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.
21 May 2013
At half term we will be offering Helping You Get Your Grade days in English and Maths. Make sure you sign up with your English and Maths Teachers to attend. English will be on Wednesday 29th May, Maths on Thursday 30th May. See Mr Tyrer for English and Mr Versey, Mr Mayne or Mrs McMahon for Maths details. Pizza is, of course, included!
We are delighted and not in the least complacent to have our literacy work recognised by Ofsted as national best practice. If you are curious, this is the link:http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/improving-literacy-secondary-schools-shared-responsibility
Good luck to everyone taking your exams. Thanks to everyone who is supporting you. Make the most of the lessons remaining to you: help yourself by concentrating, correcting your mistakes, helping your class to stay focused. Ask yourself why you want to be as successful as you can. Is it to make yourself proud? Do you want to get into P16 learning? Do you want to increase the quality of life for yourself and your family and your wider community? Try and have a goal in mind and revisit this in as much detail as possible when the revision and exam period gets challenging.
Here’s a few ways to can make success a little more likely.
1.Health. Try and keep healthy through the exam period. Make sure you get the right amount of sleep: eight hours is recommended for most people. Make sure that you eat right: you need plenty of water, a varied diet and healthy treats to look forward to at the end of a study session.
2.Resilience. You may get tempted by friends who want you to do very little. They want you to do the same. They’ll try all kinds of things such as: ‘Oh, you can’t revise for that subject,’ or ‘It’s too late now, you either know it or you don’t.’ Neither of these things are true. They are both excuses for not bothering.
3.Self talk. You are more likely to succeed if you think success. Practice a little visualization: imagine yourself arriving at school in August to collect your results. Try to feel the satisfaction of knowing that you tried everything you could. All anyone can ask of you, all you can ask of yourself, is effort.
4.Routine. Successful people have quite tight routines, such as, working from seven till nine-thirty every night for six nights a week; having one night a week for seeing friends and relaxing; taking regular timed breaks for five minutes every twenty five minutes revision.
5.Planning. Keep it simple. If you’ve got ten exams, make sure your revise specifically for those ten exams and in your planning, give equal time to them all.
6.Memory post its. If you have to remember key formulae, dates, terms and so on, put them on different coloured post it notes and stick them around your house where you regularly look: near your mirror, on the fridge, round your computer.
7.Study groups. Teaching others what you know is a highly effective means of remembering what you need. Having a supportive study group that learns, shares and is there for one another during exam time can help your memory and provide emotional guidance for you.
8.Learn from successful people. Talk to students who have taken and got good grades in your exams: what did they do to revise?
9.Attend after school sessions.Your teachers have put on a wide range of after school support. Mr Holland and Mr Fitton have the full list of what’s happening, when and where.
10.Past papers. This is by far the most effective study technique. Getting past papers, trying them out under timed conditions, getting them marked by your teachers and acting on the advice you get is the best way to lock in the content and confidence you need.
Remember that your teachers and parents and friends all believe in you. We want you to have a great future. Remember those summer holidays to come: relax without regrets knowing you did the best you possibly could.