WELCOME TO OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Dear Prospective Students and Parents
We are very proud of our Catholic school and I am delighted to extend a very warm welcome to you. The school has provided a distinctive Catholic education to the families of Burton upon Trent, East Staffordshire, South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire since 1964.
As a community we are committed to living out the Gospel teachings of Jesus Christ. In all aspects of our work we believe that it is our mission to maximise the potential of every individual to allow them to achieve their full potential. Furthermore, forgiveness and reconciliation are key elements that underpin all of our work and we pride ourselves on the calm and caring atmosphere in school.
The school prides itself on its highly inclusive philosophy and very openly welcomes children not only from Catholic families but also those of other religions, faiths or with a non-faith background who want their children to be educated in a school where every individual child really does matter. The school is at a very exciting stage of its development and opened its own Sixth Form in September 2014 which of course also openly welcomes students from all local schools.
I place great importance on the ‘Four Tests’ by which any aspect of our work at school can be judged. These are:
I strongly believe that if all of our work passes these Four Tests the school will be able to pass the final test which is the Data Test as we hope to see our students achieve the highest possible level of outcomes in their examination results. The most recent external validation of our work is clear testament to the marked progress that the school made recently. The September 2014 Ofsted Report described students’ as ‘excited by their learning and keen to do well’ and ‘polite and courteous to adults and get on well together’ and that ‘The Headteacher has brought a new drive towards assuring that students reach their potential.’
More recently in August, only one year on from Ofsted, HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector) commented on the latest examination results:-
- ‘You must be thrilled with the improvements’
- ‘It represents a much stronger picture than last year’
- ‘Students have made much better progress in English and Mathematics, particularly your disadvantaged students’
- ‘This is really something to celebrate with your staff’
- ‘It certainly sounds like you are ‘on the up’ now, and I look forward to seeing how your school grows over this next year’
- ‘This needs to be sustained, not just seen for one year group’
Everyone at the school feels that it is ‘going places’ and we are very excited about the future. We significantly were oversubscribed for admissions for this September 2015 and were delighted to have offered 26 additional places in Year 7.
The school has worked very proactively to meet the challenge of ensuring that transport provision is available for all families who do not live within walking distance of the school but who want their children to be educated in a Faith school like ours. We have therefore fully implemented our School Transport Plan in Partnership with locally based Midland Classic bus company. This has secured cost effective and very flexible options for students living throughout the local area. Please take a moment to look at the School Transport section on our website in the first instance but do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you require any more information via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in our school which is smaller than average and prides itself on its sense of community and family. I really do hope that you might feel that we may be very much the right school for your family.