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Admissions Policy 2018/2019
Supplementary Form 2018/19

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Year 11


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Life of St Edmund's Prayer


Heavenly Father, as we gather in prayer, we ask for the guidance and inspiration of our school patron,
St Edmund, who led a life based on Gospel values and the belief in the power of God.

We, pray that like Edmund, each of us will personally come to believe that,
“I can do all things with the help of God who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13)
and that together our school community may grow ever closer to you and to one another.

May our school be a place that reaches out to the wider community
and is mindful of the environment around us.

We pray in union with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.                                                                     


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Modern Foreign Languages

On Friday 26 September a group of Year 9 pupils that are currently learning French and Spanish went to Fratton Park to participate on a competition set up for the European Day of Languages. Many schools in Portsmouth and surrounding areas where there too, our teams had to make our school proud!

They had to prepare a short multi media presentation designed to attract a French/ Spanish speaking footballer to Pompey! Everyone had an excellent day and their behavior and effort were excellent, so perfect that… our Spanish team, made up of Pedro Silva, Adam Gajdzinsky, Alvaro Abril, Joe Quinlan, Jack Ramsay and Tatiana Martins won!!

Each of them are now proud owners of two tickets to watch a Pompey football match.

The links below shows everyone’s attempts – please vote for both French and Spanish team as they have been entered for another competition where the most Youtube likes/views could win another prize!

Gracias! Merci!

Approach to Teaching

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Learning a foreign language is a skill that is becoming increasingly important in the global village that we live in and we are delighted to be able to offer two languages at St Edmund’s; French and Spanish. In lessons, pupils will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing whilst practising strategies to help them with language learning. Pupils are encouraged to take an interest in different cultures and other countries through a variety of projects, ICT tasks and creative activities.

French is taught in Years 7, 8 & 9 and in Year 9 some pupils will also have the opportunity to learn Spanish.

Pupils are set according to ability which helps them to progress and develop self-confidence. At times they learn independently using dictionaries, interactive language software and laptops. They are encouraged to speak using role-plays and educational games and will be assessed both by peer assessment and teacher assessment.

Cultural trips to France are offered in Years 7 and 8 and a trip to Spain in Years 9 and 10.

Language learning has been proved to help with the development of a variety of personal skills such as literacy, thinking skills and self-confidence.


Key Stage 3 content (Year 7-9)

A broad and exciting range of topics is taught covering: 

ersonal life,

Hobbies and interests.
Food and drinks.
Cultural festivals.
French and Spanish speaking countries.

All these topics are tailored to the pupils’ interests.

Pupils will work from NC Levels 2 to 7 according to their ability. They will have the opportunity to learn a variety of tenses and use opinions to clearly communicate messages to native speakers.
MFL2      MFL3

Key Stage 4 content / exam board / spec (Year 10-11)

In Key Stage 4 pupils are prepared for GCSE exams in both French and Spanish.

At present pupils take their GCSE with the WJEC Board

Examination Board: WJEC

Controlled Writing: 30%      Reading: 20%

Listening: 20%                      Speaking (Individual tests): 30%

The acquisition of a GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language will undoubtedly be important whatever chosen career. A skill in French could be a passport to a better job either here or abroad. Alternatively, being able to communicate in another language could ensure that future foreign holidays are truly enjoyable and not fraught with misunderstanding!

The course in French or Spanish is a continuation of work in Years 7 to 9 and builds upon it.

The content of the 2-year course covers the following board contexts:

·         Personal and social life.

·         The local community.

·         The World of Work.

·         The wider world.

Great emphasis is placed on active oral work for effective communication and also in listening, reading and writing in French and Spanish. These skills, whether they are modest or highly developed, will be of benefit to all in lives to come, be it for personal pleasure, for all sorts of work in Europe, for holidays and travel.

GCSE French and Spanish will be of value in itself or as a base for further studies post-16.

Assessment is via controlled written and speaking assessments, and regular unit tests with examinations at the end of Year 10 and Mocks in Year 11. The differentiated entry pattern depends on assessed work during the two-year course: final grades depend on the final written and oral assessments and final examinations.



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Reporting a child absent

Parents are required to report pupil absence to the school by 9.00am
(Unless school is closed)

023 9282 3766 (option 1)
Text: 07624 816830
Local Call: 0844 239 3488

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Absence from School page for further information. 

Best Tutor Group of the Week c/o 04/12/2017

7 Kolbe
7 Romero
8 Kolbe
11 Romero

all 100%
Well Done!

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Autumn Term Events

These dates are accurate at time of going to press and are subject to change.

December 2017

Year 7 & 8 Disco
6.30pm - 8pm
Tickets £2

Year 11s go on Study Leave


School Carol Concert
St John's Cathedral
followed by refreshments

Last day of term

Inset Day
(school closed)

Christmas Holiday
25th Dec - 5th January

School re-opens on
8th January 2018

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Stars of the Week

Drama Stars of the Week

7 Romero for working with excellent focus and commitment during rehearsing for their assessment this week.

Dance Stars of the Week

The Year 11 BTEC Dance class for efforts in their Mock examination.

9 Kolbe for excellent in their dance assessment.

Music Stars of the Week

Abigail, Annalise, Jade, Patrick and Eloise for great contribution to their recycling projects.

Well done to you all.
Keep up the good work!

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Text severe weather absence line on 07624 816832  
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