We are strategic partners in two teaching school alliances. Our work with the Billericay Teaching School Alliance has an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) focus. Through this work we help to train the next generation of secondary school teachers. Our work with the Chelmsford Teaching School Alliance has a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) focus. We work with local secondary schools to share our staff training expertise, supporting colleagues to develop their practice and frame their career progression. This ITT and CPD work is a clear demonstration of our staff development vision: from teacher training to educational leadership – nurturing and inspiring the teachers and leaders of tomorrow through excellence in personalised training and development.
CCHS has an established and proud tradition of working with primary schools to support the teaching of able children. This is a clear demonstration of our School aims, which relate to the pursuit of excellence, fulfilling potential and contributing to the community. We are working with ten primary schools:
- The Bishops’ C of E and RC Primary School
- Boreham Primary School
- Kings Road Primary School
- Larkrise Primary School
- Lawford Mead Primary School
- Maltese Road Primary School
- Meadgate Primary School
- Parkwood Academy
- Trinity Road Primary School
- Westlands Community Primary School
On four of our Enrichment Days we invite up to 80 Years 4-5 girls form these schools to visit CCHS to participate in Gifted & Talented activities. Our sixth form students support this work with our teachers and our primary colleagues to ensure that the pupils have stimulating and exciting days.
These projects are a testament to our commitment to school to school partnership work and reflect a determination to share our practice and learn from other schools.
Testimonials from Enrichment Day 3 2019:
Boreham Primary: Mixing the children into different groups. Wide range of activities for children to take part in. A Level students delivering some great sessions- in particular the philology session and Latin roots.
Larkrise: The pupils had a taster of different languages they had not tried before. Experience of a high school for a day.
Kings Road Primary: Brilliant to have a range of activities and different languages. Liked personally them trying to speak the languages. The Sixth Formers taking the lessons were very knowledgeable and approachable. Very well organised.
Parkwood: It was a lovely day. Enjoyed by all! Thank you!
Westlands: The atmosphere – a very supportive learning environment. The Year 12 students who led the sessions were very enthusiastic about their subject. Our pupils were keen to find out about various language patterns. They felt very welcomed and encouraged to take risks in their learning. The day was very well organised and your students were great role models for the younger pupils. I personally thoroughly enjoyed the day too! Merci!
All the activities planned were very interesting. I would not change them! If the day were longer it would be nice to include a speaking activity. However the day is compact enough as it is! A very successful day! A huge well done to your Year 12 team.
Encouraging able girls to apply to CCHS and dispel myths about the School
- Information sessions for primary school teachers and headteachers.
- Visits to those schools with the highest proportion of children in receipt of FSM/PP with Year 9 students presenting assemblies.
- Presentation to parents at primary school parents’ evenings.
- Invitations to previews of school productions, dance shows, concerts.
Active Membership of a number of groups:
- Mid Essex Secondary Heads
- Grammar School Heads Association
- Consortium for School Improvement
- Association of State Girls’ Schools
- The Prince’s Teaching Institute
Involvement in regular interaction at committee level leads to sharing of good practice. CCHS supports in the teaching of the most able through professional contact, sharing of material, and lesson observations.
Headteacher works as LLE, Professional Partner and supports NPQH training.