Caedmon School News Archive

Caedmon College Whitby Connected
Please find attached the first edition of the Caedmon College Whitby Connected booklet which we hope you will find informative. A second edition of ‘Connected’ will be published before the end of this academic year.


Parent Governor Election

We are pleased to inform you of the outcome of the recent parent governor election for the new Governing Body of Caedmon College Whitby. The deadlines for nominations for the governor vacancies have now passed and we can inform you that Alison Hodgson, Elaine Spilman, Garry Matthews and Fiona Thomson have been appointed. We look forward to working with them.

Thank you to everyone for taking part in this important process for our new Governing Body.


To Parents/Carers of Year 7 Students (September 2014) re: College Blazers
It is the decision of the Headteachers and Governors of Caedmon School and Whitby Community College to provide financial support for next year’s Year 7 parents in buying the new Caedmon College Whitby uniform by reimbursing parents and carers for the cost of the College blazer, once purchased. For further details please see the attached letter.


Oliver! Calling all budding actors and actresses!

Are you interested in being involved in a production of Oliver? The performance will be at the Scoresby Site of Caedmon College Whitby on 10 – 12 December 2014. We are looking for pupils of all ages (this includes 6th form) to make this happen. There are several main parts, some smaller parts and lots of chorus parts. If interested please contact Mr Maltby on by Friday 27 June giving an indication of the size of the role you are interested in.


Amalgamation of Caedmon School and Whitby Community College

We write to inform you of the excellent and exciting news that the Local Authority’s Executive Members have approved the amalgamation of Caedmon School and Whitby Community College, due to the high level of support for this venture. Please see the attached letter from the Chairs of Governors together with the information and application form to become a Parent Governor of Caedmon College Whitby.


Weather Balloon

A strange white sphere was seen hovering over Whitby and for once RAF Fylingdales admitted the base had something to do with it. The sphere was actually a weather balloon launched by Caedmon students as part of its most ambitious science project ever. For more information and to see the video please go to the Weather Balloon page.


HMI Visit
Please see the attached letter from Mr Hewitt giving a report on the HMI visit and an update on the proposed formation of the new school.


BBC News School Report

Caedmon pupils were involved with the BBC News School Report Day on 27 March. A team of 30 dedicated journalists produced articles and features. Read these articles on the dedicated BBC News School Report page.



Double Success at the Rotary Technology Tournament
The annual Rotary Technology Tournament took place on 3 March at the Spa Complex, Whitby. This was a well attended event with eight teams from a number of local secondary schools entering the KS3 section of the competition. Caedmon School proved emphatic winners in this category, taking first and second place with only the finest of margins separating the two teams. The competition is always keenly contested with pupils under pressure to design and make their design proposals within tight time constraints; with no help whatsoever from their teachers. Mrs Nightingale commented on the excellent attitude and behaviour of the pupils throughout the day, the maturity with which they conducted themselves and sheer enthusiasm to succeed. The winning team was Kate Chapman, Evie Mason, Alex Goldthorpe and Callum Trowsdale with second place going to Emily Botham, Charlotte Wharrick, Jeremy Baker and Lewis Stephenson. Well done to both teams. Caedmon School have now managed to win on four separate occasions over the six years during which the competition has been held.


Gymnastics Competition

Well done to two year 7 students, Kacey Baldwin and Evie Underdown, who took part in the Scarborough and District Schools Sports Association annual Secondary Gymnastics competition. For more information please see the Sports News page.


African Drumming

Once again Fanuelle visited Caedmon school as part of the Sage at Gateshead outreach programme. He is from Zimbabwe but now he calls himself an ‘African Geordie’. He demonstrated the ‘thumb piano’ and Xylophone (Mirimba). The Xylophone uses sun-dried pumpkins as sound resonators. The main reason for his visit id to teach some basic African drumming rhythms on the djembe. The pupils learned various patterns including ‘call and response’ and music from West and South Africa. The South African rhythms were Zulu in origin. This is a day which is always a ‘hit’ with the pupils.


Bradford Enrichment Trip

On Wednesday 12 March, Year 8 went on a school trip to Bradford. Our aim was for the pupils to experience something of a multicultural city and to learn about some different religions represented in the area. They visited a mosque and a Gurdwara (a Sikh temple). One of the pupils said: ‘The trip was very educational and we learnt lots of facts about other religions. We also got to go shopping in the famous Bombay Stores which was a fabulous experience! It was filled with many items of ethnic clothing, jewellery and footwear which were all amazingly colourful.’ For the full report go to the BBC News School Report page.


Yorkshire Coast Book Awards

On the Tuesday 11 March, nine Caedmon pupils attended the Yorkshire Coast Book Awards. The pupils were invited to the awards, held at Scarborough College, so they could vote for the book they enjoyed the most from a short list of six books. Each of the pupils had to have read all six books to make them eligible to attend the awards. The winner, by a landslide victory, was ‘Wonder’ by R.J Palacio. The pupils who attended are pictured with guest author Sally Nicholls who ran a writers workshop. They thoroughly enjoyed the day and said they would definately recommend it to other students.


Caedmon’s Space Shot
We have started a really exciting project to put a weather balloon into near space. It will have two cameras, a GPS tracker and several computers on board. This is a jointly funded project along with RAF Fylingdales and Touchdown Services. For more information please go to the Science News page.


Whitby Astronomical Society – Science Week
Science teachers from Caedmon, Eskdale and Whitby CC together with members of the Whitby Astronomical Society, staff from the Boulby Underground Science Facility, the University of York and North Yorkshire LA have come together to put on two free astronomical events. For more details on these events please go to theScience News page.


Book Reviews
Well done to Jess Parkinson and Will Shaw (both year 9 pupils) for their fabulous creative reviews of ‘Noble Conflict’ by Malorie Blackman. They were selected by her to appear on a national reading groups website. To see these reviews please click on: Reading Groups for Everyone.


Ofsted Report
The Ofsted Report for the inspection that took place in January has now been published. Please go to theOfsted page of this website to see the full report. To see the copy of the letter Mr Hewitt sent home with pupils on Wednesday 5th February please go to the parents’ general information page.


Children in Need

We have raised a magnificent £665.42 for Children in Need this year. Thank you everyone who supported this worthwhile charity. For more information please see the charity events page.

Parent View Website
We would like to encourage all parents/carers to spend a few minutes of their time completing an on-line survey about Caedmon School. Ofsted have set up a website that offers parents the opportunity to express their views about their child’s school on 12 different aspects, from the quality of teaching to standards of behaviour. You can find the survey at We appreciate you taking the time to do this.


Parent ePortal
When you try to log in to Parent ePortal you will be told that there is a problem with this website’s security certificate. There is, in fact, no problem – just click on the ‘continue to this website not recommended’ button.


Non-Uniform Day – Friday 11 October
The non-uniform day on Friday 11 October to raise funds for the Pearl of Africa Child Care Charity raised just over £260.00.


The Pearl of Africa Childrens’ Choir
The Pearl of Africa Childrens’ Choir from Uganda visited Whitby again. They visited Eskdale School in the morning and Caedmon School in the afternoon, performing for the pupils. In the evening there was a concert at Caedmon. A beautiful array of gifts were available in the foyer and donations were made after the performance. Pearl of Africa Child Care is a UK based charity whose main activity is raising funds for the seven schools and homes run by the Molly and Paul Child Care Foundation – a Ugandan non-government organisation which provides education, food, shelter and healthcare to orphaned and destitute children in the Kampala and Masaka district. For more information on the charity go to



Year 6 Open Evening
The Opening Evening for year 6 pupils which was held on Thursday 3rd October was a great success. We hope everyone who looked around the school enjoyed the experience. If you did not manage to visit us on Thursday and want to look around, please contact the school to make an appointment.


No Pens Day
Caedmon School is taking part in the No Pens Day on Wednesday 9 October. This is a national event where every lesson will be focused on learning through speaking and listening activities. For more information please go to The Communication Trust website.


North Yorkshire County Caterers
We have added a section to this website showing information regarding the school catering provision at Caedmon School. This includes details of the menus, the latest food hygiene rating, North Yorkshire County Caterers Food Policy and much more. To access this page go to the ‘Parents’ tab and click on ‘Catering’.


Visit of Students from Argentina

We, once again, welcomed students and staff from St Hilda’s School, Buenos Aires, Argentina.The students were paired up with our pupils and spent the morning in lessons with them. After lunch they spent lesson four in lessons and lesson five in the Creative Arts department for a performance and presentation. A great day was had by all!