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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



We are delighted with our best ever A-Level results this year. 70% A*-B and a 100% pass rate means that our students have secured outstanding destinations with outstanding results.

Clockwise: Ryan Thompson will study Cellular & Molecular Biology at Newcastle University, Csllum Webster will study Chemistry at Northumbria University, Jack Charlton-Almond will study Computer Science at Northumbria University, Louis Hill will study Economics at Newcastle University, Matthew Roberts who had an unconditional offer to study Journalidm at Salford University and Lauren Bullock who will study Criminology with Law at Sunderland University  

Read what the local press said:

News Guardian

Chronicle Live

ITV.com/News/Tyne Tees
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Goodbye Year 11



Sports Day 2016



London Theatre Trip 2016







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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.

Read the full story....







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.

 
The semi final is being held on 7th July - and if Simon is successful, he will go on to the grand final on 27th September.  The prize is for his school to receive a visit from a celebrity chef which will be televised!

Well Done Simon.




In the Autumn Term, the Young Americans are visiting North Tyneside and we have been very fortunate to secure a number of places across our family of schools and Norham High School for this event.   The Young Americans are a group of young people who use music to stimulate growth in self confidence, teamwork and understanding in students around the world.    You may have seen the Young Americans perform during their previous visits to the area - the event is an amazing experience for all involved.  

In the new term, the three day workshop for students currently in Years 6 – 9 and those students who will be in Sixth Form in the Autumn Term, will take place at Marden High School on the 4th, 5th and 6th of November 2016 culminating in the final performance on the evening of Sunday 6th November 2016.  

The cost of this event is £62.  This will include the 3-day workshop at Marden High School, performance with the Young Americans and a cast t-shirt.  The previous event at Churchill Community College was heavily oversubscribed, therefore places are limited.   

If you would like further information, please visit the Young Americans website  www.youngamericans.org  where you will see all the fantastic work they do with schools around the world.

Interested students will receive letters in Registration this week with reply slips due back by Friday 15th July. 

For further information please contact Miss Bruce

Take a look at our 2015 Yonug Americans visit





You may already know from the media that there is a day of strike action across all regions of England by the National Union of Teachers on Tuesday 5th July 2016 in relation to their concerns about the government’s actions and proposals for the future of education. This action is ‘discontinuous strike action’ which means further days could follow in the next academic year.

Although this action does not affect all teachers, I am sorry to inform you that it will be necessary to close the college for all students on Tuesday 5th July.  This is due to the numbers of staff in the NUT taking industrial action and the impact that has on our ability to meet health and safety standards. I have taken this decision reluctantly, but the health and safety of our students is paramount.




Shining Stars

"This week is a Golden Ticket week at Churchill Community College where students are awarded tickets for outstanding effort, commitment or work. Senior leaders and Learning Coordinators have also visited lessons to "catch" our students being outstanding and have awarded Churchill Star certificates to those who are going that extra mile to be the very best they can be. 

We are very proud of the students and achievements and would like to celebrate this with you.

Monday 20th June 2016

Kabir Hussain - Outstanding effort 
Chanelle Robinson - Always trying her hardest
Jessica Gillie - Outstanding knowledge of Spanish tenses
Maisie Dodds - Consistent hard work
Kayleigh Haley - always is enthusiastic and tries her best 
Emily Cowley - Consistently being outstanding
Tenzin Havelaar - Consistently outstanding effort 
Ellie Burdis, consistent hard work and completing her design in technology
Louise Jamieson - Consistently outstanding and always works really hard 
Neve Corbett - Always being outstanding and giving 100% 
Paige Brown for taking control of her group 
Chloe Booth for consistently outstanding effort and excellent attitude 
Emma Hester - Consistent hard work
Leah Harrison and Kaitlin Cannon - perfect attitude and effort
Chloe Georgeson and Chloe Booth - Excellent team work

Photo Gallery of Gold Star Winners

Tuesday 21st June 2016

Chloe Blackwell - Teamwork
Rosie Thompson - Excellent work all year
Carl McKenzie - Excellent effort and attitude
Lucy Williamson - Always works hard
Brooke Cotcher - Fantastic teamwork and effort
Harley Evans  -  Fantastic teamwork and effort
Abbey Lawson -  Fantastic teamwork and effort
Katie Dixon - Excellent effort and progress

Photo Gallery of Gold Star Winners

Thursday 23rd June 2016

Demi Taylor - Hard work
Kieran Summerson - Excellent attitude
Rebecca Gillender - Outstanding commitment
Katie McMahon - Working really hard
Bethany Bell  - Working really hard
Rachael Carr - Outstanding effort
Sean Young - Excellent effort in Maths
Sibgha Amin - Commitment and effort
Jamie Brown - Positivity and effort
Eleanor Howe - Working really hard in maths
Adam Foster - Improved work rate and effort
Alice Turnbull - Continuous effort and hard work
Leanne Lyddon Oxnard - Fantastic work in music
Megan Thompson - outstanding effort
Lewis Anderson - for being an absolute champ
Jack Powell - Effort, behaviour and hard work
Jack Watson - fantastic student
Neve Corbett - Consistently hard work
Lewis Ransome - hard work and effort
Tenzin Havelaar - Outstanding work with HTML coding
Ellie Wright - consistently hard work
Anthony Maw - helping others
John Waddle - consistently getting it right

Phot Gallery of Gold Star Winners

Friday 24th June 2016

Lewis Edgar - hard work and progress
Chris Martin - perseverance
Ross Fulthorpe - determination
Finlay Martin - Independently working and applying himself
Mya Owens - Most helpful
Owen Sowerby - Innovative ideas
Robert Edgar - Resilience
Laurie Greaves - An outstanding controlled assignment
Ellis Train - Consistent effort
Katie Dixon - Consistent effort
Elise Elsy - Consistent hard work
Jamie Waton - outstanding effort
Jack Raffle - outstanding effort and hard work

Photo Gallery of Gold Star Winners




In Safe Hands




Anthony (above pictured with Paul Dunn - PE Curriculum Leader and Lucy Roderick - Director of Sport/Assistant Headteacher) has recently been rewarded with a three-year scholarship at Sunderland AFC Academy. Anthony has been part of the Academy since the age of 9 and was recently given his three year scholarship. Anthony, a superb goal keeper with exceptional shot stopping skills will begin pre season as soon as his exams finish and will embark on his quest to become a professional footballer. Everyone at Churchill is delighted with his success and we wish him all the very best for his future in Football. Sunderland also have Kane Evans (Year 10) and Jack Watson (Year 7) who will be aspiring to follow in the footsteps of Anthony. Congratulations and good luck
 
Meanwhile, former student Rhys Evans (20) has recently extended his stay at Queen of the South after he was rewarded with a years extension at Queen of the South following his release from St. Johnstone in 2015. Rhys now aims to challenge for a place in the first team squad in the Scottish Championship. Finally Callum Roberts, who made his debut in January 2015 for Newcastle versus current Premier League champions Leicester City will return to pre season and will hope to be involved at senior level following relegation to the Championship.









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

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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

@Music_CCC
 
@cccdigileads
Churchill Community College Music Department 




Operation Encompass North Tyneside

What is Operation Encompass?
The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in a domestic abuse incident. Following an incident at home, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset and unprepared for the day.

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.

Letter for parents/carers

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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.

Read the full story...



Churchill Reporters




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.





Our Year 9 Artists and Photographers were presented with the Gifted and Talented Arts in Partnership/ TICE award for their work with Newcastle College on a photography and animation workshop just before half term.

Students worked with industry professionals over the course of a day to produce some stunning work and received their award at a ceremony on the evening of the 12th February.

Art staff are really proud of the groups achievements, they were creative, engaged, highly motivated and produced some excellent work which was exhibited on the night.

Well done all involved



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
Schools looking to improve the leadership and performance of their school’s governing body can ask for the support of an NLG. Support typically consists of:
  • 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."





On Wednesday 3rd February the Royal Navy Youth Engagement Team visited Churchill to tell us about life in the Royal Navy & Marines.  The sailors worked with students in Years 9 to 12 and we had the opportunity to take part in a range of different activities from cooking to physical activity to engineering and building our own turbine. 

The staff explained the role of the Navy today and the wide ranging careers which are on offer for eample Engineering, Nursing, Physical Trainers.  A great time was had by all involved. 

Visit www.royalnavy.mod.uk for more information.





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.

The national average score is 1000 and Churchill scored 1048. We were 13 points above any other school.

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
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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/Carers

Children 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: 

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/





On the 1st February a group of Year 9 artists and photographers attended a Gifted and Talented workshop at Newcastle College. Students worked with industry experts in the professional photography studio before working on an animation project called characterpilla.

We have been invited back to the awards evening on the 12th February so watch this space....