about the electrification of Howdon Satellite Depot and tracks.
Nexus, which owns and operates Metro, are embarking on a key phase in the £20million project to design and build a satellite depot in Howdon.
We would like to inform you of the installation of 1500 volt DC cables, and subsequent
energisation due to take place from 17 July 2020.
Live overhead lines/cables on railways are highly dangerous,and have the potential to kill or
cause serious injuries. Anyone entering on to the Depot site, without prior consent, are liable to these dangers and to prosecution.
We enclose a copy of the notices to be placed on site warning any unauthorised personnel of the dangers of electrified railways.
We would appreciate your acknowledgement of receipt of this letter and documentation.
If you require further information about the Depot then please do not hesitate to contact us
further. If you have any questions or concerns then please contact Rebecca Ditchburn, Nexus Community Relations Officer on 0191 20 20 747 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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