Monthly Archives - August 2021

Summer School Stars Shine!

Blessed William Howard Catholic High School has seen a fantastic uptake of places at their Summer School in August. The weeklong Summer School presented new Year 7 pupils with a taster of a range of subjects at the high school from RE, English, Maths, Art, Geography and Music to teamwork and relationship bonding activities with their new tutors and Year 7 pastoral team, Mr Burton and Mrs Walker.

The school also worked with Stafford Sports and Performance Academy and The Inspirational Learning Group (TILG) who provided PE and Enterprise sessions throughout the week, which all culminated in a final day focusing on mental health.

Mr Brown, Principal, has been extremely impressed with the commitment and dedication demonstrated by pupils during the week. "Year 6 pupils have faced many unprecedented learning challenges. Therefore, we have aimed to make their transition to Blessed William Howard Catholic High School as smooth as possible. We have been delighted to welcome over 100 pupils who have left each day with a smile, new friends and the support they need to start their Year 7 learning journey at Blessed William Howard. As we welcome all pupils from across Stafford who are both Catholic and non-Catholic, wellbeing is a top priority for all of our BWH community because happy learners and caring staff create a learning environment to build future successes. I look forward to welcoming our students again in September!"

“Take up of this offer was really popular. We included a mixture of specialist BWH staff led activities and external providers in our programme to ensure a balance of relationship building, mental health awareness and curricular-based lessons. Careers-related learning is an exciting part of our education and we hope to raise aspirations right from the start of Year 7” added Mrs Jenefer Walker, Assistant Principal.

“Of particular note, TILG delivered a fantastic day called Alton Towers Challenge when teams of pupils had the task to design and market a new ride at Alton Towers, not a mean feat given the £15 million budget they were allocated. Team members were assigned roles such as Project Manager and Chief Designer then had to present, firstly, to peers in their tutor group and the tutor group winners progressed to present to the judging panel comprised of Mr Bell (CEO of The Painsley Catholic Academy), Mr Brown and myself. The innovation and resilience on show throughout the day were incredibly impressive and is an example of the great things to come!” she continued.

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BWH Celebrates GCSE Success

Blessed William Howard Catholic High School is pleased to report some outstanding achievements by its students in their GCSE and vocational qualifications this summer.

The following students have secured outstanding GCSE grades in all of their subjects:

Alfred Owens who achieved (4 x9s, 1x8, 3 x7s, 2x 6s, 1x M2)

Eloise Whittick (5 x 9s, 3 x 8s, 2 x 7s, 1 x 6)

Brooke Frost (3 x9s, 5 x 8s, 2 x7s, 1x D2*)

Emily Hogan ((5 x 9s, 4 x 8s, 1 x 7, 1 x 6))

Jensen Glennon-Dodd (1 x 9, 2 x 8s, 1 x 7, 2 x 6, 2 x 5, D2*)

Lottie Delauney (5 x 8s, 1 x 7, 3 x 6s, 2 x 5s)

Phoebe Ashton (2 x 9s, 4 x 7s, 3 x 6s, 1x 5)

Natasha Horton ((4 x 9s, 3x 8s, 3 x 7s, 1 x6)

The school would also like to give a special mention to Jensen Glennon-Dodd and Georgia Flood who have secured brilliant results and worked extremely hard throughout the year.

Following the cancellation of exams, grades were awarded through a rigorous process of teacher assessed grades, against a national standard and approved and awarded by the exam boards. The government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year due to the varying impact of the pandemic.

Mr Karl Brown, Principal at Blessed William Howard, said, “We are immensely proud of all the hard work and fantastic achievements of our Year 11 students, especially after such a challenging year. The students have shown great resilience, adapting to remote learning when they had to and ensuring that they remained dedicated to their education throughout the year. Our teachers have worked tirelessly to ensure students are able to progress onto further education and study, and we look forward to seeing more fantastic achievements in the future.”

Vice Principal, Mr Tom Dudley added, “We are proud of all of our Year 11 students and would like to congratulate them for the fantastic set of results they have achieved under challenging circumstances. We look forward to welcoming our students back into the sixth form and wish everyone the very best in the future."

Blessed William Howard will be holding a virtual Open Evening on 20th September, at 6.00pm, for Year 6 parents and their children who are interested in finding out more about securing a school place at Blessed William Howard in September 2022.  Parents should pre-register by clicking and completing the Google registration link below to enable us to stay in touch with you. We look forward to meeting with you.

https://forms.gle/WC9WumQBHAG1AHya7

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Painsley Celebrates GCSE results

In what has been another challenging year for students and staff across the country, students at Painsley Catholic College have achieved above and beyond their potential.

Throughout the lockdown and during periods of self-isolation, the College continued to ‘live’ teach the students via an IT platform, offering a full timetable to all Year groups. Indeed, Painsley continued to develop expertise in the remote delivery of the curriculum. 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 92% of the Year 11 students at the non-selective academy achieving the standard pass (grade 4) in English and 90% in mathematics. Furthermore, the College is delighted with the fact that 87% achieved the standard pass and 67% the strong pass (grade 5) in both English and maths.

Staff at the College went through a very rigorous and fair exercise to ensure students had every opportunity to evidence what they know, understand and can do in each subject area. 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 all of the students, including moderation both internally and externally 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. Additionally, a programme of further assessments was created to enable students to demonstrate and provide evidence of their true potential.
Mrs Waugh, Principal, commented: “I am proud and delighted that the teaching staff worked with such commitment and professionalism to ‘live’ teach all of our students and subsequently went on to grade the students in a thorough and moderated process. The outcomes of this are evident in the excellent results received by the students.”

Top performances include:

Grace Brown 9 grade 9s and 3 grade 8s

Niall Lovatt 8 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s and a grade 7

There are a significant number of students who have made outstanding progress from KS2, averaging 3 grades higher than the expected standard.

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 to the success of the students.”

The academic year has been a landmark year as Painsley has also been selected as one of the new teaching school hubs (The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub) and a behaviour hub in addition to our already established maths hub status. In this capacity, Painsley works closely with other schools to ensure the very best practice in relation to teacher recruitment, retention, and professional development and behaviour systems for the benefit of all the students. Additionally, we have opened a newly refurbished gym and digital hub to facilitate the digital T Level curriculum on offer in our thriving Sixth Form.

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 15th 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 www.painsley.co.uk

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Painsley Sixth Form – Bridge to Success

In what has been another challenging year for students and staff, Painsley Catholic College is very pleased to report that students at its Sixth Form students have been awarded grades that will allow them to proceed to their next pathway.

“We are proud and delighted that the teaching staff worked with such commitment and professionalism to ‘live’ teach all of our students during lockdown and periods of self-isolation and subsequently went on to grade students in a thorough and moderated process. Our rigorous and robust assessment programme was supported by additional opportunities for students to demonstrate what they know, understand and can do. Indeed, this was coupled with a thorough moderation and standardisation procedure both internally and externally to ensure that students at Painsley Sixth Form have received results that they have truly earned and deserve.” Commented Mrs Rachel Waugh, Principal.

Mrs Waugh 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 Biology, Computing, Drama, Economics, Technology, Geography and English Literature 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 Painsley’s top performances include:

NameResultsDestinations
Holly ArthurBiology A, Chemistry A, Further Maths A, Maths A*, Extended Project A*University of Bath - Maths
Thomas BellEconomics A*, English Literature A*, Geography A*, Extended Project A*University of Birmingham - Economics
Cameron GriffithsDrama A*, English Literature A*, Psychology A*, Extended Project A*University of Leeds – Theatre and Performance
Joseph GilliganEnglish Language A*, Geography A, Sociology A*, Extended Project A*Nottingham Trent University - Criminology
Samuel HartmanChemistry A, English Literature A*, Geography A*, Extended Project A*Durham University – English Literature
Oliver ParnhamBiology A, Economics A*, Geography A*, Extended Project A*University of Birmingham – Environmental Science
Evie MartinPsychology A*, Biology A*, Chemistry A*, Extended Project A*Keele University - Medicine
Charlotte TownsendBiology A*, Chemistry A*, Maths A*, Further Maths A*, Extended Project A*Edinburgh –veterinary Surgery

 

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.”

Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Sharon Jepson said: “I am extremely proud of the excellent results achieved by our Sixth Form learners and would like to thank every one of them for their positive approach and resilience. They faced weeks of exam style assessments and completed them all willingly and with great determination. Well done to all! ”

Painsley Sixth Form is also looking forward to September. Students joining us 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. We continue our exciting Digital T Level as one of the first centres nationally to be able to offer the new Digital T Level with a fully operational and state of the art digital hub. We look forward to offering further T Levels in September 2022 including Science and Digital Business. Painsley Sixth Form is also the home to The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub, as one of only 86 teaching school hubs nationally we are able to ensure best practice in relation to teacher recruitment, training and professional development. 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 29th September at 6:30pm. Anyone interested in attending this event should register via the school website www.Painsley.co.uk

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Excellent A Level Results for Blessed William Howard Students

Blessed William Howard Catholic High School is pleased to report some outstanding achievements by its students in their A level and other qualifications this summer. Zack Hancox - 4 A*s in Biology, Chemistry, History and EPQ is applying for medicine. Leonardo Bishop - 3 A*s in History, Maths and Physics and A grades in further maths and EPQ. He hopes to go to University of Birmingham to read computer science. Oliver Cox - 3 A*s in History, Maths and Physics and A grades in further maths and EPQ. He has a place confirmed at University of Birmingham to read civil engineering. Douglas Grantham 3 A*s in Chemistry, Maths and Physics and A grades in further maths and an A* EPQ. He plans to follow a career in the RAF. Imogen Parry secured 2 A*s in English Literature & History and A grades in French and EPQ. University of Sheffield have offered her a place to study politics and modern languages and cultures. Lily Delaunay - A* in Art and 3s in Geography, Religious Studies and EPQ. This year, following the cancellation of exams, grades were awarded through a rigorous process of teacher assessed grades, against a national standard and approved and awarded by the exam boards. The government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year due to the varying impact of the pandemic. Mr K Brown, Principal, said, “We are immensely proud of all the work and achievements of our Year 13 students, especially after such a difficult and challenging year. Our teachers have worked tirelessly to ensure students are able to progress onto higher education and study, and we look forward to seeing their fantastic achievements in the future.” Mrs L McKie, Senior Assistant Principal, commented, “We are so proud of each and every one of our students. Under the most challenging circumstances, they have shown resilience, determination, and incredible positivity - true ambassadors of Blessed William Howard. They are thoroughly deserving of the excellent A level results they have achieved, and I look forward to hearing of their undoubtable future successes. Congratulations Y13 2021!”
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