‘World Class’ Award for North Tyneside School
Churchill Community College in North Tyneside is celebrating after becoming the only school in the north to be honoured with prestigious ‘World Class’ status.
Schools chosen are assessed against rigorous criteria by an independent panel and students must also develop a compelling case for approval through detailed auditing of their school's capabilities as well as video submissions and meticulous appraisals.
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Last week Year 8 and Year 11 CCC students "took over" North Tyneside Council working across a range of departments from the legal department, leisure services and property investment. The Council praised our students for their attitude and work on the day saying they were "a credit to the school and their families"
our Christmas production this year is "Return to the Forbidden Planet".
Tickets will be going on sale next week priced £3.00, and the performances will take place on Tuesday 6th December and Wednesday 7th December 2016.
Inspired by the motion picture "Forbidden Planet" courtesy of Turner Entertainment Co.
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josel Weinberger Ltd.
Churchill signs up for life saving lesson on Restart a Heart Day
Hundreds of school children will be given a life-saving lesson by North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) staff and volunteers on Restart a Heart Day.
On Tuesday, 18 October, a total of 27 schools from up and down the North East will be taught cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in what will be the biggest event of its kind ever seen in the world.
For the first time this year, all of the UK’s 13 ambulance trusts will be working in partnership to hold simultaneous CPR training events to mark Restart a Heart Day 2016.
It is hoped that 100,000 people across the UK will learn the skill as part of what should be a mass record-breaking CPR training day.
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The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels.
This is the third year in a row that Churchill have achieved the Gold Mark award and it is a retrospective award which that validates the success of our students and commitment from PE staff over the academic year. Churchill entered all but one School Games competition last year and this allows students access to some competitive school sport in a range of different activities. The School Games competitions have been a bench mark for some real success stories over the years, inspiring students and encouraging them to access clubs as a result. Last year, we once again had a huge number of students who participated in Level1 and 2 competitions and were delighted to see so many qualify for the Level 3 finals, including Elisha Tait and Marlie Gardiner (Cross Country), Connor Splevins (Indoor SportsHall Athletics) and Chrystabelle Enow (Indoor Rowing) as well as the countless number of students who supported through leading in the primary competitions.
We are already looking forward to being involved once again in this years School Games calendar to provide as many students as possible with a positive experience of PE and competitive School Sport.
Rewarding and Recognising Schools
National Citizen Service (NCS) North East is delighted to once more congratulate our sparkling Star Schools – and unveil which of the dynamic dozen landed the status of our first ever Regional Ambassador School at an award ceremony last week.
North East teenagers led the unique NCS North East Schools Awards, held in the stunning setting of the Masonic Hall, at the heart of Beamish Museum, on Thursday 6 October.
Leadership teams from 12 schools joined scores of young people – all graduates from NCS – as well as influential decision-makers from the education, youth and voluntary sectors regionally and nationally.
The winners then enjoyed a delicious three-course Edwardian dinner in the unique Beamish tearooms.
North Tyneside –Churchill Community College - Winner
In North Tyneside, where VODA and Catch22 deliver the scheme, over 11,000 hours were generated by 370 teens from 12 different schools. The headteacher of Churchill Community College is always been more than happy to promote NCS in the local press, and to other heads in the area.
Dear Parent /Carer,
Parents/carers visit Churchill in their hundreds
Churchill is full in Y7 currently and we will have 190 places for next September. Please make sure you return your form to North Tyneside Council by 28th October 2016. You must do it on-line. They do not send you a form home. If you are late submitting the form you will not be considered until all the ones that went in on time have been allocated.
Education Minister Robert Halfon visits Churchill
Education minister Robert Halfon saw how the North East is leading the way in preparing young people for the world of work during a whistle-stop tour of the region.
The new minister for apprenticships and skills visited Churchill Community College in North Tyneside - one of 16 schools and colleges in the North East LEP area currently piloting the Gatsby Good Career Guidance Benchmarks.
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‘Churchill Community College Celebrates Best Ever GCSE Results and Big Increase in A*/A Grades’
Churchill Community College is celebrating another set of fantastic GCSE results this summer. They are the best the college has ever achieved with 72% of Year 11 achieving 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Maths and many students achieving high numbers of A*/A grades.
David Baldwin, Headteacher, said ‘These are fabulous results. We are delighted for all students. They have done incredibly well. There has been a large increase in students achieving A and A* grades too. There are a number of students who have gained between 10 and 13 A/A* grades which is a staggering achievement. Every subject has performed strongly.’
83% of students achieved A*-C in English, 84% in Geography, 97% in Computer Science , 92% in PE, 81% in Science, 82% in Spanish and 90% in Resistant Materials.
The college is currently the top school for student progress in the DFE Achievement Tables out of over 300 secondary schools in the North –East of England, has an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ grading and has become the secondary school of first choice for local parents.
Churchill is celebrating by holding an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed results event for students.
Elaine Riley, Head of School, said ‘This is the day that makes all of the hard work worthwhile. It is great to watch students opening their results envelope and seeing their faces when they realise how well they have done. At a time when the government is making GCSEs even harder for students, our results are great news. They are a testament to our students, our staff - who work incredibly hard - and the support we receive from parents.’
Churchill is still accepting applications for Post-16 places from suitably students who have the grade requirement for courses. Please contact Marie Jobson on 0191- 2347200.
Download the Post-16 application form
Fantastic Results for Year 13
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Pilot aims to get youngsters on track for successful career
Teenagers studying for their GCSEs are faced with a baffling host of decisions to make about their future career.
Would A-Levels be a better bet than an apprenticeship? Is university the best option and if so, which one? Which degrees are available and which one would be the most appropriate?
Faced with these life-changing choices, it’s not surprising that youngsters need a helping hand from people who have been through the experience. But it appears that the provision of careers advice for schoolchildren is not bringing about the desired results.
One-in-10 adults regret basing study choices on careers advice they received at school, a YouGov poll showed. A separate survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) revealed that one third of UK employees are disappointed with their career progression, with poor quality careers advice at school and poor line management at work to blame.
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We are very proud that our very own chef Simon Rawle has made it through to the-final of the Big School Bake Off 2016.
Well Done Simon.
Take a look at our 2015 Yonug Americans visit
Monday 20th June 2016
Photo Gallery of Gold Star Winners
Tuesday 21st June 2016
Photo Gallery of Gold Star Winners
Thursday 23rd June 2016
Phot Gallery of Gold Star Winners
Friday 24th June 2016
Chris Martin - perseverance
Ross Fulthorpe - determination
Photo Gallery of Gold Star Winners
In Safe Hands
Schools have a legal duty to open to pupils for 190 days per year, between 1st Sept and 31st August. Teachers must work 195 days per year, including 5 days of training.
We would like to find out whether the usual pattern of term dates remains acceptable, or whether we should consider a different structure. The survey below offers the opportunity for respondents to help shape the future structure of term and holiday dates in North Tyneside schools.
School term and holiday date survey
This term as seen the creation of Churchill’s first iPad Band. Students in Years 7 and 8 have been working with Mr Swan to learn how to play Adele’s Rolling in the Deep on iPads as well as some singing. This is a part of North Tyneside Learning Trust’s iPad Band project.
On Friday our students working with iPad Band guru David Kirtlan from Elsium to refine our skills. This project will culminate with a battle of the iPad bands in Whitley Bay Playhouse during July. One of our Year 7 students said, “iPad Band has been a great experience, I am really enjoying it and look forward to playing some more.”
Keep an eye on our Twitter Feed for more information and video clips
Churchill Community College Music Department
North Tyneside Council, the police and nominated Key Adults in school will be working together to make sure that school staff are made aware of an incident early enough to support pupils in school.
Why is Operation Encompass being introduced in North Tyneside? Operation Encompass was initially launched in Plymouth in February 2011 to address a shortcoming in the early sharing of information with schools. Since then several pilots have been set up across the UK, including Gateshead and South Tyneside, and has proved to very successful in providing appropriate support in a timely manner.
Pilots across the UK have reported positive outcomes for many children and young people. North Tyneside Council, Northumbria Police and all schools in the borough will be taking part in the scheme, to help provide additional new support which will benefit children and young people in North Tyneside and improve multi-agency sharing of information.
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Wallsend head teacher supports roll out of National Citizen Service youth programme following Queen’s Speech
A local head teacher from Wallsend has spoken out in support of an announcement made in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech that relayed a vison for every teenager in the country to be able to take part in the National Citizen Service youth empowerment programme, which currently runs across North Tyneside.
David Baldwin from Churchill Community College is supporting the government’s commitment to helping the programme continue to grow and is encouraging schools across North Tyneside and Newcastle upon Tyne to recommend it to their students this summer following the impacts the school has seen in its students after taking part. The programme, open to all 15-17 year olds, widens horizons by helping young people build lasting friendships that bridge social divides and grow their aspirations by developing crucial skills for work and life.
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The Chronicle today features a double page spread entitled 'Our School'. which has been written by students from Churchill Community College.
Get a copy of the Chronicle now and read the fantastic stories written by our students.
Apple Field Trip
On Thursday 21st April a group of enthusiastic Digital Leaders participated in an Apple Field Trip. This involved our KS3 Digital Leaders going to the Apple Store in Eldon Square.
The aim of the Field Trip is to inspire collaboration, creativity and engagement using Apple Products. Whilst there students looked at a range of Apps which can be used to support Story Telling and Literacy in lessons. One of the Apps we looked at was Paper 53 and used the magnetic stylus to draw and sketch then animate our ideas. This is a really useful App which can be used in a whole range of subjects and allows us to record and change or ideas at the touch of a button or stroke of a pen.
This was a really useful morning and we found out some new tools and ideas we can make use of on our iPads. Follow our Twitter Feed for more ideas @cccdigileads
Cathy Cassidy is to visit Churchill
Best selling author, Cathy will be talking to students about her latest new book, Broken Heart Club and will be supplying them with inspiration for their own reading and writing.
Cathy Cassidy is one of the UK's top selling children's authors and has twice won the prestigious “Queen of Teen” Award. Cathy tours extensively around the UK - meeting over 10,000 young readers each year. She was an art teacher, a magazine editor and an agony aunt before becoming a full-time writer. She has worked at Shout magazine and previously at Jackie magazine.
Her new book , Broken Heart Club is published in hardback by Puffin on 21st April.
Churchill Singing Group Perform at The Stadium of Light.
A random email to all schools landed on the desktop of Mr Swan and he decided to bite the bullet and go for it. The email was from Ellie Geddes, Events Manager of Schools NorthEast Trading Ltd. The idea was for schools to apply to perform at a formal dinner hosted at The Stadium of Light, Sunderland. Schools had to send a recording of their group and the lucky ones would get the chance to perform at this event.
It was a mixture of excitement and dread when we were the chosen ones. We knew we would have to work hard to be perfect.
At the Schools North East Patron's Dinner at The Stadium of Light on the evening of 16th March. Guests were welcomed to the event by the soulful sound of the Churchill Community College Singers.
This was the first time ever that this group of students aged from 11 to 17 have performed in a public arena. The audience of 200+ were silent throughout the six songs and the applause after each number was very deafening.
Mr Swan led the group through a repertoire that consisted of current chart hits, musical theatre, 60s classics and crowd favourites.
“The students have worked hard over the last few weeks to get the harmonies just right”, said Mr Swan, “and tonight was the just reward for all that hard work. I am so proud of the effort and commitment from these young people”
“It gave me loads of confidence and just want to perform every night”, Madison Pearce - Year 11
“Over all it was a tremendous experience for these students and we look forward to our next performance with a great deal of confidence and excitement”, finished Mr Swan
Congratulations to Dillon Blevins - Year 12 who is the newly Elected Member of the Youth Parliament.
Find out more about the Youth Parliament. The UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning.
First National Leader of Governance in North Tyneside
Tracey Booth, Chair of Governors at Churchill Community College, is the first secondary National Leader of Governance (NLG) to be appointed in North Tyneside. Tracey said, “It is a great honour to be selected to take on this role. I chair an outstanding secondary school and I am dedicated to ensuring each and every one of our students does the very best they can. I thoroughly enjoy the role and this new designation gives me a chance to help other schools by strengthening their governance capacity”.
Over the last few years Tracey has helped Churchill Community College to secure an OUTSTANDING OfSTED grading. Since then the school has continued to improve, now rated as number one secondary school in the North East for value added in 2015. She has also encouraged the school to provide significant support to other schools, whilst she has taken on additional roles to support governing bodies. Churchill Community College has gone on to become a Teaching School and a National Support School.
NLGs are highly effective chairs of governors who support chairs of governors in other schools. They have:
- excellent leadership skills
- a track record of raising school performance
- the skills to influence improvement by supporting or challenging headteachers
- a track record of implementing and sustaining effective governance
- coaching and mentoring
- reviewing the responsibilities of the governing body
- action planning
- supporting academy conversion
- advising on reviewing headteacher performance
Two students from Churchill Community College have been awarded runner up prizes in the prestigious Lord Glenamara award at a ceremony at Kings College, London.
Darren Appleby from Year 11 and Connor Peebles of Year 12 were presented their certificates by current Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan at a Ceremony attended by former Secretaries of State Baroness Williams and Lord MacGregor.
The Lord Glenamara prize recognises students who achieve academic excellence and who make a commitment to improving their local community. Connor has been recognised for outstanding achievement in his GCSEs where he achieved 2 A*s, 6As ad 1 B grade. He was also commended for his commitment as a Sixth Form Head of House and for previous work on the North Tyneside Youth Council. Connor also recently represented CCC in their international exchange programme with the Czech Republic.
Darren worked as a champion for students who are in care by writing a blog which received national interest. He has worked hard to ensure his academic progress continues whilst continuing his efforts to raise the profile of Looked After Children. Darren's work has been seen as an example of good practice in the Local Authority and his achievement with the Glenamara Award is a fitting tribute to his outstanding personal development.
David Baldwin, headteacher at Churchill Community College said "Connor and Darren are outstanding students who have both contributed a significant amount to their school and local community and thoroughly deserve this national recognition. School performance tables last week confirmed Churchill Community College as the top performing school in the North East out of 290 schools in terms of pupil progress at GCSE. We are continually proud of our students' success and civic achievements."
Churchill is the Top School in the North East of England in the Latest School Performance Tables.
The government have published the latest national school performance tables based on last summer's examination results. They measure the progress all children make from entering secondary school at 11, to the grades they achieve in their GCSE's at 16.
Of the 290 secondary schools in the north-east of England, between Teeside and the Scottish border, Churchill Community College is number 1 for the best 8 GCSE grades each student achieved.
We were joint 3rd place out of 290 schools for our English results.
We were joint 7th place out of 290 schools for our Maths results.
It is fantastic news and reflects the hard work of students and the fantastic teaching and efforts all of our staff make to support our students to achieve the best they can. We also recognise the impact of the support parents give their children in making sure they complete homework and are in college on time every day.
A huge well done to everyone! Congratulations to students and a very big thank you to our staff and parents.
Congratulations also to North Tyneside Council - there were 4 of our secondary schools in the top 13 out of 290 schools. Amazing result! Please click on the link below to see our position in the tables: http://www.education.gov.uk/c…/schools/performance/group.pl…
Dear Parents/CarersChildren spend a great deal of time online these days- with phones, lap-tops and ipads. We know that making sure our children are safe online is really important to us as parents/carers and teachers. Things change all the time and we all need support to keep up to date with online changes.Thinkuknow is a fantastic resource for young people, parents/carers and school staff to find out more about being safe online. It is produced by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) .They have just updated their resources, find out more through the following link which tells you about some of the dangers and what we can all do as adults to help keep our children safe: