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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Headteacher's Message January

I hope you have had a fantastic start to 2022 and all the resolutions are still ongoing! 

During my assembly last week I was discussing ‘the messy middle’; the moments that occur when we are taking on a new challenge, and more particularly when the enthusiasm runs out and we realise things can be difficult to change. 

I explained that to achieve our goals we needed to have a clear rationale and understanding on why we are wanting to improve a particular aspect and to keep the end point in mind, which help to keep us motivated through the most difficult of challenges.  I also explained how there will be many challenges ahead of us in life but what is more important is how we respond and react to the challenges when they arrive.  We may not be responsible for the difficulties that come our way, but we do have a personal responsibility to have a control over how we respond to them. 

I hope you can see this reflected in the work we are undertaking here in #teamchsg, as we move our school forward in the midst of this difficult and problematic period. 

With the exams now finished we are back into our usual groove; using the results of the exams to inform the next stages of our curriculum and our lesson planning.  We closed our testing facility down once again and returned to our usual timetables, ensuring no learning time was lost at all.  Our co-curricular programme has once again started with a bang offering a wide variety of clubs for all ages and year groups (full details inside). 

Year 9 held a SPARK day on Thursday 6th January which was supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation and we held our Sixth Form Parents’ Consultation on Wednesday 12th January.  The attendance at the Parents’ Consultation was our highest ever for the Sixth Form and I hope those involved felt they had the opportunity to hear from our teachers, and identify the areas for development, so we can work together over the next months.  We will be sending out a survey after each Parents’ Consultation from now on and we would be grateful to hear your comments and opinions, not just about the event but also about the general direction of the school too.

Over the next few weeks we will be kept quite busy, as per usual.  Year 10 will be holding their second careers event on Monday 24th January as they start to prepare their plans for work experience.  Tuesday 25th January will be our second Personal Development Day for all year groups; focusing on wellbeing and pastoral matters to help keep students informed and safe. 

We will be holding a Year 11 Exam Preparation Evening on 25th January.  We have invested in an external company to run this event, so we will not be in a position to record it for future use.  Further details about the timings and content will be sent out by Mrs Durrett (Year 11 Raising Standards Leader) in due course.  Please keep your dairies free on that evening as it will prove beneficial in supporting your daughter with her preparation for the summer exams. 

Finally, one of the best parts of my role as Headteacher is acknowledging and celebrating the hard work and effort of students, and rewarding them for the contribution they make to our school.  My heartfelt congratulations to everyone who received a Headteacher’s Letter, Gold Star Certificate or Certificate of Academic Distinction last week.  The recipients photographs can be seen on our social media outlets.   My congratulations also goes to the high volume of students who received certificates and rewards prior to the holidays.  We have extended, developed and improved the rewards we offer our students here at CHSG so we are in a better position to acknowledge those who meet and consistently display our motto of Excellence: everywhere, every day.

Mr M M J Devenney