At their recent inspection of the school in May 2018, Ofsted found that “Christopher
Whitehead is an inclusive school where leaders and staff meet the needs of a wide range of
pupils effectively”. The school’s ethos is captured by the following statement:
“At Christopher Whitehead Language College we aim to pursue excellence in all we do.
We are an inclusive school that gives equal voice to all, in a context of tolerance,
consideration and cooperation”. IQM Report 2018

Headteacher’s Welcome

 

Thank you for your interest in our fantastic 11-18 school.

We value all our students and believe that, with our support, everyone at Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form achieves excellence in their education.  This is a school that has undergone significant investment with the opening of our £3 million sixth form centre, new dining room and twenty state of the art classrooms that have given all a boost.  A twenty first century infrastructure to match the twenty first century education is what we now have with further significant improvements to dance, drama and music now given planning permission for an exciting, innovative new build, which we hope to start building this year.

Our students’ behaviour and attendance have continued to be recognised as exemplary and have been judged to be ‘outstanding’ in our last three Ofsted inspections.  Most recently, May 2018, our student behaviour was described as ‘exemplary’.  All students make significant social and academic progress.  These are key performance indicators that tell you our students feel happy, safe and ready to learn.  Crucially, they make progress from their starting point.  We ensure they follow the correct broad balanced curriculum pathway in order to achieve the best qualifications and develop the best skills for further education and a successful career.  No student leaves our school without a course, apprenticeship or a pathway to a successful future.  This is a statistic we are particularly proud of as is the fact that currently seventeen staff entrust the school with the education of their children (my third child has just left year 13 to attend Birmingham University), the staff know what the school achieves and entrust their children to this valuable experience.

We are particularly proud of our EBacc qualification which is a good guide for success across key subjects: modern foreign languages, science, history and geography, as well as English and maths.  2019 saw us once again record the best EBacc results with 80% of students recording a Level 4 MFL qualification.  The key statistic Progress 8 is again a positive score.  Ofsted rightly commented on our outstanding English department with strengths noted in drama, art, business studies and all A-level teaching.

GCSE success has continued, with the 2018 results being surpassed in a year when nationally results dipped.  All students at Christopher Whitehead make positive progress with headline figures seeing:

  • 5 A*- C inc English and maths, level 4 and beyond 66.5%
  • EBacc, level 4 and above 49.3%
  • English/English Literature (9 – 4),  84.6%
  • Maths  (9 – 4), 75.1% – no student recorded a U grade
  • Whole school attendance 96%, which tells me that generally students are happy to come to school and can see the value of education.

A-level results with our third cohort were excellent, and will continue to improve, with students gaining places on the prestigious medical, veterinary, engineering and chemistry courses:

  • 98% A* – E
  • 48% A* – B grades
  • Overall sixth formers averaged a grade equating to a strong C
  • All have progressed to university or apprenticeship.  100% using our sixth form to make progress and departing all around Europe.

I believe this success is not simply due to talented teachers working hard but due to:

  • Specialist A-level teachers.
  • A wide range of courses and smaller groups that do not exceed 18.
  • The ‘Impetus’ programme of guest speakers that has seen a variety of inspirational speakers from Oxford, Birmingham and Bristol universities including TV personality Professor Lord Winston.
  • A wide ranging enrichment programme that has been developed by the students and sixth form.  Our sixth form netball team is unbeaten in three years and we are the county sixth form football champions.

This is a sixth form that is increasing in size and reputation with students from nine different 11-16 institutions thriving within this school sixth form experience. Their recommendation that this is a fabulous experience is testament to the current sixth form offer and being given tremendous life changing opportunities.  Please look at our curriculum offer on the website – applications are welcomed all year round.

I believe this is a happy, vibrant school that offers life-changing experiences. We run twenty-four after school clubs and in-school experiences, allowing academic, sporting, dramatic and artistic development to the highest standards.

I hope you get the sense of excitement and privilege we all feel from working in this lovely school, giving opportunities for our young people to learn and excel.  ‘In pursuit of excellence’ is our mantra, which is much more than a strap-line and can be seen in every aspect of our school where personal development is as important as academic success.

Neil Morris

 

 

 

Headteacher

Headteacher’s Blog – https://neilmorriscwlc.wordpress.com