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Message from the Head Teacher

posted 30 Jul 2013, 04:49 by Web Admin   [ updated 30 Jul 2013, 04:49 by H Slim ]

Dear CCA Community

We have just come to the end of another fantastic year at CCA. It has finished with a flourish and a number of ‘firsts’ that we intend to make regular features of the year! The Speak Out Challenge and our Sports Day in particular were outstanding successes and the Activities week has ensured that each student experienced a wide range of enrichment events.

It doesn't seem long ago that we started in September and had to face the damage to our students' results created by Ofqual and the English examination boards. It is my dearest wish that this year our students will not be disadvantaged by boundary hikes, but that remains to be seen! All I know is that students and staff could not have worked any harder or applied themselves more, and everyone should be very proud of their efforts!

This September will be different in a couple of ways. For one we will be missing some of our longest serving members of staff through retirement.  Mr Richard Northover is leaving us after 38 years of service, with not a single day off during that time. He has been an excellent role model and inspiration for many generations of Clacton students and will be dearly missed. Similarly Executive Assistant Lynne  Wicks, another 'national treasure' of CCA and predecessor schools for the past 20 years will be retiring. Her unsurpassed organisational skills, resourcefulness, calm approach and dedication will be a very hard act to follow. We will miss them both and wish them all the best for their retirement.

Another change will be that our new year seven female students will be wearing ties. Surprisingly, this news has caused many of our female students to approach me about ties being introduced for them too! I have promised to look at this next year after consulting with student voice generally.  We have also introduced a two week timetable which has given us much more flexibility in timetabling. In my experience of this in other schools, the students get used to it much quicker than staff! We will have a week A and week B, with signs to remind everyone around the Academy.

I hope everyone has a really relaxing summer break.

I look forward to welcoming students back in September. Please see website for details of staggered start.


Very kind regards

Tracey Hemming