Welcome from the Principal

I am delighted to introduce Painsley Catholic College, which is one of the most successful comprehensive schools in the country. Academic achievement is in the top 25 non-selective schools in the country. This reflects our ‘Outstanding’ status and the wonderful feeling of community that exists in our happy College.

Indeed, Painsley is often referred to as a family due to the quality of relationships and the commitment and dedication of everybody connected to the College. I am blessed to have an outstanding staff, outstanding directors, outstanding support from parents and parishes and, crucially, outstanding and respectful students. I take the trust that you, as parents, put in me and the College to care, guide and educate your child very seriously. I assure you that we will work selflessly and tirelessly to ensure that your child’s ambitions and God-given talents are realised.

The Gospel values underpin all that we do at Painsley and the College’s motto is ‘Know Yourself’. Therefore, we concentrate on each individual’s ability within our happy College. Indeed, Christ is the foundation of the whole educational process at Painsley.

Painsley is an ordered and caring community with an emphasis on the highest standards of conduct and learning. All visitors, including inspectors, comment on the wonderful atmosphere at the College and the respect that students display towards each other. Lessons are regularly observed and visited by myself, other leaders, staff and guests. We are continually impressed by the varied and innovative curriculum that the students receive. In fact, many guests do not want to leave!

True learning takes place in a disciplined and caring environment. For this reason our emphasis is always on good behaviour, positive attitudes and hard work.

I am delighted to announce Painsley’s brand new Sixth Form College in September 2017. Painsley already has an outstanding reputation for delivering academic excellence and is ranked as the highest performing school in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire (Real Schools’ Guide 2016). This outstanding and proven record in delivering excellent teaching and learning continues in the new Sixth Form. For further information on our new Sixth Form please visit our website, or contact the College to request a prospectus.

We aim to build on the success of the past, to strengthen the values and achievements of the present, and to prepare for the developments and exciting challenges of the future.

We are happy to show parents around our College at any time and will be delighted to speak to you. Please do not hesitate to contact us in order to clarify any issues or to arrange an appointment.

Mr S.G. Bell BA (Hons) PGCE MA NPQH
National Leader of Education

The Name

The name “Painsley” was chosen because it had a common link with all the parishes which cover our school community. From Painsley Hall, Draycott, one of the Draycott family houses, came a “Painsley and Draycott Mission”, which served the neighbouring areas and from which grew those parishes which are now connected with this college