Monthly Archives - September 2018

Cross Country Victory for St Thomas’ Primary School for Second Year Running

St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School children delighted parents and staff with their win at a recent competition between the six Catholic primary schools of The Painsley Catholic Academy, North Staffordshire.

The competition was held at Painsley Sixth Form College, in Cheadle, where the children, all age 7 to 11, competed for the Cross Country trophy.

St Thomas’ won first place, with second place going to St Filumena’s Catholic Primary School (Caverswall) and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School (Uttoxeter) came in third.

Mr Matthew Jones, PE Co-ordinator at St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School commented, “Our school prides itself on encouraging all its children to participate in physical activity during school hours.  We also encourage all children to participate in competitive sports throughout the year so it was fantastic to see almost half of our children from Year 3 to Year 6 taking part and enjoying themselves.  Of course, they were extremely happy to bring the trophy back to St Thomas’!”

Zara Shenton (age 10) said “I really enjoyed taking part.  All the parents were cheering and it was a great atmosphere. I was very proud to be the first girl over the line for St Thomas’.”

Ethan Walker (age 10) won his age group event and said.  “I enjoyed taking part in the cross country, and after this I went straight to the swimming baths and had to swim 1 mile!”

Both Zara and Ethan swim for clubs in the local area.



Blessed William Howard increase number of top GCSE grades for Maths and English

Blessed William Howard Catholic High School is delighted with its latest GCSE results with strong performances demonstrated by its students across the board.   The school has seen a significant increase in the number of strong passes (grade 5 and above) in the combined basics qualification (which includes the key subjects of Maths and English GCSE).

Other subject areas that have secured outstanding results include Music with 100% of passes at grade 5 and above.  History has seen an impressive 61% of students obtain grade 7 or above and 83% of Geography students achieved a standard pass or above (grade 4 – 9).

Top performers include :-

Huda Daghem and Jacob Callaghan who both scored 6 9s   and 4 8s

and Aisia Lee who scored 7 9s,  1 8 and 2 7s

Acting Headteacher, Mrs Louise McKie commented, “Our students have really made us proud this year and deservedly got the grades that they worked so hard for.  As well as seeing more strong passes in English and Maths, we have also seen an increase in the number of students eligible to continue their academic study at Blessed William Howard Sixth Form and look forward to welcoming them back in September.  Well done to everyone and many thanks to our staff and parents who made this possible.”

Blessed William Howard Catholic High School will be opening its doors to future students and parents for its annual Open Evening on Monday 24 September, 6pm – 8pm.