School Log: November 2015

This term has been a blur at the Christian School (Takeley) including yet another inspection!

We have just completed our first year of providing State Funded Nursery places and now Ofsted, through the new inspection framework, have confirmed a material change so we can now say “Boys and Girls from 3 to 16”. We don’t take 2 year olds but have government funded places for 3 and 4 year olds.

What have we been up to? Well, one of the great inspirations has been visiting the new Aerozone at the airport. The children found this fascinating and hugely engaging. Our seniors paid their annual art visit to Gainsborough House in Sudbury, another “local” attraction added to our regular visits to The Henry Moore Foundation.

There was great excitement too when some of the older pupils were able to see a matinee performance of the Lion King. Y10 and Y11 Spanish GCSE students have also returned from a trip to Spain.

Picking autumn fruits at Cammas Hall was a local trip we all got to enjoy. Coming up we will enjoy a trip to the Coca Cola Centre and a winter trip to Colchester Zoo.

Our hearts are to give as rich an experience of education as possible. Hopefully what comes across is how being a small school gives us opportunities to visit places in family sized groups where each child gains 100% from the experience.

For those of you who follow the fortunes of our local Athlete Khai, over the summer she came second at 800m for England Schools and won a place in the England Team to race against, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. She came second in this too! At the moment she is coming back from injury and has her all-important GCSEs, so this year will be a quieter year. Khai will be running for the School at NWESA with some other aspiring runners including Lila who each year excels for our area and newcomer Harry who also runs for Harlow Athletics Club.