29 March 2010Dear Parents/CarersI would like to share some of the schools successes and news with you as we reach the end of this SpringTerm.This term the formal opening of the Learning Village took place it was a wonderful, memorable day. Weare now planning Phase 4 the final phase of the building programme. We are slowly and surely workingthrough any problems thrown up by a new building, especially in the areas of electricity and informationtechnology.The Administration Department of the Learning Village has been highly praised by many visitors comingto the schools. Taking lead from the Head of Admin, Dawn Whelan, the admin staff impressed guests inhow they have taken account of how the school administration can support the learning of our studentsand how we have adjusted working practices to meet the students needs.I am delighted that two books are being published for us in the Summer Term:1.
The Learning Village Mosaic2.
Our Priests a book to celebrate The Year of the PriestI will keep you informed of their progress.Year on year we have increased the number of students taking public exams early. This year the Scienceresults delivered by Mr Askoolum and his Faculty are outstanding; the Maths Faculty under the leadershipof Mr Singh made the correct decision a year or so ago to introduce modular exams at KS4, again hasbeen singularly successful in raising achievement. The English Faculty under the leadership of Ms Asheentered some Y11 students for GCSE in November 09 and about 1/5 of our students have successfullycompleted GCSE English.Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School was recently celebrated as one of the most improvedSpecialist Schools and Academies. This was awarded to schools that achieved the greatest improvementin their GCSE results and were recognised at an awards ceremony in London held by the Specialist Schoolsand Academies Trust on 23rd March 2010. The annual event celebrated the 633 Specialist Schools andAcademies that met the criteria in one or more of the categories below in the 2009 GCSE or equivalentexaminations. Of these schools, 20 were recognised as the top most improved school in each of thecategories. Chris Montacute, Strategic Director of Performance at Partnership Networks at SSAT said:
Congratulations to these specialist schools and academies, which are improving GCSE results and transforming the lives of their students. It is through collaboration with each other, universities,businesses and with the wider local community that schools will deliver year on year improvements sothat every young person, whatever their background or location, is given the opportunity to succeed.