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On Friday 15th March 2019 students and staff at The Coleshill School held a non-uniform day to raise money for comic relief. 

Sixth Form students held a cake sale a break and lunchtime.   There were some amazing cakes donated by parents, students and staff.  At lunchtime Sixth Form students played The Chase against staff in a packed out Hall.  It was a close game but teachers won the game!

Harriett, Year 7, with the help of her sister Elle-Mae and friends, also held a cake sale to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  She is bravely going to abseil 100ft off the Fort Dunlop building to raise money for the hospital.

The total amount raised was £???? For Comic Relief and £161.01 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Mr Smith-Childs, Headteacher commented “It is inspiring to see our students being involved in raising money for charity.  The students involved in the cake sales have worked really hard and this has paid off with the amount of money raised for both Comic Relief and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  Thank you to everyone who donated money and cakes.”

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Successful Skills Conference focuses on higher level skills

More than 100 people from Warwickshire’s business and education communities came together at Warwickshire County Council’s (WCC’s) annual skills conference.

Representatives from the worlds of business and education discussed ways higher level skills can help drive the region’s economic growth.

During the breakfast conference, delegates heard from Monica Fogarty, Chief Executive, WCC who outlined the priorities of the new all-age Careers Strategy which the Council is currently developing and will consult on in the spring with a view to publication in the summer.

David Ayton-Hill, Economy & Skills Group Manager, WCC, gave delegates plenty of key data and information to consider about the county’s skills picture now, and in the future including:

Between 2012-2022, 60% of jobs that will need filling will require higher level skills Higher level skills are those needing qualifications at Level 4 and above. (Level 4 includes: Higher Apprenticeships, Certificate of Higher Education, Higher National Certificate and Level 4 NVQ.) The attributes associated with higher level skills and increasingly needed are: higher cognitive functions of creativity and processing complex information; social and emotional skills such as taking initiative, management and leadership; and technological skills including advanced IT skills and programming. Despite Warwickshire seeing a strong growth in the proportion of the population with a Level 4+ qualification (increasing from 31% in 2010 to just over 40% in 2017), recent data suggests that up to 50% of people with these higher level qualifications are working in roles that do not require them. There is a need to better connect our businesses with our education providers to enable a better matching of roles, skills and behaviours to support our continued growth and make best use of this growing highly skilled population.

At the event Cllr Peter Butlin, Deputy Leader of Warwickshire County Council Warwickshire County Council announced an innovative Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Programme for small businesses.  Many large employers, including the County Council, struggle to fully utilise their Apprenticeship Levy.  Utilising the new flexibilities,  the County Council aims to transfer up to £300,000 per year to help support smaller, non-levy paying businesses, such as organisations operating in the adult social and child care sector, and cover their apprenticeship training costs.  

Delegates at the free breakfast conference, which took place at Stoneleigh Park on Wednesday  6 March, also heard an interesting summary of how employers can access the graduate talent pool from Professor Pat Tissington, Academic Director of Employability and Skills, University of Warwick;  insights into how FE colleges can help, from Neil Coker, Director of Warwickshire College, Rugby and finally an overview of the range of exciting skills initiatives being undertaken at The Coleshill School from Headteacher, Ian Smith-Childs.

Ian Smith-Childs, Headteacher, The Coleshill Schools said: “The County Council Skills Conference is an invaluable opportunity for schools and businesses to network and I would encourage all schools to get involved. Every year my school has benefited from a project or business connection that started at the conference.”

Lively discussion took place round the tables, coming up with a number of ideas of how WCC, businesses and education providers can help businesses tackle skills shortages and gaps.  Several delegates stressed the importance of identifying and communicating changing future skills needs as soon as possible to enable providers to respond by aligning their provision. The county council is going to explore ways of doing this. 

Cllr Colin Hayfield, County Council Portfolio Holder for Education and Learning, said: “What an excellent conference.  It’s great to see so many partners from the worlds of business and education coming together to help shape our skills activity for years to come. At the County Council we are working hard, with our partners, to ensure that all our young people - whatever their skills and abilities - are able to gain the skills they need to obtain worthwhile and fulfilling jobs now and in the future.”

The Skills Conference is a key element of Warwickshire County Council's £3 million Skills for Employment programme which has funded more than 40,000 careers and employability activities in more than 600 local businesses during the last four years.

Any businesses interested in linking with a local school or college, or for further information on the Apprenticeship Levy Transfer, can call 01926 418027 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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On Wednesday 13th March 2019 four teams from The Coleshill School took part in the North Solihull School Games level 2 indoor athletics competition.  Playing against strong competition from Grace Academy, John Henry Newman, Park Hall, and Kingshurst Academy the Coleshill School teams came away with the following results:- Year 7 Girls – 1st Year 8 Girls – 1st Year 7 Boys – 1st Year 8 Boys – 1st

All teams now go on to represent North Solihull in the level 3 indoor athletics competition.

Miss Holland, PE Teacher, commented “We are really proud of our students, they have worked really hard and they performed well.  They showed amazing teamwork, sportsmanship and enthusiasm”.

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On Wednesday 13th March 2019 a team of students from The Coleshill School took part in the Digital Schoolhouse Esports regional qualifying tournament at Staffordshire University.

The Digital Schoolhouse, powered by PlayStations National Esports Tournament, is designed to engage and inspire students with careers and opportunities within the games, esports and creative industries, it uses play-based learning to engage the next generation of students and teachers with the new computing curriculum.  The aim is to bridge the gap between industry and education to prepare the next generation for a digital age.

The Digital Schoolhouse eSports Tournament started in January 2018 with 20 schools taking part and an estimated reach of 1500-2000 students.  Many teams from The Coleshill School took part in the school tournament and team ‘Social Construct’ went through to the regional qualifiers. 

Lisa Cooper, Teacher of computing said “The team played at a very high standard, against very strong competition and came third.  We also had our sixth form student, Taylor Howe take part in shout casting which was streamed live in a professional online broadcast.  He did a fantastic job!  This was a fantastic day for our students taking part in a national competition and they enjoyed the whole experience of the eSports Challenge!

Thousands of primary school children across Warwickshire are enjoying a head start in digital skills thanks to the groundbreaking Digital Schoolhouse programme.

Digital Schoolhouse is running in four secondary schools in the county – Campion School, Kineton High School, The Coleshill School and King Edward VI School, Stratford – and there is scope for more to join.

The programme, delivered by the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE), is backed Warwickshire County Council along with industry leaders PlayStation, Sega and Ubisoft.  It offers computing and digital skills training to secondary school teachers which they then pass on to local primary school staff and children. The focus is very much on fun-based learning with a range of inventive ways to engage youngsters in the subject.

Miss Cooper, Teacher of Computing commented “Our team came 3rd overall in the Regional qualifying tournament, they played brilliantly.  Next week will see the last couple of teams battling for their place in the quarter finals.  We have pupils from year 9 through to year 12 who will be competing for a place in the final few rounds this week.”

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Following our recent success in supporting the Geoff Horsfield Foundation we would like to continue to support those less fortunate and foster an ethos of empathy and giving among our students.  As such we will be supporting the Comic Relief charity day on Friday 15th March by having a non-uniform day in which children are invited to wear a red item of clothing as part of their outfit alongside their red nose.  In exchange for this we would like all children to bring in a £1 donation in support of this worthy cause. If they want to take part, can students please bring in £1 in cash on Friday

We are also delighted that one of our students is really throwing herself into the spirit of charity by abseiling 100ft down Fort Dunlop to raise money for Birmingham Children’s hospital.  We are so proud of her!  There will be a cake sale in the Hall on Friday to raise funds to support Harriet.

We thank you for your support in helping these worthy causes.

Kind regards

Karen Cornell

Assistant Headteacher

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