Chilwell School

Chilwell School
Chilwell School
Established 1972
Type Secondary
Principal Ian Brierly[1]
Chair of Governors G.W. Bagley
Specialism Arts, Maths and Computing
Location Queens Road West
Local authority Nottinghamshire
DfE URN 122854
Ofsted Reports
Students over 1000
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

Coordinates: 52°54′43″N 1°13′54″W / 52.912011°N 1.231625°W / 52.912011; -1.231625

Chilwell School (formerly known as Chilwell Comprehensive School) is a secondary school located in Beeston, Nottingham, England. In January 2005, the school became a "specialist school" with the awarding of the designation as "a specialist in Arts, Maths and Computing".[2] The school has a typical enrollment of over 1,000 students, aged 11 to 18.[3] In a 2006 OFSTED Inspection, the school received a "good" rating[3], and was featured in the Nottingham Evening Post.[4] However, in a 2010 inspection, the school attained a "satisfactory" rating.[5] The school is located adjacent to the Chilwell Olympia sports complex, and also has an attached sixth-form college, Lakeview College, currently run in collaboration with nearby school Alderman White. Lakeview has approximately 250 students, aged 16 to 18, studying for AS and A2 levels. In September 2006, Chilwell governors made the decision to make Lakeview College entirely managed and taught by Chilwell staff by September 2008.

The school was a regional host for the Adobe/MTV Boom 'Music Video Academy' in 2006, and had a computer suite donated by Educational Ideas in 2004.



Textile art and design

In its role as an Arts, Maths and Computing specialist school, the curriculum has been designed to integrate Information and Communications Technology, or ICT, into various other aspects of study, including art and textile design. Textile art is designed by the students while learning CAD/CAM computer skills. One of the goals of this program is to counter gender stereotyping of the subject. "Many of the boys who completed the project said their perception of textiles had changed and that they were...surprised that it wasn't all about sewing - even the girls were enlightened," stated art and textiles teacher Sue Bedford.[6] The students' work from the project has been shown at local galleries, as well.[7] As a result of this project, the school has been named a Textile Centre for Excellence, and the program has been featured in an Adobe Systems case study.[6]


BAC³ is a project for gifted and talented pupils run by Chilwell in collaboration with nearby schools Alderman White School and Language College and Bramcote Park Business & Enterprise School.[8] Now in its third year, it involves pupils from each school taking part in activities days reflecting each of the school's specialisms.


Another Day film

In 2006, as part of a media initiative known as The Project, students at Chilwell produced a short film entitled Another Day [9], which has received favorable media coverage[10] and which was screened at the August 2006 Bang! Film Festival.[11] The film started as a pupil-run literacy project by head of media Anna Hawkes, and eventually involved a large portion of the school in its planning, writing and production, as well as the staging of a film premiere in Nottingham. The film and the project received numerous articles in the Nottingham Evening Post.[12][13]

The Feeling music video

As a sequel to the very successful Another Day film project, pupils in the school were offered the opportunity to make a music video for UK band The Feeling. The band offered a B-side track ("Sun is Shining") for the music video, which is currently in pre-production, and was scheduled to be completed in summer 2007. The project was again led by students, overseen by media teacher Anna Hawkes. In December 2006, while still in its early stages, The Project 2 received local media coverage.[14][15]

Swine Flu

There have been reported cases of Swine Flu at Chilwell School.[16]


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