Provisional GCSE Results for June 2017

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For those of you who like to know, here is a summary of the highlights of our provisional GCSE results. Provisionally 80% of our pupils attained C to A* (Levels 4 to 9).

We had 5 pupils sitting. 100% of the pupils scored level 5 (good pass top end C and bottom end B) and above in Maths and also in either English Language or Literature. In Science 86% of the results were C and above and 57% A and above. Overall 39.6% of all the results were As (level 7) and above.

We are very pleased with everyone’s results. Some overcame struggles but pushed through. One amazed us all and achieved 8 A*s including our first level 9 in Mathematics.

These are the first results to include the new level systems and more demanding syllabuses. We have to thank the teachers for navigating these changes and the parents for supporting their children at this time. Our hope and prayers are the pupils will take everything else they have learned at the school and be a blessing to the schools and colleges they go on to now. Everyone got their places.

Media Studies Jan/Feb 2017

This term the yr 6-8 have been studying Comic Strips and Cartoons as part of Media Studies. Their final task was to create a cartoon/comic strip based on a story given to them. They were required to use the skills they had learnt over the half term to design a Their version of comic. Some worked in pairs and some individually.

Head Girl’s speech November 2015

Good morning!

Welcome to The Christian School (Takeley).  I am Nadia, the Head Girl and I would like to talk to you about my experience in this unique school.

My time here has been amazing.  The experiences that I have had are second to none.  The school has provided me with so many opportunities; which I will share with you today.

I actually looked round on one of these Open Days and two of my peers now showed me round; never would I have dreamed that I would be standing up here right now, in front of you as Head Girl.

I was home educated right up until Year Seven, when I came here.

I remember being really nervous because the only thing I knew about school was what I had been told by a friend – who I still know today.  I was really nervous as I thought “are they going to judge me if I don’t look a certain way or if I’m not cool”?  I had those butterflies going round in my stomach.

When I walked in, all I remember was the sense of pure acceptance.  How people actually cared about me.  I knew from that moment I had to go to this school and this was furthermore cemented when I had a trial day.  Then the excitement came – my first paid of school shoes, my first everything!

Now, what do you get when you come to this school?

You get small class sizes where you get individual attention and don’t feel scared to put your hand up.  They care about you as a whole person not just making sure you fit a mould.  There is no mould to fit; well there is but there are currently 57 different moulds – one for each student.  Everyone is treated as an individual.

You go from one family at home to another at school.  We look after the little ones so the family feel and warmth is amazing.  You’re not forced to be a certain way or do a certain thing, you make friends for life.  I have made friends that I will never forget and the experiences that I have had have just been incredible.

And by the end, when I have left this school, I know that I will be ready.  They will have prepared me and I will have come out with the best grades that I can.  Not the best grades anyone else in my class can but the ones I can get.  I will be ready to venture into the big wide world and whatever happens I know I will always have a home here and be welcome here.

Finally, I just wanted to quote a parent of a fellow pupil who said this to me – “they just encourage you to spread your wings and fly” and that is exactly what all of us Year 11s will be doing at the end of this year.  It is “a school like no other”.

Thank you very much.  I know that you will be very happy here.

Family Week 2015

At the end of the summer term each year at TCST we have Family Week. This is a whole week of trips and activities where the whole family can join in. Parents and siblings often join the teachers and pupils. At the end of the 2014/15 year the students enjoyed lots of activities such as high ropes at Great Notley Country Park, fruit picking at Cammas Hall Fruit Farm, trying out tennis, the youngest pupils visited a splash park and the whole school enjoyed a day at Hatfield Forest where we held a den building competition and many pupils made the journey from the school in a convoy of bikes. Here are some of the dens…

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Esteemed Bulgarian Artist visits

Sample of Professor Kassapian workOn Thursday 18th June we were inspired by an artist, Professor Krikor Kassapian of Bulgaria.

Professor Kassapian specialises in dry point; he showed us some of his work and the process involved in creating it. The same process was used by Rembrandt in the 15th century.

Some of Professor Kassapian’s work is owned by the Victoria and Albert museum.

Thank you to Mr Simeonov for accompanying Professor Kassapian and for arranging the visit.

Year 10 Art Students.

Y10 Collaborative Art Piece


The brief for this piece of work was simply to have the experience of working with others to produce a piece of art.  The only boundaries given were the size of the work and the medium was primarily paint and that pupils would work for about ten minutes before moving on to a different section.  Overall pupils found the experience liberating and negative thoughts about the work being too ‘messy’ became positive once they were very involved with the process.  They also experienced having other pupils add to their designs, and we discussed how this felt and also how it felt for their work to be ‘owned’ by all of them.  Here is what pupils said of their experience:

Khai: I don’t normally do messy art.  I wasn’t expecting to like it.  I ended up enjoying it!

Nadia: I enjoyed the experience.  It wasn’t what I expected it to be.

Bethan: I thought it would be really fun and it was!  You could be messy and do whatever you liked.

Thomas: I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it but working as a team and seeing the final result changed that.

Kate: I didn’t enjoy it at first.  But then I got into it and enjoyed it.