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St Michael’s Catholic College


Foreword from the Principal “It is our expectation that students achieve excellent academic results through developing a love of learning, a love of Christ, and a love of each other.” Academic Rigour Within a Caring Catholic Community Our team of well-qualified, dedicated staff work creatively and professionally to ensure that all pupils flourish and achieve our goal of academic excellence. We have a progressive approach to developing and delivering our curriculum while we tailor our learning environment to meet the needs of pupils; providing extra challenge for those who are intellectually gifted and offering learning support for those in need. St Michael’s new build facilitates 21st century learning and has excellent facilities and resources to benefit the whole community. When a new student joins us, we take the time to build a genuine partnership between the family and school, since we believe that partnership with parents is vital to every child’s future success. • • • •

Learning together in a Catholic community Aspiring to academic excellence and success Acquiring confidence, resilience and fulfilment of their individual talent Developing a love of learning, a love of Christ, and a love of each other

Our team of well-qualified, dedicated staff work creatively and professionally to ensure that all pupils flourish and achieve our goal of academic excellence. We have a progressive approach to developing and delivering our curriculum while we tailor our learning environment to meet the needs of pupils; providing extra challenge for those who are intellectually gifted and offering learning support for those in need. St Michael’s new build facilitates 21st century learning and has excellent facilities and resources to benefit the whole community. When a new student joins us, we take the time to build a genuine partnership between the family

and school, since we believe that partnership with parents is vital to every child’s future success. I hope you enjoy reading through our prospectus which gives a flavour of the broad and balanced experiences at St Michael’s, but more importantly - I would like to invite you to our school to sample the culture which makes St Michael’s Catholic College unique. Mrs Grainne Grabowski Principal


Teaching and Learning Together in a Catholic Community The highest quality of teaching and learning lies at the heart of our success and outstanding academic results, hence our team of excellent teachers keep up to date with new developments and innovations in education. Teachers are research active and each teacher works within a learning community of colleagues. A focus is placed on developing key areas of pedagogy: engagement, high expectations, challenge with differentiation, passion, relationships, effective assessment and feedback, independent learning, effective planning and correct pace. Teachers work collaboratively; sharing their ideas and the very best of practice through weekly briefings, every half-term through our Creating Excellence booklet, and every day through our open-access teaching and learning web portal. This enables us to build our own capacity and be of service to other schools; as a strategic partner in a Catholic Teaching Alliance, St Michael’s is at the forefront of good educational practice and teacher training. Lessons are structured and well planned with an emphasis on independent and active learning for pupils. Our creative approach to education ensures pupil engagement and progress. Taught in classes according to ability, pupils are challenged to learn at an appropriate pace allowing them to develop their knowledge and understanding. Academically we challenge pupils with a comprehensive range of subjects at Key Stage 3: English, Maths, Science, Religious Education, History, Geography, Spanish, French, ICT and Computer Science, Product Design, Food Technology, Drama, Music, Art, Physical Education, Media and Communications and Personal, Health and Social Education. To prepare pupils for the new GCSEs we have recently introduced bespoke enrichment opportunities for Key Stage 3 pupils including Latin and Philosophy for the most able pupils and tailored enrichment activities and trips for all pupils across all subjects to inspire them and promote a love of learning. At Key Stage 4 we offer core subjects: English, Maths, Science, Religious Education, Citizenship, Personal, Health and Social Education. Our options at EBACC include: History, French or Spanish, Geography, Computer Science with other options of: Product Design, Food Technology and Textiles, Drama, Music, Art, Physical Education, Business Studies, Media Studies and Law. Our Key Stage 4 curriculum includes a wide range of business related options and all pupils undertake courses designed to encourage enterprise. Subjects offered at Key Stage 5 are listed in our Sixth Form prospectus and on the college website.


“The teachers are passionate about their jobs. They always bring the best out of you. It comes from their heart.” Year 8 Pupil

“Outstanding teaching is a feature of all year groups and subjects.” Ofsted


A Unique Location offers Exceptional Opportunities “Students have access to exceptional opportunities which strongly support both their academic and personal development.” Ofsted St Michael’s sits in the heart of London benefitting from the diversity & richness of surrounding communities. Both our location, close to Tower Bridge, and partnerships support learning and teaching. We offer meaningful and interesting experiences in a vibrant environment. A bespoke careers training and advice programme is provided by PwC at More London, who have committed to a whole school approach; supporting the development of our staff and pupils in a variety of ways. Bloomberg provide one-to-one language mentors for those taking GCSEs in Modern Foreign Languages and Ince and Co. support literacy development as do PwC; working with pupils within our reading clubs.

We actively encourage pupils to become worldly by developing entrepreneurial spirit and good business acumen as well as acquiring sound modern foreign language expertise. Such skills and attitudes enhance the life chances of our pupils. Our proximity to, and links with, prestigious London universities enable Key Stage 3 pupils to take part in the Kings’ College Scholars programme whilst pupils studying A Level Maths and Science work with undergraduate mentors from Imperial College. Pupils regularly visit the BBC to engage in lively political debate, The Globe Theatre to perform, The Old Vic and West End Theatres for shows, The Royal Festival Hall and Barbican for concerts, and our partnership with London Youth Rowing offers indoor and on water rowing sessions. Some of our Pupils enjoy life as Sea Cadets aboard HMS Belfast after school or participate in onsite or local clubs and societies. Bermondsey Convent of Mercy Archive and Heritage Centre, The Most Holy Trinity Church designed by H S Goodhart-Rendel along with St George’s and Westminster Cathedral offer opportunities for spiritual reflection and engagement in liturgical activity.

Our work experience programme provides preparation for working life training, placements and internships in many high profile companies. Our association with John McAslan & Partners offers year 10 pupils interested in architecture a placement opportunity and those interested in law or finance have benefited from internships in, for example, Herbert Smith and Bank of America.

“St Michael’s is a little gem in the city near to Tower Bridge; making the most of it’s proximity to one of the world’s greatest cultural and business hubs. It’s such an interesting place to be.” Year 10 Parent


Enrichment and Learning through Experience Acquiring self-confidence, resilience and fulfilment of individual talent At St Michael’s we believe that learning takes place everywhere. College life is therefore enriched by diverse activities designed to encourage experiential learning and foster enjoyment. A broad spectrum of sporting, musical, artistic and technological clubs are offered every day at lunchtimes and after school. Students may join the college orchestra, choir, various bands, ensembles or composition club with opportunities to perform to audiences in numerous settings.


Fostering innovation and creativity are at the heart of our art and design clubs while in Year 8 every subject provides termly cultural activities. The college has a wide range of sporting fixtures that encompass many sports over the year. These include multi-sport matches against local schools to national competitions. We teach dance in a range of styles, enter dance competitions and provide opportunities to perform to a range of audiences. Travel and residential trips are an integral part of broadening pupil experience. We offer pupils trips to Rome, China, the USA, Paris, South Korea for student exchange visits and the UK for activity and adventure.

The Sixth Form at St Michael’s “For me St Michael’s 6th Form was the only choice, the teachers here know me so well and support me to achieve the highest grades, just like they did with my GCSEs.” Omar, Year 13 Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Further Maths student St Michael’s Catholic College Sixth form was founded in September 2011 in order to serve the students in our community and provide them with the opportunity to continue their education within a rigorous and caring catholic context. Our Sixth Form has grown into a thriving and exciting place to study and the curriculum is shaped to offer students both academic and personal challenges, as well as the space to develop and pursue their own interests. St Michael’s works with Oxbridge and Russell Group universities and leading London firms such as PWC and Ince and Co to provide inspirational enrichment opportunities to prepare students for university and the world of work. Our Sixth Formers are leaders within the school and work with us to secure St Michael’s as a place of outstanding learning. More information about our Sixth Form can be found in the Sixth Form Prospectus.

The Expansion of St Michael’s After several years of bidding for capital funding a new building project has begun from July 2016 to July 2017. The new 21st century facilities will include a Sixth Form and a multi-purpose flexible teaching block with an astroturf and professionally landscaped exterior. This will cater for the expansion of the college to 1050 pupils; 750 in years 7-11 and 300 in the Sixth Form.


Positive and Professional Approaches to Academic and Pastoral Support “St Michael’s has lived up to my expectations by giving my daughter a good education and making her happy and confident.” Parent of Year 9 pupil St Michael’s is a safe, well ordered college. New pupils participate in our well established and comprehensive induction programme including a week long summer school. This ensures transition from primary to secondary education is smooth and enjoyable. Our youngest pupils settle in quickly becoming confident and productive members of our learning community. Our faculty system enables a positive and professional approach to academic and pastoral care. On entering, each year group is assigned a Leader of Learning charged with the academic and pastoral care of pupils. They ensure the wellbeing of all within the year group and are a key point of contact for parents, together with the tutor. The Leader of Learning retains the role as the year group progresses through the college and it would not be unusual for a year group to have the same Leader of Learning and tutors throughout their time at St Michael’s. We work in close partnership with parents and encourage them to be actively involved in their children’s education. Regular and clear channels of communication mean our parent body is well informed and able to make a positive contribution. The Link, our fortnightly e-newsletter for parents gives a regular insight into school activities and news. Frequent Parent Meetings and Forums give the opportunity to raise issues, air opinions and influence decision making in the college. Our ‘Principal’s Roundtables’ provide opportunities for in-depth discussions between parents and the Principal.

Developing a Love of Learning, a Love of Christ and a Love of Each Other There are considerable opportunities for pupils to display initiative, leadership and to use their skills and experiences for the benefit of their peers e.g. peer mentoring, peer mediation, student leadership team and our prefect system. The student leadership team and other pupils work hard throughout the year and have an ongoing commitment to raising money for a range of local and national charities. Termly charity events and particularly those during Lent raise awareness for such charities while assemblies and sponsored activities underline their importance and significance. The religious life and role of pupils is nurtured through pupils planning and engaging in liturgical events and services, undertaking charitable endeavours and taking on aspects of ministry within our weekly mass.


St Michael’s Catholic College Llewellyn Street, Bermondsey, London, SE16 4UN Telephone: 020 7237 6432 Email: contact@stmichaelscollege.org.uk Website: www.stmichaelscollege.org.uk Supported by

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St Michael's Catholic College Prospectus 2016