Monday 20th - Friday 24th June 2016
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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The last 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.
Fixed vs Growth Mind-set
The leading researcher in growth vs fixed mind-sets have been made by Psychology professor Carol Dweck. Dwecks theory discusses the impact that mind-sets have upon achievement and success. Dweck’s research has allowed her to distinguish between two perspectives that people hold about their abilities - fixed or growth.
There are some clear comparisons between the two mind-sets for example, a fixed mind-set believes that their intelligence and personality is inherited and therefore their potential is determined at birth and can’t be changed. Whereas a growth mind set believes that intelligence and personality are things that can be changed and are ever evolving as we take on new opportunities and experiences. Furthermore, a fixed mind-set will try to avoid failure and avoid challenges where possible, in comparison to a growth mind-set who will embrace challenges and not be afraid to fail. Finally, a fixed mind-set will struggle to receive and act upon feedback whereas a growth mind-set will embrace and act upon feedback in order to improve. So what mind-sets do you hold?
An example of where fixed and growth mind-sets have been highlighted is within the popular action film- The Hunger Games.
In The Hunger Games, at the Training Centre before the “games” begin, Katniss Everdeen operates with a growth mind-set. Her goal during the training sessions is to improve her skills therefore, she chooses stations where she can acquire new survival techniques, rather than stations where she can show off her advanced archery skills (growth mind-set).
Additionally, Katniss provides another example of using her growth mind-set when the time comes for her private audition at the gym. Katniss’ goals are to perform and show what she has learnt and can now do, so that the judges give her a high rating. When practicing archery she initially misses the target, perhaps as a result of nervousness, but she quickly adjusts her technique, calms herself down and tries again and this time hits the target, achieving her goals.
Just like Katniss did at the Training Centre, in school you should try to adopt a growth mind-set by working to improve your abilities beyond what you already know how to do.
By using a growth mind-set you too can hit your targets and goals!
Miss Evans, Year 9 Head of Learning
Today we remember the life of Jo Cox who was killed on Thursday in her constituency in West Yorkshire.
In a Church Service, she was remembered as a ’21st Century Good Samaritan’ because of the many good works in which she was involved. Many people have spoken about her as being a ‘rising star’ with much potential and a compassionate and dedicated person.
Today, let us have a moment of silence as we remember Jo and pray especially for her husband, two children and all her family…..........
Fiona and Chaplaincy Team
Tickets are still available for Thursday, Friday and Saturday's performance.
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 29th June 2016, 8.45am (FULLY BOOKED)
Additional date added:
Tuesday 28th June 2016, 8.45am
Anyone who has already attended a tour last year will be placed on the reserve list.
Further tour dates will be arranged for the autumn term. Please put the 29th September in your diary for our Open Evening.
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