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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: March 3rd 2017

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

Many of you will know that March 1st is 'national allocation day' when parents with a child in Year 6 find out which secondary school their child has been offered for the following September.  I shared with you earlier in the year the news that we had more first preferences for Year 7 next year than we have places, so we knew we would be heavily oversubscribed in September.  Along with our own allocations list this week came the news that the distance to which we have offered places for Year 7 in September 2017 has shrunk significantly.  Last year, our allocations went out as far as 12.6 miles. For next year, this has shrunk to 6.5 miles. For those who live somewhere between those two distances who had assumed they would gain a place here this is not good news of course.  However, as Headteacher, I am delighted as it is clear evidence of the school's growing popularity and continued success. 

This week, I have spent a good deal of my time recruiting staff for next year.  This is hugely time consuming but of course nothing is more important than ensuring we have well qualified, excellent teachers in our classrooms.  Further details on these appointments will follow in due course.

I would like to congratulate the Year 10 netball team who won the 'plate' in the District Tournament this week.  Well done girls. 

Earlier today, Year 13 had their weekly enrichment session.  These are aimed at enhancing the experiences of our students beyond their A level studies.  The session today was run by The Inspired Gourmet Cookery School from Milton Keynes and covered some crucial kitchen life skills which will be invaluable to those going off to university in a few months.  Four students volunteered to take part in a demo and made a spaghetti Bolognese during the session which was enjoyed by all!  Many thanks to staff from The Inspired Gourmet.

We were delighted to hear great news about one of our ex-students, Myles O'Gorman, who left CGS in 2015 and went to read English at Cambridge University.  Myles has been heavily involved in the theatrical world since arriving at Cambridge and has already directed several productions.  His most recent is Kander and Ebb's musical 'Cabaret', set in pre-World War Two Berlin, against the backdrop of the rise of the Nazis.  His production has received rave reviews and we are very proud of him.  Please do feel free to read the 'Varsity' review which you can find here: http://www.varsity.co.uk/theatre/12358

If you have a child in Year 11, we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday evening for the information evening we are holding.  We know that some students as they approach their public examinations get very stressed and the session is aimed at giving advice to parents on how they can help their son or daughter cope over the next few months.  Mr Patteson will run through some advice on revision following which Mrs Jackie Cox, a very experienced counsellor and teacher, will talk about ways in which parents can help their child to deal with the pressures of Year 11.  Jackie is one of the UK's foremost trainers in pastoral issues and has worked with dozens of schools.  I am sure you will find the evening useful so please do try to attend. 

This week, I enjoyed my customary birthday tea with Year 7.  Those with a recent birthday are: Thomas Dalgas, Keeva Martin-Casey, Lois Miller, Skye Gregory, Jenna Barnes and Poppy Pinnock.  A happy 12th birthday to them all. 

This week, there have been numerous activities taking place.  Mr Biddle and some of his A level art and photography students delivered a lecture to the University of the Third Age in Amersham.  The audience thoroughly enjoyed the 'inspirational' session.  Yesterday, those studying GCSE history spent the day on a Jack the Ripper tour in London which aided their understanding of the crime and punishment topic in the new GCSE course.  They also visited the Museum of London.  Today, Year 12 geographers departed for Flatford Mills Field Studies Centre for their fieldwork and tomorrow, Mrs Harris is taking a group of Year 8 students to Wycombe Magistrates Court to take part in the Mock Magistrates Trial.  Finally, our French exchange partners arrived in school today and will be with us for the next few days.  We hope they and their host families gain a great deal from the experience.  As always, thanks to the staff who have organised these activities for the students.

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney
Headteacher