March 2018 Chaucer Chat

Newsletter 18 February 2020

Welcome to the Chaucer Chat March Edition.

Dates for your diary
Monday 16 April – First day back for students
Monday 7 May – May Day bank holiday
Wednesday 18 April – Y10 parents evening
Tuesday 24 April – Y8/Y9 immunisations (catch up)
Wednesday 25 April – Y9 parents evening
Friday 25 May – Last day of term

Sports fixtures 
Wednesday 25 April – Y10 leadership academy points network games (EIS Sheffield)
Please keep an eye on the school website for all future sports fixtures

Tuesday 17 April – Y11 GCSE French Speaking
Wednesday 18 April – Y11 GCSE French Speaking
w/c 14 May – Y10/Y11 GCSE examinations

Facilities for hire
We have slots available on our 3G all-weather pitch for training.  Please contact Debbie Bower or Fran Rayworth on 0114 2322338 for further details.

Andrew Barton

Andrew Barton, celebrity hairdresser visits Chaucer School


During half term Andrew Barton from '10 years younger' TV programme and a famous hairdresser came into school to chat to students about his career and his life. Students were treated to pizza before the event and then had the opportunity to ask questions.  Students were offered an opportunity to have their hair cut (usually costing £300) but only Mrs Grayson was brave enough to volunteer. However having witnessed Andrew's skills staff and students all wish they had volunteered!

Daniel Blythe

Daniel Blythe, children’s author visits Chaucer School

On Tuesday 6 March a group of KS3 students had the opportunity to work with Doctor Who and teenage sci-fi author, Daniel Blythe. The day started with Daniel giving an intriguing presentation about his life and what had inspired him to become a writer. This was followed by a hotly contested group quiz and a ‘spooky’ creative writing workshop where students had the opportunity to get feedback on their own stories direct from the author!

Students greatly enjoyed the day and were engaged throughout. They will have no doubt taken many hints and tips from the day on how they too can create interesting and engaging stories in the future.

Be Inspired

Year 11 students had a successful afternoon at the "Be Inspired" apprenticeship fayre at Sheffield Cutlers Hall on Wednesday 7 March. Students had the opportunity to meet possible employers and learn more about the industries they are interested in. It was also a great chance to test out their interview skills and get a few freebie pens too.

Year 7 students had an exciting hour when scientists from the University of Sheffield came to talk to them about biology. There were some exciting activities that taught them more about what makes up a cell. There were models of the different organelles that we have in our cells as well as a very powerful microscope that they brought from the University that allowed year seven to see the organelles first-hand.

Chaucer School donated some computers to a school in Ghana, Africa. The computers have been installed at the Twinkle Star Foundation School in Wenchi, and are now used regularly to support the education of the students and the community.

Alternative Provision

Alternative Provision received a visitor from our local Army Cadet Unit. SSI S Brightmore came to school and the students in Alternative Provision were shown and participated in gaining knowledge about the Cadet Unit and also survival equipment and cooking skills. Our students are actively involved with the Unit and the local community.

Sports Relief

Sport Relief 2018 took place between 19 – 23 March and various activities in school including Dodgeball every lunchtime, a 5-a-side football tournament, a Sponsored Mile on the running track, a penalty shootout competition in the sports hall at lunchtime and a non-uniform day on the Friday with students coming in sportswear. Also on Friday Sainsburys were in school selling Sport Relief merchandise! Well done to everyone - a massive £1,010 has been raised by students and staff. Thank you all for your support.

The Avengers

The Y10 media students had their trip to the University of Sheffield yesterday (Thurs 22nd March). After in class collaboration with the “Film Unit” society focusing on organisation and marketing, the Media studies students had their free screening cinema event held at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in Sheffield University’s Student Union.

Before the screening of “The Avengers” the students had a tour of the Student Union and got to see behind the scenes of Forge Media and Film Unit. Forge Media showed their work ‘hub’ and radio station, as well as a sneak peak at their set up for the Varsity wrestling match. With Film Unit they learnt about various projection roles and behind the scenes set up. Students took part in the running of the cinema event, performing various tasks such as front of house and delivering a welcoming speech to the cinema patrons.

School Attendance

As you know we are constantly pushing our young people to have really good attendance to school as all evidence shows that this gives them the best possible chance of being successful not only in school in their exams  but in any future apprenticeship, job or career.
We are having a real drive in the summer term to raise every single student’s attendance and we will be offering prizes and rewards to students and to parents when their child achieves 100% attendance in the last 2 ½ terms of this school year.
Rewards will include early lunch passes, cinema and event afternoons for the students   and cinema tickets, vouchers for meals, event tickets and much more for parents.
At the start of the summer term you will receive a letter confirming your child’s current attendance from September to Easter and I would encourage you to look at the information and discuss it with your child.

Many thanks for your support with this. As always if you have queries or concerns please do contact your child’s Year Manager.

Anne Todd and Yasmin Celik

School Uniform

As we move into the summer months we are keen to ensure that our young people continue to wear full school uniform. School uniform checks have been undertaken over the last couple of weeks and notes placed in planners where uniform has been found to be incorrect. A phone call home should also have been made so that you are aware of any concerns around your child’s uniform
The school uniform expectations are currently shown in your child’s planner, on the website and in the school uniform policy document available from the office, however they are also summarised here:
Footwear – plain black leather or leather look footwear – no coloured logos, no fabric inserts, no gold bars or buckles
Skirts – with a waistband, no clingy, skin tight or “tube” style skirts. Must be no more than 2 inches above the knee
Trousers – with a waistband, tailored, no skin tight, no leggings or jeggings
Plain black knee length or ankle socks, plain black or flesh covered tights
Please do take the time over the Easter holiday to make sure that your child is in full correct uniform for Monday 16th April. Students in incorrect uniform at the start of the summer term will be placed in our pre exclusion room until resolved. If you do have any concerns or wish to seek more clarity on uniform please do contact your child’s Year Manager.
Thank you for all your support in this
Anne Todd

March 2018

Dear parents/carers
As we move to the Easter break, I just wanted to thank you for the tremendous support we have received as we look to further improve the school particularly the areas of behaviour for learning and attendance across all year groups.
As you know the school is working closely with both HMI and the Department for Education alongside the Tapton School Academy Trust.  Each one carefully monitors and evaluates the quality of:
Leadership and management
Teaching, learning and assessment
Personal development, behaviour and wellbeing
Outcomes and performance of young people.
The Department for Education visited on 6 March 2018 and commented positively on the direction of our improvements noting further reductions in low level persistent disruptive behaviour as a result of our ‘Behaviour for Success’ initiative. So thank you to you and the vast majority of our young people for your great efforts here.
Discussions with students undertaken during this half term also indicate that they recognise the developments in their behaviour for learning too.
The Trustees of the Trust also visited on 23 March 2018 noting:
Students moving around the school calmly…with a sense of purpose
Classrooms were well organised
The teaching observed was carried out by highly motivated and dynamic members of staff
My lasting impression of the school is one of calmness, organisation, engagement, friendliness, professionalism, purpose and motivation.
Again, as Headteacher I thank our young people and staff along with your support for that recognition.
Finally, we had an attendance audit on 9 March with the school described as ‘Chaucer School presented as a lively and engaging learning environment. Students feel safe in the school…’
We must all together take credit for these positive comments however not resting but continuing to drive this collective momentum.
Please do make every effort to replenish the learning equipment that our young people need, those pens, pencils, calculators (if necessary) that are listed on page 8 of the planner. Similarly please do ensure your child is in full correct uniform, as indicated on pages 6 and 7 of the planner.
Please keep encouraging positive behaviour for learning in your child.  Every student must strive for at least 97% attendance and 100% if at all possible.  If it is not there currently it doesn’t mean give up, push for this target for next term and beyond – it is never too late to have brilliant attendance which leads to great learning.
Finally, I must again thank you and our young people as we raised £1,090 for Sport Relief (being a PE teacher this is one of my favourites).  This was a fantastic effort and we received plenty of thanks from the Sport Relief Charity.
Have a great Easter and we will see your child back with us on Monday 16 April 2018.
Scott Burnside


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