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Our Caring Community

The school is committed to providing a secure and caring environment where students can develop as individuals, feel valued and become responsible young adults.                               

Smooth transition

We aim to make the transition from primary to secondary school as smooth as possible for our students. Parents and students have the opportunity to find out about us at our Open Evening in October. Year 6 students enjoy a taster day and, during the summer term, students and parents are invited into school to meet the Head of Year 7, form tutors, senior staff and members of their new form.
Our learning support teachers, Head of Year 7 and Deputy Headteacher also visit primary schools to learn about students who will be joining us.

To help students settle in quickly, most of their first morning at Cansfield is spent with their form tutor, who introduces them to the daily routine and timetable. Senior prefects are attached to the forms to escort students to their lessons throughout the first week.

During the first term we encourage parents to meet their child’s form tutor to find out how they have settled in.

Working closely with parents

At Cansfield High, we believe that children are successful if there is open and honest dialogue between school and parents. Parental participation in students’ education is greatly welcomed, and because we understand parental concerns, we have several ways of keeping you informed of your child’s progress:

  • At Parents’ Evenings you are invited to attend appointments with your child’s subject teachers.
  • Screening sheets are used to survey teachers’ views on students’ work and behaviour, outlining areas of success and concern.
  • Records of Achievement are provided on an annual basis and highlight your child’s accomplishments.

 If you wish to share any views or concerns, please contact us immediately.

Responsible attitudes

We believe that an ordered, disciplined atmosphere is the best environment for learning. It is expected that the behaviour of students will be a credit to themselves, their parents and the school. We aim to work with parents to ensure that students maintain high standards of appearance, courtesy to others, respect for our building and facilities, and exemplary behaviour throughout the school.

All students are encouraged to develop a sense of responsibility both for themselves and the community in which they live and work. Year 11 students are given the opportunity to become prefects, performing tasks that contribute to the good order of the school. Prefects are led by a number of senior prefects, and the Head Boy and Head Girl. All students are encouraged to give their views on school issues at school council meetings.

Caring for our students

Each year group, led by a Head of Year, is divided into form groups that meet daily. Students are placed into forms, which they generally stay in throughout their time at Cansfield. Form tutors are responsible for registrations and form periods, while the Head of Year oversees pastoral care and education.

A Curriculum to Challenge Every Student

Our enthusiastic and effective team of staff is dedicated to raising levels of achievement for everyone. Our curriculum is designed to provide a broad range of educational experiences, giving every student the opportunity to succeed.

Years 7-9 (Key Stage 3)

The curriculum for students aged 11 to 14 meets the requirements of the National Curriculum, delivering the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Technology, Art, Music, PE, ICT, RE, Drama, French, German and a Personal Development Programme (incorporating Careers, PHSE and Citizenship).
Throughout the Key Stage we use a variety of groupings, including sets, mixed ability and form groups, according to the subject needs.

Years 10-11 (Key Stage 4)

In these GCSE  years, we continue to offer a broad and balanced curriculum. The common core curriculum consists of English, Mathematics, Science, RE, PE and ICT. All students follow a Personal Development Programme, which includes Careers, Health and Sex Education. Students must choose either French or German, and a system of options allows them to select additional subjects and other vocational courses through our links with Wigan and Leigh College and the Western Skills Centre, a collaborative of five High Schools.
...teaching is energetic, stimulating and allows pupils to take responsibility for their own learning. Well planned lessons, good pace and challenging tasks meet the needs of all pupils.
Ofsted’s with Wigan and Leigh College and the Western Skills Centre, a collaborative of five High Schools.

Progress on target

Individual Support For All

Students’ progress is constantly monitored. All students are assessed to National Curriculum levels at Key Stage 3 or against GCSE grades at Key Stage 4. They are set targets for achievement in every subject. Students are made aware of these targets and are given advice and guidance to achieve them.
Regular assessments in all subjects confirm these attainment levels, which are reported to parents in end of year reports and discussed at parents’ evenings.

The school responds to the particular learning needs of each individual, with departments striving to meet these needs through carefully structured work. We believe in the principle of entitlement for all students, offering equal opportunities and access to a broad, balanced curriculum.

Paired reading schemes, exam support and targeted activities, such as lunchtime clubs and a summer school, help many students to make a successful transition to secondary school. Students who need extra support are given specialist help in lessons where appropriate, and may attend booster classes in literacy and numeracy.
The school also supports students who are very able in one or more areas, whether academic or otherwise, through opportunities such as our Fast Track Summer School, Gifted and Talented and the Aim Higher initiative.
“The teachers helped me to achieve levels higher than I could ever have hoped.”
Former Student
High profile staffing around school helps to create an orderly, safe environment for pupils to learn and enjoy school life.

Out of school learning

Homework plays an important part in every student’s learning and is set regularly. In Year 7 students receive two or three homework tasks per night of approximately 30 minutes each. This increases as students move up the school and approach external examinations. Homework can be written work, research, preparation, learning, reading or project work.
To help students complete their homework, the Learning Resource Centre is open for study at lunchtime and after school. An after-school Homework Club also operates to provide extra support. All students have a planner, which helps them to organise their work.
Good pastoral arrangements ensure pupils receive good advice on courses to follow in years 10 and 11 and advice on career opportunities or post 16 study.
“The teachers are dedicated, helpful and genuinely show an interest in my child.”

Into the wider world

Extra-curricular opportunities

A wide variety of activities enrich our formal curriculum. The school places great value on students’ physical, personal and social development, as well as their academic progress.
Many students participate in activities both within and out of the school. In the early morning we have a Breakfast Club, while at lunchtime and after school a range of sporting, dramatic and academic activities are offered. We run a range of sport-related events, including an outdoor pursuits trip to the Lake District.
Concerts and performances are a regular feature of the school calendar, with past productions including Blood Brothers and A Night on Broadway.

Subject departments enhance the curriculum in many ways. Enhancement activities include visits to Germany and France, including links with our partner schools, trips to the theatre and Chester Zoo, an in-school programme of visiting poets and drama groups, a Language Arts Day, peripatetic music lessons, an environmental club, health days, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Students gain a great deal by participating fully in various aspects of school life and we encourage them to take full advantage of these opportunities.

Future focus
Careers education is an important aspect of our curriculum. Offered with the support of the Connexions service, it provides quality guidance and support for all students.
During Key Stage 4 students participate in work experience, helping them to prepare for the challenges of employment. We enjoy excellent links with Further Education establishments, playing host to visiting speakers and providing taster days to ensure that students make informed decisions about their futures.
A growing number of students choose to progress to Post-16 education and we are delighted that so many secure university places.
“We have a number of young people on work experience - Cansfield students are always a credit to the school.”
Business Link
The school has successfully developed its “culture of achievement.”