Ofsted Report

Dear Parent/Carer

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.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs L Emmett

Consultation on the School Day

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am writing to consult with you about the proposed change to the timings and length of the school day, due to take effect from 5th September 2016.

It is our aim to make the school day more efficient for all of our students and staff and to ensure teaching and learning is always as effective as possible. Finishing earlier will allow our students to attend the many extra-curricular activities on offer and will also ensure optimal student well-being and more focus in every lesson, particularly those that take place at the end of the day. Alongside this, we have changed the structure of the beginning of the day; although the starting time has not changed, we have included a tutor period for students to spend time in their forms and with their form tutor. This will ensure that they are supported in their preparation for the day ahead and prepared for their forthcoming lessons.

As I have mentioned in many meetings, newsletters and letters that I have sent to you, we are absolutely committed to developing All Saints Catholic College as a community of excellence; this means that we strive for excellence in all that we do. We feel that, by adjusting the school day as proposed, we will enable students to maximise their potential and partake in many enriching opportunities.

The Proposal

Start of the school day –
9.00am – 9.15am
(with Form Tutors)
Period 1 9.15am – 10.15am
(Break of 15 mins included)
Period 2 & Break 10.15am – 11.30am
Period 3 11.30am – 12.30pm
(Lunch of half an hour included)
Period 4 & Lunch 12.30pm – 2.00pm
Period 5 to close of school 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Buses will leave at 3.05pm in the new model. All school bus services will remain available to pupils.

These proposed changes are a result of staff, students and governors working together to ensure the best possible outcomes for the students at All Saints Catholic College; we are now inviting your feedback. Your opinions are extremely important to us and we value your contributions and ideas to develop the school further. If you have any comments that you wish for us to take into consideration regarding the school day, please could you email Mrs Karen Leigh, Headteacher’s PA, on kleigh@allsaintscatholiccollege.com, or alternatively you may wish to contact school on the number at the bottom of this letter or pass your feedback into the school reception, in an envelope marked: ‘Proposed Changes to the School Day – FAO Mrs Emmett’. We ask that you provide your feedback before Monday 11th April 2016.

I would also like to inform you that from 11th April, we will be trialling the following changes to the school day – with no change to the start and end timings of the day:

All Year Groups
9.00 to 9.20 Registration / Assemblies
9.20 to 10.20 Period 1
Years 7, 9 and 13
10.20 to 11.20 Period 2
11.20 to 11.35 Break
11.35 to 12.35 Period 3
12.35 to 1.35 Period 4
1.35 to 2.20 Lunch
2.20 to 3.20 Period 5
Year 11
10.20 to 11.20 Period 2
11.20 to 11.35 Break
11.35 to 12.35 Period 3
12.35 to 1.20 Lunch
1.20 to 2.20 Period 4
2.20 to 3.20 Period 5
Years 8 and 10
10.20 to 10.35 Break
10.35 to 11.35 Period 2
11.35 to 12.35 Period 3
12.35 to 1.20 Lunch
1.20 to 2.20 Period 4
2.20 to 3.20 Period 5

May I remind parents and carers that from September 2016, all pupils must be wearing our new school uniform. Please see the Uniform section of our school website, or contact the school office for information.

Finally, as you may have seen in our recent newsletter, the former Friends of All Saints group has been renamed Parents in Partnership. For more information about the group and how to be involved, please contact Mrs Leigh at school. May I take this opportunity to thank all our parents and carers for your continued support for the school.

Yours sincerely

Mrs L Emmett