Headteacher’s blog week ending 18 October 2019

Outstanding results

Chesterton Community College is one of just 11 schools in the country (of around 6500) who have consistently achieved a Progress 8 score greater than 1 in the last 3 years. Data published yesterday again demonstrates the superb performance of students at Chesterton Community College. Chesterton’s Progress 8 score means that across all their GCSE subjects, students achieved one grade higher than their peers around the country.

Environmental news

Due to the changes in our canteen, with no disposable packaging used, we have saved over 60,000 plastic bottles and 35,000 disposable pasta pots this half-term. Wonderful news!

Hockey success

The Year 9 hockey team played outstandingly on Monday and progressed to the annual district schools’ hockey tournament final, which will be played after the half-term holiday.  A combination of hard work and great skill paid off; it was a real team effort, which saw the girls win all their matches on the way to the final.  You can check on the progress of this team and many others by following us on Twitter:  @PeChesterton

Rugby success

The Year 11 rugby team competed in its last competitive tournament of a five-year campaign, by finishing third in the annual district schools’ tournament.  Congratulations to the whole team.

This week the Year 8 rugby team were hopeful of repeating the district tournament success of last year.  The day went extremely well, with six wins, one draw and no losses; not quite enough to win the tournament overall, but clearly the team is still performing at a really high standard.  Our players of the tournament were Tadhg and Ryan.

The second annual district girls’ rugby festival took place last week, organised by the PE staff at Chesterton and kindly hosted by Shelford Rugby Club.  The day included coaching sessions from qualified staff and an ambassadorial appearance from Jody Turl (ex-Shelford player) who is now representing Saracens RUFC.  More than 35 girls from our school took part and we certainly rose to the occasion by winning the under-13 and under-15 competitions.  Our players of the tournament were Maria and Mubashara.

The Year 7 rugby team played their final cluster fixture this week away at Cambourne. It was fantastic to see the A and B teams produce some excellent rugby and score some fantastic tries. Both teams came out with two draws, 7-7 and 9-9 respectively! A special mention to Freddy for stepping in and securing a couple of fantastic tries and also to Jason for scoring four of the nine tries for the B team. The Year 7 tournament is Thursday 31st October at Cambridge Rugby Club.

Leadership Academy 2019-20

More than 30 students from Years 8 and 9 have been accepted into the PE Department leadership academy.  These students will now develop their leadership skills through sport, over the remainder of the year, by taking the lead in delivering sports events for our local primary schools and the Castle School.  More information on request.

Robinson news

Robinson has a lot to celebrate as we finish the end of the first half term. So far as a house, students have achieved over 2,500 Above and Beyond Points (ABPs). Congratulations to Robinson 1: the form with the most ABPs in the house. Attendance has remained above 96% and over half of Robinson students have 100% attendance. We have the third highest attendance out of all houses and Robinson 3 have the highest attendance of all forms. Congratulations to our top scoring ABP students: Rory (Robinson 8), Robin (Robinson 3), Sian (Robinson 8), Luke (Robinson 9) and Jamie (Robinson 9).

Robinson students have really shown their commitment to extracurricular activities in and out of school in music, sport and drama. Eamon, Lisa, Cara, Maria and Wen have completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Cara and Maria came third and fourth in a national dance competition. Gabriella represents boys’ and girls’ teams in Cambridge and Norwich in football. Vera achieved her Grade 8 violin and Hana her Grade 3 in contemporary dance. Maddie competed in a national rowing competition. Lauren participated in multiple performances for the opening of the Auditorium Gala. Leona and Kacie helped in PE during Open Evening. Nia achieved her Grade 4 tap and ballet exams. Amelie represented the school hockey team. Lluc is learning piano. The list goes on… Ms Martinelli is extremely proud of all Robinson students for a fantastic start to the year and for everything they have achieved so far. We are very much looking forward to seeing everyone after a restful half term and seeing the hard work continue.

Cavendish news

Cavendish has had a great first half term back. Not only have the majority of our students unlocked their first level of our rewards programme, but 60% have achieved 100% attendance during our first half term back. This is a fantastic achievement, well done to all.

Mrs Butler is so impressed with the amount of Above and Beyond Points that have been awarded to our Cavendish students this half term; breaking records from previous years. A huge well done to our top 5 achievers: Joe in C7, Olivia in C8, Obehi in C2, Deivis in C8 and Iyad in C8. Sadly, although Cavendish is achieving points in lessons, they are currently last in the competition leader board. House members have the opportunity every Thursday to earn at least 25 house points through our break-time competitions: these range from quizzes to eating competitions to sporty ones too. Mrs Butler really hopes after half term more students will attend the competition to help win some extra points.

Hill House

It has been a great start to the academic year for Hill House, with the reigning champions of attendance continuing their winning streak at the top of the tables. Attendance continues to be impressive across all of the House, but an honorary mention is needed for Hill 6 who are second in the entire school. Similar recognition is due for both Patrick (Hill 2) and Fergus (Hill 5) who are the two students with the most ABPs in the house – a big congratulations!   Our Year 7 students are now successfully navigating the corridors to find themselves partaking in a rich variety of extracurricular activities, from early morning Latin to after-school science. Extracurricular successes are not confined just to Year 7, with Hill second in competitions and students enjoying many sporting successes. Year 8 students have proudly represented the school by throwing themselves head first (quite literally) into rugby tournaments and (less literally) into hockey tournaments. We wish all students a well-earned and restful half-term break and look forward to welcoming them back.

Fawcett news

Congratulations to Fawcett 1 for retaining the coveted ABP trophy: securing over 350 points as a form already this year. Also, congratulations to Fawcett 9 for achieving the highest overall average attendance across all forms with 98.4%. Mr Firth hopes his house have a lovely restful half-term holiday.

Equiano House

It has been a very positive start to the academic year for students in Equiano. New form tutors have worked really hard to get to know their tutees, to deliver high-quality tutor time activities. Students have also received a diverse number of assemblies, from mental health to diversity, and from cycle safety to post-16 options. Students in Equiano have received a total of 2483 ABPs so far this term. This puts them in third place, just 2 ABPs behind Robinson House. Congratulations to the outstanding students of Eq.8, who have received just 9 bad news slips between them. This is the single lowest out of any tutor group at Chesterton. 134 students in Equiano have received 10 or more ABPs, thereby qualifying them for a Level 1 reward; 16 students have received 20 or more ABPs, and are closing in on the Level 2 reward.

Parent Support Group

Many thanks to the parents who attended our first Parent Support Group gathering. The aim of this group is to encourage discussions on wellbeing for our students; how to support them at home; and also how to look after parents’ own wellbeing. It is run by a parent volunteer and we hosted our first group in Stir on Thursday afternoon. Keep an eye out on Parentmail for more information about the second meeting.


It just remains for us to wish you a restful half-term.


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Mrs Lucy Scott