Monthly Archives: September 2017
29th September 2017
Great news……I believe The Chase is on an upward trajectory after a really positive and encouraging Open Day last week. Both the Open Morning and Open Evening were very well attended with lots of fantastic feedback provided by the 500+ parents and prospective students in attendance. Many comments echoed the same thoughts; that The Chase is the school of first choice within the local community. Due to popular demand, we will be holding a second Open Morning on Friday 6th October between 9-11am. If not convenient, we are always delighted to show people around the school at any time, by prior appointment.
Our new intake of Year 7 students have settled extremely well into Chase life, with many involved with the numerous extra-curricular clubs and societies which are on offer from 3pm each day of the week. I was blown away by the number of students who were keen to talk at Open Evening about how they have settled so well, into life at The Chase- after only a few weeks. Well done to Hannah, Linus, Charlotte and Jack who showed great courage in talking at this event. They were outstanding in their performance, and had a positive impact on people’s impressions of The Chase.
My assemblies to students during the past few weeks have been focussed on ‘the secrets of success’ and having ‘no regrets’. Students have been reminded about how working hard continuously through their time at school will reap rewards. Their attendance in school holds the key to this success- if they are not in school, it is difficult to educate and support them in their studies. Parents must aim not to take their children out of school during term time. There are 13 weeks of the year in which we are not at school- so there is plenty of time to have holidays together. I have reminded the students that ‘Teachers open doors, but students enter by themselves’. This is all about the students taking responsibility for their learning- especially as they progress up the school.
Finally- I want to plug the fantastic fundraising work of the Friends of The Chase who meet on a half termly basis, usually during the early evening in school. I always enjoy meeting with the Friends who are generally all current parents wishing to support the school, and meeting like-minded people including myself! Although a fun evening is always guaranteed, sadly it is usually just me with a couple of parents in attendance. I thought I had more friends than that! The next big event is the Christmas Fair which we are already making plans for, so please come and join us from 6.30pm on 15th November at the next Friends of The Chase meeting which will be held at school.
Welcome to the first Headteacher’s blog of the new school year 2017-18. I hope everybody had an enjoyable summer holiday and has re-energised ready for action!
I would like to firstly congratulate all the students who received their examination results this summer. Amid the concerns of wondering what the new style examinations would deliver we were delighted and relieved with both the A Level results and GCSE results. Those students who worked hard got their just rewards, with some outstanding performances, as highlighted in our recent exam press releases. I wish all former Year 11 and Year 13 students well in their future endeavours, and hope that their exam results have helped secure them the necessary qualifications in which to progress to the next chapter in their lives.
Although early days, I have been suitably impressed in the way that our new Year 7 students have settled into secondary school life. Their enthusiasm and positive energy is contagious and has helped with a very smooth start to the new term. Also our new Year 12 students appear to have settled into life as Sixth Form students with remarkable ease – with many teachers commenting on how suitably impressed they are with the students’ level of focus and commitment so early in the term.
We have a busy term ahead – with our Open Morning and Evening event scheduled for Thursday 21st September. It will be all hands on deck with students assisting the staff, working as guides and as subject ambassadors within departments. It is an excellent opportunity to showcase the school, and we look forward to opening our doors for new prospective students and their parents. I always feel very privileged on this day – in walking around the school and seeing first-hand what a vast range and variety of opportunities the school has to offer.
And finally – a reminder that the school day does not finish at 3pm. Many of our extra-curricular activities and clubs are now up and running, and I urge as many students as possible to make the most of these enrichment opportunities. School is not just about academic study and examinations – these are the formative years of our children’s lives and will help shape and define their futures. All work and no play certainly makes for a dull and un-inspirational life. Get involved!