The Chase School
|Mottoes||'A school of excellence'|
|DfE URN||137625 Tables|
|Houses||Foley, Lygon, Somers, Lechmere
|Colours||Navy Blue, Gold (colour)|
|Website||The Chase School Website|
The Chase School, also referred to as The Chase Technology College and The Chase High School, is a secondary school (ages 11–18) in Malvern, Worcestershire, England. It was opened by Lord Cobham on 26 March 1955 as a Secondary Modern. It became a comprehensive with the abolition of selective education in Worcestershire in 1974 and became an academy on 1 November 2011.
It is the largest school in Worcestershire, having over 1,600 students and around 200 staff members. The school is located in Barnards Green, a suburb of Malvern, adjacent to the sites of QinetiQ (a large technology company) and Dytecna, the Malvern Hills Science Park.
The Chase School has been a specialist schools programme Technology College since 1999, and was awarded Beacon school status in 2002. The school achieved Artsmark Gold status in 2001 for excellent in art and design, drama, music, creative writing and public speaking. The Chase School is also a Language College (French, German, Spanish and Japanese). The school has Sportsmark Gold status, this is awarded to schools by Sport England for the excellent in provision of Physical Education and school sport.
It is administered by the Worcestershire County Directorate of Educational Services, and Brian O'Connell is the head of governors. Current headmaster Richard Jacobs started in 2013, taking over from Kevin Peck who had replaced David Fawbert in 2002, who had been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to education during his tenure. There are 16 primary schools in Malvern that feed The Chase School and nearby Dyson Perrins CE Sports College.
A March 2009 Ofsted report accorded the school a Grade 2 (Good) as "with some outstanding features", while the Sixth Form was rated Grade 1 (Outstanding).
5 February 2014 Ofsted visited again and this time the school standards had fallen drastically to Grade 3 (Requires improvement)
The Chase School library opened in September 2006 and was officially opened on 23 February 2007, by the now poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. The library is situated adjacent to the main ground floor block. The science block was built and was open in 2008 and was officially opened in 2009.
The Chase School's uniform for boys consists of a blue sweater, with the school's emblem on the left side of the polo or jumper, a white or blue shirt, a blue and gold, diagonally striped tie and grey or black trousers. The girls' uniform consists of a blue sweater, with the emblem on the left side of the polo or jumper, a white or blue shirt, a blue and gold, diagonally striped tie, black, blue or natural tights (unpatterned), and a blue or black skirt.
There is also an optional, summer-term uniform where pupils may wear their physical-education polo tops instead of a jumper, shirt and tie.
The students of The Chase School take part in the annual "Hills Walk", a 7.5 mile walk across the Malvern Hills and the surrounding area. The walk begins at the clock tower in North Malvern, at the foot of the Malvern Hills, and finishes at the school campus on Geraldine Road, Malvern. The walk has taken place every year since it started in 1977, to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee, apart from in 2006, when it was too hot, and in 2013 due to thunder and lightning, and the walk was cancelled. A Senior Student Team is selected each year from students in the Upper-Sixth form. One Head Boy and one Head Girl, supported by several deputies, take on additional roles including making introductions at Speech Day and representing the school at various events.
On September 8, 2014 a pupil and teacher were injured in a knife attack carried out by another pupil at the school. The attacker was caught after an 8 hour search, which involved a police helicopter, dog units, and police armed with tasers. The injuries of the attacked teacher and pupil were light wounds, which were treated on site.
- Ed Elliott (sculptor) achieved recognition for his critically acclaimed wooded angel Greer, commissioned by the National Trust.
- Adam Hatton, Director of exterior design at Jaguar, co-designed the 2009 XJ X351, and is sole designer of the 2014 Jaguar XE.
- Ofsted report March 2009 Retrieved 28 July 2009
- Articles of Incorporation Retrieved 20 August 2014
- "Chase named a Beacon school". Worcester News. 29 May 2002. Retrieved 2008-04-17.
- School web site
- "Malvern schoolboy on run after teacher and pupil attack". BBC News. BBC. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
- "h.Art 2012". Hereford Times (Newsquest Media Group). 7 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "The National Trust Reveals The Angel Garden at Mottisfont". PR Newswire. Swindon. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Mottisfont's Boris Anrep-inspired angel sculptures mark 65 years". BBC NEWS, Hampshire and isle of Wight. BBC. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Angels are sent to gather at the Font". Romsey Advertiser (Nesquest Media Group). 2 December 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Ed spreads his wings for exhibition". Worcester News (Newsquest Media Group). 16 January 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012.