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Chesham Park Community College
Chartridge Lane, HP5 2RG, UK Chesham
+44 (0)1494 782066
www:http://www.cheshampark.bucks.sch.uke-mail:office@cheshampark.bucks.sch.uk

Headteacher's Welcome

Welcome to Chesham Park Community College web site. How do we see ourselves, and what do we strive to offer you and your children? We see ourselves both as a community within our walls and at the same time as a part of the greater community, that of Chesham and beyond.

We are in partnership with our parents and students to ensure a happy, caring and supportive environment within which we all work together to achieve the very highest standards.

Those standards apply to all aspects of our life - academic learning, creativity, sport, and not least, respect for one another.

That is why we offer all our students the chance to learn and grow, the right to be listened to and express themselves. We provide a clear set of expectations about behaviour, which aims at fairness to all. We regularly celebrate the many successes of the young people at the College. Students at Chesham Park are proud to wear our uniform.

In the 21st century, we will all have to be more flexible and better equipped to meet changes. Certain human values, however, do not change. At Chesham Park we hope that you will join us in meeting the challenge of producing the citizens of this exciting future.

The purpose of this new site is to expand our points of communication with parents/guardians. I hope you will find this site informative and of use. If you can suggest any other sections to add, please contact the College.


Mr K Patrick, Headteacher


ETHOS, INTENTS AND AIMS

As a specialist community college in the Performing Arts we provide a variety of educational experiences on site. Primarily we are a non-selective community college for students aged 11-19 years, but in addition there is a thriving Adult Education Centre which operates during the day as well as the evening. We also work very closely to provide leisure facilities for community use in partnership with Chiltern District Council.

Our college motto states we stand for "Commitment, Care, Community". As our young people progress through Chesham Park Community College we hope they show the commitment necessary to develop their capabilities and the care, so essential in their dealings with each other and the world around them, to the full. We also hope that their understanding of community will grow, through our involvement as a community college with the life of Chesham and broaden to embrace a truly international perspective.

STATEMENT OF INTENT AND STRATEGIC AIMS OF CHESHAM PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

STATEMENT OF INTENT:

Chesham Park Community College is committed to providing positive and challenging educational opportunities in a caring and inclusive learning environment, in which all are encouraged to achieve personal excellence and demonstrate respect for themselves and others.

STRATEGIC AIMS:

  • Develop and improve the quality of teaching and learning.
  • Build a culture of success.
  • Create the best possible physical environment for the community.
  • Develop, support and harness the individual achievement of all staff.
  • Develop external links to support educational opportunities.

We will aim to produce the following outcomes:-

  • Lively, critical and enquiring minds.
  • A commitment to and pleasure in learning.
  • The skills of self evaluation to enable effective learning to take place.
  • Independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning and set targets for improvement.
  • Develop the unique capabilities of each individual through their involvement with Music, Dance and Drama.
  • Utilise the motivation and self esteem generated by the performing arts to raise standards of achievement in all areas of the school.
  • Promote inclusion and life long learning to enable all of our pupils to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Creativity and innovation are essential to meeting this challenge.
  • Enable our pupils to develop their cultural identity and to understand and value cultural difference.
  • Enable all students to acquire the knowledge, skills and capabilities relevant to adult life and employment in a fast-changing world.
  • An awareness of religions and moral values.
  • Each student to gain the best possible results and qualifications.
  • Courteous and considerate individuals who treat all with RESPECT.
  • Foster in students a sense of responsibility for themselves and their action towards others.
  • The development of personal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • A sense of commitment in all that is undertaken.

In order to achieve the above outcomes we will endeavour to provide the following:-

  • A caring, supportive community where all are valued regardless of gender, culture, age or ability.
  • Opportunities to participate in the life of the college and the wider community.
  • A curriculum which provides opportunities and experiences to develop an understanding of and foster a response to aesthetic, artistic, spiritual, creative, sporting, scientific and technological aspect and developments in our own and other cultures.
  • A happy, well ordered community.
  • A culture of success in which achievement is celebrated.
  • A framework of values within which students can make informed decisions regarding their conduct in school and the wider community.
  • A curriculum which is broad, balanced and relevant to the students’ needs.
  • A range of extra curricular activities.
  • A stimulating, clean, teaching and learning environment.
  • A culture where there is a commitment to learning from both students and teachers.
  • Teaching and learning strategies which are appropriate to the needs of all students.
  • Systems and structures to enable effective monitoring and evaluation to take place.
  • Encourage innovation and creativity through collaborative community projects.
  • Harness technological innovations to provide our students with a wider range of opportunities for them to express themselves and communicate their ideas to others.
  • Provide our community with the resources, skills and inspiration to engage with and benefit from the Performing Arts.

The knowledge, skills and values learnt in the Performing Arts will be applied across the curriculum, in all subject areas. This will enable us to raise achievement across the school as a whole, create a climate of mutual respect, tolerance and pride in our family of schools and the wider community.

CURRICULUM

The college aims to provide a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum for all students that is enriched and responsive to the needs of individuals. It is a principle that there should be no barriers to success whether these come from the gender, ethnic background, cultural background, prior attainment or special educational needs of students.

In Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9) students are placed in different teaching groups for different subjects:

  • In all years, English and Mathematics are taught to classes grouped by attainment (sets).
  • In Years 8 & 9 we have setting for Science, French, History and Geography.
  • For Design & Technology they are placed in smaller classes where there may also be some setting.
  • For PE, the tutor group may be used as the teaching class or they may be divided into single sex groups.
  • Y7 are taught in tutor groups for Science, French, Geography, History, Art, Drama, Music, Religious Studies and PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) and Citizenship.

In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11) students are only taught in tutor groups for PSHCE lessons. During these lessons we introduce Citizenship issues and provide the Careers Education & Guidance programme and the Asdan Youth Award.

  • English, Mathematics and Science are set.
  • PE and Religious Studies are taught to mixed ability groups as arranged by the subject staff.

The rest of the Key Stage 4 Curriculum is designed to give students a wide variety of educational opportunities and as much choice as we can provide. They are asked to choose:-

  • The Design & Technology course they wish to follow from Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Food or Textiles.
  • The three optional subjects they wish to follow.

Our optional subjects cover a wide range:-

  • Traditional GCSE subjects such as Geography, History, French, Art, Drama, Music, Dance, ICT and Media Studies.
  • Newer vocational GCSE subjects such as Child Development, GCSE PE, Business & Communication Studies and ICT ( a choice of courses, some of which is taught extra-curricular after college hours).
  • Work related courses such as Motor Vehicle Studies, plumbing, NVQs in Hair Dressing and Beauty. All of these are studied at outside venues.
  • For students needing to focus on fewer subjects we also offer preparation for entry level GNVQ or NVQ through our Vocational Access course.

All students spend 25 hours in the taught curriculum arranged in 30, 50 minute lessons a week. Other school time is devoted to tutor group periods, registration and assemblies.

Art
Business Studies
Design Technology
Drama
English
Food Technology
Geography
History
Learning Support
Mathematics
Music
Modern Languages
PE
Personal & Social Education
Psychology
RE
Science

PERFORMING ARTS

Chesham Park Community College gained Performing Arts Status in September 2004. The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, which awards the status, recognised the success of the Performing Arts in the college and the cross-curricular work being undertaken. We had a history of working with other school groups and community partners and the additional funding given to the school each year has enabled this exciting work to continue and develop.

Additionally, a capital grant from the Trust and major funding from the Education Authority has enabled us to build a new block, housing a mirrored dance studio, a fully equipped drama studio, a media resource centre a science classroom and two class rooms. Local sponsors helped us to equip these spaces with state-of-the-art equipment.

Our major community project has been to create and finance an inclusive theatre company based on the ideals of the internationally acclaimed ‘Chicken Shed’ for the Chesham area. Shed @ The Park runs on Wednesdays after school and at the moment has over 60 members.

The main aim of the status is to improve educational and motivational standards within college and to support the aims of our partner schools and community groups. We do this through:

  • Working closely with teaching staff
  • Creating projects with other school and community groups
  • Raising the profile of the college through participation in local and national events
  • Using artists in residence to work with students
  • Extending the knowledge of students through visits
  • Rewarding effort and achievement
  • Purchasing equipment to support the development of ICT across the college

SIXTH FORM

Here at Chesham Park Community College we have a vibrant and growing sixth form. Most of our students in Year 12 take four AS levels of their choice plus a course in Critical Thinking. In Year 13, they choose just three subjects at A2. There are also a number of one year BTEC courses available.

Our students also participate in a full programme of PSHE and Enrichment activities, including educational visits, presentations from a wide range of outside speakers, various sports (orienteering, football, rock climbing, cricket, etc), cooking for students, as well as involvement in various community projects. There is also an extensive range of careers support available form Connexions and our own experienced sixth form pastoral team.

If you are thinking of joining our sixth form, either from our current Year 11 or from another school, please contact us for a copy of our prospectus and handbook. Alternatively, please contact me here at the school and I will be only too happy to help you with any queries you may have.

Mr P Miller
Head of Sixth Form

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