Headteachers Blog 29 – July 2019
We are delighted to announce that The Chase has become one of the first schools in England to be awarded official Computer Hub status by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE), in order to provide support for primary and secondary computing teachers in schools in the area. It is recognition of the high-quality standards we set in computing education at The Chase and the results we achieve. We are one of only 23 Computing Hubs across England and will be a focal point for local computing training for schools, and will also further develop our links with the Malvern Hills Science Park, Qinetiq and the region’s universities. The NCCE was set up in November 2018 by the Department for Education to increase the number of pupils in schools and colleges who study computer science at GCSE, AS and A level, particularly girls and those in disadvantaged areas, and to ensure that there is a strong pipeline of digital skills in England. This is fantastic news and will really help cement The Chase as one of the area’s leading educational providers.
The other important news to share with you is that The Chase is the first local school to declare its own Climate Emergency, in response to the growing climate change concerns facing the world. We take the threat of increasing temperatures extremely seriously and believe that taking this stance will make it clear to our local counsellors and politicians that our young people have a democratic right to be heard. In declaring an emergency, the school will strive to reduce its carbon footprint, and ensure that the “reduce, reuse, repair and recycle” motto underpins all decision making. Key actions include increasing the knowledge and understanding of climate change across the school community, improving drinking water facilities in order to reduce single use plastic bottles, and offsetting the school’s annual printing consumption by planting trees on the school site or by pledges made by others.
Students will be encouraged to act in accordance with a crisis by considering whether they can walk or bike to school, take public transport, or car share, by making sure they have a re-usable water bottle, and by ensuring that they look after their pens, books and other belongings in order to avoid unnecessary waste.
And finally- as this is my last Headteacher’s blog of 2018-19, I would like to thank everybody for their generous support during the past year. We believe that it has been a very positive and productive year for The Chase as we strive to make this school the best school we possibly can in order to help meet the needs of all of our students. Wishing everybody a fantastic summer holiday…… we will be reopening for business on Wednesday 4th September for our new Year 7 and Year 12 students and Thursday 5th September for all our other students.
Mr M Fieldhouse