Monday 5th - Friday 9th December 2016
12th December 2016 - School Carol Service Cathedral 6pm-7pm followed by refreshments
15th December 2016 - FOSE Year 7 & 8 Disco, 6.30pm - 8pm
16th December 2016 - Last day of term (Non-uniform day). 12 Noon school closes (collection from School).
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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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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.
The school community: Outstanding.
The wider community: Outstanding.
Spiritual Development: Outstanding.
Moral Development: Outstanding.
Attainment and progress in RE: Outstanding.
Quality of Teaching in RE: Outstanding.
Leadership and Management of RE: Outstanding.
Leadership and Management: Outstanding.
Please click on the link below to view the full Validation Report
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’.
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
It has been an extremely positive half term, with the whole school settling quickly back into normal routines following the summer break.
The new Eagle gates at the student entrance complete the updating of this area. Students are rightly proud to belong to St Edmund’s and it is only fitting that their journey into school starts with inspiration. Other improvements completed over the summer include the refurbishment of classrooms and the swimming pool. As well as improvements in walkways, steps and decoration of key areas of the school site. However, perhaps the most exciting news in terms of facilities is the building of our new technology block which is replacing the old T block (green huts). This will provide the most modern ICT/Technology facilities for our students to learn, develop and enjoy.
As I am sure you are aware, our results this summer were once again spectacular. These were a real reiteration of our Ofsted outstanding recognition. The Government has produced new measures to study schools and their performance. These were released on the 13th October and show St Edmund’s to be not only the top performing school within Portsmouth, but the whole of Hampshire. These results are only achieved because of our incredible young people, fantastic teachers, supportive parents and governors.
With that, we will continue to strive for great learning. Insist on these high standards and not shrink away from the challenges ahead of us. This will be especially relevant with the introduction of our new assessment system at KS3 (as the Government removed the old one) and the first sitting of newly taught English & Maths GCSEs. However, with the help of God and your prayers/support, we will successfully manage these transitions to ensure the best levels of learning, progress and outcomes for our children.
Finally I would like to say well done to Year 7 for settling in so quickly to ‘big school’. As well as a big ‘shout out’ to Year 11 who have made a super start to what will be a challenging year. Our school attendance is the highest of all Portsmouth Secondary Schools and is currently over 96%. This is a great indicator that our children are happy in their learning and feel safe/cared for in school and at home. Thank you to all parents for your support.
Our whole school focus this term is punctuality and we will be carrying out some ‘spot checks’ next half term across the school. Our spiritual focus is the Beatitude, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God’. Please take the time to see the marvelous things the St Edmund’s family has been doing in relation to this beatitude.
Let us indeed be children of God and be people of peace in all that we do and say. The Chaplaincy Team and Vincent De Paul are planning our next action that will fit in with the theme of PEACE watch this space for the next exciting event.
Advent - Week 2
We light our second candle on our Advent Wreath this week. The candle we light is the ‘candle of peace’. Let us try to be a person who brings peace and calm wherever we are this week.
As we are in our season of Advent we ask you Lord to help us to prepare for your coming in various ways. May we find time in our busy lives to stop…… and think of the Christ Child, who came down to earth to be with us.
Our Advent Charity this year is our ‘PIP Appeal’
We can show witness to Christ in our lives in so many ways
This term we will be working together as a community on our
P = PLAY
I = IN
P = PEACE
During this Advent season we can spend some time preparing to open our hearts and eyes in anticipation for the arrival of Jesus. We ask you Jesus, to open our hearts that we may be generous and give to others this Christmas. Help us to focus on what is important; that of giving and not always receiving.
Jesus came to be with us; his presence among us is what he truly felt was important. That is God’s gift to us; the gift of the presence of his son. Let us think about what we can give to others, instead of focussing on ‘presents’, let us focus on giving our ‘presence’ to someone. That means giving of our time, listening to others, being there for someone when they need us. Most of us would prefer to have a friend who can spend time with us rather than just being given a gift and then leaving us on our own. The greatest gift we have is the presence of Christ, the greatest gift we can give to others is our presence.
God Bless. Fiona, Chaplain