Head of School – May 2017
As you all know by now, our Ofsted team has been and gone and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the dozens of parents who have written to me personally offering praise, thanks and support for the school. The report has been sent to all parents and is on the website so here and now is not the place to go through it again. Suffice to say that in the category that matters most – behaviour, safeguarding, enrichment and pastoral care – we are officially outstanding.
The month of May saw many of our enrichment activities really challenge our pupils. The annual Keswick to Barrow and Coniston to Barrow Walks came around again and we entered four teams for the twenty mile route and one team for the gruelling forty-two mile stretch. I was privileged to be at the Lowick and Dalton stages and also at the Hawcoat Lane finishing line to see our exhausted but happy walkers home. Well done to everyone who took part to stretch themselves mentally and physically and also to raise money for local charities.
I would also like to congratulate the senior students who took part in the District Athletics competition. Every one of the following pupils came either first or second in their field; Alex Walters (200m), Clayton Moore (200m), Alex Thompson (High Jump), Heather Ripley (High Jump), Halle Gardiner (Discus), Shauna Oldcorn (Long Jump), Morgan Jones (Shot), William Woods (100m), Callum Sharples (200m), Josh Turner (300m), Luis Wagstaff (300m), Isaac Sainty (Javelin), Antoni Kudelski (Shot), Rebecca Keen (High Jump), Lois Morrell (150m and Shot), Amy Spry (100m), Olivia Cook (200m) and Ellie Thompson (Triple Jump).
Congratulations also go to the Year 7 cricket team who beat UVHS, Walney, the Academy and St Bernard’s to become District winners.
We are also seeing some fantastic successes in the UK Maths Challenge. This competition sees 20,000 young people enter each year, with the top 5,000 going through to the next round as Pink Kangeroos (no, I don’t know either but I shall ask!!). Very well done Subhash Chatterjee for his Gold Certificate, to Aman Kshetrapal, Zane Lightfoot, Amelia Mardel and Shubham Kukreti for their Silvers and to Pranav Singh, Sanjana Singh, Rebecca Salton, Ashton Stoker, Janani Nagarjan, Simran Rattu, Joshua Riley, Taheed Ahmed and Ethan Mullaney for their Bronze. Special mention must now go to Casey Turner (Best in Year 7) and Adrian Lee Cheong (Best in School) who are now officially Chetwynde’s Pink Kangeroos and go through to the next round on June 13th.
Well done too to everyone gaining Speech and Drama and Performing Text certificates. A special mention to Nathan Powell, Jerome Woods and Jack Roberts who not only gain either Grade 6 or 7 certificates but who also now have real live UCAS points under their belts, contributing towards university applications in four or five years time. Fantastic achievement boys, well done.
The exam season is well upon us now, with both Year 11 and Upper Sixth on Study Leave and working hard. There have been many, many revision sessions held in lunch hours, weekends and over half-term and I should like to thank the staff for so generously giving up their free time. It is also lovely to see all the exam Art work up in the Gallery space.
The Friday before Whitsun saw the now legendary Shirt-Signing and Scones on the Patio afternoon and we were blessed with glorious weather, so much so that the cakes kindly donated by Mr and Mrs Uys began to melt in the heat and were raced round to Mrs Ashton’s fridge for salvation.
I should like to thank in particular my last ever A Level Philosophy and Ethics group. It has been an absolute pleasure and privilege teaching such intelligent, inquisitive and let’s face it argumentative young minds over the last twenty-one years and my final group encapsulated all that is wonderful about teaching. Eight beautiful, bright and bubbly young women (and the bright, beautiful and bubbly Chris Gunson) who have all worked hard and made every lesson an absolute joy to teach.
The Year 11s were extremely well behaved and emotional as they said goodbye to over a decade of formal schooling, a decade spent by many of them here at Chetwynde School. The afternoon before saw us all bite down hard upon our lips so that we wouldn’t cry – Mrs Greenall succumbing at the very end – as the Year 11s presented an incredible Leavers’ Assembly. So much work went into the forty minutes of songs, videos and certificates. Not one pupil nor teacher was left out, the Year 11s proudly seated at the front of the whole senior school in their Leavers’ hoodies, proud of each other and grateful to have been a part of a really friendly, cohesive and supportive year group. As a parent of a Year 11 pupil, now in his fourteenth year at Chetwynde, I would like to say thank you to them all for giving my son such a wonderful start to his life and for being such good friends for so many years.
Ms. S. Jeffreys
Head of School