Welcome to Chipping Norton School
Our Sixth Form is in the top 1% of schools nationally (18th out of 2100 schools) based on value added data.
This places us as the best Sixth Form in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
On Wednesday 16th December, St Mary’s Church was ringing to the sound of voices and instruments from Chipping Norton School, as the school staged their annual Nine Lessons and Carols. At the end of a busy term, students raised their spirits and shared some good Christmas cheer with their audience. Students from all year groups took part in the varied programme, performing traditional carols, popular songs and a new composition by A level musician Emma Pascoe. The event provided the newly formed Chamber Group with their first performance, as they opened the service with music from ‘The Snowman’. With performances from the Junior Choir, Senior Choir, Staff Choir, Lower School Choir, Jazz band, Jazz ensemble, and the Year 10 GCSE students, as well as more than a dozen soloists, the evening was a varied mixture of festive entertainment. The next performance by the musicians of Chipping Norton School will be at the annual Battle of the Bands on Thursday 10th March in Chipping Norton School.
End of Term Arrangements
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Sixth Formers win regional heat of UK Space Design Competition
Some of our Year 12 and 13 students recently took part in the Central England heat of the UK Space Design Competition. The UK Space Design Competition is a science and engineering challenge designed as a simulation of life in industry.
Teams are given a list of requirements for a space settlement, and have a day to come up with a detailed design which they present to a panel of judges who include experts in the field and representatives of the UK Space Agency.
The team impressed the judges with their innovative design which utilised bioluminescent moss and synthetic blood as materials. They were further praised for their problem solving skills as their design benefited from working at an air pressure slightly lower than atmospheric pressure, simplifying the task. The presentation they put together in just one day was hugely impressive and other teachers at the event were highly complementary.
The team now go forward to the National Final which will take place in London in March where they will compete with the other regional winners.
Selected members of the winning team at the National final will be invited to represent the UK at the International Final in Houston, Texas.
Warmest congratulations go to Jasmine Catlow, Esther Coleman, Connor Findlay-Priest, Emily Heppell, Abbie Hollis (team captain), Natalie Slyeptsova and Megan Walters.
CNS wins U14 Rugby County Cup
On Wednesday 9th December the U14 Rugby Team played in their second cup final of the season as they took on Lord Williams School in the final of the County Cup. It was an excellent game with both teams a real credit to their schools. Chipping Norton went ahead by 7 points early in the game with an interception try through captain Stan Norman and a conversion by fly half James Ingham. The rest of the first half was closely contested but 3 breakaway tries meant Lord Williams went in at half time winning by 19 points to 7.
With the wind in the second half Chippy started well and were soon back in the game with 2 tries and an excellent touchline conversion from Ingham again bringing the scores level at 19 points each with 6 minutes to go. Lord Williams gave away a penalty at a ruck straight in front of the posts on the 22 and with the pressure on Ingham struck it straight though the middle to take the lead with only 4 minutes remaining. Chipping Norton held on to win the game having scored 15 unanswered points in the second half leaving the 22 boys in the squad and all the parents and supporters on the side elated. Final score Chipping Norton 22 Lord Williams 19.
James Ingham said
“The first half was difficult but we soon caught up in the second with 2 tries from Stan Norman and a conversion from James Ingham. With only 4 minutes remaining we took the lead through a penalty and held onto the win to receive the trophy after a great game and a fantastic season winning 11 out of our 12 matches so far.”
India/UK Sustainable Solution Challenge
This term the Year 10 Physics students entered the India/UK Sustainable Solution Challenge competition. They were challenged to come up with ideas about how climate issues can be addressed through social innovations, out-of-the-box thinking and creative use of existing technologies.
Amelia Ledgard-Holie, Sasha Koch and Molly Duff suggested that the existing idea of ‘solar roadways’ might be a solution if a cheaper method of manufacturing the hexagonal solar panels could be developed. They argue that replacing existing roads and paths with solar roadways would be ideal for countries where space is limited due to overpopulation as they would not involve using any additional precious space. The group’s video explaining their idea has been shortlisted for the competition and will be shown to delegates at the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris this week.
If the group’s idea wins the competition the school will receive a trophy and more importantly mentorship from one of the partnership organizations involved with the SS Challenge. We wish them luck.