‘Leaders have taken the right actions to improve subject leadership, the quality of education and the attendance and behaviour of pupils.’ 

Ofsted November 2021

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Movement Bell
Start of Tutor
Prayer Bell
Period 1
Register bell
Period 2
Register bell
End of break/period 3
Register bell
Lunch yr 7, 8 & 11 /pd 4 yrs 9 & 10
Register bell pd 4 yrs 9 & 10
End of lunch/pd 4 yrs 7, 8 & 11
Register bell pd 4 yrs 7, 8 & 11
Lunch yrs 9 & 10
Period 5
End of the school day

Latest News

Platinum Jubilee Holiday this Friday 3rd December 2021

Dear Parents,

As you may be aware, schools have been awarded an extra day’s holiday during this academic year to mark the queen’s platinum jubilee. We will be taking this extra day’s holiday on Friday 3rd December 2021. The school calendar will be adjusted accordingly.

Yours faithfully

Mrs D. A. Burke
Deputy Headteacher

Congratulations To Our Charity Halloween Raffle Winner

Congratulations to the winner of our charity Halloween raffle. Ryan in year 7. We have raised over £40 for CAFOD.

Thank you to everyone who took part am bought a ticket. Your donation will be gratefully received. 
Mrs Farrar and all pupils in 7HF.

Book Publication - Key Stage 3 Spanish Revision Guide

In April 2020, in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, I was looking for a revision guide that I could recommend to my students, who wanted to complete a little extra work to keep up to date with their learning of Spanish. I researched a number of educational publishing companies' websites searching for a book that would help students revise the topics studied at Key Stage 3 and that would prepare pupils for the rigour and challenge that a GCSE in foreign language entails.

I came up blank. I could not find a Key Stage 3 Spanish revision guide that I would be able to recommend for my pupils and so I emailed Harper Collins as I had previously used their GCSE textbooks and found them to be very useful and informative. A few months passed by and I had not heard anything. In Autumn 2020, I was contacted by the publisher and asked if I would still be interested in collaborating with another author in writing a book for Key Stage 3 Spanish students.

The initial writing took place before February 2021 and the book went back and forth between us the authors, editors, native speaker editors and designers before finally being published in August 2021. I was delighted to receive this week an advertisement at school offering my book for sale. It is such a thrill to have been involved in producing something that I hope will become an effective tool in preparing my students and others like them to aid in their success in acquiring a second language.

St. Chad's GCSE Press Release August 2021

We are delighted to report that students at St. Chad’s have achieved some of the highest grades possible in their GCSEs as well as making significant progress during their time at the school.

Top performers include:

Anna Pokora
Isabella Davidson
Emma Collings
Aimee Whitfield
James Howard

Congratulations to all of our fantastic students, parents and staff who have worked together to achieve these outcomes in very difficult circumstances. After a tough 18 months for everyone, our students have shown a great deal of resilience and focus.  We are very proud of all of our students, their commitment and dedication during a disrupted Year 11 has clearly paid off and we wish them every success in the future.

Uniform Policy for September 2021

Dear parent/carer
Please click the following link to see our acceptable uniform policy for September 2021 

Update – Catering Provision 12th – 16th July 2021

Please read the letter for all Parent/Carers containing information about the limited lunchtime provision available to all students 12th - 16th July 2021.  

Thank you for your continued support.

Important Information - School Catering Changes - 8th July

Please read the letter regarding school catering on Friday 8th July. 

Apologies for the late notification and inconvenience this may cause but the Health & Safety of both staff and pupils in our school has to be our main priority.

Thank you for your continued support.


 The images here show the work chosen by Dot Art to represent St Chad's as finalists this year. Please click on the link and vote for your favourite. Voting closes on 9th May 2021.


Ofsted Report - 4th March 2021

Dear Parent
I am delighted to share with you a copy of the most recent Ofsted report that was published today.   The report is fair and provides a very accurate view of the school’s current position and I was very satisfied in the way in which the inspection was conducted.  The entire staff team felt that the inspectors worked alongside the school to provide effective challenge to the school’s  areas for improvement from the last inspection whilst recognising the impact of the pandemic.  
The lead inspector made a single overarching judgement. This was:

‘Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action to provide education in the current circumstances.’

 Ofsted have recognised the improvements made to the school through the hard work and support from the Local Authority and Interim Executive Board.  I would also like to extend this recognition by thanking all students and parents for your overwhelming support throughout the lockdown in January.  This has built an excellent platform on which we can continue to improve all aspects of St Chad’s and return the school to its place at the heart of our community.  I cannot end without thanking my staff for their tireless efforts during lockdown in ensuring that we continued to provide education to your children. 
A copy of the report from the 4th March 2021 can be found following the link below, I also attach a copy to the bulletin.  
Mr J Forber  

Student Timetables will update for Term 3 on Monday 19th April

PE: On Monday 19th April:

Y7 no PE, come in uniform

Y8 a band no PE, come in uniform
Y8 b band PE, come in PE kit
Y9 no PE, come in uniform
Y10 no core PE, come in uniform
10X/Da1 & 10W/Pe1 come in PE kit.
Y11 a band core PE, come in PE kit
Y11 b band no core PE, come in uniform
11W/Pe1 come in PE kit

Y11 Students (30.03.21)

Please check your 'Name on Certificates' and 'Date of Birth' on your statement of entry. Let your tutor, Mr Coyle, Mrs Burke or Barb Wilson know if there is any issue.
Please share the guidance booklet you received with your parents/guardians.

Year 8 remote Parents Evening Thursday 25th March 4-7pm

 Please book your appointments for the YR8 remote Parents Evening before 12pm Thursday 25th March. You should have received a letter by email or post with your individual log in code and details on how to book and attend your appointments. If you have not received the letter or need help booking your appointments, please do not hesitate to contact school.

St Chad Feast Day Tuesday 2nd March

Covid19 Testing Centre

The school has been working hard to set up a COVID testing facility in-line with government requirements. The Testing Centre is now up and running and we are being asked to test all staff and students who are currently coming into school, on a weekly basis.
Staff have volunteered to take part in setting up the testing center and have worked so hard to get this up and running.  Our staff have undertaken the NHS training for all key roles needed to implement the Testing Centre and we have undergone a Quality Assurance check from the Local Authority, as well as a Health and Safety Check.

          Test Centre 1                   

'Working together we have realised our potential with pride, ambition and positivity.'

Weekly Wellbeing Hour 

I have enjoyed seeing our students engage in their PSHE curriculum this week in recognition of Children's
Mental Health week.  To further support mental health we are introducing a wellbeing hour each week where students will have a one hour rest from screen time to complete a wellbeing activity of their choice. 
This will be on a rolling program so that it doesn't impact on one particular lesson or subject area. 
This will start on Monday 8th February during period 5.
As ever, many thanks for your continued support.
Mr J Forber

Year 10 Parents' Evening

6 members of staff were accessing the parents' evening from school and have experienced technical issues which has prevented them from joining some appointments. This has affected Mrs Cox, Mrs Wilde, Mr Maltby, Mrs Farrar, Miss Kane and Mrs Concannon.
We apologise for any inconvenience that this has caused.

Technical Difficulties in School (01.02.21)

All issues now resolved thank you for your understanding.

Children's Mental Health Week 1st-7th February 2021

At a time like this we need to look after ourselves, both physically and mentally. We are all trying to adjust to a 'new normal' and in our opinion YOU are doing a fantastic job! 
But we all need time to think, to be calm and find some inner peace, so that we realise that we are not alone and that many people are here to support us. 
We are here to support you. 
To begin the week Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge has sent a special message; 
You can also find lots more resources on the Place2Be website and remember that there are lots of links on our school website 'covid welfare' section. 
The theme this year is 'Express Yourself' and about finding peace, relaxation and calm in things that you enjoy, such as music, being creative, dance or keeping in touch virtually with your friends and family. Above all, be yourself...because you are a very special version of YOU. 

13th January - Vocational and Technical Qualifications will not take place in February or March

The DfE has announced today that scheduled assessments for Vocational and Technical Qualifications will not take place in February or March this year.

This means that the BTEC Health and Social Care exam on Friday 5th February is cancelled.

Discussions between the DfE, Oqual and the exam boards are ongoing regarding agreements to ensure no students are disadvantaged.

We recognise the work that the students have put in preparing for these exams and understand though there may be some sense of relief there will be disappointment too.

Food Hampers - to those eligible to receive free school meals

Dear parents and Carers
We currently outsource this service to an external provider and review the quality of this provision regularly. Please follow the attached links relating to the government advice for food parcels and if you have any concerns or questions or if the parcel you receive does not match the criteria published then please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
If you would like a 5 day food hamper for your child, please inform school by no later than 12.00p.m. each Friday on 01928 564106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The hampers can be collected between 12.00 and 2.00 p.m. each Monday. Hampers will be in place until further notice so please advise the school if you would like this to be ongoing for your child/children.
Please wear a face mask when entering the school building. If your child is COVID positive and you cannot collect the hamper, please inform the school and alternative arrangements will be made.  

Critical Workers

If you are eligible as a critical worker, and are unable to keep your child at home, please request a place using the email address criticalworkerprovision@st-chads.co.uk stating your child’s name and form. Your place will be confirmed via email as soon as possible. Please ensure that your child is in full school uniform when attending this provision. 

6th January - External January Exams for BTEC and OCR Cambridge Nationals Cancelled

In light of the most recent announcement by the government and DfE yesterday, combined with the rising infection rate in Halton, the external January exams for BTEC and OCR Cambridge Nationals are cancelled.

This means the following exams will not go ahead:

Thursday 7th January BTEC Music

Monday 11th January OCR Sports Studies

Monday 11th January OCR Creative iMedia

Discussions between the DfE, Oqual and the exam boards are ongoing regarding agreements to ensure no students are disadvantaged.

We recognise the work that the students have put in preparing for these exams and understand though there may be some sense of relief there will be disappointment too.

Latest Covid Information Update

The Covid Information section of the website is now available at the top of this page - COVID 19.

The latest letter from Mr Forber is now available.

This week at St Chad's

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