6th Form Exam Success at Chesterfield High School

Chesterfield High School is pleased to announce that our A-level students received a very promising set of A-level results today. As a school community, we would like to congratulate all students on their successes. Students have achieved a set of results which are a testament to their efforts and commitment to study over the past two years.

Our year 13 cohort successfully achieved a 100% pass rate in all subjects studied, with learners achieving 17% of A-level grades at A*-A and 41% at A*-B. With Level 3 BTEC outcomes included, these figures rise to a promising 38% and 50% respectively.

We are very proud of all our students. Many of our students have secured places at a range of universities across the UK, including places at several Russell group institutions. We are especially proud of the following students who have achieved high grades across all the subjects that they studied and, as a result, have earned a place to study at a university.

  • Steven Jones achieved four A* grades in the following subjects: Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Steven has secured a place to read Mathematics at Warwick University.
  • Harriett Byrne achieved an A* in English Literature, A* in Psychology and an A in Biology. Harriet has secured a place to read Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford University.
  • Daniel Gillam achieved an A* in Mathematics, A* in Physics and a Distinction* in ICT. Daniel has secured a place to read Physics with study in continental Europe at Bristol University. 
  • Michael Howard achieved an A* in Mathematics, A in Further Mathematics and a Distinction* in ICT. Michael has secured a placed to read Mathematics at Leeds University.
  • Ava Shillcock achieved an A* in Mathematics, A in Psychology and an A in Chemistry. Ava has secured a placed to read Psychology at Leeds University.

In addition to university successes, we would like to wish our students who have secured a higher level apprenticeship success as they continue on their vocational journey, and to students who have planned to take a gap year before continuing on with their education.

Kevin Sexton, Acting Headteacher, commented “We are delighted with these results. They reflect the dedication of learners and staff who have worked to ensure that our learners achieved excellent results. These are great results and there are so many wonderful success stories that lie beneath these grades. Our school’s vision is ‘For Everyone the Best’ and as a school community, I have confidence that all our students, based on today’s successes, will   be able to access their chosen destinations, whether that will be university, apprenticeships or a career. I wish them all the best.”

For further information about the Sixth Form at Chesterfield High School, including applications for September 2019, please contact the school directly.

Bugsy Malone

Pupils took to the stage last week for the much loved production of Bugsy Malone (performances on the evenings of 9 and 10 July 2019).

Involving pupils from years 7 to 13 this all action gangster classic saw Fat Sam (James Carr) clinging on to his crumbling empire after repeated splurge gun onslaught from rival mobster Dandy Dan (Daniel Owen).

There were fantastic solo numbers performed by Blousey Brown (Molly Musker), Fizzy (Shaughn Rice) and Tallulah (Jess Lippa). 

Eventually after foamy battles and hard words they all found common ground ending with a combined chorus number We Give A Little Love.

The pupils were brilliant and they gave it their all. Their hard work since November paid off spectacularly and the audience were treated to a wonderful show on both evenings!

A thoroughly enjoyable performance with special thanks to the Director Mr Steve Hopwood and the rest of the Expressive Arts Department.

Peripatetic Music Lesson Announcement

We are pleased to offer peripatetic music lessons (in addition to timetabled whole class Music lessons) on any instrument including strings, guitar, woodwind, brass, percussion (drums), piano and voice.

Peripatetic music lessons are a fantastic opportunity to learn skills for life and to gain qualifications along the way. Employers value extra-curricular achievement in music because it demonstrates the LORIC principles (leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication) to achieve success.

Lessons are taught weekly throughout the year by visiting Music specialists from Sefton Music Service and can be individual or in small groups. Pupils follow recognised examination board syllabuses to improve musicianship skills and proficiency and are entered for examinations when recommended by their teacher (usually annually).

If you are interested in receiving peripatetic music lessons, please collect a letter from the Head of Music to return in September. New students to this service will then be offered two-week taster sessions on their chosen instrument to decide if they wish to continue or change instrument. After this period a financial commitment is required.

Dancing at the F1

The talented Chesterfield dancers performed at the iconic Silverstone Race circuit for the British Grand Prix on Saturday 13 July. They were part of a mass dance movement involving 1800 performers from across the U.K. and North America.

The pupils learnt the choreography during May half term with expert teachers from Pro-excel and they remembered  it perfectly. Audience members commented on the maturity and quality of the performance and in particular our own pupils.

After the performance they experienced high octane racing from Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen. They also got involved in the off track action visiting the Fan Zone and Race Stalls.

A unique school trip that will be remembered for life. Well done all the pupils and staff that organised and helped with the event.


Holocaust Beacon School

Holocaust Beacon School

Chesterfield has recently been named a Holocaust Education Beacon School through the Centre for Holocaust Education. This is the only institution in the world to combine research into classroom needs with programmes specifically designed to enable teachers to meet those needs and challenges related to Holocaust Education. The Centre works in partnership with Pears Foundation and is also funded by the Department for Education (DfE). Recent national research with students showed they encountered the Holocaust within their school curriculum across year groups and in a range of subject areas. We aim to enrich student understanding and disseminate this across our link schools.

Chesterfield is one of 17 Beacon schools in England who are committed to enhancing the teaching and learning about the Holocaust. We will become a dynamic hub serving a network of local schools and will partner with the Centre to improve standards, raise pupil achievement and strengthen SMSC provision. We are committed to the view that the Holocaust is a critically important part of young people’s education while appreciating the complex challenges that this raises as a school subject.

Athletics Success

Monday 24th June was the annual division 1 Sefton athletics competition.  It is the top division which sees the best school across the borough compete at Robin park in Wigan. Both the girls and the boys competed in some fantastic track and field events against Sacred Heart, Merchants, Birkdale, Formby, Range, Greenbank, Christ the King and Stanley.  

The year 9 girls for the 2nd consecutive year won with a huge points total due to a number of 1st place finishes. This, with a successful year 7 girls’ team, meant the girls finished 3rd overall behind Greenbank and Merchants.

The boys also had some great team and individual performances. The year 7 boys finished 2nd, year 9s 3rd and the year 10s 4th, meaning they finished 6th overall.

1st place pupils on the day were:

Emma Frankland

Lauren Byrne ( in 2 events)

Hannah Williams

Holly Bradshaw

Eleanor James

Penny Page

Jake Batty

Harry Greslow

Joe Kane (in 2 events)

Dermott Armstrong

Adam Bryne ( in 2 events)

Sean Carnforth

Scott MIles

Both teams will remain in division 1 next year. They were an absolute credit to the school and behaved impeccably all day.

Year 13 Celebration

On Thursday 27th June, with all the External Examinations finished, Year 13 celebrated the end of their 11-18 Education in style in the Cunard Room at The Bentley, Liverpool.

Overlooking the three Graces, students enjoyed chatting to teaching staff and their peers whilst enjoying mocktails and fish and chips. The evening also included an Awards Presentation compared by Mr Sexton, video messages from staff and opportunities to reminisce watching some footage captured of their time at Chesterfield, some dating back to 2012!

Year 9 – Science Challenge Day

On Wednesday 19th June, 11 pupils form Chesterfield High School took part in a Science and Technology Challenge day. The challenges included programming robots, diagnosing patients and creating efit profiles of suspects. Pupils were allocated groups and scored on their participation, engagement, teamwork and success in each challenge.

Chesterfield High pupils, Penny Page and Kirsty Hartley-Robinson, were in the winning group for the final of the robotics challenge. 

The overall winners of the challenge day were Nell Phillips and Evie Harris who will be participating and representing Merseyside in the regional finals.

All Chesterfield High School pupils who took part were exemplary in their levels of effort, engagement and behaviour.

Well done to all Year 9 pupils who participated.

Mr. Weston and Miss. Craddock.