Summer Newsletter, Week 11

We have made it to the end of another year. As I look back, it is clear to see just how much these schools mean to our community, to our young people and to our staff team. It has been a hard year, and yet here we are, still standing together and I think stronger for it. We have crammed this term with so many incredible experiences – definitely making up for lost time, and ensuring we have had a chance to have a smile and a laugh together. Our young people have been incredible. The resilience they show staggers me. Our staff have been incredible, committed, and pulled together in what has been a very professionally and personally challenging time. I am so grateful to you all. The CUC family is a very special place to be and we look forward to doing it all again in September.

Have a wonderful summer, stay safe, and we will see you in September.

Notes this week:

Return to school dates: We are expecting a very big student number in September. Please check the dates and times for your child to return to school.

  • 2nd September – Morning: Year 11 to collect timetables between 09.00-10.00am
  • 2nd September – Afternoon: Year 13 to collect timetables between 1.30 and 2.30pm
  • 5th September – Year 12 to collect timetables – (Students with surnames beginning A-H to arrive between 09.30 and 10.30am, Students with surnames beginning I-Q to arrive between 10.30 and 11.30am, Students with surnames beginning R-Z to arrive between 11.30-12noon)
  • 5th September – Year 9, start at 09:00
  • 6th September – Year 10 – joining us for the first time, start at 09:00
  • 7th September – Year 10, including students previously in Ignite, start at 09:00
  • 8th September – Year 11, start at 09:00
  • 8th September – Year 13, start at 09:00 (or in time for your first timetabled lesson)
  • 9th September – Year 12 start at 09:00 (or in time for your first timetabled lesson)

Uniform: Please do ensure that any new uniform you buy this summer reflects our uniform standards. We would hate for you to waste your money on items our young people are not allowed to wear in school, such as trainers rather than school shoes.

Please do also remember if you are dying hair for the summer break, that it needs to be returned to within the natural hair colour range for September.

If you need support with purchasing any items of uniform, please do get in touch. We have a wonderful supply of second hand uniform available in the building for families and bursary forms are available.

Opportunities for Summer: If you have not already considered encouraging your student to attend our summer activities, please do check the website for a full list of opportunities – all free of charge for students to enjoy. You can register for a place on any of our activities online at

Summer Contacts: We have a team of staff on call over the summer break. If you have any concerns over the summer – please call reception in the first instance who will ensure you are contacted by the appropriate member of staff.

Earbuds: Earbuds are not permitted from September. Please do not bring them to school.

Summer Courses for Parents:

Autistic Spectrum Disorder Parents/Carers Training Course

  • Dates: 2nd, 3rd and 4th August 2022 (attend all)
  • Time: 9.30am – 12.00 pm
  • Venue: via Zoom meeting

Social Communication and Behaviour – ASC, Pre-diagnosis Course

  • Date: Thursday 11th & Friday 12th August 2022
  • Time: 9.30am – 12.00 pm
  • Venue: via Zoom meeting

To book your place for the training course- You need to contact the ASD Training Team. E-mail –

Word of the Week – EPILOGUE

Definition: a section or speech at the end of a book or play that serves as a comment on or a conclusion to what has happened: a final or concluding act or event:

Usage: “the meaning of the book’s title is revealed in the epilogue” “a disastrous epilogue to the rest of his career”

Highlights this week:

Merseyside Totemy: Yesterday was the launch of Alicija Bialas ‘Merseyside Totemy’ which was commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and Liverpool Bid Company. Our studnets took part in a series of workshops to help look at the engineering and design of the totem based on data on how clicker change will effect Merseyside region.

Social Scientists and Creatives: On Monday, Year 12 travelled to London. Students started off at the British museum, walked past St. Paul’s to the Tate gallery and then visited the imperial war museum and the very moving Holocaust exhibit. Students then spent the last part of the evening in Covent Garden.

Photography Exhibition: Some student prints will be exhibited in the forthcoming analogue photography exhibition for Pride Month. Students had the opportunity to work with Rachel Brewster-Wright in the darkrooms at Northern Lights to produce their contact sheets and prints.

Engineers: Once again, we’ve had a busy week engaging with local employers. We have had members of the HR team from both Ford electric transmissions and Surface Transforms to meet with students across all the year groups. They were extremely impressed with the progress the students are making and stated that the students are working at levels higher than that of degree level engineers.

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