Blog – Fri 1st July 2022


We were delighted to welcome Year 11 back to school for one final time on Thursday evening for their Prom. They danced the night away and enjoyed the food, drinks and chocolate fountain. The photographer and the photo booth captured the students looking fantastic. We hope it was a night to remember. Special thanks to Miss McEwen and all the staff who helped make the night such a success.

Chesterton Sixth Form – Year 10 Taster Day

Chesterton Sixth Form were delighted to welcome nearly 300 Year 10 students to our taster day on Monday, including lots of students from other schools. Students had an opportunity to find out more about our wide-ranging A-Level offer; found out about seven key aspects of sixth form life; met lots of new people; and spent their break time in the common room and on the sixth form balcony. Our expert teachers planned exciting taster sessions in a range of subject areas and it was great to see students engaging with the type of activities they can expect to undertake at sixth form.

If you have any questions about the Chesterton Sixth Form offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch:

Music News

Well done to the 22 Year 79 musicians who gave a lovely concert at St Andrew’s Church last Friday lunchtime. The concert featured solos, duets and the recorder ensemble. The concert was well-supported by our families and the local community and it was brilliant to see how the students prepared and presented themselves so well in front of an audience.

The students from Junior Choir and Chesterton Singers who are taking part in Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Ely Cathedral in July had a visit from eminent conductor Paul McCreesh last week. Paul worked with the students on several of the Elijah choruses and we are hugely grateful that he gave up his time to do so. This has given the students plenty to think about before the choral course which we will go on at the end of term, culminating in the performance in Ely.

We are making final preparations for our Music Department summer concert next Thursday 7th July. This will be an informal celebration of all our ensembles and choirs. A reminder that all families are welcome to come and watch and you do not need a ticket. Entrance is free but there will be a retiring collection for Music Department funds. Please do feel free to bring your own picnic chairs, rugs, a picnic and drinks. The PTA are very kindly running a refreshment stall including soft drinks, alcohol, snacks and ice lollies – so please bring some change for this too. The concert will begin at 6pm in the Wynn Williams Garden at school, so please arrive from 5.30pm. It will finish at around 8.45pm.

Maths Eureka

This week students from Years 9 and 10 visited the Centre of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge as part of a project with the Cambridge Maths School, a specialist Sixth Form College, opening in our Trust from September 2023:

Our budding maths enthusiasts spent the day exploring the hidden maths of the digital world, learning from our favourite numberphile mathematician Dr James Grime, took part in maths quizzes and collaborated with their peers to solve challenging problems.

Film Conference Paper

On Friday 1st July, Leona Heimfeld, our new Teacher of Film and Media, will present her paper ‘Cancelling the Male Gaze: Teaching Film in the #MeToo Era’ at a conference being held by the University of Chicago Center in Paris. Ms Heimfeld will present an adapted version of the paper to students and staff in the new academic year. 

Henley Royal Regatta 2022

Congratulations to Prune and Eloise (Year 11): both competed as part of a quad crew in the Henley Royal Regatta – a world class event which is recognised as the most prestigious club and school rowing event in the world!

This really doesn’t happen every day, and you might be interested to know that both girls were introduced to rowing via an ongoing link with Rob Roy Boat Club. The college identifies 12 Year 8 students every year, who show great physical potential for rowing. They follow a five-week intensive rowing course – many then simply enjoy rowing as part of the club (as important as Henley, by the way).

Olympic Cup Winners

Approximately 100 students were involved in the Olympic Cup athletics competition this week. Most took part as athletes, whilst others took part as officials: scorers, recorders, team managers etc.

It was a fantastic day of athletics and it was great to see large numbers of students from various different schools working together again. The standard was high, and a few school records were broken along the way. And the best news?

Chesterton were the 2022 winners!

Record Breakers

Congratulations to Lilly for setting a new Year 8 school athletics record for the 300m (48.12s) and the Year 10 relay team for setting a new Chesterton best at 48.75s (Ryan, Kwasi, Josh and Justin). 

English Department News

Year 7 and 8 reading

The Year 7 and 8 book club has had an influx of new members and ideas, which is great. We are getting through a lot more books and biscuits! We have decided to go with an author instead of a single book, so we are sampling different books by Sarah Crossman. She writes verse novels, such as “The Weight of Water”, a stunning book about a Polish girl moving to England, which is a really interesting new style for lots of us. There will be no meeting on Monday 4th, July so there are just 11th and 18th left if anyone wants to join us in the library at Monday break time to get some ideas for some summer reading.

Reading recommendations

The Year 8 reading recommendation page has now exploded back into life, with lots of great ideas for summer reading. Thank you everyone for your ideas and enthusiasm!

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”

If your Year 8 student still has their school copy of “The Curious Incident” at home, you should have received an email, and please could books be returned ASAP as they are needed for next year’s cohort.

Upcoming library visits

The staff at Central Library are looking forward to welcoming Year 7 students in mid-July to show them around the library and all the services which are on offer (Manga club, coding club, volunteering opportunities). The university staff are similarly eagerly awaiting the group of Year 9 students taking part in “A day in the life of an English University student”: they have created a really exciting day of exclusive and bespoke events, such as guided access to special exhibitions, a lecture experience, a library treasure hunt and a bingo game around St John’s College. The English teachers look forward to sharing these experiences with the students who have signed up for these events for enrichment week.

Equiano House

This week Year 11 marked the end of their time at Chesterton with the Year 11 Prom. They celebrated their success with lots of music, food and drinks.

As our Year 10 students see Year 11 finish up their GCSE exams and move on to new things, they have been challenged to think about what they want to do when they leave Chesterton a year from now. To support them with this we held a sixth form taster day at the beginning of the week where our own Year 10 students joined students from other schools in Cambridge in trying out a subject that they may be interested in. It was a great day when students got a flavour of a range of subjects and an idea of what it might be like to study at Chesterton Sixth Form. Year 10 also have a careers day on Friday which will allow them to think about how the subjects they chose earlier in the week fit into specific careers they are interested in.

Throughout the week our students have been choosing their sports for the famous Chesterton Sports Day in two weeks. After being on hold for a number of years the Chesterton Sports Day is back bigger and better than ever. Go Equiano!

Cavendish House

It has been another terrific week at Chesterton for all and sundry. This week students in the cast of Chesterton Youth Theatre’s Les Misérables travelled to London to see the show in the West End, and were inspired to make their own production even better – book your tickets now while you still can.

We had another round of sport successes, including a Chesterton win in the 2022 Olympics Cup inter-school competition. Year 11 students Prune (Cavendish) and Eloise (Hill) qualified to row in the Henley Royal Regatta this week, which is a truly great achievement. And a range of our Year 9 students helped to staff a sports day at Milton Road Primary School – well done to all of those students.

Year 10 students enjoyed a Sixth Form Taster Day – “I was very impressed” reported one Cavendish student afterwards. This week we bade a final farewell to our Year 11 students at the Prom on Thursday night, a great event enjoyed by all. The thanks of a grateful staff and Year 11 go to Miss “Prom Queen” McEwen for organising the event.

Coming up over the last few weeks we are looking forward to enrichment, Sports Day, Drama Festival, and a range of trips and more fun besides – so stay tuned to the Cavendish Blog for the full rundown of these events.

That’s all from us this week. Don’t forget to be awesome!


Hill House

It was wonderful to see Year 11 returning to school for their Prom on Thursday evening, enjoying the first moments of summer freedom. It was great to have such a strong send-off to the Year 11s, and we want to especially wish Hill students a happy summer before their next steps.

Meanwhile the final PSHE drop-down day happened on Tuesday, as Year 8s explored the different topics of identity, such as equality, self-confidence and even their family history. On Friday, Year 10 were treated to an excellent talk by journalist Jo Floto, developing their understanding of article writing which will undoubtedly prove useful for their future English language GCSE and beyond.

Finally, we want to congratulate Laytham, Natalia, Dylan, Olivia and Stefan in Year 10 for their ABPs – keep it up!


Fawcett House

As we approach our final month of this academic year, Fawcett students have been keeping busy. On Monday, we kicked off our Sports Day planning. Year 8 had their PSHE day on Tuesday called “This is Me”. Year 9 and 10 extension maths groups have visited the Centre for Mathematical Sciences taking part in an enriching day by the Cambridge Maths School.

On Wednesday, around 100 students were involved in the Olympic Cup athletics competition. Huge congratulations to them as Chesterton came out on top against lots of different schools!

On Thursday evening we welcomed back Year 11 for their Prom Celebration. Year 10 were very busy on Friday meeting journalist Jo Floto as well as attending a careers drop-down afternoon.

This week tutor time has focused on understanding loss and bereavement. As always, please see Mr Firth, Miss Malik or Miss Walton for any support with this or any other issues that you need help with.


Robinson House

Hello Robinson House! Here is your weekly roundup.

We are in first place on the House Points competition with 10,592 points which is 552 points ahead of second place Fawcett. Keep those Above and Beyond Points rolling in!

In form time this week, we have completed an array of activities working in buddy groups to build trust, friendship and leadership. It was great fun watching you all working together and helping each other.

Additionally, many of you have now had assemblies regarding the upcoming Sports Day which is very exciting! Let’s make sure we have a great time and earn loads of ABPs.

Finally, please join us in wishing Bianca, Marco, Kodai, Ana Maria, Izzy, Adrian, Arun and Clara a very happy birthday this week. Remember to nip into the Robinson office on the B corridor for a small treat.

Have a lovely weekend!