Posted: 7th July 2016

M Wilson

March 2016

As we approach the end of another term, I would like to congratulate the Year 11 students for successfully completing their mock exams. The attendance and punctuality of the students was very good throughout the two week period and the invigilators reported that behaviour was excellent throughout. These mock exams provided the students with an experience as close as possible to the real exams in May and June. On the 22nd March, Year 11 students will receive their mock examination results and I hope that many of them will be happy with what they have achieved. There are revision sessions running during the Easter Holidays which I would encourage students to attend to help them achieve the best possible GCSE results.

During this period of Lent, I shared the parable of the talents with the students during assembly and then gave every student in the school £1 to invest in a project to raise money for the Medaille Trust. This charity does amazing work to help victims of human trafficking in the UK and raise awareness of this problem which impacts on many thousands of people in the UK annually. Most students have already embarked on ambitious fundraising projects and I would like to thank parents/carers for their help with these projects. If you would like to find out more about this inspiring charity please visit their website at www.medaille.co.uk.

I am very proud to tell you that we now have a Mass for students every Tuesday after assembly. Students attend this once every four weeks with their year group or more frequently, if they request it. Mass is a very important part of Catholic Life and I am pleased students have the opportunity to learn more about it. If you would like to attend a school mass, please contact the school office for more information.

In my last newsletter, I mentioned the fantastic work we are doing with our primary feeder schools and I was privileged to be invited to Stella Maris Catholic Primary School to witness the planting of an apple tree in their playground. This tree was given to the Year 1 class when they visited St Edmund’s for their Religious Studies morning. I would like to thank Mr Holdsworth and the students at Stella Maris for inviting us to their school. I hope the tree grows to be much bigger and produces many tasty apples.

The work we are doing with primary schools and the improving reputation of the school has had a profound impact on the number of students joining us in September. We received our final numbers this month and are very pleased to be welcoming the highest number of students we have had in Year 7 for 4 years, a welcome sign of the schools exciting future.

We are working hard to improve our communication and engagement with parents/carers and will be trialling a new school app. This app will help parents/carers keep track of their children’s attendance and punctuality, as well as keeping them informed of the latest news and events. We will be approaching a number of parents to take part in a school trial and getting their feedback before we launch the app for the whole school. If you would like to be part of this trial please contact the school office.

We have been working hard to make sure that St Edmund’s is a better school for your children and would like to know how you feel we are doing and give you an opportunity to tell us what you like or what we can improve. Please could you take a few minutes to complete our parents/carers survey by following this link.

Finally, I would like to congratulate Mr Huntley, Mr Hutton and Ms Lively who have each been appointed as Head of House as we launch our brand new house system. The new houses and system will be launched next week and I look forward to the high levels of engagement and competition as a result.

Thank you all for everything you continue to do to support St Edmund’s and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and blessed Easter.