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Overview

Caterham High School is a successful mixed 11-18 comprehensive school (6 F.E. with a Sixth Form of nearly 300 students). We are a popular school with students, parents and staff alike and this is founded on good working relationships and a caring attitude. We pride ourselves on the warm, purposeful atmosphere that has been created at Caterham. We aim to cater for the needs of the individual, helping them to realise their full potential whilst giving them the relevant personal and social skills to play a positive role in their life beyond school.

We never stand still at Caterham and are always looking at ways that we can improve still further. The emphasis is very much on teaching and learning and that is at the heart of all we do. We have an expanding and responsive curriculum aimed at enhancing choice and opportunity for students as they progress through the school.  Our teaching is both innovative and challenging both in content and delivery the emphasis is very much on teaching and learning and that is at the very heart of all that we do.

 

 

About us

About Caterham High School Caterham High School is a vibrant, inclusive, 6 forms of entry, 11–18 comprehensive community school with approx. 1200 students on roll.  Despite being a larger than average sized nationally, locally however the school remains small in comparison with the expanding secondary schools surrounding it some of which have increased to 12 forms of entry. The manageable size of the school ensures that every student receives a personalised education and with only six forms of entry in each year, we know all the children really well. The school can be easily accessed by public transport, including the 128 bus, which stops at nearby Rushden Gardens. 

Caterham High School is committed to discovering and nurturing the abilities of every child. Setting the highest expectations in terms of learning and behaviour, the school is justifiably proud of the academic achievements of students. Recognising that children’s abilities lie in a variety of areas, Caterham provides a wealth of opportunities and courses that allow every student to develop and showcase his or her unique talents. The secondary school promotes a "can do" culture in which everyone is encouraged to strive for excellence.

Our Vision

The schools vision statement: “Getting the best from every student”

Schools Mission Statement

“To discover and nurture the abilities of every child and set the highest expectations in terms of learning and behaviour.  To help young people raise their aspirations and achieve their goals”

How is this achieved?

Dynamic Education:

Our teaching is innovative and challenging.  Students achieve most when they enjoy their learning so we encourage active participation in the classroom.  Through high standards of teaching, thorough preparation and extra-curricular revision, our dedicated staff help students to achieve their best in examinations.

Success for Everyone

Caterham High School has a progressive and inclusive curriculum.  At Key Stage 3 our students follow the National Curriculum and are taught in mixed ability tutor groups with setting in some subjects.  Key stage 4 students follow a core programme but choose an options pathway appropriate to each individual.  During the transition from Key Stage 3 to 4 students and families receive comprehensive support in their pathways and careers decisions to ensure students’ future success.  In the Sixth Form,  the A Level pass rate is excellent,  with 1 in 5 students receiving an unconditional offer from their University of choice. Skills for the 21st Century We focus on developing career and life skills that enable students to make the most of future opportunities. ICT is used effectively to bring the curriculum to life and to stimulate and engage students in their learning.

Our students benefit from our exceptionally strong provision in Sport and the Arts which we employ effectively to develop motivation, perseverance and integrity.  We offer  a wealth of extra-curricular activities which enable students to showcase their talents. Enriching Opportunities The schools exceptionally strong provision in sport and the arts plus a wealth of extra-curricular activities provide the students with a range of opportunities beyond the timetable and enable opportunities for them to showcase their talent.  Positive Place to learn The school is committed to maintain a safe and positive environment that is conducive to learning.  We foster an ethos that values respect, tolerance and cooperation – a robust system of rewards and sanction supports this.   Exceptional pastoral care supports our students’ personal development, builds their self-esteem and underpins their progress. Year Leaders and Tutors remain with students throughout their school career, get to know them really well and provide a clear point of contact for parents.

Ofsted 2014: “all adults know the students very well and the level of care for individual students, including in the Sixth Form, is high.” Ofsted The recent Ofsted report graded the school Good in all the main categories. Ofsted praised the good leadership, teaching and the strong capacity to improve, so we now set our sights on becoming an outstanding school in the future.  There were many complimentary comments in their report including: “ The school puts the students at the heart of its inclusive ethos” “The behaviour of the students is good” and they “feel very safe in school” “Teaching is good” “School Leaders and Governors have aspirations of excellence”        

Working for us

If you're searching for your next teaching post, why not contact us now? You'll be working at a great school and be part of a friendly, helpful team. We're always interested to hear from people who are enthusiastic and committed. Send us your CV now via our School Talent Pool and say what sort of role you're looking for. By joining our School Talent Pool we'll know you're interested in working here when a future vacancy occurs. Join our School Talent Pool now! For more information about School Talent Pools visit www.eteach.com

Benefits of working for us:

Health and Wellbeing Fitness Suite All our staff have free membership to our fitness suite, which is a fully equipped 32-station gym with a wide range of cardio and resistance machines.  Our fitness suite staff offer all our staff members a free fitness assessment and body MOT and will design a fitness programme around your individual goals. Staff activities There are a number of fun activities that take place after school for those staff that wish to get involved – these include doubles badminton, five a side football and tennis. Free access to our employee support helpline All staff and their families have access to our Employee Assistance Programme, which can offer confidential support on a range of issues including legal, financial, medical, consumer and counselling.

Caterham High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  All candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.  If you are short-listed for interview, your referees will be asked to provide references before interview. All successful applicants will be subjected to the following checks: List 99 Enhanced DBS check. GTC ( Limitation on employment) In applying for ANY position, a full declaration of any convictions, bind overs, warnings or any other court proceedings must be stated on the application form. Failure to do so could result in immediate dismissal. Please note that NO conviction when applying for a post at the school is ever 'SPENT', irrespective of the time elapsed and date when the conviction was received.

Welcome from the New Headteacher

Caterham High has been at the heart of the local community for over 60 years providing an excellent education for all young people that join our thriving institution. We are ambitious for our students, setting high aspirations in all that they do. We aim to ensure that they achieve the best exam results possible, have opportunities to develop their talents and aptitudes, and become confident young people who will step out to meet the challenges of the world today. 

We pride ourselves on providing an outstanding learning environment in which all students realise their full potential. As a six form entry school we know our students very well, catering for the needs of the individual and ensuring strong pastoral and academic support. This makes us popular with students and staff alike who thrive on good working relationships and caring attitudes that create a warm, purposeful atmosphere. Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds, with many races, religions, cultures and languages represented.  We celebrate our diversity and welcome the opportunities it gives us to learn from each other.  

"Our home-school partnerships are very strong.  For students to maximise their potential, it is vital that parents and carers and the school work productively together. We use regular monitoring, target setting and dialogue with students and parents and carers to ensure students make good progress. There are many opportunities, formal and informal, for dialogue, which we strongly welcome."

We have an expanding and responsive curriculum aimed at enhancing choice and opportunity for students as they progress through the school from Year 7 to Year 13.  Our teaching is both innovative and challenging both in content and delivery, and ICT is used throughout the school to bring the curriculum to life and to stimulate and engage students in their learning. We make good use of our facilities (including the astro-turf pitch, pool, fitness suite and dance studio) and ensure that every child can be involved in the enrichment opportunities on offer.

Caterham High is a school with great strengths. Students of all ages are eager to learn and take pride in their school. They are the perfect ambassadors for us. I encourage all parents and carers to visit the school to experience our wonderful learning environment for themselves. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you would like to arrange an appointment to visit.  If you do decide to join us, I look forward to working with you.

Belinda Chapple

Headteacher

Staff Profile - NQT Support

Miss Jo Taylor - NQT Coordinator

At Caterham High School we are committed to providing NQTs with a comprehensive professional development programme, alongside an excellent support system to ensure that all newly qualified teachers get the best out of the induction process.  We work closely with the London Borough of Redbridge to ensure a high quality induction process which will bring out the best in each individual.

NQTs at Caterham can expect to receive:

  • Regular, targeted CPD sessions run by a variety of outstanding teachers and leaders. Sessions covered include: AfL, working with Hearing Impaired students, Behaviour for Learning, Using data to inform planning, as well as many others.
  • A reduced timetable (10% reduction compared with that of a main-scale teacher in the school) to allow additional PPA time for focused classroom observations, meetings, lesson planning, planned study and target setting. 
  • Whole school twilight training sessions run by outstanding practitioners.
  • The opportunity to be a co-tutor to a form group. This allows you to have some flexibility over your time, whilst still gaining invaluable experience in the role of a form tutor.

To ensure you are fully supported, regular meetings will be arranged with you to check progress against the National Standards and Quality Assurance visits will be made.  If at any point there are concerns regarding your progress towards meeting any of the Teacher Standards, support will be offered from your subject mentor, the NQT Coordinator and the Senior Leadership Team.

Staff Profile - Year Leader 11

Mr T Coker - Year Leader 11

Caterham High School has been established for over 60 years, as the most highly regarded school in the London Borough Redbridge for pupils to achieve their goals.

I have worked at Caterham High School for 2 years and during this time I have been a dedicated and enthusiastic Head of Year, working in a Pastoral capacity. Whilst the school has high expectations of the staff and students, I have found the workload to be more manageable then my previous school.

Caterham High School has proven expertise in establishing rapport and building trust with students, parents and stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds.

To work at Caterham High School, means to work at a school where you are valued as a member of staff as well as being a part of a community that puts students first. 

At Caterham High School have a well-deserved reputation for providing an excellent learning environment of pupils to learn and achieve.

Our staff members are very supportive for you as an individual for you to develop your skills further. Support is available at every opportunity to ensure that you are both happy and able to fulfil your role to the best of your ability. To have this support in place, especially as a Pastoral Leader, helps you to feel part of a collective. In addition, the staff at Caterham High School are friendly, approachable and helpful; attributes that any teacher would need and therefore appreciate.

The students at Caterham High School are not only aware of the expectations of the school, they are charismatic students who love to learn. They respect one another as well as their teachers.

Staff Profile - Cover and HR Assistant

Ms Rebecca Bergin – Cover and HR Assistant

Rebecca joined Caterham High School as HR and Cover Assistant in April. Rebecca was previously working as a solicitor and was looking to make a career change. Rebecca is particularly interested in HR.

“I was drawn to Caterham High School because of its vibrancy and inclusive ethos – and wanted a change from the type of working life I had become used to. I previously worked in the corporate world where working life tends to be very formal so it’s incredibly refreshing to be in such a different environment.

 “The students here are ambitious and talented and they are supported by a fantastic team of staff who want to make a difference to their education. The culture is about being better every day – and that’s an ethos I’m happy to buy into.

 “On top of my day job I’ll also be acting as Clerk to the board of Governors which involves helping with their meetings as well as various other responsibilities, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in wherever I can improve the work done at the school.

 “Starting in such a different job was always going to be challenging but my colleagues have been supportive and moving to the London area has given me plenty of exciting new places and activities to explore and enjoy outside of work.” 

Training and CPD

Caterham High School one of the few Comprehensive Secondary Schools in the highly regarded London Borough of Redbridge. We hold true to our strong values and believe in providing a personalised learning experience for all; both students and staff alike.

I joined Caterham High School in September 2015 as a Deputy Headteacher and have the responsibility of ensuring all staff get the best out of their teaching career here at Caterham High School; which involves the provision of supportive professional development programmes at all levels.

As partners of the Seven Kings Teaching Alliance, we are able to provide extensive external developmental opportunities for all teachers from beginner teachers to leadership level. In addition, our comprehensive CPD In-House programme is structured to encourage everyone to explore and expand their strengths; whilst also developing areas of needs. As identified through our extensive Quality Assurance structure. Some example of development opportunities include:

Ø  High quality induction for all NQTs in partnership with the London Borough of Redbridge

Ø  A series of whole school Twilight training sessions led by our outstanding practitioners sharing good practice

Ø  CHS coaching programme

Ø  Pastoral  development

Ø  Team building programmes for all staff

Ø  Teachers’ Honour Roll

Ø  “Good to Outstanding”  programme run by Seven Kings alliance

Ø  Leadership programmes; “Into Tomorrow” a middle to senior leadership programme run by the Seven Kings  Alliance

Working at Caterham High School, promotes growth of the individual in order to provide high quality provision for our learners. Hence “Getting the best for all”

 

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