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School starts for Year 7, Wednesday 2nd September 2015
School for all, Thursday 3rd September 2015
Open Evening, Thursday 1st October 2015
Sixth Form Open Evening, Thursday 19th November 2015




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 Year 11 students at Chipping Norton School have had plenty to smile about after opening their GCSE results today. There are some outstanding achievements being celebrated and the headline figures show significant improvement on previous years. At the very top end over a quarter of students achieved five or more A* and A grades and the figure for students achieving five or more A*-C grades was 72%. Mathematics results fell nationally but at Chipping Norton School a very impressive 82% of students received A*-C grades. The all important figure for five A*-C grades including English and mathematics stands at 64%, a significant increase on the previous year.

Notable high achievers, all of whom achieved 8 or more A* and A grades, include Emily Heppell, Tazu Walden, Sunny Bhamrah, Jim Caldwell, James Matthews, Hannah Mitchell, Rachelle Newman, Alice Orpin, Tom Pearce, Lorenzo Ronconi, Will Scantlebury, Connor Vellinga and Agnieszka Henry.


Outstanding A level results at Chipping Norton School

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At this time of year our newspapers are full of pictures of happy students and there is plenty to smile about at Chipping Norton School. The students opening envelopes to reveal their grades have done exceptionally well.

Well over half of all the grades achieved were at A*, A or B, 27% of grades were either A* or A, and university places are already being confirmed.   10 students achieved all A* and A grades and students hoping to study at Oxford and Cambridge University have had their places confirmed. Students’ chosen university courses range from Hazard Management and Electrical Engineering, to Politics with International Relations and Mathematics. 

2015 A level Results:

A* and A     27%
A*, A and B      54%
A* to C      81%
A* to E          99%

 High achieving students include: Jordan Eriksen (A*A*A*), Trystan Surawy Stepney (A*A*A*); Abbie Festa (A*A*A); Bally Bhogal (A*A*A); Alice Rose (A*AA), Daisy Hall (A*AA); Jake Conway (A*AA), Ilona Weir (A*AA); Zoe Foster (A*AA), Charlotte Carre (AAA), Joseph Jaffe (AAA); Ryan George (A*A*BB), Jake Burtonwood (AABB), Mathew Potts (A*AB), Morgan Lee (A*AB), Anna Jarrett-Rawlence (A*AB), Alex Harris (A*AB), Alice Green (A*AB).

Headteacher Simon Duffy commented “Once again these outcomes cement Chipping Norton School’s reputation for high quality teaching and outstanding student outcomes. The hard work of both students and their teachers has produced some exceptionally good results. I am delighted that Jordan and Trystan have got the top grades required to study Engineering at Cambridge and Physics at Oxford respectively.  Many students achieved all A* and A grades and a significant number of students have successfully gained places at our top universities. They all deserve hearty congratulations.”

Head of Sixth Form, Alan Trainer added “Anyone who has recently studied A levels or had a child complete A Levels will know how much hard work is required. There will always be those who wrongly say that top grades are easier to come by than in their day. For this cohort of students, success is down to a great deal of hard work and effort, coupled with the hard work of the teachers and the support of parents.  I very much look forward to hearing about the future success of these young people as they enter the next phase of their lives.”


Stunning A Level Achievement Recognised

a level value addedAs our current students are once again coming towards the end of their GCSE and A level examinations, the school, which is a member of ‘Leading Edge’ (a national network for high-performing schools which are committed to working in partnership to raise achievement), has received some fascinating data outlining the achievement of the 2014 A level students. The data shows the ‘value added’ from GCSE to A level and how strong A level achievement is from each student’s starting point. Chipping Norton School was ranked 18th from over 2,100 schools, placing the school in the top 1%.

Headteacher, Simon Duffy said ‘the value added scores show how strongly our students performed. A score of zero would mean performance as expected. Our score was 0.36, roughly a third of a grade better per student on average, and a figure much higher than any other Oxfordshire or Gloucestershire school. I am delighted that the exceptional performance of our A level students has been recognised in this way. It is testament to the hard work of students and the high quality of teaching at Chipping Norton School. To be in the top 1% of schools nationally is a wonderful achievement’.

Compared to key local schools Chipping Norton School’s scores certainly look impressive.

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Year 4/5 AGT Maths Workshop

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Twenty nine Year 4/5 Able Gifted & Talented Maths students were recently invited to school to take part in the Maths Workshop.

They started the afternoon doing ‘Giant Jenga’ with Year 12 Maths Leaders, and a quick competition took place to see who could keep the tower going the longest and how high it was!   Mrs Phillips then took them to the Maths Department where Miss Wearden, Mrs Avery, Dr Howard and Mr Liddament were waiting to lead them in Maths activities and puzzles.

The pupils worked very hard and impressed the Maths Department with their quick thinking and processing skills and working in teams they managed to solve the challenging activities and puzzles. The Year 12 Maths Leaders looked after the groups and made sure they got from one room to the next to take part in all the activities set by the Maths Teachers. The younger students really enjoy being supported by the older students who encouraged them to do their very best.  

Year 10 Work Experience

be the bestDuring the last week of June our Year 10 students enjoyed a week of work experience. Most of the students were placed with businesses in Chipping Norton and the surrounding areas and experienced work in areas as diverse as working at Quite Interesting Limited (Q.I), Daylesford Cookery School and Chastleton House National Trust.

One student, Laura Harrison secured a placement with The Band of the Scots Guard in London, who were so impressed with her maturity and level of musicianship that they invited her to extend her work experience into a second week so that she could perform at a concert with them and the Military Wives Choir.  To learn more about Laura's work experience, click on the link below:
Be The Best! by Laura Harrison 10GN

Thank you for all the companies that volunteered their time so that we were able to provide this opportunity for our students.

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