Churston students make national finalists

Churston students honing their entrepreneurial skills with a sell out trade fair worthy of Lord Sugar’s approval.  Selling pop posters, pamper packages, and stylish bandanas for pooches, Year 9 and Year 10 Business Studies students showcased a variety of key employability skills that bode well for their future careers and prospects.

The Tenner Challenge is a four week UK-wide Young Enterprise initiative that challenges young people aged 11-19 to take a £10 pledge to get their business ideas off the ground and make as much profit as they can.  Churston’s thirty eight fledgling companies starting with just £380 between them made a collective revenue in excess of £2000. But, to quote Jessie J, “it ain’t just about the ch ching ch ching”; the competition also celebrates creativity, team work and resilience.

Year 9 team Tranquilitea, made up of the collective skills of Charlie, Joseph, Sam & Samuel have been awarded national winners for their logo, winning £300 for themselves and our school, whilst Year 10 team My Little Rocks (Archie, Beau, Joshua & Reuben) are amongst the national finalists for Sales Pitch.  The Business Studies students continue to work on their submissions for the final awards including Best Overall Business, Most Inspiring Individual and Sustainable and Community Focused Business.

‘Students embraced the challenge far beyond and was a huge success, well done! ‘

– Mr M Glew

Dance and Musical Theatre Showcase

On Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th of April, over 75 students across all year groups took to the stage for this year’s Dance and Musical Theatre Showcase. Rehearsals for “Rhythm is A Dancer” began in January and students worked incredibly hard, learning new material and creating some of their own choreography. A range of dance genres included ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and street dance, with the audience also treated to the fantastic vocals of our musical theatre clubs and soloists.

Both experienced and novice performers took to the stage to perform some uplifting and energised dance numbers, showcasing some phenomenal talent. As usual, Churston students pulled together, with stage management, technical support and interval entertainment all provided by our incredible students.

‘I am incredibly proud of all those involved for bringing such joy to our audiences! ‘

– Mrs C Cowell

Student audition success

Olivia has been successful in becoming a member of the National Youth Theatre following a recent audition.

‘Thank you so much for supporting me and being so kind.’

– Liv

‘Such an amazing achievement, well done!’

– Mrs K Chatfield (Head of Drama)


On Thursday 7th April fifteen of our Year 10 Food Preparation and Nutrition students were visited by two members of personnel from the Royal Navy; LCS Emmanuel Craig and CS Matt Forfar. They began their visit by explaining a bit about the role of the Royal Navy and in particular their role as Chefs. This was followed by a Cooking Challenge, Ready Steady Cook style where students cooked a two course meal of Lasagne and Chocolate Brownie from the ingredients and instructions provided in 45 minutes. Students had a great time creating their meals and proudly showed them off at the end to the judging panel, which included Mr Earley.

After much deliberation the winning team of; Aaliyah, Charlotte and Darcy was announced. This was a really fun and engaging event that students took a lot away from. I would like to thank the Royal Navy Careers team for putting on this event for our students and opening their eyes to future possible careers in the food industry.

Sarah Mires
Acting Head of Food Preparation and Nutrition

Chemistry Olympiad

Organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Olympiad is a challenge open to the top A-level students in the UK. Churston Ferrers Grammar School chemists, Alysha and Sam attained bronze awards, with Dom scoring in the top third of participants to achieve a silver certificate. Special congratulations to Luis who was awarded a Gold certificate for finishing in the top 8% nationally.

Luis remarked “The Olympiad was very demanding, but I really enjoyed preparing for the competition and using my knowledge of Chemistry to solve complex problems”.

Did you know that lateral flow tests contain nanoparticles of gold? When you add two drops of sample to the testing strip, how many virus particles do you think are required to give a positive test? This was one of the fiendish problems solved by our Year 13 Chemistry students in the Chemistry Olympiad competition (the answer is nearly half a million in case you were wondering).

Dr Hall
Head of Chemistry

National careers week

Our celebration of National Careers Week draws to a close today.  We’ve explored virtual careers fairs, welcomed parents and carers into school for our GCSE Options Information Evening, challenged ourselves to careers quizzes, enjoyed tutor time activities and celebrated International Women’s Day!  It’s been an incredible week!  Here are some of the highlights of our #NCW22 experience.

Students turn Churston blue and yellow for the day

Staff and students at Churston Ferrers Grammar School have been raising funds to support humanitarian relief in Ukraine.

Wednesday 9th May was ‘Wear it Blue and Yellow’ day at Churston, with students donating whilst visually showing their support for the people of Ukraine by dressing in the colours of the Ukrainian flag. There was also a cake sale at lunch to raise further funds.

In addition a parent of two Churston Students is driving donations to a collection centre in France to be taken to the Ukraine; and members of the school community are bringing in items that will be of most use including toys, sanitary products, nappies, sleeping bags etc.

Head of Sixth Form Adam Killeya said, “The idea for these efforts came directly from the students; they care about the world around them and wanted to show their support for the people of Ukraine whilst also doing something practical to raise money. This is a credit to them and reflects our values of Active Citizenship and Social Justice – that our students get involved and support those in need.”

Student Vice President (Enrichment and Charity) Abigail said, “In December we supported a UK charity helping poorer families at Christmas and it’s important for us to help people facing crisis abroad too. It was great how many people wore blue and yellow and helped by bringing or buying cake!”

The final total raised is still being calculated, but will be well into the thousands of pounds.

Workshops with theatre practitioner Katy from Paddleboat Theatre Company

Year 10 GCSE Drama student’s have just finished two workshops with theatre practitioner Katy from Paddleboat Theatre Company. This was organised through Erin at Doorstep Arts as part of their Devising Discovery Platform. Students have explored different ways to effectively devise around different stimuli. This will be really beneficial to the students, as they are just starting to work on their devised pieces for their exam in the Summer.

Churston brothers with ‘Bright’ future in sport

Nicholas Bright ( y 12) and James Bright ( y8) recently took part in the South West of England Karate championship ( KUGB Karate) in Exmouth. Nicholas won the gold medal and cup for the South West of England kumite, free fighting, in the sixteen to nineteen year old category. James won the silver medal for the under five foot four category, Kumite, free fighting .

Congratulations to them both!