I am delighted to introduce all of our school community to Fr Martin who officially joined us as our School Chaplain in September; it is a great privilege for us to have a priest in school two days a week, ensuring excellent spiritual support and allowing all of our students to celebrate Mass throughout the year.
In June 2016 we were inspected by The Diocese, a Section 48 Ofsted inspection. This was extremely complimentary about many aspects of our school including our student spiritual leadership and exemplary behaviour.
Our faith frames the way we interact, seeing Christ in all people and treating everyone as we would want to be treated. Our school achieved an overall ‘Good’ but this inspection also identified a number of areas where we were ‘Outstanding’, an excellent result for our school.
In 2016 we managed to maintain our overall good performance in sixth form, with very good outcomes in English, Media, Geography, History and Travel and Tourism, notably Science achieved record results in all three areas at AS level and significant improvements in A2. All of the sixth form who applied to university gained places, including in competitive courses, and at the most prestigious ‘Russell Group’ universities.
At GCSE academic progress improved for our learners, particularly in key areas such as English, D.T, German, R.E., Media and core Science.
We have increased language provision allowing students to study and take GCSEs in home languages such as Polish and Panjabi and have trained four staff in EFL teaching English as a foreign language.
Year 11 and sixth from provision now includes period 6, a system whereby staff give an extra hour of their time in order to support classes who are taking exams, helping them to get the best results possible.
Our behaviour and safeguarding remains at least good and outstanding in several areas, the latest government documentation showed that our attendance is now above average and that our exclusions are significantly below average. This means that our students are present in school and are safe and can learn without distraction.
In this Olympic year we were very proud of our sporting achievements including our Girls Rounder’s Team who are Walsall Finalists, playing in a senior league. They haven’t lost a match and have made it into the final, which will be played in the New Year.
Seanna McCann, Courtney Dilger and Megan Tolley were selected for the Under 16 Regional Talent Centre for Football at West Bromwich Albion FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.
Rae Nicholls came 5th at the West Midlands cross-country championships. Lewis Watson has been awarded a golf scholarship.
James Brown who had success as a swimmer at the school games this summer and has just been selected for the England Talent programme, but as he pursues his paralympic ambition he will continue to train with our local Bilston Swimming Club.
Johann Santos was part of the 38-strong Kata Karate England Team who competed in the 2016 World Championships; coming second in the medal table behind Japan.
Johann achieved a bronze as part of the senior male team but also has also become the 16-17 male Kata Karate World Champion.
We are very proud of our sporting achievements and of our schools as a whole.
For us our version of winning an Olympic medal was receiving our ‘Good’ from Ofsted, it was very much a team effort and took consistent disciplined hard work from all that were involved. I am extremely proud to have lead our school at this time, and would like to thank the governors, staff, students and our families for helping us to succeed together. We are officially a ‘Good’ school.