Monday 19th June 2017

It's that time of the year again; the appointment of our new Head Boy and Head Girl. Following a rigorous selection and interview process, we are delighted to announce that our Head Boy is Joe Guerin, and our Head Girl is Yasmin Costello. Deputy Head Boys are Ben Porter and Alex Pendlebury and the…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 19 June 2017

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 5th June 2017

Just before we finished for half term, we had all five year groups play in the Wigan Schools Football Knockout Finals.  Quite simply an amazing achievement! Four out of the five year groups won their respective finals, with only Year 9 missing out! Congratulations to all the boys who represented…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 5 June 2017

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 15th May 2017

The Year 10 pupils had a taste of things to come next year, when they had their first attempt at GCSE papers under exam conditions.  The feedback I received from the invigilators was fantastic, with all pupils in the year group really giving their best in all exams.  Year 11 are starting their…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 16 May 2017

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 8th May 2017

It has been another great week for pupil achievements, which I have the pleasure of sharing with you.

Miss Harley has been fantastically impressed with Year 7 yet again this week, with 98% Attendance and 532 Achievement Points, keep up all the great work Year 7!

Mr Reardon also told me that…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 10 May 2017

Category: Headteacher's blog

Tuesday 2nd May 2017

After a very restful Easter holiday we have some fantastic examples of pupils’ work I would like to share with you this week.

Miss Harley told me that Year 7 have amassed an amazing 675 Achievement Points (with 7G scoring 158 of them!) - brilliant work Year 7, keep it up.  

Robin shows her work in TechnologyMr Reardon told…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 3 May 2017

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 27th March 2017

Mr Reardon told me that pupils in Year 8 have been working very hard this week, accumulating over 800 achievement points altogether. A special congratulations goes to 8W who contributed 95 to that total and also recorded no lates this week. It has been a particularly good few days for the girls as…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 28 March 2017

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 20th March 2017

What a brilliant week!  We started it with our Reconciliation Service on Monday evening.  It was great to see pupils, teachers, governors and our pastoral area priests all represented at the service.  Sometimes I think it does everyone good just to pause for an hour and think about your own faith;…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 20 March 2017

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 13th March 2017

On Tuesday and Wednesday we held two brilliant evenings for our pupils to perform at our Music Festival - they were fantastic!  I am really looking forward to the final one this Wednesday when the singers get their chance.  We held a very successful Year 8 parents’ evening on Thursday and it was…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 13 March 2017

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 6th March 2017

We had our Section 48 Archdiocesan inspection on Wednesday and it went extremely well. I will write to parents with the report as soon as I receive the official copy.  Thank you so much to the parents who responded to the questionnaire for the inspection, I was extremely humbled in reading the…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 6 March 2017

Category: Headteacher's blog

Friday 17th February 2017

After an extremely busy half term, we are all looking forward to a break next week, staff even more than the pupils! After our Ofsted visit a few weeks ago, we will have an Archdiocesan inspection on the first Wednesday (1st March) back after half term. If I could encourage as many parents as…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 17 February 2017

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 13th February 2017

We held a very successful Year 7 parents’ evening on Thursday and it was great to be able to chat with so many parents about all the excellent work Year 7 have been involved with so far this year.  When you see me at any of our evenings or events, please feel free to stop me and share your…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 14 February 2017

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 6th February 2017

It was a particularly busy week this week, with Ofsted inspecting our school on Wednesday.  I will write to parents with the outcomes as soon as I receive the official letter.  I was so proud of the pupils, they were fantastic and many thanks to parents for their overwhelming support; it is…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 6 February 2017

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 30th January 2017

I had a very enjoyable Monday and Tuesday evenings speaking to pupils and parents about the Year 9 option choices; it was great to meet so many supportive parents and pupils keen to make the right choices for KS4.  I also had a great evening on Thursday watching our ROAR pupils deliver superb…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 2 February 2017

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 23rd January 2017

We had a first for St Edmund Arrowsmith this week. We were informed Harriet Olurankinse achieved the highest mark in the country in her GCSE Geography, out of nearly 50,000 entries! When you consider all the entries from all types of school in the whole of the UK, this is a remarkable achievement.…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 24 January 2017

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 16th January 2017

After a lovely, relaxing Christmas holiday, it has certainly been back to full pace this week!  The staff had a really productive INSET day on Monday and there has been lots of impressive work continuing throughout the week.  I would like to thank all the Year 11 parents who supported our Parents’…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 16 January 2017

Category: Headteacher's blog

Thursday 22nd December 2016

At the end of a very long and busy term I would just like to thank everyone for their tremendous support and hard work.

I will just finish the year with two final congratulations for exceptional work.  Mr Whitfield told me that Matthew Eaves in Y9 has just achieved a level 8 for his digital…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 22 December 2016

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 19th December, 2016

On Friday we invited pensioners from all eight of our primary school parishes to come and celebrate an early Christmas meal with entertainment put on by the pupils.  From the comments and lovely Christmas cards I received afterwards, they all had a brilliant time! I know I often say how proud I am…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 19 December 2016

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 12th December, 2016

We held our annual Advent Service at St Oswald’s church on Wednesday, celebrated by Father Gorman and Deacon O’Brien - what a fantastic evening!  Thank you to all parents and grandparents for your support, it is always much appreciated.  The readings, musical accompaniment and singing, all…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 12 December 2016

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 5th December, 2016

I received a lovely email from a teacher at English Martyrs Primary school about a community event held at Haydock Library last Friday. Many of our pupils who attended this school when they were in primary attended the event and it was reported to me that their behaviour was exemplary and many of…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 7 December 2016

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 28th November, 2016

We held a very successful Year 7 Guidance Evening on Thursday. It was a great chance to speak to parents about how well Year 7 have settled into the school and how we track pupil progress over the year. Thank you to all parents who attended on Thursday - your support, as ever, is much…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 29 November 2016

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 21st November, 2016

Miss Harley told me Year 7 have had an excellent week!  Attendance was 95% and the pupils received 1049 achievement points, with 7C achieving the most at 146!  Some brilliant efforts individually as well. The top three girls were Emily Goldthorpe, 7A with 19, Nieve Graham, 7A with 22 and Layla…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 21 November 2016

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 14th November, 2016

We held our annual Certificate Presentation Evening on Thursday and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute! It was brilliant to see so many of our former Year 11 pupils come to celebrate their achievements over their five years with us, in what was their final formal occasion at St Edmund Arrowsmith. …

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 14 November 2016

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 7th November, 2016

We held an All Saints Mass in the school hall on Tuesday, celebrated by Fr. Gorman.  I thought it was a lovely mass and great to see so many pupils, staff and parents in attendance; thank you to everyone involved.  On Thursday, we held a very successful Y10 Parents’ Evening. Thank you to parents…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 7 November 2016

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 31st October 2016

Our former Head Girl, Kate Watson called into school this week after completing her three-month volunteer placement with a charity in Nepal.  It was great to see her and hear about all the fantastic work she has done with people less fortunate than ourselves; we are all very proud of her!

Miss…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 31 October 2016

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 17th October 2016

I mentioned last week that I attended the Super League Grand Final last Saturday and on Tuesday Joe Bretherton came into school to give his Grand Final shirt to the school! The generosity of spirit Joe has is wonderful to see and we are all incredibly proud of him!

Joe Bretherton gave his grand final shirt to schoolWe held our annual school…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 19 October 2016

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 10th October 2016

I went to the Super League Grand Final on Saturday and was sat close to the pitch (so close I almost lost my eyebrows to the flamethrowers at the beginning!) I was in the corner that ex-pupil Oliver Gildart scored Wigan’s opening try; it was fantastic to witness!! He is a great supporter of the…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 10 October 2016

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 3rd October 2016

We held a very successful Open Evening on Wednesday, I was so proud of all the pupils who came back to help out.  I received some lovely emails from parents who were extremely impressed with our Year 11 prefects who showed them around - they are a credit to their families and to the school.  I…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 3 October 2016

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 26th September 2016

I can’t believe how quickly the first three weeks of term have gone by; we have already had many instances of fantastic work!

On Thursday, the Year 8 Challenge was launched to all Year 8 students by Miss Gallagher. Every half term, pupils will be presented with a new challenge and the first…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 26 September 2016

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 12th September 2016

We had a great start to the year this week, as you can see from the ‘Latest News’ part of the website. The Year 11 pupils did themselves and the school proud by gaining outstanding GCSE results; we are all so very proud of them!  

On Wednesday we had the current Year 11 Mass at St Oswald’s…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 19 September 2016

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 19th September, 2016

We had all the Year 7 and Year 11 photographs taken this week. The pupils look so smart at the start of the school year; I hope all pupils can keep this very high standard up all year.  We had a break from the usual convention this year, with the Year 11 Year photograph taking place on the school…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 19 September 2016

Category: Headteacher's blog

Monday 27th June 2016

On Monday Mr Tsang organised and accompanied four, Year 8 pupils: James Forshaw; Olivia Harrald; Matthew Hill and Matthew Eaves to the UKMT finals at Westminster Hall in London. Many thanks to Mr Tsang for giving up so much of his time to enable the pupils to have this experience.  It is the first…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 29 June 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Monday 20th June 2016

On Monday it was great to see the technology department all of a buzz as our partner primary school pupils pitted their wits against each other in the final of the primary engineer contest. I was extremely impressed with their ideas and hard work. Congratulations to St Benedict’s who won for the…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 20 June 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Monday 13th June 2016

The GCSE exams continued for Year 11 pupils last week. They have almost completed them now and then they can take a well-deserved rest! The Year 11 pupils are now just coming into school to sit their exams, so we are seeing less of them around school. We had a  lovely Leavers' Assembly on…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 14 June 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Friday 27th May 2016

The last week before May half term has certainly been a busy one! The Year 11 pupils are now half way through their GCSE exam series and most of them have been relatively happy with the papers, (apart from Biology, which none of them were!) telling me all their hard work in revision will hopefully…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 27 May 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Monday 23rd May 2016

On Monday I had the privilege of attending a special celebration for schools involved in The Duke of Edinburgh Award at a Buckingham Palace Garden Party with Mr Morgan.  It was a fantastic day where we met really inspirational people who challenged everyone there to complete a challenge.  I’m not…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 20 May 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Monday 16th May 2016

On Wednesday we had the Year 11 Leaver’s Mass and what a wonderful occasion it was! I would like to thank all the pupils, staff, parents and Father John and Deacon John for making the occasion such a memorable one. I felt really emotional towards the end, as I had images of the pupils as they were…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 20 May 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Monday 9th May 2016

I had the pleasure of attending the Greater Manchester Young Enterprise finals on Wednesday at Manchester Metropolitan University, where our Year 10 team represented the school fantastically well and came runners-up and now progress to the North West finals.  The team were Adam Smith, Aleyna…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 10 May 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Tuesday 3rd May 2016

GCSE practical examinations continued this week, with GCSE Drama in Mr Bateman’s drama studio on Wednesday evening.  The pupils performed exceptionally well and I hope that this is reflected in their marks on results day.

Mrs Ainsworth in geography told me how proud she was of her Year 11…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 6 May 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Monday 25th April 2016

Wigan School FinalWe had fantastic sporting success last week with the Year 7 and 10 boys football teams both winning the Wigan Schools final at Robin Park; both teams represented the school fantastically well.  Another team who represented the school superbly are the Year 9 boys rugby team, who made it through to…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 27 April 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Monday 18th April 2016

Mrs Baylis gave me some brilliant news on Thursday about our ongoing collaboration with the Portico Library in Manchester.  Some of our pupils are among the winners of this year's Portico Sadie Massey Awards. For book reviews in the 9 - 13 category, Jasmin Pierce and Ella Vernon (Year 8) were…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 18 April 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Thursday 7th April 2016

Just as we broke for our Easter holiday, I had the pleasure of attending the Wigan finals of ‘The Young Enterprise’ competition at the Youth Zone in Wigan town centre.  There were 5 teams competing for the prize of Wigan area winners; we were the only team from a high school (the others from…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 11 April 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Wednesday 23rd March 2016

It was a very short week this week, but it was lovely to be able to celebrate Lenten Mass with all year groups in St Oswald’s Church.  Special thanks to Father John Gorman and Deacon John O’Brien for celebrating Mass with all our pupils.

Miss Gallagher told me Year 7 pupils have so much to…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 23 March 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Monday 21st March 2016

On Wednesday evening we held our annual Reconciliation Service in the school hall - and what a fantastic evening it turned out to be! We had the story of the prodigal daughter, readings, drama and video clips to help us all reflect and examine our conscience during this time of Lent.  The pupils…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 23 March 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Tuesday 15th March 2016

Last week I mentioned that a short piece created and produced by our pupils would be aired on the BBC World Service. To update you, this will now be aired this weekend (19th or 20th March), I will hopefully be able to provide a link from this blog next week to listen to it on the BBC website.  We…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 15 March 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Monday 7th March 2016

Music FestivalIt has been a really exciting week in school this week! On Wednesday and Thursday evening we had our first ever Music Festival evenings, where pupils from the music department played solo pieces to an audience ofparents and teachers, with Mr Doyle, Mrs Morgan and Mr Wall (St. John Rigby College)…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 8 March 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Monday 29th February 2016

Miss Westwell told me that Maths Golden Ticket Winners for this week are: Olivia Cowley 7W; Jada Thompson 7S; Patrick Garry-Madden 7H; Rhys Shannon 7M; Declan O'Shaughnessy 7B; Luke Wane 8S2; Natalie Howarth 8B2; Joshua Taylor 9L2 and Amelia Ives 10M2. All were awarded five achievement points and…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 29 February 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Monday 8th February 2016

Thank you to all pupils, parents and staff who supported our second ‘Musical Showcase’ on Wednesday; it was quite simply superb! I left school on Wednesday night so proud of everyone who was involved. We are very lucky and very privileged to have so many wonderfully talented pupils in the school…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 10 February 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Monday 1st February 2016

We held two very successful Year 9 Guidance Evenings this week on Monday and Wednesday, inviting all Year 9 pupils and their parents to discuss the very important choices they have to make for their options.  I really enjoyed the evenings and was very impressed with how much thought the pupils…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 1 February 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Monday 25th January 2016

Mr Jones told me about a fantastic drama lesson he had been to on Thursday with his year group (Year 8). it was with Mr Bateman's drama class and was called 'The Damsel in Distress'.  All the pupils involved were outstanding and each performance was watched with enthusiasm, punctuated with plenty…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 25 January 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Monday 18th January 2016

Band rehearsing for Music ShowcaseI have a lot to comment on this week, so I’d better get on with it!  I have been so pleased with the efforts of pupils this week; I have been given lots of information from the teachers telling me about the fantastic work that pupils have produced.

Mrs Snape informed me that Joe Whitter 8B2,…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 18 January 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Monday 11th January 2016

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas break and I wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2016.  The first week of term was very busy, with lots of fantastic efforts being made by both staff and pupils. 

Miss Gallagher told me about the great work taking place in Year 7, with Jodie Latham…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 11 January 2016

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Friday 18th December 2015

The school has been a hive of activity this week, with various fundraising activities taking place for our partner school in South Africa, 'The Brick' homeless charity in Wigan and the Nugent Care Society.  I could not be any prouder of the pupils and staff who have given so much of their time,…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 18 December 2015

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Monday 14th December 2015

Can I begin by thanking every member of staff, pupil, parent or grandparent who were involved in the Advent service at St Oswald’s on Wednesday or the senior citizens’ Christmas party on Friday.  Both events were fantastic and show the tremendous spirit that exists in the school community.

Miss…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 14 December 2015

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Monday 30th November 2015

It has been an extremely busy two weeks in school.  The highlight for me was the Certificate Presentation Evening on Thursday 19th November.  It was a fantastic occasion and it was brilliant to see our former pupils all grown up in the space of three months! It was also wonderful to see Mr Eyes…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 30 November 2015

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Monday 16th November 2015

Year 7 pupils continue to excel: Miss Gallagher informed me that Molly Rigby in 7M achieved the Library Bronze Reader Award; in Science, Grace Atkinson (7L) and Caitlin Morgan (7L) have been producing outstanding work, as have Ben Lewis (7O) and Samuel Tracey (7S) in English and Sophie Barton (7H)…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 16 November 2015

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Monday 9th November 2015

It always seems unbelievably busy the week we return after a half term, probably because it is!  I have been so impressed with the outstanding efforts of pupils this week: Miss Gallagher informed me that Year 7 pupils have once again excelled, with Eleanore Burns, 7M, Mary-Jane McLaughlin, 7W and…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 9 November 2015

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Monday 2nd November 2015

Year 9 produced some fantastic work

We had a really busy week to round off the first half-term of the year.  The music department have been especially busy with a whole host of different activities: Year 9 pupils have been working in bands on 'Seven Nation Army' by the White Stripes and produced some fantastic work. In the…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 2 November 2015

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Monday 19th October 2015

Our school production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ this week was simply superb! I cannot remember another production where the pupils seem to have so much fun in their performances; they revelled in their roles and it was fantastic to see.  I would like to thank all the staff, pupils, parents,…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 19 October 2015

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Monday 12th October 2015

​Mrs Landor, (Assistant Head of RE) told me of the exceptional work that 7O had completed about their local community. Special mentions go to Adam Dawber, who photographed lots of areas in his community and included them in his project, with an explanation of how they are important to the area.…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 12 October 2015

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Monday 5th October 2015

On Thursday, we held our Year 10 Guidance Evening; it was fantastic to see so many parents attend. Mr Cullen informed me that we had over 90% attendance - thank you very much for your support; it is very much appreciated.  We tried a different format this time, with all parents meeting in the hall…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 7 October 2015

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Monday 28th September 2015

On Wednesday we held our annual ‘Open Evening’ which was extremely well attended - more people attended than ever before.  It was great to see prospective and existing parents with their children, looking around the school.  It was also great to see how many former pupils took the opportunity to…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 30 September 2015

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Monday 21st September 2015

Miss Brophy (Head of Science) showed me a fantastic resource this week that the Year 11 Science GCSE pupils can access to help then revise their GCSE work.  All Year 11 pupils have now been given free access to the site. The website contains over 230 video tutorials to help Year 11 pupils further…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 23 September 2015

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Monday 14th September 2015

I just want to start by congratulating the Year 7 pupils who have settled in superbly well.  The standard of uniform is excellent, they look great and form tutors have all commented on their lovely manners and willingness to work hard and try new things.  It was my turn to deliver an assembly to…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 15 September 2015

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016

Monday 7th September 2015

It has been a great start to the year this past week. The teachers started with an INSET day on Tuesday before the pupils started back on Wednesday. The pupils seem to have got straight back into the swing of things and the Year 7 pupils have started exceptionally well. We held a mass for our Year…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 8 September 2015

Category: Blog Archive 2015-2016