Welcome to Chipping Norton School


Start of Term 1 

Monday 1st September  Tuesday 2nd September  Wednesday 3rd September
Staff Traning (no students in school)
Sixth Form Enrolment
 Year 7 students in school & Year 12 am  School for all students


 Open Evening

Thursday 2nd October 2014 from 5.00pm-7.30pm

Headteacher’s talk at 6.15pm.

Latest News

CILIP Carnegie Medal 2014

carnegie 01Thirteen 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

fashion designer 01Congratulations 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!

big bang 01On 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

cnps u10 cricket 01Our 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.

Year 9 visit to JET Laboratory

jet laboratory 001A group of Year 9 students, picked for their commitment and interest in science, visited the JET lab at Culham.  They enjoyed a tour of the UK's centre for nuclear fusion research, saw a mock-up of the reactor and learnt about the possibility of nuclear fusion providing a long term clean energy source in the future. We were shown the remote handling room, where each student had a go at controlling a multimillion pound robotic arm inside the reactor. The students learnt lots about this future energy source as well as the possibilities for working in scientific industries.

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