Week ending 1st May
- You may be aware that the way school performance is measured is changing. At the moment the government measures how many students at a school achieve at least 5 GCSE grades at A* to C, including Maths and English. This measure has been much criticised for being too crude and not allowing for schools who have very different groups of students, with different starting points. A new measure is being introduced to make comparing schools fairer. At Chesterton we are extremely proud of our students’ achievements and continue to celebrate record results. We have recently been able to compare our students with those of other schools around the country and are delighted to confirm that we are always in the highest performing categories, whether we look at comparing ourselves to other similar schools, or whether we compare ourselves to national results. This is equally true of progress as well as attainment. At Chesterton, on average, our students make half a grade progress better than students in other schools. This means a student who would have got BBBBCCCC at an ‘average’ school would achieve BBBBBBBB at Chesterton. The average grade of a student is B-, we believe this is the highest average grade that students achieve in schools that are described as similar to Chesterton.
- You can see our results in a simple format using the Ofsted Data Dashboard: http://dashboard.ofsted.gov.uk/dash.php?urn=136887
- On Monday Year 10 students took part in the inaugural Year 10 study skills conference. Students were taught a variety of revision techniques whilst beginning to revise subject material. The day was set in a conference style where students were provided with food, drink, iPad apps and a stylus. All reported they learnt a great deal and enjoyed the day. You can see photos from the event on our Facebook page.
- It has been a fantastic year so far for Interhouse Sport at Chesterton and the competition is really heating up! There is only one term left and with only 200 points between 1st and 4th place, it is all still to play for. All students within the school have contributed to their house total by taking part in a range of individual and team based events during their PE lessons. The competitions so far have included: dance, swimming, trampolining, cross country, hockey, netball, rugby, football, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, basketball, badminton, water polo, initiative tasks, frisbee golf, handball, american football and invasion. Congratulations to the following students for achieving first place in their year group individual events:
- Year 7 Cross Country – Sam Myers (Cavendish) 3 laps of the school field in 9.04.24;
- Year 8 Cross Country – Jake McEvoy (Robinson) 3 laps of the school field in 11.41.59;
- Year 7 Swimming – Nicolo Del Maestro (Equiano) 36 widths in 4 minutes;
- Year 8 swimming – Livia Brookes (Equiano) 41 widths in 4 minutes;
- Year 7 Dance – Anisa Kabir (Cavendish) Wii dance score of 10903;
- Year 8 Dance – Annemarie Fedrele (Equiano) scoring of 19/20 for her group choreography;
- Year 9 Dance – Brooke Blakeman (Equiano) scoring 19/20 for her group choreography;
- Year 7 Trampolining – Oscar Ferguson (Hill) scoring 19/20 for his trampolining routine;
- Year 8 Trampolining – Felicity Lawrence (Equiano) scoring 20/20 for her trampolining routine;
- Year 9 Trampolining – Joshua Bailey (Hill) scoring 20/20 for his trampolining routine.
- We still have the Year 10 ultimate frisbee, dodgeball, softball and rounders’ competitions in lessons; as well as year 7, 8 and 9 rounders and not forgetting the highlight of the year – Sports Day!!
- The PTA Quiz was a great success as ever, helping to raise significant funds for the school. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped. The Humanities team (and Mr Cornick) are proud to announce their victory at the quiz. They revised hard and kept alert with lots of bargain Haribo! There was fierce competition but with some stunning rounds by Mr Dover, Miss Stockings and Mr Cornick, they managed to grab victory! If you would like to challenge them at the next PTA quiz, look out for the adverts and sign up before it’s sold out.
- Our congratulations go to Josh Bailey, in Y9, who has gained a place in the National Youth Theatre. In order to gain the place, he had a 3-hour workshop audition followed by an individual audition for which he prepared a monologue. He was one of over 4000 young people, nationally, aged 14 to 21, who auditioned and he has won a place on the National Youth Theatre Junior Summer course; a 2-week residential training programme with professional directors in London. Once he has completed the course in August he will be a member of the National Youth Theatre.
- In assembly on Tuesday Cavendish and Hill House heard about the international charity “Free the Children”, which encourages young people to take action in their local communities and for global causes through the “We Day Project”. Twenty students then attended workshops during the day with the speaker, Alice, to formulate an action plan for their chosen causes. Feedback to Mrs Pointon about the day was really positive: our students have some great ideas and lots of enthusiasm to make a change. Details about their plans will be in future blogs.
- In order to prepare our year 10 students for the future, and to start their Post-16 journey, we hosted a work related learning event this week. Our aim was to give the students a greater insight into career opportunities so that they are motivated to succeed in the future. The event was designed to broaden students’ perspectives on career opportunities by exposing them to a range of industries and job types. We were fortunate to be able to welcome: a structural engineer; an independent retailer; a marketing consultant; IT engineer; HR and Recruitment Consultant; a linguist; a banker; health professionals; a neuroscientist and a performance poet.
- We have been informed that the Cambridge News are introducing their own Education Awards this year. People can make individual nominations for school of the year, teacher of the year, pupil of the year and support staff member of the year. Initially there is a short form to fill in. We do have some amazing students and staff! The link to the website is: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/8203-Cambridge-News-Education-Awards-2015-make/story-26396042-detail/story.html
- The design team for the new build have been on site developing their design proposal further; meeting with staff and the governor steering group. The design is looking very exciting. There will be future meetings where the design developments will be shared so please do look out for those dates.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott