Week Ending 21st April

  • You will remember that we received a letter from Nick Gibb congratulating the school on its excellent GCSE results. Data released this week by the DFE states that only 138 schools in the country received a congratulatory letter for their Progress 8 performance.
  • As you may be aware Chesterton is the home of “Cambridge Youth Opera”. Next week CYO will be providing the children’s chorus for the English Touring Opera’s production of Tosca (25, 28 and 29 April at the Arts Theatre). Seven of the 13 children involved are at Chesterton. Taking part are: Greta White, Cara Williams, Eamon Murphy,Niamh Warren, Caroline Stoop, Juliette Stoop and Maddie Smith.
  • Carrie Carter, from our geography department, has been chosen to front a nationwide campaign from the British Council to promote its Connecting Classrooms initiative. She will star in the new campaign to attract more people into the project. The campaign will be live from next month and includes placements across social media platforms and newspapers. Connecting Classrooms helps pupils and their teachers to work with their peers in schools all over the world. For Carrie Carter that meant learning about classrooms in Nepal and the things that unite us, wherever we are in the world; she has been bringing that recent experience into her classroom teaching.
  • During the second week of the Easter Break, students studying Latin went on an adventure to the ancient world. They visited the Colosseum, Palatine hill, Pantheon, and Forum in Rome, before travelling to Sorrento. Here they walked in the footsteps of Pompeians in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius. The students were fantastically well-behaved and demonstrated an enthusiasm and respect for the sites. It was an excellent opportunity for students to see classical sites they have studied and to bring the past to life.
  • Congratulations to Jo Scholten who has been appointed as Head of Maths. Clare Hargraves will remain as Assistant Head with oversight of our Maths provision.
  • Following the success of our 27 Go4Set students achieving Silver Crest Awards, they have also been awarded a Bronze Industrial Cadet Award; the first time our students have achieved either award.  It is hoped they will participate in the Big Bang at Chelmsford at the end of June.
  • Connections is the National Theatre’s annual festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools. It gives young people experience of professional theatre-making. We were thrilled to perform our entry, The School Film, in front of its playwright Patrick Marber on the last day of term. For him it was the premiere, and he told the stellar cast afterwards he will now always compare any performance with Chesterton’s, which he loved. Cast and crew will now perform again on Saturday 22 April in an outdoor setting as Field of Play, and again at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate on the 29th alongside two other theatre companies. The Field of Play event is on Saturday at Michams Park.  Gates open at 2.45pm for a 3.00pm kick off.
  • A Parentmail has been sent out about a Triple Teen Parenting course which provides support for parents with teenagers. This will take place at North Cambridge Academy in June. See Parentmail for more information.
  • The locality team are delivering a number of support groups in the forthcoming months of which students from Chesterton will be referred if required:
  • The first is a healthy relationships project called Impact. Impact is aimed at young people (13-16 years old) who are displaying inappropriate/concerning behaviours towards relationships. The project will cover topics such as: domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation, radicalisation and relevant risk taking behaviours.
  • The second is an Arts and Crafts based group. The project is aimed at school years 8-11 (ages 13-16), both male and female, with the focus on developing and increasing the confidence and skills of young people through a series of art-based activities. This group is targeted at young people who struggle with social anxiety and confidence and might benefit from being involved in a small group environment with a focus on support and achievement. The young people will also have the option to do an ‘Arts Award’ qualification.
  • English lessons for parents who speak English as another language: we are offering free taster lessons on Friday 28th April from 9.30am at Chesterton. We invite you to come and try our lessons for beginners to advanced and English for Work. We also offer a free reading club in the evening, a singing group, reading library and tea and coffee. Please contact if you would like to join us: Sadams@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk / www.esolcafe.co.uk

Chesterton Community College
Gilbert Road

01223 712150

Mrs Lucy Scott