Monday 17th July 2017

We held our first PTA Summer Fair on Friday evening and it was a great success! Thank you so much to all parents, staff and pupils who supported the event - the atmosphere was fantastic and everyone seemed to have a lot of fun!  We raised around £3,000 for the school, which will help greatly in…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 18 July 2017

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Monday 3rd July 2017

Mr Dumican with year 11sI had the privilege of attending the Year 11 Leavers’ Ball at Rivington Barn on Friday night and it was fantastic! It was great to see a record number of Year 11 pupils attending and having a great time. There was a lovely atmosphere and they all looked amazing!  The staff at Rivington went out of…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 3 July 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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