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On Thursday 5th March 2020, Year 7 students and staff at The Coleshill School dressed up for World Book Day.  Students enjoyed being taught by a whole host of characters including Little Red Riding Hood, Harry Potter, Cruella Deville and many more.  The Maths Department dressed up as Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, including umpa lumpas, some of the costumes were amazing.

Year 7 students received their £1 World Book Day tokens and all student have taken part in ERIC ‘Everyone Reading In Class’, as well as having discussions on books and reading in English. 

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National Ethical Leadership Summit

Last month Karen Cornell, Assistant Headteacher at The Coleshill School, was invited to the National Ethical Leadership Summit to present among esteemed colleagues such as Sir John Dunford and Geoff Barton, about the work we have been doing to support students as an Ethically Inclusive School. 

See link:  https://www.nga.org.uk/News/Blog/January-2020/Using-the-Framework-for-Ethical-Leadership-in-Educ.aspx 

Coronavirus - Advice from the DFE

We have received advice from the Department for Education (DfE) regarding the Coronavirus.  The overall risk to the UK remains moderate and you should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.  There are however actions we can take to prevent the spread of any virus as follows:

Promoting basic hygiene practices at home and in school.Regularly washing hands with soap.Always sneeze into a tissue and “bin it”.

Latest information and advice can also be found at:

Find Out More:-  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public 

Advice for Education:-  https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/866771/Coronavirus_advice_for_education_settings_poster.pdf 


Headteacher’s Blog – 28th February 2020

Sensational Year 7 Students!

It was with great pleasure that we welcomed Year 7 and their families to parents’ evening last night.  At the mid-point in the academic year it was really pleasing to meet and talk to lots of families and hear of their positive experience their children are having. 

A big thank you to all the parents and carers who responded to the Ofsted parent survey: Parent View.  This is an online survey which helps us to see how we are doing. We use this survey, as well as student voice and additional parent surveys, to help guide is in how to further improve the school. Of the 87 who have responded to Parent View, 95% would recommend our school.  The responses overall are extremely positive. Please do have a look at the results for yourself, or take the survey if you have not already done so by clicking on this link https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/login?destination=give-your-views

Over the last few weeks Mrs Cooksey, who has been the Progress Leader for Year 7 and is now working in a wider role with the Year 7 team, has been taking Year 7 students back to their primary schools as part of our Roadshow for Year 5 students.  Teachers in the primary schools have been absolutely amazed with how far the students have developed and changed during their time at Coleshill.

Year 7 are really making the most of all the opportunities at Coleshill.  Approximately half of the students in Year 7 have taken part in an enrichment activity so far this year in school. A number of the students came straight from trampoline club last night, whilst lots of students are taking part in STEM, sports clubs and other after school activities.  So far 50 Year 7 students have achieved their bronze or silver certificate for Childrens’ University and are working towards the Gold Graduation (100 hours of extra-curricular activity) in June at Birmingham University.  If your child has not signed up for Childrens’ University and wants to please ask them to talk to their tutor or see Miss Blunt who is the Faculty Leader for Creative subjects.

We are so proud of Year 7.  From their first week at school, through events such as the fabulous PGL residential, they are really developing the skills of The Coleshill Learner.  A big thank you to the tutors and teachers who work with them every day and also the Year 7 Team, Mr Chetwynd, Mrs Cooksey and Mrs Cornell, for all their fantastic work.

To celebrate Year 7 being brilliant we are inviting them to all dress up as their favourite character for World Book Day next Thursday 5th March.  The staff will be dressing up too, let’s see who can have the best outfit.  Have a look at the photo from last year to see the competition!

Well done Year 7 keep up the good work!

Mr Smith-Childs

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The Coleshill School Achieves National  Gold Award for Careers Work

The Coleshill School has been recognised for its outstanding careers work.  The school has been awarded the national Quality in Careers Standard Gold award by Prospects.  The national Quality in Careers Standard is awarded to schools and education providers who meet the 8 Gatsby bench marks and who can demonstrate the importance they place on careers and how they support students to make decisions about their life after school.  Michele Squires from Prospects commented: “For a school to achieve the gold level shows complete commitment in its careers provision.  Eileen Bishop and the careers team have gone above and beyond to ensure that the students are receiving the highest quality of careers guidance and experiences”.

The Coleshill School is continually working to improve the chances and opportunities of all their students.  Recognising the importance of preparing students for their future careers the school began working towards the national Quality in Careers Standard in 2018

More than 1,100 schools and colleges are already voluntarily working towards or have achieved the national standard for careers.  There is a statutory duty to ‘secure independent careers guidance’ for all students from year 7 onwards and the Government also recommends that all schools should be required to work towards the national Quality in Careers Standard.

Achieving the national Quality in Careers Standard shows the head teacher, governors and leadership team at The Coleshill School embrace, promote and endorse quality careers education and recognise the part it plays in the overall success of the school and its students. The Coleshill School offers a range of activities to introduce students to the world of work and help them make decisions about life after school, including a one-week work experience placement, practice interviews with outside companies in and all year groups recently attended a careers fair at the school.

Ian Smith-Childs, Headteacher commented:- “We are thrilled to have achieved the national Quality in Careers Standard Gold level awarded by Prospects.  At The Coleshill School we recognise the important role school plays in helping students develop their knowledge, skills and experience so they can go out into the world and achieve personal success.  This award has provided a flexible framework that enabled us to audit our work on careers and ensure our students are receiving advice, practical support and experience so they are prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training.”