We would like to thank everyone in the school and local community for their patience and support during our extended period of building work. The new Sixth Form centre with its separate entrance atrium, study room, lecture theatre and common room is nearing completion along with the new classroom bases, one of which will be our Healthy Living studio. As the first stage of the Big Build draws to a close, following our applications to the DfE we have now received funding for the replacement of the Fire Alarm System and upgrading of fire doors. From the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund we have been awarded funding to improve our swimming pool facilities – this project will include an extended 25m indoor swimming pool with changing rooms. We are also tremendously fortunate, through our own fundraising and the generous support of parents and the PTFA, to be able to provide an additional, and much needed multifunctional hall which will incorporate the new swimming pool. We are absolutely delighted that our students will be rewarded with first class facilities to match their outstanding achievements.
The Governing Board of Colchester County High School for Girls is pleased to announce that, after an extensive consultation process, we will be forming a multi academy trust (MAT) the “Alpha Trust”, working with The Gilberd School. The Trust will also ultimately include the Trinity Free School to be built in North Colchester.
We congratulate Year 11 on achieving the best set of GCSE results in the history of the school. This follows the truly impressive results achieved by our GCSE students last year; and is despite the challenges the reformed GCSE curriculum poses for all schools. This has been a further amazing year with all 112 students achieving outstanding results in all subjects:
The school was delighted to have received a letter from Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, congratulating us on our Progress 8 figure 2016/2017 which places the school in the top 5% for progress. This is a fantastic achievement given that students already enter the school achieving at a very high level.
CCHSG was delighted that inspirational speaker Steve Brown was able to join us to present awards at our Sixth Form Celebration Evening on 12 January. Steve is a British Wheelchair Rugby athlete and former Captain of the Great Britain National Wheelchair Rugby Team. He led the GB team in Wheelchair Rugby at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.
CCHSG Art Department has installed a stunning display of Remembrance Day themed artwork at County Hall as part of the "Art in Essex Schools" initiative. The artwork is formed of hundreds of small canvases depicting poppies, each produced by a different student or member of CCHSG staff.
Over half term some of our Year 12 students and Miss Blackburn were on an exchange trip to Yangzhou High School, in the Jiangsu province of China. As well as spending time with their host families, students were able to take part in a wide range of activities at the school. They also shared information about their lives in England, including the delights of the English breakfast, with their Chinese classmates. The school day ends at 9pm in China!