Mexichem Art Competition Winners

mexichemThroughout this academic year, St Chad's have been working in partnership with Mexichem.  They recruited a Spanish teacher to work 3 days at Mexichem delivering 1:1 lessons to senior employees and 2 days at the school to teach pupils and deliver a Mexican culture programme.

The successful candidate was Mr Riding, who took on the challenge of putting together an art competition based on Mexican culture as part of his school programme brief. The concept, suggested by Dave Smith, Business Director, Mexichem UK Ltd, was to allow students to design artwork based on their own research on Mexico.  

The competition allows Mexichem to portray A1 canvas frames in its conference rooms and offices so that when employees from Mexico visit Runcorn or are involved in teleconferences, they are able to see the work that is on display. Neil was overwhelmed by the response, number of entries and outstanding work produced by year 7 to year 11 pupils. The competition was open to the whole school where a wide variety of designs where submitted.

Mr Riding worked alongside Mr Waller, Head of Art, and Mrs Wilde, Art teacher, on the competition with Dave Smith and Kathie Hessey, PA to Dave Smith from Mexichem.

Mr Waller suggested the idea of students using a postcards was a perfect way of communicating their understanding and sharing different cultures. The opportunity also provided an occasion to demonstrate their skills, techniques, initiative, and use of a wide amount of media. The whole enterprise opens other windows for St Chad’s to forge further links with Mexichem and other countries through art.

The competition judged on a top 10 basis, then further reviewed to the best six entries. The winners have been notified of their success and will receive a prize from Mexichem at their offices in Runcorn.

Prize winners

1st: A. Snell
2nd: H. White
3rd: I. Millett
4th: G. Rotherham
5th: L. Piercy
6th: R. Shearer

Congratulations to our winners, and well done to all who took part.


Christmas Hampers

christmashampersSt Chad’s school has always been proud of the Christmas hampers that tutors have produced to help those in need in the Halton area and once again the appeal has reached out and provided us with an opportunity to think about others who may not have the resources they need to enjoy the festive season. As our image shows students are very proud of their achievement and it is a heart warming moment when Halton Social Services staff arrive in school to collect the hampers which have been lovingly presented to look like the wonderful gift that they truly are. Once again this year needy families and elderly people living in Runcorn will have an amazing surprise when a Christmas hamper full of useful food and drink arrives at their door.

‘As followers of the saviour we have a personal responsibility to care for the poor and need’.

Well done to all students who have contributed and help make this a special Christmas for so many. This year we have collected 34 Christmas hampers and we have also been able to support the Halton foodbank at this important time of the year.


Geography Department Awarded Quality Mark

GeographyQualityMark smallThe Geography Department are delighted to have received recognition of our work with the award of the Secondary Geography Quality Mark.
This is a nationally recognised award accredited by the Geographical Association and requires the geography department to provide evidence of outstanding teaching, attainment and progress and an inspiring geography curriculum which leads to successful outcomes for students.

St Chad’s is the only school in Halton to hold the quality mark and will do so for the next three years.
Many thanks go to Mr Merryweather, Mr Duckers, Mrs Holebrook and a number of our fantastic students for the significant contributions they have made.


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.


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.