Monday 27th February - Friday 3rd March 2017
Students must remember to bring in their reading books in this week as this is 'reading week'.
A Warm Welcome
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“Pupils in all year groups and across all
subjects are making outstanding progress”
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The start of January, despite being a New Year can often feel ‘flat’ as we return to our normal patterns of work/school. However, as you can see from the Newsletter, our reward assemblies which looked back on the Autumn term kick-started the St Edmund’s year with a real celebration. It was delightful to see so many students being nominated and receiving certificates. A huge well done to those students who then went on to win their achievement/effort badges or Eddies trophies. It was great that so many parents were able to attend so that we could celebrate and reinforce our positive can do/must do ethos.
This term, as a staff, we have continued to focus on ‘effective revision’ as part of our teaching and learning foci. With new GCSE specifications now making GCSE courses even tougher, we will continue to offer support and challenge our young people as much as possible. As you may be aware from recent news coverage, St Edmund’s is once again one of the top performing schools in the country. Our outstanding Ofsted achieved last year under the new tougher framework reflects this and our drive to push forward on these standards continues. With that, our spirituality remains core to all that we seek to achieve. Our focus on the beatitudes has also extended into our staff development and sharing of effective tutor prayer.
I am sure you would agree that we are fortunate to have such a dedicated and committed staff who always go beyond the normal expectation. This is witnessed in the huge number of trips/clubs/events/activities that staff put on in such an addictive digital age; the more we can get our young people involved, the better it is for their all-round development.
I know that there will be many parents waiting anxiously to find out if their children were successful in gaining a place for next year. As you can imagine the school is the most over-subscribed in Portsmouth/the local area, with waiting lists for all years. One change for next year will be a new Year 7 uniform, so please do not buy uniform for new Year 7 students until you have received details of this. This change will only be compulsory for Year 7 and will ‘smarten’ the uniform we already have. We have also had the student entrance altered on the road with a crossing area and no parking zones. My thanks to the council for their support in improving the safety of our children.
As always, many thanks for all your support.
Mr S Graham
Section 48 Validation 22nd - 23rd November 2016
The outcome of the Section 48 Validation in November 2016 stated that the school was 'outstanding' in all areas.
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Section 48 Validation Report November 2016
Ofsted Inspection February 2016
The school is elated at the outcome of the Ofsted inspection held in February 2016 and the endorsement of the high standards observed at St Edmund’s. Inspectors praised all aspects of the school judging the overall effectiveness as ‘Outstanding’.
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St Edmund's Catholic School Ofsted Report 2016
It has finally been revealed...
Wednesday 21st - Saturday 24th June 2017
Further details to be announced nearer the time.
See you there!
The Performing Arts Team