News

Whether it’s an opening night, a school trip or some fresh success for one of our pupils, there’s always something going on at Colchester High School.

Life is so busy, fun and eventful at Colchester High School that it’s hard to keep track of everything that’s going on. It might be a day trip or a sports fixture, a theatrical performance or a prize-giving ceremony, a fund-raising event or an art competition.

Like most schools, we have a newsletter, a school magazine (Royal Blue) and this section of the website to bring you all of our latest news, but we have also gone one step further by setting up the Colchester High School News Team. This is a team of boys and girls in Years 3 to 11, who act as our newshounds, identifying stories at a weekly meeting, arranging and conducting interviews, and writing up reports and press releases.

Many of the stories you can see below have been generated by our News Team. It’s another example of the creative ways we are always looking for to stretch, inspire and educate our children.

Colchester School News

 

  • READ MORE

    Teddy Bear Fun at Colchester High School

    19th June 2018

    Over 65 young children and their Teddy Bear’s enjoyed a fabulous morning at a Teddy Bear Picnic on Saturday hosted by Colchester High School. Open to the whole community, the young visitors enjoyed a wide variety of fun Teddy Bear themed arts and crafts, cooking, music, reading, and sports. Colchester High School were also joined for the event by their Forest School partner, Muddy Boots

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Distinction for Junior African Drumming Club

    18th June 2018

    The Junior African drummers were great at the Rotary Music Festival yesterday and received a distinction from the judges! The adjudicator and others commented on how they had never seen a group like it before and were amazed that they had composed the piece themselves.

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Year 10 GCSE PE Pupils Officiate at the Panathlon Finals

    15th June 2018

    I was so wonderful  to see our Year 10 GCSE PE pupils helping out at the Panathlon again this year. Being involved in the greater community and thinking of others is a key part of our school ethos. And they were so lucky to meet two Paralympics! Steve Brown who was the wheel chair rugby captain at 2012 and Liz Johnson a triple Paralympic medallist

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    New Mersea Bus for Colchester High School

    13th June 2018

    Colchester High School is very pleased to announce that a new bus service will be available from September 2018 originating from Mersea Island with additional stops on route .   The service will be available for pupils from Year 3 to Year 11. Mr Young, Principal, said “We have a lot [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Learning about Judaism at Colchester Synagogue

    11th June 2018

    On Monday 11th June Year 5 took a trip to the synagogue in Colchester as part of their learning on Judaism. The children consolidated the learning they have done so far in class and also added a great deal more knowledge to their understanding of the Jewish faith. Thank you to all our parent helpers and to Linda and Lee from the synagogue for their

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Year 8 Geography Trip

    8th June 2018

    Our Year 8 pupils enjoyed glorious weather yesterday for their local Geography Walk along the River Colne.

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Amazing team work by the U-11 Tag Rugby Team

    24th May 2018

    An amazing sporting achievement by our Under 11 Tag Rugby team yesterday at a local tournament organised by the Colchester Sixth Form College. There were 55 teams at the event, and we won all of our 8 games!   There were some great performances by all the pupils including Harry with 10 tries and Kayleigh with 9, but overall it was a real team effort with

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Amazing Results from the ISA Senior School Regional Athletics Competition

    23rd May 2018

    Our pupils had a great day at the ISA Senior School Regional Athletics Competition at the Garrison yesterday. All the pupils pushed themselves to do their very best and represented the school really well.  Please see below some of the highlights. All pupils that came first have a definite place in the Nationals! 1st Places Hayden - hurdles and long jump Chris - 1500m Year

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Reception Hertfordshire Reading Test Success!

    21st May 2018

    Reception Hertfordshire Reading Test Success! Congratulations to our Reception pupils who have again excelled at the Hertfordshire Reading Test this year. We are incredibly proud to report that 100% of our 4 and 5 year old pupils achieved a reading age of over 7 years old, an average of 2 years above their chronological reading age.  Two pupils achieved a reading age of over 8

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Essex Cross Country Champion for the 4th Time!

    23rd April 2018

    Congratulations to Kayleigh Essex Spring School Games Year 6 Girls Cross Country Champion for the 4th consecutive time!

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Last Week I Travelled to the Amazon

    28th March 2018

    On Thursday 22nd March Year 5 presented their travel companies to a packed out audience following a term of hard work producing websites, company logos, radio adverts and persuasive brochures. The children have demonstrated some excellent life skills along the way as they allocated company roles to each of their members, discussed as a team who's proposals to use and learnt to compromise when they

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Community Petting Farm Huge Success Despite the Cold Weather

    19th March 2018

    Children from birth to 5 years old had a fabulous time at a Petting Farm Event on Saturday hosted by Colchester High School. Open to the whole community, the young visitors loved meeting with the farm animals which included a donkey, a miniature pony, chickens, ducks, a sheep, a goat, rabbits and a dog. As well as the Petting Farm, the children all enjoyed a

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    CHS - EES for School KS2 English Competition Winners!

    14th March 2018

    “On Tuesday 13th March, Tanish and Lauren (5M), Luke (6J) and Joshua (6B) went to St Thomas Mores’ Primary School to compete in Heat 6 of the Essex Education Services’ English competition 2018. There were five rounds, including our two favourite rounds where we had to replace missing nouns and re-order scientific fact files. The announcement that we had won was a surprise to the

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Year 4 Seder Meal by Quinn and Beau

    14th March 2018

    On Tuesday, Year 4 had their very own Seder meal set up by Mrs French of the Colchester Synagogue.  The Seder meal is a Jewish tradition that celebrates the angel of death passing over Egypt. The food was lovely!  Me and Beau's favourites were the charoset and the matzah although we weren't quite so fond of the horseradish. It really made Year 4 think about

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Super proud of CHS Equestrian team!

    12th March 2018

    On Saturday 10th March the team took a trip to Jays Equestrian Centre, Suffolk to perform in the 70cm and 80cm team and individual show jumping. As usual the team came away with smiles and achievements. Aaron was amazing in the 70cm speeding his way to an individual first place and Kitty beautifully jumped her way to an individual third place! Overall Shanel, Aaron and

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Reception Pupils Celebrate their Mothers

    9th March 2018

    It was so lovely to see so many Mummies, Daddies and Grandparents at the Reception Class Mothers Day Tea this afternoon.  All the visitors enjoyed delicious cakes cooked by children over the last few days in class.  The children then shared pictures of their Mummy and read out their three top reasons for why they love her.  Well done Reception pupils!

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Amazing Times at World Book Day 2018

    7th March 2018

    Due to the snow, we had to postpone our World Book Day to this week but it does not seem to have put a damper on anyone's enthusiasm for the event. The celebrations started on Tuesday with Mrs Ritson and the English Department surprising all our Key Stage 3 pupils by handing them all the gift of a book. We hope the pupils all enjoy

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Year 8 Trip to Northern France Blog

    22nd February 2018

    On the way, early in the morning, we were stuck in traffic for hours due to a mysterious incident. When we finally went through the Eurotunnel, we were able to stretch our legs at long last. Next, when we got out of the tunnel, we drove to a fantastic WW2 museum (la coupole). There we experienced commentary and powerpoint presentations that dealt with the topic

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Teaching Pupils and Parents About the Spanish Armada - 6B Assembly

    9th February 2018

    Well done to the pupils of 6B who yesterday educated parents and pupils about the Spanish Armada.  In the assembly, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip of Spain fought out the Spanish Armada in the boxing ring whilst answering Armada related questions to determine the winner.  There was acting of each scene to demonstrate how the battle happened.  Also the pupils horrified the parents by giving

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    A Taste of Rio by Year 5H

    9th February 2018

    "Well done to you all for a brilliant assembly. I was so proud of you. I could hear every word you said and was delighted with your acting. Everything came together, including the Samba rhythms and bird of paradise dancing - thank you to Mrs Bienikova and Miss Banks for great work in Music and PE. I think we put on a good show and gave a true taste

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    An Amazing Array of Talent at the Teatime Concert

    7th February 2018

    Congratulations to all the pupils from Year 4 to 11 who performed so beautifully and confidently at the Teatime Concert last night. Missed the concert - watch the video here to see the amazing talent on display.

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Colchester High School Supports Government Recommendations for Reception Curriculum

    6th February 2018

    In January 2017, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) commissioned an Ofsted-wide review of the curriculum. The review looked at the curriculum in a sample of good and outstanding primary schools and produced findings on how Schools can best prepare four and five year olds for their years of schooling and life ahead. At Colchester High School, we pride ourselves on giving our Reception pupils the

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Amazing Fun Building Castles at Our First Year 5 Education Day

    5th February 2018

    The School was abuzz on Saturday, as our first Year 5 Education Day got underway. The interactive workshop was run by our Senior School Humanities Department and our pupils and visitors were given the opportunity to learn all about different types of castles, why and how they were built and how they developed over time. The pupils then all took part in a ‘Castle Making

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Parents Applaud New Holiday Provision For Reception Pupils

    30th January 2018

    Colchester High School is delighted to announce that we will now be offering our School Holiday Provision to pupils in Reception as well as Nursery years. Mr Young, Principal said, “As a school, we continue to review our practice, and have taken this decision as we realise how hard it is to find holiday clubs for children 5 and under. We also see this as a

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Alfred Joins the ISA Whitbread Roll of Honour 2017

    23rd January 2018

    Congratulations to Alfred for being one of only 36 pupils in the whole country nominated for the ISA Whitbread Memorial Prize - a huge achievement! The Whitbread Memorial Prize recognizes and celebrates outstanding involvement in, and service to, wider aspect of school and community life, in conjunction with achieving academic excellence in GCSE results. Alfred will join the ISA Whitbread Roll of Honour 2017. Alfred is photographed

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Colchester High School Pupils Bring Home the Medals from the ISA Regional Cross Country Competition

    22nd January 2018

    And in more ISA sporting news...   Congratulations also to the pupils who participated at the ISA Cross Country Regional Competition at Finborough School on Friday 19th January. We had some amazing results and the top 10 runners will all be attending the Nationals in March. Well done to all our pupils who participated, running against tough competition. Our top finishers were: Year 3 &

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Colchester High School Medal Success at ISA Swimming Nationals

    22nd January 2018

    On Sunday 21st January, 8 Colchester High School pupils took part in the ISA Swimming Nationals.  It is such an achievement to reach this level of competition and we are so proud of our pupils who beat fierce competition to participate.  A special shout out goes to William Pestell who took first place in two events and is now National Champion of the 200m Individual Medley

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Kindness Poem - Wellbeing Week 2018

    19th January 2018

    In our Monday assembly as part of Wellbeing Week, Year 5 wrote poems about what kindness. Mrs Hazell put together the ideas into one poem which we have shared below. We hope it brightens your day:   Kindness is the colour of rainbows, roses, clouds and sunsets It smells like fresh baked cookies, Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, Blossoming flowers in a field, And warm caramel

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Be Active by Oscar Year 6

    17th January 2018

    Today on the 16th January 2018, it is Well-being Week.  Today's Well-being Day is to "Be active".  I'm looking forward to running around the playground as many times as we can. Also what a coincidence today is the swimming gala. I'm looking forward to Thursday as well as we are doing yoga and it makes me feel really relaxed. What is a bit unfortunate is

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Les Menuires Senior School Ski Trip Blog – Day 6

    12th January 2018

    This morning we had breakfast at 7.30. We quickly got changed ready for skiing and went to meet our instructors. Beginners made it to the jump park today and had lots of fun. The beginners are well on their way to parallel turns with lots doing them really well. The other groups went to Val Thorens. The advanced group tested themselves on a very bumpy

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Les Menuires Senior School Ski Trip Blog – Day 5

    11th January 2018

    Day 5 This morning, we didn’t get up until 5 minutes before breakfast and we had to rush down to breakfast so that we didn’t miss out on the food. Then we got ready for the day ahead. Once we got outside, we waited excitedly for the ski instructors. When they finally came, we went on the chair lift to start our ski. On one

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Les Menuires Senior School Ski Trip Blog – Day 4

    10th January 2018

    We were only able to use one ski lift in the morning because the winds were too high for some of the other lifts. The snow was really good because of the tremendous snowfall overnight. All groups completed a range of runs today and some made the most of the fresh snow. The advanced group attempted to ski in the fresh soft snow to the

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Les Menuires Senior School Ski Trip Blog – Day 3

    9th January 2018

    Today started with Mr Rayner waking us up at 6.45 and we were not happy 😄. We had breakfast then got ready for our second day of skiing. We met our ski instructor at 9 and set off on the first lift. The snow was perfect today and to start the slopes were empty. The red runs were great. There were some epic fails that

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    NSEA Regional Championships Equestrian Team Success

    8th January 2018

    On a very cold Saturday 6th January, the Colchester High School Equestrian team took part in the NSEA regional championships held a 2 hour drive away in Norwich.  They came away with smiles and an amazing 13 rosettes between them! The successful team accomplished a remarkable 3 team placings out of 3 entries - 3rd place in the 60cm champs, 1st place in the 70cm

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Les Menuires Senior School Ski Trip Blog - Day 2

    8th January 2018

    We had an early start this morning (unfortunately), 7am, because breakfast was in 20 minutes. As I rushed out the door with my friends ,who followed closely behind me, I quickly put on my boots and helmet. Rushing outside to the cold, we all realised we were 20 minutes early and we pouted around until the ski instructor came. We first went up on a

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Les Menuires Senior School Ski Trip Blog - Day 1

    8th January 2018

    We departed from school at 3am on Saturday and arrived at the airport at about 5am. We boarded the flight and were in the air by half past 7. The flight landed in Geneva and then we started the vigorous 3 hour journey to the mountains at Les Menuires. We were shown to our rooms and then got fitted for skis, boots and poles. By

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    CHS Pupils Bring Christmas Cheer to Local Charities

    14th December 2017

    For their Christmas Charity Giving this year pupils from Colchester High School Charity Council decided to keep it close to home choosing Home Start Colchester, The Korban Project and the Women’s Refuge as their charities of choice for their Christmas gift boxes appeal and Christmas non-uniform donations. The pupils chose the charities, as they are all small independent groups supporting young people and families across

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Colchester High School Proudly Hosts the Independent Schools Association (ISA) East Anglia Swimming Gala

    24th November 2017

    On Wednesday 15th November Colchester High School hosted the Junior ISA East Gala (School year 4-6) and on Wednesday 22nd November, the Senior ISA East Gala (School year Yr 7-13) at Crown Pools in Ipswich. At stake for each event winner was a place in the East Anglian team for the ISA National Swimming Championships which will take place on Sunday 21st January 2018 in

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Year 7 & 8 Rugby Team Triumph

    10th November 2017

    And in more great sporting news our Year 7 & 8 Rugby Team yesterday beat Gosfield School's 24-19. Well done boys.

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Amazing Performance at the Rotary Junior Choir Competition

    10th November 2017

      Amazing performance by our Junior Choir at Heat Three of the Rotary Junior Choir competition and they are now through to the finals! Congratulations to the pupils and Ms Bienikova in the Music Department. We wish you the best of luck at the finals on the 15th!

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Congratulations to our Design A Postcard Winners

    9th November 2017

    Pupils in KS3 have submitted their best artwork for 'Design a Post Card' House Competition. The winners are having their designs printed onto postcards; these will then be used to share positive news with pupil's parents in the art department. It was lovely to see our pupils taking pride in their artwork. Well done to our first prize winners Oscar Man (year 8) and Esme Jamieson (year

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Another Terrific Win by Our Under 9 Girls Football Team

    9th November 2017

    Congratulations once again to our U-9 Girls Football team who  yesterday won their friendly football match against Holmwood House 5-2!  Our girls are on a roll!

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Reception complete RWI Speed Sounds Set 1

    24th October 2017

    Congratulations to all our Reception children who have already today learnt all their RWI Speed Sounds Set 1. And a big thank you to the Reception Teachers and Nursery Practitioners who have made learning so much fun and helped them achieve this goal already in the first half term!

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    We Have Awesome Teachers - Newsteam Testimonials

    5th October 2017

    On World Teacher Day we would just like to say a huge thank you to all our amazing teachers who everyday work so hard to not only help our pupils achieve academically but to also become confident well-rounded individuals that understand social responsibility and kindness to others.  Here are a few articles written by Newsteam. Sorry we could not mention all teachers! Mrs Hazell Mrs

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Colchester High School Students Celebrate GCSE Achievements

    24th August 2017

    Students from Colchester High School are celebrating excellent GCSE results today against a backdrop of exam reform and increased academic challenge. In Maths, 31% of students achieved a Grade 7 or above, equivalent to A, with 10% securing the new top Grade 9, compared to 19.9% and 3.5% respectively nationally. In the iGCSE English 93% achieved an A*-C grade. 69% achieving a “strong pass” at Grade

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    How to Re-ignite a Love of Reading This Summer With Your Teenager

    21st July 2017

    As we all know the start of the Summer Holidays is a time of great celebration but can also test both parents and teenage children with how to fill their time.  Mr May of our English Department has kindly compiled the following book lists for our Senior School pupils which will hopefully open up new worlds, enrich their lives or inspire them to try something new. In reviewing the lists

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 7th July 2017

    7th July 2017

    As I write my final blog of the academic year, I sit and reflect upon recent busy weeks – has this week been any less busy? There have not been pupils out on trips, and the normal timetable has been reverted to however, still plenty of activities worthy of a mention. On Monday morning the hall held the exhibits from last Friday’s art exhibition so

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Senior School Pupils Celebrate Amazing LAMDA Results

    7th July 2017

    Results are back from LAMDA exams and they were great! Congratulations goes to Angharad - Grade 7 Pass with Merit and Amber - Grade 7 Pass with Merit, who both will be awarded also 14 UCAS points.  Congratulations also go to Esmee - Grade 5 Pass with Merit, Bryn - Grade 3 Pass with Distinction and Kara Grade 3 Pass with Distinction.

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mrs Bickersteth's Week in Review 7th July 2017

    7th July 2017

    The Junior Department has felt rather empty this week due to the residential PGL trip taking place with a large number of Year 5 and 6 children off enjoying themselves, with Ms Banks, Mrs Hazell, Mr Jamieson and Miss Wiggins making sure that everything runs smoothly. I am sure that when they all return on Friday there will be many happy memories brought back to

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Junior PGL Blog 2017

    4th July 2017

    At the start of the day we came to school feeling keen and exited for the journey ahead of us. After a two and a half hour journey we picked up our luggage and placed it in a hut because our rooms were not ready yet. While we were waiting for our rooms to be free we played two games with our PGL groupie -

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mrs Bickersteth’s Week in Review 16th June 2017

    3rd July 2017

    The school has been a hive of activity over the past fortnight. We enjoyed Year 5H’s class assembly last week which shared lots of information about the children’s learning throughout the year, presented in a series of amusing sketches which the children had prepared. The acting and team work shown was super to see. The whole school Summer Concert last week presented an excellent array

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon's Senior School Blog 30th June 2017

    3rd July 2017

    It is not often that I am refused entry to a classroom but that is in fact what I met with when I went to the upstairs laboratory on Wednesday afternoon. I expected to see some excellent pupil engagement, but instead I met with tape across the door – ‘Crime Scene DO NOT ENTER’. In actual fact the room inside had been set up as

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon's Senior School Blog 23rd June 2017

    23rd June 2017

    Parents and guardians may not be aware that this week was Refugee Week. Refugee Week is acknowledged across the United Kingdom and comprises educational events and activities, as well artistic and cultural events which serve to celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK. Furthermore, events and activities are designed to promote a greater understanding of why people feel the need to leave home and

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon's Senior School Blog 16th June 2017

    16th June 2017

    Absolutely no question about having been blessed with good weather this week, and I know this was the weather Mr Dowson was hoping for, given that Senior Sports Day was scheduled for Wednesday. Junior and Prep Sports Day have also taken place this week, and naturally I am pleased that they benefited from equally good weather.  The competitive atmosphere within House pens was the best

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mrs Bickersteth's Week in Review 16th June 2017

    16th June 2017

    The Prep and Junior Sports days which took place this week are key events of the summer term. All the children took part in their sports day and there were personal triumphs, and some really impressive performances - there are clearly some very talented athletes in the school. Individual children have had particular moments to cherish as they persevered and proved to themselves that they

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mrs Bickersteth’s Week in Review 9th June 2017

    9th June 2017

    Year 2 children arrived excitedly at the school gates at the start of the week, carrying their wonderful art projects. The children had researched artists and then presented these to their peers in the classroom. This is an example of the way in which children at CHS strengthen their speaking and listening skills and independent learning, building self-confidence whilst broadening their cultural knowledge from an

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Parent feedback programme at Colchester High School wins award for innovation and excellence

    9th June 2017

    A ‘Voice of the Parent’ programme run at Colchester High School, part of the Cognita group, has won a 2017 Confirmit ACE (Achievement in Customer Excellence) Award. This is the second year that this programme has been commended, with the ongoing feedback received from parents directly inputting into the continuous improvement in schools such as Colchester High School. The judges applauded Cognita’s use of parent

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 9th June 2017

    9th June 2017

    As I reminisce on the week to write my latest blog, my thoughts instinctively turn to the start of the week, and the aftermath of the awful events taking place in London over the weekend. I know I made reference to supporting pupils post the atrocity which occurred in Manchester a couple of weeks previously, and this is an offer we have reiterated.  Staff at

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mrs Bickersteth's Week in Review 26th May 2017

    26th May 2017

    The Junior Production of “Alice in Wonderland” took place this week. The performances were fantastic on both evenings. The singing was of a high standard, the acting was entertaining and the staging was excellent. Even the interval refreshments had been themed by Mrs Bramall as a tea party. Mrs Bramall and Miss Door, the directors of the play, have worked incredibly hard this term, both

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon's Senior School Blog 26th May 2017

    26th May 2017

    There have been slightly fewer lessons to drop in on this week, mostly due to assessments and trips.  The improved weather has been great whilst on duty on the playground, but not so great for those sitting their end of year assessments in Key Stage 3, nor for those sitting public examinations this week.  In terms of public examinations, the Examinations Officer has successfully facilitated

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 19th May 2017

    19th May 2017

    It has undoubtedly been a real mix of weather this week, and whilst it has been lovely to see the sun shining for much of the time, in one sense I feel for the Year 10, 11 and 6th Form pupils who have been sitting exams in these increased temperatures.  Exams so far have covered subjects as diverse as RS, Science and Business Studies -

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mrs Bickersteth's Week in Review 19th May 2016

    19th May 2017

    The Early Years Department at CHS is extremely fortunate to have such high academic attainment, alongside such a rich and varied range of learning experiences. The week began with Reception children going on a “Muddy Boots” outing as part of their Forest Schools curriculum and they then followed this up in the classroom by writing about their experiences during the outdoor learning session. I was

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Reception Pupils Celebrate Being More than One Year Ahead with Reading

    18th May 2017

    Congratulations to our Reception pupils who this week excelled at the Hertfordshire Reading Tests. We are incredibly proud to report that 100% of pupils achieved a reading age of over 1 year above their chronological reading age 70% achieved over 1 and a half years above their chronological age and 5 children achieved a reading age 2 years above with the highest score being 4

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon's Senior School Blog 12th May 2017

    12th May 2017

    There have been plenty of visitors to the main site this week as we hosted two Open Mornings – Tuesday and Thursday.  Not only did this attract interest in year groups both in the Lower and Senior school, but we also had some relatives of existing pupils who wanted another opportunity to see the school in action.  The pupils who were chosen to provide tours

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mrs Bickersteth's Week in Review 12th May 2017

    12th May 2017

    A giant toadstool has been growing in the Lower School. The red and white toadstool is the creation of the talented Mrs Traynor who, with some help from pupils, has been creating props for the forthcoming Junior Production.  An extended rehearsal for the Production will take place next week, and tickets are already being reserved for the performances on 24th and 25th May. I am

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Junior School Excel Once Again at the ESB Exam

    11th May 2017

    Another group of amazing results from our Year 3-6 pupils who recently took the Junior English Speaking Board exams. All 28 pupils who entered the ESB exams passed with 15 receiving a Distinction and 9 a Merit Plus. Well done everyone.

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon's Senior School Blog 5th May 2017

    5th May 2017

    This may have been a shorter week in terms of days in school, but as you would expect, it has been a very busy week for pupils and staff.  Exams have been part of the focus this week as Year 13 art exams have been taking place over the course of three days not to mention of course, the build-up to the Year 11 English

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mrs Bickersteth's Week in Review 5th May 2017

    5th May 2017

    It has been another fantastic week in the Lower School.  A snapshot of the learning that has been seen in classrooms this week include: Year2’s cross-curricular work on Shakespeare’s “ The Tempest”. I have loved hearing the children’s explanations about Caliban, Aerial and Prospero,  seeing them  painting water colours of these characters and also hearing the children reading the play script . This is all

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Colchester High School Pupils Show Leadership at Panathlon Challenge

    4th May 2017

    Colchester High School Year 10 pupils did a fantastic job this week acting as Young Leaders at the Panathlon Challenge Essex semi finals that took place at Columbus College in Chelmsford on Friday 28th April and involved 75 children from 6 schools. Mr Young, Principal said, “This is such a fantastic opportunity for the young disabled students and also for our students to help facilitate

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon's Senior School Blog 28th April 2017

    28th April 2017

    We end the week with what appears to have been a hugely successful non uniform day, together with a bake sale for which the weather has held, and all in aid of raising money for Clic Sargent. As you will know from the Welcome Back letter sent last Friday, this follows on from Mr Young running the London Marathon and in so doing, raising money

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    8 More CHS Pupils off to Essex Grammar Schools!

    24th April 2017

    Congratulations to our 8 Year 6 pupils (7 pictured) who have been offered Senior School places at local Grammar Schools for September 2017. We are so proud of you!

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    A Week in the Life of the Lower School by Mrs Bickersteth 31st March 2017

    31st March 2017

    With the forthcoming holidays, the religious significance of Easter in the Christian faith has been part of children’s RE learning this week. In Reception, the children have been hearing the story of Easter and acting out the story. When I saw them they had been learning about the story behind Palm Sunday and they used role play to act out this part of the Easter

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 31st March 2017

    31st March 2017

    Another enjoyable week draws this term to a close. We may not have had all pupils in school this week, but at least this has been for a good reason – two hugely popular and successful residential trips abroad. For the vast majority of the week there has been only essential communication from the staff accompanying the trips – something which has been viewed as

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    2017 Senior School Ski Trip Blog by Mrs Candler

    30th March 2017

    Day One - day one passed without any issues and all students have enjoyed the alpine air. We were lucky to have a foot of snow over night and the slopes were lovely. We have spent this morning on slightly icier ground but they have coped well with it. The advanced group has had a special treat today: packed lunches and a trip to the

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon's Senior School Blog 24th March 2017

    24th March 2017

    Another incredible week in Senior School as viewed by our Head of Senior School

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    A Week in the Life of the Lower School by Mrs Bickersteth 24th March 2017

    24th March 2017

    Read here to find out more about another fun filled educational week in the Lower School.

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon's Senior School Blog 17th March 2017

    17th March 2017

    There will remain one overriding memory from this week in school, and that, for me, will be the school show.  I was fortunate enough to be able to attend both performances, and each was superb.  Quite easily I could fill up my entire blog about the show, but instead will endeavour to focus on a few points.  I shall not pick out any one particular

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    A Week in the Life of the Lower School by Mrs Bickersteth 17th March 2017

    17th March 2017

    The week started with many Year 6 children spending a day in Year 7, which is a really important opportunity to start forging links with the Senior School and other future Year 7 pupils. It was a varied day for the children and hopefully they are feeling reassured about the move from Juniors to Seniors. I have seen some varied lessons being taught this week

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 10th March 2017

    10th March 2017

    In an attempt to give you a glimpse of a Year 7 day in terms of curriculum content, one day this week started with a music lesson for some Year 7 pupils. Year 7 music as taught by Mrs Romero-Fernandes, centred around taking pupils through a composition exercise. The pupils [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    A Week in the Life of the Lower School by Mrs Bickersteth 10th March 2017

    10th March 2017

    My weekend started with our Open Morning on Saturday. It was busy and full of positivity, with all the volunteers from Years 5 and 6 carrying out their tour guide duties with professionalism. Lucy and Alfie, our Head Girl and Boy, presented their speeches to visitors with great aplomb. The [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    CHS Pupils Gain 2nd Place at the EES for Schools KS2 Mathematics Competition 2017

    7th March 2017

    Well done to Alfie, Luke, Brett and Oscar who took part in the EES for Schools KS2 Maths challenge last week at Friars Grove Primary School. After a tough competition we are very proud that our pupils came second overall. Well Done Boys! Below is a write up of the day from Oscar [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Year 8 Trip to France Blog by Mrs Porter

    6th March 2017

    Day 1 - After an early start 33 pupils from year 8 accompanied by 5 enthusiastic members of staff found themselves heading towards Eurotunnel for the long awaited “trip to France”.  Arriving in France we straight away noticed how different the landscape was.  We then headed to the old town [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 3rd March 2017

    3rd March 2017

    It’s been another busy week in school, and as always, many highlights to relay. This week I want to thank Miss Reid in the English department for all her hard work in preparing for World Book Day which was celebrated on Thursday of this week.  All Key Stage 3 form [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    A Week in the Life of the Lower School by Mrs Bickersteth 3rd March 2017

    3rd March 2017

    Monday was the day when mid-year reports were sent home, along with appointment slips for the parent consultation evenings towards the end of this term. Assessment terminology has seen a change recently from National Curriculum levels, to end of year expectations for each year group. Individual targets have been included [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Year 4 Mercury Theatre Kindness Workshop by Musa

    3rd March 2017

    On Tuesday 28 February, Year 4 went to the Mercury Theatre to participate in activities to help us be friends and keep each other safe.  The first activity was a voice warm up/ice breaker and it was fun as we had to beat each other in saying our names as [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 24th February 2017

    24th February 2017

    Ms McNeil from the Teenage Cancer Trust visited the school on Monday to deliver an assembly to Key Stage 4. Facts such as approximately six young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK, were shared, as well as some basic scientific background [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    A Week in the Life of the Lower School by Mrs Bickersteth 24th February 2017

    24th February 2017

    Welcome back from the half term break. Each day there have been highlights to celebrate. Here are just a few: Monday: when the gates opened at 8.25am, there were many Year 4 children carrying in fantastically creative Religious Studies homework. They had designed models of mosques and the attention to [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    CHS Pupils Dress Up for Cancer Awareness

    22nd February 2017

    On the 21st of February 2017, Giulia Marrani, Ellie Bracey and Jessica Tarbet dressed as Harry Potter characters to raise awareness for Cancer Research. The Year 8 CHS pupils chose a Harry Potter theme as the 21st of February would have been the birthday of Alan Rickman, who played Professor [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    A Week in the Life of the Lower School by Mrs Bickersteth 10th February 2017

    10th February 2017

    Thank you to everyone who attended the Lower School Curriculum evening on Monday this week. There was much positive feedback from parents and it was a good opportunity for all the teachers to discuss any aspects of the curriculum with you. Useful presentations about the assessment terminology used now that [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon's Senior School Blog 10th February 2017

    10th February 2017

    Judging by the feedback and the conversations with parents, the Year 9 Options Evening which was held on Thursday of this week was deemed to be very successful.  As mentioned in my presentation on the evening, it is very important that pupils gain impartial advice and can make informed decisions.  [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    5C Assembly Promotes E-safety to Pupils and Parents

    8th February 2017

    Throughout the school this week our pupils have been learning all about e-safety in recognition of Safer Internet Day 2017.  Today pupils from 5C gave their fellow pupils and parents a very informative assembly based on the Safer Internet Day 2017 theme of 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet'. The pupils [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon's Senior School Blog 3rd February 2017

    3rd February 2017

    The week started for me on Saturday when the doors of the school were opened to welcome Year 6 pupils from a number of feeder schools to sit entrance assessments.  Following on from the entrance assessments, some prospective Year 7 entrants for next academic year are now sitting scholarship assessments.  [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    A Week in the Life of the Lower School by Mrs Bickersteth 3rd February 2017

    3rd February 2017

    Assessments have featured in school this week as part of the on-going process of monitoring pupil progress. Children have been focussed and calm when completing any assessments, which have included maths, writing, reading and science. In between this, there have continued to be varied teaching and learning planned in school, [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    A Week in the Life of the Lower School by Mrs Bickersteth 27th January 2017

    27th January 2017

    On a typical day when the children arrive for school in the morning, there are always some extremely eager arrivals at the gate who can’t wait to get into school – it’s brilliant to see this enthusiasm. Perhaps one of the reasons that the children are so keen to get [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon's Senior School Blog 27th January 2017

    27th January 2017

    We have started and ended the week in the Senior School with assemblies.  On Monday Key Stage 4 hosted the National Citizenship Service.   For those who have not come across the NCS before, it is a government-backed programme for 16-17 year olds which takes place during the school holidays. My [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Colchester High School Pupils Get a Taste for Apples

    25th January 2017

    As a fringe event to Well Being Week 2017, Colchester High School pupils from Nursery to Year 6 enjoyed a scrumptious Farm to Fork Apple Tasting Trail on Tuesday 24th January 2017 courtesy of Tesco Colchester Extra. Lyn Rabett and Gill Bottazzi, representing Tesco, presented the pupils with four different types [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Colchester High School ISA National Swimming Championship Success

    23rd January 2017

    Congratulations to the 13 pupils from Colchester High School who participated at the ISA National Championships at the London Aquatic Centre on Saturday. All the pupils performed superbly and were a huge credit to the school. Special congratulations must go to our three medallists William Chapman - Silver in the [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    A Week in the Life of the Lower School by Mrs Bickersteth 20th January 2017

    20th January 2017

    This has been such a positive week in school. The whole school experienced “Wellbeing Week” which had a theme for each day and involved staff and pupils in taking some time to reflect on how important our wellbeing is and taking part in some simple tasks to help focus on [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon's Senior School Blog 20th January 2017

    20th January 2017

    I write my blog as ‘Well Being’ week comes to an end, and I think I speak on behalf of all pupils and staff when I say that it has had a really positive impact. There have been sufficient activities and different themes for all to be able to get [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 13th January 2017

    13th January 2017

    I would to take this opportunity to officially welcome everyone back to school. I have had communication with many parents this week by email, by telephone and in person, but for those with whom I have not yet had personal contact, I wish you a belated Happy New Year. It [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    A Week in the Life of the Lower School by Mrs Bickersteth 13th Jan 2017

    13th January 2017

    Happy New Year.  I hope that you have had a refreshing festive break. Pupils returned in good form on Monday and it is great to welcome some new pupils to the Lower School.  I have been in and out of lessons this week and have been delighted to see how [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon’s Senior School Blog 9th December 2016

    9th December 2016

    Having the 2016 Colchester High School Christmas Carol Service this week has obviously meant a late night for all those both performing and attending, but it was by no means the latest night of the week for some as I shall allude to later in the blog.  The Carol Service [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    A Week in the Life of the Lower School by Mrs Bickersteth

    9th December 2016

    Christmas has certainly arrived in the Lower School .The CHSA Christmas Bazaar went really well last week – thank you everyone who made this such a success. There were many new ideas for stalls and it was amazing at how swiftly the chocolate raffle stall was cleared. There were long [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    A Week In the Life of Lower School by Mrs Bickersteth

    6th December 2016

    Following on from my blog last week, I was impressed with how the Junior Choir performed in the final of the Rotary Club singing competition.  They performed two songs and were drawn to perform first – not an easy thing to do, but they were confident and self-composed. The standard [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    Mr Croydon's Senior School Blog 2nd December 2016

    2nd December 2016

    The busy start to this week comprised all Year 11 pupils mustering in preparation the English trial exam, and Years 7 to 9 receiving an additional assembly. No fewer than 18 separate trial exams have been sat by Year 11 pupils to date, with more to follow next week.  As [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 11TH NOVEMBER 2016

    25th November 2016

    A very much shortened blog this week as many of you will know that unfortunately I have not been in school this week.  However, I hope to be back in school soon when fully recovered. As a result, I am not able to share with you my experiences of the [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE LOWER SCHOOL BY MRS BICKERSTETH

    25th November 2016

    The week started with the fantastic news that the Junior pupils raised £505.06 in the St. Helena Hospice £10 challenge last week.  All the forms were successful in raising money, but Mrs.Hazell’s form, 5H, deserves a mention as the form that raised the most, with an astonishing  £175.80  raised on [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 18TH NOVEMBER 2016

    18th November 2016

    As with last week, unfortunately a shortened blog with fewer personal observations this week as I have not been in school.  However, I am pleased to confirm I should be back in school next week. Once again I have been able to keep up to date with a few events [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE LOWER SCHOOL BY MRS BICKERSTETH

    18th November 2016

    Once again this has been a varied week in the Lower School. In particular, there have been the themes of anti -bullying and charitable work this week.  In and out of classrooms this week have been a huge range of creative and valuable lessons being taught, as well as opportunities [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    CHS PUPILS EXCEL ONCE AGAIN IN THE BPW PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION

    17th November 2016

    Colchester High School is incredibly proud of our pupils who once again brought home top prizes from the local BPW Public Speaking Competition.  Overall ten teams from seven different local schools participated and we are really pleased to say that one of our teams were awarded the prize of Runners [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    COLCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL TOP THE TABLE AT THE ISA EAST ANGLIA SENIOR SWIMMING GALA

    17th November 2016

    Colchester High School pupils topped the tables yesterday in the ISA East Anglia Senior Swimming Gala at Crown Pools, Ipswich, winning 18 of the 36 races and thereby taking the lead position. Adam Downson, Head of PE at Colchester High School and the organizer of the Gala said “It was [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 4TH NOVEMBER 2016

    4th November 2016

    All pupils were welcomed back from what was hopefully a restful half term break.  I had the pleasure of delivering assemblies this week to both key stage 3 and 4.  I chose to focus my assembly on Divali.  I always like to include a Q&A section within my assemblies and [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    LOWER SCHOOL NEWS TEAM BLOG 4TH NOVEMBER 2016

    4th November 2016

    Talent Show Auditions by Georgia I was excited to find out about the Talent Show auditions.  I entered. This is what happened.  There were quite a few people there.  I spotted Shanelle in my year.  I sang a song called “don’t stop belivin”.  It was really fun.  There I saw [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    LOWER SCHOOL NEWS TEAM BLOG 21ST OCTOBER 2016

    21st October 2016

    Games /PE Lesson by Alfie I like cross country – I like to run.  It can be a bit hard to run around the field.  Also I like football dribbling and shooting.  We also did passing to other people on the team.  And we did penalty shooting to the goal [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 21ST OCTOBER 2016

    21st October 2016

    Monday’s assembly was delivered by Mrs Candler and it provided an opportunity to go through expectations of pupils in Years 10 and 11 for the external exams (and trial exams) which they will sit this year – not just school expectations, but crucially, JCQ regulations.  Pupils were left in no [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    21-10-16

    21st October 2016

    Monday’s assembly was delivered by Mrs Candler and it provided an opportunity to go through expectations of pupils in Years 10 and 11 for the external exams (and trial exams) which they will sit this year – not just school expectations, but crucially, JCQ regulations.  Pupils were left in no [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    LOWER SCHOOL NEWS TEAM BLOG 14TH OCTOBER 2016

    14th October 2016

    Anglo-Saxon Topic By Nathaniel (5C) In Anglo-Saxon times there were houses made out of mud, wood and straw.  In 5C we are making Anglo-Saxon houses.  Recently we designed our houses.  When we designed our houses we could use Google Sketch Up or paint to make the houses. Trip to Littlegarth [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 14TH OCTOBER 2016

    14th October 2016

    “Sticks and stones may break my bones…” was the children’s rhyme quoted by Mr Burridge when delivering his assemblies this week to key stages 3 & 4.  The assembly looked at why some people make nasty comments, as well as the way in which such comments can cause far reaching [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    14-10-16

    14th October 2016

    “Sticks and stones may break my bones...” was the children’s rhyme quoted by Mr Burridge when delivering his assemblies this week to key stages 3 & 4.  The assembly looked at why some people make nasty comments, as well as the way in which such comments can cause far reaching [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    CBSSP YEAR 5 & 6 BOYS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

    13th October 2016

    The Year 5 & 6 boys took part in the Colchester and Blackwater school sports partnership football tournament yesterday at the Shrub End 4g astro pitch. The boys played brilliantly as a team conceding only 3 goals in the whole tournament and finished with 2 wins 6 draws and one [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    LOWER SCHOOL HARVEST ASSEMBLY 2016

    13th October 2016

    Thank you to the Colchester Baptist Church for hosting our Lower School Harvest Assembly this morning.  Susan and Lesley used the preparation of a pizza to talk to the children about how far the ingredients have come and how thankful we should be to farmers around the world for all their [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 7TH OCTOBER 2016

    7th October 2016

    The assemblies this week in the senior school have certainly left a lasting memory for me.  On Monday and Tuesday Key Stage 4 and 3 respectively had the opportunity to be addressed by a representative of the Little Havens Hospice.  The assemblies were particularly timely as they marked the start [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    LOWER SCHOOL NEWS TEAM BLOG 7TH OCTOBER 2016

    7th October 2016

    Some of the highlights of the Lower School in the last week according to the Lower School Newsteam are: The Football Trip to Holmwood House School by Joyce (Year 4) The first thing we did was put on our shoes and shin pads while Mr Dowson was talking to us.  He [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    7-10-16

    7th October 2016

    The assemblies this week in the senior school have certainly left a lasting memory for me.  On Monday and Tuesday Key Stage 4 and 3 respectively had the opportunity to be addressed by a representative of the Little Havens Hospice.  The assemblies were particularly timely as they marked the start [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    YR 3 NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM TRIP BY PHOEBE

    6th October 2016

    Natural History Museum Trip- Wednesday 5th October First we walked to Castle Park where we ate our delicious snacks. We then played an energetic and noisy game of ‘It’ where we were as ‘loud as lions!!’ After that we walked across the road to the Natural History Museum. It is [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    CONGRATULATIONS TO MATTHEW TAYLOR, WINNER OF THE FIRST ISA NATIONAL SAILING COMPETITION OF THE YEAR

    3rd October 2016

    Congratulations to Matthew Taylor, winner of the First ISA National Sailing Competition of the year that took place at the Queen Mother Reservoir in Berkshire on Friday. As it was the inaugural event there was a small but competitive entry of 18 boats. The boats were mostly different classes all [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 30TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    30th September 2016

    Another week draws to a close, and what a busy Friday.  It has started with a meeting with tour guides ahead of the Open Day tomorrow.  I and my colleagues are always extremely grateful to those pupils who give up their time on the first Saturday in October (as well [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    30-9-16

    30th September 2016

    Another week draws to a close, and what a busy Friday.  It has started with a meeting with tour guides ahead of the Open Day tomorrow.  I and my colleagues are always extremely grateful to those pupils who give up their time on the first Saturday in October (as well [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    LOWER SCHOOL NEWS TEAM BLOG 27TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    29th September 2016

    Highlights of the Lower School term so far according to the Lower School news team are: Last Monday, in 3B Maths, we did a really good game called beanbag catch We invited Saskia Clark to come and talk to us about sailing We got a new parachute for the lower playground [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST SASKIA CLARK VISITS COLCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL

    23rd September 2016

    Staff and pupils from Nursery to Sixth Form were delighted this week to meet Rio gold medallist, Saskia Clark.  Saskia presented to the pupils about her sailing career and gave some invaluable advice on the importance of having a dream and what you need to do to achieve this.  The pupils were also all amazed that she allowed them to actually hold her silver and gold medals!  Thank you so much Saskia for coming to visit us and thank you to the PE Department for organizing such a fabulous opportunity.

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 23 SEPTEMBER 2016

    23rd September 2016

    Most likely it was the look of apprehension, not to mention surprise and disbelief, on the face of a Year 7 pupil sat in the hall that has been the most memorable moment for me this week.  What caused this pupil’s reservations and trepidation?  Being handed a silver medal from [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    23-9-16

    23rd September 2016

    Most likely it was the look of apprehension, not to mention surprise and disbelief, on the face of a Year 7 pupil sat in the hall that has been the most memorable moment for me this week.  What caused this pupil’s reservations and trepidation?  Being handed a silver medal from [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 16TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    16th September 2016

    I can’t believe how quickly this week has passed and that it is once again time for me to sit and reflect as I write my latest blog.  This week has been drawn to a close with the school photographers on site to take individual photographs – for those parents [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    16-9-16

    16th September 2016

    I can’t believe how quickly this week has passed and that it is once again time for me to sit and reflect as I write my latest blog.  This week has been drawn to a close with the school photographers on site to take individual photographs – for those parents [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 9TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    9th September 2016

    Hopefully all are feeling it is great to be back at school – I suspect since the majority of pupils are probably out of the habit of working all day, there will be some very tired teenagers this weekend.  For those of you who read my ‘Welcome Back’ letter sent [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    8-9-16

    8th September 2016

    Hopefully all are feeling it is great to be back at school – I suspect since the majority of pupils are probably out of the habit of working all day, there will be some very tired teenagers this weekend.  For those of you who read my ‘Welcome Back’ letter sent [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    PUPILS CELEBRATE EXCELLENT GCSE RESULTS AT COLCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL

    25th August 2016

    Pupils and teachers at Colchester High School are celebrating after another year of excellent GCSE results.  87% of the pupils gained 5 or more A* to C grades, compared to 69% nationally, with 79% of them including Maths and English. The results were particularly strong in Maths where 95 % of [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    STUDENTS CELEBRATE SUPERB A LEVEL RESULTS AT COLCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL

    18th August 2016

    Students and teachers at Colchester High School are celebrating a fantastic 100% A Level Pass Rate with an outstanding 93% of grades being A* to C compared to the National Average of 77.6%. Particular congratulations go to Jack Stock, the school’s top performer who achieved an A* and two A’s. The [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 8TH JULY 2016

    8th July 2016

    With so many Key Stage 3 pupils away at PGL Marchants Hill, and Year 10 pupils on work experience or else visiting Berlin, Munich and Nuremberg on a co-curricular History and MFL trip, one might be forgiven for thinking the school was quiet this week and there was not much [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    8-07-16

    8th July 2016

    With so many key stage 3 pupils away at PGL Marchants Hill, and year 10 pupils on work experience or else visiting Berlin, Munich and Nuremberg on a co-curricular History and MFL trip, one might be forgiven for thinking the school was quiet this week and there was not much [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    SENIOR PGL MARCHANTS HILL TRIP – DAY 2 BLOG

    6th July 2016

    Yesterday we started off by climbing up Jacob’s ladder. Several people managed to get to the top and everyone gave it a go. Afterwards we set off to the trapeze where you climb up a pole and attempt to hit a red ball whilst jumping of off the podium in [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    SENIOR PGL MARCHANTS HILL TRIP – DAY 1 BLOG BY JACK

    5th July 2016

    Yesterday we got off the coach and found a spot of grass to eat lunch and play sports( football, throw and catch, rugby.) At 3:00 we got to our cabins dropped our bags and went on a site tour. After that we came back to the cabins and were told [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 1ST JULY 2016

    1st July 2016

    The week started with plenty of noise and activity in the hall and on the playground as the Year 7 pupils had their day of drama.  As it happens, it was not just Monday that was spent by the pupils preparing to deliver a version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    1-7-16

    1st July 2016

    The week started with plenty of noise and activity in the hall and on the playground as the Year 7 pupils had their day of drama.  As it happens, it was not just Monday that was spent by the pupils preparing to deliver a version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    YEAR 5 & 6 PGL BLOG – THURSDAY BY MADDY AND LUCY

    24th June 2016

    Today for breakfast it was a full English. The breakfast was delightful, we enjoyed it very much. In the morning, groups four and one went surfing and came back very cheerful yet very sandy and wet. Meanwhile, group two and and group three were doing very exciting activities, such as [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 24TH JUNE 2016

    24th June 2016

    Those parents who have tried to get in contact with me this week will know from my ‘Out of Office’ reply that I have been out of school for part of this week undertaking First Aid training.  Having staff trained in administering First Aid remains very important within Colchester High [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    24-6-16

    24th June 2016

    Those parents who have tried to get in contact with me this week will know from my ‘Out of Office’ reply that I have been out of school for part of this week undertaking First Aid training.  Having staff trained in administering First Aid remains very important within Colchester High [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    YR 5 AND 6 PGL WEDNESDAY BLOG – BY ISOBEL AND TOMMY

    23rd June 2016

    Today was a pretty epic day. Most groups went surfing in the morning! We had to squeeze into the wetsuits in the “Wetsuit Shed” and then we could set off! We went on a bus to Westward Ho! and we adjusted our wetsuits a little more, and then we headed [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    CHS LOWER SCHOOL PUPILS VOTE TO REMAIN

    23rd June 2016

    Today pupils from Year 1-6 at Colchester High School went to the polls to decide whether to remain  in Europe or Leave.  The morning was spent in earnest discussion regarding the EU referendum where pupils were able to voice their positions to their co-horts.  The pupils had all clearly spent a lot of time [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    PGL DEVON BLOG – DAY 1 BY POPPY AND OLIVER

    22nd June 2016

    Today on PGL we woke up and we were very excited for that day.  First we had breakfast then we got in our groups and went off to our activities.  Miss Banks and Miss Harrison’s group went off to the high ropes which they found very fun.  At first is [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 17TH JUNE 2016

    17th June 2016

    Anyone who has any association with a Year 9 pupil this week will know that with the exception of Wednesday, the days have been focused on end of year assessments.  On Tuesday of this week the assessment was for RS.  However, Tuesday’s was a very particular type of assessment – [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    “CAKE FIT FOR A QUEEN” CHALLENGE A HUGE SUCCESS AT THE CHSA QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

    13th June 2016

    Thank you to all the pupils, parents and grandparents that participated in our CHSA Queen’s Official 90th Birthday Celebrations on Friday.    Cake mixers must have been wheezing late into the night given the tremendous response to the ” A Cake Fit for a Queen” Bake Challenge which provided us with [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 10TH JUNE 2016

    10th June 2016

    Quite possibly the hot weather this week has tempted many of you into your garden, perhaps to de-weed, or perhaps to enjoy the array of flowers.  Something not dissimilar has been taking place at CHS too, as evidenced when I was given the opportunity to peruse the delights of the [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    10-6-16

    10th June 2016

    Quite possibly the hot weather this week has tempted many of you into your garden, perhaps to de-weed, or perhaps to enjoy the array of flowers.  Something not dissimilar has been taking place at CHS too, as evidenced when I was given the opportunity to peruse the delights of the [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 27TH MAY 2016

    27th May 2016

    Sitting at my laptop and reflecting upon the last week of this half term, one aspect of the week immediately springs to mind, external examinations. Collectively, the hours spent by pupils in Years 10 -13 sitting exams this week, is a significant three figure number.  The positive notes at the [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    27-5-16

    27th May 2016

    Sitting at my laptop and reflecting upon the last week of this half term, one aspect of the week immediately springs to mind, external examinations. Collectively, the hours spent by pupils in Years 10 -13 sitting exams this week, is a significant three figure number.  The positive notes at the [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL WEEKLY BLOG 20TH MAY 2016

    20th May 2016

    The public examinations started in earnest this week as pupils across Years 10 to 13 sat exams in subjects including Biology, RS, History, ICT and French.  The frequency of the exams has meant pupils have not had much time to reflect on their performance as the next impending exam quickly [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF OUR JUNIOR SCHOOL SCIENCE COMPETITION

    20th May 2016

    Winners for the Junior House Science competition were announced in assembly today.  The quality of the entries for the Science competition was fantastic! Miss Rogers and the panel of Year 9 judges were really impressed with the detailed drawings and scientific vocabulary used. Unfortunately there could only be one winner [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    20-5-16

    20th May 2016

    The public examinations started in earnest this week as pupils across Years 10 to 13 sat exams in subjects including Biology, RS, History, ICT and French.  The frequency of the exams has meant pupils have not had much time to reflect on their performance as the next impending exam quickly [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 13TH MAY 2016

    13th May 2016

    Undoubtedly, this has been a momentous week for Year 11 pupils as they approach the end of many years of schooling ahead of the start of the exam season. All parents and guardians of Year 11 pupils know by now that a surprise breakfast was organised, and that the CHSA [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    13-5-16

    13th May 2016

    Undoubtedly, this has been a momentous week for Year 11 pupils as they approach the end of many years of schooling ahead of the start of the exam season. All parents and guardians of Year 11 pupils know by now that a surprise breakfast was organised, and that the CHSA [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 6TH MAY 2016

    6th May 2016

    It must be a sign of summer if there are rounders, tennis and cricket fixtures and clubs taking place.  All of these sports went ahead this week thanks to the improved weather, and the reports of the results from these fixtures were very encouraging.  Well done to all those involved [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    YEAR 9 PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION

    3rd May 2016

    Congratulations to the 17 pupils who bravely participated in the Year 9 Public Speaking Competition – kindly sponsored by Mr Papworth, our school fete town crier, who has donated a beautiful silver cup for this annual event.  Competitors gave a two-minute talk on a subject of their own choice, answered a question [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 29TH APRIL 2016

    29th April 2016

    Weather wise, it was a very wet start to the week, since which we have had our fair share of wind, rain, sun, hail and what some pupils were keen to refer to as snow.  However, the assortment of weather conditions experienced this week has not perturbed the PE departmental [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    29-4-16

    29th April 2016

    Weather wise, it was a very wet start to the week, since which we have had our fair share of wind, rain, sun, hail and what some pupils were keen to refer to as snow.  However, the assortment of weather conditions experienced this week has not perturbed the PE departmental [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 22 APRIL 2016

    22nd April 2016

    I extend a sincere warm welcome back to all the pupils and staff this week, and I shall reiterate this in my ‘Welcome Back’ letter which will be sent to parents on Monday 25th April.  Although this week has not quite been an entire week for pupils, Monday served to [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    22-4-16

    22nd April 2016

    I extend a sincere warm welcome back to all the pupils and staff this week, and I shall reiterate this in my ‘Welcome Back’ letter which will be sent to parents on Monday 25th April.  Although this week has not quite been an entire week for pupils, Monday served to [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    CHS CELEBRATE WINNING THE PRESTIGIOUS ST MARY’S SENIOR SCHOOL ANNUAL PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION BEST TEAM AWARD

    21st April 2016

    On Wednesday 20th April, Year 10 pupils Adam Hills, Matthew Adcock and Alfred Riddell gave a superb team performance to win the prestigious St Mary’s Senior School Annual Public Speaking Competition.  Alfred hosted the session as a calm, reassuring and professional Chairman; Matthew captivated the audience with his fluent, note-free talk on ‘Materialism; [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    COLCHESTER SCHOOL RECOGNISED FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING.

    20th April 2016

    Colchester High School is today celebrating the release of The Independent Schools of Inspectorate (ISI) 2016 School Inspection Report and their recognition of excellence in the delivery of the school’s individualised learning approach which focuses on the strengths of each and every child. Highlights of the report include: “The contribution of [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MORE FANTASTIC ESB RESULTS FROM OUR SENIOR SCHOOL

    11th April 2016

    Results of the Senior Key Stage 3 ESB exams are in and our pupils have once again performed incredibly well.  In total, they were awarded 4 distinctions and 6 merit and merit pluses.  These fabulous results continue to highlight the great work being achieved by our ESB pupils and Mrs [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    DAY 2 OF SKI TRIP 2016

    22nd March 2016

    Day 2: The beginner group perfected their turning whist in the snow plough position. After a while the group began to feel more confident and began to, at times, parallel ski! After a rest and a refreshing lunch we then geared up and made our way out onto the slopes. [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    LOWER SCHOOL PUPILS AT COLCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL ACHIEVE EXCELLENT RESULTS IN THE ESB EXAMS.

    22nd March 2016

    Colchester High School is today celebrating outstanding results of 15 pupils in their Lower School who participated in the English Speaking Board Exam on the 9th of March.  In total, the pupils received 12 distinctions, 2 merit pluses and 1 good pass. Mrs Bickersteth, Head of the Lower School, said [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    DAY 1 OF SKI TRIP 2016

    21st March 2016

    After our day long trip to Les Menuires yesterday, today started at a ‘peak’ 6:30. We were greeted by an all-you-can-eat breakfast and we then got ready for a day of skiing. We all have extremely SKIfull instructors who have the ability to make us laugh (and ski). Skiing, I [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 18TH MARCH 2016

    18th March 2016

    An assembly about respect for others was delivered by Mr Rayner to Key Stage 3 to get the week started.  At the end of the assembly there was a very special award to present.  Mrs Beard was awarded the employee of the year award for continued hard work and support [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    17-3-16

    17th March 2016

    An assembly about respect for others was delivered by Mr Rayner to key stage 3 to get the week started.  At the end of the assembly there was a very special award to present.  Mrs Beard was awarded the employee of the year award for continued hard work and support [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 11TH MARCH 2016

    11th March 2016

    What has happened in school this week?  Well it’s no secret the school was being inspected this week, and I must say how proud I have been of the pupils.  Pupils were polite, well presented, articulate and confident – no different to our everyday expectations. The Open Day took place [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    11-3-16

    11th March 2016

    What has happened in school this week?  Well it’s no secret the school was being inspected this week, and I must say how proud I have been of the pupils.  Pupils were polite, well presented, articulate and confident – no different to our everyday expectations. The Open Day took place [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 4TH MARCH 2016

    4th March 2016

    By now I am sure you are all fully aware that a call came in from the Independent Schools Inspectorate this week to inform the Principal of their intention to inspect the school next week.  As a result, hopefully you have had a chance to complete the parent questionnaire.  If [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    4-03-16

    4th March 2016

    By now I am sure you are all fully aware that a call came in from the Independent Schools Inspectorate this week to inform the Principal of their intention to inspect the school next week.  As a result, hopefully you have had a chance to complete the parent questionnaire.  If [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG FRIDAY 26TH FEBRUARY 2016

    26th February 2016

    Possibly for the pupils, and certainly for me, the half term break has already faded as a distant memory as the second half of this term is now in full progress.  Most likely the memory has faded as this has been such a busy week – so much so, where [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    26-2-16

    26th February 2016

    Possibly for the pupils, and certainly for me, the half term break has already faded as a distant memory as the second half of this term is now in full progress.  Most likely the memory has faded as this has been such a busy week – so much so, where [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    5H ASSEMBLY ON FBV BY BRETT

    12th February 2016

    This week 5H took to the stage with their class assembly about Fundamental British Values.  They explained each of the five values which are: The rule of law Democracy Individual Liberty Mutual Respect Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Using different types of presentation including two mini role [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 12TH FEBRUARY 2016

    12th February 2016

    Following on from the CHSA meeting last Friday, I know letters of invitation have been sent to all parents and guardians for the CHSA Summer Ball.  Historically, this is a very successful and enjoyable evening which I hope will prove to be the same this year.  I hope I’ll have [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    12-2-16

    12th February 2016

    Following on from the CHSA meeting last Friday, I know letters of invitation have been sent to all parents and guardians for the CHSA Summer Ball.  Historically, this is a very successful and enjoyable evening which I hope will prove to be the same this year.  I hope I’ll have [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    DANES OUST THE ROMANS TO WIN THE JUNIOR SCHOOL SWIMMING GALA!

    11th February 2016

    This week, Year 4 completed our Junior Swimming Championships with a fantastic Gala. Well done to all of the pupils: OPEN FREESTYLE RACE 1 IMOGEN BACKSTROKE LENGTH MAX OPEN FREESTYLE RACE 2 MALACHI BREASTSTROKE WIDTH TOBY OPEN FREESTYLE RACE 3 MAX BREASTSTROKE LENGTH MAX OPEN FREESTYLE RACE 4 NO RACE [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    SENIOR GALAS CONTINUE WITH DANES IN THE LEAD

    11th February 2016

    The Senior Galas continued this week with the Year 9 Gala on Tuesday. Here are their results: OPEN FREESTYLE RACE 1 ARYAAN BACKSTROKE LENGTH WILLIAM OPEN FREESTYLE RACE 2 ANGUS BREASTSTROKE WIDTH BEN OPEN FREESTYLE RACE 3 BEN BREASTSTROKE LENGTH WILLIAM OPEN FREESTYLE RACE 4 WILLIAM FREESTYLE RELAY NORMANS BACKSTROKE [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    CHS ENJOYS PLENTY OF WINS AT THE ISA SENIOR CROSS COUNTRY REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

    9th February 2016

    Congratulations to all our Senior School pupils that participated today at the ISASenior Cross Country Regional Championships at Alexander College, Woodbridge, many of who have qualified for the National ISA Cross Country at Princethorpe College on Saturday 27th Feb. Special congratulations go to Asma, winner Year 7-8 Girls and Ziggy who [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 5TH FEBRUARY 2016

    5th February 2016

    Various staff came in and out of my office on Thursday wearing a badge with a specific number on it in support of Number Day.  This year, the Number Day coincided with the Intermediate Maths Challenge (IMC), a national competition delivered at CHS every year.  The IMC enables students with [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    COLCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL TO GROW SEEDS FROM SPACE!

    2nd February 2016

    Pupils at Colchester High School are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space. In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 29TH JANUARY 2016

    29th January 2016

    It has only taken 2 attempts for Year 10 pupils to get to grips with mustering in the playground ahead of filing in to the exam room to sit trial exams.  Having lined up according to candidate numbers, pupils had an opportunity to be reminded of expectations, and how to [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 22 JANUARY 2016

    22nd January 2016

    This week has seen many visitors to the Senior School (and Lower School) as we opened our doors to prospective parents for two Open Mornings.  Additionally, we played host to visitors from our parent company, Cognita.  Whenever visitors come, irrespective of their purpose, I am always proud to see how [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    ANOTHER SET OF FABULOUS RESULTS FROM THE CHS SWIMMING GALAS

    20th January 2016

    Year 3 Winners OPEN FREESTYLE RACE 1 BENEDICT BACKSTROKE WIDTH LUCA OPEN FREESTYLE RACE 2 HANIF BACKSTROKE LENGTH JOSHUA OPEN FREESTYLE RACE 3 CHARLOTTE BREASTSTROKE WIDTH ALFIE OPEN FREESTYLE RACE 4 SEBASTIAN BREASTSTROKE LENGTH JESSICA OPEN FREESTYLE RACE 5 SURI FREESTYLE RELAY SAXONS CHAMPION SWIMMER SURI McCRAE Year 6 Winners [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 15 JANUARY 2016

    15th January 2016

    Plenty taking place across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 as always.  Sixth Form pupils have been receiving the results of their trial examinations, whilst Year 10 pupils edge ever closer to their first experience of the examination process. For Year 8, I have been reading through all reports and [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    15-1-16

    15th January 2016

    Plenty taking place across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 as always.  Sixth Form pupils have been receiving the results of their trial examinations, whilst Year 10 pupils edge ever closer to their first experience of the examination process. For Year 8, I have been reading through all reports and [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    YEAR 5 KICKS OFF THE CHS SWIMMING GALA SEASON.

    13th January 2016

    On Tuesday, Year 5 kicked off the CHS Swimming Gala Season.  There was a lovely atmosphere. Thanks to all of the parents and grandparents that were able to attend. Here are our winners from Year 5: OPEN FREESTYLE RACE 1 HANNAH BACKSTROKE WIDTH RORY OPEN FREESTYLE RACE 2 AMELIA BACKSTROKE [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    MR CROYDON’S SENIOR SCHOOL BLOG 8TH JANUARY 2016

    8th January 2016

    A slightly shorter week for the pupils but nevertheless, as busy as any other week.  It was great to be out on the playground Tuesday morning to welcome back the pupils, and what was particularly encouraging was the number of smiling faces as pupils appeared happy to be returning.  The very [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    3-12-15

    3rd December 2015

    Absolutely brilliant, not to mention very engaging was the impression I formed when I looked in on the Year 9 Drama day which took place on Monday of this week.  Yet again, the day was successful due to the sterling job done by Mrs Candler and those who helped on [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    27-11-15

    27th November 2015

    As a schoolboy I was once told that time spent out of school was not time well spent.  Well I must admit to having spent a morning out of school this week as I, and the school CSE Champion, Ms Bramall, attended a CSE Conference. Furthermore, it was time well [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    13-11-15

    13th November 2015

    Once again a busy week as I support the Examinations Officer implement the new arrangements for mustering and registering Year 11 pupils for their trial exams.  Whilst the exams continue into next week, I know many staff have already marked the papers sat earlier this week.  The results from these [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    9-10-15

    9th October 2015

    ‘This is the night mail crossing the border, Bringing the cheque and the postal order’.  As many will know this is the opening of W.H. Auden’s famous poem, ‘The Night Mail’; the poem I most remember from my school days, and one which I can still recite.  I wonder if, [...]

    Read More
  • READ MORE

    6-05-15

    6th May 2015

    It must be a sign of summer if there are rounders, tennis and cricket fixtures and clubs taking place.  All of these sports went ahead this week thanks to the improved weather, and the reports of the results from these fixtures were very encouraging.  Well done to all those involved [...]

    Read More