Monthly Archives - August 2020

Blessed William Howard congratulates efforts of GCSE students.

Staff at Blessed William Howard would like to pay tribute to the hard work, commitment and dedication shown by their Year 11 pupils over the course of their five years of study. The GCSE results they received this week are testament to their efforts during their school career and reflect the exceptional progress they have made as students and young people. The school is very proud of them all! Mr K Brown, Principal at Blessed William Howard, shared his congratulations with the students, “Congratulations to all our Year 11 students. We wish you the very best and we are here to help and support you if you feel you need it.” The school is delighted that the vast majority of its current Year 11 pupils will be joining Blessed William Howard next year to study post 16 courses at its Sixth Form and very much looks forward to the continued success of all its students in their next steps. Top performers include: Daisy Lightfoot - 9 grade 9's and 1 grade 8 Harvey Challinor - 7 grade 9’s and 2 grade 8’s George Round - 6 grade 9’s, 2 grade 8’s and 1 grade 7 “We know our students will go on to achieve many great things in the years ahead, enriching the lives of the communities they serve. During this year we have seen unprecedented challenges as a community and school. We would like to pay special tribute to the resilience and spirit our Year 11 students have demonstrated during these challenging times. Our students have remained positive and committed to their education, demonstrating the desire to always strive for the best they can be.  We wish all our students the very best for the next chapter and we look forward to continuing to share in the success of these exceptional young people. A very big well done to all our students,” Mr Brown continued. For those who would like to experience the feel of life at Blessed William Howard, staff would be delighted if you could join them for their ‘virtual’ open evening on 21st September at 6.00pm. Picture shows: (left to right) Freya Street - 6 grade 6’s, 2 grade 7’s, 2 grade 5’s Freya Hollins - 1 grade 8, 1 grade 7, 2 grade 6’s Grace Wetton - 1 grade 8, 1 grade 7 , 2 grade 6’s

Painsley GCSE results

In what has been a most challenging year for students and staff across the country, students at Painsley Catholic College have achieved above and beyond their potential.   When the Leadership Group at the College gathered students together prior to Friday 20th March, little did anyone know that it would be the last opportunity to teach, guide and mould the wonderful young people at the College.

Following lockdown, the College continued to ‘live’ teach the students via an IT platform, offering a full timetable to key Year groups from March 23rd.  Indeed, Painsley was one of only 11% of state secondary schools that offered such a service.  There is no doubt that this commitment is an indicator of the outstanding education that Painsley offers.  GCSE outcomes reflect this success as the College is celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results with 97% of the Year 11 students at the non-selective academy achieving the standard pass (grade 4) in English and 89% in mathematics. Furthermore, the College is delighted with the fact that 88% achieved the standard pass and 70% the strong pass (grade 5) in both English and maths. These are well-above the national averages.

Staff at the College went through a very rigorous and fair exercise when accurately predicting the outcomes for 2020.  Mrs Waugh, Principal, commented: “I can honestly say that Painsley’s results are a fair and true reflection of the outcomes that would have been achieved if the exams had been sat.  We engaged in a thorough and robust process to grade and rank all of the students, including moderation at every level.”

Painsley prides itself on providing an excellent education underpinned by regular and rigorous assessments throughout the GCSE studies.  These provided a sound basis for the accurate and realistic predictions of the students.

Mrs Waugh, Principal, commented: “I am proud and delighted that the teaching staff worked with such commitment and professionalism to initially ‘live’ teach all of our students following lockdown and subsequently went on to grade and rank the students in a thorough and moderated process. The outcomes of this are evident in the results received by the students.”

Top performances include:

Madelaine Chandler 10 grade 9’s and 2 grade 8’s

Heather Dalgleish 12 grade 9’s

Eleanor Davies 7 grade 9’s and 5 grade 8’s

Elizabeth Hartmann 11 grade 9’s and 1 grade 8

Louis Hutchinson 10 grade 9’s and 2 grade 8’s

Caio Santos Pasta 12 grade 9’s

Isla Wilson 8 grade 9’s and 4 grade 8’s

Marios Stamoulis 11 grade 9’s and 1 grade 8

Mrs Waugh continued: “I am thrilled to be able to share these phenomenal results with the students. The students have worked with drive and determination throughout the last five years. I wish the students every success as they continue their journey and I look forward to welcoming the majority of the students into the Painsley Sixth Form in September. I would like to pay particular thanks to the dedication and commitment of the staff at Painsley, teaching and non-teaching, who constantly provide an exceptional learning experience and willingly go the extra mile on behalf of the students. I am truly grateful to them all for their professionalism. I would like to thank our parents who have supported the students and the staff of the school throughout their time at the College; the effective partnership between home and school is instrumental in the success of the students.”

Parents interested in sending their child to Painsley should be aware that parents have the opportunity to sign up for a ‘live’ virtual Open Evening on Wednesday 16th September at 6:30pm, which will include a virtual tour of the college, an address by the Principal and an opportunity to discuss questions with the Leadership Group and Senior Student Leaders. Details are on the school website at


Great results for A level students at Blessed William Howard

Blessed William Howard is pleased to celebrate the achievements of its A level students.  The school reports a significant increase in the percentage of students securing A*-B grades, as well as an overall increase in the average point score for all students.  The proportion of students awarded grades A*-E in academic subjects has also increased and over 95% of students who applied for university have secured their places studying the subjects of choice.

Star performances include:​

David Booy who gained 3As, 1B (and an A* for his Extended Project Qualification) and has secured a place at Southampton University to study Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Kai Bowden who was awarded 2As, 1B (and an A* Extended Project Qualification) and is progressing to study Dentistry at Cardiff University.

Jacob Callaghan who gained 4A*s and is going to Durham University to study Mathematics.

Huda Daghem who achieved 3A*s and 1B and has secured her place at Oxford University to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics.​

​Mr Karl Brown, Principal, stated, “Students, this year, have faced many unprecedented challenges and a great deal of uncertainty, but have shown superb resilience and maturity. Students have worked very hard across the last two years and have been focused on achieving their long term goals.

We are proud of all of our students and their fantastic achievements. We will continue to offer whatever support is needed to help them to make their next step. Well done, Year 13!”

Mrs Louise McKie, Senior Assistant Principal, commented, “As a school that places pastoral support at the heart of its education provision, Blessed William Howard staff felt it was important to open for results day, allowing students to collect their results as any other year, but with stringent safety precautions in place to ensure only small groups entered at a time and social distancing was maintained. These students have already missed out on the usual rites of passage taken for granted in normal circumstances.  We felt it was very important to open so that they could collect their results in person, see their friends and teachers and receive face to face support and recognition. As a school, we will continue to provide support to all of these students well into the new academic year.  Blessed William Howard was proud to be able to provide remote learning from the very beginning of lock down, doing our very best to support our students and we know our current school leavers will go onto make a massive contribution to society.”

The school will be holding a virtual open evening in September for parents who are interested in applying for a place for their child in 2021.  The event will be a live meeting on 21st September at 6pm.  We would be delighted if you join us to experience the quality of education we can offer. If you are interested in attending please pre-register by completing the form on the school’s website.


Painsley Sixth Form celebrates A level results

Painsley Catholic College is celebrating a favourable set of A level results. Worth of note in particular is the fact that 31% of all grades were A*/A grades, which is above the national average. In what has been the most challenging year for all students and staff, Painsley is pleased to report that students have been awarded grades that will allow them to proceed to their next pathway.

“When the students were gathered together prior to Friday 20th March, little did we know that this would be the last opportunity we had to teach, guide and mould our wonderful young people on a face-to-face basis. We are proud and delighted that the teaching staff worked with such commitment and professionalism to initially ‘live’ teach all of our students and subsequently went on to grade and rank the students in a thorough and moderated process.” Commented Principal, Mrs Rachel Waugh.

She continued, “It is difficult to pick out individual departmental success as all departments have excelled in supporting the students to achieve their potential throughout their 2 or indeed 7 years of study at Painsley Catholic College and subsequently at Painsley Sixth Form. However, exceptional performance can be identified in Computing, Drama, Economics, Technology, PE, Textiles and German to name but a few. BTEC results were once again very high with exceptional performances in Health and Social care, ICT and Business.”

Some of the top performances include:

Seth Kemball who gained A* Music, A Chemistry, A Biology and A* Extended Project and will be going to Magdalen College at Oxford to study Music.

Cameron Lewis who was awarded A* Computer Science, A* Maths, A* Physics, A Further Maths and A in his Extended Project.  Cameron will be progressing to study Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics at Birmingham University.

Harry Evans with A* Economics,  A Geography, A Extended Project and B Computing who is taking an Apprenticeship Degree AFS Earth Moving.

Elspeth Lewis who obtained A French, A German, B History and C Extended Project and will be going on to study French, German and Chinese at Lancaster University.

Mrs Rachel Waugh, Principal, stated: “We are proud of all of our students and their maturity, ambition and commitment in these difficult times and would like to congratulate each and every one of them on their achievements. I thank all the staff, teaching and non-teaching, for their dedication in order to provide an exceptional learning experience for the students. I thank the parents who have supported the Sixth Form in such a dedicated way and I wish the students the very best of luck in the next phase of their journey whether that be to university or into the world of work and I encourage them to keep in touch as part of the Painsley alumni. As is the case nationally we have not had the opportunity to celebrate in the usual way with our students and we look forward to an opportunity to do so in the not too distant future.

“Whilst we recognise the need for a national standardisation process in these unprecedented times, we look forward to further information and clarification from Ofqual (due to be released next week) so that appeals can be made where appropriate.  It is right that every student achieves the results that they rightly deserve.”

Painsley Sixth Form is also looking forward to September. Students joining the College in September have been engaged with a thorough transition programme including ‘live’ lessons and transitional study aimed at bridging the gap from shortened GCSE studies to their chosen KS5 curriculum. The College is very excited about being one of the first 52 centres nationally to offer the new Digital T Level with a new digital hub to support the development and looks forward to offering further T Levels in September 2021 including Science and Digital Business. Students interested in being part of the exciting development of Painsley Sixth Form are welcome to sign up for the virtual Painsley Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday 30th September at 6:30pm. Please register for this event via the school website