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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.

Burford   School

0.04

Cotswold School

0.15

Pates   Grammar School

0.22

Chipping   Norton School

0.36

Year 4/5 AGT Maths Workshop

yr 45 agt maths

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.

Speedy Interviewing!

yr12 future daysAs part of our Year 12 Future Days Programme, students took part in a Speed Interviewing session. After a presentation from Emma Goodman, recruitment consultant, on effective interview skills, students were given two 7 minute interviews by local business people. Although they found the process quite daunting, they certainly learned a lot from the experience.

Mahmoda Khatun reports: “The interviews were a valuable experience which will help prepare us for the future. The interviewers asked challenging questions which needed a lot of thought before being answered. The first interview was very nerve-racking for many. However by the second interview many of us felt much more relaxed and prepared. This gave us the opportunity to realise that either you are doing enough extra-curricular activities, or more needs to be done to build up your personal profile.”

Celebrating the Carnegie Book Award

carnegieOn Monday June 22nd thirteen students went to Henry Box School to meet up with students from  Henry Box, Burford School and Carterton Community College.  The students were split into mixed groups and competed against each other to win the coveted Carnegie Challenge Trophy. As well as being awarded points for the standard of a 5 minute presentation each group had to prepare, additional points were given for great teamwork and acts of kindness. Victoria Rohling and Beth Summers were included in the winning team - Team Tinder 1.

Many students entered the fancy dress competition this year and Victoria Rohling won a prize by dressing up as 'Death' from 'Tinder'.  A great day was finished off by sharing the fantastic chocolate Carnegie cake.

 

 

 

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