Chesterfield High is an 11-18 mixed Comprehensive school with 1170 students of whom more than 170 are in the Sixth Form. The school converted to Academy status in October 2011. Progression rates are high and the majority of our students stay on at school at Post 16 or go on to Further Education.
We are situated in Crosby, a residential suburb between Liverpool and Southport. The school also draws students from Waterloo,Thornton and Seaforth. The catchment is socially mixed, and the intake represents the full ability range. A £2.6 million building programme was completed in 1996 and brought the school on to one site. This “extension” contains a full suite of English and Mathematics rooms with Science Laboratories, Humanities and Learning Resource Areas grouped around a Mall, as well as a Fitness Centre. Part of the older school building has been improved by the addition of a new roof, new windows and there is an ongoing programme to refurbish this part of the building.
Specialist school funding further enhanced our facilities with a purpose built Dance Studio and a Sports ICT Resource Centre in 2001 and a Community Sports area and new changing rooms in 2005 using Big Lottery Funding. There was also considerable investment in ICT facilities when ICT became a second specialism. There are ICT designated classrooms as well as several sets of laptops on mobile trolleys to share within Faculty areas. Additionally each member of staff has a school laptop to use for electronic registration as well as a resource for teaching and learning. There are Promethean whiteboards in each Mathematics classroom. All other classrooms are equipped with whiteboards and projectors. ICT is an important tool for Teaching and Learning and funding for resources is reviewed regularly by the Governors.
The ethos of Chesterfield High is contained in its motto "For everyone the best" and this is expected of and worked for by all those connected with the school. Our vision has been for each and every young person and member of our community to have the best educational experience in order to maximise potential and enhance life chances.
The school is recognised both locally and beyond as having a committed, flexible and innovative staff, who, while working constantly to improve present standards, are positively involved in exploring new possibilities through which the basic curriculum may be enhanced and given what we call a "Chesterfield flavour".
Initiatives are encouraged and supported by a coherent policy of Staff Development which focuses on the needs of the school and the professional developments required by staff to meet these needs.
We are involved with Industrial Mentoring links, Education Business Partnership and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. We have also been successful in gaining Crest Science Awards at Regional and National level. Performing Arts in Dance, Drama, Music and Art are also a feature of the school and links with Artists in Residence and Community Performance work are well developed. The school has been awarded both Artsmark Gold and Sportsmark Gold commendations as well as the School Games Gold Award and Young Leaders Award.
We place great emphasis on empowering students with an active role in decision making within the school.Each year group has an elected Year Council from which there are elected representatives who form the whole School Council. This is an important aspect of school life and gives the students ownership and responsibility for their school community.
The School has significant involvement in Initial Teacher Training and is a Partner School with Edge Hill and Liverpool John Moores University.
The school is constantly developing curriculum pathways at all Key Stages with the aim of creating a coherent range of provision which allows for meaningful progression. At Key Stage 4, differentiated pathways have been developed which are designed to provide a core entitlement while at the sametime meeting a variety of needs. Vocationally related courses have been developed in Art, Performing Arts, Business, Construction, ICT, Sport, Health and Social Care and Applied Science. Post-16 programmes are offered at Level 3, with a number of vocationally related courses offered to students on 14-19 vocational pathways. A wide range of AS/A2 BTEC and OCR Nationals provision has been developed.
High quality Teaching and Learning is the key ingredient in enabling pupils to achieve and even exceed their potential. At the heart of our priority for improvement is the focus on equipping pupils with the essential skills for learning, both in the classroom and during independent study time.