Rejoice Celebration Tuesday 28th March 2017
End of Term Arrangements
Advance notice that the last day of term is Friday 7th April 2017.
For Years 7 to 10 we will be celebrating the onset of Easter with the 'Stations of the Cross' at the Cathedral. This will finish at approximately 12noon. Students can be collected from the Cathedral or make their way home as normal.
Year 11 students will have their own reflective Easter Service on Thursday 6th April here at School. On Friday 7th April all Year 11s will be involved in 'an effective revision strategy' session and an 'Easter Plan' and will leave the school site at approximately 12noon.
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Easter Holiday: 10th - 21st April Inclusive
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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
At St Edmund’s we are lucky enough to have memories all around us. These take many forms such as the banners on the building, displays of memorable class and homework, the ’Thank You’ board by the staffroom and the photos of past pupils in the Head’s corridor. This year’s photo has been taken and will be joining them soon, I wonder what memories those pupils have made during their time here and how we will remember them too. We also have our newsletter which regularly shares memories of life at St Edmund’s Catholic School. It is packed full of pupils’ achievements and the many special events that regularly take place in our school community.
We sometimes have memories that we would like to forget, perhaps the sadder moments in our lives or when we have said something unkind to someone or done something that we shouldn’t have done. We can still share these memories and look to our friends and school community to help up through these times. We can, through our prayers celebrate the good times and ask for help in the more difficult times knowing God is there in every situation. We can ask God to forgive us when we do something wrong giving us the chance of a fresh start and the opportunity to make better memories.
Dear God, Thank you for people who have given me special memories and for places I have been and things that I have seen that make me happy when I think of them. Please help me to do things for other people that make them smile when they remember what I have done. Amen.
For our Lenten Project we are collecting money for CAFOD who are hoping to provide money for the local people in Zambia in order to create sustainable fish farms.
During assemblies you had time to write a prayer on a fish for people and situations that you felt needed prayer. These prayers will be used in our Stations of the Cross at the end of term so the reading below fits in with our theme.
SCRIPTURE Mark 1:14-20
In this Scripture passage Jesus calls four Fishermen. While he walked along the sea shore he saw Simon, Andrew, John and James and said, “ Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people.” At once they left their nets and went with him.’
The Fishermen listened to Jesus when he called them and asked them to follow him.
They left everything to follow him and went straight away. Sometimes we may follow Jesus’ teachings and at other times we may ignore what is the right thing to do. Help us Lord to try and do what is right and good during this week. Help us to focus on what brings joy to others and help us not to be selfish. Amen
Fiona & Chaplaincy Team
School Validation Reports
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
Limited number of places per tour date and places need to be booked in advance.
Tours are approximately 45 minutes in duration starting promptly at 8.45am and are undertaken by Mr Graham, Headteacher.
Tour dates are:
Monday 5th June 2017
Wednesday 21st June 2017
Monday 26th June 2017
Tuesday 27th June 2017
To book a place please contact:
Ms L Slight, Executive PA to the Headteacher on 023 9289 2585 or
When booking a place please confirm the name of your son/daughter and the school that they currently attend and whether they have a sibling who already attends St Edmund's Catholic School. Tours are for the family and the current Year 5 student to visit to gain an insight during the school day.
Tours will be prioritised for families who have not had a school tour previously.