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Welcome from the Head

If I was to ask a parent what they want from a school for their child, how might they answer? Academic challenge? Happiness? A broad and stimulating range of co-curricular activities? Social diversity? Strong friendships? Opportunities to lead? Excellent careers advice?

Schools come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, and no school can be all things to all people. Finding the right school for a child is a question of alignment. Most schools have a vision and an ethos and this underpins the type of school it is, how it educates its pupils and what it sees as its priorities.

If you were to ask me about CHS and what marks it out, my answer would be our aspirations and our people.

A great education is not a matter of luck; you need to have the end in mind. What drives us and shapes the education that we offer is our vision of what we believe a young person should be in possession of by the age of 18; strong values, excellent qualifications, a range of transferable skills, deep self-awareness and dynamic social networks.

We want every young person to achieve their best and to be proud of those achievements. We want them to have experienced a rich, challenging and dynamic curriculum, to have a true sense of well-being - what it means to them and how to achieve it- and we want them to be able to question the world around them with an open mind and with the character to stand up for their beliefs.

We don't set out with a single defining type in mind - we're a school with a fantastically diverse community of young people who are learning about themselves, one another and the world around them and who bring their character, energy and creativity to the school community.

CHS is a people place - because when all is said and done, it’s people that matter: our pupils matter; our staff matter; our parents matter.

So, what’s my CHS? Aspirational; people-focused; dynamic.

Lucy Pearson, Head