Week ending 05th June

  • We will shortly be sending out details about parent governor elections. Our governing body is highly involved with the school and takes its strategic role very seriously; being part of the group is an excellent way to support the education of all Chesterton students. Please do read the information carefully and if you are interested in becoming a parent governor we would be delighted to receive your nomination. We welcome nominations from all members of our community, for example parents of children from feeder primaries currently not represented and members of under-represented groups. Chesterton’s students come from a very wide range of background, race, language, household income, and so on; we are keen for the governing body to reflect that diversity. In addition we always seek to add to the skills of the existing group and currently we lack any governing expertise in personnel. If you are interested in discussing the possibility further please do not hesitate to contact the Chair of Governors Simon Peyton Jones.
  • We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in the recent Cambridge Education awards with a nomination for best secondary school and Ben Wilkinson and Emily Pham both nominated for student of the year. Keep your fingers crossed!
  • Chesterton welcomed new staff who will be starting with us next year to an induction day this week. The aim of the day was to ensure that all the staff were confident about school policies and approaches. The feedback we have received from the staff has been excellent; they were genuinely enthused by the day and can’t wait to start in September.
  • One new member of staff has been able to join us slightly earlier and we are delighted to welcome him for this final half-term. Tim Spencer has started his new role as Assistant Head with responsibility for science. He has been made to feel very welcome by staff and students and he is very excited about leading the science faculty.
  • We were pleased to see so many parents at this week’s Y8 Parents’ evening. As part of the evening we asked parents to complete a survey about our reporting system which we are in the process of developing to re-launch in September. On June 17th there will be a Parent Forum where we will share some of the developments linked to reporting; please do feel free to come along.
  • A further development is a very exciting app that we are currently exploring with staff which will allow us to share feedback books with parents electronically. As you will be aware we have a system of feedback books, in which students do all of their formal assessments and teachers provide detailed feedback tasks. These books currently remain in school and we have been working on ways to allow parents to engage with the work. An app called “seesaw” will enable us to email photos of all feedback work. Please look out for a forthcoming ParentMail about this.
  • There has been a significant amount of work this week with the team of architects who have been working on the designs for the new build. They have made further refinements to the scheme, taking into account feedback from staff. The more we see of the designs, the more excited we become about the project as it will undoubtedly transform the school experience for all of our students.
  • A series of six Acoustic Music Sessions began this Wednesday after school with a link from the Cambridge Junction.  A group of guitarists, singers and fiddle players had a great time covering a song and adding harmonies.  The project aims to move the students on to song writing with the opportunity to possibly perform at the Junction or even as upcoming artists at the Cambridge Folk Festival!
  • Our Y7 students had an exciting trip to London this week, visiting St Pauls and The Tower of London. This was part of their Wicked Wednesday programme which allows for a wide range of humanities’ linked visits over the year.
  • The Year 11 students are coming into the final stretch of the examination process. For the first year ever we have had a 100% attendance at all exams and excellent attendance at pre-exam revision sessions; this really shows the superb commitment of our students.

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