2016 - Top 5% of Schools Nationally
Monday 26th to Friday 30th September 2016
Key Dates for the Diary this week
Thursday 29th September: Open Evening. School will finish at 1pm on this day for all students to enable staff to prepare for the evening.
Friday 30th September: Inset Day. School closed for all students.
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
Every year that passes I feel that it has been the ‘best yet’ and this year that truly feels to be the case. Students, staff, governors (and parents) have worked amazingly hard. New skills, knowledge, experiences and memories have been cemented. We have maintained our high standards, ensured excellent individual support, discipline, teaching and had lots of enjoyment (and dare I say fun) on the way.
Our remarkable year has been crowned with an outstanding judgement by Ofsted. The school also continues to be hugely over-subscribed. We have managed and continued to adapt to the many changes introduced by the Government. Our prayer is that we ensure that the impact of these changes is minimal (unlike the Key stage 2 recent test results) and our children can progress successfully to the next stage of their lives. On that note, we said goodbye to our Year 11 students with a beautiful leavers’ assembly and a glitzy ball (or prom as the students call it). We also welcomed Year 6; the new members of the St Edmund’s family who will undoubtedly quickly settle into life in ‘big school’.
The spiritual life of the school continues to blossom. Our termly look at one of the beatitudes has allowed us to focus together as a family in both prayer and activity. Our standards of teaching remain the best and - alongside being judged outstanding - we have also been certified as a TEEP Ambassador school.
As we look towards this academic year, I am keen that we do not rest on our laurels and that we continue to develop, grow and achieve. With this in view, we have a new KS3 assessment system being introduced and also a continuation of our spiritual development looking at the remaining beatitudes. We have also submitted planning permission and secured funding for further improvements to the school site. However, we still have a full summer programme of School Improvement which will include the redevelopment of classrooms, the swimming pool and student entrance. I know that students are very proud of our school and this is reflected in the way that they treat each other, their attendance and their behaviour.
A final thank you to all parents and our wider community who have given so much support over the last academic year.
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)
Due to the popularity of our summer term tour dates, further dates have been added for the autumn term for current Year 6 students (September 2016 year) only:
Monday 3rd October, 8.45am (only few places remain)
Wednesday 5th October, 8.45am
Friday 7th October, 8.45am (FULLY BOOKED)
When booking your place please confirm the date you wish to book; the name of your son/daughter and the current school they attend.
All tours start promptly at 8.45am and last for approximately 45 minutes in duration.
This is an opportunity for the parent/carer and Year 5 student to have a look at the school in the working day. If you have already had a previous school tour with us you will be placed on our reserve list.
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