Monthly Archives - March 2024

Schools unite in raising over £46,000 for charity

The Painsley Catholic Academy is delighted to announce that it has now raised over £46,000 for CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) - the international development charity.
In March 2023, the Painsley Catholic Academy made a payment of £16,000 relating to the previous Christmas fundraising. A second payment of £30,000 was made this February relating to Christmas 2023 fundraising in the 16 schools.

All schools, large and small, primary and secondary, and all children from age 4 to 18 supported these amazing fundraising efforts reflecting our commitment to Catholic Social Teaching in action.

Pupils took part in a range of fundraisers, from sponsored walks to Christmas jumper days, cake sales, non-uniform days and creating luxury hampers to be raffled. The children at St Giles’ in Cheadle enjoyed collecting loose change and staff and children at St Anne’s Catholic Primary School in Stafford ran a Santa Dash.

Mr Stephen Bell, Chief Executive Officer commented, "As a Catholic community, we teach all of our children to care for each other, particularly the most vulnerable. The world faces many challenges and we are proud to support those who are less fortunate than ourselves. We must work together to build a better world for the future. Taking part in these joint fundraising activities is a great way of doing this and CAFOD World Gifts really make our pupils appreciate the impact that they can have. Our pupils, of all ages, really enjoy coming up with new and fun ideas to raise these funds.

“As our ongoing commitment to the preferential option for the poor, we are now fundraising for Fr Hudson’s Care. It is a wonderful charity that provides crucial and extremely diverse to support people with a range of needs – from providing the only Catholic residential care home in the Archdiocese for people suffering from dementia, to offering a welcome lifeline for thousands of refugees and asylum seekers each year.”


St Patrick’s gets gold award

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School in Stafford is celebrating being awarded the Artsmark Gold Award. This prestigious award recognises schools for their exceptional commitment to creativity and is accredited by Arts Council England. It is the only award for arts and culture provision in England. In the report, the Artsmark assessor comments, “You are rightly proud of your recent Oftsed inspection result, where the arts were singled out as exceptional. Part of what makes your approach work is your commitment to connecting arts learning to real world contexts. For example, you have ensured pupils have visited the Lowry Museum twice, the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, painted ‘en plein air’ at Shugborough (National Trust), Wightwick Manor (National Trust) and on location in your small county town. You also secured a whole school National Trust membership. As part of your whole school strategy each year group must visit a site and experience an ‘Art on Location’ trip, and this enriches the way children learn and helps imprint the content and skills by embedding it within a broader experiential endeavour.” Principal at St Patrick’s, Mr Mark Brandon, said, “I am delighted with this achievement and what it means for our children. It is safe to say that our pupils really do love art! We have also seen that developing pupils’ creativity has impacted on other areas of learning in school and at home. In other areas such as RE, we have seen improved responses to scripture through poetry, drawing and painting.“ St Patrick’s is part of The Painsley Catholic Academy, and is the specialist hub school for art which means other schools within the academy will benefit from their expertise. Mark continued, “An important point to note, is that our commitment to the arts has not only benefited the 200 pupils at our school, but our planning and strategic direction has also impacted positively on hundreds of other pupils across our local Multi-Academy, as they follow our guidance and planning. This is an incredible achievement and one that we know will having a lasting impact.”