Joint statement from the Board of Directors of The Painsley Catholic Academy and Holy Trinity Academyneil
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On 10th November 2017, The Morley Academy in Leeds, an accredited World Class school, hosted the 2017 World Class School Quality Mark Assessment Centre. It was the final assessment stage for the 2017 cohort of schools applying to achieve World Class Schools Quality Mark accreditation.
The award’s uniqueness lies in the fact that the students are assessed with regard to whether they are World Class or not, rather than the school itself. The premise is that, if the school is truly World Class, then its students should be able to demonstrate this in whatever context they find themselves.
Students are assessed against a skills and competency framework unique to World Class, because it measures young people’s readiness for the world of work and life in 21st century society.
Only 16 OFSTED Outstanding schools from across England had successfully reached this final stage in the challenging assessment process, in which three students from each school worked as part of a larger team of 48, to complete the assessment projects. This year the students were given the challenge of working together to create design concepts for The Morley Academy’s planned remodelling of their ‘Old Building’ scheduled for 2019. They were required to carry out pre-event planning, extensive research, interviews with stakeholders and the development of a brochure, video and a final presentation to a panel of experts, including Project Manager David Yeadon, and Alex Green, energy efficiency consultant from LESS CO2.
Applicant schools had the difficult challenge of identifying the three students they felt would best demonstrate their World Class skills. Three students from Painsley’s Sixth Form represented the school. These were WCSQM team leader Matthew Wilson with James Wilson and Alexandra Oakley.
The Assessment Centre was the fourth stage of the rigorous application process schools follow in order to gain the coveted title of World Class. Initially, the school is recommended by another World Class school or leading educational organisation, and the school’s Key Stage 4 data is assessed to test that pupils at the school make World Class progress. At the third stage the World Class students carry out an audit to identify what it is about their school that has made them World Class. The audit involves the creation of a video, ‘A Week in the life of Painsley Catholic College’, demonstrating how the school is World Class on a day to day basis.
2017 is the fourth year of World Class Schools accreditation, and the biggest cohort of schools to apply to date. Of the 20 schools nominated for World Class accreditation this year, only 16 made it to this final stage, and we are delighted to be one of these schools.
“These are absolutely exceptional students. I was incredibly impressed by how well they worked together as a team, and the insightful questions they asked.”
Jenny Makin, The Morley Academy Artist in Residence.
“ The calibre of the students this year was extra-ordinary. Their skills of collaboration, diplomacy, resilience and tenacity were second to none; these are incredible young people, to
whom I would trust our future.”
Miranda Perry, Director of WCSQM.
Painsley Catholic College is, once again, celebrating a set of truly outstanding GCSE results with 90% of the Year 11 students at the non-selective academy achieving the new standard pass (grade 4) in English and 88% of the candidates achieving grade 4 in maths. Furthermore, the College is delighted with an amazing 35 students (out of 194) achieving the new top grade 9 in English and maths. This is particularly pleasing as grade 9 is not the same as A*; it is a new grade, designed to recognise the very highest performing students. All remaining subjects have achieved to an excellent standard with average attainment increasing from last year’s record results. This is despite the GCSE examinations becoming more demanding.
The results place Painsley as one of the highest achieving schools in the whole of the country. Mr Stephen Bell, Principal at the College, said, “I am delighted to report these wonderful results. Like all Principals, I was anxious about the changes that have been made by the government with the new, more demanding GCSEs placing additional expectations on individuals. However, the students and staff have shown their determination to achieve the highest possible grades. I am very proud of the responsible attitude that the students adopt towards their studies and am full of praise for the staff who motivate them to achieve their potential. The results secure the College’s reputation as a centre of excellence where children are happy and successful in a caring, studious and disciplined environment. To achieve these results in evermore rigorous GCSE examinations is testimony to the efforts of the students, staff, parents and directors.”
Parents interested in sending their child to Painsley have an increased chance of securing a place. Prospective parents will have the opportunity to visit the College on Wednesday September 20th at 7.00pm for a tour of the facilities on offer and a talk from the Principal and senior staff.
The trip to France was full of surprises, excitement, and ice cream!
After a long journey on Monday, we stopped off at Honfleur for some food and to stretch our legs before returning to the coach for the final stretch of our drive to reach the hotel. The next stop was the beach where everyone seized the opportunity to have some fun after being stuck on a crowded coach for hours on end. After the beach, we went off to our rooms to get ready for a delicious dinner which included profiteroles for dessert (yum!). The evening was spent near the beach and everyone went to bed early because we were still tired from the travel to France (except for Barbara who slept all the way through the journey). A large amount of time in the evenings was spent on the beach; relaxing, playing football and, inevitably, burying each other in the sand.
On Tuesday, we went to Arromanches where we watched the 360 degree movie about D-Day and explored town again, having our lunch together by the beach and going to the French and American war memorials and Pointe du Hoc, which were incredible.
On Wednesday, we made bread by hand and learned some French at the same time and then went to see the Bayeux tapestry where we found out about the Battle of Hastings.
Thursday was the highlight for many on the trip because we went to the Caen Mémorial and Festyland, where everyone had loads of fun. Thursday was our favorite day because the memorial in Caen was really interesting and we learned a lot; Festyland was amazing too. The trip was an astounding experience and enjoyed thoroughly by all.
Merci Madame Smithson!
On Monday 10th July, 36 Year 9 Spanish students flew to Barcelona for 5 days to experience Spanish culture and visit many of the amazing attractions!
We explored the Nou Camp stadium and admired many of the architectural sights around the city, such as the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, along with taking a cable car ride up to Montjuic Castle where we took in the amazing views across the city.
The incredibly hot and full-filled week concluded with a trip to Port Aventura (the most visited theme park in Spain) where a thrilling day was had by all! From visiting the market to spontaneous singing on the coach, we all had an amazing time and created many lifelong memories! Thank you especially to Mrs Martin, Mr Davenport, Miss Keeling, Miss Wrightson and Mrs Lowell for organising and looking after us all on the trip!
Eleanor Hill and Georgia Chapman
I am delighted to announce Painsley’s brand new Sixth Form College. 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 to our Sixth Form.
Students participate in excellent enrichment opportunities, which include numerous sports, societies, trips both in the UK and worldwide, and work experience. There are a variety of societies available, for example, a medical society which provides an enrichment opportunity for students wishing to enter the medical profession. The enrichment programme includes a vast number of university visits, taster sessions and workshops where students are able to talk and work alongside real-life practitioners.
There is a wide range of courses available at ‘A’ level and a number of vocational programmes. In each subject, students have 9 hours formal taught lessons, with two hours per fortnight tutorials, which follows the university style of learning. This is the case in all subjects studies. In addition, students have access to a Personal Tutor and Pastoral Lead system where they are supported on a one-to-one basis throughout their studies.
The newly refurbished Sixth Form building provides students with a relaxed and mature learning environment which includes: quiet study zones, group-work rooms and a Learning Resource Centre. In addition, students are able to relax and socialise with friends in the newly refurbished coffee-hub area. Furthermore, Sixth Formers also have access to the Painsley gym.
This is a really exciting time for students to be joining the Painsley Sixth Form. It is not only crucial that students achieve their academic potential, but it is important that they enjoy their time with us, in a relaxed and mature Sixth Form environment. We welcome all students, of all faiths and none.
I look forward to welcoming you to our Sixth Form in September.
For more information, please contact Painsley on:
01538 714944 or email: email@example.com
A copy of the advertisement describing our new Sixth Form can be downloaded here.
A copy of the letter sent out to all Year 11 students can be downloaded here.
To enquire about the new Painsley Sixth Form, please download and return the downloadable enquiry form here.
To apply for a place at the new Painsley Sixth Form, please download and return the application form which can be downloaded here.
Monday 11th July
Having travelled through the night, we arrived in France at around 8.30 a.m. and headed for the seaside town of Honfleur. Arriving at lunchtime, staff and students were able to stretch their legs and take in the picturesque marina. Some students even took the opportunity to sample some local seafood.
We then boarded the coach again for the short final stint to the hotel. When we arrived, students had time for a quick change before heading to the beach to unwind before dinner.
Later this evening, students will be letting their hair down at a disco organised by the hotel.
Tuesday 12th July
The day started with a trip to the 360 Cinema at Arromanche where pupils watched a stunning and very moving film about the D-Day landings and the liberation of France. From there we walked into the town of Arromanche and pupils had the opportunity to buy souvenirs before lunch.
We then visited the American cemetery and museum at Colleville. Students found the exhibitions very informative and the scale of the cemetery really brought home the scale of the human sacrifice.
From Colleville we headed to Pointe du Hoc, where American soldiers scaled 100m cliffs under enemy fire to take out German fortifications.
On our way back to the hotel we stopped off at the Pegasus bridge monument so see where British troops crash landed I gliders to secure vital supply lines for the Allied invasion.
Wednesday 13th July
Most of today was spent in and around the historic town of Bayeux. On our way into the town, we first stopped at the Commonwealth cemetery for a few minutes reflection on the sacrifice made by British and Commonwealth troops during operation Overlord.
We then headed into Bayeux to visit the Bayeux Tapestry, which students found very interesting. After a brief wander around the cathedral, students had some free time to explore the town and buy souvenirs.
On the way back to the hotel we stopped at the Drakkar chocolate factory where students were treated to free samples and a tour of their chocolate museum.
The students are in high spirits and are looking forward to a trip to Parc Asterix tomorrow!
Smooth sailing down to Calais. We arrived in Dahn at 5pm and quickly got settled in. We were welcomed by the friendly hotel staff and a 3 course meal. Explored the fantastic leisure facilities and beautiful surroundings.
Some students have not managed to contact parents due to poor signal but we are all here safe and sound.
All students have had a lie in until 7.30am. Early start ready for a day at OWG school in Dahn (our partner school). We were greeted by our German hosts and saw a typical German school. There is a beautiful castle in Dahn so some students walked up to enjoy the breathtaking views. They put on a lovely BBQ, sampled some Pflammkuchen and arranged some games for us and we felt very welcome. There was a friendly game of football England vs Germany. Germany won 🙁
We left the bus park at around 3.00am on a drizzly Monday morning but spirits were high as we knew it wouldn’t be long before we were basking in the red hot sun. With a delay of approximately 30 minutes, our flight made good time and incorporated some stunning views. On arrival at the hotel, we dropped off our luggage and strolled along Las Ramblas up to the Plaça Catalunya and further on to admire the Gaudi architecture. Finally, we had dinner in a fabulous buffet restaurant and returned to the hotel absolutely exhausted after a very full day!
What a packed day! After our breakfast at the hotel we got the coach to Parc Guell. Trying our best to wear them out before lunch, we walked up and down through stone arches and shaded groves taking in the beautiful views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean.
After lunch we visited the Gothic Quarter of the city including the Picasso muesem, Gothic cathedral and picturesque side streets. Many tried out their Spanish buying drinks, slushies and ice creams. Needless to say it was another hot, hot day in Catalunya.
Following this off we went to visit La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s impressive cathedral. The architecture is stunning and the inside is truest remarkable. You could spend hours there and still not notice all the fine carving details or intricate stained glass colouring. It certainly made a big impression on the students.
Dinner was at the Port and was well received! Salads, pasta, pizza, roast chicken and frozen yogurt aplenty. Then, following some shopping time at a shopping centre we walked to the beach to end our evening.
By now we were all worn out. So, after a saunter back down La Rambla to the hotel and a quick freshen-up, bed time…sleep time…buenas noches.
Another packed day!
Stop 1: Nou Camp Stadium
We enjoyed the Nou Camp museum and experience, marvelled at the pitch and saw inside the away team’s changing rooms, the press conference area and finally visited the three-storey shop full of very expensive items!
Stop 2: Montjuic Castle
We enjoyed some stunning views from the fortresses of the castle, located high up in the city, followed by a cool down at the fountain.
Stop 3: MNAC Museum
We explored the Romanesque area of the art museum and then proceeded to the terrace where the views of the whole city were spectacular.
Stop 4: Boquería Market
We sampled the delights of this indoor market where students tasted fresh fruit selections and an array of delicious local produce, all before our dinner!
Stop 5: Dinner
Dinner was particularly special tonight as we celebrated Louise’s 14th birthday and wished Mrs Davis good luck for the future.
The final day of our trip was spent at Port Aventura theme park, where students waited patiently in queues to go on some thrilling rides in the baking heat. We arrived back at the port for dinner and some final bits of shopping in the Mare Magnum shopping centre before heading back to the hotel to pack our cases ready for an early departure tomorrow morning. Buenas noches!