Weekly Message 224 – 3 May 2024


3rd May 2024



This week we reached another milestone as we celebrated with Year 11 their time at Cams Hill School with a ‘Leavers’ Assembly’. With their tutor group, tutors were able to reflect on the last five years and the journey that they have been on together.


There was laughter and there were tears and unexpected emotions as a chapter draws to a close. There is so much excitement too, with staff rooting for these wonderful young people to secure what they need, with what they have learned, to take their next steps beyond school.


Next week sees the start of the written GCSE examinations starting with Religious Studies on Thursday 9 May. Well done to all Year 11 pupils who completed their Creative Media Exam this week and to the Year 10 pupils who completed their GCSE Devised Performance Exam in Drama.


A polite reminder to parents and carers to consider local residents when picking up and dropping off their children at/near to school so as not to block roads or driveways and not to park in private bays. Thank you in anticipation of your support.


We also remind parents/carers that the school is closed on Monday 6 May 2024 as it is Bank Holiday.


Year 8 Parents’ Subject Evening


A reminder to Year 8 parents/carers that they can meet with their child’s subject teachers on Thursday 9 May 2024 at our online Parents’ Subject Evening. The letter with the specific details and booking arrangements was sent home on 30 April 2024.


HMS Temeraire Visit




Pupils completing the school’s Uniformed Services qualification visited HMS Temeraire on Wednesday, for a Royal Navy sports and careers day and a taster of what it is like to serve in the Royal Navy.


Pupils met serving members of both the Royal Marines and the Navy, undertook sports such as archery and shooting, and got hands on with some of the equipment the service is currently using.


The day finished with a display from the Royal Marines band and a prize giving for the pupils who worked hard throughout the day.


The pupils all enjoyed themselves, coming away inspired.



Maths Challenge – Answers to Last Week’s Questions


Answers to the questions in last week’s weekly message are:


  1. Skye has half as many pens as Ishaa. Ana has twice as many pens as Skye. What fraction of all the pens does Skye have?
  2. 1/3             b) 1/4           c) 1/5           d) 1/6          e) 1/8

Answer is c) 1/5


  1. The area of a square is six times the area of a rectangle with a length half that of the square and a width 6cm less than the width of the square. What is the perimeter of the square?
  2. 24cm         b) 28cm       c) 32cm         d) 36cm      e) 40cm’

Answer is d) 36cm


English House Challenge Results


Here are the results to the latest English House Challenge:


Warrior: 24 entries for 240 points

Illustrious:  2 entries for 20 points

Victory:  2 entries for 20 points

Invincible :  3 entries for 30 points

Endeavour: 1 entry for 10 points


And the winners are …


1st Place – 100 points for Warrior –  R Bradford Year 7

2nd Place – 75 points for Invincible – A Parry Year 8

Joint 3rd Place – 50 points for Warrior – K Journeaux Year 7

Joint 3rd Place – 50 points for Invincible – M McElroy Year 8

4th Place – 25 points for Invincible – S Tata Year 8


Thanks to everyone for their effort and their entries.


Attendance Spotlight – Holidays in Term Time


Children have 13 weeks’ annual holiday from school and school holiday dates are published in advance on the school website. Education law states that parents/carers do not have a right to take their child out of school for a holiday during term time. Families, therefore, are asked to plan and take their family holidays during the school holidays so that their child’s education is not disrupted. Only in exceptional circumstances may the Headteacher grant permission for leave; and it is the Headteacher’s decision on whether the absence is exceptional and how many days to approve.


The ‘Request for Pupil Absence’ form can be found here:



A parent/carer guide from the Department for Education can be found here. This outlines parent/carer responsibilities and advice on how schools and parents/carers can work together to improve attendance – Download (PDF)


The DfE has also produced  ‘What I need to know about attendance’ guide – here


If you are concerned about your child’s attendance and/or punctuality, please get in touch with the school and speak to your child’s tutor, year team or the attendance team.  We are here to support.




Week 1 Menu 2023 Monday bank holiday





House Points Averages per Pupil for This Week


Year 7                        8.17 points

Year 8                        6.33 points

Year 9                        5.27 points

Year 10                      4.96 points

Year 11                      1.14 points


MathsWatch and Educake


These are two online resources that we expect pupils to be accessing routinely with homework set by teachers and independently to support their progress in Maths, Science and other subjects. We ask parents to check in with their child to see whether they are accessing these resources routinely and to encourage best use of them.



Average number of questions answered per pupil this week

Year 7           7.8 questions

Year 8            8.7 questions

Year 9            6.5 questions

Year 10          5.5 questions

Year 11          13.2 questions


Highest number of questions answered by one pupil this week

Year 7             77 questions

Year 8             44 questions

Year 9             93 questions

Year 10           39 questions

Year 11           86 questions


Not all Maths homework is set on MathsWatch, which is likely to affect the averages.  


We are currently running a trial on a website called Maths Kitchen for KS4 classes.

Highest number of questions answered by one pupil this week on Maths Kitchen

Year 10       54 questions

Year 11       61 questions

Educake – Science


Average number of questions answered per pupil this week

Year 7              25.82 questions

Year 8              16.08 questions

Year 9              11.39 questions

Year 10            50.23 questions

Year 11            85.09 questions


Highest number of questions answered by one pupil this week

Year 7                  455 questions

Year 8                  228 questions

Year 9                  273 questions

Year 10                434 questions

Year 11                1417 questions





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