* * Half-Term * *
Monday 30th May - Friday 3rd June Inclusive
School will re-open on Monday 6th June
The school is elated at the outcome of the recent Ofsted inspection 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’.
The school was judged as follows:
Effectiveness of Leadership and Management: Outstanding.
Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare: Outstanding.
Quality of Teaching, Learning & Assessment: Outstanding.
Outcomes for Pupils: Outstanding.
The outcome of the inspection, I am sure, will come as no surprise, reflecting the hard work of students, staff, Governors and parents/guardians. I would particularly like to thank all those who have loyally supported St Edmund’s in our journey in achieving this exceptional accolade.
Please click on the link below to view the full Ofsted Report.
St Edmund's Catholic School Ofsted Report 2016
A Warm Welcome
St Edmund's is a thriving, positive and happy environment where individuals achieve excellent levels of personal development.
“Pupils in all year groups and across all
subjects are making outstanding progress”
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This half term has been full of ‘events’ and ‘opportunities’, many of which were unique. Our location here in the heart of the city, combined with our OUTSTANDING reputation/status, allows access to some fantastic experiences. For example, there cannot be many schools who in the same week students have had the opportunity to meet the American Ambassador, talk with HRH the Duchess of Cambridge and win a cricket match against a local private school.
As always learning and progress have been at the centre of all our work. An incredible amount of hard work/time/energy has been given in preparation for the Year 11 and Year 10 examinations. The Leavers Mass three weeks ago was a special occasion which marked the spiritual journey our students have been on throughout their five years in the St Edmund’s family. Please pray for the Year 11 and Year 10 students who are taking exams. It is obviously a pivotal point in their education where future career/job pathways can be decided upon. I am pleased to report that 100% of the current Year 11 have secured either a college/job opportunity/placement.
Following our OUTSTANDING Ofsted and the fabulous results achieved over the past few years, the school has hosted visits from the Department for Education and other establishments to look at the good practice which exists here at St Edmund’s. There are some huge changes on the horizon including Acadamisation, teacher training and school to school support which will impact on St Edmund’s. As with any immense changes in policy/practice (as is in the case of new GCSE specifications), Governors, staff and myself are confronting these head on. Always at the heart of our decisions will be the interests of the St Edmund’s family.
Finally, I would like to say thank you to the Year 11 Head Boy, Head Girl and Senior Prefect Team for all their hard work this year. Alongside that, congratulations to all Year 10 students who have gained a position of responsibility. Our senior students play an enormous role in helping to shape our ethos, spirituality and daily workings of the school.
Please enjoy reading through our fantastic latest newsletter and have a great half term.
‘Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’
This term we have been focussing on this Beatitude across the whole school. After praying with this Beatitude students from the St Vincent De Paul group and the Chaplaincy, decided that our action would be ‘Random Acts of Kindness.’ All the Tutor Groups will be given a package after half term and in it there will be a coloured strip of paper for each student and their tutor. Students and staff are encouraged to do an act of kindness in their Tutor during that week and write their act of kindness on the slip of paper. At the end of the week the slips will be returned and kindness chains will be made. These chains will then be taken down to the Cathedral for our end of term Mass and offered to the Lord in thanksgiving.
Next term we will be living out our ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ in school and we encourage you all to try and do an extra act of kindness within your family each day.
Tickets go on sale from Monday 6th June!
We are pleased to announce that school tour dates have now been arranged for the second half of the summer term.
These tours are for families with children who are currently in Year 5.
If you would like to have a look around St Edmund's Catholic School before applying for your child's place (deadline is end of October 2016) then this is an opportunity to have a tour along with your son/daughter during the school tour.
Places are limited on each tour date and last approximately 45 minutes in duration.
Wednesday 22nd June 2016, 8.45am
Wednesday 29th June 2016, 8.45am
Anyone who has already attended a tour last year will be placed on the reserve list.
To book your place on a School Tour:
School Uniform Policy
Towards the end of last term a number of students were not conforming to expectations in regard to the Uniform Policy.To ensure consistency please ensure your child is wearing the correct School Uniform Policy. If pupils do not conform then the relevant sanctions shall be put in place.
Click here for the School Uniform page
Active Guidance Mentoring Sessions
Years 8, 9 & 10
Active Guidance Mentoring sessions for students continue for the summer term for Years 8, 9 and 10, focussing on progress and personal improvement. Active Guidance takes place each term when your child will have an appointment with their tutor which will be recorded in their planner. Progress will be reviewed and new targets will be set which will again focus on improving learning and achievement.
This terms active guidance sessions will use progress data collected from the end of last academic year and work completed so far this year. Hence it will be an accurate and up-to-date mentoring session reviewing effort, behaviour, homework and progress in all subjects. It will be particularly important to discuss the personal qualities students achieved last year within each subject. As these give a clear indication of your child’s learning behaviour.
Please click here for a copy of letter providing more details