Dear Parents and Carers,
It has been so enjoyable welcoming our students back to school after the long summer break. After a few days of training, lots of preparation and planning it is so refreshing to see our young people come back smiling and eager to learn. From our energetic new Year 7s to our focussed year 11s there is a sense of real direction that I am enjoying at the start of term. Everyone has started the term positively and there is a sense of pride that continues to grow, not least because of the success the school has had at GCSE this summer.
Our exam results this summer highlight that what we have been doing here at Chessington has established us not just as a high performing secondary school but also as one of the most successful in the local area.
Nationally, English and Mathematics together with 3 other grades (5 A* to C including English and Maths), which is the current marker for success at GCSE, fell to 54% average across the country. At Chessington we achieved 66% this summer. Our progress 8 score, which is what schools are now judged on, is at +0.51. This is not only outstanding progress but again secures a position firmly above most local schools. This is an excellent achievement and one we will build on even further this year. As you know, we believe that success is more than just results but we are very pleased with this performance. We hope to advance on this success and more this year.
I want to thank our parents and local community for your support over the year and for the year to come. We welcome some new teachers who are adding even greater expertise and enthusiasm to our base of high quality teachers. There are some exciting new initiatives and opportunities from Rugby Football Union coaches to Orchestra rehearsals. Please ensure your child makes the most of all these opportunities. While we spend some time talking of exam success as is correct; you will know that we value the rounded young person’s development here and so it is essential they take part beyond the classroom.
This year we very much want to increase even more the opportunities parents have to engage with the school. With this in mind please come along to the Macmillan Coffee Morning this Friday, please ensure you are there for the Key Stage 4 information evening and please do attend the parental feedback sessions that will be published shortly. School is such an amazing and important time in your child’s life. We really want you to work with us to make it a success.
Here is to an even more exciting and rewarding year.
Mr A Ali
22 September 2016