St Edmund's is an 'Outstanding' School
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Admissions Policy 2017/18
Supplementary Form 2017/18

Admissions Policy 2018/2019
Supplementary Form 2018/19

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By Roisin Catlin
Year 7

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The school currently has vacancies for a Site Manager; Caretaker and a Teaching Assistant. Full details can be found on our school website.
St Edmund's Open Evening Monday 2nd October 2017, 6pm to 8.30pm.
Sports Day Wednesday 19th July. Students MUST be in school on time in the correct PE kit, with a packed lunch and a drink and have sun cream
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RT @StEdsPortsmouth: A reminder that our last day of term is Thursday 20th July 2017. Students can be collected at the Cathedral at 11.30am


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.                                                                     



Governors Profiles

David Knight, MBE - Chair of Governors

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I qualified as a teacher (of English and Physical Education), working in a Secondary school in Liverpool. During this period, I developed a passion for the " education of the whole person", striving to ensure that each student fulfilled their potential.

Transferring my career to Local Government, I worked in the Sport and Leisure sector for some 21 years, finishing as Director of Leisure and Culture with Portsmouth City Council. During this service in the public sector I gained a number of skills which, I believe, enables me to contribute to the varied duties of a Governor : financial and commercial, marketing and communications, human resources and project management skills.

My youngest daughter attended St Edmund's and was exceedingly happy and successful here.

I was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Honours list in 2016.

Catherine Buckland - Vice Chair of Governors
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As a foundation parent governor I am appointed by Bishop Philip and share responsibility for ensuring the Catholic character of St Edmund’s.
This is a brilliant role, because our Catholic ethos at school is so central to all we do - staff, parents, students and governors all work together to ensure that each individual is valued as a unique member of our family and helped and encouraged to reach their full potential. Anyone who knows our school will recognise that prayer, praise, respect, hard work and fun are essential elements of each student’s journey through school.
I do my best to support this ethos and be a caring and effective governor, by:
Conscientiously preparing for and attending all meetings, participating fully and taking responsibilities where needed.
Accessing all training opportunities and keeping abreast of developments in education.
Visiting school as often as I can, to be able to evidence our Catholic ethos and the life of school, as well as understanding the progress being made in delivering education to all the students.
Preparing any special reports carefully and thoroughly so they accurately reflect school practice and are a useful  contribution to the work of the governing body in supporting and holding to account the Head and staff.
My particular responsibilities include being the link governor for safeguarding.

Tony Bland

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I graduated in Politics and Modern History and took a Computer Science Diploma before joining IBM and later AT&T. 25+ years in large, international tech companies has developed a broad range of skills portable to the role of Governance, notably communication, business management, data analysis, teamwork, adaptability, etc., and a need to maintain specialist technical knowledge makes me a committed life learner.

My interest in standards in schools is driven by my three children at a local primary school. There is nothing more important to me than ensuring they get the best possible education to prepare them for life and enable them to reach their potential. I take that goal with me every time I am at St Ed’s because that might be their next school and I want it to be up to the job.

Fr Ansell

Foundation Governor.

 Priest at St John’s Catholic Cathedral, Portsmouth.

Victoria Howard

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Staff Governor.

I worked in schools in Portsmouth for 6 years before coming to St Edmund’s in January 2012. I teach English as well as Film Studies and Media Studies. I wanted to become a governor to support the school further and because I believe it is important that a governing body hears the views of members of staff who interact with the children daily and who will implement the decisions and strategies agreed by the governors. I firmly believe that our school is one that nurtures not just the student but also the child, enabling our young people to achieve their goals here in school and beyond.

Kevin Hudson

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I am a chartered surveyor with around 25 years' experience of working in both the private and public sector, I am currently employed by the local authority as the development manager. My principle professional activities are project management, communication and financial control, skills which I apply where I can to the work of the governing body.

I have been a parent governor at St Edmunds for the last 3 years, my interest in standards was initially driven by having 3 children who are educated locally - 2 who currently attend St Edmunds and the eldest who has just left to go on to college.

I am pleased to be able to say they have all been happy at the school and I am confident (and will work to ensure) that all pupils are given every opportunity to achieve academically and develop as young adults whilst they are here. The staff at St Edmunds work incredibly hard and set high standards for our children I would urge all parents to get involved, challenge and support them.

Martin Lewis

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Foundation Governor May 2015 – May 2019

My initial involvement in St Edmunds started in October 2011 when I was appointed Acting Deputy Head, a post I held until the following August. My previous governor experience was at Oaklands Catholic School where I served as an Associate Governor for 15 years before I retired from the post of Deputy Head in 2008 after 25 years at the school. In 2012 I firstly became an Associate Governor at St Edmunds then moved to become the Local Authority Governor in 2014 before accepting the role of Foundation Governor in May 2015.

At present I chair the Curriculum Standards committee and am link governor for science, humanities and special education needs. During my 38 years as a teacher my subject was science, so it is natural I have become involved with this department at St Edmunds. I also have a great interest in all aspects of special education needs having spent many years as the line manager of this department at Oaklands and was delighted to take on this vital area of the curriculum when appointed a governor at St Edmunds. Ensuring all students achieve their potential is important, but those with learning and other difficulties at times need far more support and I see my role as governor in ensuring this is the case.

My other great love is music and I have been involved in all aspects of liturgical music for many years, an experience I very much enjoyed sharing with students and staff when Deputy Head at St Edmunds. I am currently in charge of music at the Sunday evening folk mass at the Sacred Heart church, Waterlooville.

Outside education my interests are gardening (my wife and I look after the gardens at our local community centre), I am president of the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Waterlooville (SVP is a worldwide organisation that aims to help those in need); I also enjoy photography, swimming, cycling and walking, however my greatest interest is rugby, especially when Wales play England!

Kathy Moore

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I have worked in various departments in the Civil Service for over 20 years and I have gained a number of skills and qualifications that I believe enable me to contribute to the various duties of a Governor: financial, communication, human resources and management skills. As a parent, I believe in the importance of a good Education and know from the experience of my three brothers and my own three children, who all attended St Edmund's how very happy they were here and how much they valued the spirit of the school and the opportunities it gave them and as a Governor hope I can continue to support St Edmund’s in everything they offer to the children who attend the school.

Rita Waight

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I have been a School Governor for 27 years, at 2 schools, with 21 of those years being at St Edmund's. My 2 daughters attended the school, had a very good education, and have gone on to successful careers.

I became a governor to support the schools my daughters attended and help implement the many changes in Education policy that have been made over the years.

I am a member of various committees and Chair of the Policy and Strategy committee. My responsibilities are Vocational Education and Training.

I work in part-time in Retail which gives me the opportunity to visit during school hours.

Barry Wright

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I spent 33 years working in secondary education which included 20 years as Headteacher of two contrasting comprehensive schools. Subsequently I worked part-time for 11 years as an educational consultant. This work involved me in various roles including Ofsted Inspector, external adviser to governing bodies, School Improvement Partner and Link Inspector with a local authority. I have wide experience of school improvement strategies, action planning,the understanding and use of school data and the identification of school strengths and weaknesses.

Between 2009-14 I was privileged to serve as chair of governors at St Edmund's and for the past year as vice-chair. I believe my experience,commitment and knowledge of St Edmund's will be a helpful addition to the wide and complementary skills of the governing body and ensure that, working closely  with the head and staff we will all work to maintain the highest possible standards.

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Reporting a child absent

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Best Tutor Group of the Week:

All students for the superb attendance over this academic year.

Well done!

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Autumn Term Events

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

September 2017

Year 7 (8.20am start)
Year 11 (9.30am start)

All years return (0820 start)

Year 10 Information Evening

Year 7 Retreat

Year 7 Retreat

October 2017

Open Evening
6pm - 8.30pm

9.30am start for all students

8.45am, School Tour

School Photographs
Yeras 7, 8, 9 & 10

8.45am, School Your

8.45am, School Tour

Year 7 Tutor Evening

Year 11 Information Evening

23rd - 27th October Inclusive

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Stars of the Week

All students for the superb learning and homework over this academic  year.

You have all been amazing and we look forward to seeing more of your tremendous work in 2017-2018 academic year.

Well done to you all!

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