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The Community School and College


Executive Principal’s Welcome

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Thank you for wanting to find out more about The Colne Community School and College. This new prospectus forms part of the transformation of The Colne Community School and College into a 21st Century School and College. We are delighted to be a unique school and college where young people make real achievements. 21st Century schools are more than just the built environment within which students, teachers and associate staff come together to learn. A 21st Century school understands and embraces the challenge of change, diversity and innovation and that is what The Colne Community School and College is about. We are committed to developing teaching strategies which enable every child to be a successful learner. We are committed to creating a learning environment which reflects the value we place on young people and their success. We want our young people to grow into full participating citizens in an international world, with a real sense of their own worth. All our energy and efforts are directed to these ends. We hope you will find much to inspire and delight you in our prospectus. You would be very welcome to join us. Nardeep Sharma Executive Principal


Our partnership

Students become successful learners when the whole community comes together to help them. The most important of these partnerships lies between parents, school and the student. When a student joins The Colne Community School and College we enter into a three part agreement. Our Home School Agreement puts responsibilities on each of us to work for our students’ success. Underpinning this is our belief that if students undertake seriously the following they will be successful:

Our guide to success • • • • •

Attend Be on time Be prepared to learn Work well together Respect each other

Working together Students have the right to be consulted on matters that will affect them. Every Year group has elected members who represent the widely held view of the student body via a number of student forums including the House and School Council. We also have an elected Head Boy and Head Girl who lead on the student voice. OFSTED reported favourably on the school and college. The school has continued to develop since the report and build on the strengths identified, with students clearly at the heart of the work we do.


Working together Our relationship with parents is important to us. We know parents hold a lot of knowledge about how their child copes with challenges and success. We believe that we can only provide the right environment for learning and growth with parents’ help. Parents also have an important voice about general school matters and in addition to the usual methods of communication all parents are offered an opportunity to attend our Parents’ Forum, which is held at half termly intervals. We regularly survey parents on a wide range of issues and analyse and respond to the information such surveys provide us with.

Working together The key adult in our work is each student’s personal tutor who, along with subject staff, identify areas for improvement and agree strategies and targets that will make a difference. These strategies are co-ordinated and closely monitored to ensure there is a real impact on our students’ success. We are an inclusive school and we tailor our curriculum and support to ensure that every child’s self esteem and self worth increases. Where a student is identified as having a specific special need our Learning Support Team develops support plans to tackle specific requirements. The school provides support through: • • • • • • •

Tailored teaching Individual learning programmes Small group tutoring Support in the classroom Mentoring Counselling Special programmes and events


Learning together At The Colne Community School and College there is a long tradition of extending the curriculum by experiences and visits outside the formal taught time. Students in all Year groups are entitled to experiences, visits and opportunities that support their learning in a variety of ways throughout their time with us. Our immersion opportunities offer different ways of learning about significant issues not always examined in the formal curriculum but which are vital for young people as they grow towards adult life.

Rewards and Achievements

We have a well developed system to reward students who do well, make progress and achieve personal bests in their time at The Colne. Public celebration is the key to our philosophy and our regular Award Assemblies reinforce the message that success is both desirable and achievable.


Visits to The Colne Community School and College Existing and prospective parents/carers are welcome to visit the school at any mutually convenient time. To arrange a visit, please write or telephone for an appointment and we will ensure that students or a member of staff are available to give you a tour of the school. On the day of your visit, please report to our reception area where you will be issued with a visitor’s badge. There is a comprehensive induction programme for students in Year 6 who have been offered a place at the school. This includes open days, a community Open Morning, visits during the year to work in our school and curricular liaison meetings.

Behaviour for Learning

This is the name we give to our school behaviour system. It is based around an understanding that students have a responsibility for their actions and that they must be made aware when they do the wrong thing. Misbehaviour is followed up rigorously and systems for detention or exclusion exist. We will ensure our school is a safe and orderly school where all students can participate in learning without distraction from others.

Any other questions

If you have any other questions about The Colne Community School and College you can contact us by phone or email as indicated on the back cover of this prospectus.


Church Road Brightlingsea Colchester Essex CO7 OQL Telephone Number: 01206 303511 Fax Number: 01206 302258 Email: mail@colne.essex.sch.uk Website: www.colne.essex.sch.uk Executive Principal: Nardeep Sharma BSc. Dip.Ed. MA. NPQH The Colne Community School and College is a co-educational comprehensive school which admits students from the primary schools in Alresford, Elmstead Market, Great Bentley, Wivenhoe and Brightlingsea, together with many other students from NE Essex and Colchester. Parents are welcome to view any documentation at the school, during office hours.

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The Colne Community School Prospectus