School News (103)

March 2013 - Press Release

Saint Paul’s One of the 100 Most Improved Schools in the Country!

Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe was delighted to be recognised nationally as one of the 100 most improved schools in the country. The school recently received official recognition of their achievement from the Rt Hon David Laws MP Minister of State for Schools.

 

The school has been highlighted as one of the 100 most improved schools in the country in terms of the progress the pupils have made between their Key Stage 2 results (i.e. when the pupils left primary school) and their GCSE results. 

Rt Hon David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools, said: “It gives me great pleasure to congratulate you on the excellent GCSE performance of your pupils in 2012.”

“Your results show that you are amongst the 100 best improving schools in terms of the progress your pupils make between Key Stage 2 results and their GCSEs”.
 
He continued: “I would like to congratulate your staff, governors and pupils for their hard work and success and thank you for your leadership in continuing the drive towards high standards of educational achievement.”
 
The school achieved excellent GCSE results in 2012: the eighth year running that they had celebrated improved GCSE exam results.
 
2012 saw the best ever GCSE results for Saint Paul’s with 59% of pupils achieving 5 A* - Cs including Maths and English GCSEs (the government’s preferred measure), an increase of 11% from 2011. Also, the number of pupils attaining 5A* - Cs increased to an all time high of 90%.  
 
“We are delighted to be celebrating national recognition as one of the hundred most improved schools; this is another milestone for the school and is a remarkable achievement,” said Head Teacher, Mr Wiktor Daron. “2012 was an excellent year for pupils at Saint Paul’s; the results were a fantastic achievement. We are very proud of the results which students and staff at the school worked very hard to achieve.”
 
“I am delighted that once again Saint Paul’s has improved its GCSE results. The school has shown sustained improvements over a number of years and this is down to the hard work and dedication of the Head teacher, the teachers and staff at Saint Paul’s,” commented Councillor Tommy Judge, Chairman of Governors. “I am also delighted for the community of Wythenshawe that they have a school to be proud of.”
 
 
 
Notes for Editors
 
1.At the last Ofsted inspection of the school in March 2010 the following comments were made by the inspectors: “Good teaching enables students to make good progress and achieve well. Relationships between teachers and students are strong. They result in good behaviour.”
 
The report stated that the school is “enabling students to learn effectively and make good progress. Attainment is rising rapidly as a result. Achievement for all students, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities and those with English as an additional language, is good.”
 
2.The Ofsted report is reinforced by the preceding inspection of the school  by the Diocese of Shrewsbury under the guidance of the Bishop of Shrewsbury. The Diocese report stated “Saint Paul’s is a good Catholic school. The Head and Senior Leadership Team have a clear vision ….. an outstanding feature of the school is the pastoral care of students and the support of staff.”
 
3.The 2012 GCSE results for Saint Paul’s Catholic High School were its best ever with 90% of pupils achieving 5 A* - Cs. 59% of pupils gained 5 A*-C plus English and Maths. This is the eighth year in succession that the school has improved its GCSE pass rate. 
 
4.Saint Paul’s is the first school in Manchester to be awarded Engineering College status.
 
5.The work of Saint Paul’s drama teacher, Ms Ellie Brookes, was recognised with her winning the much coveted North West Teacher of the Year Award 2009. Also Head of Humanities at Saint Paul’s, Ms Ursula Gallagher, gained third place in the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year category of the Northern Area Teacher of the Year 2010.
 
6.Lively approaches to teaching maintain vigour and ensure that firm foundations are established for higher level work. The school has a modern approach to learning supported by a programme of constant refurbishment and development of its facilities and resources. Saint Paul’s is currently undergoing a total rebuild with the new school buildings due to open in November. 
 
7.The aims of the school are to:
•Teach and foster a Christian perspective in all that it does
•Provide teaching of the highest calibre
•Promote excellence in all areas
•Develop the ability, talents and character of each pupil, enabling them to make their own unique contribution to school life
•Encourage boys to play their part in helping the community run smoothly and effectively, by taking on responsibility and leadership
 
 
More information about Saint Paul’s Catholic High School can be found at www.st-paulshigh.net or contact Jane McAuliffe-Hall (Marketing and Publicity Manager) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or on 0161 437 5841
 
 

 

Press Release - March 2013

Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe recently extended their breakfast club provision for their pupils. The club is part of the Saint Paul’s healthy eating initiative, which aims to emphasise the importance of healthy eating and regular exercise to its pupils.
 
The school believes that the Breakfast club meets a variety of important needs: it meets children’s health needs by providing a balanced meal at the beginning of the day, it meets educational needs in terms of ensuring children start the school day on time, feeling well-nourished and settled and at the same time it meets the needs of children and their families through the provision of a safe, supervised environment before school starts.
 
“Research has shown that a successful breakfast club can have a positive impact on attendance and improve concentration levels,” explained Mrs Joanne Walters, Head of Food Technology at Saint Paul’s. “They can see at the club how healthy foods can be used to make enjoyable meals and snacks.”
 
Mrs Walters added “The Breakfast Club also helps to develop healthy eating habits in childhood which, it is now widely accepted, positively influence adult eating patterns. A good healthy breakfast provides the best possible start to the day!”
 
“The club is proving popular with our pupils,” commented Head Teacher, Mr Wiktor Daron. “Such provision helps busy parents juggle their roles and provides a safe, secure and stable environment for their children. We are delighted with the enthusiasm which our pupils have shown.”
 
“It also has a positive impact on the children’s manners, social skills, attendance, concentration, motivation and classroom performance,” added Mr Daron.
 
 
Notes for Editors
 
 
1.At the last Ofsted inspection of the school in March 2010 the following comments were made by the inspectors: “Good teaching enables students to make good progress and achieve well. Relationships between teachers and students are strong. They result in good behaviour.”
 
The report stated that the school is “enabling students to learn effectively and make good progress. Attainment is rising rapidly as a result. Achievement for all students, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities and those with English as an additional language, is good.”
 
 
2.The Ofsted report is reinforced by the preceding inspection of the school  by the Diocese of Shrewsbury under the guidance of the Bishop of Shrewsbury. The Diocese report stated “Saint Paul’s is a good Catholic school. The Head and Senior Leadership Team have a clear vision ….. an outstanding feature of the school is the pastoral care of students and the support of staff.”
 
 
3.The 2012 GCSE results for Saint Paul’s Catholic High School were its best ever with 90% of pupils achieving 5 A* - Cs. 59% of pupils gained 5 A*-C plus English and Maths. This is the eighth year in succession that the school has improved its GCSE pass rate. 
 
4.Saint Paul’s is the first school in Manchester to be awarded Engineering College status.
 
5.The work of Saint Paul’s drama teacher, Ms Ellie Brookes, was recognised with her winning the much coveted North West Teacher of the Year Award 2009. Also Head of Humanities at Saint Paul’s, Ms Ursula Gallagher, gained third place in the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year category of the Northern Area Teacher of the Year 2010.
 
6.Lively approaches to teaching maintain vigour and ensure that firm foundations are established for higher level work. The school has a modern approach to learning supported by a programme of constant refurbishment and development of its facilities and resources. Saint Paul’s is currently undergoing a total rebuild with the new school buildings due to open in November. 
 
 
7.The aims of the school are to:
•Teach and foster a Christian perspective in all that it does
•Provide teaching of the highest calibre
•Promote excellence in all areas
•Develop the ability, talents and character of each pupil, enabling them to make their own unique contribution to school life
•Encourage boys to play their part in helping the community run smoothly and effectively, by taking on responsibility and leadership
 
 
More information about Saint Paul’s Catholic High School can be found at www.st-paulshigh.net or contact Jane McAuliffe-Hall (Marketing and Publicity Manager) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or on 0161 437 5841.
 
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 13:34

Papal Gift from St Francis Bradford

News Release

Children from St Francis Catholic Primary School have sent a gift to Pope Francis.

The children decided to write to welcome the new Pope, Francis I, after hearing he had chosen the name of their patron saint, St Francis of Assisi.

The children also decided to give Pope Francis a signed, limited edition painting as a welcoming gift from the children, staff, parents and governors of the school and the parishioners from the Parish of Our Lady Immaculate & St Francis here in Bradford. 

The painting, commissioned by the governors of the school, was created by Bingley artist Jane Fielder to celebrate the strong home, school and parish community.  

Eve Underwood and Abigail Dawson the Chair and Secretary of the School Council said “We wanted to welcome Pope Francis.  We hope that Pope Francis will enjoy looking over the St Francis community in Bradford and praying for us. At school and church we will keep praying for Pope Francis.” 

Bingley artist Jane Fielder said she was excited by the news and felt “lucky to be part of something so special.”

 

Contact for additional information – 

Daniel Copley

Headteacher 

Tel: 01274 638520

 
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 13:30

Students take over the workplace

All Hallows Catholic College – Press Release

Year 9 students of All Hallows Catholic College were recently given the opportunity to take over the workplace and work with adults for the day. In the end 125 students were involved in the day and spent it in a wide variety of workplaces with family members and with staff in the college; including airports, cabinet makers, residential nursing homes, hairdressers, shops, restaurants and many more. 

Martin Blades, Assistant Principal, said “Students who got involved benefited from the opportunity to experience the world of work and make their voices heard, while the adults may have gained a fresh perspective on what they do. It has been very successful and the students came back to college excited about the day and wanting to repeat it again”.

Pupils from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe were delighted to attend a recent Us Girls event at Royal Oak and Baguley boxing gym with Olympic gold medallist and Us Girls president, Nicola Adams. At the event Nicola donated the £3,000 which she had won on Family Fortunes to the sports initiative.

Nicola wasn’t the only top class athlete to attend the event, England and Everton player Amy Kane was also there having a kick around with the girls.

The event, which included a number of sporting activities aimed at encouraging young women aged 14 to 25 to get active and have some fun.

Us Girls is a Sport England-funded initiative that aims to get 30,000 young women living in disadvantaged areas more active, by providing them with opportunities to play sport within their local communities.

Us Girls is being delivered by the Active Women Consortium, a body led by StreetGames.  Us Girls is receiving £2.3 million of National Lottery investment from Sport England as part of its ‘Active Women’ campaign to tackle the gender gap in sport.

 “I’m looking forward to my role in helping Us Girls encourage more young women to enjoy sport and ensure Britain’s Olympic legacy continues,” Nicola Adams commented. “It was great to meet some of the Us Girls participants, answer their questions and tell them that sport can change their lives for the better.”

“We are delighted to be involved in this monumental project which aims to deliver a far reaching legacy for women's sport well beyond the London 2012 Olympic Games,” explained Ms Laura Wild, Head of PE at Saint Paul’s. “We introduced the Us Girls project at school in January and it is becoming more and more successful especially with the self defence and boxing skills activities. It was great for our pupils to have had the opportunity to meet Nicola Adams; a fantastic female athlete who was able to encourage the girls so they could see that taking part is really valuable. She is a great character and really engaged the participants, motivating them to do more and do better.”

Ms Wild added: “At Saint Paul’s, we have listened to our pupils about what type of sports interest them and as a results of introduced activities such as Zumba, roller skating, boxercise and aerobics. We have found that this has inspired female students to take part in more sport and physical activity.”

“We are pleased to be involved with this pioneering new national scheme which has been designed to improve the well-being of young women,” commented Head Teacher, Mr Wiktor Daron. “A key part of the programme will be to develop the girls’ confidence and self esteem as well as their sporting skills. I’m sure that Nicola Adams will have a massive impact on the charity and help engage with many more young women. We really need to show that sport is a fun thing for girls to do.”

The Us Girls project launch can be seen on the Channel 4 news report:

http://www.channel4.com/news/olympic-boxing-champion-nicola-adams-on-girls-in-sport

Saint Paul’s have a successful Us Girls project which includes boxing, self-defence and Zumba. This takes place on Fridays at 5.30pm at the school. There is no cost involved for those who would like to participate. For further information please contact Saint Paul’s on 0161 437 5841.

 

Friday, 15 March 2013 15:45

The Time 2 Change Project at All Hallows

The Time 2 Change Project has been celebrated in The Romero Centre with 10 local primary schools sending their winning teams to compete in a 'final showdown' during Fairtrade Fortnight. 

The challenge set was to design a mode of transport for a named foreign country that was fit for purpose in being able to transport Fairtrade products, taking into account terrain, climate etc. Teams had to purchase resources and materials using the appropriate foreign language and also redesign the country's flag to incorporate a fairtrade theme. 

There was a requirement that the newly designed flag should appear somewhere on the mode of transport. With each team working on a different country, pupils came up with a fantastic range of ideas for how Fairtrade products could be transported including sledge-like transport and balloon powered vehicles. Judges Pete Pealing of Peaks and Plains Housing Trust and Tom Agar of MS Events Ltd had a difficult job choosing a winner as the standard was so high across all the schools that took part. In the end, after careful examination of all the vehicles, presentations from each team and some tough questioning, 

The 'Overall Winner Award' for 2013 went to St. Gregory's, with Gawsworth coming in as 'Runners Up' and The 'Best Team Log Award' went to St. Alban's. 

As an added bonus, the competition, which started back in September 2012, raised over £2,000 for more than 15 different charities. Year 12 BTEC Business students who judged the first round of the competition out in primary schools acted as event organisers for the Final Celebration Day. They did a fantastic job throughout the planning stages and on the day itself, gaining excellent feedback from the competitors and visitors who watched the presentations. 

The whole project has demonstrated how well enterprise activities work when Sixth Form Business students combine their talents with the talents of young entrepreneurs still in primary school. 

 

PRESS RELEASE - March 2013

Pupils at Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe took part in the biggest celebration of books and reading in the world when they recently participated in World Book Day.
 
With the aim of inspiring and developing their pupils’ interest in reading, the school organised a full week of reading related activities including a book swop where each pupil that brought in a children’s book was given a token so that they could “buy” a book from the Swap Book Stall; a ‘Get Caught Reading day’ where pupils who were spotted reading at break or lunch-time got a prize; a book quiz; a ‘Where's Wally’ search where pupils had to follow clues and answer the questions using the information in the book; and a book puzzle.
 
World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. A main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading.
 
 “World Book Day is the biggest annual celebration of books and reading in the UK and the pupils enjoy participating in the event,” explained Ms Irena Savova, the school librarian. “The pupils become engrossed in the various competitions and activities and we know from past experience that the events will encourage them to further develop their love of reading.”
 
“Reading is vital to young people’s development,” commented Mr Wiktor Daron, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “It should be viewed as a real pleasure and we see World Book Day as a great way for us to encourage our pupils to read and enjoy more books.”
 
 

13th March 2013    - Press Release

A student from Austin Friars St Monica’s School has beaten 6000 people to a higher apprenticeship offer with Rolls Royce.

Will Ritchie (aged 18) has been offered a conditional place on the Rolls Royce higher apprenticeship scheme, starting in September. Rolls Royce, one of the world’s leading providers of high-performance power systems will take on 10 apprentices in September, out of 6000 people that applied. From the 6000, 40 people were invited to interview, of which 10 were successful.  

He will study at Nottingham University for 3 years where he will gain a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, as well as practical learning with world class engineers at the Rolls Royce site in Derby. 

Of his achievement Will said; “I am looking forward to starting. The degree covers various business areas such as civil engineering, defence services, naval marine and manufacturing. I am mostly looking forward to learning the trade whilst working on the famous Boeing 747 engines.”

The higher apprenticeship will see Will learn on the job whilst getting paid for his work, as well as studying for his demanding university course.   

Mr Stuart Parry, head of Sixth Form is delighted for Will; he said “Part of Will’s success can be attributed to his all-round education through extra-curricular activities. Will is the 1st XV Rugby Captain and his leadership potential has clearly been recognised.”

 

 

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For more details please contact:

Andrew Hullock

Marketing Administrator

Tel: 01228 550719 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Notes to editor

Austin Friars St Monica’s School is the independent day school for girls and boys aged 3-18 years in the centre of Carlisle.  The School has a strong reputation in Cumbria and South West Scotland for providing an all-round, high quality education that meets the individual needs of each child.

Academic achievement and strong pastoral care are at the heart of what we do.  Focusing on a traditional form of education, every pupil at Austin Friars St Monica’s is also encouraged to take part fully in the all-round life of the School with an extensive range of extra curricular activities available.

If you want further information on what we provide, please go to our website at www.austinfriars.cumbria.sch.uk 

 

Friday, 15 March 2013 15:25

Saint Paul’s Young Engineers

A group of Year 11 pupils from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, who are interested in pursuing a career in the dynamic and innovative engineering industry, recently visited the Engineering training company, SETA Engineering, in Stockport. They were given a tour of the facilities, practical demonstrations and had the opportunity to speak to some of the engineering employers.

SETA is one of the leading engineering training companies; they want to inspire the next generation to enjoy engineering and develop a passion for the industry. SETA aims to secure and promote engineering for the future in Manchester and give young people the choice to consider engineering as an option for a career Mr Alan Chapman of Saint Paul’s explained: “The visit was a development around our working relationship with SETA. Our pupils’ perceptions about the world of work and the engineering environment are varied and this visit has allowed them to develop a clear understanding of the possible roles which they could fill in an engineering organisation.”

Mr Chapman added: “Engineering is a rewarding career choice for young people who have a good level of education; at Saint Paul’s one of our aims is to create the engineers of the future. Job prospects in engineering are great. Between 2010 and 2020, engineering companies are projected to have 2.74 million job openings across a wide range of engineering fields.”

 “The engineering industry is in the position to be able to offer exciting careers to young people,” commented Mr Wiktor Daron, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “At Saint Paul’s we take pride in helping to inspire the budding engineers of the future and events such as this allow the pupils to make a more informed choice about what career route is best for them.”

 

Friday, 15 March 2013 15:22

Carlisle Students makes West End Debut

 8th March 2013 - Press Release 


A student at Austin Friars St Monica’s School, in Carlise, has been cast in one of the National Youth Music Theatre’s West End Productions. 

Sarah Hughes (aged 15) has been awarded a coveted place in the National Youth Music Theatre’s production of ‘The Other School’. Out of the 3 thousand people who auditioned from across the country, she was part of a group of 300 to be called back to audition again in February. Only 20 people successfully landed a role in this summer’s musical, and Sarah was one of the talented few.
 
The week-long rehearsals will start on 1st April and Sarah will be required to live in London for 3 weeks prior to the live shows which are between 14th and 17th August. A very busy 4 days in the West End will see Sarah performing the musical in both afternoon and evening shows.
 
She said “I will try my best to impress on such a big stage, as I would love to make a career in performing arts”.  
 
Sarah has had singing lessons since the age of 4, when she joined Austin Friars St Monica’s Junior School. She then continued these lessons during her time in the Senior School. She currently fits singing, piano, flute and drum lessons into her School day. Her enthusiasm and talent towards performing landed her with 2 roles in the School’s performance of Grease last year as she stepped in at the last minute to take on the role of Marty, as well as her own role of Cha Cha Digregorio when a fellow student fell ill. 
 
Mr Malcolm Judge, Head of Drama at the School is delighted for Sarah, he said “Sarah is one of the most versatile and determined young actors I have had the pleasure to teach.”
 
 
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For more details please contact:
 
Andrew Hullock
Marketing Administrator
Tel: 01228 550 719 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Notes to editor
 
Austin Friars St Monica’s School is the independent day school for girls and boys aged 3-18 years in the centre of Carlisle.  The School has a strong reputation in Cumbria and South West Scotland for providing an all-round, high quality education that meets the individual needs of each child.
 
Academic achievement and strong pastoral care are at the heart of what we do.  Focusing on a traditional form of education, every pupil at Austin Friars St Monica’s is also encouraged to take part fully in the all-round life of the School with an extensive range of extra curricular activities available.
 
Once again, public examination results have been exceptionally good this summer.  At A level, 61% of grades were either an A or B grade with the overall pass rate once more 100%.  At GCSE, a stunning 50.8% of overall grades were either A* or A with more than a third of students recording an outstanding 8 or more top A* or A grades.  A School record-breaking 97% of students achieved 5 or more A* - C grades.
 
If you want further information on what we provide, please go to our website at www.austinfriars.cumbria.sch.uk 
 
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