Welcome to CCHS Inspire, our page designed for girls just like you
On this page you will find information about our school, news, puzzles, brain teasers and book recommendations as well as frequently asked questions answered by our students. You will also find links on how to apply to our school and more information about what the school is like – we even have our own video !
If you are in Year 5 and you have a question about our school or for one of our Year 7s then we would love to hear from you! See below how to get in touch. Enjoy!
Parts have just been cast for our new School Production and we are eagerly watching the progress of the new Sports Hall building which gets taller every day, click HERE to see photos!
Puzzles & Brain teasers
If you like a challenge, how about trying to solve the puzzles and brain teasers set by some of the CCHS teachers and Sixth Formers? Click on the PDF links at the bottom of this page. We will publish the answers each half term and provide new puzzles to have a go at as well!
Puzzles for the Summer term:
- Ananthi’s Word puzzle- word ladder
- Victoria, Year 10 -Sudoko explained
- Transum Mathematics Starter of the Week – click HERE
- The Turing Challenge – click HERE. To celebrate Alan Turing featuring on the new £50 banknote, GCHQ has created their hardest puzzle ever in his honour.
Answers from the Spring term puzzles, can be found on the PDF inks at the bottom of the page for:
- Miss Stone’s Maths Puzzle
- Mr Copper’s English Puzzle
- A Logic Puzzle from Shreya, Year 12
Mrs Martin is the Librarian at CCHS. She runs the Film, Book and Scrabble & Chess clubs. When you start at our school you automatically become a member of the library and can borrow books from your first day. We have more than 11,000 books to choose from so you can go and have a browse at any time you are free between 8am and 4pm.
Book of the Week:
Mrs Martin’s recommended book of the week: “The girl who speaks bear” by Sophie Anderson.
Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, Yanka has always wondered about where she is from. She tries to ignore the strange whispers and looks from the villagers, wishing she was as strong on the inside as she is on the outside. But, when she has to flee her house, looking for answers about who she really is, a journey far beyond one that she ever imagined begins – from icy rivers to smouldering mountains meeting an ever-growing herd of extraordinary friends along the way.
This is an amazing adventure story with princesses and dragons and obviously …. bears! It has just been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and would make a worthy winner.
FAQs – Ask a CCHS Student
When will I find out which House I am in?
Before the induction day (which is a day you come to the school to experience it for the first time) you will get a letter from a CCHS student in year 7. This person will be your pen pal!
They will write to you about school and about themselves. This is when you’ll find out what your House is. You will either be in: C, H,F,G,S or A house. Your pen pal will be in the same House and you will also meet them on the induction day.
What clubs are there for year 7s?
There are all different types of clubs suited to anyone from science to origami club or sports club to music ensembles. You can even create your own club of anything you are extremely passionate about along with the help of a teacher or older student- there is a club for everyone!
Is it hard in the first few weeks?
Although it may seem daunting, it is not too difficult to settle in. There are many others in the same boat as you so you can all help each other! The teachers are more than welcome to help you if you have any worries or concerns so don’t be afraid.
Is it easy to make friends? Of course! Remember, everyone is in the same position as you, so I am confident that you should find lots of people you feel more comfortable with. You will be with lots of other lovely girls that will be as keen to make friends as you, so it should not be too hard. Getting involved in different clubs and activities really helps.
Are other students very competitive? This depends on what you mean by competitive. If you mean generally in lessons, then no, not unless you are playing Kahoot, Quizlet or similar. This is the opposite for house events, though!
Is it hard to keep organised?
It’s quite easy to keep organised in year 7 as you don’t get much homework and are provided with planners on your first day. If you pack your bag the night before it should be easy in the morning and you won’t forget any of your books! In our school we have week A and B so it might get a bit confusing but if you just ask your teacher or friends what week it is then it should be fine!
What are the best parts of secondary school?
The whole experience is amazing! You get a large amount of independency compared to primary school and you feel much more grown up! The environment is completely different to before, but so much fun. You also get to make so many new lifelong friends! The facilities in secondary are also amazing and the buildings are much bigger. Overall, your whole time in secondary school is like one long amazing journey and the memories you make are ones you’ll never forget.
Get in touch
If you are in Year 5 and you have a question about our school, or for one of our Year 7s then we would love to hear from you! Please also let us know what you think of this webpage and what you would like to see here. You can get in touch via email: CCHSinspire@cchs.essex.sch.uk