St Chad's Sixth Form students raise the bar again

Murphy Ryan1Students this year have achieved an excellent set of results in their A Levels, level 3 BTEC courses and the CACHE course which enables students to gain employment in Early Years Education. This consistent improvement confirms the finding from our recent OFSTED report where inspectors said “Sixth Form students have good attitudes to learning and want to do well.”
The results have ensured that all students wishing to progress to university or to an apprenticeship have done so. Others have secured employment. 63% of students achieved A*-C grades, including several students achieving the highest grade of an A*, and an overall pass rate of 96% A*-E.  Many students performed exceptionally well including:

  • Lauren Whelan who achieved 3 A grades at A2 and an EPQ grade A
  • Murphy Ryan who achieved an A* and 2 B grades
  • Demi-Lee Corless who achieved an A, B and a C grade
  • Sarah McConnell who achieved a grade B and 2 C grades

Mr Paziuk, Headteacher, said “We are delighted with this year’s results which reflect the hard work of all students and staff.”
Overall the vast majority of our students have done superbly well, we congratulate them all and wish them every success for the future.

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Year 5 'Superhero Day'

SuperHeroDayOn Wednesday 13th July 2016, eight of our feeder primary schools joined us for a day, experiencing the fantastic facilities and teaching that St Chad’s has to offer.
Over 185 Year 5 children attended the day and took part in many activities including science, English, Maths, Food Technology, Philosophy, Singing and Chinese to name but a few!
We chose the theme ‘Superheroes’ in order to demonstrate the many gifts and talents we all have and share as a Christian community.
Lots of fantastic activities enabled the children to use those gifts and talents in a range of subjects, which many had never tried before. The children told me that they really enjoyed the day and being part of St Chad’s. They have asked if they can come and visit again very soon!!
In the evening we held an event for parents and carers which enabled us to share in the fabulous day we had all been part of.
We are looking forward to holding many more events like this in the future.

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Pentecost Power

pentecostpowerOur friends from our primary school family joined us in the chapel to celebrate the season of Pentecost.  We remembered the events of Pentecost and thought about the amazing changes it brought.  Our pinwheels helped us to visualise the power of the Holy Spirit and they were fun to make.  We blew hard and the pinwheels turned as we prayed for change in our troubled world.

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Conservation and Fishing in Phoenix Park

aspireconservationOur Year 11 ASPIRE pathway students have just completed the annual conservation project at Phoenix Park. This involves cleaning and maintaining the fishing pond and the surrounding areas. The project was established two years ago in conjunction with Warrington Angling Club who are always supportive of our young people and allow them to take part in some fishing as a reward for their hard work.

The initiative has again been extremely successful this year and as always has allowed our students to gain a variety of new skills. As well as this it helps our ASPIRE students to gain an appreciation of the environment and feel a sense of connection to the local community.

The students worked enthusiastically and made a huge impact, removing many items from the water including bikes, trollies and fence panels. They also cleared litter and gardened the areas surrounding the pond to make them more enjoyable for the public and cleaner for the diverse array of wildlife which is present in the area. The students this year, even rebuilt one of the run down fishing pegs around the pond.
The ASPIRE staff team are extremely proud of the students and the way in which they embraced this challenge.

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History Battlefields Trip 2016

historybattlefields2016During the Easter holidays, Mr Rayson, Mr Farrer, Mr Richmond, Miss Brennan and Miss Rusling took 41 GCSE students to the battlefields of World War One. The purpose of the trip was to help GCSE students gain a better understanding of the key battles on the Western Front, the conditions that men fought in on both sides and how they are now remembered. The trip included site visits to the untouched battlefield at Newfoundland Park, the stunning memorial to the missing at Thiepval and the replica trenches and dugouts at the Passchendaele Memorial Museum. At Tyne Cot Cemetery, we were able to add a local dimension as we lay a Poppy Cross where James Poole of Byron Street, Runcorn is memorialised on the wall to the Missing. The students were also able to explore Ypres itself, including its stunning cathedral and chocolate shops to buy gifts for home.

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