Headteacher Blog – Friday 24th June 2022

Queen’s Birthday Honours

Please join us in congratulating Simon Peyton-Jones, school governor, who was awarded an OBE in the recent Queen’s honours. Simon has been a governor at Chesterton for over 20 years and has received his OBE for services to computing and particularly his transformative impact on computing education at a national level. We are delighted for Simon and incredibly grateful for the work he has done at Chesterton and for education more widely over the last two decades. You can read more about his work here.


PTA Call for Chesterton Bash Helpers

Thank you to everyone who has bought tickets for the Chesterton Bash and for your donations too.

We are looking very forward to welcoming you next Friday 1st July from 6 pm.

We are raising funds for the schools outdoor spaces so:

  • PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING PLENTY OF CASH to spend on the Delicious Latin Grill, (kindly provided by Richard, the school chef) as well as Student Stalls, a Fantastic Themed Photo Booth, Sweet Tooth Tombola, Snack Shack and much, much more.

Tickets are now sold out, but it’s not too late to come along if you’re happy to help setting up or for a stint at a stall (if you have bought a ticket there is a fair chance you may get called up too). All help will be greatly appreciated but please email us in advance .

  • Thank you to those who have already donated to the Sweet Tooth Tombola. We’re still welcoming more donations:
  • Contributions for any confectionery, chocolates, or sweets can be left at the School Reception until Wednesday 29th June.

If you can’t join in the celebrations or help on the night, but can make a donation, please do so here via ENTHUSE where donations can easily be gift-aided.

Thank you again for every contribution and effort supporting the PTA to raise funds and bring families together for the benefit of all students.


Pride Week

Several events this week celebrated LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Wednesday saw Debate Club discuss whether “rainbow capitalism” is good or not. On Thursday, Pride Club hosted a party in the sunny Wynn Williams Garden. Food, drink and dancing were enjoyed by all. Special thanks to all those who baked treats for the occasion, and to Charlie for putting together a cracking playlist. Finally, the week ended with an LGBTQ+ quiz and a rainbow-themed non-uniform day.

For LGBT+ and questioning students, support can be found at:

  • Chesterton Pride Club Thursdays after school in the library.
  • Proud Trust advice and explanations about everything LGBT+
  • Kite Trust youth groups for LGBT+ people in Cambridge.
  • Switchboard speak to a friendly LGBT+ volunteer.


Inspirational YoungStars Awards

Last Friday the Cambridge Inspirational YoungStars Awards were held with a drinks reception, dinner and awards ceremony held at Cambridge United Football Club. The awards recognise, highlight and celebrate all the great things young people do on a daily basis.

We are thrilled that Luka, Daniele and Leo in Year 7 received a fundraising award for their efforts raising money for the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal – congratulations boys for a very well deserved award.

Harry and James Auffret, the young sons of Miss Lehane, our Deputy Head, also received an award at the ceremony for outstanding bravery in the face of Harry’s Leukemia diagnosis in January 2021 aged 5 years old. The boys were the inspiration for a fundraising campaign that raised £10,000 for children’s hospitals in Cambridge and Manchester.


Music News

The samba band and folk fiddle band performed really well at Chesterton Festival on Saturday; the samba band paraded through Chesterton Rec to start the festival and play by the main stage, and the folk fiddle band later performed on the stage. Despite the rain there was a good turnout. Thanks to all those who came to support and well done to all who played. Oakes in Year 8 also gave a very accomplished solo set on vocals and guitar later in the afternoon, which drew a great crowd. Congratulations to Oakes, who also received a very complimentary write-up in the Cambridge Independent: https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/amp/chesterton-festival-showcase-for-community-values-is-quite-t-9259895/

Well done to the folk fiddle band and Ms Veryard who also gave a great performance at Jesus Green Lido on Tuesday evening for the Summer Solstice Swim. The sun shone and there was a brilliant crowd there to support. Many of the folk fiddle band enjoyed a swim afterwards! You can see a short video of the performance on the Music Department Twitter @ccc_musicdept.

We now look forward to many other events including:

  • our lunchtime concert at St Andrew’s Chesterton today (24th June),
  • a piano masterclass on 4th July,
  • our school summer concert on 7th July,
  • the Junior Choir performance at Birmingham Symphony Hall on 9th July,
  • the trip to the BBC Proms on 16th July, and finally
  • the Elijah choral course students performing at Ely Cathedral on 26th July.

A very busy time in the Music Department.


Record Breaker

An athletics record which has stood for over 20 years has finally been broken!

The Year 7 girls’ sprint hurdles record was broken this week by Pippa, with a new time of 13.84 seconds.

Next week we’ll be taking approximately 100 athletes to the annual Olympic Cup athletics meeting at the University track – let’s see if we can break a few more . . .


Year 6 Athletics Festival (Year 8 Sports Leaders)

On Wednesday we caught a glimpse of the Class of 2027. Year 6 students from Arbury, Mayfield and Milton Road Primary Schools joined us for the annual athletics festival:

Run. Throw. Jump. Smile

It was great to see our future athletes in action, but also fantastic to see our Year 8 students step up as sports leaders – this was the first assignment for some of students who have signed up for the new Sports Leadership Academy.


Twitter @pechesterton

You can catch up on regular news and photos from the PE Department via Twitter – @pechesterton


English News

  • Year 9 students are currently being introduced to the Gothic Horror genre in lessons, looking at various extracts from seminal texts like “Dracula”. Meanwhile, the Year 9-11 virtual book club is having a jolly time discussing our preferred/most hated Gothic books. Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” has had a couple of mentions as a book which is dark to read but also really useful for an understanding of our GCSE text “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”. Miss Ellison has made a Gothic book display in the library, if anyone fancies picking up something to read. Also look out for a member of the English Department turning herself into ‘the Hulk’ (with the help of some green body paint) on Friday to help students consider the theme of duality.

Year 10 English events (and a big thank you to parents)

With mock exams drawing to a close, Year 10 students will soon be focusing their energies on considering their post-16 choices, and in addition to the planned whole-school activities, the English Department are supporting students through:

  • Fri 1st July we will hear from a BBC journalist to talk about careers in journalism.
    Jo Floto is Middle East Bureau Chief with the BBC News and has recently worked in Ukraine and has kindly stepped in to run this session, which is sure to be very valuable and interesting.
  • Mon 4th July there will be a lunchtime talk in A15 for students who would like more information about choosing between the different English A-levels on offer. This will be ideal for Year 10 students who think they might like to choose English as an
    A-level choice but are undecided about which course to take.
  • From Mon 4th July, students will be supported in writing their personal statements, ready for their applications to their post-16 providers in the Autumn term.


Thank you to all the parents who responded to an appeal for help with the journalism event. As you can see, we are now sorted, but we may well call on your expertise for future events, so thank you so much for your responses and willingness to help.


Chesterton Drama Festival

Final call for entries into Chesterton Youth Theatre’s Drama Festival which will take place late afternoons/late evenings from 5th–7th July 2022 in North Cambridge’s central hub of creativity, the Drama Studio at Chesterton. The idea is that the Festival will give everyone at school and those further afield a chance to be creative and experimental in their performance work, celebrating it together. At the heart of the Festival are a series of unique shows directed by theatre practitioner Sam Plumb, who has been working with Chesterton students this year to form an improvisation troupe. There are also various pantomimes, devised pieces, monologues and duologues which have been developed in our Drama Club and lessons. Meanwhile, we would love YOU (parents, staff, younger and older siblings, friends, former students and members of our local community) to become involved.

You can do this in two ways:

  • The One-Page Play Competition

A chance to have your own one-page play anonymously showcased to an audience by an ensemble of pre-, current and former professional actors at the end of the evening on the 6th July. Ten of the best one-page plays will be presented by them in an hour-long, fun competition, where the audience will decide the winning play. The prize is a donation to your favourite charity. The play must be submitted by Friday 1st July, so get writing!

  • The ‘Anything Goes’ Performance Cabaret

A chance to perform an act at the end of the evening on 5th July that celebrates difference and daring to dream. Your act might be anything from stand-up to spoken word; mime to magic. Or it might simply be a dramatic monologue from a classic play . . . the point is that this event might encourage YOU (non-Chesterton students) to share something creative alongside Chesterton student performers with similar aims and ambitions, in front of a supportive audience.

If you would like more information about either of these events, please look on Parentmail or contact %20"> with the subject heading ‘Drama Festival’ on your email, and you will receive a reply with everything you need to know. We would absolutely love you to be in touch – the more contributions from the community, the better.

Finally, we hope that even if you don’t want to showcase your work, you might want to come and watch others. Tickets can be reserved by emailing as above, and it may also be possible to simply turn up on the door of the Drama Studio for each specific event. Just look out for the Parentmail about this, or email to receive the Festival schedule, and once again, thanks in advance for being part our bid to ‘make something new’.


Equiano House

It is LGBTQ+ Diversity week and our students have been celebrating Pride Month with a huge range of activities, competitions and parties. On Wednesday we had a lively debate on the question “Is rainbow capitalism good?” where students gave enthusiastic speeches from both viewpoints. There was a lively party full of music and games on the Wynn Williams Garden after school on Thursday where our students could relax and spend time with friends in the sunshine.

Diversity week concludes for us on Friday with an LGBTQ+ themed quiz in form time and a non-uniform day where students are encouraged to wear something rainbow themed to celebrate our diverse school community.

This week marks the end of the Year 11 GCSE examinations for most of our students. We would like to congratulate all of our Year 11s on completing their exams, say a huge well done for all the hard work you have put in and offer a big good luck message as they move on to the next chapter. Next week Year 11 will be celebrating their time at Chesterton with the Prom on Thursday. Look out for the blog next week to hear all about it!

Cavendish House

This week Cavendish House and the rest of the school was proud to celebrate Diversity Week, the highlight of Pride Month. Staff and students were seen sporting a fresh wave of rainbow ribbons and many took part in the official events including a Debate Club Special (“THB Rainbow Capitalism is Good”), a Pride-themed Friday Quiz, and the ever-popular Pride Club Party.

This week was also the week of the much-anticipated Student Survey. Several students volunteered to help run a Year 6 Sports Festival; a group of Year 10 students attended a Cambridge Regional College taster day; Year 7 enjoyed their PSHE Day on Friday on the subject of “Staying Safe”; and everyone – staff and students – were seen across the Chesterton campus enjoying ice creams…long may it last!

This week also saw many of our Year 11 students sit their final exams, and there was much rejoicing. Good luck to them!

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


Hill House

The heat has carried over into this week, and we want to start by reminding students to keep themselves hydrated and cool as best as possible. Remember to bring a refillable water bottle, and refill at break and lunch time, especially if you have sport.

It has been great to see lots of smiling Year 11s, as they reach the end of their GCSE exam period, and we hope that you enjoy celebrating, and best of luck to those still with a few exams left – remember, Prom is on next Thursday, so make sure you’re ready to celebrate then!

After a fortnight’s delay due to IT problems, Year 7s were off timetable on Friday for their PSHE day on Staying Safe. This day was full of really important information for our Year 7s, such as about what to do in an emergency, simple first aid and how to have safe relationships online and in person.

Finally, we want to congratulate Quinn, Lili, Viola, Imigon and Amina in Year 9 for their
ABPs – keep it up, and we look forward to seeing who has the most at the end of the year.


Fawcett House

The sun has been shining this week as some Fawcett Year 8s and 9s have enjoyed lots of sporting activities. Sports leaders led a rounders festival for Year 5 students, whilst others took part in a tennis leadership course with the Cambridge Tennis Academy. Well done to all involved.

This week in form time we have been focusing on various aspects of the school experience. We have been discussing ideas such as making our voice heard in lessons which we will be able to feed back to the school next week when we complete our survey.

On Thursday, Year 7s took part in a comic-making workshops with local illustrator Tonka Uzu which hopefully inspired some artists.

As always, if any Fawcett students need any support please contact Mr Firth, Miss Malik or Miss Walton.


Robinson House

Hello Robinson House, and we hope you are all well. Here is your weekly roundup.

We are in first place on the House Points competition with 10,350 points which is 468 points ahead of second place Fawcett. Keep those Above and Beyond Points rolling in!

In form time this week we have completed the student survey gathering your valuable opinions, and have been celebrating Pride Month with a number of different activities and events. It is great to see so many of you in rainbow colours today.

Finally, please join us in wishing Liam, Kristers, Youssef, Esther and Kaya 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.