Expected standards, Attendance and Uniform

Dear Parent/Carer

May I take this opportunity to, first of all, introduce myself.  I am Gus Diamond and I have been appointed to be Deputy Head at All Saints Catholic College.  I come from a school in Macclesfield and have twenty years of experience working within schools.  The majority of this time has been spent working in pastoral, inclusion and SEND.  My main focus at All Saints will be on behaviour and improving attendance of students.

With this role in mind I wanted to write to parents to ensure your support in a number of areas.

Expected Standards

As students were made aware before the Easter holidays, we have set in place a number of expectations from all students that will not be negotiable.  We will expect all students to have the proper equipment with them each day. This means a suitable bag, their student journal, a pen, pencil, rubber, calculator, reading book and completed homework.  Students will only be allowed water in lessons and will not be allowed to eat gum.  Mobile phones must not be evident and should be switched off during the College day.  Students should also not have ear/head phones out during the College day.

All Form Tutors have been instructed to check on this every morning and they will communicate home where students have not met these basic expectations.

Attendance and Punctuality

As you know the College day is changing with Form time being from 9.00 – 9.15 at the start of every College day.  Students must be on the College site from 8.50 to ensure that they are on time for Form Time.

We must also remind parents that students are expected to have 100% attendance.  Absence from College will have a long term impact on learning, progress and eventual GCSE outcomes. The pastoral team will be working with parents and the Education Welfare Officer to ensure that students have high attendance rates at All Saints.

Uniform

The College uniform has gone through a period of change recently but from September 2016 we will expect all students to wear the correct College uniform which is outlined on the reverse of this letter.  Please can you ensure that your child does have the proper uniform ready to wear in September.

Uniform Checklist

To clarify certain points about the uniform, students must not wear trainers. I would advise parents to purchase a pair of hard wearing, suitable shoes.  Long hair should be tied back and should be one, natural colour.  Students are not allowed extreme hair styles.  Styles with a ‘step’ or which are unkempt are not allowed and students should not have it cut to less than a ‘number 3’.  Jewellery is not permitted. Makeup must be natural and there must be no fake tan, visible tattoos, eyebrow makeup, visible piercings or cuts to eyebrows.

We would like to thank parents for their on-going support with all of these matters and their help in working with us, in partnership, to ensure that All Saints Catholic College continues to improve and moves towards an outstanding place of education for our students.

Yours sincerely

A Diamond
Deputy Headteacher

Assistant Headteacher Vacancy

Salary L6 – L10
Closing date Monday 25th April 2016
9.00 a.m.
Interview dates Thursday 28th April &
Friday 29th April 2016
Start date 1st September 2016

The governors are seeking to appoint an inspirational and dynamic leader to join this 11-16 Catholic school.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a track record of effective leadership at middle or senior management level
  • Have ambitions for Headship in 3 to 5 years
  • Understand the contribution of high quality pastoral care to developing an excellent ethos and support for pupils
  • Be willing to share all aspects of the leadership and management of the school in the pursuit of an excellent education for all our pupils
  • Be an excellent classroom teacher

Supporting documents

Visits to the school by prospective candidates are warmly welcomed by appointment. Please contact Linda Emmett, Headteacher to arrange a visit by email to lemmett@allsaintscatholiccollege.com

Completed applications should be returned by email to the Headteacher by 9.00 a.m. on Monday 25th April 2016. This should include a letter of application outlining your suitability for the post to lemmett@allsaintscatholiccollege.com

Short-listed candidates will be notified by email or by telephone on Monday 25th April 2016. Requests for references will be made on the same day.

Apply now

To apply for the post you must read through the ‘Notes to Applicants’ document first and then download and fill out all three forms below. CV’s alone are not accepted.

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The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment.  The post is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate. 

Parental Communication

Dear Parent/Carer

Following parental feedback regarding the difficulties many families are experiencing in making contact with our school, I would like to take this opportunity to say that we believe parental communication is of paramount importance to school improvement.

In order to improve the way you make contact with us, please use the button below to view contact details for key staff within our school.  This information is also available in the ‘Contact’ section of our website.

Key ContactsHow to contact Form Tutors, Heads of Key Stage & Heads of Department

Thank you.

Yours sincerely

Mrs L Emmett
Headteacher

Liturgy: St Patrick’s Day 2014

Liturgy: St Patrick’s Day 2014

Staff and students celebrated St Patrick’s Day with a Mass in the school hall on Monday 17th March. Fr Paul from St James’ in Hattersley led the celebration which was attended by over 100 students from across all year groups.

St Patrick is famous for bringing Christianity to the pagan Irish but very few people are aware that he is also the patron saint of Nigeria so the feast day was celebrated by members of our community with links to Nigeria as well as Ireland.

We are grateful to Fr Paul for leading our celebration and for linking the story of St Patrick to our own lives in his homily, where we were encouraged to strive to be better people, even in the face of adversity.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2014

Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2014

The 23rd – 31st July 2014 saw All Saints students once again taking part in our annual pilgrimage to Lourdes, along with other parishes and school groups from the Shrewsbury Diocese. This year we reflected on the way in which in Lourdes we can experience the ‘joy of conversion’ in that when accepting the call of Pope Francis we can have “a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ” (Evangelii Gaudium n.3). The Sanctuary at Lourdes suggests that we think about a number of different aspects of our pilgrimage to open ourselves to this gift of faith.

This year we prayed for the intentions of the Pilgrimage which were:

  • For peace in our world and reconciliation in our lives as we mark the centenary of the Great War with a “Year for Reconciliation” in the Shrewsbury Diocese.
  • For the strengthening of families in time of crisis and for couples preparing for the great vocation of marriage.
  • For the elderly and most vulnerable in our society that their rights and dignity may be upheld.
  • For vocations to the Priesthood and the Consecrated Life. We entrust especially the new initiative at Shrewsbury for the discernment of vocations to the Priesthood to the prayers of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Lourdes Pilgrimage 2014 2The students volunteering this year undoubtedly experienced the joy of Lourdes, through their hard work and dedication to both the elderly and sick pilgrims; many said they felt renewed and eager to return again. The hard work of students and staff in Lourdes was not only noted by the Diocese this year, but by the gratitude shown by pilgrims in their words and messages left at the school office when we returned.

Lourdes Pilgrimage 2014 3As always, we are so very grateful to the support and generosity of our parishes and school community for allowing our pilgrimage to be such a huge success. We are proud to be able to represent you and were privileged to be able to leave your petitions at the grotto during our prayers of intercession. We look forward to working even closer with our parishes and SVP groups in particular, in order to continue to put the lessons and experiences of Lourdes in to our everyday lives and strive for social justice in our community and beyond.

On a final note, we would also like to congratulate our students and staff that received their Hospitalité medals for three years of faithful service to the pilgrimage.

We are very proud of you all.

Jubilee Peace Garden

Jubilee Peace Garden

A new Jubilee Peace Garden was officially opened at All Saints Catholic College last Thursday, 8th May, following a short service which also included a memorial for former student, Cameron Brookes, who sadly passed away in 2012. With the 100th anniversary of the start of The Great War being remembered across the world, the theme of peace is prevalent and it was fitting that the opening of the garden coincided with David Cameron’s announcement of poppy seeds being sent to each school in Britain to remember those who gave their lives.

The plans for the Peace Garden were developed as part of the college’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2013 and it was opened by Mary Campbell, former Chair of Governors at All Saints. Mrs Campbell gave the college a gift of a Magnolia tree which has been planted in the garden to commemorate the celebration. The family of Cameron Brookes have also been very supportive of this project and donated a bench in Cameron’s memory which now takes pride of place in the corner of the garden. A substantial figure was raised by the Brookes family to support this memorial at a function remembering Cameron’s life at Stalybridge Labour Club. The community of All Saints was delighted to welcome family members of Cameron at the opening ceremony as well as members of his year group.

Despite the threats of inclement weather, the service, led by Fr O’Doherty from St Mary’s in Dukinfield was a memorable occasion. The garden will now be used for a number of purposes including initiatives from the Science department, Chaplaincy team & short liturgies for tutor groups.