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First Set of A-Level Results mark Painsley’s New Sixth Form as One of the Best in the Country

The average grade achieved by a student was a B, which is a remarkable achievement. Other noteworthy results include the fact that 7% of students achieved A* grades, 25% A*/A and 54% A*/B with 100% of students achieving A*-E grades. It is difficult to pick out individual subjects but results are especially favourable in Maths, Physics, English Literature, Religious Studies, Psychology, Geography, History, Economics and Textiles. The College is delighted that all subjects have performed brilliantly.
Some of the top performers include:
Emily Faux who achieved 3 A* and is going on to study International Relations at the University of Leeds; Jack English who achieved 2A* and a grade B and is going on to study Physics with Astrophysics also at the University of Leeds; Samuel Jones with A*, A, B who is going on to study Chemistry at the University of Liverpool; Rebecca Maddox A*, A, B who plans to consider her options in terms of a higher apprenticeship; and Rachael Robinson who achieved an A* and 2As and will study Psychology at the University of Bath.
Mr Stephen Bell, Principal, stated, “We are delighted with the results of the students especially in light of a brand new sixth form and new curriculum for A-level students. I would like to congratulate the students on their magnificent achievements and thank the staff for their true dedication and commitment, which has enabled the students to achieve their true potential. Success runs throughout the academic and vocational routes with all students able to reach their next steps. We wish them all the very best of luck in the future.”

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GDPR – How will it affect our college and what will the changes mean for students and parents?

The GDPR is new legislation regarding the maintenance and protection of your personal data by those who have a lawful basis to process it.  Painsley Catholic MAC’s lawful basis is ‘Public task’.  This is because the processing is necessary for our official functions.  For processing of additional data we will always ask your consent e.g. photography consent, trip consent etc.  This is normally done at the start of the school year.
The new regulation means that you have greater control of the data we hold.  For
example, you have the right:

for data to be rectified e.g. if you change address, phone number etc. you can let us know and we will update our records.
to request what information we hold about you.

In line with the new regulations, schools in the Painsley Catholic MAC have audited all the data which is held about students, parents, staff, teaching school members and third parties.  By doing this we can see exactly what data we have, who it can be shared with, who has access to it, the security in place and when and where the data can be securely destroyed.
Before working with any new system, schools in the Painsley Catholic MAC will follow our new Data Impact Assessment.  By using this, it helps us to see whether the processing of the data is necessary, whether additional consent is required and to ensure it is held securely.
To ensure accountability and transparency, all organisations must now appoint a Data Protection Officer.  This must be
someone who does not work with the data in College as this would create a conflict of interest.  Therefore, our Data
Protection Officer will be a member of staff from one of the other schools in our Multi Academy Company.  As soon as we know who that will be, we will inform you. On a day to day basis, Mrs Baskeyfield will be the Data Protection Lead and will be able to provide information and advice about Data Protection.
The protection of all our data is taken very seriously and as such the College limits the data that is available to individual staff on the basis of their role.  Any breach of data protection will be fully investigated and the Information Commissioner’s Office will be informed as per GDPR guidelines.
GDPR Polices Find a PolicyTypeDocuments pdfData Protection Impact Assessment Policy 2018 pdfData Protection and Information Security Policy April 2018 pdfPrivacy Notice for ParentsCarers pdfPrivacy Notice for Teaching School Alliance Members pdfPrivacy Notice for Pupils pdfPrivacy Notice for Staff
 

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Painsley Catholic College gains World Class School Quality Mark!

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.

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Celebrating a set of truly outstanding GCSE results!

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.

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Year 9 France Trip

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!

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MFL Trip to Spain 2017

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

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