Weekly Message 215 – 9 February 2024


7th February 2024

House Points Averages per Pupil for This Week


Year 7                    4.34 points

Year 8                    2.76 points

Year 9                    5.32 points

Year 10                 4.55 points

Year 11                 2.70 points




Dates               Total Attendance

This week                      91.9%

Same week last year    91.8%


Another fabulous week at Cams Hill School as we conclude the first half of the Spring Term. There has been a real buzz in the air with the school production taking place and it was “phenomenal” – the word used by so many in response to the show on both evenings. The commitment the staff and pupils demonstrated both on stage and off stage made for a very special experience for all involved.


Year 11 embark on their next round of Mock Exams week beginning 26 February; the timetable has already been published to pupils, parents, and carers. The MFL Speaking Exams are taking place week beginning 19 February 2024. We wish our pupils all the very best with these assessments which will serve to inform final preparations for the final exams.


We hope you have enjoyed reading the weekly messages which serve to capture and celebrate all the great things that happen here as part of the taught curriculum and with the extracurricular provision that we are proud to offer. Don’t forget our social media platforms are there for you to view too.


The school calendar can be found on our website but a couple of key reminders:


  • Year 9 Subject Parents’ Evening – Thursday 22 February 2024 (see letter dated 5 February)
  • INSET Day – Tuesday 12 March 2024
  • Year 9 Guided Choices Evening – Tuesday 19 March 2024
  • Year 11 Subject Parents’ Evening – Tuesday 26 March 2024
  • Year 10 Work Experience – 25 March to 28 March 2024


In the meantime, we wish the Cams Hill community a restful half term break and look forward to welcoming all pupils back to school on Monday 19 February 2024.


Little Shop of Horrors




What a week!! Thank you doesn’t quite cut it to all the wonderful people who have helped to put on the school production, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. It was an absolute pleasure, and the cast, band and crew were phenomenal. There was very little stress during show week (other than the roadworks and not feeding the plants) because everyone worked together as a fantastic team. We hope you enjoyed watching it as much as we enjoyed working on it.



Learning Toolkit Workshop for Parents


On Monday evening we ran an online workshop highlighting how parents and carers can support their children with revision in the run up to the Spring Mocks. Accompanying our Learning Toolkit Resource there was a focus on both the science of learning and the application to revision with an opportunity for parents and carers to ask questions to inform pupil practice at home. Thank you to the parents and carers who were able to join us.



Trip to Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio




This week our Year 11 Art, Photography, Graphics and Drama pupils had the opportunity to visit Warner Bros Studios and explore the making of Harry Potter. The trip began with a special VIP behind the scenes workshop where pupils discussed the creative industry and jobs associated with film and tv.


They saw first-hand props and costumes from the Harry Potter movies and learned about the apprenticeship schemes on offer.


Pupils were brilliant and a credit to the school. We hope they will be able to use photographs they took in their current exam projects.



PE Uniform Policy


I would like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to our PE uniform policy. There are an increasing number of incorrect trainers being worn for PE. Please be aware that sanctions will follow for incorrect footwear.


The school’s uniform policy was widely shared before the start of this academic year, and can be found on the website https://www.camshill.com/school-life/practical-details/uniform/. The information on footwear is as follows:


For all practical PE lessons, sports trainers with shoelaces must be worn, thus ensuring adequate support.  Fashion shoes, such as Converse All Stars or Nike Air Force 1’s, or any shoes with a Velcro fastening, slip on shoes, flat soled shoes, plimsolls and other non-supporting footwear are not safe and, therefore, not acceptable.  The decision of the PE Department on the acceptability of any pair of shoes is final.


Dance – for all Dance lessons pupils must wear specific dance shoes or participate with bare feet.


Note on Footwear: In a report commissioned by the Education Service it cites inappropriate footwear as being a significant factor in the increase of risk involved in outdoor games.  Children who have no traction are inclined to slip.  They may bang their heads, fall on wrists and arms unexpectedly and may strain/tear muscle fibres. 


I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that pupils’ safety is paramount and would like to thank you for your support in this matter.



Week 1 Menu 2023


Answers to Last Week’s Maths Challenge


Q4. The shorter sides of a right-angled triangle are root 5 and root 12. What is the length of the hypotenuse?


  1. Root 7
  2. Root 13
  3. Root 15
  4. Root 17
  5. 7


  1. d) is the correct answer (root 17)


Q13. When I increase a number by 20%, I get twice as much as when I decrease 20 less than the number by 20%. What is the number?


  1. 40
  2. 60
  3. 80
  4. 100
  5. 120


  1. c) 80 is the correct answer


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