Half term: 24th - 28th October (Inclusive)
School will re-open on Monday 31st October at 0825 (Week B)
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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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.
Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God,
pray for us sinners now
and at the hour of our death. Amen
Fiona and the Chaplaincy Team
Active Guidance Mentoring Sessions
Each term we run an Active Guidance Mentoring session for students, focussing on progress and personal improvement.
Active Guidance appointments will start on Monday 26th September 2016. Students will have an appointment to meet during this term 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. For Year 7's the mentoring sessions will review the student's progress since their transition into St Edmund's. On the day of the appointment the student will be given a wristband as a reminder that they have their appointment with the tutor that day.
Please could I ask that you reinforce and remind your child of the importance of attending this meeting. It is also helpful if you discuss with your child the content of the meeting and targets they have been set in their planners.
Please click here for a copy of the letter sent home (Years 8, 9, 10 & 11)
Please click here for a copy of the Year 7 Active Guidance Letter