Headteacher's Welcome

At Chenderit School we have established a strong and supportive community where staff and students strive to "Aim High, Work Hard and Be Nice". Our students are valued as individuals and are actively encouraged to pursue excellence, not only academically, but in all other spheres of school life. Our aim is to unlock each student's potential and to celebrate every individual's progress and achievements.

Chenderit School is a forward looking school with proud traditions. We encourage our students to embrace all opportunities at school and, through these, to develop into increasingly resilient, independent, adaptable, respectful and resourceful learners. We have high expectations of our school community and pride ourselves on our safe, supportive yet challenging environment in which students are able to enjoy, flourish and achieve.

I hope you find the information you are looking for on our website and that it gives you a flavour of what is unique and special about our school. If you are considering whether Chenderit School is the right school for your child, please contact us for more information or, better still, arrange a visit to meet our staff and students and to experience our welcoming atmosphere, our sense of purpose and the wide variety of opportunities that Chenderit has to offer.

Jane Cartwright

Headteacher’s Blog

13 May 2022

Mental Health Awareness Week
This week has been Mental Health Awareness Week. The official theme has been ‘loneliness’ and, across the week, we have been encouraging students to build meaningful connections with their friends, family, and communities. Different activities have taken place across the school to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing, particularly with our Year 9 students, who have spent time in their Personal Development lessons looking at what mental health is, the varying impacts that it can have on individuals and also the wide range of resources and contacts that are available to students to support them with their mental health and wellbeing, both inside and outside of school.

In other parts of our community there has been a focus on the theme of loneliness in tutor time; it has been fantastic to see our Year 8 tutor groups in particular engaging in some excellent conversations about what loneliness is and how to recognise and support those who are feeling like this, even if there are not obvious signs apparent to others.

We know that the lead up to external examinations is also a source of anxiety for some of our students in both Year 11 and Year 13, particularly as these are the first set of public examinations that these year groups will sit due to the impact of the pandemic. As a result, our Year 11, Sixth Form and Inclusion teams have organised workshops this week to enable students to understand the way in which anxieties can develop and affect their mental health.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the external providers who have come into school to deliver these sessions over the past week and beyond – all students involved have been incredibly appreciative of the support they have received and the new strategies that they have been given to support them with their mental health.

If you or your child have any further questions in regards to mental health and wellbeing, or require any additional support with this, please visit the Wellbeing page on our website: http://www.chenderit.northants.sch.uk/well-being.asp where you will be able to access a variety of different resources that can help. If you have any concerns about your child’s mental health or wellbeing, please also contact their tutor, Head of Learning or a member of our safeguarding team for further support.

GCSE and A level written exams

This year’s GCSE and A level written exams begin on Monday 16th May and we wish all of our Y11 and Y13 students the very best of luck. Students - we hope you have seen all of our positive messages in the main corridor and that they have not only motivated you but also made you smile!

Update on 2023 exam content

In 2021 and 2022, Ofqual made a range of adjustments to the arrangements for NEA and fieldwork and practical science requirements in some GCSE, AS and A level subjects to respond to public health measures. Given that these measures are no longer in force, the DfE and Ofqual have now published a joint statement (click here to view) confirming that the adaptations to this year’s exam content will not continue in 2023. Specifically:

• NEA, fieldwork, and practical science requirements will be required for 2023 qualifications
• optionality in GCSE English literature, history, ancient history and geography will not continue in 2023 any changes to VTQ assessments will not continue in 2023

The DfE has not yet confirmed whether it intends to carry forward other adaptations, such as advanced information, formulae sheets and exam aides. Once we are made aware of this information, we shall inform staff, students and parents.

Wishing you all a sunny weekend!

Jane Cartwright