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Year 11 Students Like What CHS Has to Offer

The Sixth Form team at Congleton High were delighted to welcome young people and their parents/carers into school recently to find out more about the positive difference CHS can make to their Post 16 success. Among the many Year 11 students attending the event were a record number from other schools in the area, keen to find out about the wide range of courses, dedicated facilities and student support on offer.

Many of the students had already decided on CHS as their first choice whilst others were using the evening to find out more to help them make this important decision. Head of Sixth Form, Miss Julie Boulton,  gave a short welcome presentation along with the school’s Head Girl, Lara Nuttall and Head Boy, Alex Lehm, both of whom talked about  their own experiences of studying at Congleton High and welcomed the many visitors to the event

Miss Boulton was keen to share the continued success seen by students studying at CHS. Post 16 results have seen a three-year upward trend in top grades achieved across the 40 academic and vocational courses offered. 70 top grades were celebrated by the 100 students sitting A Levels last year, with an even greater number of A*/A and Distinction*/Distinction grades than previously seen.

CHS Sixth Form courses boast a strong track record of achieving at least 99% pass rates and the results for GCSE resits remain above the national average and amongst the best in Cheshire. Across all courses, the results celebrated by Sixth Form students place the school among the best Post 16 providers in Cheshire East.

As an inclusive school, Congleton High is a supportive and nurturing environment where all students, no matter what their ability, are challenged to do their best. Although the Sixth Form does have entry requirements, students are not rejected after the first year if they don’t achieve top A or B grades. As a result, impressive A Level and vocational results are celebrated each year and the team consistently acknowledged for the high standard of teaching and learning by Ofsted and visiting HMI Inspectors.

Open Evening guests were impressed by the wide range of courses designed to accommodate all needs. Along with the traditional selection of academic and vocational qualifications, the range includes Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition, suitable for those wishing to pursue careers in food sciences and technology; an option to study textiles as part of the Cambridge Technical Art course; and the newest addition to the range - Applied Science, a general science qualification ideal for students not wishing to specialise at that stage. Sporting students were particularly keen to learn more about the school’s Sport Academy, which enables studies to be combined with training sessions, coaching, volunteering and playing fixtures.

The flexible study patterns available in Year 12 and 13, offering something for everyone and enabling each to choose a study style that suits them, was also of interest to visitors. Although the norm is for students to take three subjects, some choose to study four and others specialise in just one alongside work placements and other supplementary qualifications. Some students choose to take three years to complete their post 16 studies and others complete the school’s Training for Work programme, spending Year 12 improving Maths and English, studying a vocational course and completing an extended work placement before progressing to advanced courses in Years 13 and 14. CHS is able to accommodate all these choices.

Throughout their time with Sixth Form, students are also supported to work towards the next stage of their journey after completing their post 16 years. Whether they plan to move into higher education, aspire to secure an apprenticeship or degree apprenticeship or find employment opportunities, the Sixth Form team will work with them to ensure that they are able to achieve the best outcome for themselves.

Throughout the Open Evening, the Head Girl, Head Boy and their team of Year 12 and 13 student leaders were able to share with visitors the many positive aspects that set CHS apart from other Post 16 schools and colleges. These benefits include the fantastic team of teachers and support staff, specialists in their field and in working with older students. Another plus point for Year 12 and 13 students is the strong community feeling within Sixth Form, with the advantage of a their own purpose built building  - including coffee shop, common room and study areas.

Of interest to many visitors was the funding available for those wishing to study after GCSEs. Keen to ensure that no enthusiastic learner should miss out, CHS has made a number of bursaries available for Sixth Form students, who can apply for both a 16-19 Bursary and a Transport Bursary. In addition, promising Engineering students are able to apply for an Arkwright Scholarship through the school, which is a £600 award along with mentoring and enrichment opportunities.

Any Year 11 student, parent or carer who was unable to attend the event or would like to learn more and perhaps visit the school on a normal working day, should contact Leader of Sixth Form, Miss Boulton, on 01260 730123 or by email: jboulton@congletonhigh.com

 


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