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what's happening at Chesham Grammar

Posted on: June 17th 2016

Head's Blog

Dear Parent,

This week, I have attended the Grammar School Heads' Conference in London. Given there aren't many of us around (only 163 grammar schools nationally, out of a total of around 3.5 thousand state secondary schools) a gathering like this is always useful. There was a wide range of speakers - the National Schools' Commissioner, Minister of State for Schools, Chief Analyst at the DfE and Director of Admissions at Cambridge University, to name but a few. Having the opportunity to ask questions which relate to our particular circumstances both of these speakers and each other was useful and provided a good deal of food for thought.

Over the last couple of weeks, several parents who collect their child from school have been in touch to share their observations about road safety awareness. Numerous students have been observed crossing the road without looking just in front of a moving car or walking on the road as they make their way home. At the end of the day, students are often intent on getting to their bus, car or train as soon as possible and this often brings with it a complete disregard for road safety. Please talk to your child about the need to be careful. We have had more than one near miss this year involving a student stepping into the road without looking and I shudder to think of the consequences, had the car involved in each instance been travelling any faster. Thank you.

I have been asked to make you aware of a consultation being conducted by Bucks County Council on Home to School Transport. In order to save money, the proposal is that free transport is provided to the nearest secondary school - which could be in a different County. This is what the law requires and would apparently save half a million pounds. The other element of the consultation relates to paying to use Bucks home to school transport for those who are not eligible for free transport. For more information and to access the survey, please visit:

This week, I have wished a happy 12th birthday to: Anay Patel, Lily Jones, Eva Kraftchenko, Tahlia Cichon, Henry Bawn, William Roscoe, Ethan Dowley, Simran Ruparelia, Phoebe Murray and James Brown.

I also met with a number of Year 9 students who entered the Copper Alliance's poster competition. As you will know from last week, one of our students, Harry Andrews, won the competition and it was good to be able to personally congratulate Harry. The other entrants were: Chloe Brown, Annabel Keeble, Elizabeth Walker, Sukhraj Sandu, Israa Hameed, Alice Rorrison, Barney Watts, Bronwen Hadden, Zoe St Louis-King and Lloyd Miller. Their posters were superb and I learned a good deal about the properties of copper when reading and discussing them with the students.

Congratulations to Lucy Harding who has accrued more than 200 House Points, a wonderful achievement. Well done Lucy.

I am delighted to tell you that our Year 9 girls won the District Rounders Tournament last week. We were the only school to enter two teams, with the A team winning and the B team finishing in 5th place. Rounders is always very strong here and I am pleased to see this tradition continuing with us being champions again. Well done, girls.

Next week, Year 9 academic tutorials get underway with those for Year 8 beginning on July 4th. We see these meetings as a vital element of our home to school communication so please do your best to come along. You child's tutor will be in touch to arrange a mutually convenient appointment time.

Finally, please find attached a flyer containing details of some parent information evenings being held this month on child sexual exploitation which I have been asked to make you aware of.

With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Annmarie McNaney