Chenderit school was founded in 1979 to serve the villages of south Northamptonshire and has grown since then into a popular and successful school. As an 11 to 18 comprehensive school, and an academy since March 2012, Chenderit accepts every student who lives in our catchment area. Each year a number of students join us from schools in Oxfordshire and elsewhere, in particular joining our highly successful sixth form, which is largely housed in new, purpose-built accommodation, teaching rooms and lecture theatre.
Chenderit was inspected in May 2011 and judged to be outstanding. As one parent told the inspection team: 'I have been incredibly impressed by the whole Chenderit experience and cannot praise the school enough. It is an excellent school full of staff top to bottom who obviously care deeply.' The inspectors found that the curriculum, the sixth form, care and guidance, and student achievement, in particular, were outstanding.
We are an ambitious school, constantly striving to improve the experience we offer our students. Since it first opened the school has had a strong tradition of excellence in the visual arts showcased in the Michael Heseltine Gallery.
We are inspired by a thought such as this: "It is not the critic who counts: not the person who points out how the strong individual stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to whoever is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who works for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement; and, at the worst, if we fail, at least we fail while daring greatly, so that our place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
(Theodore Roosevelt, speaking at the Sorbonne in Paris, April 23, 1910)
We believe that a successful school is at the heart of a vibrant learning community, a web of connections that combine to create outstanding results. Having read about the school on our website, should you wish to find out more, do not hesitate to contact us.
01 Dec 2013
Thanks to all of you who came to our Celebration Evening. It was a pleasure to celebrate the successes of our community. Thanks to Mr Childs and the many staff, teaching and non-teaching, who made the event possible.
Preparing for exams: there’s been some very interesting research published in the US about the effectiveness of various study techniques. I referred to this in recent assemblies. I’m posting the link here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/08/27/study-techniques-that-work-and-surprisingly-dont/ Copy this into your browser, read, discuss and critique the findings. The practice paper technique is no surprise. Ask your teachers for links to their subjects’ exam boards practice paper sites. This is the most effective form of independent study you can do for maximum grade success.
ACE Week, Y7 Camp and Y10 Work Experience and Cross Curricular Week. You will want to know that we are currently reviewing the effectiveness of these various forms of provision.
We want to improve what we offer. We would welcome your views. You can use the head teacher's email address to offer your comments.
We will take final decisions regarding the improvements to the summer term by the end of December.
Our prime concern is: what experience is likely to help students make the progress of which they are capable while still enjoying their education?
It may well be that we need a pause this academic year while we answer this question.