Please be aware that the date for the Year 7 Parents’ Evening has been changed to Thursday 5th May.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
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.
Mrs L Emmett
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
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.
The 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.
As 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
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.
Changes to the School Day
Easter is fast approaching, and we are well underway with our preparations for the summer term here at All Saints. As part of this, a letter was sent to parents regarding changes to the school day in April and in September. These changes will allow us to use tutor time at the start of the day to set high standards of uniform, punctuality and behaviour around the school. The split breaks and lunches will allow for calmer and more purposeful time for pupils to eat and rest in preparation for their afternoon learning time. From September, it is proposed that school will finish at 3pm. We welcome feedback from parents and carers regarding the change to the end of the school day so we can consider key points prior to implementation in September. Thank you all very much for your ongoing support of our school, it is very much appreciated by us all.
New Homework Timetable
It is a part of school policy for all students to spend some time on work at home each evening. We feel working independently in this way is very important, especially with the need for each student to make the progress necessary for their future. To help students get the most out of homework we have developed a new homework timetable that is being published and will be sent out parents in the coming week.
After Flubber comes Fire Writing! If you can stand the excitement, please come along to Science Club every Tuesday from 3.30pm in Room 39.
Accelerated Reader News
Chosen for the outstanding effort she has made over the past few weeks, the latest Accelerated Reader of the Week is Ciara W. Well done, Ciara and keep reading!
You can view a copy of our recent Ofsted report here, arising from our inspection dated 2nd – 3rd February 2016, led by HMI Susan Wareing and her team.
The outcome of the report is that the school has been judged as requiring Special Measures. Clearly our Governors and staff are very disappointed with this outcome, particularly as we have made a number of significant changes to the school since September 2015. Ofsted also recognised these changes have been made but needed firm evidence of their impact which will not be available until later in the year and when the examination results have been published.
We are pleased that nowhere in the report does it state that the school is moving in the wrong direction or that the changes we have made to our Governing body and Leadership will not eventually have positive results. Our new Headteacher, Linda Emmett and Executive Headteacher, John Cornally are committed to continuing their work with our staff and pupils over the rest of the year and beyond. The Ofsted report stated that: “The Headteacher and Executive Headteacher’s self-evaluation is honest and accurate.”
We would want to reassure parents that major changes have been introduced to improve the school, including:
- The appointment of a new governing body and a new Chair of Governors
- The appointment of an outstanding candidate as a permanent Headteacher
- New appointments have been made to key departments which will significantly improve the quality of teaching for your child
- Clearer focus on attendance and behaviour
In the next few days the Governors will approve an action plan which will have specific timescales and targets for achievement. We are holding a meeting for all parents on Wednesday 23rd March 2016 at 6pm when we will share the action plan with parents and listen to your views on how we can further improve All Saints Catholic College.
Clearly we are all disappointed with the outcome of our Ofsted inspection. But we are determined to work together as a community to ensure that All Saints again becomes a good school that everybody can be proud to support. That is the wish of the Diocese, our Governors, Staff, Pupils and Parents.
Mrs L Emmett