Strategic Priorities 23/24

“I want to lead a school where everyone is happy, stimulated, and safe. I want to lead a school where everyone feels welcome and worthwhile, and where everyone has a purpose. And finally, I want to lead a school where our children’s minds are alive with knowledge, they feel determination in their very bones, and their hearts are full of love.” 

Mary Gould, Headteacher

Pillars Condensed


Our mission is to ensure that the educational experience every child receives in our school is first class. Whilst the founding principles of knowledge, determination, and love remain our constant, we are proud to be a dynamic organisation which predicts and responds organically to the demands, challenges, and technological developments of life in the 21st century. We will support our children in accessing a curriculum which offers breadth, academic rigour, and opportunity regardless of background. An education at CHS will enable students to leave as lifelong learners and well-rounded members of the local and global community, equipped with the skills, experience and attributes to succeed in whichever pathway they choose.

Our priorities for the 23/24 academic year are:

  1. The Accessible Curriculum - provide a world-class education for all
  2. Careers and Technology - ensure our students are ready for their future
  3. The Anchor Organisation in the Community – representative, outward-looking, and responsive

The focus areas of EDI, Reading and Disadvantage will run through all the above

The governing body sets the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school as well as challenge the capital, educational and financial plans. The Senior Leadership Team has responsibility for the overall running of the school and are accountable to the governing body and the Bourne Education Trust. The school's five-year priorities can be seen below:

The school of choice

We are the school of everyone's choice in the local area with a waiting list in all year groups:

  1. Outreach and Engagement: develop effective ties with feeder primary schools and engage parents and the local community through regular events, workshops, and open days to showcase the school's strengths and values.
  2. Student support: implement a student ambassador programme to provide prospective students with insights into school life, and establish a support system to help new students integrate seamlessly into the school.
  3. Communications: regularly seek feedback from parents, students, and staff to identify areas of improvement and build a culture of continuous improvement.

Synonymous with inclusive high performance

We are synonymous with inclusive high performance:

  1. Curriculum: ensure we have an exciting and flexible curriculum which instils a lifelong love of learning, and which equips students for their future.
  2. Inclusive teaching: provide professional development for teachers on inclusive teaching methodologies and differentiated instruction to cater for diverse learning needs.
  3. Growth culture: Nurture a feedback and improvement culture: encourage staff and students to embrace challenges and see setbacks as an opportunity for growth.
  4. Intervention: analyse performance data to identify and address any disparities among different groups of students, ensuring that all students have equal opportunities for success.

We attract, develop, and retain the best people

We attract, develop, and retain the best people to work in our school:

  1. Recruitment: enhance recruitment strategies to attract talented and dedicated educators who align with the school's values and vision.
  2. Professional development: invest in comprehensive professional development programmes to empower staff to continually improve their skills and knowledge.
  3. Staff wellbeing: implement initiatives to promote staff wellbeing, such as work-life balance programmes and counselling support.

Outward-looking, respected and highly collaborative

We are outward-looking, respected, and highly collaborative:

  1. Partnerships: strengthen partnerships with local businesses, organisations and universities to offer students enriching opportunities, work placements, and mentorship programmes.
  2. Educational networking: join educational networks and collaborate with other schools and organizations to share best practices and stay updated with the latest educational trends.
  3. Community engagement: organise community events and projects that showcase the school's commitment to serving and positively impacting the local community.
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