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

24 May 2018

After recent publicity in the media regarding a former teacher at Chenderit School, headteacher Mrs Jane Cartwright has issued the following:

 "I am now in the position of being able to inform you about a matter that has just been made public and reported by the media.

 In November 2016, the Police shared concerns with me relating to safeguarding around the conduct outside of school of Steven Birkett, at that time a teacher at Chenderit.

 I immediately suspended Mr Birkett from work. An internal investigation was launched, however, Mr Birkett resigned from his post before this was concluded.

 I referred the matter to The Teaching Regulation Agency and at the hearing of the 24th April 2018 the outcome was given as a prohibition order which means he is now barred from working as a teacher.

 Some media reports have been misleading. I would like to clarify that no pupil from Chenderit School has had his/her photos uploaded by Mr Birkett. To be clear, Mr Birkett's behaviours referenced in the media reports happened outside of school hours and did not involve our students.

 The welfare and protection of our students is our highest priority and I would like to reassure the school community that this matter was dealt with promptly, and with the support of the police, the local authority designated officer (LADO) and The Teaching Regulation Agency.

 If you need any further reassurance, please do not hesitate to contact me though my PA, Bev Martin."

 Best wishes

Jane Cartwright