Stunning A Level Achievement Recognised
As 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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Celebrating the Carnegie Book Award
On 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.
On Tuesday 23rd June ten very excited Year 5 pupils arrived at Chipping Norton School with their parents and teachers to take part in the inter-school Bake-Off. All the pupils had previously won their own Bake-Off competition in their schools, earning them the opportunity to take part.
Miss McSwiney, D&T Department, very kindly hosted the competition in the Cookery Room. She was assisted by Year 9 and 10 Food Tech students who acted as judges and supported the Year 5 pupils, helping them with equipment, the ovens and giving them a lot of encouragement.
The competition: Each pupil was allowed to cook whatever sort of cupcakes they wanted. They were also then asked to decorate two previously cooked cold cupcakes.
The quality of the cakes presented to the judges was outstanding and it a really difficult task to decide who the winner should be. In the end after a lot of deliberation and thought, the winners were announced by Mr Sellars, Deputy Head of Chipping Norton School, in front of parents, teachers and Headteachers.
Cupcakes baked during the competition
Bo Field – Great Rollright 1st Place – Lemon Drizzle Cakes
Isla Mackinstosh - Enstone 2nd Place – cupcakes
Ella White - Hook Norton 3rd Place - cupcakes
Cupcakes decorated in the competition
Isla Mackintosh - Enstone 1st Place – Decorated cupcakes
Bo Field - Great Rollright Joint 2nd Place – Decorated cupcakes
Ella White - Hook Norton Joint 2nd Place - Decorated cupcakes
Olivia Hall - Chadlington 3rd Place - Decorated Cakes
Everyone who took part in this competition had worked so hard, and each and every one of you deserves to be congratulated. We look forward to seeing the same high standard next year.
Year 9 Art trip to the Pitt Rivers Museum
On 10th June the Art department took all year 9 students beginning to study GCSE Art and Design to the Pitt Rivers and Natural History museum in Oxford.
It was a fantastic day and the students got to explore the eccentric Pitt Rivers, listen to a fascinating talk from the Head of Museum Education in Oxford about the uses of some of the items on display, and have a picnic lunch!
Students spent time drawing from the objects that included shrunken heads, full sized totem poles, shadow puppets and a mummy with their little toe exposed!
This trip is the start to the students first GCSE unit 'Non-European Cultures' and the students are continuing the work from the trip in the classroom now. The Art department would like to say a huge thank you to the year 9s for their amazing attitude on the day.
Year 7 and 9 West Oxfordshire Rounders Champions
We have had a year of great success for all of our Rounders teams. On Tuesday 16th June both the Year 7 and 8 teams competed in the WOSSP tournament on a lovely day at Marlborough School. Both teams performed fantastically and displayed great attitude and effort which was rewarded as the Year 7 team won all their games to be crowned West Oxfordshire champions with the Year 8's finishing runners-up.On Thursday 18th June we hosted the Year 9 and 10 tournaments. After a shaky start the Year 9 team found their winning streak and were also crowned West Oxfordshire Champions. The teams look forward to competing at the Oxfordshire Championships next month.