Headteacher Blog – Friday 18th March 2022

Wellbeing Newsletter

The Spring 2 Wellbeing Newsletter has been published and sent to all our Chesterton families. The link below includes lots of helpful tips, signposts and videos to support you, your children and family as well as a reminder on our wellbeing referral form for parents.

There are lots of resources on the newsletter so please read at your own pace.


If you have any wellbeing questions or suggestions for our next newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Hawkins on


Eastern Learning Alliance

Thank you to the parents, students and staff who took part in the ELA experience day on Monday. Lucy Scott, CEO, and Jenna Bickley, Trust Business Manager, really enjoyed meeting everyone and getting their views about what being in a Trust of schools meant to them and what they would like to see in the future. The ELA Spring Term Newsletter with news from across the Trust will be shared with families at the end of this term.


Reward Events This Term: Above and Beyond

We will be celebrating our students’ success this term for achieving 50 and 75 ABPs, on the dates below. The students should be extremely proud of their achievements so far this academic term:

50 ABPs:

  • Monday 28th March (p5&6) – Years 7 & 8 (by invite only)
  • Tuesday 29th March (p5&6) – Years 9, 10 & 11 (by invite only)

75 ABPs:

  • Friday 25th March (p6) (by invite only)


How to Help Your Child Event

It was great to see Year 11 parents at the ‘How to Help Your Child… get the most out of revision’ event on Thursday evening which explored the support on offer to students at school and also some ideas for how parents and carers can support their children at home during the GCSE revision and exam period. A recording of the presentation will be made available to all Year 11 parents shortly.


Year 9 Charity Campaign Event

On Monday, Year 9 students were very lucky to hear from Neil Thompson and Rachel Thomas from local charity Romsey Mill about how to run a charity campaign. Neil and Rachel had worked closely with English staff to ensure that the session was exactly tailored to students’ current learning on ‘the art of persuasion’, even making sure they covered the scheme of learning’s key words in their bespoke presentation for us. It was awe-inspiring to learn something of the way the charity serves young people in our community (including, we understand, some Chesterton students) and great to hear first-hand from fundraising experts exactly how to run a successful campaign, including things like brand awareness, how to use statistics effectively and the different types of language used for different audiences.

A big thank you to the Romsey Mill team for the time and care they put into their work for us, all free of charge to support our students’ learning. If any Year 9 parent would like to make a small donation to this local worthy cause by way of a thank you for the session, they can do so through a JustGiving page the charity has set up for this purpose. Any small amount would be gratefully received:



Student Success: National Youth Music Theatre

Congratulations to Laurie in Year 7 and Holly in Year 8 who have gained much coveted places with National Youth Music Theatre this summer. An exceptional achievement given the huge numbers of young people who auditioned across the country and the intensity of the auditions and recalls. Laurie will perform in Ragtime in August and Holly will perform in the NYMT Showcase in July. We look forward to seeing Laurie and Holly on stage this summer.


Olympics 2028?

Congratulations  to one of our students on being selected to attend a Great Britain junior rowing camp.  Prune was introduced to rowing comparatively recently via the ‘Try Rowing’ link with Rob Roy Boat Club.  Since learning to row on the lake at Milton Country Park, she has developed her performance level on the Cam, and various rivers and rowing lakes around the country, to the point where she is now competing at the elite level for her age group.  A fantastic achievement!  Los Angeles, July 2028 – remember the name…


Primary School Football Festival

It was great to be able to welcome Year 6 pupils from our feeder primary schools this week.  The schools were taking part in a football festival on the Chesterton astroturf organised by the PE Department and officiated by sports leaders from Year 9 and Year 7.  Our budding referees were Carrie, Fergus and Gabby from Year 9, ably assisted by our supporting sports leaders from Year 7: Paloma and Maddie.

Well done to Mayfield and Milton Road Schools on their excellent performances and sporting behaviour.


BBL Basketball Trophy Finals – Trip Information

We’re pleased to confirm that all 106 students who signed up for the PE Department trip to the O2 Arena on 15th May, will be joining us.  Specific details will be shared before the Easter break, but all can feel reassured that they will be watching two fantastic games of basketball in an excellent venue for sport.

Music Spring Concert

We are really looking forward to the Music Department Spring Concert at West Road on Thursday 24th March. It promises to be a joyful celebration of music at Chesterton featuring the following items:

  • School Orchestra
  • Jazz Band
  • Junior Choir
  • Chesterton Singers
  • Guitars and Ukuleles
  • Recorder Group
  • Senior Strings
  • Steel Pans
  • Primary choir with students from Mayfield and Milton Road
  • Hoe-Down Band
  • Samba Band
  • Clarinet Choir
  • Cello Ensemble
  • Year 11 bands and soloists

There are still just a few tickets remaining on Parentmail should you wish to come along and support the students – no tickets will be available on the door and tickets will be removed from Parentmail on Tuesday.

The many students involved have worked brilliantly to prepare for the concert and should now make sure they are familiar with the arrangements for the concert day, including afternoon rehearsals at West Road, by looking on Weekly Notices or the Music extra-curricular Team. If you have any queries please do contact Miss Wilson.


Equiano House

Time is flying by with only two weeks left until the Easter holidays. Spring is definitely in the air and our students’ positivity is being matched with the weather!

On Thursday this week Year 10 took part in a careers carousel where they chose six different workshops with companies or representatives from a wide range of professional sectors. These included Cambridgeshire Police, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, NP Architects and many more. Lots of our Year 10s have said they are now interested in a new career and found the event really useful.

It is Red Nose Day on Friday this week and our students are really going above and beyond to raise money for so many people in need. Friday will be a non-uniform day where students are encouraged to pay £1 to wear their own clothes. At break time there will also be a variety of “Beat the Teacher” challenges happening, so students can come along and challenge a teacher, with all proceeds going to Comic Relief.

Well done to 30 Year 9/10 students who sat the second round of the UK Maths Challenge on Thursday morning. Good luck for the results!

We also have to say well done to our Equiano Students of the Week – Hector, Muhannad and Giovanni who have been recognised for their continued hard work and great attitude in lessons. Keep up the great effort!


Cavendish House

What do you serve food on if you live in a cave?  A cavern-dish!  If you liked that joke, then this week’s big school event is right up your street.  On Friday Chesterton is observing Red Nose Day, and Cavendish students (and all others) have been getting into the spirit.  This year’s red nose offer includes several different noses to collect, a “Beat the Teacher” competition at breaktime, and of course the traditional fare of bad jokes from teachers (see above).

This week our Year 10s took part in a career information day, and they also had the opportunity to have new portrait photographs taken, so we teachers no longer need to enjoy working out who is who from their Year 7 photos alone.

Several Year 9 students took part in a Maths Challenge. Our Year 8s have the much-anticipated Interhouse Football and Netball on Friday.

Student shout-outs this week go to Freddie (Year 10) and Alice (Year 11), who both made their “maiden speeches” at Debate Club.  Freddie also won the head-to-head debate, fiercely defending his position that there are more wheels than doors in the world.

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


Hill House

We’ve made it to the end of another busy week! On Thursday Year 10 students had the excellent opportunity of hearing from a range of different professionals at a careers carousel, from diverse areas such as law, architecture and the police force. We are sure that Hill students will have been excited to see the wide variety of career options, and we hope that this has kick-started their thinking about their next steps after Year 11.

Today is Red Nose Day, and the whole school celebrated the day with non-school uniform. There was excellent turn-out at the ‘Beat The Teacher’ event at break time, where students got to prove their worth in a range of challenges against teachers. The money raised will both be used within the UK to support a range of ventures, and also to support people attempting to cross the border in Ukraine.

Finally, we wish to congratulate the following Year 10 Hill students for continuing to go above and beyond: Jude, Dylan, George, Jaimee and Lara – keep up what you are doing this half-term!


Fawcett House

Fawcett students have had a busy week, with Year 10s taking part in a Careers Drop Down Day where they met with employers such as Amazon, ACCA Accountancy firm and the NHS. In assembly this week we celebrated International Day of Happiness looking at ways to stay positive. During PSHE we have been understanding media literacy and how to be critical of the media we are exposed to.

This week we have also been raising money for Red Nose Day, with a non-uniform day on Friday and students trying to beat their subject teachers in various competitions.

As always, if you have any concerns please get in touch with Mr Firth, Miss Malik or Miss Walton. Enjoy the sunshine!


Robinson House

Hello Robinson House, hoping you are all well. Here is your weekly roundup.

We are in first place on the House points competition with 7606 points which is 120 points ahead of second place Fawcett. Keep those Above and Beyond Points rolling in!

In form time this week we have been talking about media literacy and young carers: learning to identify and avoid misinformation. The assembly this week was all about positivity given we are celebrating the International Day of Happiness.

Finally, please join us in wishing Keerthana, Anna, Alicia, Auriol, Daniil and William 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.