Charnwood College Newsletter 21st December 2023

Message from the Executive Principal, Alastair O'Connor

Governors, Senior Leaders and all staff and students at Charnwood College wish you a wonderful Christmas break and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

This term is always the longest one of the year and is really tiring for students and staff. However, we have had lots to celebrate both within the classroom, outside it and in our wider community.

Our Christmas Countdown week has been fun for all the students with lots of house competitions and activities including Spot the Reindeer Antlers, Christmas Door Competition, Find the Duck House Competition, Santa Fun Run and Charnwood's Got Talent.

Mrs Wood
Mrs Arrowsmith
Mr Cox

Year 7 Music Event Wednesday 11th October

Our first ever Year 7 Music concert was an immensely enjoyable evening that showcased the talents of over 100 students. The concert took place in the Jim Shahi Hall and included performances from each tutor group, some solo items from Year 7-12 students and a Michael Jackson Medley to finish, including all students and a live band. What a fantastic way to end the first half-term of music making at CWC.

Please follow @charnwoodmusic to keep up to date with news and events!

Jim Shahi Hall
Mrs Bishop, Director of Music and Mr Gull, Musician in Residence
Students enjoyed a visit from the ice-cream van to reward their efforts!

Winter Cup

On the 13th of October, over 100 students represented Charnwood College at the University of Nottingham in football and netball, taking part in the annual DRET Winter Cup. It was an incredible day filled with sport and we are so proud of all the students that worked hard to get selected and represent Charnwood on the courts and pitches. Well done to everyone involved!

This was our first year ever competing in the Winter Cup following our promotion from the Winter Shield last year. The competition was extremely tough but we played well and came home with 4 teams medals! Well done Team Charnwood!

Team Charnwood

All our other sporting achievements this term can be found in the Term 2 Sport Newsletter.

Rowing Cup

At the Rowing Cup in November we came 2nd place overall with the following students medalling - Oliver , Tyler , Amelia , Asher , Matthew , U13s boys relay Zak, Stanley, Asher and Aleks, U15s boys relay - Oliver, Tyler, Matthew and Kieran.

Charnwood College students visit Nepal

On October 12th three Charnwood College students and our very own Design Technican, Prit Kitching, went on a 12 day trekking and sightseeing expedition to Nepal during the half term break with 41 other Scout group members. Visiting Buda Stupa on the first evening and then travelling to Pokhara and Dampus before trekking to Landruk. The group raised 20,000 ruppes to help bring a hydroelectric system to improve their water supply to Landruk village.

On the 19th October the group went for a pre-breakfast hike up to 2300m above sea level to Poon Hill and the sunrise was breathtaking as the sunlight hit the tops of the mountains.

Thapla Danda
Sunrise over the mountains

On 21st October the group visited a Monkey Temple and then the National Scout Centre before catching a flight to see the Everest Mountain range and then shopping in Kathmandu.

Mrs Kitching said the group had all grown in confidence from the trip and were excellent ambassadors for the Scouting movement. The group will be going on another adventure in the New Year.

Artist/Designer of the Month Award

This year the Art and Design Faculty have introduced a new award to recognise the talents of our students. Each month a winner is announced and published on the Designer of the Month noticeboard.

Designer of the Month Board
Congratulations to George Ward for being the first Designer of the Month. George received a certificate and personalised water bottle for his efforts and can now be found on the Art and Design Wall of Fame.
October - Birch's Best - Alicia Sykes
November - Harrison's Hero - Lena Lipiak
December - Gillespie's Greatest - Joshua Evans

Well done to all the students.

Supporting our Local Foodbank

As part of our non-uniform day on Friday 3rd November, Miss Anderson, Head of Year 9, and Year 9 students asked the Academy to support the Loughborough Area Foodbank.

Items of food, nappies and tooth brushes were collected by the Year 7 students together with the sum of £250. Rosanna Glover from the Loughborough Area Foodbank came along to the Academy to receive our donations.

We would like to thank all our parents, students and staff for their generosity.

If you require any support, please contact the Foodbank on the contact details below.

Loughborough Area Foodbank

The Year 8s are also doing a Christmas foodbank collection this week as part of the Christmas Countdown.

School Production - A Night at the Musicals

On Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th December over 90 students from all year groups took part in this year's production 'A Night at the Musicals'

A Night at the Musicals
A Night at the Musicals

A big thank you to Mrs Grundy, Miss Rodriguez, Mrs Parkins, Mrs Brotherhood, Mr Strange, Mr Killick, Mr Regan and all the premises team/admin team for all their hard work. The show was amazing!

Wreath and Dress made by the Art and Design/Textile students

Remembrance Service Friday 10th November

On Friday 10th November we held a Remembrance Service at Charnwood College in the quad. Staff, students, parents and Head Office staff stood silently together to pay their respects.

Head Boy and Girl

The Head Boy and Girl, Jake and Millie, led the service and were joined by the Student Council and students who came to school in the uniform of the organisations they represent i.e. Brownies, Scouts, Cubs, Cadets.

Our Head Boy also took part in the ceremony in London on Sunday and carried the wreath for the cadets. We are very proud of him.

Jake in his cadet uniform
Marching past the Cenotaph

Charnwood Colleges attendance currently stands above national average, we hope with your continued support this will continue for the rest of the academic year

Attendance Challenge - 7T4 were the first tutor group to complete a challenge card and were rewarded with a non school uniform day on 1st November 2023. some of the student in the tutor said "It's exciting and fun to have a reward" " I feel proud, the class has worked hard and deserve the reward" "i am feeling happy and excited about a non-uniform day", since then more tutor groups have enjoyed non school uniform days and jump the queue passes.

We have been running an attendance challenge in the run up to the end of term, students are excited at the chance to win Apple air pods, vouchers, chocolate and other prizes including a rubber duck.

Medical appointments - A polite reminder medical appointments should be taken outside of school hours, where this is possible, they should be made in a morning or afternoon to avoid missing a whole day of learning. Thank you for your support.

If your child is unwell while at school the office will contact home, we are aware some students have contacted home directly. We ask if you are contacted by your child to come and collect them, please call the office before coming into school to collect.

If you have any concerns about your child's attendance, please contact the Attendance office

Free School Meals

You may be eligible to receive free school meals for your child if you receive one of the following benefits: Income support, Income-based jobseekers allowance, Income related employment and support allowance, Support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, The granted element of pension credit, Child tax credit (providing you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190), Working tax credit run-on paid for 43 weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit, Universal credit.

Full details can be found at

Applications are made online via a Leicestershire County Council parent portal, details on how to set one up can be found at


"Inappropriate" means different things to different people. What’s acceptable for one age group, for example, may be unsuitable for a younger audience. Online, young people can chance upon inappropriate content in various way – from pop-up ads to TikTok videos, live streams etc. The increasingly young age at which children become active in the digital world heightens the risk of them innocently running into something that they find disturbing or terrifying.

Trusted adults around children need to be able to help children be aware of what to do if they’re exposed to age-inappropriate content. The NSPCC provides a wide variety of information in relation to online safety. To access the information please see the below.

Children and Family Wellbeing Service

This service provides early help to a child, young person, or family, where they are experiencing difficulties that cannot be supported by universal services, such as schools or GPs alone.

The service also provides support to those who have, or still are, suffering from domestic abuse or with their mental health and wellbeing, or need some extra help with SEND, parenting or supporting targeted young people, including those who are at risk of crime. The children and family wellbeing service cover a wide variety of topics as such as:

  • Domestic violence
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • SEND
  • Parenting
  • Targeted young people
  • Young people involved with or at risk of crime

If you would like more information about the children and family wellbeing service please click on the link

If you have immediate safeguarding concerns about a child/children, please call First Response Children’s Duty 0116 305 0005

Mental Health

Child and Adolescent Mental health services (CAMHS) is a specialist service offering mental health assessment and intervention to young children who need additional support with their mental health.

If you believe your child needs additional support with their mental health, they can be referred by:

  • Your GP
  • Social worker
  • Education Psychologist
  • Community Paediatrician
  • Other Leicestershire Partnership and NHS Trust staff

If your child required urgent mental health support, please contact Central Access Point (CAP) at any time on 0800 800 3302.Kooth offers free, safe and anonymous mental wellbeing support.

When using Kooth you can;

  • Chat to the team
  • Read helpful articles
  • Have community support
  • Access self-help activities

Shout is a 24/7, confidential and free text service from most mobile networks in the UK.

To access shout, all you need to do is text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258. Please see the links below to access free self-help guides and additional services over the festive period.

Our Amazing Staff

Congratulations to Mrs Grundy and Mr Regan for achieving a Masters Degree and Mrs Rowe, Head of School, for completing her NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship). Well done!

Mrs Grundy
Mr Regan

Christmas Concert

Our Christmas Concert took place on Wednesday 20th December at Emmanuel Church and it was a wonderful evening. Thank you to Emmanual Church for allowing us to use their beautiful building.

Mrs Bishop, Director of Music at Charnwood College

Thank you to staff from Charnwood College, Stonebow Primary School and Robert Bakewell Primary School for organising tonight's Christmas Concert.

Thank you to all our musicians' parents for their support and encouragement throughout the year!

Dates for the Diary

  • 8th January - Teacher Training Day
  • 9th January - Students return
  • 10th January - Year 11 Parents' Evening - appointments are available to book now
  • 19th January - PD Drop Down Day
  • 31st January - Year 9 Parents' Evening

Follow us on @CharnwoodColl

Safeguarding over the Christmas Break

When the Academy is closed there is always someone who can help you.

If you are concerned that a child is suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm, you should contact your local authority safeguarding partnership directly.

Please go to our website for the relevant contact information if you have any welfare concerns.

In an emergency, call 999.

For any other queries, please contact us via