Headteacher Blog – Fri 1st April 2022

PSHE Parent Event  

On Thursday 21st April the PSHE and Safeguarding Team are inviting parents and carers of all year groups to an information evening on ‘County Lines’. We will have representatives from different associated agencies to educate parents and carers about the risks of involvement in county lines, how to identify if someone may be involved and what they can do to help. The event will be held at Chesterton from 6-7pm; more information to follow in a Parentmail.


County Tennis Number 1

Congratulations to Yinghan, as he is currently at the top of the Cambridgeshire tennis rankings for Under-14 boys.  We look forward to our centre court tickets for Wimbledon in a few years!

Inter-house Sports Leaders

Many thanks to our sports leaders in Years 9 and 10, who ably assisted in the organisation of inter-house football and netball competitions last week.  The competitions include every student in Years 7-9, and would genuinely not be able to take place without some great officiating from the older year groups.


Music News

Congratulations to all the musicians from Years 7-11, and from Mayfield and Milton Road primary schools, who took part in last Thursday’s Spring Concert. We performed to a sold-out West Road Concert Hall and it was a real joy to do so. There was a great atmosphere. We look forward to soon sharing photos of the event with you. We are also really pleased to share that the retiring collection for the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal raised over £600.

Another well done to all the members of the Junior Choir who took part in the
Music for Youth Regional Festival on Thursday afternoon of this week. We enjoyed a blustery walk to and from Stephen Perse Senior School and listening to groups from other local schools perform.

The adjudicator from Music for Youth gave us some very supportive and positive feedback which was really pleasing. Thanks to Mrs von Schreiber and Miss Stevens for helping with the trip as well as to Marion Caldwell for accompanying us so brilliantly on the piano.




Published Article

Congratulations to Miss Walton, Teacher of Maths, whose article on building inclusive mathematics classrooms using inquiry-based learning will be published in next month’s Mathematics Teaching Journal.


English Department News

This term in English we have been very lucky to welcome in a Shakespeare show for Year 7, a writer-in-residence to run workshops for Year 8, fundraising experts to present to Year 9, and a Cambridge lecturer to speak to Year 10. Next term, we look forward to more events in the English Department: as well as the exciting whole-school enrichment days planned in the summer term, we also have department plans for more author virtual visits, a children’s illustrator coming in to work with Year 7 and a journalist who has volunteered to speak to Year 10.

Last week, Mr Payne and Mr Ware led a joint-English and Humanities trip to York which was a rich and enjoyable experience for all involved. Huge thanks to them and other members of the English team who generously gave up their time to volunteer for the trip.

A bit less exciting perhaps, but of course very useful, we look forward to seeing some of our Year 11 students at our teacher-led Easter revision sessions. Mrs Phillips would also like to say a particular thank you to students in one of her Year 11 classes for their generosity in sharing some of their high-level work which is proving useful as revision material to students and parents across the Trust. (November mocks example responses can be found on the school website.)

Alongside all of these events, the English Department has been running two book clubs, which means any student or member of staff can join in. The Year 7 and 8 “Books and Biscuits” group has been covering some diverse reading material recently, whilst the
Years 9-11 and staff Virtual Book Club has had a trip down memory lane with Roald Dahl. Suggestions for reading material for next half term appreciated. The Years 7 and 8 Teams are full of lively reading recommendations and discussions, with students racking up lots of Above and Beyond Points for their recommendations.

Thanks to all who sent in entries for the national creative writing competition Twisted Tales. Mrs Phillips really enjoyed reading them all – we clearly have some very talented writers at the school – and we look forward to seeing what the competition organisers thought of them in due course. Creatively-minded students are always welcome at the school creative writing clubs and script-writing club, and Mr Payne and Miss McClean would be delighted to hear from more budding journalists to contribute to the school newspaper. Staff members continue to put their creative money where their mouth is, with Mr Roadknight’s play The Man Who Sold His Life being performed again at the university, and Mrs Phillips’ personal blog being picked up on and shared via a national website. We look forward to seeing more of students’ creative ideas after Easter, with Year 7 and Year 10 moving on to non-fiction English Language units, and Year 8 and 9 studying plays.


York Trip

Last Friday and Saturday 46 Year 10s visited York for a whirlwind tour of the sights. On Friday, students visited the York Railway Museum and the Jorvic centre, York’s Viking Museum, which had an interactive ride, which the students loved, apart from the far too realistic smells!

Students enjoyed eating in the brilliant York Assembly Rooms, the Georgian social rooms, the type of setting that features in Jane Austen’s novels, and a special secret evening activity. On Saturday, students explored the gothic Minster, replete with endless stain-glass windows, huge arches and a crypt. There was lots of time to also spend with friends and explore the city for themselves, and groups got up to a range of activities, such as walking the walls, eating at the shambles market, and a group even visited the York Art Gallery.

Here are some of the Year 10’s comments about the trip:

‘You really feel like you see practically all of York in a very short amount of time. Learnt a lot about Vikings and trains and enjoyed myself very much.’

‘I think it was a really good balance of educational and fun. Also York is just a very cool place and I think this trip helped make the most of the city and show the best parts.’

‘Had the best two days I’ve had in years! Got to see an awesome city with super cool history and loved the downtime exploring with just friends.’


Equiano House

This week we have been celebrating our students’ hard work and commitment in and out of lessons with lots of celebration events and achievement awards for each year group.

On Monday, Year 7 students who had achieved at least 50 Above and Beyond Points were invited to a popcorn and movie afternoon. Well done to our Year 7 Equiano students who got invited: Harold, Iga, Ben, Amelie, Lottie, Kieran, Artemis, Eve, Babak, Ben, Yasmin, Abida, Iana, Tanuj, Yasmine, Solomon, Dylan. Maddy, Oliver, Imaltzin, Ellie, Francesca, Sophie, Ilazki and Ruby.

On Tuesday then it was the turn of Year 9. Well done to Ceana, Henry, Max, Emilija Emma, Alex, Martyna, Florence, Eddie, Gregory, Chelsea, Juan, Stella, Ishaaq, Mantas, Cayley and Marnie from Equiano who achieved their 50 points!

The celebrations continued on Wednesday with the turn of Year 10 and Year 11: Felix, Anya, Jasmine, Harvey and Katy – well done!

Finally, on Thursday our Year 8 students were invited to the celebrations. Well done to Charlie, Nilakshi, Po Hei Henoch, Lily, Olaf, Aishah, Tara, Okko, Ceitinn, Dhana, Mayuri, Deniz, Amelia, Clarisse, Elke, Nell, Sophie and Idriis who broke through the 50 mark!

This week has given us the opportunity to reward students for their continued effort and also reflect on how far we have come this year. Well done to all of the students involved as well as those who had already hit this 50 ABPs milestone earlier in the year.

What a great week of celebrations! We hope you all have a fantastic break and are looking forward to returning to school refreshed and ready for the summer term.


Cavendish House

Well done, Cavendish: we’ve made it to the end of term!  The House team has been very impressed with all our students’ commitment and enthusiasm for learning over the past 12 weeks.  We hope you can all enjoy a well-deserved break over the holiday.

Your Head of House team have a lot to look forward to:  Mr Scott is getting married (congratulations to him!), Miss Bullen-Smith is going to run the Brighton Marathon (her first ever marathon) in aid of Cancer Research, and Mr Ware plans to re-oil his garden furniture.  Exciting lives led by all three, no doubt.

It has been a busy week of celebrations as students were rewarded with various Above-and-Beyond-Point milestone parties – well done to you if you made the cut for any of those, although of course in our eyes all Cavendish students are excellent.  We had our own award ceremony on Tuesday, where we were pleased to announce that Cavendish House has the highest attendance rate of any Chesterton House.  They say that the important decisions are made by those who show up… well, Cavendish have been laying down some good work on that front.  Congratulations also to Soumaya (Year 7) who has the most ABPs in the House, and to Charlotte (Year 7), Omondi (Year 8), Lotte (Year 9), Harry (Year 10) and Emily (Year 11) for winning the HoH discretionary Easter Awards.

A last Cavendish shout-out this week goes to Emilija (Year 9), who won a hotly contested election-style debate in this week’s Debate Club representing her new party REJ (Reform, Equality, Justice).

That’s all from us at Cavendish this week. Have a good break and don’t forget to be awesome.


Hill House

We’ve reached the end of term, and a massive congratulations to all in Hill House for this achievement. You’ve all worked really hard to reach the end of term, and nowhere was this clearer than in our Hill Celebration Assembly on Thursday, where lots of students received awards for attendance and Above and Beyond Points. Lots of Hill students also got to celebrate their achievement in the reward sessions for those with 50+ ABPs, watching a movie in the auditorium.

On Thursday, Years 7 and 8 choir students had the exciting opportunity to represent the school at the Music for Youth Regional Festival. Year 10 students enjoyed a chance to explore more about politics during a drop-down session for periods 1-4, learning about a range of topics that will help them better understand the political landscape in the UK, which we hope will stick with Hill students until they can vote themselves.

Finally, we wish to congratulate the top ABP achievers: Laytham, Eva, Quinn, Daisy and Viola – keep it up as we enter Summer Term!


Fawcett House

Well done, Fawcett students, for reaching the final week of the Spring Term! This has been a very positive week celebrating the achievements of many of our students who have reached the 50 and 75 Above and Beyond Point milestones. Congratulations to all students who took part.

This week Year 10s had a Politics drop-down day where they learnt about the role of the media in democracy and how much power it holds. Well done to Hollie who won the ‘create a book moodboard’ competition in the library! We are also very proud of the Years 7 and 8 members of the Junio Choir who attended the Music for Youth Regional Festival on Thursday.

Mr Firth, Miss Malik and Miss Walton wish everyone a lovely Easter holidays and look forward to seeing everybody on their return.


Robinson House

Hello Robinson House. We hope you are all looking forward to a well-earned break. As our Spring Term draws to a close here is your weekly roundup.

We are in first place on the House points competition with 8259 points which is a whopping 255 points ahead of second place Fawcett. Well done on such an impressive effort this term!

Our Year 10s have enjoyed a day of politics this week in a drop-down event. And our Year 11s have been working incredibly hard after their mock results in preparation for their GCSEs. We are very proud of you.

Finally, please join us in wishing Raisa and Faye a very happy birthday this week. Remember to nip into the Robinson office on the B corridor for a small treat.

Have a lovely Easter holiday!