The Autumn term has started very well again this year. We have much to celebrate and much to look forward to. The Year 7 students have settled in incredibly well and the future of St Edmund’s looks very bright indeed.
My sincerest thanks go to all of you for sending your children to school so well prepared for the new academic year. It has made the start to the year that much more productive.
The school achieved its best GCSE results again this year, showing that the students rose to the challenge set for them by the teachers. We asked them to break records and that is exactly what they did. The results they achieved placed the school in the top 20 non-grammar schools in Kent and again placed us at the top of all non-selective schools in Dover, Deal, Sandwich and Folkestone.
We are now a fully-fledged member of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership and have already begun to feel the benefits of this membership. We have a new School Improvement Advisor who is already showing signs of providing a high level of challenge to the school leadership. We have also had a number of training courses covering a variety of topics from the future of education through to better marketing of our school.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the four exceptional candidates who applied to be our Head Prefects. Ellie Hopper and Jintil Baby become our Head Girl and Head Boy respectively, while Dayna Tye and Ireneusz Kazmierczak were appointed as Deputy Head Girl and Deputy Head Boy. They will be instrumental in shaping the future of student leadership at St Edmund’s. We have very high expectation of them and wish them every success in their posts.
We are extremely pleased to have launched our new website and twitter account. We hope that this will allow you to find the information you require more easily and keep you abreast of all the developments and news at St Edmund’s. A number of pages are still being developed and we ask that if you have any comments or suggestions for content that would help you, please contact the front office on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Success is our focus this year and we hope that our interactions with all students and parents show this. We feel that students need to expect success in their lives by having aspirations, goals and dreams; they need to create success in their lives by taking the opportunities available to them; and they need to celebrate their success as well as the success of those around them.
The school is working hard to provide opportunities in the school’s four pillars:
- Service and Faith
We have asked that each student sets themselves a target in each of these areas and aims to achieve success in at least one of the pillars.
Another very big focus for us this year is attendance. We need to ensure that students attend school at all times. It is only if they are very unwell that they should miss out on their education. It is no surprise that excellent attendance makes a very big difference to the academic progress of students.
These goals will only be realised if all staff, students and parents/carers work together to make them a reality and I know I can count on your continued support to drive these improvements.
Thank you all for everything you continue to do to make St Edmund’s succeed.
Mr M Wilson – Headteacher