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Thursday 2nd October 2014 from 5.00pm-7.30pm

Headteacher’s talk at 6.15pm.

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2014 GCSE Results

There were plenty of smiles as students received their GCSE result envelopes at Chipping Norton School. At the top end almost a fifth of all grades awarded were A or A* and 30 students achieved 5 or more A and A* grades. Over three quarters of students achieved A*-C in both Maths and in two or more sciences. The figure of five A*-C including English and Mathematics showed a dip against last year's outstanding results at a disappointing 54%, which was lower than in previous years and lower than the school anticipated. Last week the school celebrated achieving the best ever 'A' level results with over 35% A* and A grades and around 60 sixth form students confirming university places, most at their first choice and many at Russell Group universities.

Notable high achievers with ten or more A*s and As are Katherine Avery; Connor Findlay-Priest; Abigail Hollis; Megan Humphreys; Eleanor Juckes; Leonie Jurkschat; Alice Ortona Coles; Monica Schroeder; Hannah Vincent; and Jack Williams-Sharkey.

Mr Duffy, Headteacher, said: "Following last week's A level results, the best in the school's history, we are now celebrating some great GCSE results. Although the headline figures are down, students have done well in key subjects and deserve congratulation for the work they have put in to be successful. Exam results day is always an interesting one, every cohort is different and at the heart of all GCSE results is individual achievement. Those students striding confidently to receive their results, knowing they have put in the required work, are inevitably those who have done well.

We have to remember, however, that this cohort of students has been subjected to the coalition government's changes to examination procedures and that we were warned about "results volatility". During their studies, for example, year 11 students found out that the marks for speaking and listening exercises in English had been axed. This has meant that there have been some disappointing English results this year and a number of students will now be considering their options. That said, I have relished sharing successes with our year 11s today and I look forward to welcoming many of our talented students back into the sixth form next month."

All our 2014 examination results can be found here


2014 A Level Results

Best ever A level results at Chipping Norton School

ks5 results dayAt 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

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. “

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