Welcome to Chipping Norton School
Start of Term 1
|Monday 1st September||Tuesday 2nd September||Wednesday 3rd September|
|Staff Training (no students in school)
Sixth Form Enrolment
|Year 7 students in school & Year 12 am||School for all students|
Thursday 2nd October 2014 from 5.00pm-7.30pm
Headteacher’s talk at 6.15pm.
2014 A Level Results
Best ever A level results at Chipping Norton School
At a time when results have dipped both nationally and locally, especially the top grades, students at Chipping Norton School have been celebrating the best ever set of A level results. 58% of all grades awarded were A*, A or B. Over one third of all grades that students achieved were A and A*. Eleven students achieved all A and A* grades at A level and ten students achieved 3 or more A and A* grades at AS Level.
Already most of the students who have applied for university have had their places confirmed to study subjects ranging from engineering, veterinary medicine and architecture to psychology, forensic biology and journalism. Particularly pleasing results in subjects such as English, mathematics, the sciences and philosophy have strengthened Chipping Norton School’s reputation for quality at the academic core of learning. In fact more than a third of all examinations subjects studied were Mathematics and Sciences.
2014 A level Results:
A*, A and B = 58%
A* to C = 83%
A* to E = 100%
High achieving students of particular note are: Sam Barnes (A*, A, A); Flossie Boyd (A*, A, A); Jess Falconer-Hall (A*, A*, A*); Phoebe Graham (A*, A, A); Sophie Johnson (A*, A, A); Amelia Lennon (A*, A*, A); Seb Ringrose (A*, A, A); Kate Turner (A*, A*, A); Chloe Warburton (A*, A, A); and Joe Yapp (A*, A, A).
Headteacher, Simon Duffy, said: “Every year there appears to be more and more pressure on students to get strong grades within a shifting educational landscape as far as examinations are concerned. I am delighted with these results because they reflect the genuine commitment to study that our students have shown, day in and day out. The combined effort of these students, their teachers, along with the support of parents, has contributed to some outstanding grades. Anyone aware of the demands of A levels will know that such success is hard won and these students deserve our congratulation. It is gratifying that these students will now be in strong positions to commence the next stage in their lives. I look forward to tracking the future successes of these young people as they enter university or the world of work”
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2014
Thirteen students from Years 7 -10 have been shadowing this year’s Carnegie Book Award. They have been reading the 8 shortlisted titles since Easter, enjoying discussing the merits of these challenging books during weekly reading club meetings in the library and posting reviews on the Carnegie Award website (http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/grouphomepages/index.php?GroupID=316).
On June 23rd we were delighted to host a Carnegie celebration day for students from Burford, Henry Box and Carterton schools. The students worked on presentations to lobby for their favourite books, took part in a quiz and many dressed up as their favourite book character. Over lunch they voted for their favourite book (‘Liar & Spy’ by Rebecca Stead) and waited for the announcement from the official judges of the award winning book – ‘The Bunker Diary’ by Kevin Brooks. The day was wrapped up by everyone enjoying a slice of the spectacular Carnegie cake!
Prizes were awarded to Jodie Hackland (first student to read all 8 books), Zoe Allan (best reviews) and Adam Burtonwood (best costume). Thank you to all the students who took part this year.
Rosa Avilez wins Young Fashion Designer Midlands Region UK 2014
Congratulations to Rosa Avilez and Rosie Caldwell who were both selected by a panel of judges from the fashion industry to compete at the Young Fashion Designers UK final on June 21st. Both students presented their work to the judges and also had two 10 minute interviews, answering questions and explaining how their projects evolved from the initial design brief to the final product. Rosa Avilez won first prize in the A2 category and Rosie Caldwell won a highly commended award for her work at GCSE level.
Rosa has won a work placement with Inkberrow Design Centre (IDC) where she will work with the IDC studios and their tutors to design her own 6 piece capsule collection. Her work will be showcased at the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch show at Birmingham NEC in March 2015, the London Excel Centre in April 2015 and the Midlands Fashion Awards in Birmingham in October 2014.
Huge congratulations to both girls on their achievements.
A ’Big Bang’ @ Chipping Norton School!
On Friday June 13th, Chipping Norton School hosted a special ‘Big Bang’ fair to inspire their students about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.
A group of STEM Ambassadors from Science Oxford Live, The Science and Technology Facilities Council, and The University of Oxford’s Oncology Department delivered a whole host of exciting activities and demonstrations. The students had the opportunity to make bath fizzies (using sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, and aromatherapy oils) and mini vacuum cleaners from a paper cup, a piece of card, a motor and a battery pack. The students also experienced the ‘hair-raising’ effects of a static electricity Van de Graaff generator (see photograph) and tried their hands at identifying cancer from histology slides. In the afternoon Preeti Mistry from Atkins Global talked to Year 10 and 12 students about what it is like to work in the challenging and varied field of structural engineering.
Mr Mavromichalis (Able, Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator) commented “It is a privilege to have hosted the Big Bang here at Chipping Norton School. Both staff and students thoroughly enjoyed the day. A huge thank you to all those involved in making the day a great success. “
Chipping Norton Partnership Schools U10 Cricket and U10 Rugby Tournaments
Our partnership primary school teams came ready for battle at their annual U10 cricket and rugby festivals. The cricket matches, held at Great Tew Cricket Club, were competitive and exciting with all teams playing to a high standard. The winner of the big schools’ and small schools’ trophies were Charlbury and Chadlington respectively. The U10 rugby tournament, hosted by Chipping Norton Rugby Club, was an equally well fought battle. Everyone took great pride in representing their schools and played hard. The winner of the big schools’ trophy was Charlbury with Great Tew winning the small schools’ trophy.
Our Year 10 Sports Leaders worked very hard and did a fantastic job helping at these tournaments. They were a credit to the school. Congratulations to everyone who took part and thank you to all the teachers, TAs and parents who supported and encouraged the children. We are very grateful to Great Tew Cricket Club (especially Eric) for hosting Chipping Norton Partnership of School Cricket Tournament and to James Clarke and all of the coaches from Chipping Norton Rugby Club for hosting and supporting the School Rugby Tournament.