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 arts showcased in the Michael Heseltine Gallery

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.



29 Aug 2014

Welcome back to a new school year!

I hope you and your families have had an enjoyable summer and are feeling ready for the busy and successful academic year ahead.

Welcome to new students

We are very pleased to welcome our new Year 7 students, a small number of students joining other year groups, and also older students who have chosen to join our Sixth Form from elsewhere. We hope that all students will soon feel settled at Chenderit and will join us in "aiming high”, "working hard” and "being nice”.

New staff

We are joined by a number of new staff across several subject areas. We wish them every success in their work with our students and are delighted to welcome them too.

This year we would like to encourage students to find out about and engage in something new at school. So many of our students are enthused about the many extra-curricular opportunities we have on offer, however, we are also aware that there are some students who are yet to benefit from an activity or challenge beyond their regular classroom experiences. The development of our students’ character and resilience is of vital importance and for this reason we would encourage all students to engage in at least one of the very many opportunities that are available to them at Chenderit. Examples include: sports and games clubs, whether competitively or simply for enjoyment; music and drama opportunities; visual arts clubs; exchanges and visits; debate and public speaking events; our literacy challenge; The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; various competitions throughout the year and numerous leadership roles, to name but a few. Indeed, we know that those students who opt in to these kinds of activities develop a whole host of skills and attributes that are not only crucial for academic success but will be of lifelong importance to them. Parents, please do encourage your children to speak to staff to find out more.

And finally, I should like to wish every student and colleague a happy, productive and successful year. Parents and carers, I should like to thank you for your on-going support both of your child and of our School community.

Jane Cartwright

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