At Chatsworth High School and Community College we believe that collaboration within our school community and with partner agencies is central to the holistic development of our pupils. We have wide ranging and well-established relationships with many organisations and value each of these highly.
Our School Council represents the voice of pupils across the school and meets regularly supported by the Deputy Headteacher and one of our Level 4 Teaching Assistants. Pupils are actively encouraged to express their views both within the classroom setting and with members of the Senior Leadership Team.
Parents and carers are regarded as active participants in their child’s learning. Alongside the scheduled meetings focused on learning throughout the year, parents and carers are encouraged to contact the school at any time to discuss their child’s learning and progress.
There are currently three Parent Governors on the school’s Governing Body which is a highly effective strategic group. There is an active parents-carers and staff group called CHAPS which supports the work of the school.
The school has close active links with health professionals working particularly closely with the learning disability nurses to help develop behaviour support programmes for pupils across various settings. We enjoy a similarly close link with the continence nurse enabling us to develop effective continence programmes for pupils based on a shared understanding of pupil needs and consistent practice both within school and the pupil’s home.
We have strong and growing links with many local organisations. Our pupils volunteer each week in care homes for elderly people and support the work of a local charity for homeless people on an equally frequent basis. We have secured several work experience placements with local businesses and have well established, close links with Salford City College. We work closely with our colleagues at Springwood Primary School and have a strong transitional programme for all pupils to ensure a successful start to their time at Chatsworth.