Monday 25th - Friday 29th April 2016
Note: Monday 2nd May Bank Holiday (School Closed)
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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- Although it has been our shortest half term, we have produced our biggest newsletter yet; reflecting how busy and successful it has been. When we received our Ofsted OUTSTANDING judgement, I was not surprised but pleased that the Inspectors saw how everyday life is at St Edmund’s. You can see as you read this Easter edition of the Newsletter, the amazing amount of learning, spiritual growth, extra-curricular opportunities, progress and fun we have had.
There have been some stand out moments for me personally. Firstly; the ‘Make a Splash Campaign’ was a light-hearted aspect of not just our charity work but our whole Lenten journey. This year’s Senior Citizen’s party was amazing! Organising an afternoon tea with entertainment is not an easy task, especially when such a high standard is achieved.
As Year 11 approach their final half term with us, they can be quietly pleased with their tremendous GCSE English results. With 82% A* - C grades (81% - 3 levels of progress), these results reflect what can be achieved by hard work, resilience and faith.
There have also been many individual and team moments. Some linked to fantastic homework projects, others more personal, such as Joe Hunter winning the writing competition and a trip to Twickenham where he saw England beat Wales. Also some amazing sports performances and team efforts. Especially the Faith in Football Enterprise Challenge; Sir Alan Sugar watch out!
Finally, I would like to mention the Spring Showcase Concert. With a sell out audience students gave amazing performances, demonstrating great skill and talent. These few highlights do not cover the vast array of sports, clubs, trips, events and activities that have occurred.
My thanks to staff and parents for all the hard work and commitment that ‘being in charge’ brings. I would especially like to say well done to our students who have been amazing, beautiful young people; who were described by Ofsted as ‘exemplary in all aspects!’ It is a joy to be involved with and part of their journey of learning, and spiritual growth.
Attendance this year has been fantastic. Parents must remember that if they choose to leave the country for more than 10 days without completing a request for absence form, they may lose their place within the school. Applications for Admission to the school are at an all-time high and we have waiting lists in all year groups. I would expect this trend to increase in the future.
Chaplaincy Voice: God’s work of Art
‘God has made each of us unique and designed us for a special purpose in life. When we find that purpose, accept it, and put our all into fulfilling it, we find contentment.’ (Taken from Motto of success calendar 2008)
Yes, each one of us is unique and special and made in the image and likeness of God. In saying this it should constantly remind us that we should treat one another and our environment with respect for we are all part of God’s wonderful, vibrant creation.
Our beatitude for this term is:
‘Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’
This Beatitude connects with respecting and looking after all of God’s creation. There are examples of a number of people who have stood up and who still stand up for others and also take various stances on protecting the environment. One such person was Oscar Romero, a man who actually lived out this Beatitude by trying to do what was right for others and was assassinated because he spoke up for the poor.
*We are all called and we are all unique.
* Everyone is special.
* Therefore we should treat everyone and everything with respect.
* Catholic Social Teaching speaks about
- Human Dignity.
- Community and participation.
- Care for creation.
- Dignity at work.
- Peace and reconciliation.
All of these things we do in so many ways within our school community. Our school is embarking upon The Romero Award, this award will validate and support schools in actively living out the Gospel values which we already do in so many ways within our school community. Our assemblies this week will explain the award and how we can work together as a school to achieve this award.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
where there is injury, pardon,
where there is doubt, faith,
where there is despair, hope,
where there is darkness, light,
where there is sadness, joy.
Fiona & Chaplaincy Team
We are pleased to announce that school tour dates have now been arranged for the second half of the summer term.
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. 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
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