Welcome Back

Welcome Back

Dear Parents/Carers


We hope you had a peaceful summer holiday and were able to spend some quality time together. We have now completed our first week of the new academic year and would like to share the following. 


It is always a nervous summer for our ex-Year 11 students who sat their GCSEs.  We are delighted to share that they gained an excellent set of results; they are the highest the school has achieved since the reformed GCSEs were introduced and I would like to congratulate all of them for their achievements.


64 percent of all students gained the Government benchmark of a 9 – 4 pass in both English and Maths (A* - C equivalent), and 43 percent gained 9 – 5 passes in both subjects.  We believe these results will be above the National average.  Our students have performed very well in all aspects of the English Baccalaureate and have achieved an average point score of 4.3. This will be significantly above National levels.


In the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, we gained very pleasing results of:

English - 73% 9 – 4 (A* - C) and 22% 9 – 7 (A* - A)

Maths - 70% 9 – 4 (A* - C) and 20% 9 – 7 (A* - A)

Science - 75% 9 – 4 (A* - C) and 25% 9 – 7 (A* - A)


We are proud of our broad and balanced curriculum. In addition to the successes of the core subjects, we have a number of subjects in which students have performed exceptionally well, some highlights being: Drama, Art, Physical Education, Geography and Music.


We have had an excellent start back to the Autumn term. The students have been a credit to you, both in regard to their uniform and behaviour.  May I take this opportunity to clarify our expectations regarding earrings.  


They should be of a stud type (no hoops or dropper type earrings). They should be plain silver or gold in colour only (no alternative colours, or earrings with jewels in them). Shaped earrings are permitted (for example a small flower or heart), as long as they are flat to the ear.  There should be only one earring in each lobe.  Students are expected to remove their earrings for PE activities. These expectations have been clarified to students and staff in the whole school assembly.


I would like to take the opportunity to welcome our new staff: Mrs Hickman (Maths); Mrs Padfield, Dr Spencer, Mr Gardner (Science); Mrs Wheat (Music); Mrs Herbert-Lade, Mrs Watkiss, Mrs Cox and Mr Millar (Teaching Assistants); Mr Chikodzera (Maths and Science).  I am sure your children will make them feel very welcome.


This academic year we are having a focus on character and culture education. We are looking to create an even more positive learning environment to ensure that all our learners can succeed and go on to be the best that they can be.  With this in mind, through consultation, we have amended our “Charlton Expects” Behaviour for Learning policy. Further details can be found on our school website.


At the start of every academic year I remind students that there is more to Charlton that the five lessons a day and encourage them to explore the wide range of opportunities available to them in all subject areas.  Last year was our most successful in regard to sporting success. We hope to build on that further this year.  Our school shows are highly regarded and receive rave reviews. We announced that our show this year will be School of Rock.  Please encourage your children to make a positive contribution to the school and engage in these and other activities.


We look forward to working in partnership with you throughout this academic year to provide our students with the best possible education.


Yours faithfully



Mr A McNaughton