I would like to formally welcome you to Cardiff West CHS. Many thanks to the large number of parents who were able to join us recently for the ‘welcome evenings’.
Cardiff West Community High School will officially open on 4th September 2017. I have been setting up the new structures and systems in collaboration with governors since September.
I have spent a great deal of time talking and listening to teachers, students, parents and governors in the local community. I am very confident that we have the right staffing team in place to launch Cardiff West CHS. Our motto is ‘Create Your World’ and we are looking forward to working in partnership with everyone to realise this ambition.
Our mission statement is that at Cardiff West Community High School, we want every pupil to achieve the academic success necessary to realise their dreams; to help them to develop as considerate, resilient, enterprising, ambitious, trustworthy and employable students who can engage fully with the creative economy. Our core values are Ambition, Resilience and Trust.
We will be relentlessly focussing on achieving high academic standards. In addition, we want all of our students to work hard, look smart and be kind. We are very excited by our ‘Pathfinder’ school status working with our nine Creative Partners: BBC Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff and Vale College, University of South Wales, Welsh National Opera, Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum of Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Creative & Cultural Skills and Cardiff Council. Working in partnership, the possibilities for everyone linked to Cardiff West CHS are endless.
Our five school improvement priorities for 2017-18 are:
- Raise standards at KS4 - a school with a relentless focus on high academic standards. A school that excels in preparing students to thrive and succeed in life.
- Ensure all lessons are good or better - a highly effective learning organisation. A school that works collaboratively with our creative partners to deliver a creative skills based, work centric curriculum that ensures our pupils are the most successful and employable students in Wales.
- Improve whole school levels of attendance and punctuality - a school that excels in preparing students to thrive and succeed in life.
- Ensure students and staff feel safe and valued - a highly effective learning organisation.
- Develop positive working relationships with our partner primary schools and engage more fully with the community - integral in leading and revitalising our community.
Start of term
On a more practical level, Year 7 will start school at 8.50am on Wednesday 6th September. Years 8-11 will start on the following day, Thursday 7th September at 8.50am.
Year 7 will be working at Cardiff Metropolitan University on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th September.
The current Reception area will be refurbished during the summer break and will become the ‘Visitor Reception’ from September onwards. The student Reception area will be located next to the Dining Hall. The main entrance and exit for students will now be located on Drope Road. In our view, this is a safer entrance and exit for the students, given the amount of traffic on Michaelston Road.
Headteacher Mr M Hulland
Deputy Headteacher Mrs G Lee
Deputy Headteacher Mrs R Adams
Assistant Headteacher Mrs K Duggan
Assistant Headteacher Mrs R Pritchard
Business Manager Mrs J Howell
Maths Sophie Woodroff
English Emma Coombs
Science Ann Chivers
Expressive Arts Felicity Holgate
Health and Wellbeing Jon Watkins
Humanities Michael Knight
ALNCo Mrs R Newnes
Assistant ALNCo Mr M Pelaez-Heras
Alternative Curriculum Leader Mr S Davies
KS3 Progress Leader Mrs R Chadwick
KS4 Progress Leader Mrs N Wilkinson
KS5 Progress Leader Mr S Richards
Year 7 Curriculum Leader Mrs L Davies
Welfare Manager Mrs K Howells
Welfare Officer Mr D Swain
Welfare Officer Mrs N Stockwell
Welfare Officer Mrs S Shardlow
Welfare Officer Mrs T Evans
In addition, we have Form Tutors and four Attendance Officers
Mrs V Gooding
Mrs S Grew
Mrs G Williams
Mrs B Taylor
Mr M Pelaez-Heras
Mrs A Hudson
Mr J Durrant
Mrs K Wood
Ms R John
Mr P Brooks
Mrs V Phillips
Mr T Melrose
Mrs S Wilkins
Mrs C Matthews
Mr M Evans
Mrs C Owen
Mrs H Richardson
Mrs C Ellis
Mrs T Sullivan-Godfrey
Mr T Curtis
Mr B Davies
Mrs S Thomas
Mrs J Edwards
Mrs S Lomasney
Mr M Rawlings
Mrs Rebecca Ames
Mrs Rebecca Vincent
Mrs Lesley Griffin
Mrs Jayne Coughlin
Plain tie (KS4) and striped tie (KS3)
Black shoes (not trainers!)
Cardiff West CHS jumper (optional)
Cardiff West CHS PE shirt and black shorts
Many parents have already claimed their uniform voucher. This will allow you to purchase, free of charge, the new blazer and tie. Vouchers are available from the school up to 21st July 2017.
In the interests of security, the voucher must be signed for in school. The uniform will be available in YC Sports in Canton from 20th August onwards. Thank you, in advance, for your support in making Cardiff West CHS students the smartest students in the city.
Mobile phones are used by almost everyone in society today. There are occasions when they can distract learning and create conflict situations in school. I will be working with staff, students and parents to create an ‘Acceptable Use’ policy in the new term. In the short-term, the policy is quite simple: phones should not be used in lessons at all unless the teacher has given students permission to use his/her mobile phone. Parents and guardians must contact their sons and daughters through the main switchboard/reception during school hours. Thank you for your support.
Website and social media - keeping you informed
Finally, our new school website is up and running at www.cardiffwestchs.cardiff.sch.uk - we also have a Twitter account and Facebook page - search @CardiffWestCHS. We will be uploading more content in the coming weeks.
I hope that you have an enjoyable summer and I look forward to working with you in the new term.
Headteacher Designate / Pennaeth Penodedig
Cardiff West Community High School / Ysgol Uwchradd Gymunedol Gorllewein Caerdydd