Welcome to the July edition of the Principal’s blog. It has been a busy 6 weeks since my last blog entry, with students across all phases undertaking external and internal tests and examinations. With the summer finally upon us and the last exam completed, we have some time to focus on the less academic, but equally important aspects of school life.
Our first results this academic year are from the year 1 phonics screening, which has seen a huge increase of 7%. This year, 95% of students in Year 1 have hit the standard, which is significantly above the 2016 national figure of 81%. Year 6 SATs results will be released early in July and we expect another increase in results. GCSE and A levels are also looking very positive.
The Year 11 prom was organised by Mrs Blaize and was decribed by students as being “the best prom ever!” – it took place in Highgate House in rural Northamptonshire. Students certainly enjoyed the evening, which included a full sit down meal and dancing. The next day, year 13 held their prom at the Northampton Saints ground. Again it was an excellent event. A member of staff at the event commented that the CCS 6th form students being the best behaved they had ever seen. Photograhs of both events will be available on the next edition of “School Matters”.
A number of big trips have recently returned. The first Spanish exchenge in secondary phase was a huge success, with all staff and students enjoying the experience. Year 6 students returned from their trip to Wales last week, again having a fantastic time. Other trips taking place in July include the USA football trip (Chicago and Milwake), Paris 2017, Malawi and Tanzania. The KS3 drama production “A postmans knock” is expected to be a huge success, as is the KS3 end of year concert.
As we draw towards the end of the academic year, new students joining Year 7 and Year 12 will take part in induction events during the coming weeks. We will also have a chance to meet new staff joining us in September.
On all measures, the 2016/17 academic year has been a real success. The list of events and activities that take part in and out of the school day has been staggering.