Monthly Archives: October 2017


Headteachers Blog 5 – October 2017

13th October 2017

 

Friday 13th is upon us, but not to worry as I am not superstitious! Getting my dancing shoes on ready for the Year 7 & 8 Disco this evening which has been organised by the Friends of the Chase and the Sixth Form Committee. Tickets are available at £3 on the door. Should be a great night!

 

I want to take this opportunity to politely remind parents to be extra vigilant and careful when dropping their children off and picking them up from The Chase in the morning and evening, especially as the daylight hours diminish as winter creeps in. We will of course do our bit to remind the students about road safety as they walk to and from school, especially on Geraldine Road, but we need to remember that teenagers can be somewhat unpredictable when with their friends. Please can I ask parents to respect the yellow line markings around the school and not to park on them, or inside the school gates, especially at 3pm. Children who cycle to school must also ensure that they are wearing their helmets and brightly visible clothing, including lights for their bikes at this time of year. Our new PCSO, Kerry Plant will be prioritising her patrols around the school site both before and after school during the forthcoming weeks in order to remind both students and parents of their responsibilities.

 

I want to congratulate our neighbouring school, Dysons Perrins for their recent front page story in the Gazette. It is worth highlighting the fact that The Chase was also invited to participate in the Parliamentary Review which Dyson’s featured in this year’s publication. Our invitation to contribute by the Department for Education was due to The Chase being considered as one of the most improved schools in the region during 2015-16. We declined the offer due to the extortionate cost of thousands of pounds to pay in order to participate. Although a potential marketing opportunity was missed, we believed the money would be better spent on the students. Perhaps now in hindsight, we should have accepted the invitation!
A final word to mention how much I am enjoying the role of Headteacher at The Chase. Life is certainly busy and action packed, but I wouldn’t change it now for anything else. I still manage to fit a bit of teaching Geography into my week, which helps to keep me grounded. I have particularly enjoyed meeting with many of our new Year 7 parents at the recent Friday afternoon teas. It has been fantastic to hear how well our new students have settled into life at The Chase. Many are involved in the broad and varied extracurricular activities which are on offer, with some students doing something different every day of the week after school! I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful staff who give up their time in order to run the numerous clubs and societies.

 

Mike Fieldhouse