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.



10 Oct 2014

Thank you to all parents of Y8 students who were able to attend parents’ evening yesterday, 9th October. I hope your evening with us was fruitful and that you gained a clearer understanding about your child’s progress thus far this year. I am pleased that so many parents completed our questionnaire. Seeking the views of parents/carers is very important to us and your feedback will enable us to continue to improve our school.

It is also both refreshing and encouraging that so many Chenderit students come to our parents’ evenings with their parents or carers. Our students are increasingly reflective and keen to take responsibility for their own learning.  We see resilience grow day by day.  For students to be asking themselves "what can I do to ensure I achieve my aims and targets” enables them to consider their approaches in lessons, what they should do in support of their own learning at home and how to prepare best for the inevitability of end of year exams and linear GCSE and A level courses.  Many students are also very aware that their greatest reward for achieving the outcomes they desire for themselves is the pride that they and their families will feel when they have succeeded (although it should be said that some students also seek more material rewards!).

Some of our older students have recently been considering what they want to achieve in GCSEs and have been asked to discuss with their parents how parents might support them with their endeavours. Examples of parent pledges include:

- to offer my time to listen to my child’s ideas

- to provide a peaceful and calm environment for study

- to show pride in all achievements and find ways around the    disappointments

A parent’s role in their children’s learning evolves as children grow, however one thing remains constant: we, as parents, are our children’s learning models. Our attitudes about education can inspire theirs and show them how to take charge of their own educational journey. I find the pledges above to be inspiring.  

Jane Cartwright

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