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This week students from our local primary schools attended a mathematics lesson at Cherry Willingham Community School. This is part of a new initiative for the school to share outstanding teaching practice between schools, share ideas and help students gain an appreciation and develop further interest in the subject.

The lesson was the first in a series of 8 lessons in which they are completing various mathematics tasks, but culminates in the production of a 3D jigsaw project based around the Bedlam Cube toys. The students all enjoyed their first session and were looking forward to coming back next week. Updates to follow as the project takes hold…


Mrs Burrows - Assistant Headteacher and Mathematics teacher



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Shirebrook 3 – 3 Cherry Willingham (aet) : Lose on penalties 4 - 3

After an end to end and very even match Cherry Willingham Community School lost their National Cup Round 3 match on penalties! The game was 1-1 at full time after a headed goal from William that had cancelled out a Shirebrook strike just after half time.

Extra time was eventful. Shirebrook took the lead again before Rhys equalised. Shirebrook then took the lead again, before Rhys equalised once more with a minute to go! Great character was shown from the boys to end level on goals after extra-time.

The game went to a penalty shoot-out. Unfortunately, Shirebrook then won 4-3 on penalties and now progress to the last 16 of the competition. A great match and a great effort, but just not good enough!

Mr L. Beesley - Physical Education Teacher

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Students from the GCSE Art Textiles class visited the Knitting & Stitching exhibition in London where pupils saw a huge variety of textiles work, which opened their eyes to the potential of the subject.

It was an excellent day, fabulous exhibition and great to soak up some city atmosphere. Highlights were Yasmin and Laura asking me where 'Carol Naylors' work was as we had studied her techniques in class and wanted to see it. Olivia ‘bumped’ into Gilda Barron (literally) whose work many students have studied in class - seeing it real made us all appreciate her skills. Steph and Rhiannon were fascinated by the show and purchased materials for their coursework.

I got a book signed by Tilleke Scwarz whose work I love and is a superb artist to link to most exam themes. Jorji picking up a leaflet on a KS5 fashion competition she wants to enter next year. Lily and Jorji also gave up their seats on the tube for some elderly travellers – both were very polite and caring.

Mrs C. Capp (Art Textile Teacher)

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I used to be a student here from year 7 to year 11 , I left in 2009. I just want to say that the school is held so dear to my heart and I will never forget how it shaped me into the adult I am today.

I went to a sixth form for two years (at another school), and can genuinely say I’ve never appreciated the warm, open-minded and supportive staff of Cherry as much as I did then. I never got to share this with any of you and I know I was a complete nightmare for a long time. You taught me as a school to accept people regardless of their background and cultural differences and that I was worth something and I had potential. I had the BEST memories with you and I can genuinely say not even University topped my school years!

Hope you are all doing well

Love, Jessica Bembridge  xx

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You may have seen in news that some teachers will be taking strike action on Tuesday 1st October 2013.

The strike is about the proposed changes to the teachers’ pension scheme,the changes to the conditions of service and the changes to our pay and conditions by the Government. The argument is not with the school or with the local authority employers, but our school will be affected by the strike.

Some of our teachers will be taking strike action on 1st October 2013, others will be working in school normally.

We will not be able to guarantee the safety of all of our children on that day, and we will need to close the school to some classes that will not be properly supervised. The school will be closed for Years 7-10. Students in Year 11 will be required to attend school where the time will be used for individual academic mentoring, revision techniques and subject booster sessions.

We appreciate that making alternative arrangements for your children will be difficult for some parents. That is why we are giving as much notice as possible and running as many classes as we can safely.

We look forward to seeing all students back in school on Wednesday 2nd October 2013.


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Open Evening was one of the most positive in terms of parental feedback. The Year 5 and 6 students who visited the school seemed really enthusiastic about Cherry Willingham Community School being the place to continue their education once they leave primary school.

Highlights of the Open Evening included:

·         Performances by music students, of particular note being Stuart on the piano and Elle playing and singing at the piano.

·         Special mentions must go also to Lorna, Tommy, Ethan, Rhiannon and Lughan who all have a career in fitness club management in front of them after helping to organise the 'fitness zone' in Science.

·         Although Elle has indicated that she does not want to learn the skills to be a butcher, she certainly excels as Mr Radcliffe's lung and heart dissector-in-chief after her exemplary performance.

·         The most common heard phrase when coming up the stairs and entering Bravo computer room was “Oh my! Woww!”.

·         A quote from one mother “You mean the students actually made these dresses? The girls from the Art Textiles class also got up on the catwalk and modelled the dresses. The mother continued “…what an opportunity”.


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The school Open Evening begins at 6pm on Tuesday 24 September 2013. We welcome parents and children who are considering coming to Cherry Willingham Community School in the future to come and see our school.


During the evening there will be a number of activities taking place around the school, some of which are detailed below:

  • Headteacher’s presentation in the Main Hall at  6.00 pm and then again at 7.00 pm. 
  • Visit the Learning Support area including the specialist Enhanced Resource Centre (for Hearing Impairment.
  • ‘The Big Bang (short version)’ plus Fitness Zone and Science Circus in the Science Department.
  • Watch a presentation and take part in some games in the Drama Studio.
  • Fun games and activities in Maths
  • Have a go at a competition and see how machine embroidery is used in Art.
  • Play a game designed by our school students in Alpha ICT suite.
  • See the Food Club in action and taste the results in Food Technology.
  • Visit the Technology Workshop where the students will be making Bat Boxes.
  • Have a tour of the Gym and try the fitness tests. See the year 10 football team in action on the 3G (third generation artificial) pitch and a range of other sporting activities in the sports hall.
  • Enjoy a taste of France and have a game of Boule in Modern Foreign Languages.
  • Take part in a quiz and make a bookmark in English.
  • See the school Samba Band in action in Music.
  • See the students’ Global Fashion Show project in Geography.
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On the 3rd of May 2013 at 5am, we set off to Paris. At around mid-day we arrived at the channel tunnel, after half an hour we arrived in France, we travelled for another 4 hours and then arrived in Paris.

On that night we visited the Sacre Coeur, and had a look around, and took lots of pictures. We learned that it opened in 1914 and also the name Sacre Coeur means ‘sacred heart’ in English. After having a look around and we walked down to the restaurant,and had chicken and chips that was tasty. However, Jess and Laura decided to tip a bottle of Pepsi all over Niamh’s meal, which Sarah happily then ate. After our meal we walked back to the bus and walked through the Parisian streets to the hotel.

On the second day we had to get up early. We made our way down to breakfast which was typically french with hot chocolate and various breads including pain au chocolat.  Firstly, we went on the Bateaux Mouches and saw all the main monuments in Paris from the river. We saw a bridge that was covered in bike locks - people can demonstrate their love to eachother via attaching the padlock to the bridge! Later we learned that people write love notes on the padlocks and throw the key in the Seine River to symbolise their love lasting forever.  Afterwards we went up the Montparnasse, the tallest building in France. The view was amazing as you could see all the places we’d visited and that we were going to visit. Then we went to the Champs Elysees. Some people went to the Arc de Triomphe  and learnt that there is a grave of an unknown soldier in the Arc. In the afternoon, we visited Notre Dame and we discovered that Miss Camm is brilliant at pulling beautiful faces! The group had pancakes for tea. In the evening we went up the Eiffel tower. When we got back down, the tower lit up and it was beautiful.

On the third day we went to Disneyland. It was awesome!

The next day, we had to get up early, packed our belongings, had breakfast and tarvelled home. Once we arrived back in England, Miss Froggatt awarded prizes for the fussiest, most in your face, bravest, most excited about Disney, funniest and grumpiest travellers (Mr Radcliffe won this!). We also all were given Eiffel Tower key rings from Mrs Camm. Overall I think we all found the trip brilliant fun and we would all like to thank Mrs Camm, Mrs Chapman, Mr Radcliffe and Miss Froggatt for taking us.

During the trip all the students became more confident in speaking French, and became more confident overall, learnuing how to be independent and behave away from home (some of us for the first time without parents). A school trip to France is something that I would recommend that all students.take advantage of given the opportunity.

Mrs C. Camm - French Teacher



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The school are organising a visit to Normandy in February 2014 for our Year 8 students. We will spend 5 days and 4 nights at the Chateau du Molay which is well placed to explore the attractions of Normandy. Highlights of experience will include Pegasus Bridge, the famous Bayeux Tapestry and poignant locations of the 1944 D-Day landing beaches, war museums and battlefields. Also, we will visit the town and market of Bayeux for some cultural experience.  A visit to La Cité De La Mer  is planned;  an unforgettable day out, full of excitement, during which we will live an adventure, have fun, be filled with wonder and learn about deep-sea exploration.

A variety of entertainment is provided in the evenings including a quiz, bowling and a fancy dress party and disco! Travel will be by coach and the channel tunnel, leaving on the early hours of Tuesday 11 February 2014 and returning on Saturday 15 February 2014.

The cost of the visit will include all travel, full board accommodation, activities and insurance. The travel company is Travelbound; they are ABTA and ATOL bonded. Students will also need to have a European Health Card (EHIC) which is free of charge and can be obtained online at

For further information please contact Mr Brewer on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                                      

Mr C. Brewer – Normandy Trip Co-ordinator




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Welcome back to the new school year! I hope that you and your families have had an enjoyable summer.

Our launch for a ‘Behaviour for Learning’ strategy designed to promote positive attitudes towards learning which will have a significant impact on achievement and progress. Thank you to all parents, carers and guardians who have supported this initiative, it really helps when we have good relationships with you as we both want the very best for your child.

The new academic year has started in a really positive way. The year 11 cohort which has just left achieved some very good results, 90% A*-C grades with 27% of students achieving 3 or more A* - A grades. Our new year 11 are very focussed and have started well, our drive now is to ensure that all year groups are achieving their best. The revised pastoral system and faculty system will be the key driver in ensuring all students are monitored closely and support given when there are any issues arising.

The new term has started well; students have come to school with a positive attitude, in smart uniform and with their equipment, ready to learn.

We have our Open Evening on 24 September which is a fantastic opportunity for us to show year five and six students and their parents what we can offer if they attend our school. In order for us to give both staff and students enough time to prepare for the evening, students who are not involved in the Open Evening will be leaving the school site at 1.30 pm. All appropriate transport companies have been informed and the necessary arrangements made. If this causes any difficulty, please contact the main reception to discuss it further.

Mrs E. Stiles - Headteacher of Cherry Willingham Community School


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It was ana emphatic start to the season in the English School's Cup. On a cold and wet September night Cherry Willingham took control of their first round match in the English School’s National Cup from the first whistle to the last. It was the 5th minute when a sweeping passing move starting with Daniel was finished off by Will with a great header into the corner of the net. It was 2-0 from a corner when an unmarked Will headed into the roof of the net. The game was over as a contest just before half time when Joe calmly slotted in a third goal.


The second half was even more one sided and a very quick hat-trick by Rhys was added to by a brace from Liam Atkinson and a goal from central defender Leon. The game ended 0-9 and Cherry comfortably progress to Round 2, where a much tougher tie at home to King Edward VI Grammar School from Louth awaits.


Well done to all the boys involved.


Mr L. Beesley - Physical Education Teacher


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