China Visit 2016

ChinaTrip2016 smallIn October eleven students from Year 10 and 11 went to China to practice their Mandarin, discover real Chinese culture and visit our partner school in Tongling.

They started their tour in Shanghai, the business capital for China which offered students a view of the fast-paced modern China at the forefront of China's modernisation. Following Shanghai, they visited Wuzhen, an ancient water village with a history of more than 900 years. Students were impressed by its beauty and traditional Jiangnan setting of bridges and rivers.

The most exciting experience of the trip was the visit to our partner school, Tongling No.3 High School in Tongling, Anhui province. Students interacted with Chinese students and attended lessons. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to have a closer look at the Chinese education system and make some new Chinese friends.
Then, they went the Jade Valley and Hongcun in the Yellow Mountain region where the film “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” was filmed. It provided an opportunity for our students to observe ancient Chinese architecture and the breath-taking beauty of the area.

The last stop was Beijing. Here students visited the Forbidden City, climbed the Great Wall and visiting the Summer Palace. Unforgettable Beijing offered the group treasures of an ancient civilisation and a living lesson in modern political history. There was an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue students as they explored Beijing's ancient past and enjoy its exciting modern development.

It is almost impossible to talk of highlights on a trip like this. China, with ancient treasures and a forward-facing culture, inspires students and broadens their perspective on the world. The students from St. Chad’s thoroughly enjoyed themselves, always conscious of the great privilege everyone felt at being able to make this trip. Such a diverse and fascinating country with its treasure trove of cultural and historical delights benefits students - an incredibly eye-opening journey.

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GCSE Results 2016

gcseresults16We are delighted to report that GCSE results for pupils at St Chad's have increased by 10 percentage points since last year with the majority of pupils achieving A*-C grades in English and Mathematics, a great achievement for the whole school community with pupils, parents and staff working together to achieve these results. With improvements in progress and attainment in almost all subjects St Chad’s is bucking the national trend of decline in results this year.
Top performing pupils include:

  • Mason Inman 5A*, 5A
  • Hera Westwood 4A*, 5A, 1B
  • Hannah Lloyd 3A*, 6A, 1B
  • Alix Ryan 2A*, 7A, 1B
  • Emma Hogg 2A*, 6A, 2B
  • Ellie Southern 2A*, 6A, 2B
  • Amber Johnston 3A*, 4A, 3B
  • Vithusan Naganathan 3A*, 4A, 3B

After a very positive Ofsted Monitoring visit and a successful Diocesan Inspection which described the school as 'Good with outstanding features' these results confirm that St Chad's is the place to be. After continuing to improve A Level results record numbers of pupils are signing on to stay at St. Chad's Sixth Form making the Sixth Form this year the biggest the school has ever had.

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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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