Headteachers Blog – Friday 22nd April 2022

Royal Northern College of Music Event

As part of our Chesterton Sixth Form offer, we are delighted to be hosting a talk for students in Years 9 and above from the Royal Northern College of Music, about studying at a music conservatoire, after school on Thursday 5th May.

For more information, please see the Parentmail sent this week or email Miss Wilson. This is open to any student in Year 9 and above at any local school.


Local Event That May Be of Interest

The Cambridge Organ Experience for girls is back! A chance to learn more about this amazing instrument and play some of the finest instruments in Cambridge. This event is open to organists and non-organists, and is free to attend!

To sign up, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6mg35AMGNC8r19o8tQblGFwuRANnWZv_FJrTLaELes-6MPw/viewform

The event is on Saturday 28th May 2022, from 10-4pm.


Theatre Trip

Year 10 and 11 GCSE Music students very much enjoyed a trip to see ‘Wicked’ in the West End on Thursday evening this week. We travelled to London via train and tube and saw some famous sights before going to watch the show at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. It was a fantastic performance.

Students also had the great opportunity to go up close to see the orchestra pit during the interval, which was really enjoyed by all. Some highlights from students:

“It was wicked(!)” 

“It was great to hear the music that we’ve been studying being brought to life!” 

Thanks to all the students for representing Chesterton so well and to Mrs von Schreiber, Mr Ware, Ms Johnson and Miss Teather for accompanying the trip.


Music Clubs

Music clubs have restarted as we now prepare for our summer outdoor concert. Please do see the new timetable on the Music Extra-Curricular Team or on Edulink. There is lots to get involved with including the existing groups, plus:

  • the new Ceilidh Band
  • Tin Whistle Club
  • Keyboard Club

Invitation to Community Iftar Gathering

On Thursday 28th April at 8pm students and staff will take part in an Iftar gathering. This will be an opportunity for those attending to celebrate Ramadan together with some of our Muslim students and staff; take part in, or observe, Muslim prayer; and share in a community meal.

All students and staff are welcome to attend. We ask those wishing to join to complete the form here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=6RhkhoHBGky_bXW7Pm1P5dBO0VfD3CFPoORbzXm_phZUNFk4TjJNNkcxMlBCQVBNTzZBWUVWUVFTUi4u

Dates and drinks will be provided and attendees are asked to bring food to share with the group.

We hope to introduce celebratory gatherings to mark other religious festivals and events over the next year. If you would like to support with this please contact


National Writing Competition Success

Edmund in Year 7 has been commended for a national writing competition, fending off strong competition with his story ‘How the Leaning Tower of Pisa Got Its Lean’. The competition was judged by famed actor, broadcaster, narrator and writer Stephen Fry. Huge congratulations to Edmund for his beautiful writing!


Musical Theatre Success

Laurie in Year 7 has recently been selected for the prestigious NYMT (National Youth Music Theatre). During his first set of rehearsals over Easter, Laurie impressed so much that he was selected as one of only four members of the company to perform at a special event at the V&A Museum in London: “The Art of Making Art – Staging Sondheim”. The event will take place next Sunday 1st May and Laurie will sing ‘Not While I’m Around’ alongside Janie Dee. Laurie sang this song in the musical theatre cabaret at Chesterton in January.


English Department News

Year 8 have made an enthusiastic start to their unit on the ever-popular musical
Blood Brothers. Some students have already asked whether they might get to watch the play for real, so just for information, whilst the show is not currently playing
in the West End, it is on tour, and tickets are currently available to see it
30th August–3rd September at Milton Keynes Theatre https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/blood-brothers/milton-keynes-theatre/

Following the success of “The Curious Incident” as a class reader, some Year 8 classes are bringing home additional reading material as a suggested class book, to keep up the momentum of reading and discussing their novels.

Year 10 are taking a pause from their Literature studies to return to English Language, focusing on non-fiction. This is a great time for students to challenge themselves to read some non-fiction (autobiographies, travel writing, newspapers, etc.) as we know that this can often be neglected in favour of fiction reading. Later this term, we also look forward to welcoming a local BBC journalist to speak to Year 10 students about article writing and journalism, which should be a great boost to students in considering how non-fiction writing skills can lead to real careers. For the first time, students will also be applying their non-fiction writing skills to drafting their personal statements in English lessons this term, ready for applications to post-16 providers next academic year.

Thank you to the Year 11 students who came in for the popular English revision sessions over Easter (and of course to the teachers for giving up their holiday time to come into school to teach the sessions). Just a reminder that English revision sessions continue every Tuesday after school in L13 until 4pm and that these are now optional for any Year 11 student to drop into.

The English extra curricular programme continues with book clubs and creative writing clubs running. In addition, we look forward to welcoming a virtual author visit – Dr Alexia Casale will be talking to students on Friday 6th May in the school library.


Summer Term 1 – Wellbeing Newsletter

This half term’s Wellbeing Newsletter has been published and sent out to all families via Parentmail this week. The newsletter 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 different resources on the newsletter this month, so please read it 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 


Chesterton Lecture

On Monday 25th April, from 15:10-16:00, Dr Jonathan Clarke will be presenting a face-to-face lecture on school site. This lecture will be on: ‘Dementia – searching for a cure’.

The lecture will take place in E15, and during this lecture, Dr Clarke will talk about how:

‘the human brain is very complex. In modern times, thanks to the advances in medicine, people live longer. Dementia due to brain disease will become the new major health problem of the future. The race is on to find a cure. In this lecture we will explore how to do this and the reasons why it is not an easy task!

If this is something your child/children are interested in, then please can you reply to Mrs Hawkins at: . Please can all replies be sent to me by Friday 22nd April 2022.


Reward Date for the Diary

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

  • 75 ABPs: Monday 23rd May (p6) – by invite only

Please note students who receive their 50 ABPs Award this term will be celebrating in summer term 2.


Equiano House

Welcome back, everyone! We hope you all had a great holiday and are looking forward to the summer term back at school. We have already seen our students’ enthusiasm coming through in lessons and the Above and Beyond Points are rolling in. Well done to Lara, Stella and Henry who are our Equiano Students of the Week for the effort they are putting in across their subjects – great work everyone!

There are so many students doing great things in and out of school and this week and we want to share some of the sporting achievements of our students. Sasha represents team GB in roller hockey; Yinghan is ranked number 1 tennis player in Cambridgeshire for their age group; Rosie has achieved regional rowing qualification; Ryan is competing for the Cambridgeshire tennis team, Henry for the Cambridgeshire cricket team and Muhammad for the Cambridgeshire basketball team. Huge congratulations everyone for all your hard work and commitment!

This week Year 11 put on their best cheesy smiles for their final Year Group Photo. We can’t wait to see the final photograph, sure it will remind our Year 11 students of the great memories they have made during their five years here with us at Chesterton.


Cavendish House

Hello again, Cavendish House, and welcome back! Ramadan Mubarak and Happy Easter! This week and next the school is supporting many of our students in observing Ramadan. We have a Ramadan Room available to students each lunchtime, and we are also looking forward to a special community Iftar meal on Thursday 28th at 7:30pm, organised by Cavendish tutor Mr Alam. We hope to see you there.

This week many of our students defied gravity and took part in the GCSE Music trip to see Wicked in the West End… if staff and students are humming the tunes all of next week, that’s why.

It has been a good week for Cavendish students in sport: Prune (Year 11) was selected for GB rowing talent programme; Lilijana (Year 7) was selected for the GB basketball talent programme; Pippa (Year 7) made the Cambridge cross-country team; Orla (Year 11) made the Cambridgeshire basketball team; Josh (Year 10), Kai (Year 9) and Deivis (Year 9) made representative academy football. Well done to all of you, and here’s to more exciting sports news in the summer term… we in Cavendish are particularly looking forward to the cricket season.

Friday of this week (22nd April) is the anniversary of the death of Lucy Cavendish, after whom our house is named. She was a pioneer of girls’ education in the 19th century, and we would like to take this opportunity to note the school’s celebration of Lucy C and our commitment to the cause of making education accessible for all.

Lastly, the Cavendish student shout-out this week goes to Laurie (Year 7) who was selected to attend a prestgious masterclass at the V&A in London as part of National Youth Musical Theatre. Way to go, Laurie!

And that’s all from us this week – don’t forget to be awesome.


Hill House

Once again, the term restarts and we’ve been greeted with glorious sunshine. What better way to start off summer term? We hope that you made the most of the long weekend and the extra Monday, and it has been great to see Hill students return, and to hear how many Easter eggs were eaten while away.

We want to celebrate all Hill students currently observing Ramadan; remember that there is a quiet space during lunches for students to pray, reflect and be away from food – students can find out where via Teams or their form tutor.

A special welcome back for the last time to Year 11s as they embark on their final term at Chesterton. Art, Photography and Textiles GCSE students had their final sessions on Thursday and Friday, and we hope that you can celebrate this over the weekend, before looking ahead to the block of exams. Remember to speak to form tutors or Heads of House for any mental health support in the run-up to the exam period.

Finally, we want to congratulate Daisy, Freddie, Leila, Zubaidah and Nathan in Year 7 for their ABPs – keep it up, and we look forward to seeing who has the most at the end of the year.

Fawcett House

We are happy to welcome back Fawcett students for the Summer Term. We hope you all had a good Easter break. This half term we are aiming to keep earning our Above and Beyond Points!

This week in Assembly we learnt about Earth Day. In PSHE we explored ideas around what makes a good role model.

A special shout-out to our talented sportspeople Isaac, Max, Fin, Victor, Kitty, Paloma and Finn from Fawcett for their exceptional achievements in their chosen sport.

We know the start of a new term can be challenging. Mr Firth, Miss Malik and Miss Walton are here for you if you need any support.


Robinson House

Hello Robinson House, hoping you are all well and had a restful Easter holidays. Year 11s have been revising hard and it was great to see so many of you attending the Easter revision sessions during the break to prepare for your GCSEs. Here is your weekly roundup.

We are in first place on the House points competition with 8577 points which is 342 points ahead of second place Fawcett. Keep those ABPs rolling in!

In form time this week we have been discussing role models in society and in our own lives. We also celebrated World Earth Week in assembly.

Finally, please join us in wishing Margaret, Henry, Millie, Joanna, Ayman, Ameera, Beth and Jaya a very happy birthday this week or from over the Easter break. Remember to nip into the Robinson office on the B corridor for a small treat.

Have a lovely weekend.