All-through school community
We are an all-through school - multiple phases of education in one setting
Being an all-through school has a number of benefits for all:
- able to work together across all phases to track children’s attainment progress from age 4 to 19
- a seamless transition between primary and secondary phases for data and knowledge transfer
- share best practice and learn from one another, across the phases, ensuring continuity of the curriculum and assessment processes
- our High Performance Learning (HPL) programme enables a unified approach to teaching and learning throughout all phases
- Children stay settled, creating long-lasting friendships and sense of community and close proximity to siblings
- Students are well-known both on a pastoral and academic perspective throughout their school journey
- Primary students benefit from access to subject specialist teaching and facilities
- Opportunities are created for student-to-student mentoring and leadership
- The House system creates a sense of belonging within our all-through school community and connects students across all ages phases and in family groups
- practicality of families being in one setting- supports busy family life and helps to build lasting relationships
- a consistent approach to their child's education and reassurance and familiarity in knowing siblings are together
- a smooth and seamless primary to secondary transition experience for Year 6 parents, in knowing their child will automatically transition into secondary phase education
Growing up in an all-through school: Our Head Students' experience
"Attending an all through school has been very influential in providing me with the experiences and interactions which have strongly shaped who I have become as an individual, starting from the young age of 4. My experiences in Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form have interacted with each other in many positive ways, and the community feel that I have been so fondly part of is something very unique to Caroline Chisholm School. I am so proud to be a student at CCS, and I am certain that the educational journey I have taken here from Primary School to Sixth Form, is as special and memorable as it could have ever been." - Sarayu (Head Student)
What has sending your child to an all-through school meant to you?
"As parents, we feel an all-through school has helped to give a complete and holistic view of our daughter's education journey, right from Reception through to Sixth Form. We think it has definitely taken away the weight of looking for an appropriate education institution at various intermediate points. Knowing that she had a secured place when moving from primary to secondary gave us a lot more confidence, relief and less anxiety. Being able to track her performance and results all the way through has helped us identify her areas of strengths, difficulties and interests. Most importantly, her association with the school and staff has become stronger and deeper with every school year, and we believe this is a key takeaway from her journey at Caroline Chisholm School. We don't think any other school environment would have given her all the opportunities that she has had, to help her become the strong and independent woman that she is today."
At the heart of our community
Community is incredibly important to us at Caroline Chisholm School. We work closely with the Wootton Parish Council to improve our surroundings - whether it be tree planting, litter pick up days or clean up at the Caroline Chisholm grave site. We believe instilling concern for society into our students as they mature into young adults is an important part of learning.
It is our aim to establish positive and caring relationships between the youngest and oldest pupils in the primary phase of the school, and it is our policy to pair children with a Year 6 mentor (buddy) during their Reception Year. This is an important partnership that helps the children develop confidence in school and establish friendships with older pupils in the school class. Likewise, the Year 6 pupils develop their sense of responsibility as a role model, mentor and friend.
The children's buddies will ensure that they are happy during whole school breaks by playing with them and looking after their needs and general wellbeing. The relationship will also extend into the classroom, sharing in learning and achievements.
Concern for Society - Making a positive contribution
House Captains, ranging from Years 5-10, helped the local Parish Council plant tree saplings along the Wooldale Road fence line. Over 450 saplings were planted, which when they grow, will provide a safe habitat for wildlife as well as being beneficial to the local environment. A big thank you to the Parish Council volunteers who showed the students how to plant the saplings and were very complimentary of our students. Our students did us and the local community proud.
Nativity! The Musical
The whole school production - "Nativity! The Musical" was an ideal cross-phase opportunity to enhance collaboration between the Primary and Secondary phases, whilst using age-appropriate casting. The students were able to improve upon their self-regulation skills and there was a fantastic sense of ‘family’ with strong bonds and relationships being fostered between older and younger students.
Science (STEM) Projects
The Science Fair was a great success, and we are so proud of the way our students conducted themselves during the event. Primary age students were competing alongside secondary students in our first all-through competition. A brilliant showcase of originality and collaboration.
As part of our celebration of British Science week students were able to watch the hatching of chicks in school, through a live video stream during the incubation and hatching period. This live event inspired enquiry based learning across a range of curriculum subject areas in all year groups through a series of eggciting chick related competitions throughout all the departments. Thank you to Miss Rai and Miss Carter for their eggcellent project collaboration to bring this to both primary and secondary! We are also very happy to share that all the chicks were successfully re-homed locally.