THE CATERHAMIAN Review of the Year
Front cover artwork ‘Force of War’ by Emily, GCSE Art
CONTENTS 2 FAREWELLS AND WELCOMES 4 SPEECH DAY 13
19 ISI INSPECTION REPORT 21
PUPILS ON THE MOVE
CATERHAM SCHOOL SOCIETY
31 HOUSE REPORTS 38
41 BOARDING 43 WELLBEING 45
INDIVIDUAL PUPIL SUCCESS
54 PRODUCT DESIGN 55 PHOTOGRAPHY 57 ARTS WEEK AND HUMANITIES 59 SCIENCE 61 HISTORY
62 GEOGRAPHY 64 MUSIC 74
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROJECT
DRAMA AND THEATRE
82 PSYCHOLOGY 84 ENGLISH 86 MATHS 92
ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS STUDIES
93 DEBATING AND PUBLIC SPEAKING 94
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY
OUTDOOR LEARNING SKIING
SPORT INDIVIDUAL SPORTING SUCCESS PREP SCHOOL
FAREWELLS AND WELCOMES
Not only a superb school master who got stuck in around the place, but a talented musician and instrument maker, avid stamp collector, a passionate angler and a great advocate for the environment.
FAREWELL Howard Tuckett arrived at Caterham Prep School from the wilds of Suffolk in via South Africa and Botswana.
t would be easy to quickly fall into the stereotype of a Wilbur Smith hero when describing Howard, but he does undeniably possess the calm and reassuring quality of a man who could face down a wild animal in the bush before donning a dinner suit and making a witty speech to assembled guests. Those who know Howard well will know just what a fantastic Prep School Headmaster he was (and is). The qualities mentioned above of calming reassurance were just what Caterham Prep School needed when he arrived. His mission was to create a Prep School that was full of pupils and families who shared our vision about holistic education, was full of ambition, strong on pastoral care and had a real sense of fun and enjoyment to it. This he did wonderfully well and many of you reading this will have experienced the warmth and strong sense of community that Howard brought to Caterham Prep School. Those of you who know Howard well will
also know what a wonderfully talented man he is – not only a superb school master who got stuck in around the place, but a talented musician and instrument maker, avid stamp collector, a passionate angler and a great advocate for the environment. As Headmaster of Caterham Prep Howard was much more than a warm and avuncular figure meeting and greeting his pupils each day with his winning smile and baritone voice that could be heard all the way across the Harestone Valley – in a Prep School these attributes should not be underestimated – he is a passionate believer in the power of education to change lives and a deeply compassionate and caring man. Howard really is a polymath and, consequently, a great role model to both his pupils and to the rest of us. Most importantly Howard was able to laugh at himself. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him in assemblies as he would put on funny voices and gently
undermine his own status to the enormous delight of the pupils. I personally was very grateful to have Howard’s advice and counsel when I arrived at Caterham – his wisdom and understanding of the school were invaluable to me – and I am delighted that Howard has had the opportunity to go and start a new school in Hong Kong. He is the founding Head of Wycombe Abbey School. It is no surprise to me that Wycombe Abbey saw in Howard the qualities I did when I arrived at Caterham – his reassuring and calming authority has gone down well already in Hong Kong and I know that Wycombe Abbey has made a strong start in a highly competitive market because of Howard. Clearly the Tuckett connection with Caterham remains as Colleen remains as assistant librarian in the senior school and I am sure we will see Howard striding along Home Field again before too long on one of his visits home. Ceri Jones, Headmaster
FAREWELLS AND WELCOMES HEADER
This year we say goodbye to the following members of the Senior Common Room:
Welcome to the following new teachers who join the Common Room in September
Magnus Anderson (Physics Teacher and Head of Year) who becomes Deputy Head (Academic) at Leicester Grammar School.
Laurie Angeli, who joins as a Teacher of English; she has taught in a London school and has most recently been teaching in Portugal.
Peter Buchan (Teacher of Mathematics) who takes up a post in Information Technology.
Matthew Baggs, who joins as our new Director of Sport from Kingâ€&#x;s School, Wimbledon, where he held the same post.
Rob Clarke (Director of Sport) who becomes Director of Co-Curriculum at Marlborough College Malaysia. Harriet Howgego (Teacher of Chemistry) who is joining Croydon High School as a teacher. Emily Gray (Teacher of English) who is joining Magdalen College School, Oxford, as Deputy Head of English. Gareth Owen (Teacher of History) who leaves to continue his studies. Kieran Pegrum-Milner (Coach of Lacrosse) who leaves for a post in the USA. Jen Simpson (Head of Lacrosse) who leaves to pursue her career back home in the USA. Sam Houghton (Netball Coach) who has been appointed to Cranleigh School. Jamie Robinson (Teacher of Biology) who leaves for a post in Canada.
Nick Griffiths, who joins us as a teacher of Mathematics from Rosebery School, Epsom. Shaocheng Ma, who joins as a Teacher of Physics. Shaocheng is an Old Caterhamian; he has completed a PhD and this is his first teaching post.
Cara McCartney, who joins as Director of Netball from Coloma Convent Girlsâ€&#x; School.
Pippa Waterman, who joins as Director of Lacrosse from Whyteleafe School; Pippa is an Old Caterhamian.
SPEECH DAY SATURDAY 6 JULY
THE HEADMASTER’S SPEECH It has, by any measure, been another incredibly successful year and I am grateful to all members of the Caterham School community for the part you have all played in making this year so special.
f course my greatest thanks go to your sons and daughters, our pupils, who have once again demonstrated their talents across a whole array of areas and for which we will be awarding prizes later this morning. I would like to publicly thank all of you who volunteer your time and expertise to support what we do – we simply could not achieve what we do without your support – from the Trustees, the PA, the Old Cats and
the Caterham School Society you all make a hugely positive and appreciated contribution to this school. Of course, I should start with that ISI Inspection report. I hope you have all had a chance to read it – if not I would recommend it to you. Not only does the report give you the confidence that the school meets and exceeds all regulatory requirements and standards that we have to adhere to, it also reassures you that pupils
at Caterham achieve fantastic things both in terms of their outcomes across all areas of school life, including academic and cocurricular, and it also demonstrates that their personal development is incredibly strong – confirming that we are actually ‘inspiring education for life’. I suspect, like me, those judgments are why you sent your son and daughter to Caterham in the first place – it is the core business of any school. Whilst I am very pleased by these judgments
I was not surprised – I spend my day working with and alongside a hugely talented bunch of pupils and staff and you get a sense of what is going well and what is not. If you had asked me four years ago when I came to Caterham what sort of school I wanted to be Headmaster of then I would have exactly described the school that the Inspectors described to me when they gave us a verbal report following their visit – a school that is highly ambitious, where pupils are supported to achieve the best they can in an environment which places their wellbeing at the centre of everything, where balance and the growth and development of the individual is as important as the number of A*s they achieve and a school where there is consonance between who we say we are and the lived experience of our pupils – we do what we say we do. And of course we’re not perfect and of course things will go wrong from time to time but we are a school that, like our pupils and our staff, is self-reflective and strives every day to get better and to be better – and to offer excellence at every opportunity and in every interaction. On the co-curricular side of life I have a four way tie for my own
If you had asked me four years ago when I came to Caterham what sort of school I wanted to be Headmaster of then I would have exactly described the school that the Inspectors described to me when they gave us a verbal report following their visit
proudest moments – I think the senior school production of ‘In the Heights’ probably just about wins out. I genuinely do not think I have seen a better school production in 30 years of teaching – and the ease with which the cast (and the staff) carried off a really challenging piece should not be underestimated. Close on the heels of ‘In the
Heights’ I would put the Lacrosse Nationals where the 1st XII and the U14s almost made it through to the final in atrocious conditions and I would also put the 1st XV rugby boys. They had a fantastic season playing some of the most expansive and exciting rugby I have seen. Our swimmers also had a magnificent year winning a bronze medal at the national championships. We will celebrate the successes of individuals from both these teams who have gone on to play international sport when we come to the prize giving. My final best moment was actually very recently – a couple of weeks ago I was a judge of the inaugural Old Caterhamians ‘Innovation and Collaboration Prize’ which will be presented for the first time this morning (and I am very grateful indeed to Clive Furness the President of the OCA for initiating this – it is another fantastic way of demonstrating the relevance and importance of the Old Caterhamians to pupils currently in the school). This was a competition open to all pupils in the school -their brief was to identify a problem and develop (in a team) a prof of concept solution to the issue. They were to do all of this on their own.
There were four teams in the final – one team of Fifth Formers and three teams of First Years. The challenges they had identified speaks volumes for the sort of pupils we have in the school – ranging from an augmented reality app to help pupils with learning support needs, an app for your phone to help address e-safety concerns and a shampoo and educational concept to address the issue of plastics in the oceans. It was judged in a ‘Dragons Den’ style by external experts. The pupils had to present and take questions. I could not have been more proud of all the teams who made the final – the quality of their thinking, their teamwork, their presentations and their determination to use creativity and innovation to make the world a better place was hugely affirming. As ever, I am hugely grateful to the incredible team of teachers that enable much of this activity to take place. The fact that we can put out so many sports teams, musical ensembles, debating teams, put on close to 15 productions, run trips to Tanzania, Morocco, run a hugely successful CCF and D of E programme and lots and lots more is something that I think we can all take for granted. We are lucky to have such a talented bunch of teachers at Caterham who are not only subject experts and inspiring teachers, but teachers who also share our vision that education does not just take place in the classroom – and are prepared to go above and beyond to ensure that
the commitment to education in its’ widest sense is what we offer here at Caterham School. I should also like to thank the outgoing prefects in the Upper Sixth who have played such a key role in the success of the school this year. Not only have they set a great example to all the pupils in the school, they have also helped shape some of our agenda this year, particularly around the issue of mental health provision and wider inclusion. It is great to see
such conviction and interest from our pupil leadership and I am very grateful indeed to them all for the part they have played this year. I am, of course, particularly grateful to the Head Girl and Head Boy – Anna Gardner and Joe Haynes – who we will hear from in a moment and who have been outstanding in their roles this year. One of the great joys about working in education and working with young people is the energy and optimism they bring when confronted with challenges. It has been a huge privilege this year to work with pupils that have thought seriously about the challenges facing adolescents in the 21st century and how the school should respond to them – many of the initiatives that we have undertaken this year have been a direct response to their persuasion and activism: from wellbeing dogs, to house families, to LGBTQ+ issues and environmentalism. I am delighted that Chris Hines is here this morning - I am very grateful to him for taking the time to come and address us later – because the very activism and issues that he espouses we see in our own pupil body. And indeed we see in our own tradition – reaching all the way back to our founder, John Townsend – a belief that we can, if we want to, change the world around us and that where we see injustice or wrong we should step into that space and not assume
GUEST OF HONOUR: CHRIS HINES MBE FOUNDER OF SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE AND SUSTAINABILITY, DIRECTOR OF THE EDEN PROJECT. someone else will fix it for us – social activism, if you like. I am sure that you know that Reverend Townsend not only set up this school, he also set up what became the Royal School for Deaf Children because he was personally touched by the plight of a child of one of his friends – no one else was prepared to step in and do something about it so he did. And that thread of activism remains a key part of the Caterham DNA – there are, I know, a number of Old Cats and current and former parents who are doing incredible things both in the UK and internationally to try and make a difference to the lives of those around them because they believe, as I do, that we have a duty to be part of the solution. I know that the school council have been pressing hard to address some of the environmental concerns that we all share – in partnership with our pupils we have made significant strides this year in reducing our use of single use plastics this year alone we have reduced by 90% the amount of single use plastics that this organisation uses. In the school used 17, plastic bottles. In that number fell to 1, We still have work to do but I am delighted at the start we have made.
One of the great joys about working in education and working with young people is the energy and optimism they bring when confronted with challenges. Next year we will continue to focus on the reduction of our use of plastics, but also on food waste and food miles – doing all we can to ensure that as an organisation we are not simply expecting someone else to address this problem for us. You will all be receiving our first environmental impact report which will detail the huge strides we are making and the exciting plans we have to make more environmentally sensible use of the resources of Old Park Woods. You will all know that the partnership work that we undertake as a school is an absolute priority for me. I am delighted that our relationship with the London Academy of Excellence continues to thrive and develop as does our work with Lerang’wa, our partner school in Tanzania. But I am just as proud of the partnerships our pupils are developing with local primary
schools – such as our coding club with Furzefield Primary School in Merstham, our drama club with St John’s Primary in Caterham and our Maths partnership with St Stephen’s in South Godstone. On Monday this week we had over primary pupils on site for a day with lessons being taught by our L6th pupils. I am also very grateful to all of you in the Caterham School community parents, staff and alumni who have so positively supported our Transformational Bursary Campaign – the first phase of our Inspiring Education masterplan. I am delighted at the positive and generous response of the wider school community which has already enabled us to offer life changing bursaries to three new pupils joining the school next year. I want all of our pupils to believe that we can change the world if we choose to –and that we also
SPEECH DAY have much to learn from the world around us. I say this particularly to all of our leavers here today. You are about to go off and do and achieve incredible things in your chosen pathways. And on your journeys, although it may appear sometimes that your voice cannot be heard above all the metaphorical (and occasionally literal) shouting that it is going on across the news channels and social media it is worth remembering that this is an incredibly exciting time to be alive. You have access to networks and platforms that my generation and my parents’ generation never had – your power to be influencers, to connect, persuade and be agents of change is greater now than it has ever been, even if you may feel voiceless at times. With that power comes great responsibility – the responsibility to listen to others, to check your facts, to persuade rather than browbeat and to take the longer view – but also the responsibility to not sit by on the side lines while someone else forces an agenda. We assume that the digital space and social media cannot be a force for good – but of course it can be if we chose to use it in a positive way. Greta Thunberg has shown just how powerful the voice of young people can be and that agendas can be changed through moral force and argument and the connectedness of modern youth.
And I hope that Caterham has given you the moral framework to know what is worth standing up for and standing up to, and that we have given you the confidence and self-belief to define your own futures and not to let someone else to define your future for you. This
is who we are and what connects all of us back to the Reverend John Townsend – whether you are a person of faith or not, our instinct is to open our arms to the world around us and to go and make a difference. To believe that when we succeed we bring others with us and that our success does not come at the expense of others. My challenge to us all here today is to ensure that we do not allow cynicism or busyness to dilute that youthful activism that our pupils have (and which is so inspiring) and that we also have within us. This is a fantastic community and I am proud to be connected to something which is both so energetic, vibrant and caring. Those of you about to leave the school (both pupils and parents) will always be connected to this place and I hope you will stay in touch. I wish you all a very happy and restful summer and the best of luck to those of you leaving the school or waiting for exam results.
SPEECH DAY PRIZE WINNERS
SPEECH DAY PRIZE WINNERS ACHIEVEMENT, PROGRESS AND CONTRIBUTION TO SCHOOL LIFE First Year Prizes
Second Year Prizes
Elisabeth Ennis-Sharp Muaris Jan Scarlet Louca Will Lumbard Isabelle Pond Max Tatara Mark Wolstenholme Isabelle S Young
Imogen Freeland Harriet Lowe Xavier Parker Louis Preston Katie Roberts Pia Shah Tia-Sienna Singh James Williamson
Third Year Prizes
Fourth Year Prizes
Adeogooluwa Afuwape Alice Caiger Rachel Chan Pak Yin (Bryan) Chan Mili Greener Harry Jude Elliot Major Alex Mylet Rianna Rennie Marilie Van Slingelandt
Ron Xin (Rosing) Chen Lucie Day Dilan Patel Joshua Poon Laura Sessi-Knott Paris Singh Andrew Steedman Katie Tudor Oliver van As Santi Weiner
DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S GOLD AWARD Alex Criscuolo Charlotte Cross Grant Davidson Daniel Farris
David Hocking Alex Thomas Pippa Wonders
PRIZES FOR OUTSTANDING ALL-ROUND CONTRIBUTION TO SCHOOL LIFE The Rignall Prize The Gregory Prize
India Barton Annabel Chappell Natasha Derry Nell Fahey Rowena Field Ross Furley-Smith Charlotte Cross Daniel Farris Seb Kensey Jade Sanderson-Marsh Chris Smith
The Gorman Prize
Charlie Heaton-Armstrong Rory Moore Charlotte Roberts
The Eothen Prize
Old Caterhamians’ Prize
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND EFFORT Fifth Year Prizes
Lower Sixth Year Prizes
Caspar Barton Holly Cottam Olivia Lee Julia Makin Ekaterina Oblasova David Poolman Alex Richings Christian Thomas Ben van As Charlotte Yendall
Ka Hei (Hazel) Cheng Laura Chisholm Rhianna Harding Polina Ivanova Charlotte McDonald Jessica Small Tianhao (Thomas) Wang Jack Warr Zhengyuan (Leo) Yue Juanya (Anika) Zhang
SERVICE PRIZES The Bonarjee Prize
Olivia Clarke Ashleigh Davies David Macbeth Tom Mason Alex Thomas Max Zhelyabovskiy
The Brooke Prize Alexander The Wakefield Prize The Bacon Prize
Anastasi-Dow Grant Davidson David Hocking Roberta Lack Miranda Scott Alexandra Trantor William Buxton Alistair Kellaway Man Yi (Krystal) Lee Pippa Lloyd Alice Locket Mary Neale-Smith Tyler Norwood Sing Yu (Jerry) Poon Nicholas Van Dort Louise Blatt Ka Hay (Hayes) Fan Sam Herbert Sanjana Idnani Steffi Lagerberg Sophia Maisashvili Antonia Satchell Sophie Zonfrillo
PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION PRIZE The Parents’ Association Prize for Senior Debating
Man-Tung (Electa) Yeung
SPEECH DAY PRIZE WINNERS
UPPER SIXTH ACADEMIC PRIZES The Allison Prize for English Academic Prize for Biology Academic Prize for Business Academic Prize for Chemistry The Coleman Prize for 3D Design Academic Prize for Drama and Theatre Studies Academic Prize for Economics
Ka Hay (Hayes) Fan Max Santana Man Yi (Krystal) Lee Emily Haasz Megan McKeague Sanjana Idnani Jimmy Hoogendoorn
Academic Prize for Fine Art
The Hilton Prize for French
The Stephen Smith Prize for Geography The Prize for German Academic Prize for Greek
Anna Gardner Isabel Sherlock Holly Lloyd
The Leathem Prize for History
Academic Prize for Latin
The Robert Jarrams Prize for Double Maths (Pure) The Robert Jarrams Prize for Double Maths (Applied) Academic Prize for Single Maths Academic Prize for PE Academic Prize for Photography Academic Prize for Psychology
Chung Hay (Hayley) Lo Max Zhelyabovskiy Ollie Sullivan Antony McGowan Steffi Lagerberg Nell Fahey
Academic Prize for Physics
Academic Prize for Politics
The St. John’s Prize for Philosophy and Ethics Academic Prize for Spanish
Ross Furley-Smith Anton Konshin
SPEECH DAY PRIZE WINNERS SPECIAL PRIZES The Christine Walker Prize The Baynon-Milnes Prize for Outstanding Concert Performance The Abbott Prize The Andrew Fisher Prize for Outstanding Performance in Drama The Blake-Thomas Falaises Prize (CCF) The Susan Herbert Prize The Pidgeon Prize for Literature The David Rogers Maths Prize The Jen Dodd Maths Prize Moncrieff Jones Science Prize The Caterham Engineering Prize
Ruoxuan (Iris) Ma Rong Qian (Annie) Qin Annabel Chappell Eleanor Andrew Emma Knight Ellie Parmer Shreya Ganesh Kumar Oliver Hemsley Hanyang Li Dan Farris Rowan Bradbury Ashleigh Davies
The Caldwell Cup for Musical Theatre
Charlotte Cross Charlotte Roberts
The Chris Wright Cup for Junior Music
The Susan Child History Essay Prize The Alexander Clarke Prize for Community Service The Hilary Trehane Prize for Services to the Community
Sophia Maisashvili Emily Haasz Eleanor Andrew
The Ansell Reed Prize for Contribution to Boarding & School Life
The Harvard Book Award
Ziru (Lucy) Yu
The David Evans Award for Overall Academic Excellence
Natasha Derry Hon Sum Leung Sarah Lowe Annabel Mitchell Mary Neale-Smith Neil Patel Antonia Satchell Yasemin Senai Wenxiao (Mandy) Yu
GAMES PRIZES Honours Cap – Representing Your Country in Sport The Dunwoodie Cup – Best All Rounder in Girls Sports The Dermer Prize for Top Sportsman The Whiting Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Girls Sports The Smith Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Boys Sports Games Prize for Consistent Contribution to Games (Girls)
Mina Darwin Roberta Lac Pippa Lloyd Lottie McDonald Tyler Norwood Georgia Tuckett Jude Williams Roberta Lack Alex Criscuolo Pippa Lloyd Joseph Haynes Sarah Lowe Antonia Satchell Georgia Tuckett
Games Prize for Consistent Contribution to Games (Boys) John Villers Cup David Hocking Seb Kensey Anthony McGowan Darby Medal for Swimming
Rob Bailey Amy Davies
SPEECH DAY PRIZE WINNERS
THE CATERHAM AWARD The ‘Caterham Award’ is awarded to Upper Sixth Form pupils, who have participated fully in the Caterham School community. The award winners represent a great variety of interests and talents, and they will all have demonstrated responsibility, creativity, and a commitment to life at school. The Caterham Award promotes the School philosophy, ‘Inspiring Education for Life’. Alexander Anastasi-Dow Eleanor Andrew Euan Andrews Dillon Arscott-Barber Eugenia Arveschoug Rocafull Lucas Ashton Flavia-Estelle Badircea Oliver Baker India Barton Megan Batchelor James Baxter Jonathan Benz-Salomon Louise Blatt James Blunden Rowan Bradbury Max Brett Mia Brinquis Solomon Fraser Brooker Ben Burke William Buxton Sing (Anson) Chak Annabel Chappell Yan-Lam (Beryl) Chau Wein Wen Emiri (Emiri) Cheng Wai Shing (Ivan) Chow Olivia Clarke Katie Colquitt Angus Conway Archie Cooper Alex Corbett Emma Cossins Oli Cox Alex Criscuolo Charlotte Cross
Chloe Cross Adam Curness Grant Davidson Ashleigh Davies Natasha Derry Kirsty Dickson Simon Dickson Anton Edwards Robyn Elrick Nell Fahey Hayes (Ka Hay) Fan Daniel Farris Rowena Field Julian (Kin Long) Fok Ross Furley-Smith Anna Gardner Emily Haasz Henry Hanrott Amy Hatch Jon Ming (Jason) Chow Joseph Haynes Charlie Heaton-Armstrong Mia Hebden Oliver Hemsley Sam Herbert Chak Ming (Amos) Ho Ho Wai (Horace) Ho David Hocking Jimmy Hoogendoorn James Horsley Ali Houson Weixiang (Wayne) Huang Sanjana Idnani Filip Iusein
Alistair Kellaway Seb Kensey Emma Knight Anton Konshin Roberta Lack Steffi Lagerberg Michael Lai Man Yi (Kyrstal) Lee Honsum Leung Jessica Lewis Hanyang Li Holly Lloyd Pippa Lloyd Chung Hay (Haley) Lo Alice Locket Sarah Lowe Rouxuan (Iris) Ma David Macbeth Sophia Maisashvili Amrita Makrak-Singh Anya Mantle Tom Mason Hamish McAree Antony McGowan Megan McKeague Longhuan (Miranda) Me Annabel Mitchell Rory Moore Mary Neale-Smith Max Santana Callum Sargent Antonia Satchell Jack Savage Miranda Scott
Lauren Scott-Smith Daria Semikina Yasemin Senai Raian Sharma Alexa Shaw Isobel Sherlock Christopher Smith Emma Sneddon Zhitao (Iris) Song Run Qing (Melody) Su Ollie Sullivan Vivien Wai Yan (Vivien) Tam Alexander Thomas Vajra Tirumaran Alexandra Trantor Alexander Travers Georgia Tuckett Nicholas Van Dort Abi Ware Callie Watson Rebecca Webb Jude Williams Max Wilson Pippa Wonders Tak Wa (David) Wong Isobel Wood Matthew Wray Theo Wright Ruzhen (Tommy) Yang Sum Yu (Livia) Yeung Wenxiao (Mandy) Yu Qi (Marine) Yuan Max Zhelyabovskiy Sophie Zonfrillo
of pupils remain at Caterham after GCSEs to complete their A Level studies
CATERHAM SIXTH FORM PUPILS HIT THE MARK ONCE AGAIN!
his year’s A Level results saw outstanding success at Caterham School with two thirds of all grades achieved A*/A and almost 30 per cent the top A* grade. The results once again secured Caterham’s place in the ‘premier league’ of UK independent schools with A* to B grades at 86 per cent and over 96 per cent at A* to C. These results have been achieved with almost all pupils continuing into the Sixth Form following on from their GCSE studies at the school. This year’s leavers not only secured places at leading universities, including Oxford and Cambridge where 62 former pupils are currently studying, but also to coveted professional apprenticeships including BP and EY where Charlie Heaton-Armstrong was successful amongst 8, applicants for just three places. Top achiever Max Zhelyabovskiy gained five A*s and an A, with six pupils also gaining 23 A*s between them. Head Girl Anna Gardner and Head Boy Joseph Haynes celebrated success collectively gaining seven A*s and one A grade. STEM subjects showed very strong results with Maths netting a total of 31 A* graders and Further Maths 16 A* grades. In Physics, 71 per cent of all grades were A*/A. The Art department were also celebrating with a per cent A* rate.
Commented Mr Ceri Jones, Headmaster: “Today is a day of celebration for our Upper Sixth who have achieved such a strong set of exam results. I am very proud of each and every one of them. They have been a super year group throughout their time at Caterham and I am so pleased to see them leave having achieved such great things but also having made great friendships and having developed strong interests and passions that will sustain them for the rest of their lives. They have shown that strong academic ambition and results do go hand in hand with a balanced approach to life. “We believe that all our pupils are capable of great things and support all of them to become the best that they can be, and it is great to see the variety and range of university destinations and careers they are moving on to.” “This strong set of results is underpinned by the hard work and commitment of both pupils and teachers. It is heartening that our approach to education, which encourages pupils to think and not just to regurgitate, continues to bring such fantastic results at A Level, and beyond.”
A Level Results
of grades A* to B
of grades A* to C
BRIGHT FUTURE FOR BRILLIANT HEADS JOE and ANNA have been terrific in their roles as Head Boy and Head Girl at Caterham and now go on exciting next steps. ANNA achieved A* grades in all four of her subjects (Biology, English Literature, Geography and Maths) and will go on to read Geography at Cambridge University (Pembroke College). Last year, Anna beat other pupils to win the Corpus Essay Prize for Geography, with her essay titled ‘Is a borderless world a dream or a nightmare?’ JOE is off to Durham University to read Natural Studies having achieved three A*s and an A (in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics respectively). “I am excited at this next stage of my life,” says Joe. “Caterham has been such fun, and I have loved all the sport.”
BUILDING A BRILLIANT FUTURE
MAKING POLITICAL HEADWAY
Many congratulations to ASHLEIGH, who achieved three A*s and an A (in 3D Design, Maths, Further Maths and Physics respectively). She will now go on to read Engineering at Oxford University (St John’s College). “I had wanted to be an architect, but I am now looking at civil engineering as a possible career, in part because I love physics,” she says. “I am very grateful to Mr Mansell, our Head of Physics, as he has been so helpful and supportive.”
RORY was recently elected to represent the , young people in Surrey, as their Member of UK Youth Parliament. The youngest of three siblings to have been educated throughout Caterham School, Rory is now off to read International Relations at the London School of Economics. Rory says: “I would like to thank my teachers, especially Mr Cooper, who inspired my interest in politics.”
FINANCIAL WIZARD JIMMY scored fabulous grades in his A Levels – Economics, Maths, Further Maths and Physics – and he now heads off to Cambridge University (Sidney Sussex) to read Economics. He is looking for a career in Banking or Finance. “I have loved the boarding community at Caterham,” says Jimmy. “They have been my family here at Caterham.”
This strong set of results is underpinned by the hard work and commitment of both pupils and teachers. It is heartening that our approach to education, which encourages pupils to think and not just to regurgitate, continues to bring such fantastic results at A Level and beyond.
APPRENTICESHIPS BECKON FOR ALICE AND CHARLIE CHARLIE and ALICE both joined Caterham 15 years ago in our Pre-Prep School and have now won prestigious degree apprenticeships. Charlie says: “I have made so many friends over the years here at Caterham.” He had considered a degree in either psychology or business studies at university – “but our Head of Careers, Mrs Brown, suggested I looked at degree apprenticeships, and I am delighted to have been offered one by EY within their financial services division; I will also qualify with a degree in Business Management.” Alice will complete a 4-year programme with BP, also leading to a degree in Business Management. She won one of just three places within BP as a trainee HR Manager. There were 3, applicants, and she will now be BP’s youngest employee!
CARPE DIEM, ROWENA!
EMILY has reacted with glee to the terrific news that she has won a place to read Chemistry at Oxford University (Somerville College). She says: “The Science Department here at Caterham is amazing. I had considered studying medicine, but chemistry has been so well taught here that I ended up loving it and wanting to study it further.” Emily has an entrepreneurial streak and is interested in building from her degree into a career within pharmaceuticals, perhaps setting up her own business. Emily achieved a fantastic set of results with 4A*s in Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and Spanish.
Many congratulations to ROWENA, who achieved straight A*s in Latin, Biology and Geography. She has won a place at Cambridge University (Gonville & Caius) to read Classics. “I wanted to study Classics at university from the start of my time at Caterham,” says Rowena. “The Classics Department could not have prepared me better for the Oxbridge exams and interviews – they are amazing! I am going to miss everyone at Caterham, especially all the smiles!”
ACADEMIC RESULTS OTHER TOP ACHIEVERS NURSING DUO ANNABEL and ALEX have both selected to complete a degree in Nursing, at Nottingham University and Birmingham respectively. Annabel, who completed A Levels in Business, Drama and Psychology, says: “I was in hospital when I was very young and so I always wanted to put something back.” Alex, who studied Philosophy & Theology, English Literature and Psychology at A Level, is now looking to enter her chosen profession with the same verve and enthusiasm with which she approached school life at Caterham.
A LEVEL EXAMINATION RESULTS
AN HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENT! GEORGIA is one of Caterham’s lacrosse stars and is about to complete trials for the Under England squad. She is now off to Exeter University to read History, having achieved an impressive set of grades in English Literature, History and Politics. She has been at Caterham School for a full 15 years, all the way through from our Pre-Prep – “I’ve had the best time!” she says.
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2 2 0 0 0
12 17 8 4 0
0 1 0 0 0
5 9 11 2 0
6 9 11 3 0
3 1 0 0 0
3 5 8 0 0
3 2 1 0 0
Drama & Theatre Studies 0
% Passes D A*– A A*– B A*– C
SUBJECT 3D Design
The average grade for a Caterhamian is a grade 8 (A*)
GCSE RESULTS PUT CATERHAM PUPILS ON CLOUD NINE GCSE RESULTS A record breaking year at Caterham School has seen well over half of all GCSE grades the top ranking 8 (formerly an A*)and 9 grades and the average grade for a Caterhamian a grade 8 (A*). Almost 80 per cent of results are the 7, 8 and 9 grades (equivalent to A*/A grades) and over a third of all exams taken achieved a grade 9s.
he average grade for English Language and English Literature was an 8, with the most common grade the top 9. The average grade in physics, a popular subject for Caterhamians, is an 8 and in maths the most common grade a 9. Six academic subjects achieved 90 per cent or more grades at the top 9 to 7 including biology, Latin and Greek, art and religious studies. 20 Caterhamians achieved 10 GCSEs graded /A*s. Mr Ceri Jones, Headmaster, said: “This good news is not simply about numbers, it is about the hours of hard work put in by our young people along with the support of their teachers and parents, and the success and enormous sense of achievement that this has brought them.
“Alongside all their individual academic success is their full involvement in every aspect of school life which has seen them flourish: from sport to drama, music to our partnerships programme and not mention a good deal of the fun they have had alongside friends for life. “They have been a great year group – full of energy and optimism with a fantastic sense of humour and I am looking forward to working with them next year. As our Fifth Form now become the new Sixth Form, we will ensure they maintain a balance between hard work and on developing themselves as individuals, developing their own interests and passions. We will continue to support this superb year group inside and outside of the classroom, and ensure that they become increasingly independent thinkers and learners.”
RICH PICKINGS FOR ALEX
Many congratulations to CHARLOTTE, MAISIE and RACHELLE (pictured here, left to right), all of whom have achieved a phenomenal 22 grade ‘9’s between them. This year, twenty of our Fifth Year pupils achieved 10 GCSEs graded Fantastic! Maisie, who is a rising star in the English Department, said: “I am so grateful to my English teacher, Dr Gray, who has been so encouraging.”
ALEX achieved a fantastic sweep of 10 grade ‘9’s (plus an A* in Further Maths). Alex is one of four pupils in his year who have achieved 10 Grade ‘9’s – an astonishing achievement.
DOUBLE JOY IN THE BOARDING HOUSE CHRISTIAN (pictured on the right) and PHOENIX (on the left) both love participating in School sport and being part of our boarding community. They have both done brilliantly: Christian achieved a wonderful 9 ‘9’s, an A* (with distinction) in Further Maths and a ‘7’, while Phoenix 4 ‘9’s, 4 ‘8’s and 2 ‘7’s.
Well over half of all GCSE grades, the top ranking 8 (formerly an A*) and 9 grades
GCSE EXAMINATION RESULTS SUBJECT
9 8 7 6 5 4
16 11 8 1 0 0
9 – 7
9 – 6
7 6 1 0 0 0
Computer Science (I)
3 1 3 9 3 3
English Language (I)
English Literature (I)
English Second Lang. (I)
12 8 10 16 10 3
12 23 26 15 2 0
0 0 50
2 0 2 5 3 0
3 3 0 0 0 0
13 26 19 11 8 3
0 2 1 2 2 0
26 13 1 1 0 0
6 4 0 0 1 1
4 0 4 4 1 0
2 1 0 0 0 0
75 75 75 75
9 19 15 15 9 5
48 53 20 7
Science Double (1) (I)
Science Double (2) (I)
I = International GCSE
% PASSES 9 – 8
ISI INSPECTION REPORT
We are delighted to share the Independent Schools Inspectorate report following their inspection during the summer term. I am delighted that this inspection reaffirms our position as one of the top co-educational day and boarding schools in England, with the inspectors awarding the highest grading to the academic and other achievements at Caterham School. Ceri Jones, Headmaster
ISI INSPECTION EXCEPTIONAL REPORT The stand out headlines are that ‘the quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent’ and that ‘the quality of the pupils’ personal achievements is excellent.’
hese are the two areas in which judgements are reached and ‘excellent’ is the highest grading that can be achieved. Caterham was recognised as a school where ‘pupils thrive in an environment which is safe and supportive, which promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle, both in physical and emotional terms.’ The Inspectors also found that the school is compliant in every aspect of all the regulatory requirements as they apply to independent schools and to the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The full report captures the fantastic development, progress and achievement of our pupils, it also describes a school we can all be proud of; a school which places ambition, achievement and wellbeing at the heart of pupil experience, a strong and purposeful community which is supportive and nurturing and a school which is fully committed to providing an education for life and ensuring that all pupils achieve, thrive and succeed in their own individual and diverse ways.
ISI INSPECTION REPORT
ISI Inspection report highlights:
Pupils display an excellent attitude to their work and are fully engaged and purposeful in all that they do in school….Pupils demonstrate a very high order of subject knowledge and understanding, working both independently and collaboratively…Strong progress was evident in the work scrutiny of all years and in individual lessons… This outstanding pastoral provision creates a healthy environment in which pupils can develop as individuals and are in a strong position to achieve their best. Pupils thrive in an environment that is very safe and supportive, which promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle, both in physical and emotional terms. Pupils enjoy and benefit hugely from the outstanding co-curricular programme organised by the school, leading to significant achievement, as individuals and as groups. Pupils engage fully and successfully in the life of the school, participating in a range of committees and taking responsibility for their personal development.” Pupils benefit considerably from their excellent relationships with staff. This promotes confidence in the pupils and in turn leads them on to experiment with new ideas without fear of being wrong. They thrive in a climate where the philosophy is that mistakes are an opportunity to learn. The quality of their creative and aesthetic work is outstanding, as heard in the very high level of musicianship in rehearsals, and seen in the variety of accomplished artwork on display through the school. The creativity of the pupils is supported by the excellent facilities and resources provided by the leadership and management of the school. Pupils’ use of technology in their learning is widespread and effective, reflecting the school’s investment in new learning. Pupils display a high level of commitment and achievement in their sport…The high level of pupils’ achievement is evident. There are 17 competitive sports on offer and a large majority of pupils have represented the school in this way. There are notable successes at both individual and team level. Pupils demonstrate study skills of a very high order and are very confident in their work. They display strong evidence of independent learning, seen in the range of research projects undertaken pupils of all ages. Pupils achieve considerable success in a wide range of activities and benefit significantly from the remarkably strong co-curricular programme… The excellent quality of the activities is seen across the school. Pupils have a strong moral code and accept that their behaviour will affect others….In all this they are guided effectively by the outstanding wellbeing programme in the school which has become an inherent part of the ethos. Strong collaboration can be seen in the house system and in the manner in which pupils view the school as one inclusive community, again promoted by the wellbeing programme.
Pupils know the value of leading healthy lives and appreciate fully the importance of having robust physical and emotional health.
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UNIVERSITY DESTINATIONS AND COURSES
ur focus is to support our young people to the courses and university about which they are passionate and which best support and enable their ambitions. In , 99 per cent of pupils gained a place at their university of choice with the remaining pupils choosing to progress to a work based apprenticeship or take a gap year before completing their studies. The choices of our leavers reflect the breadth of interests and diversity across this talented cohort of young people. Places were successfully secured on courses across a wide range of subjects including
medicine, maths, engineering and modern languages and philosophy, politics and ethics. Of note this year are the six offers received from Imperial College London to read mathematics, medicine and physics and two from the London School of Economics to read History and International Relations. Increasingly popular and competitive are degree apprenticeships with global firms. Two Caterham Upper Sixth Form leavers secured places on courses with EY and BP, competing against thousands of global applicants
Architecture Arts University of Bournemouth
Economics and Management
Modern and Medieval Languages
Accountancy and Finance
Economics and Politics
Management and Marketing
Theology and Religion
Russian Studies and International Relations
English Literature and Philosophy
Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Physics with Industrial Experience
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99% of Sixth Formers gained university places of choice
International Business and Spanish
London School of Economics
Spanish and Business
Economics and Finance
Product Design and Technology
History and International Relations
Media and Communication
Politics and International Relations
Politics and International Relations
Materials Science and Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Economics and Finance
English and Sociology
Politics and International Relations
Kings College London
Mechanical Engineering Nottingham 9
Agriculture Imperial College
Newcastle 2 Environmental Science
Musical Theatre Harper Adams
Chemical Engineering Guildford School of Acting (Foundation)
Navarra University, Spain
Finance, Accountancy and Management
Accountancy and Finance
Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Linguistics with Spanish and Films
PUPILS ON THE MOVE CAMBRIDGE PHOTO COURTESY OF VICTORIA HEATH AT UNSPLASH
Ancient and Modern History
University College London
Economics and Finance
Project Management for Construction
Pearsons Business College
Business Management Queen Maryâ€&#x;s University of London
University of London
Law Royal Holloway
Law University of the Arts London
Drama and Theatre Studies
French and Economics
Electronic and Electronical Engineering
Mathematics, Operational Research
Business and Human Resource Management
Mathematics with Physics
Economics and Industrial Organisation
Bio Veterinary Science
Neuroscience with Cognitive Science
Psychology with Education
PUPILS ON THE MOVE
OXBRIDGE PLACES SECURED Very well done to the 15 Caterhamians who received offers from Oxford or Cambridge University who, following completion of their Sixth Form studies, will join the 50+ Old Caterhamians currently studying at Oxbridge.
he offers received from both Cambridge and Oxford University span a wide range of subjects including sciences, languages, humanities and engineering. The Classics department celebrated a per cent success rate with all five Oxbridge applicants receiving an offer. Ceri Jones, Headmaster, said: “This is a huge achievement in a very competitive field. We are incredibly proud of our pupils for this superb set of offers. What is important to all of us here is that these offers have been achieved alongside a full school life of sport, music, drama and many other activities.
Congratulations also must go to our teachers and parents who have supported our young people through this process. “We always prioritise supporting our pupils to take the path that is right for them as they progress on from the School, whatever that be. We are proud of our record of securing Oxbridge offers, but it is just one measure of success. It does, however, say something important about the academic ambition and experience of the school which benefits all pupils whatever their own particular journey may turn out to be.”
CONGRATULATIONS TO: Ashleigh Engineering Rowena
Anna Geography Emily
Ancient & Modern History
OXFORD PHOTO COURTESY OF VIKTOR FORGACS AT UNSPLASH
Oxford Cambridge Oxford
French & German
CATERHAM SCHOOL SOCIETY THE BEST OF THE BEST High on ambition, low on stress and big on innovation - and fun! Caterham School was named as ‘best of the best’ for STEM in The Week magazine’s highly acclaimed annual guide to the leading independent senior schools.
atler’s Good Schools Guide also featured Caterham School with a glowing report and a particularly super quote from one parent: “high on ambition, low on stress and big on innovation – and fun!’ Thank you to everyone in our school community – your support is key to our success and we should all be proud of these glowing reports!
CSS ENTREPRENEURS INSIGHT EVENING AT UBS Experienced and aspiring entrepreneurs and investors from across the Caterham School community gathered at UBS’ London headquarters for a special networking evening, sponsored by the Old Caterhamians’ Association. UBS Economist Dean Turner
and the highs and lows. The room
opened the evening with an
was buzzing through the sessions
insightful speech to an audience
and the open networking which
keen to hear predictions on the
impact of Brexit and current
The CSS Insight evening was
global activity. Our panel of expert
arranged especially to benefit the
investors and entrepreneurs then
entire community, from Sixth Form
shared their wealth of experience with the audience of parents, Old Cats and Sixth
pupils and senior/prep parents to alumni and former parents.
Form pupils. Amongst the panel of experts were
Huge thanks to parent Mr Paul Rix for his support
Steve Castle, ABC Investors, social entrepreneur
of this event, to our superb panel of experts and to
Camilla Bowry, Investor Paul Rix, OCA President
UBS for hosting us, also to the OCA for their support
Clive Furness and founder of Contago Markets,
founding partner of Reins Ltd Stephen May OC,
This event was part of a programme of Caterham
founder of Monty’s Bakehouse Matt Crane and
School Society Insight Evenings which support and
digital start up success Clare Wright. The audience
bring together all members (current and former
rotated around the room to hear, in turn, from each
parents, alumni and pupils) across a range of
expert and quizzing them on what inspired them
professions and industries.
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CONGRATULATIONS JUDE Congratulations to Jude Williams who has signed a professional contract with Wasps RFC.
ecoming part of the Wasps Senior Academy rounds off an incredible 12 months for Jude. Having been released by Harlequins, a professional rugby career looked out of reach but following an exceptional start to the season playing at full back for the Caterham 1st XV, his scintillating form caught the eye of Wasps. He was soon invited into their U18 fold with trips up and down to Coventry becoming more and more regular and he continued to
impress them more and more. Those in high places had noticed that things were going so well for him at Wasps and at the end of the season Jude was asked to join an England U18 training squad. When the squad was whittled down, Jude was still there and he ended up representing his country in the U18 Six Nations scoring superb tries against Ireland and France. What a year! Well done Jude. All of your achievements are reward for the hard work and dedication that you have shown.
RESILIENCE AND SUCCESS
eading lights from UK elite sport, including former pupils, shared their wisdom and tips for resilience and success with pupils, parents, Old Caterhamians and the whole school community at our OCA-sponsored Caterham School Society Insight Evening. A huge thanks to Crystal Palace FC for hosting our evening and to our amazing panel: Ama Agbeze England Netball Captain Hollie Pearne-Webb, MBE GB/England Hockey Captain Rosie Clarke Team GB Steeplechase & Old Caterhamian Charlie Robertson Motor racing – LeMans & Old Caterhamian James Benning Former Surrey Cricket & Old Caterhamian Calum Giles Oly Double Olympic Hockey player Alex Bennett Former Saracens and England A Jeremy Snape Keynote speaker, Sports Psychologist, Sporting Edge
‘Inspirational!’ ‘open & honest!’ ‘amazing!’ were just some of the comments from those who attended. Leading sports psychologist Jeremy Snape started the evening with a look at how top achievers take positive steps to achieve their dream targets and how they cope with the inevitable hurdles they encounter. Jeremy gave invaluable advice on how to embrace the lessons gained through setbacks and how to recalibrate to ensure a successful onward path. Our audience then spent 10 minutes in conversation with each of our elite athletes sharing the inside track on their career highlights and tips for success. Thanks to the Old Caterhamians’ Association for sponsoring this event – thanks too to our amazing audience. “Inspirational!”, “open & honest!”, “amazing” were just some of the comments from those who attended. Caterham School Society Insight Evenings happen every term with each event focussing on a different profession or aspect of professional life. Recent Insight Evenings have focused on entrepreneurship (event hosted by UBS at their London headquarters) and cell therapy research (hosted by Guys Hospital).
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OC LECTURE: FAKE NEWS AND CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA
OLD CATS’ SPORT AFTER A WONDERFUL REMEMBRANCE SERVICE, THE CURRENT 1ST XII AND FORMER #LAXCATS TOOK TO THE PITCH FOR THE ANNUAL OLD CATS’ LACROSSE MATCH.
very competitive match throughout, however the trophy returned to the current school girls with a final score of Thank you again to all the current, and former pupils and parents who made it another successful Old Cats Day! Already looking forward to next year! A tremendous day was had by all on Sunday with two fiercely competitive matches of Rugby for Old Cats on Remembrance Day. The matches were played in tremendous Rugby spirit with all players showing passion, respect and ultimately enjoyment as they squared off for winter bragging rights with the 1st XV and Old Cats taking the honours in their respective games. Both the Recent Leavers and Presidents XV showed the spirit of Rugby is well and truly thriving at Caterham. I can’t thank everyone involved enough for making it such a memorable occasion. Special mention to the 1st and 2nd XV Players involved who backed up from the tough fixtures the day before at Sutton Valence.
One of the driving forces behind the expose of the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook scandal, Stephen Colegrave OC returned to his old school to provide a fascinating insight into one of the biggest stories of the year.
n a fascinating lecture Stephen explain the current climate of fake news and the decline of investigative journalism – noting that most well-known super hero stories usually feature an investigative hack aiding the fight against evil! Stephen is co-founder of diocesisdepereira.org.co which supports investigative journalists in addition to promoting the career and running a festival each August in the Ashdown Forest. In the Festival was supported by John Cleese and Alexei Sayle and band Pussy Riot. With the Cambridge Analytica story still playing out on both sides of the Atlantic, we will continue to watch with interest and greater insight following Friday’s lecture.
MEMORIAL PLAQUE – ST GEORGE’S CHAPEL We are delighted to announce that a plaque commemorating the Old Cats who fell on the Western Front in the Great war is now in situ in St George’s Chapel, Ypres. Caterham is one of the final schools to be able to give this recognition to our fallen due to limited space in the chapel.
This was the first Caterham School Society Bonarjee Lecture, held in memory of notable former pupil and benefactor Stephen Bonarjee who created Radio 4’s Today programme, ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ during his time as the ‘father of modern radio’ at the BBC. The Bonarjee Lecture will be held each autumn concentrating on the topics free speech and democracy.
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PA QUIZ NIGHT
On Saturday 16 March 98 parents and staff enjoyed an evening of mindstretching questions with music and picture challenges at the PA quiz night.
he evening was hosted with enthusiasm and energy by Stuart Terrell with 11 teams attempting to win the coveted first-place trophies and prosecco. After several challenging rounds and a delicious supper of fish, chicken or veggie burger & chips and a game of heads and tails (with the last person standing winning a bottle of bubbly), the scores were in.
The winners and losers were presenting their prizes. Even the losing team got an honourable mention and were presented with certificates, medals and wooden spoons. THE EVENING RAISED OVER £1, FOR THE PA’S CHOSEN CHARITIES.
CSS Insight Evening:
LEGAL DRAMAS V REALITY MAY
The Law Society provided a handsome venue as Sixth Formers, Old Cats and parents networked at the CSS Insight Evening, focussing this time on the reality of working in law versus on-screen legal dramas. It was a hugely enjoyable, valuable and fun evening for all who attended.
aterham parent Suzanne Kelly detailed how the production team on the BBC 1 Drama The Split shadowed her as they researched their first series. Suzanne revealed how many aspects then made it through to the final series – including her breakfast choice and a light sabre battle which began in her own garden! Our expert panel of high flying legal brains then hosted tables
around which the Sixth Form, Old Cats and parents networked in ‘café style’, rotating each 10 to 15 minutes. Golden nuggets of career and professional life advice were gleaned and many contacts made. Alas, filming for the second series of the BBC series The Split overran on the day, which significantly delayed our star Old Cat Chuk Iwuji (who stars as Alex ’Zander’ Hale). A new date with Chuk will be announced in due course.
Our termly CSS Insight evenings have been a big hit with the Caterham community. We’re looking forward to next year’s programme, which will begin in September with a panel of Entrepreneurs and Investors. Huge thanks to our panel, and to all those parents (current and former) and Old Cats who have so generously given their time. Thanks also to the Old Caterhamians’ Association for their sponsorship.
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Come and Sing
JAZZ CONCERT SUCCESS JUNE THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT AND CATERHAM SCHOOL SOCIETY HELD THEIR FIRST COME AND SING CONCERT AT THE UNITED REFORMED CHURCH AND HAVE RECEIVED MUCH PRAISE FROM SINGERS AND AUDIENCE MEMBERS ALIKE.
ollowing only five sessions, the choir comprising parents, old Caterhamians, staff and pupils learnt an enjoyable selection of Jazz standards that included: It Don’t Mean A Thing, Mack The Knife, Over The Rainbow and Moon River, and made an impressive sound! Other singers came from local choirs and were supported by Barisons Singers, a community choir from Epsom. The concert also featured pupils from the String
Ensemble who accompanied some of the songs as well as performing their own piece, Fly Me To The Moon. The concert was also supported by a fantastic trio featuring Mr Hall (piano) and two VMTs; Mr White (bass) and Mr Briggs (drums). The event also raised money for The Royal Marsden. The whole project has raised over £ for charity. A resounding success for one and all!
FIRST-HAND HISTORY LESSON FOR THIRD YEARS
n Friday 17 May, the history of Caterham School was brought to life as OCs from through to shared their school experiences with Third Year pupils at the OCA’s Over 60’s Summer Reunion. Over afternoon tea, pupils heard stories about the OCs’ former teachers, lessons, pranks and daily life (especially in the boarding houses) and enjoyed looking at the memorabilia brought in. The event was a chance for the current pupils to provide the visitors with an insight into the changes and continuities of academic and co-curricular life at Caterham now. This was the first time this reunion had been held on the School grounds and it certainly evoked lots of memories for the OCs and provided a chance for current pupils to find out first-hand about the history and traditions of the School.
Caterham Lecture –
from Caterham to the White House US and Middle East politics expert, and Old Caterhamian, Geoffrey Kemp returned to school to give a fascinating Spring Term CSS Lecture entitled ‘From Caterham to the White House.’
eoffrey Kemp served as Special Advisor for the Middle East at the White House during the
Reagan administration and is now an acclaimed writer and academic, residing in Washington DC. The packed audience were gripped by Geoffrey’s fascinating insight into the major issues in US politics and society, including infrastructure degeneration and the thorny issue of health care. Mr Kemp also outlined the domestic and international view on the Trump presidency before casting an eye forward to the elections. The Q&A session which followed brought forth so many fascinating questions and responses that the evening could have extended through the night.
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A wonderful community atmosphere and a first class fireworks display were enjoyed by many from Caterham School community. The pyrotechnics spectacle opened to ‘The Greatest Show’ and ended with a poignant and beautifully choreographed display to Elgar’s Nimrod – a wonderful way to hand over to Sunday’s Remembrance activities. A huge thank you to the Parents’ Association who did a fantastic job on the gates, bar, sweet and glow stalls and to the maintenance and caretaking teams – a true community effort. The wood fired pizzas, gourmet bbq and churros were a huge help in making sure the rain didn’t dampen spirits. Three roaring fires from diocesisdepereira.org.co were stunning and added welcome warmth. Kat the Fire Goddess fought the somewhat dominant rain gods – but triumphed with a breathtaking show. We can’t wait until next year!
STAFF MATCH: CATERHAM V TRINITY On Friday 5 July, Caterham staff hosted Trinity staff on Home Field in a Twenty20 cricket match.
fter winning the toss, Trinity elected to bowl. Caterham immediately got to work and hit several lusty blows. Our staff set a challenging for 4 off their 20 overs. Trinity’s reply got off to a flier but some disciplined bowling in the middle overs meant they needed 13 off the last 6 balls. The game went to the wire and it was Caterham staff who ended up victorious by 5 runs. The game was played in superb spirit and a great way to celebrate the end of the academic year.
HOUSE REPORTS Caterham School’s Heads of House report on the year’s events
VINEY MR NICK MILLS It’s been another enormously busy, successful and enjoyable year for the boys of Viney.
he House competition as always provided some of the highlights of the year, as the boys came within a point of winning the Stephen Smith Cup. In addition to the boys’ traditional areas of strength in badminton and chess, it was great to see them excelling in competitions like debating and swimming, while the most impressive team performance of the year came in the House cross-country where all of those who competed showed enormous commitment to secure first place overall. Of course for the boarders there is much more to their House experience than just the
Inter-House competition and life in Viney has been very busy over the past twelve months. The boys have enjoyed a huge range of trips and social activities, ranging from football matches at Wembley to more physical activities like ice skating and the annual paintballing trip. The trip to the all-you-can-eat buffet remains as popular as ever and we also ran a fantastic new trip to the Shocktober Fest at Tulley’s Farm. The prefect team, led by Head of House Jerry Poon, were excellent in organising In-House social activities and I am very grateful them for their efforts. It is always sad to say goodbye to the departing Upper Sixth boys after their A Level exams.
The boarders live and breathe Caterham School for the years they are with us and when they leave, they are leaving their home as well as their school. Some of the boys have been resident in the boarding house since the Second Year, contributing enormously to the boarding community and the school for the past six years, while others have made a great impact in the two years since joining for the sixth form. The Viney leavers of were particularly memorable characters made up of outstanding musicians, sportsmen, scientists, artists and economists. Their overall contribution to school life has been outstanding.
HOUSE REPORTS TOWNSEND HOUSE
TOWNSEND MR PHIL COMERFORD A warm and heartfelt welcome to all the new Third Year boys who now grace our corridors. These are spaces and faces you will remember for the rest of your life; let’s make every memory more enjoyable and warming than the last.
s every year, we see new characters and qualities added to the house which keep the atmosphere as fresh and exciting as they could ever be, and this year is certainly no different. There is a huge amount of kindness, humour, and academic talent in the new arrivals, so it did not take long to see them settle into the Caterham way. Adjusting to life in a boarding house is always one to take time, but with the spirit that our new housemates showed, it did not take them long to find their feet among newly found brothers. As we say hello to some, we must say goodbye to others, as the departing fourth year make to move to Viney, they take a huge amount of sporting prowess, fun, and camaraderie with them. The next year will see them charge head first into the GCSE’s, the strength and courage shown throughout the fourth year will be bear fruit with an outstanding sets of results next year I’m sure. The house competition never ceases to produce memorable moments for our boys to recount many years into the future. Working together as a team has seen us sail over the finish line with smiles on all faces; for those who put
the shoulder to the wheel and fought hard to win, and for those who stood behind them while shouting support and willing them to take the lead. Just a few examples include: Louis Anslow’s performance in rugby showed no signs of being put under pressure. Lorenzo Federici spending every scrap of breath on getting over the finishing line of cross country among the top of his year group. Enzo Pedersen throwing javelins to challenge the furthest painted lines of the field. Nikita Berezin strategising his team’s way to chess victory. Or William Chang’s calm and calculating leadership of the maths challenge team helping them to become the smallest positive integer. Making life as fun and as interesting around the boarding house includes getting out of it often. This year seen plenty of thrills and spills in some of our trips and activities that see the boys exploring the world outside of the four walls that surround them every day. The thrills of Thorpe park always help the boys get to know each other at the beginning of the year, international football games giving nail-biting moments, as well as exciting visits to the theatre in London. The spills of paintball and
zorb football always produce some laughter, as well as the op-portunity to remind a roommate of borrowed belongings yet to be returned! A huge variety of activities take place quite regularly in-house also which has seen the boys have dodgeball competitions, movie nights in the theatre, team-building with prefects, board games nights, FIFA tournaments just to name a few. These would not take place if it weren’t for the energy and enthusiasm from all of the house team which make this place such a wonderful place to call home. In the light of staff I must mention a farewell to someone who has done many years of service to the boarding house. Mrs Deborah Moore has been unwaveringly dedicated to making the house as strong and cohesive as it ever could be. Her departure will see the ending of an incredible number of years in which her family have been linked to boarding here at Caterham, so it is truly the end of an era. A tough act to follow, but a challenge I am sure will be met by Mr Ed Tyldesley who brings his love of rugby and all things board games; much to the joy of the boys in house. I and all the boys look forward to all the moments of fun and humour he will bring.
HOUSE REPORTS BEECH HANGER HOUSE
BEECH HANGER MRS CLAIRE QUINTON September seems like a lifetime ago as I sit here thinking back over the past year and marvel at everything the girls have achieved in and out of the classroom.
hether it was coming first in the Intermediate House Badminton for Beech Hanger or as part of a mixed boarding team win-ning House maths, Art, Debating, Chess and Basketball, every girl has in some way contributed to the success of the House. It has been a joy to see how busy the girls have been in taking full advantage of the rich and diverse co-curricular provision at Caterham, making new friends and broadening their horizons along the way. We have continued to support our girl in Nepal and raised nearly £ selling ice creams at Junior Sports Day last week. Add to this the enormous success of our sponsored ‘Twelve Bridges’ challenge, when twenty of us set off from Battersea Bridge early one crisp and bright Sunday morning in October and made our way with a combi-nation of walking, jogging and running to
Tower Bridge for a well-earned flapjack and cup of tea! Thanks must go to Miss Gibbs, Mrs Jackson & Mr Bovet-White for accompanying the girls and me and for helping them to get to the finish line with a smile on their faces! Our Saturday evening activity programme went from strength to strength this year and for the first time we ran a hugely successful ‘tie-dye’ event, which attracted over half the house and resulted in the most fantastic t-shirts and pillowcases. Thanks must go to Miss Simpson for com-ing in to the house after a long day out in the cold on lacrosse fixtures to show us how it is done. We will miss her enormously when we return in September and the house will not be the same without her sunny smile and positivity, which she gave us % of the time. Our loss is America’s gain as Miss Simpson returns to her home country to pursue her teaching career closer to family and
friends. Academically the girls have continued to strive for the very best in themselves and produced some quite fantastic grades throughout the year. Our Upper Sixth attracted some truly wonderful offers from the top universities in the UK and further afield and I am in no doubt that they will have done themselves proud and will be heading off to the uni-versity of their dreams in September. The prefect team, ably led by Krystal, will be sorely missed next year but their legacy will live on through the girls they leave behind. All that remains is for me to thank all of the staff in Beech Hanger for their unwavering support of the girls and me. The time and effort that they all put into making the house run as smoothly and harmoniously as it does, is down to their belief and love of the girls who live here and we all look forward to welcoming Miss Henry to the team in September.
UNDERWOOD MRS KATIE KOI
UNDERWHAT? UNDERWOOD! It is a pleasure to look back over the school year and see success for Underwood in not only our Cup final standings but in total participation for the house.
iss Walters ably led the house in my absence and was supported by the ever enthusiastic student Heads of House, Alice Locket and Alistair
Kellaway. I have long been impressed with how the members of Underwood excel in so many areas of the school. This year was no different, with the house finishing first in a number of sports, debate and spelling! Overall the Senior Girls had the most first place finishes by dominating the tennis, lacrosse and badminton. The Junior Girls collected the most overall points for the house throughout their competitions so it is no surprise that we finished a comfortable third place in the Diane Raine Cup. Underwood improved from last school year in the mixed competition, finishing fifth overall with our Junior Spelling and Junior Debate teams leading the charge. The greatest achievement of the year belongs to our Boys who improved from sixth place overall to fourth place in the Stephen Smith Cup. The Senior football team had one of the best performances of the year followed by the Junior boys badminton team. Table Tennis was an absolute highlight this year, not only because we finished first overall but because it took cooperation between boys, girls and all age groups to put together a successful team. We often refer to Underwood as a family and the success seen in Table Tennis shows that this bond is true! Like any family, we must say goodbye to those that need to move onto the next stage of their lives. A huge thank you to Miss Walters for all of her support of the House and good luck as she becomes the Head of Harestone. This group of Upper Sixth leavers are particularly hard to say goodbye to as they been enthusiastic, talented and passionate during their time in Underwood. Best of luck in the future and remember to wear your Underwood green with pride!
Particular highlights include Ellen Tong winning the senior house art competition for the second year running, as well as Ridgefield’s continued dominance in the house rugby competitions.
RIDGEFIELD MISS REBECCA SMITH
The Green Dragons have had another stellar year with their gritty determination, sense of camaraderie and good humour shining through as always! Their pride in upholding the Ridgefield values has been unfaltering.
am delighted the House has experienced lashings of success throughout the year, mainly because it is a just reward for all the effort, passion and commitment shown. Particular highlights include Ellen Tong winning the senior house art competition for the second year running, as well as Ridgefield’s continued dominance in the house rugby competitions. The junior boys have also had a super start to their house careers, beating off fierce opposition to win not only the rugby, but also the hockey, athletics and swimming – bravo! The girls have also had a highly successful year, despite the results not always having gone our way. The Ridgefield girls have been out in force, with smiles on faces, having a wonderful time; exactly what the house competition is all about! And lastly I would like to thank the outgoing student Heads of House Mary and Tyler, and all the Upper Sixth leavers, for all they have done for the house. They have led by example always, and will be sorely missed. However, once in Ridgefield, always in Ridgefield! Here’s to next year team Ridgers!
HOUSE REPORTS HARESTONE HOUSE
HARESTONE MISS JEN SIMPSON
HARESTONE!!! What a year it has been…three jammed packed terms full of House events, two Heads of Houses, and one ultimate goal…be the best house possible!
ince joining the house in January, I have been so impressed with the dedication, commitment and intense house spirit in Harestone! After taking over from the wonderful Miss Goddard, some specific highlights include - the incredible House Drama victory with a hilarious story about AD (our fearless leader) love of trainers, winning Intermediate House lacrosse on the coldest and wettest day of the year up at the Hill Pitches, and finally the incredible 3rd place finish in House Music! A huge thanks to AD and Miranda, the student Heads of House, who supported Miss Goddard and me from the start. Your enthusiasm and leadership has been key to the house success. Whether it was organising teams, stepping up to fill a team for a number of house events or
It has been my absolute pleasure being Head of Harestone the past two terms - the only down side is that it has been too short! such an enthusiastic and talented House
attending Junior and Inter events and cheering loudly on the side lines. You will be hugely missed next year! Best of luck to Laurie and Kirsty, our new student Heads of House, you have some BIG shoes to fill but I know you will be absolutely brilliant! It has been my absolute pleasure being Head of Harestone the past two terms - the only down side is that it has been too short! I am so thankful for the time I have had to be a part of such an enthusiastic and talented House - I know that there are big things for Harestone coming in the future! Best of luck to all of our leavers as they go on to pursue greater and better things. Just remember what being a part of Harestone has taught you… the most important lesson being always BLEED BLUE! Good luck next year!
ALDERCOMBE MR ROBERT MUGRIDGE
Passion, teamwork, community, determined, supportive, effort, united