IFS Investor Challenge

The IFS investor challenge 1st round finished on Friday and great news, four of our year 9 students are through to the semi-finals, the 1st time any of our teams have reached this stage.  This is particularly impressive as they were competing against students up to age 18.  Teams were given  £100000 to invest in a virtual stockmarket that replicated the real stock exchange with the aim of making the most profit over a 4 month period. TEAM ARARAR will now compete against 500 other teams, from an original field of 5000 to try and reach the finals and be in with a chance of winning £200 each and an all expenses trip to New York.

Admission Arrangements for September 2019

A report with the proposed admission arrangements for all schools in the Trust was agreed at the meeting of the Board of Trustees on Thursday 2nd November. We are therefore consulting on the proposed changes from now until the end of term (Wednesday 20th December). We have attached the following documents for your information.

1) Admission Arrangements for September 2019
2) Catchment list
3) Rationale summarizing the changes proposed for Challney High School for Girls

For further information please contact:

Lydia Braisher
Admissions and Appeals Officer

The Chiltern Learning Trust
c/o Denbigh High School
Alexandra Avenue
Luton, LU3 1HE

Email: lbraisher@chilternlearningtrust.org

Community Governor Vacancy

Challney High School for Girls has one vacancy for a community governor to join our Local Governing Body as part of the Chiltern Learning Trust’s Governance structure.

Local governors have a crucial part to play in raising school standards through their key role of ensuring accountability and monitoring and evaluating school performance.

Details of Local Governing Body roles and responsibilities can be found at: www.chilternlearningtrust.org/governance.php

If you wish to express an interest in joining our Local Governing Body, please do so in writing to Elaine Siddique, PA to the Headteacher, Challney High School for Girls, Addington Way, Luton LU4 9FJ or email headspa@challneygirls.luton.sch.uk

Please include a few details about yourself and why you would like to become a governor (not exceeding 100 words).

Presentation to STEM Ambassadors

Mrs Saleem and the Science department were very pleased to welcome Leticia Kent to School on Wednesday 5th July to talk to our Year 9 students about her work as a cardiac radiographer.

Leticia works at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage specialising in providing imaging for the cardiac catheterisation laboratory to aid in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease and the insertion of stents. Leticia has also worked providing imaging services throughout the hospital. X rays for the Accident and Emergency Department, in-patient and out-patient services as well as hospital theatre work.

Leticia was able to offer a glimpse into a career that not many people know about, the pathway to it and to promote Science along the way.

The students were very enthusiastic and asked a lot of questions about career paths into radiography.


Chemistry at Work Day

On Thursday 18th May 2017 year 10 students participated in ‘Chemistry at Work’ day. The aim of the day was to highlight the many different careers that involve Chemistry and to inspire pupils to study the subject at a higher level. The pupils attended eight different workshops. Some of the workshops included areas of fire safety, asbestos, poisons, drug testing and lots more.

All pupils that attended were very impressed with the day’s learning. ‘The day was fun as well as educating us on the different scientific jobs that we could do when we leave school,’ commented Haleema Sadia.

Year 7 & 8 County Cricket

The year 7 & 8 girls played at the county finals indoor cricket on Tuesday 28th March. The girls played brilliantly and came 2nd. So the girls are the 2nd best indoor cricket team in Bedfordshire!

Taiba Mahmood 8E
Sundas Waqar 8E
Aisha Mohammed 8Y
Maryam Hussain 8C
Alisha Zia 7C
Zara Zia 7T
Yashfa Zulfiar 8E
Naha Zahoor 8E
Malikha Hussain 8E
Farzana Khan 8R

Year 10 Trip to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford

On Tuesday 14th March, GCSE Year 10 Art students visited the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. The Pitt Rivers Museum displays 10,000 artifacts from a large number of cultures across the world…..from shruken heads to masks to a giant totem pole……even a witch in a bottle! Some of these artifacts were also used in the Harry Potter films.

As well as exploring the museum, students spent time creating drawings as part of their GCSE coursework.

A truly unique museum!

Celebrating World Book Day 2nd March

This year is the 20th Anniversary of World Book Day with the theme of ‘Do Something Booky’, and Challney High School for Girls did just that! 300 Students and staff members chose to celebrate by coming to school dressed as book characters, to celebrate their love of reading and in the process raised £289 for Book Aid International.

Students chose costumes influenced by books they are studying in their English lessons, whilst other students were influenced by the non-fiction reading they had been doing in their history lessons. It was clear though that many of the students chose book characters that they love from their own reading for pleasure. We saw a school full of witches, Tracy Beakers, Little Red Riding Hoods and several vampires. It is clear that we read a wide variety of books at Challney High School for Girls.

During registration form groups chose their best dressed student to go forward for the best in year judging at lunchtime. Each head of year and KSLO judge their year group with the winner receiving a Library Goody Bag containing a book, some stationary and a £10 Amazon Voucher.

Congratulations to our winners:
Aayat Sheikh 7I
Maria Zaman 8Y
Zahra Malik 9O
Hadeyah Khazmi 11O

The students also received their £1 WBD voucher and could exchange them in the Youth Zone at lunchtime for one of the special edition WBD books.

They also took part in the ‘Guess how many books there are on the trolley’ competition to win a library goody bag.

Most importantly it was a day to talk about and share our love of reading and all things ‘Booky’!

Happy World Book Day!

Nic Harlock
School Librarian

Challney High School for Girls joins the Chiltern Learning Trust

In 2016, after careful consideration, our Governing Body took the strategic decision that it would be in the best interests of our school if we were to join the Chiltern Learning Trust.

Following on from this decision, many months of careful planning and consultation with students, staff and parents, we are delighted to announce that as of Wednesday 1st March 2017 we are now officially part of the Chiltern Learning Trust.

Acting Headteacher for Challney High School for Girls, Estelle Jennings, said:

“I am delighted that Challney High School for Girls has joined the Chiltern Learning Trust.  This is an exciting time for the school as this will bring a wealth of opportunities to work in close collaboration with schools across the Trust. We are confident that the support and challenge that being part of a Multi-Academy Trust brings will enable us to continue to improve student outcomes and provide an excellent educational experience for all.”

Chief Executive of the Chiltern Learning Trust, Mr Adrian Rogers, added:

“We are delighted that Putteridge High School and Challney High School for Girls have joined our family of schools. We look forward to working together to continue the super progress being made in both schools currently. As a Luton and Bedfordshire based Trust we want the very best education for our community.”

The Trust’s two existing secondary schools, Denbigh High School and Challney High School for Boys, were the two highest performing schools in Luton in the 2015 and 2016 GCSE examinations. Both secondary schools are also judged to be ‘Outstanding’ and have received national recognition for the progress that their students make between arriving in Year 7 and leaving at Year 11. It is the Trust’s aim to help further improve the attainment of pupils at Challney High School for Girls so that we can share similar success.

The Trust also provides a wide range of centralised services which will help to support and develop our school in other areas of our operations including finance, ICT, human resources and staff training and development. This additional capacity and support will be extremely valuable to our school and will enable our senior leaders to focus more of their efforts on the further raising of standards.