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Preparing for life in Modern Day Britain

Statement on British Values

St Edmund’s Catholic School is an 11-16 Voluntary aided secondary school with 850 pupils on roll. It is situated in the inner city of Portsmouth with high levels of social deprivation and FSM6. The school has a high percentage of EAL (44%) but is still predominantly White British. The school was judged as good in 2012.    

St Edmund’s prepares students for life in modern Britain through their outstanding Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development in school with a focus on fundamental British Values.   The school strongly believes that promoting FBV has allowed a dialogue to explore difficult issues and improve ethos, attitudes and outcomes.

The Good Practice in detail

SMSC in school

The SMSC development of pupils is central to the Ethos that underpins all that takes place in school. This is evident in many ways:

·        Relationships that exist between all members of the community.
·        School display/visual learning environment.
·        Behaviour and attitudes.
·        Curriculum.

St Edmund's offers it students many fantastic opportunities to enrich their lifetime experiences.

Celebrating our Faiths

As a school we get together as a family to celebrate our Faiths at St John's Cathedral. 

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In December we celebrate the Advent Season with a selection of performances from the school's Choir as well as performances involving all year groups.  Year 7's are encouraged to attend to achieve their Spirituality badge.


The picture above shows the blessing of the Year 7 Icon.

On the 17th December 2014 the school celebrated Hanukkah.

Students had the opportunity to take part in a quiz to receive a treat from the Headteacher and Head of Religious Education. 

 Click here to view the Hanukkah poster


On the 5th November 2014 Year 11s received a speaker in their RE lesson from Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo, Imam of the Wessex Jamatt Community.

Other Lifestyle Experiences

On the 3rd March 2017 the school had a visit from Flick Drummond MP who had an enjoyable tour of the school; joined some of our Student Council students for lunch and had the pleasure of reading with some of our students in the LLRC.
Every Friday is 'free fruit Friday' whereby Students can spend £1 and receive a free piece of fruit nurturing our students into the realms of healthy eating.


In February 2017 a selection of School Council went on a trip to the Houses of Parliament where they were lucky to have a tour and take part in a workshop and got to ask lots of questions.


On Monday 28th September 2015 a selection of Year 10 students had an opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. The students were accompanied by Mrs Flick Drummond, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, who had permission to show the students around the Palace of Westminster, including the House of Lord, the House of Commons and the Queen's apartments and robing rooms.   The students were also able to meet the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and Leader of the Council.

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On Wednesday 30th September 2015 the Year 11 Leisure and Tourism class attended  a fieldwork day in central Portsmouth. This fieldwork was based around the leisure and tourism organisations/facilities in Commercial Road, Guildhall Walk and Victoria Park.

On the trip the students were luckily enough to meet the Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Jonas.

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In May 2015 a selection of School Council students were invited along to see Councillor Frank Jonas re-elected as the Lord Mayor.  This experience was enjoyed by all.


The school received complimentary tickets to see the English Youth Ballet dress rehearsal performance of 'Sleeping Beauty'.  72 students were priviledged to attend this show on the 6th March 2015 enriching their lifelong experiences

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In February 2015 a selection of students were given the chance to question City Council members and took part in the first leaders' question and answer session.  Councillor Steve Wylie, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, spoke to them about the importance of democracy.  The event was organised by Portsmouth Youth Parliament.

In November 2014 representatives from the Student Council visited the House of Parliament (photographs above).

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Year 11s have an opportunity to experience a mock interview with external providers as they are getting prepared for life outside of the school (photographs above).

On PSHE day Student Council held a Mock Election which thoroughly enjoyed by all students who participated.


Whilst Year 11s had a session with the police on 'Know your Rights'.


Every Thursday the Careers Advisor is in school meeting with the Year 11s offering support and advice in regard to their career aspirations.


Remembrance Day

After the end of World War I, Armistice Day was marked each year by a two-minute silence at 11am, a chance for people to stop and remember the 20 million who died during the conflict. Now the two-minute silence is more often held on Remembrance Sunday the Sunday closest to Armistice Day, which is a day of remembrance for all those killed in war.” (Taken from Resources, Scotland Education). On Wednesday 11th  November 2015 at 11 a.m. the school will remain standing in silence for 2 minutes.

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Duke of Edinburgh Award

The school is working with Motiv8 to guiding, inspiring and encouraging students within the school to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme.  DoFE gives young people the chance to develop skills for work and life, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future.


Trip to the Tate Art Gallery, London

In November a selection of art students were given the opportunity to visit the Tate Art Gallery in London.


Work of Art Takes pride of place inside Portsmouth School


Students acted as curators for the day by playing host to a world famous masterpiece, the 1956 painting by LS Lowry called 'The Floating Bridge'. This is usually on display at the Southampton City Art Gallery and enriched the lives of the students at St Edmund's.  The school used this work of art to provide inspiration right across the curriculum covering Art, Geography, English and Science.  St Edmund's were one of only 27 schools in the country to have a masterpiece at school.


UK Parliament Elections for Portsmouth


Between the 3rd February and 9th March 2014 students voted for the Portsmouth Youth Parliament.  

George Elliott, who was in Year 11 at the time of voting, received 844 votes in an election at the city’s schools to make him the Member of Youth Parliament for Portsmouth.   The Portsmouth Youth Parliament make Portsmouth a better place for young people by:

Representing all young people in Portsmouth.
Enabling their voices to be heard.
Challenging stereotypes of young people.
Meeting the diverse needs of young people.
Creating a lasting and trusted structure to affect change.

George's election news was featured in The Portsmouth News.  A copy of the news article can be found on link below:

George takes a stand for Portsmouth's young people

OAP Party

An annual celebration with our links from the community. 


On an annual basis in March Year 8 students of St Edmund's Catholic School hosts its annual Senior Citizens party. 

Every year at the start of the term the pupils of Year 8 gather to fundraise for their party, this involves efforts such as creating a money box, guessing the sweets in a jar, asking for donations, pupil/teacher penalty shootouts, bake offs and more, all of the funds raised are used to cover costs for the party, and all fundraising is pupil driven.

Our school invites local Parishes, previous party attendees and all of the Year 8 cohort's elderly family and friends to come along and join us for an afternoon of food and drink, with entertainment such as an old time sing along medley, bingo, raffle prizes and a whole host of pupil performances all free of charge.

Party guests were queuing up early this year on March 8th to get their seat as we hosted over 100 in our school hall where they enjoyed a menu of savoury and sweet delights including homemade sandwiches, cakes and scones amongst a variety of staple party snacks.  Those Year 8 pupils who formed the Committee for the party also delighed in hosting a table each, getting to know their guests, assisting them during the party and enjoying their company and stories - not to mention the fruits of their labour in the form of food and drink!

The feedback from this event has been overhwhelmingly positive by guests, staff and pupils all reflecting the hard work of those involved on the day and behind the scenes.  It is such a lovely time where we as a school can reach out into the wider community to provide an afternoon of fun to those around us.  I would like to finish by quoting and echoing Mrs Lee (a party goer) when she says "Thank you so much for the wonderful party you gave us.  Your school should be very proud of the way that Year 8 students conducted themselves as they were a credit to the school, and also their parents".  Well done Year 8 - you were fantastic. 

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Pupils Make the Case for Courtroom Success

Students won a mock court trial competition against other Hampshire Schools.

The pupils donned outfits and played parts including lawyers, witnesses and court reporters for the mock case, which was judged by working Magistrates at Southampton Magistrates Court.   One student who took part said "It was very interesting to learn about the legal process and experience a trial.  "I had to be really sharp with my questioning and think on my feet."

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Click here for a copy of the press release issued in The News

Tidy Schools Competition 2013


Winner of Senior Category : St Edmund's Catholic School

20th May 2013 May students attended the Mayor Making Ceremony and are often invited to visit the Lord Mayor's Parlour in the Guildhall.


DESPITE its reputation, the University of Cambridge is no longer the preserve of the posh

That is the message from Trinity College’s schools liaison assistant Terri-Leigh Riley, who visited Portsmouth to encourage the city’s best and brightest students to apply.  St Edmund's hosted this event for students across the city.

Click here for a copy of the press release



St Edmund's has launched it's new Website!

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