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Friday the 13th May was the night of the Year 13 Leaver's Ball. The day began with a Leaver's Assembly in the morning which was kept rather secretive with no students allowed into the Sixth Form Centre in the morning or the night before. With students waiting outside long before it was time to go in, it was highly anticipated. There were some very interestingly dressed sixth formers on that Friday, some with their hair half done - all eager to go home to get ready for the Leaver's Ball. Once allowed in, we were all pleasantly surprised to see that the centre had been decorated with balloons, banners and collages of pictures of students over their time at North Chadderton.

The assembly was kept light-hearted and positive as awards were given to students for subject specific categories for their hard work over the year. The Senior Student Team also organised Student of The Year Awards which included sweet, silly and more unusual categories for awards which were presented. Class teachers also contributed to the assembly through video messages saying farewell and passing on their words of wisdom to us all. The assembly also included words from Ms Clark and a final inspirational speech from Mrs Greenwood. It was brought to a close with a video showing pictures of students from Year 7 to Year 13. It was beginning to dawn on many students that it was soon time to say goodbye to North Chadderton.

We were then dismissed for the day to get ready for the Leaver's Ball. At the Midland Hotel, students, guests and teachers alike arrived, dressed ready for the black tie event and were welcomed to a drinks reception in the Octagon Terrace. Following this was a three course meal in the Trafford Suite where we, as the Head Students, began by saying our thanks to teachers, Ms Clark and our Sixth Form Leaders for their help over the years. The event carried on with much dancing and laughter until well gone midnight. The evening overall was a great way to spend a special night as the Class of 2016 for one final time.

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On 12th July 2016 the whole of the school community will be embarking upon our 4th annual 9km sponsored walk.  Students will be challenged to raise as much money as possible for our chosen charity this year which is Cancer Research UK.  We hope to beat our target of raising £10,000 for Cancer Research in 2016.

“The School, Staff and Pupils were amazing, I felt so uplifted”

These were the words of Jim McMahon, MP for Oldham West and Royton, following his highly successful visit to our School on May 20th, 2016.  Jim also tweeted a number of highly complimentary tweets which included “Fantastic visit to North Chadderton School this morning.  Tough questioning and fun.  A credit to staff and pupils.”

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We thoroughly enjoyed hosting Oldham’s newest Member of Parliament who is predicted to graduate to front bench status and whose special interests include urban regeneration and devolution.  After touring the School site with Miss Clark, Mrs Hindle, Mr Thompson, Ms Shah (from Mr McMahon’s office) and Head Boy and Girl, Callum Needham and Saddiqah Begum, Jim met with Members of the School Council and ‘A’ Level Politics classes.  The standard of questioning was absolutely superb, especially from Members of the School Council, some not yet in their teens.  A sample of the questions and answers are shown below, alongside the full film of the proceedings;

In answer to “some people might say Oldham is one of the worst places to live in England, what would you do to address the issues that make people say so?”  Jim explained that he would encourage people to come to Oldham so they can realise their preconceptions are wrong.  He further stated that there are deep rooted issues in Oldham which go back to the time of the Industrial Revolution where migration to the town resulted in a lack of quality housing.  Jim said that this issue may take generations to change.  However, he believed that the strength of Oldham lies in its communities.  He had taken a decision to live in Oldham and loved the town and its people.  He also cited North Chadderton as one of the best Schools nationally, offering many opportunities that others don’t.

On the issue of Jeremy Corbyn and the Left-Right Wing split within the Labour Party he said that the main priority for the party was winning back power.  He said the issues were not ideological battles between factions in the Labour Party, but doing what is right for the country.  He said the Labour Party was there to gain the trust of the British public and on the issue of “New Labour” he said that it did “a lot, but not enough.”  Right now the party needs to be delivering a message that they are competent and have plans for the betterment of the country.

Jim also provided his views on the steel industry saying that some do not understand the absolute value and quality of British steel.  He was also concerned that if these highly skilled jobs were lost they may well be replaced with low paid and low skilled alternatives.  He strongly believes that Trident needs to be renewed and without an independent deterrent the country is potentially unstable and insecure.  Those who argue that “America will come to our aid” are wrong because America also rely on the United Kingdom.

On the European referendum Jim explained that there is “massively, wild speculation for both sides and we don’t really know what the consequences of either results are going to be.”  Furthermore, “we can always go on our own but I believe we are better off in the EU because the alternative is unknown.”  Jim also believed that the EU underpins worker’s rights and it is his view that the Conservative government would not fully protect and support these rights, following a “Leave” vote.

Finally, Jim provided us with an insight into his political journey.  He stated that he did not always want to go into politics and wasn’t able to go into further education or University.  He first became interested in politics when expecting his first child.  He found he had an interest in his community and wanted to improve and engineer change for the better in terms of schools, housing and public services.  He firmly believes that politics is for all and should inspire.  His sole aim was to “make his contribution and make Oldham a better place.”

Our Member of Parliament was with us for the best part of 2 hours.  It was one of those fascinating occasions that could easily have run into double the time.  On behalf of myself, staff and students I would like to publicly thank Jim McMahon for his interesting insights, detailed answers and absolute engagement with our students.

We look forward to welcoming Jim McMahon again to North Chadderton School, and hope to take up his invitation of visiting him at the Houses of Parliament in the near future.

David Thompson  

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Jim McMahon MP

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Headteacher & Chief Executive:
Ms J Clark

Senior Director of Curriculum, Standards and Effectiveness / Inclusion / SENCo Disadvantaged Students: 

Mrs S. North

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Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 OBN.
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Mrs G Tonge
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Chair of the Trust Board - To be appointed September 2017 

 

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