Headteacher’s Blog – Fri 14th January 2021


Chesterton Lecture 

On Monday 17th January 2022, from 15:10-16:00, Daniel Foster will be presenting a face-to-face lecture on school site. This lecture will be: ‘An introduction to British Forestry & Timber.’ The lecture will take place in E15, and during this lecture, Daniel will cover the following areas: the history of trees and forests in the British landscape; the trends in forest and tree cover across Europe and the world; learn how changes in wood and timber are used over time; sustainability in the UK global supply chain and explain how we create new forests in the UK for bio-diversity, the environment, and ensuring future timber supplies.  

If this is something your child/children are interested in, then please can you reply to Mrs Hawkins at: today Friday 14th January 2022.  


Books and Biscuits: Years 7 and 8 Book Club new novel 

The book clubbers have voted that our new novel should be Pax by Sara Pennypecker. Any student in Year 7 or 8 who would like to join in reading with us should come to the library on a Monday breaktime to grab a copy of the book and have a biscuit and a chat. 


Staff News 

Congratulations to the following staff members who have recently gained an additional professional qualification. The qualifications require a huge amount of work outside of the working day and we are grateful to all three staff for their dedication and commitment to the school community. 

  • Miss Wilson (Music) – National Professional Qualification of Middle Leaders 
  • Mr Firth (PE/Head of Fawcett) – National Professional Qualification of Senior Leaders 
  • Mr Gilliver (Science/Head of Equiano) – National Professional Qualification of Senior Leaders 


Original Production 

Next week Mr Roadnight stages his original play The Man Who Sold His Life at the Corpus Playroom Studio Theatre. The play is suitable for ages 15+ more details available here:  

The Man Who Sold His Life (adctheatre.com) 



As restrictions lift, staff are working hard to organise local trips and those further afield for all year groups. Parentmails have gone out this week relating to: 

  • Year 9 Maths trip to Bletchley Park 
  • Year 10 English and History trip to York 
  • Year 10/11 Ski trip update 
  • Year 11 Drama trip to Burwell House 
  • Year 11 History trip to London 


Trips will be offered to all year groups over the course of the year. If you have an idea for a specific trip or would like to volunteer to support the organisation of a trip, please do get in touch with Miss Siddall, Assistant Headteacher,   


Year 11 Post-16 Update 

All Year 11 applications to Post-16 providers have been submitted. Please see the parentmail from Mr Desbois with a student guide to what happens next. 

Some highlights from the guidance: 

  • Most offers will be made by the 31 March 2022 
  • Each post-16 centre you apply to will make an offer via MyChoice16, wherever possible. Centres not making an offer via MyChoice16 will contact you directly about their process. 
  • What to do when GCSE results are published on 25th August 2022: If you are holding an offer with post-16 centres you will be contacted in the summer with guidance on what to do when you get your GCSE results. Make sure you read the letters/e-mails carefully and follow instructions. Contact the post-16 centre if you are in any doubt. 


Chesterton Sixth Form  

We are delighted by the number of very strong applications we’ve received for the Chesterton Sixth Form opening in September 2022. All first and second preference applicants and all Chesterton applicants will be prioritised for guidance meeting appointments. All other applicants will then be offered meetings on request. More information to come via MyChoice16. 


Music News 

The next Teatime Concert will take place on Tuesday 8th February at 3.45pm. All are welcome to play or sing; it is a very informal concert for students to share pieces they enjoy performing with each other. Interested students should sign up on the Music Office door. 

Music rehearsals have got off to a great start this term with excellent attendance. Well done to all involved. It isn’t too late to come along to any group should you wish to get involved and take part in the West Road Concert on 24th March.  

Starting soon will be our new clarinet group run by Miss Johnson, our trainee music teacher. Any student who plays the clarinet should see details on Weekly Notices or in the music extra-curricular clubs Team.   

Well done to Nathan, Sélène and Isabel who won last half-term’s Key Stage 3 music homework challenges. We have been really impressed with the number of students who have taken part in these. 


PE News 

  • Basketball success 

The Under-16 Boys Basketball team started the new year with a fantastic performance at Cottenham Village College. The Chesterton team was able to rotate its players, without losing momentum throughout the game, and this was a particularly high-scoring match. The following students led the way on baskets scored: Mohammed, Dallas and Nicholas. A great all-round performance with a positive scoreline: 89-20. 


  • Cross-country – Good luck! 

Students from Chesterton have qualified for the annual County schools cross-country event – taking place in St Neots this weekend. Good luck to these students who performed brilliantly in the Cambridge District Schools event: 

  • Jacob  
  • Paloma  
  • Vlad  
  • Pippa  
  • Maddie  
  • Aurora 


  • Twitter @pechesterton 

You can catch up on all our recent sports news, and check out the regular photos of your child taking part in sport at Chesterton – follow us on Twitter @pechesterton 


Equiano House 

Our first full week back after the holidays has been busy and it is great to see our Equiano students coming back to school with so much enthusiasm! Throughout the week Year 10 students have been taking part in Masterclasses for their vocational subjects. Well done to all of these students for the hard work you have put in already and good luck for completing the rest of your course work. 

Since the beginning of the school year, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have been taking part in the Inter-House PE competition and so far our Equiano students have been very successful. They are topping the league table in Year 7 and Year 9 and are currently sitting in second place in the Year 8 competition. A huge congratulations to all of the students putting in a great effort in their PE lessons to come out with such great results.  

We must send out a big thank you to all who helped out on Monday when we had nurses come into school to administer Covid vaccinations – this was a great success and the day ran very smoothly. 


Cavendish House 

Thanks for a great first full week back at school, Cavendish! Students got stuck into their classes and extra-curricular activities this week, including restarted clubs and auditions for the much-anticipated production of Les Misérables. Several Year 10 Cavendish students also took part in their Events Operations Masterclass mock exam with their real exam on Friday. 

Student shout-out this week goes to Pippa, who qualified for the Cambridge Schools Cross-Country Team, and will represent us at the County Schools Competition on Saturday morning – good luck! 

That’s all from us at Cavendish House! 


Hill House 

We would like to start by saying a big well done for completing the first full week of teaching, Hill House. Competitions were back this week and students managed to do a great job getting themselves some ABPs in Scattergories. We encourage everyone to get involved at break time on Thursdays: check daily notices for what each competition will be or contact Mr Payne.  

May we remind you and students they can/should be wearing base layers beneath their uniform; now that the days have turned a bit chillier and with having windows and doors open, classrooms can be a bit chillier than usual.  

We finish by congratulating the following Year 7 Hill students for continuing to go above and beyond: Jasmina, Leila, Nathan, Juno, Charly and Bethany – keep it up this term! 


Fawcett House 

It is now the second week of term and Fawcett students have been working really hard. We hope everybody is feeling settled back into the school routine. In PSHE we have been exploring parenthood and the different types of family structures. We have also had our in-person assembly on National Obesity Awareness Week.  

Lastly a huge congratulations to our Year 7s Paloma, Jacob and Aurora who have qualified to represent the Cambridge schools, cross-country team. Good luck with the competition on Saturday! 


Robinson House 

Hello Robinson House, we hope you are all well. Here is your weekly roundup. We are in first place on the House points competition with 5677 points which is only 8 points ahead of second place Fawcett. Keep those Above and Beyond Points rolling in as they have closed our winning gap!  

Vlad has done extremely well in the cross-country. Well done!  

In form time this week we have been learning about family dynamics and healthy relationships.  

Finally, please join us in wishing Kacie, Max, Carrie, Eleanor, Jaylen and Mubashara a very happy birthday this week. Remember to nip into the Robinson House Office on the B corridor for a small treat. Have a lovely weekend!