Charnwood College Newsletter 13th October 2023

Message from the Executive Principal, Alastair O'Connor

It has been an amazing start to this new academic year and as we reach the end of our first half term I wanted to share some messages with you.

On behalf of the Senior Leadership Team I would like to welcome our new Year 7 students and parents to Charnwood College. Our Year 7 Welcome Evening took place last week and parents are really happy with the way their children have settled in.

Our Year 11s and Year 13s have started the year with a very positive attitude. Attendance at our GCSE Launch Evening was very good and 94% of the students are attending after school booster sessions.

At the end of last year we were announced as the DRET Academy of the Year and some members of staff also received individual awards.

Academy of the Year - Senior Leadership Team
Inspirational Teaching Assistant - Mrs Parkins
SEND Inclusion Award - Mrs Tyers
Sporting Academy of the Year
Nominated for Unsung Hero - Mrs Kitching
Nominated for Inspirational Teacher - Mrs Farmer
Nominated for Teaching & Learning Team
Internal Awards for Teacher of the Year, Miss French, and Support Staff Member of the Year, Mrs McNamee.

Mrs Tyers - Assistant Principal and SENDCO

Mrs Tyers and the Learning Support Team hosted a SEND Coffee Morning in September which was well attended by parents, students and members of staff.

ADHD Solutions were also in attendance to signpost and support parents to further external services.

The next coffee morning is taking place on Thursday 14th December. Please contact the office if you would like to attend.

Excellence Evening 2023

On Wednesday 13th September we invited students with academic/sporting excellence and their parents to an awards ceremony.

Winner of the Margaret Ince Award for Excellence went to Ethan, pictured with Mr O'Connor on the right. Ethan is taking a gap year and has accepted a place at Bristol University in 2024 studying mathematics.

Winner of the KS4 Highest Achiever Award went to Bronwyn. We are extremely delighted that Bronwyn has chosen to stay on in the Sixth Form at Charnwood College.

Winner of the KS5 Highest Achiever Award went to Daniel. Daniel will be studying business management at Loughborough University while continuing to play for the Leicester Riders.

The music for the evening was arranged by Mrs Bishop, our new Director of Music and John Gull, Musician in Residence. Performers on the evening were Harry, Isobel and Hannah.

Mr O'Connor thanked the Head Boy and Girl, Jamie and Erin, for the work they have done over the past two years and wished them well in the future.

A warm welcome to Mrs Bishop our new Director of Music and Mr Gull our new Musician in Residence. Together with 6 talented peripatetic teachers we already have 100 students playing a musical instrument

John Gull, Musician in Residence

Our sixth grand piano has arrived in time for our Year 7 Music Concert on the 11th October. Very generous donations from our wider community - thank you.

British Youth Council

We are proud to announce that Emily in Year 10 has been chosen by the British Youth Council to participate in this year's Youth Select Committee. She will be working alongside 11 other young people from all over the U.K. to gather information about how the cost-of-living crisis has affected young people. This will then be written into a report which will be submitted to Parliament to help inform decision making concerning this topic.

For more information about the British Youth Select Committee, please view this link. https://www.byc.org.uk/uk/youth-select-committee

The picture shows Emily and her co-select committee members in the 5 Live studios with BBC presenter Naga Munchetty. The interview is downloadable through BBC Sounds.

Charnwood College Open Evening

Our recent Open Evening for Year 6 students went extremely well with over 500 visitors on site

Mr O'Connor and Mrs Rowe gave a presentation to parents and the visitors were taken on a tour of all the faculty areas of the Academy.

The deadline for applications to secondary school is 31st October 2024. We were oversubscribed last year so parents are encouraged to apply on time.

Thank you to all the staff who supported on the evening. Pictures show the Design, Art and Textiles Faculty.

Dance Showcase - Thursday 5th October 2023

Oh, what a night! The Charnwood College Dance Show 2023 was a raging success! Completely sold out (and more seats added) the students from Year 7 to Year 13 rocked that stage. Hits from A Night at the Musicals, Hard Knock Life and We're All In This Together had the audience dancing in their seats and singing along. Year 10 and 11 "Big God" choreography was also a huge success, and solos performed by Arienna, Emily, Megan and Imogen blew the audience away. A special shout out to all the Year 7 students that have never performed on stage before - you rock!

Science Spelling Bee

The Charnwood College House Competitions are now well under way with some excellent results already in for this half term.

The Netball competition was won by Challenge, second place went to Venture with Discovery and Endeavour tied for third place. Behaviour and Attendance points have also been collected for this half term.

Finally, in the inaugural Science Spelling Bee, the overall word champions of Charnwood College were Venture. Second place went to Endeavour, Third were Discovery with Fourth place going to Challenge.

Coming up in the next half term will be more attendance and behaviour points to earn, with the following competitions also taking place - the House Football and Cross Country, a spooky Halloween themed event and the return of the Best Dressed Christmas Door.

Attendance Report - Mrs Rowe, Head of School Mrs Ingle and Mrs Wood

At Charnwood College we have introduced Attendance Reward Challenges this year. Challenges are against tutor groups, year groups and houses. Rewards are given for best attendance, best attendance on spot days and 100% attendance. So far we have given out lots of reward certificates and students have been rewarded with non-school uniform days and an ice cream van has been invited on to site.

The Government has set a target of 95% attendance for all students. Currently Charnwood College's whole school attendance stands at 94.5% so let’s so if we can achieve over 95%

The school starts at 8.30am promptly when the gate is closed. Please make sure your child arrives to school on time as lateness can have big effect on learning and missed lesson.

As we come into the winter session it is important to still maintain high attendance, please see below information.

Attendance has an impact on GCSE results. High attendance gains better GCSE results. The more you are in school the more you achieve. We want all our students to achieve high grades at GCSE and A Level.

Please feel free to contact Mrs Ingle or Mrs Wood for any advice or support to improve your child’s attendance.


Live streaming has become popular on many forms of social media platforms as such as Tik Tok, Instagram, YouTube etc. If the live stream is open to the public viewers may be able to leave offensive, inappropriate, or negative comments. If a young person is watching a live stream, they could be exposed to inappropriate content including sexual or violent content. There can potentially be hundreds to thousands of people watching a live stream who might be looking to exploit young children. In order to do this, they trick them into engaging into sexual activity, provide them with gifts or even make threats of violence if they do not do things, they want them to do

If you’re worried that your child is being groomed online or sexually exploited, you should report your concerns to CEOP and call 101. If you are worried that your child is receiving malicious messages, you can report this by calling 101 and online by following the link below. If you feel that your child is in immediate danger, please call 999.

Social media sites have a set of rules to follow which is known as ‘Terms of use’, which they expect users to follow on their time using that social media platform. Majority of social media sites have the option to report the removal of consent as such as profiles, imagery, videos, which may not coincide with their terms of use and guidelines. Before reporting and requesting the removal, you should check the terms of use to investigate if any of the guidelines have been broken. Platforms will only take content down if this is the case.


This service is aimed at 11–19-year-olds which is delivered by the council as part of the Children and Family Wellbeing Service. A Teen health referral can be done independently by contacting Leicestershire County Council Self Service (achieveservice.com). If you have general enquires about a referral please email teenhealth@leics.gov.uk or phone 0116 305 8727


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, Educational Psychologist, Community Pediatrician or other Leicestershire Partnership and NHS Trust staff. If your child requires urgent mental health support, please contact Central Access Point (CAP) at any time on 0800 800 3302.

Young Minds is a mental health charity for young children, young people and their parents by sure all young people get the mental health support they need.

Kooth offers free, safe and anonymous mental wellbeing support. When using Kooth you can chat to the team, read helpful articles, have community support and 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.

Congratulations to our Year 7 Rowing Medallists

Our Rovember House Competition will be taking place later in the year.

Dates for the Diary

  • 8th November - Sixth Form Open Evening
  • 9th November - Flu Vaccinations for Yrs 7 - 11
  • 9th November - BBC Bitesize Tour
  • 13th November to 1st December - Mock Exams
  • 13th/14th/15th December - School Musical
  • 13th December - Sixth Form Parents Evening
  • 14th December - SEN Coffee Morning
  • 20th December - Christmas Concert
  • 22nd December - Charnwood's Got Talent
  • Upcoming Trips

Proposed Upcoming Trips

Year 7 History Trip to Kenilworth Castle - 27th October

Years 10 and 11 Art/TextilesTrip to Tate Modern in London - 7th November

Year 8 Science Trip to Space Centre - 1st December

Year 9/10 French Trip to Chateau de Warsy - 10th May 2024

DRET Academy of the Year 2023