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A Warm Welcome to Justice Term
15 January 2018
A warm welcome to all our parents, pupils and staff at the start of the Justice Term. I am excited to be writing to you in my first few days as Interim Principal at Chichester Free School. The term began with a staff training day focused on teaching and learning and sharing best practice on a range of topics which included tips on lesson starter activities to reading into writing strategies. We are already beginning to review our approaches to ICT and I am sure you will not be surprised to know that everyone had a lot to say! We will be engaging with pupils and parents to help shape our ideas. The highlight of the day was the appearance of Edwards and Ward, the company who have been awarded our catering contract from September. Staff were invited to taste a number of dishes and the standard we have seen so far has been impressive. Edwards and Ward are independently owned and have delivered high quality school catering throughout the UK. They are keen to engage with our pupils and they will be planning taster sessions for parents later in the year. I think everyone is looking forward to the availability of hot food and lunches at CFS!
This term, we welcome a number of new secondary staff:
Mr Matthew Cardus, BSc (Hons), PGCE as Head of Science; Mr Neil Gregory-Reader, BA (Hons), PGCE as Teacher in Charge of Drama, Mr Michael Leydon, BA (Hons), PGCE, PGCITE as Computer Science and Coding Teacher. In addition, I am delighted to welcome back Mrs Susan Underwood, BA (Hons), PGCE as a part-time teacher of English and Ms Sarah Knott who joins our Learning Support Department.
As well as new staff, we welcome a number of new families to CFS and we wish them all every happiness and success in their new school.
Term seemed to get underway quickly, with our Year 11 straight into mock GCSE examinations and I have been impressed by their attitude and approach. So far, I have spent quite a bit of time popping into classes and walking around the secondary site and have appreciated the warm welcome shown by pupils…although not so the litter we seem to be plagued by! It is on my list! The pride shown by the ‘Pupils of The Week’ in the Primary School assembly was lovely to see.
The leadership team toured the new site at the end of last term which has helped to inform the routines and new operations we will need to put in place for September 2018. Part of this is the proverbial CFS topic of transport arrangements, and in an effort to keep everyone up to speed Stephen King, our Chair of Governors, has outlined the state of play in a separate letter attached to this communication. We expect to have more information by half-term and I will ensure that you are updated then.
I hope to see you at the various events around School in the coming weeks. I will make every effort to ensure I understand fully what is important to all of us as I take up the baton from Mr Martyn to build on all the great work so far.