Week ending January 24th
- It has been a very serious week for Year 11’s as they have been filling in their Post 16 Application Forms this week using their latest predicted grades. It really focuses their minds on the next few months and the work that will be required to ensure they are able to choose their next steps.
- We hope Y11 students found the Study Day on Wednesday really helpful; the feedback we have received from students has been really positive. One of the sessions offered was about stress management and Jan Male introduced the Year 11 students to different breathing techniques and Pilates. She commented that all the year 11s in her sessions were great; being really open to suggestions and willing to take the practical sessions seriously.
- All of Year 11 saw their summer exam timetables for the first time during the study day and were given helpful advice and strategies for planning their revision timetable. Year 11 are trailblazers, as the first cohort not to have taken modular units during the GCSE course and doing all their exams at the end of Y11. This is a very new experience for them and we are doing our utmost to help support them.
- Year 9’s are currently contemplating their KS4 options, after the Option Evening last week. So another serious time for another year group, as they consider the choices they need to make. I’ve heard some very positive comments from both students and teachers about how useful the vertical tutoring system has been at this point. Year 9 students have been able to discuss option choices with Year 10 and Year 11 students who are in their tutor group and get the real truth about different subjects! Similarly tutors have only a small number of Y9 students in their tutor group, so have been able to focus their attentions and have significant conversations with those students.
- As a school we would like to congratulate Anil Soni, one of our Progress Support Workers, who has been appointed as Associate Chaplain (Hindu) at Anglia Ruskin University. Thankfully Anil will still be doing his excellent support work here in the Maths department; running Breakfast Club and working with students on transforming learning behaviour but it is good for us to have links with other institutions in the community.
- We had our Y7 parents’ evening this week and there was an excellent turnout. Thank you to Y10 students and the PTA for providing refreshments and also to our parent governors who attended the event. A regular feature of parents’ evenings now is that there will be some parent governors in attendance. They will be there so you can: discuss the school, have a link with the governing body and also ask any questions about the governance process. We feel this is a really helpful addition to the evenings and I’d like to thank the governors for giving up their time to do this.
- This week I attended the CB4 Aspire meeting. The purpose of this group is to link secondary schools and primary schools and I attend along with Martin Campbell from North Cambridge Aacdemy and all the headteachers from the local feeder primary schools. It is a really good opportunity to ensure we are co-ordinated and can share our resources. There is currently some excellent work focused on boys’ writing in the primary and secondary schools and also a music project called “We Sing” which we will be hosting in a few weeks’ time.
- Some great sporting events this week and weekend: Daniel Poole and Alex Milward are representing the district schools’ football team tomorrow in the quarter final of the national schools’ representative team cup. They are playing at Histon FC at 1.30pm against Bristol schools. Cambridge is a small district so this is quite an achievement at this sporting level. Last weekend Jordan Wood won the county schools’ cross country. Next week our basketball teams host a number of local schools in the Cambridge district tournaments – we are trying to repeat what has happened for the last five years, by qualifying for the finals; keep your collective fingers crossed!
- The performance tables, released this week, held very good news for Chesterton. They have confirmed that the school achieved its best ever results last year with 68% of students achieving at least 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English and Maths. Most excitingly of all, we are in the top three of the county for adding value to our students and are top in Cambridge. Our attendance figures are also the best in the county, meaning that more students can access the high quality teaching in the school and realise their potential.
- The week ended with Year 8 students completing swimming challenges in their PE lessons – inspired by the ‘Power to Inspire’ event last Friday.
- Next week we have our rewards’ assemblies for students and I’ll share details about those in next week’s blog.
- In the coming week please look out for a ParentMail about a petition linked to Fairer Funding for Cambridgeshire schools. We are hoping to get as many parents as we can to sign this and keep this issue at the forefront of the government agenda.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott