Blog – Fri 14th May 2021

Covid-19 Update

The Department for Education has updated the Covid-19 Operational Guidance document for schools in keeping with the move to Step 3 of the road map from 17th May. You can find the full document here:

Schools coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance – GOV.UK (

One of the key changes in school from Monday 17th May is regarding face coverings. From this date face coverings will no longer be recommended for students in classrooms or communal areas in all schools. Face coverings will also no longer be recommended for staff in classrooms. However, the reintroduction of face coverings for students or staff may be advised for a temporary period in response to particular localised outbreaks, including variants of concern.

Home Test Kits

Students were able to collect Covid-19 home test kits on Wednesday of this week. If any student missed collecting some kits they can be collected from reception any day after school.


Big Year 11 Quiz

Year 11 were an amazing bunch on Tuesday 11th for the Big Year 11 Quiz, hosted by Miss Heggan and her lovely assistant Mr Watts. Students participated in rounds such as “Chesterton out and about” which grilled them on their knowledge of the site, as well as rounds on teacher recognition, teacher truths and lies, logos and the joke round. They also completed a round on phobias but only one team got the bonus question on this one:  What is Arachibutyrophobia? Ask them what it is!

We had three winning teams:

  • 3rd place: Team Erica Briscoe
  • 2nd place: Team Fruity Pebbles
  • 1st place: Team Alice

Students were awarded a certificate to treasure forever and proudly put on their wall, medals and the coveted Chesterton pen.

Special thanks to Mr Norman in the canteen for dishing out some delectable treats for the students and to the Year 11 teachers for supporting.

Overall, great spirit and camaraderie from everyone involved.


Well Wishes

This week we have been thinking about Harry, the 5-year-old son of Ms Lehane and Mr Auffret as he underwent his bone marrow transplant as part of his treatment for leukemia.

Harry is a big fan of crocodiles and we were delighted that the UK’s only dedicated crocodile zoo, Crocodiles of the World, made a special video for Harry to raise his spirits and tell him a little about one of their resident crocodiles, Hugo.  You can see find out more about the zoo at

The Year 11 Event Operations group have taken orders from staff for cream teas which will be delivered to classrooms after school next week with all proceeds going to Harry’s fundraiser

Year 11 Media Studies students have been taking children’s picture books and turning them into short films with some hilarious results.


Drama News: National Youth Theatre Five Star Success

We are thrilled to announce that five of our students were successful in being selected to be part of National Youth Theatre this year: Kader and Jackson (Year 9); Kyani and Emilia (Year 10); and Taya (a Year 12 ongoing member of Chesterton Youth Theatre). We would be tempted to call these guys the ‘Famous Five’ but for the fact that, additionally, Bill (Year 11) has been successful in being selected for National Youth Music Theatre, which is similarly astounding. Harry (Year 9) should also be congratulated for being selected for British Youth Music Theatre – hugely exciting! Without these students and twenty others coming together during the third lockdown to take part in a Chesterton workshop with NYT (via Zoom), plan monologues and follow through with two rounds of auditions and self-tapes, this could not have happened. Indeed, those students who were not successful with NYT/NYMT this year should know their talent still shines as brightly as ever, and that just because it wasn’t rewarded on this occasion does not mean it won’t be in the future. We are really grateful to all of you for giving up your time to do this and also for Sam Plumb’s generous input here as a consultant. The fact that such a significant number of you gained places over thousands of other applicants (many from fee-paying schools) brings great prestige to the Chesterton Drama community and stands out as a remarkable ‘team’ achievement. So let’s give a special ‘round’ to the smashing seven, who have made it through to a national level of performing arts, and who each deserve this very much: we hope you have a life-changing summer with these world-renowned companies. Look this way Dame Helen Mirren and Idris Elba (NYT), Matt Lucas (NYMT) and Ed Sheeran (BYMT alumni): you’re in good company. Meanwhile, we hope to fundraise to support our students’ participation in the summer courses, so if anyone out there has any support to offer here, please let us know.



Chesterton Lecture

Week commencing the 17th May, Halima Khan will be presenting a Chesterton Lecture on: “Working for the Mayor of London – what is it like?”

In this lecture Halima talks about her experiences on public and social issues – from food banks and youth groups in London, to advising the Prime Minister on disability issues, to working at the United Nations in New York.

This lecture is pre-recorded, so your child/children can watch the lecture at a convenient time to them and from the comfort of their own home.  Students wishing to access the lecture should email Miss Bywater at .


Sixth Form Consultation

The Chesterton Sixth Form consultation continues and details can be found at:


Living Sport Youth Community

There is a great opportunity for young people aged 14-19 from Cambridge to be a member of the Living Sport Youth Community. The intended purpose of this community is to support with embedding youth voice into CYP (Children and Young People work). This will give young people the opportunity to:

  • Get involved in local community sport volunteering.
  • Volunteer at events.
  • Develop projects in their neighbourhoods.
  • Access training.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Sit on a youth panel to make decisions about future funding proposals and School Games planning for the County.

Applications for the youth panel close on 31st May – more information and the link to the application form can be found on the Living Sport website:


Music: Q&A with a Professional Musician

On Wednesday 19th May from 11.10am to 12 noon students will have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A session with cellist Laura van der Heijden. Students who sign up to attend will be given special permission to come out of lessons to attend the talk in the Music Department (taking place via Teams). Students must sign up by the end of Friday 14th May using the following form in order to gain permission:

At the age of just 15, Laura won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition (students can see a video of her performance here: ).

Now aged 24, Laura recently graduated from Cambridge University and has performed musical items with many famous orchestras all over the world. These include the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Aldeburgh, the Tchaikovsky Symphony in Moscow, the Prague Symphony in the UK, the London Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras in the UK, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the US.

This is a very special opportunity to hear from a famous young musician. The event is open for all year groups and will be valuable for everyone interested in performing.   


Year 6 Summer School

Year 6 students joining us in September have now received an invitation to join us for a week-long summer school in the 6-weeks summer holiday.  The summer school is free to attend for all students and we encourage everyone to join us as a great way to meet other children, staff and to get to know the school.  If you have any queries please email


Interhouse ABP Leaderboard

  • 1st Place: Equiano         (7,025)
  • 2nd Place: Cavendish     (6,361)
  • 3rd Place: Robinson      (6,292)
  • 4th Place: Hill                  (6,018)
  • 5th Place: Fawcett         (6,002)

Well done to Equiano House, who are the first house to receive over 7,000 ABPs.


Equiano House

It has been a good week for Equiano as we are still in the lead with the most Above and Beyond Points. A special well done to Olaf in Year 7 who has earned 114 points in total. Well done to all of our Year 11 students who have now completed their assessments – your hard work will be worth it. Now they will have the chance to participate in activities such as life skills and personal safety as well as events such as quizzes and photo shoots. We would like to encourage our Year 10 students to get ahead with their revision for their mock exams that are coming up in June. If you need any resources, please do ask your subject teachers.

Students from all year groups have been attending extracurricular clubs – there’s lots to choose from ranging from sports and music to LGBTQ+ and many more.

If you have any concerns, please get in touch with Mr Gilliver, Mr Parkinson and Miss Malik.


Cavendish House

Year 11 have now finished their assessments and are enjoying a range of exciting opportunities provided by our staff team. This week’s activities included a quiz of the year and photos on Friday afternoon. Students are also taking part in enriching tasks and projects put on by their class teachers. It is lovely to see Year 11 making the most of these activities and a big thank you to all staff involved. Planning is also well underway for the Year 11 Prom happening on 1st July, which includes a formal dinner and live band. We are really looking forward to celebrating with you.

Year 9 took part in ‘The Real Game’ PSHE careers event on Wednesday which looked at the importance of budgeting as well as discussions of future careers.

Cavendish students have achieved a mighty 6,361 ABPs – we urge Cavendish students to continue to go above and beyond inside and outside of the classroom to be awarded the points you deserve.

Enjoy the weekend – let’s hope for some sunshine!


Hill House

Year 11 Hill students have done it! They have now finished their assessments – we have been constantly amazed by your work ethic and resilience through this challenging month of assessments. They are now taking part in various activities in both class and around the school, spending some quality time with friends before they finish secondary school for good in a few weeks’ time. Year 9 Hill students have taken part in a careers day looking at budgeting, finance and how to keep your job prospects open. Overall, well done to everyone for a good week – keep up the hard work and try to get outside and enjoy the sun!


Fawcett House

Another week complete, Fawcett! This past week the Year 9s had a dropdown day for careers where they enjoyed working through real-life situations about jobs, finances and working out the cost of living. A huge thank you to the Careers team for putting this together.

As our Year 11s approach the end of their time at Chesterton just before May half term, we look forward to Prom which will be on 1st July. Students will receive a ticket from IT once they have returned their iPads.

Looking ahead to next week we only have one birthday to shout out which is Ella – we hope you have a great day when it comes around.

As always if you have any queries or concerns about the return to school or if you need any additional support, please either see Mr Firth in his office (upstairs in the old Science block) or Mrs Parkinson in L13.


Robinson House

Hello to all you wonderful Robinson pupils and parents and carers. Another week has passed, and this time around we have some very exciting news! Our very own pupil Kiki in Year 10 was successful in getting into the National Youth Theatre – amazing news and a huge achievement. A good start to what could be a very successful acting career. Well done, we are all very proud of you.

A quick reminder regarding uniform. Hoodies, rings and anything but one stud earring in each ear are all key parts of the uniform policy. Please ensure you are adhering to it. In other news, a very happy birthday to Paddy and Freya.  Make sure you nip along to the Robinson Office for a treat. Have a lovely weekend everyone!