The exam season is now upon us!
In year 2 and year 6, students have faced their Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs). Our year 6 children approached their assessment week with great determination, completing rigorous, externally marked tests in reading, grammar punctuation and spelling and three mathematics test papers. Key Stage 1 children have been tackling their SATs in reading and mathematics over the past two weeks, the outcomes of which will inform final teacher assessment judgments in June.
In secondary, practical exams have been completed and written exams for GCSE and A level have finally begun. Students have prepared well and many are looking forward to excellent exam results in the summer. As parents and carers will know, it is a very stressful time for young people and their families. We wish all of our pupils and students the best of luck in these examinations, please contact the school if there is anything we can do to further support their success.
Whilst young people take these important assessments, the work of the school continues. Earlier this month, 15 students in year 9 visited the Cavendish Laboratories at Cambridge to see the world class physics research facilities. Following a STEM theme, in June, we have 4 year 10 girls competing at a “Girls in Physics” event at Sir Christopher Hatton School, challenging students from schools across the county.
The weekly “Open-mic” event on Friday lunchtime is becoming increasingly popular. Recently, students performed “Revolting Children” from Matilda. Performing in front of other students and adults requires resilience, confidence and determination. In many ways the skills that students develop in activities like this are just as important as the qualifications they receive in making them successful adults. As you will know, determination is the CCS value for this term.
The primary sporting calendar continues to be full and active this month, with several of our teams progressing to the summer School Games. One of the greatly anticipated highlights of the Caroline Chisholm cluster sporting calendar is the KS2 team cross county event. We are delighted to announce that CCS took first place overall with the year 3/4 boys’ and year 5/6 girls’ teams winning their events. There has also been success for the year 5/6 girl’s football team who came top in the NTSSF group. In secondary the girl’s team retained the county cup for the 4th consecutive year with a 6-1 win against Duston School.
In art, 10 of our young talented year 7 artists have been extremely successful in winning the competition held by the University of Northampton to decorate the hoardings around the new campus building site, another incredible achievement.
In modern foreign languages, last minute plans are underway for the 2nd leg of our first international exchange with students off to Tarragona in Spain to see the Roman ruins and visit nearby Barcelona. Last week ended with an excellent reception from our Year 10 Hospitality students who prepared food and entertainment for staff as part of their GCSE assessment.
Full details of these and other interesting events will feature in the next edition of our new “School Matters” newsletter, which should be with you when we return from the upcoming break.