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this week in our school . . .

Volume 3 Issue 31 & 32 June 22nd, 2018

getting it right ready respectful safe



Head’s start .

Mr. Davis, Headteacher, reflects on the Mr. Davis, Headteacher, reflects on the week. week.

Are you a about member the Shakey Hand Gang? It is thisoftime of year that I meet withI am. And proudly so. Have a look on Twitter and each Head of Department to review the you will see plenty of teachers the UK summer’s exam results. across This involves have signed up to welcoming pupils to classes, plenty of useful and thought-provoking assemblies and into school with a simple discussion, but it is usually talking about handshake, a fist bump or aBehind high five. numbers and letters. thisAs data are someone said recently, it’s quite hard fall what out stories: how pupils did, how theytofelt, with another human being once you’ve shaken they liked and what they achieved. We their hand. true, you can alwaysThat’s focusquite on how things cansee be this in many improved of our classrooms, indeed Mrs Tulloch as well as celebrating what went blogged about it just before Christmas. well. As a Catholic school, exam results are just one way of expressing the unique, GodI was very therefore, shake the It is givenpleased, talents and skills oftoeach pupil. handsimportant of all 210 to of look our new Year 7 pupils onI am beyond the data so their transition day. I was thoroughly impressed delighted that much more of my job involves by thebeing Year 6incohort who joinedaround us for athe dayschool on classes, walking June 15th. They were attentive, engaged and and talking to pupils, students and staff. engaging and great company. It was a great to see their eager as I shook hands onor If ever youfaces are feeling at alltheir despondent leaving the Hall after their first assembly. can’t fatigued I reckon a quick tour of the Ischool wait for them to start and I have no doubt that would quickly raise your spirits. Let me thanksshow to theyou excellent supportToday of their families what I mean. (Thursday, and their primary schools they will shine their into September 29th) for instance, I dropped light atYear St. Ambrose Barlow. 10 GCSE Music. There, I was delighted to listen to performances of Just as they started, our Year 11s finally Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Holdcame Backto the end of their time with us. Many will return the River and When the Saints Go Marching for 6thIn. form, butgot there is no doubt that theChester final I also to sit with Daniel and exam as andthey the demonstrated Prom that followed were their prodigious DJing momentous the year group. As the the talents.events Next,for during lunch, I supervised Hall doors opened at the end of the Physics canteen and made a point of watching the exam interactions the pupils filed into the reality thisand thatout take place daily. that Pupils was the end of their five years. There were staff holding doors open for one another, tears, offering shirts were signed, mostly of they thanks, littlebut moments personal wanted to head off to get ready for Prom. appreciation and gratitude. Of course, things don’t always go well in a school, but it Scroll is forward hours and they turned up at from lovely six to witness a voluntary apology the Worsley Marriott looking incredible. Then a Year 9 to one of the lunch time staff, or they started dancing and another they stillwho looked good. see one pupil help is unsure The staff scrubbed up well too, especially Mr. where to go for class. Merriman in his family tartan. It was a night of tributes, speeches, andaalengthy great deal In Sixth Form,photos I enjoyed chatofwith gratitude and good feeling. Aidan who explained both the theory of differentiation and its potential commercial What an impressive of they young people. application. Ingroup English were studying They have coped so well with the challenges the play Blood Brothers and talking with and pressures of the new exam system, with the humour and excitement about superstitions; sheer in quantity of assessment and at a time Year 7 RE they were dissecting our of new life that is never straightforward. I’m notthe mission statement and exploring ashamed to saymeanings that I lovewithin that Year 11, even personal it. School is ato the point that I joined in the dancing to Don’t busy, bustling, humming place. Look Back in Anger, much to the bemusement of some of the lads. I hope that they they all have a wonderful summer and I look forward to

I get to Maths to find all of Year 9 embroiled in a task that is so challenging and exciting that I want to stay and have a go myself. seeing them again on Results Day, whatever Outside it’s: “Sir, have you seen my tie? that day may hold for them. Can you open my bottle? What did you think of last night’s game? What time is it, Wednesday saw our weekly professional Sir?” and, at least once a day, “Oh my development session for staff. This one came days!” It can be noisy at times and in a with a difference. It started with a presentation community this size we can’t expect from Connor in Year who talked everyone toHawkins get on with each9other all the to us about living with ADHD and Tourettes. His welltime. But it is our community, and a lively, prepared talk and the honesty with which he lovely, positive one at that. presented his experiences were powerful things. It Perhaps was a reminder of the incredible the single highlight of myresilience week, if Iof our young people and of the amazing stories had to pick, would be the conversation I had they hold inside themselves. That’s why every with Mrs. Fay who is leading the one of them is precious, every one of them development of our new library. I am a is loved and every one of them is a gift to our library enthusiast and have been ever since school. I was little. The furthest reach of my

memory is back to moments spent in our local library entranced by its colour and bright possibilities. On Twitter #RememberingMyLibrary reveals the hold that such an institution has: ‘A library card was a free pass to wonderment, words and the ability to roam the world’ observes one user, whilst another quotes the wrought iron gates of Stalybridge library, ‘Read, Mark, Learn andamused Inwardly talk of Year I was very toDigest.’ sit downOthers with another the escape that a library represented or ofon gin 9 in my office this week. She wasn’t keen the refuge it offered from an unkind world. to class so we worked together on some Maths tangents to be precise. I was a little rusty, but Mrs. Fay spent last Saturday peacefully nearly fell off my chair when she gave a me a stacking the shelves and we are inching“Look cheeky look and said semi-sarcastically, closer to opening. What thrilled me Mr. Davis is going to attempt to teach was me, her let’s comment that several boys, some of whom see how he does.” Kids can be so cruel ladies affect a dislike of reading, were electrified by and gentlemen. presence of a library in their school: ‘You mean I can borrow and, like, read it, The week ended withthis huge success for our Miss?’ was the breathless utterance of one school in the Salford Athletics Championships. pupil. Our library is at the heart of the We achieved a huge medal haul and broke a school: a space being open and few records in thefor process. Greattodedication sharing ideas and experiences. It is openfrom staff and pupils and I haven’t even got plan and its shelves serve as a reminder space to write about the brilliant Parent Council! that there should be no barrier to anyone using volumes or proud seeking This is aitsschool to be of:knowledge, Faith In You, solace, entertainment or information. can’t Love In Learning, Hope in Better. ReadI on and wait to see it come to life in the weeks share the love. ahead thanks to Mrs. Fay and her band of helpers. God bless,

this week i joined the shakey hand gang, danced at the prom, met our new year 6 and was stunned by the brilliance and talent of our pupils

BenDavis Davis, Headteacher Ben Twitter: @BenDavis1972 Headteacher Twitter: @BenDavis1972



calendar what’s on

Achievement Points this week: St. Benedict St. Francis St. Margaret Clitherow St. Teresa of Calcutta

This is Oracy Embrace Week for Year 7! Ambrose Anywhere Years 9 & 10 6pm/ 7pm

WED 27

TUE 26

684 645 695 636

Sports Presentation Evening

THU 28

FRI 29

Feast of SS. Peter and Paul. Mass is being said in school.

SAT 30

Headteacher’s Surgery 5pm - 5:45pm

MON 25

Ambrose Anywhere Years 7 & 8 6pm/ 7pm

COMING UP THIS WEEK week beginning 25.06.18 week b

attendance We aim for 100% attendance for all of our students and have set 96% as satisfactory attendance for this year. Attendance is monitored period-by-period and statistics are published each week. Excellent attendance guarantees excellent learning. Attendance by year (w/e June 15th) Well done to Form 9L with 100% attendance. Our attendance continues to improve.

Year 7 Year 8 year 9 year 10 year 11 School

95.7% 94.9% 95.1% 93.2% 93.1% 94.7%

Attendance and its impact on learning 10 days absence means 95% attendance 19 days absence means 90% attendance 29 days absence means 85% attendance 38 days absence means 80% attendance 47 days absence means 75% attendance Please note: If your child is off school you need to contact student services the same day on 0161 921 1589/1551. If the school has not been contacted within five days, the absences will automatically be unauthorised. Ten Challenge; Top: at the Siemens Rollercoaster unauthorised marks may lead to a fixed penalty Below: 6th formers at the Teenage Cancer3 notice being served.

Trust fundraiser

Our New Pastoral System: Vertical Tutoring On May 25th we held a special Parents Information Evening on our new pastoral system. We presented the plan we have to move to what is called a vertical tutoring system. This means that for form time only (20 minutes each day) pupils will be taught in forms of 25 pupils made up of 5 pupils from each year (Years 7-11). Pupils will be in year group classes for all other lessons and PSHE and sex and relationships education will take place in year groups. We have also divided pupils up in to six houses, each with a member of staff in charge who is the designated Head of House.

Some of the benefits of this are as follows:

Each Head of House has a smaller pupil caseload than the current Heads of Year: 175 pupils rather than 210. This means pupils receive better personal support and develop a relationship with their Head of House more rapidly.

The new forms will be smaller: 25 pupils rather than 30. Form tutors will remain with the same group as they progress through school.

The mix of years means that relationships will be established across year groups. This prepares pupils better for the future, reflects their life outside school and strengthens the school community.

Older pupils will have more opportunities to lead and mentor younger pupils; younger pupils will benefit from developing relationships with older pupils and seeing them grow-up through school.

At key times of year, such as Year 8 options, form tutors and Heads of House will only be focussing on a small group of pupils, rather than at present where the tutor/ Head of Year has to work with a much larger group. Pupils will therefore receive more personalised support when making important decisions or when preparing for exams, for example.

Vertical tutoring is based on the principle of the form being an extended family. It is widely used in successful schools where staff and pupils often report the following benefits:

• More friends in other year groups

A reduction in bullying A greater sense of form and house identity The opportunity for younger students to be helped by older students (for example, when choosing options) Improved transition for Year 6 into Year 7 • Improvements in behaviour and reductions in exclusions as well as far fewer minor incidents or disagreements at break and lunch time between pupils.

• • • •

At present we are working with pupils to allay their fears and concerns and to put them into new forms. We understand that this is big change and that some pupils struggle with that, as will parents and staff. However, we believe (based on the experience of some staff who have worked in such systems and the evidence of other schools) that vertical tutoring will be a very significant and positive change to our school.

We are committed to ensuring an excellent Catholic ethos in our school where relationships are deep, strong and founded on trust and respect; where wellbeing is central to our work; and where young people experience consistently high quality love and care.

Vertical tutoring affords the opportunity to achieve this. It is the pastoral system that our pupils deserve.

The new houses will be formally launched at celebration events on July 16th - 18th. A further letter will be issued to parents and carers about this.

The six heads of House were recently appointed by a panel of staff, governors, a member of the Parent Council and a representative group of pupils. They are: Mrs. McGowan, Mr. Stephenson, Mrs. Robb, Mr. Merriman, Mrs. Toon and Miss Prady. They are led by Mr. Carroll (DHT Community) working closely with Mr. Hulton (SENDCO) and Miss Wright (Designated Safeguarding Lead) and Mrs. Leather and Mrs. Riley in Student Services. Collectively this group of staff is the Pupil Support Team.



Above: The art group who have been working on the Digital Designer in Residence project launching their work at the Whitworth Gallery. Below: Year 7 leading a challenging and creative assembly this week on theme of refugees.



Next week it is Embrace Week when Year 7 present their Oracy work to parents and staff.



Another successful Geography trip to Malham the weather certainly helped.



Presley (Salford 100m Champion), Anthony (1500m champion) and the relay team - below.



Harrison (100m, Shot Put and Relay champion), Samuel (800m champion), Isabelle (800 & 1500m), James (Discus gold medallist)


Zara (100m & 200m champion), Kai (Year 7 Javelin Gold), Ben (Gold in Shot Put), Keith (Gold in Long Jump).



Years 8 and 9 both fielded championship winning teams this season, coached by Year 10 pupils Cole and Ben.


Year 11 Prom, Worsley Marriot, June 15th


Aleisha (Gold in the Javelin setting a Salford Record) and Leah (gold in long jump and high jump); Chloe (Gold in the 800m) and Blessing (Gold in the Shot Put) and, below, more fun at the Prom.



Julie Tweedale @FpsJulie Lovely afternoon @SABSalford talking to sta about our Strong Safe and Resilient programme and our approach in helping young people #staysafe. Hugely impressed by Y9 student who spoke about his experience of living with ADHD and Tourettes. Brave and inspirational 14




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