Week ending January 30th
- As you will have seen both in the media and on our website, the school league tables were released yesterday and we are delighted to share them with you. Last year’s record results have been confirmed with 72% of our students achieving the Government benchmark of five or more A*- C grades including English and Maths (5+A*-C inc EM); this score places us second in the local area. The school also achieved its highest ever Value Added score. This shows how much progress our students made over their five years at Chesterton. The national median is standardised at 1000. We achieved 1027.7. This figure means that on average every student achieved a grade higher in four out of eight subjects because they attended Chesterton instead of an average school. Further to this, 86% and 78% of students made expected or better progress in English and Maths respectively. This puts us second and third in the local area. We are also very proud that our Pupil Premium students (students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the last 6 years) achieved the second best results in the local area with 41% of them achieving the 5+A*-C inc EM measure. As ever we are working hard to continue this journey of improvement as we still want to be even better next year, with even more students gaining the qualifications they need to go on to be successful in their future lives. Our letter to parents can be found online HERE
- We are delighted to announce the appointment of Tim Spencer as our new Assistant Head in charge of the Science Faculty. Tim is currently teaching in Hertfordshire as a Director of Science; he will join us after the May half-term. We had a very strong field and it was a fascinating two days for us as an interview panel. All the candidates commented on how much they liked the school; they were very impressed with our students and their positive attitude to learning.
- Several Chesterton Students were representing Cambridgeshire in the Inter-Area Korfball Championships at Harrow at the weekend. Dan Kroese, Jessie Lewis, Sydney Gillet and Paul Boughton were in the U14 second team squad, whilst Zach Kroese, Thomas Clift, Emily Howland and Rebecca Brettell were in the first team squad that finished in third place following a narrow defeat in the semi-final. Maddy Gibbs, Nanon Elliot, Thomas Howland and Rory Haughan were in the U16 squad. Rory and Maddy had also played for the U19 team the previous day.
- We have two teams entered into the EDT STEM Go4Set competition. There is a Year 8 and a Year 9 team (of six students each) who will be mentored by software engineers from ARM over the next eight weeks to develop a new use for some electronic technology. It’s early days, but there are seventeen schools involved across Eastern England, with the final on 20th March in Luton. The students will be visiting the ARM HQ at some point in the future. They will be working during lunchtimes in their teams to produce a Project Plan, Development Ideas and a New Idea that may (or may not work); they will produce a presentation and stand for the final. They will be assisted by Neil Kelly and Jenny Walsh. It’s an excellent opportunity for them to show off their programming and technology skills. We have mixed gender teams and are hoping to instil some healthy competition, whilst encouraging more students to consider a future in STEM subjects.
- Basketball success! The under 14 boys and under 16 boys teams from Chesterton have progressed to the finals of the Cambridge district basketball tournaments – for the seventh successive year. As the season draws to a close, it’s clear that both teams have benefited from attending training sessions throughout the school year – good luck to all involved.
- Our PE department continues to be innovative with its provision and for our Year 11 students that means the ‘Boot Camp’ experience. Year 11 students will have the opportunity to take part in ‘Boot Camp’ sessions during their regular PE lessons next week. We have a visiting professional who will provide an experience of the type of fitness classes which are currently popular across the country.
- Following the excitement of the PE rewards assemblies, there was a buzz around school on Tuesday when Maths, MFL, Music, DT, Art, Humanities and ICT all held rewards’ assemblies. During January alone, students have received prizes totalling more than £800 for outstanding effort and exceptional attitude to learning and progress! This recognises and celebrates the ongoing hard work and achievements our students demonstrate daily. We look forward to further rewards’ assemblies in MFL, Science, Humanities, English and Drama next month. We encourage everyone to continue to work hard to build a sense of pride, satisfaction and achievement as well as for the chance to have their hard work recognised. Go for it!
- Twenty Year 10 students were awarded prizes from the Humanities’ Faculty in assembly this week. Each student was given a book which the Faculty hopes they will treasure for years to come. At the end of the assembly Farai and Louis performed their rap written to help remember the Aims Of Punishment from the Crime Unit in GCSE Ethics.
- Burns’ Night arrives a little late to Chesterton with our celebration this evening. In next week’s blog I will share the highlights of the evening.