Monthly Archives - April 2021


New Headteacher Takes Up Role at Top Primary School

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery in Brewood is delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Justine Lomas as its new Headteacher and Executive Leader.  St Mary’s is part of The Painsley Catholic Academy and one of the top performing primary schools in Staffordshire. Justine joins St Mary’s with over 27 years of experience in Catholic education. She began her career as a newly qualified teacher in an inner city school in Birmingham before joining St. Mary’s in Cannock as the Deputy Head and then went onto her first headship role at St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School in Stafford, another school within The Painsley Catholic Academy. Mrs Lomas worked more recently for the Archdiocese of Birmingham in a school improvement role.  In this position she was able to work very closely with the leaders of a wide range of Catholic schools with differing needs. Commenting on her appointment, Mrs Lomas said, “I believe that a happy and successful school works hard together and, equally importantly, has fun! “I am very much looking forward to getting to know the children, parents and staff at St. Mary’s and being part of a community where we all work together to be the very best we can be.   Part of my duty as a leader of a Catholic school is to ensure that our children and staff strive for excellence in all that they do.  I hope to shape the Mission and Vision of St. Mary’s and the wider Painsley Catholic Academy by working in partnership with the children, parents, parish community, staff, governors and directors to continue to provide an outstanding quality of education for all. “St Mary’s is such a lovely school in a picture-perfect setting and has an excellent track record of good results and happy children.  I am looking forward to building upon these successes of the school, as well as the wider Painsley Catholic Academy, and to providing an inclusive, dynamic and faith-filled educational experience that will nurture a love of life-long learning in our communities.” The Painsley Catholic Academy CEO, Mr Steve Bell said he is ‘delighted’ to have her on board.
food appeal

School’s Food For Stafford Families Appeal helps feed 100 children over Easter Holidays

Staff at Blessed William Howard Catholic High School launched a Food For Stafford Families appeal at the start of Lent.  The appeal resulted in food parcels prepared for almost 50 families and over 100 children.  The parcels contained extensive provisions of dried food staples such as cereals, rice, crackers and pasta along with fresh meats, soups, sauces, fruit juices, cheeses, yoghurts, eggs, bread, fresh vegetables and chocolate Easter eggs.  The food parcels were delivered to the homes of all those who had applied for them by BWH staff volunteers on Thursday. "As schools close for the Easter break, many families in the local area will face concerns about feeding their children. Child poverty figures show that over 25% of children in Stafford are living in poverty. The school felt that Government support available in the current circumstances may not be enough to support the most vulnerable. There are also many families who aren't eligible for free school meals who are struggling and in need of support.  As a community, we wanted to ease this worry during these difficult times." commented Mrs Helen Duffield, Assistant Principal at the school. Families simply had to complete an online form to register for a food parcel, whilst the rest of the school community supported by bringing in food donations or raising money that was spent on additional fresh food items. "We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our students and their families, along with staff and friends of the school.  What we have collected will really make a considerable difference to people in need of help.  Thank you to everyone who has donated, to the students who have helped us sort the items into packs and the staff who have helped to deliver them." added Mrs Duffield