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By Pearl Denham
Year 8


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We look forward to the return of our students back to St Edmund's Catholic School on Monday 19th February 2018. We…
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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 the name of 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.

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 Ansel D'Mello


I graduated in Business Studies in 2007 and went on to work in the banking sector before returning to university to study a post-graduate degree in Business and Finance.  I later began my seminary at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh and was ordained to the priesthood on 25th June 2017.  During my seminary formation at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, I undertook several placements working as a chaplain in secondary schools, working with children with learning disabilities, youth groups and I also volunteered as a chaplain in the prison service at HMS Send.   I am currently the assistant priest at St John’s Cathedral in Portsmouth.  I hope that the skills and experienced I have gained will help me to contribute to the various duties of a governor.

My interest in secondary education comes from the excellent secondary education I received some years ago!  I hope that as a governor, I can support the school in spiritual and pastoral care of both its students and staff.

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!

Matthew Maguire


Staff Governor (Teacher of Religious Education)

Originally from Bradford, I graduated with a 2:1 in Theology from the University of Leeds in 2013. From there I gained valuable experience working as an unqualified teacher in inner-city Leeds. I then went on to gain my PGCE from Leeds Trinity University in 2015. In September 2015 I joined the St Edmund’s family as a teacher of Religious Education. Whilst being at the school I have refined my teaching repertoire and enjoyed encouraging pupils to deepen their spirituality through leading activities during the Year 7 and 8 retreats.  

I have been enveloped in Catholic schooling from primary school to University, and I feel through this active role I can give something back and aspire a new generation of pupils that are coming through our robust and vibrant Catholic school.

Outside school I enjoy spending time out wandering out on the seafront with my wife. When I’m not out walking, you are likely to find me in the gym or swimming in the Solent with friends!  

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.

Sophie Venables


I hve been teaching English at a range of state Secondary Schools for 20 years.  In the past 10 years I have worked in middle and senior leadership and I now have a role as an Assistant Headteacher in a Hampshire School.  I have four children, the eldest of whom has just started in Year 7 at St Edmund's and the others attend St Swithun's School. I have always been interested in supporting my children's schools and have been an active member of St Edmund's PTA for 8 years - I'm not afraid to roll up my sleeves and join in!

I particularly enjoy working as a Parent Governor at St Edmund's as it allows me to use my experience as a parent as well as my professional expertise in a different way.  I hope to support St Edmund's at this exciting time in the school's development and also wish to enhance my own understanding of Catholic secondary education to better support the school in the future.

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.

Chris Whitfield


Barry Wright (Acting Chair of Governors)

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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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Spring Term Events

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February 2018

School Re-opens for all students

W/c 26th
Reading Week
KS3 students must remember their reading books this week


World Book Day
Students can dress up as their favourite character from a book
but must be suitable attire to wear in school all day

Dance Show, 7pm

OAP Party
2pm - 4pm

Year 8 Parents Evening
4pm - 6.30pm

Last Day of Term

Good Friday
(School Closed)

Easter Holiday
2nd - 13th April 2018

School re-opens on the 16th April

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Stars of the Week

Performing Arts &
Music Stars of the Week

All students who participated in the Performing Arts Day.

Thank you all for your hard work throughout the day learning Drama, Dance and Music from We Will Rock You the musical. 
We were so impressed with your final performance.

Keep up the excellent work!

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