It is with great sadness that we have heard that Charles Whitehead, Assistant Headteacher at Crompton House from 1996 to 2013, died suddenly at home on the morning of 14th March at the age of 65. Charles was a charismatic teacher of Music and Religious Studies, and helped to lead the music and worship at school during his 17 years, following his move from Broxbourne in Hertfordshire.
A committed Christian, Charles transformed worship at the school and was very active in the Music Department working with Director of Music Jack Pickford. Charles was an accomplished organist and also accompanied the choirs and other music groups on the piano. His work with the tenors and basses of the Senior Choir helped ensure that the singing was of a high quality at the many Choral Evensongs at York Minster, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and St Asaph’s Cathedrals, and even at Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Charles’ “Hymn Practice” assemblies will remain in many people’s memories not only for the quality of his singing, but also his style and wit. Similarly, in his lessons Charles ensured all pupils gained as wide an educational experience as possible, not feeling restricted by the school schemes of work, or even the government’s national curriculum. He believed in education for all and was justifiably proud of gaining his degree through the Open University. He was a very friendly man, who could always be relied upon to liven up a dull meeting.
Charles was very much a Crompton House person, working with the PTFA and supporting the many school events. Outside school he was a life-long supporter of Chesterfield FC and helped on Scout camps in Derbyshire. He was a member of the Pennine Singers and organist at Friezland Church in Saddleworth.
Many people will remember Charles with great affection for a wide variety of reasons: his generosity with his time, his loyalty to the children, his friendship, his love of music, his Christian beliefs, or his leaving speech at Rochdale Town Hall!
Charles leaves his wife Carol, who he married in the summer he retired from Crompton House, and his three children Emily, Simon and Nicola from a previous marriage to Sally. Charles was a loving father to his children, who were educated at Crompton House, and to his grand-children. His family and friends are all in our prayers at this very sad time.
We will be putting together a Book of Remembrance: memories / photographs, which will be given to Charles’ family. If you wish to add something please email your contribution to J.Upton@cromptonhouse.org, and the pages will go in an A4 book. This is for anyone connected to Crompton House (past & present pupils, colleagues, parents, etc).
90 Years of Crompton House School
Founders Day on Friday 30th September was a wonderful celebration of 90 years of Crompton House School. Bishop Mark Davies presided over two communion services and Canon Maurice Smith, Director of Education for the Manchester Diocese, gave the address illustrating foundations and faith through the game of Jenga. Thanks were given to Mary Crompton and Anne Ormerod of the Crompton family, who had the forethought in 1926 to establish the school. Opened on 1st October 1926 with just 25 pupils the school has grown to over 1300 pupils with over 150 teachers and support staff. On the first day of the Autumn Term this year the picture of the pupils in 1926 was recreated with a Year 7 class of 2016. In June our Year 11 students presented the school with a flag and flag-pole, and at our Open Evening in September our Year 6 visitors created a Monet style finger painting of the school house. On Founders Day all Crompton House pupils and staff were given a commemorative metal pin badge courtesy of the CHS PTFA. Earlier in the week two pupils dressed from 1926 visited classes in the school and then met the musicians and other participants at the Founders Day service.
More details and photographs can be found on the News & Events information page.
Real Schools Guide – Crompton House
The Real Schools Guide has been published by the Manchester Evening News. To find out how Crompton House did click here.
August was a great month for our Year 11 and 13 students when they received excellent GCSE and A Level results. At A Level the overall pass rate of 99% was higher than last year, 50% of the grades were A*, A or B (higher than last year) and 25 of the 28 subjects achieved 100% passes, again higher than last year. In total eight students achieved 3 grade A passes or better. At GCSE the proportion of pupils achieving 5 A* to C grades including English and Maths is 77%, higher than last August’s results and over a third of the grades achieved were A* or A.
Mr Newell, Headteacher, said “ I am very pleased to congratulate our students for their brilliant results. They have been a credit to the school throughout their time with us. As well as being hard working academically they have been outstanding in all the other aspects of the school including the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Drama, Music, Sport and Charity work. They have been supported by enthusiastic and hard-working teachers, their parents and each other.”
Our A Level, AS and GCSE Press Releases are on the News & Events information page.