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  • A Very Happy Easter

    29 March 2018

    Dear Parents/Carers
    As Justice Term draws to a close, and my first at CFS, although the children are tired, I do hope you feel your son or daughter has made progress in many different ways. For those of you with children facing GCSEs this summer, I hope you will encourage them to set aside 3-4 hours of revision each day. As many of you with older children will know, thorough preparation now will make all the difference to their final GCSE grades. We have revision sessions scheduled in the holidays to support them at this time too, and all Year 11s are all armed with detailed revision timetables to help them structure their time wisely.  As we have impressed upon them, there is time to relax, and time for structured revision! I can still remember how I nagged two very laid-back boys over their Easter break ahead of their GCSEs…it was painful, but nothing is better than that feeling you get when you have given something your very best!

    In addition to all that goes with the normal operating of a school, the leadership team have been busy considering a number of strategic matters in preparation for the move to the Convent site over the summer. The key proposal we want to share with you is the shape of the CFS day. There has been much discussion with governors, staff and School Council on how we can make adjustments and improvements for all from September. I would like to outline them to you so when we come to discuss other topics such as transport and procedures at CFS in our new site you have an understanding of the day. We are looking to make a few small changes to the timings of the start of the day and the lesson length in secondary. One of the key changes is our decision to make Supervised Study optional for students. For students in KS4 and the Sixth Form their day will finish at 1630 Tuesday – Thursday, whereas Years 7-9 will finish at 1530, with the opportunity for Clubs and Supervised Study until 1630. All secondary pupils will finish at 1530 on Fridays. Primary pupils will finish between 1510 and 1520, with optional clubs running until 1630. For ease of understanding, we have summarised the detail in the attached document. I hope you find this a helpful overview, and I am pleased that a future Parent Forum Meeting in May will focus on the transition to our new site, so we can work together to prepare for this as smoothly as possible.

    Our Wraparound Care (WAC) will be outsourced to Energy Kidz from September.  They are an Ofsted registered provider, who will take childcare vouchers, offer holiday provision and offer an approx. 1:8 ratio. There will be themes each week and they will offer arts, sports and other activities.

    I am delighted to include the latest news from our Chair of Governors, Mr Stephen King updating us on the building works at the Convent Site. I am thrilled to see the progress which continues at a pace. We really are nearly there. As one of the founding governors who helped to work on the vision we had for the School nearly seven years ago and where we wanted it to be, the dream that began WILL be realised within a matter of a very few months. What a fantastic CFS family you have been, supporting us along a challenging journey.

    Last weekend, I read an article that I hope resonates with you too.  Much is written about developing resilience in young people and I thought this was a helpful reminder to all of us…happy Easter reading!

    Sadly, we say goodbye to Mrs Alanya Russell, Head of Aquila and DT. Alanya has been a guiding light to so many pupils over the last three and a half years and has left a wonderful legacy of a subject in such good heart and popular amongst the pupils. Her work as Head of House has been exemplary too. We wish her every success in her new role as Associate Assistant Head in Portsmouth.

    I hope you manage to grab some time with your family over Easter.  I am looking forward to escaping to my favourite part of the country to hit the southwest coast path and the delights of the coast walk from St Ives to Zennor… wherever you go, whatever you do, go safely and we look forward to seeing pupils back in school on Tuesday 17 April.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed my Justice Term at the helm at Chichester Free School and thank you for all your support.

    Best wishes

    Jenny Clough MA (Cantab), PGCE
    Interim Principal

    Photo: Pupils practising for the United Voices Concert at Chichester Festival Theatre 2018

    PS  Change of Venue – Parent Forum Meeting, now at Vinnetrow Road, meeting in the  Sports Hall Thursday 26th April, 19:00 – 20:30.