STAC Newsletter Spring Term Issue 2

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ST THOMAS THE APOSTLE NEWS Spring Term, Issue 2

27 Jan 2022

Dear Parents/Carers, We are now well into the spring term, and in fact almost half way through the school year. This period always sees our older students really focus their attention towards upcoming exams. Year 11s have recently received their mock results, and will have the opportunity at Parents’ Evening to discuss how they can maximise their hard work and revision in the coming final months. There is no doubt that students work incredibly hard at STAC, and it is down to effort and application outside of school too, to ensure they achieve their full potential – all the way from Year 7. With that in mind, there continue to be so many opportunities for students to enrich their learning beyond the classroom. Two big events upcoming are the Debate Mate Urban League and the school show – Little Shop of Horrors. Students involved in these events enhance their studies by developing their oracy, confidence and teamwork. The final thought I would like to leave you with relates to reading. We have a comprehensive reading programme at STAC, and plenty of reading happens in lessons; but those students who read for pleasure beyond their lessons are those who will make gains in so many ways. Encourage your child to have a book ‘on the go’ and encourage them to spend at least 15 minutes a day reading it. Local libraries as well as the STAC library are fantastic resources to draw upon for advice as to what your child might enjoy. Mr S. Parratt Assistant Headteacher

PSHCE Day 9.2.22

Yr 12 & Yr 10 RE Exams 21 Feb—4 Mar

Year 13 Parents Evening 10.2.22

Year 10 Parents Evening 3-3-22

Half Term 14—18 Feb

INSET Day 4-3-22

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SIXTH FORM NEWS Year 11 & 13 Networking Event 30 Year 11 students had the opportunity to speak with 30 Year 13 students about their life at STAC 6th Form, as well as their aspirations for the near future. Year 13 were arranged by the subject they have received offers from different universities which gave the Year 11 students the chance to hone in on students who might have been in their position two years earlier. Year 13 students have got offers from a wide range of universities, and Year 11 were particularly intrigued by those who have had offers/ interviews or who have applied to Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and LSE. Year 13 enjoyed sharing their expertise about the 6th Form, and gave the students a real feel for what it would be like in the 6th form at STAC. We hope to be able to do another event with Year 12 and Year 13 students in the near future. Ms K. Bridges Deputy Head of 6th Form

Psychology Information Hello, my name is Timi Adediran. I study, English Literature, Economics, Maths and Psychology at St Thomas the Apostle College. I took an interest into Psychology in order to gain a deeper insight into understanding and explaining behaviour. The affects Psychology has on society:  It has existed since ancient civilizations of Egypt and Greece. Therefore, it allows us to compare how behavior has changed over time and why.  Psychology is also a significant part of therapy. An example is Client-Centered Therapy which is based upon the humanistic approach to psychology, which aims to reduce the gap between actual self and ideal self.  It is involved in many careers like, Teaching, working in the hospitality sector and also Government agencies.  It conducts research to help people reach adopt healthier thoughts and behaviour  It can be used to predict behaviour Moreover, careers that you can do with a Psychology degree:  A social worker – person who works with individuals and families to offer guidance and support  Advertising and market research – they put themselves in the customers shoes and come up with strategies to make adverts more effective.  Forensic Psychology – people who work closely with prisoners and offenders to establish what might be causing their criminal behaviour. 2


Year 8 War Poem Ezra Thompson in Year 8 wrote his own War poem as a form of propaganda. He produced a lovely, well thought out piece of work. Please see below: Stand Up and Fight Stand up and fight, step into the shining light Although red seas restrict reachless extents You are here to help the fallen ascent She is wailing and whining. You shall be blind to defeat Or would you prefer to sit so snuggle and have a lie in We are waiting, we are timing For you are your arrival From whence you came Are you not here to pay back and save The whirling of the wind Traveling though her hair But yet she’s in distress Will you not stand up and show your flair For she needs you But you decline While you would prop your feet up And sip on a glass of wine Stand up and fight, and succumb the highest height For your skill stands out bright Brighter than the dark who will try to fright Miss N. Crawford Teacher of English

Geography Club Geography Club now have gardening equipment and work on the allotment started on Monday 24th January. Join us in the Humanities Hub every Monday after school if you are in Years 7, 8 or 9 and wish to get involved with the school allotment. Remember to bring a change of clothes fit for gardening (it could get muddy). Mr J. Birch Teacher of Geography

Lost Property Lost property continues to be a concern and despite having only returned back 3 weeks ago, the lost property box is full to the brim. Please remind your child to look through the box if they have lost any belongings. Please also be mindful of sending your child to school with expensive clothes and shoes. The school is not responsible for any lost or missing items. Miss S. Suleman Office Manager

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Sketchbook Gallery

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Sketchbook Gallery Continued

First Debate Mate Competition Our young debaters have spent the last two terms preparing for their first competition this week (Wednesday 26th January). They have been debating each other as practice but now the real test comes as they debate other schools on unseen topics. Good luck to our two teams of debaters! You’ll be great! Year 7/8 Team Malcolm Onoboh Bruce Ressurreicao-Chicaiza Matthew Egbedo Jakub Bartusik Amir ElSayed Kassem Oscar Welch Year 9/10 Team Jean-Francois Ano Josiah Gyasi-Sundu Sonny Opoku-Sharp Sohayb Abdeen Joshua Norris Adrian Davis If anyone would like to join debate mate please speak to me in the languages hub or come and join us in 114, 115 and 116 every Wednesday at 3:15pm! Ms P. Ricca-Richardson Debate Mate Co-ordinator

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Library News Empowered is a poetry competition encouraging children from ages 11-18 to write about what they are passionate about. Winners receive a trophy and £100! To enter please speak to me in the Library. Ms S. Hallinan Library Manager

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Homework Update We are proud to celebrate the outstanding commitment to homework that so many of our students exemplify. The names of students who have received achievement points for excellent homework are listed below, well done to all of you! Year 7 Name Joshua Etemewei David Agoro Daniel Agunbiade Abdul Bangura Oliver Boateng Micah Adams Fawwaz Aliu Daniel Anabaraonye Mohamed Bah Yohann Bayoko Lloyd Boateng Emmanuel Faoye

Year 8 Excellent Homework 11 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

Year 10 Name Thomas Baars Joshua Wooley

Name Alexander Cornelius Markell Bacchas Nyasha Baffoe Enrico Baker Dominic Fayeye Romero Manuel Gallardo

Excellent Homework 7 5 4 4 4 4

Year 9 Name Daniel Adefusi Adeyinka Adeleke Reuben Aminu Perez Amos-Ajagbe

Excellent Homework 4 4 4 4

Year 11 Excellent Homework 5 4

Name Oluwatunmininu Areago Joel Dada Giuseppe De-Meo Morgan Francis Joshua Fulgoni

Excellent Homework 4 4 4 4 4

Mr B. Tynan Assistant Headteacher

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House Competitions | Autumn Term The start of the 21/22 school year started off with a busy first month of house competitions- Year 10, Year 11 and Year 7 house football. More than a third of year 10 turned up to kick off another great year of house competition. A goalless draw in the final between Gunstone B and Griffith A resulted in the game being decided on by penalties (as usual!). Griffith A lead their team to victory, scoring the first lot of 400 points. At the end of the month over 50 Year 7’s turned up to represent their house for the first time. Jones went on to face Rigby in the final but couldn't manage to beat them in penalties, resulting in a Rigby win. The heads of houses were very impressed with their dedication to their houses- a sing of great things to come this year! This put Rigby in the lead at the end of September with 810 points, followed very closely by Griffith (690), Gunstone (680) and Jones (600) in fourth place. October In October, the house football competitions continued for the remaining year groups (8,9 and Sixth Form). As usual, the football competitions are a big hit in the house calendar and this was no change, with all the events from these year groups being well attended. The Sixth Form competition was a fantastic event that saw over 50 boys turn up to play and represent their houses from the internal students and the external students getting involved as well. This was the same with the Year 8 and Year 9 football competitions, with both events being well represented as well as the quality of football on show made for great viewing, attracting crowds from other year groups to cheer on their houses. At the end of October, the heads of houses were very impressed with the participation levels from all year groups for the football competitions as well as how good the behaviour and performances were throughout the first two months of the school year. November | Spelling bee Another amazing house event took place week- the spelling bee! The event was well attended by years 7-10 with about 40 pupils attending, but the year 10's experience saw three of them make it into the final. After a difficult few rounds Jean-Paul Oppong (Griffith) beat Daniel Adefusi and Ezekiel Kale with his rapid spellings of difficult words such as 'Mediterranean' and 'connoisseur'. Points Griffith 1st- Jean-Paul Oppong (Griffith) Jones—480 2nd- Daniel Adefusi (Jones) Griffith—460 3rd- Ezekiel Kale (Griffith) Gunstone—130

Gunstone

Jones

Rigby

Rigby—260

December December saw the continuation of the basketball 3540 1990 3560 competitions. First up on the 3rd December was Year 11 basketball. The competition was very fierce with a high standard from all houses. Eventually Jones were the house that came out on top and won the competition. There were 22 students who were involved, split fairly evenly across the houses.

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On Monday 6th December it was the turn of Year 9. After some thrilling games in the early rounds, Griffith and Jones made it to the final. Both sides had caught the eye throughout the competition and had played some lovely basketball. Griffith made use of their squad depth to rotate their players and Jones worked well as a unit. In the end it was Jones who came out on top, largely due to their fast paced, counter attacking style of play. The very strong turnout for this event was particularly pleasing. 8


House News

Year 7 Basketball Thursday the 20th of January was the time for Year 7 to show their skills on the court. Year 7 turned up in numbers and all the houses competed well with some very close early games. Griffith’s height advantage proved pivotal for their A-team as they saw themselves through to the final to face Jones. Across in the B-team Gunstone’s large numbers allowed them to rotate players well giving them the upper hand. They were closely followed by Rigby setting up a close final. Final results were: Griffith 4-2 Jones Gunstone 2-0 Rigby Special mention to Emmanuel Faminu, Morolayo, Aaron Williams and Eudes for showing up and helping out with the running. This and a very well-behaved group of year 7s lead to a very successful event. Griffith Gunstone Points: Griffith-680 Gunstone- 620 Rigby- 590 Jones- 490

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Jones

Rigby

4260

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6th Form Basketball There was excellent participation form the 6th formers in Friday's house basketball competition. The head of house team was impressed with the level of skill on display as well as the enthusiasm that the 6th formers brought to the court. Whilst all four houses gave it their all, a particularly strong Rigby team managed to beat Griffith 8-7 in the final, after winning all their games in the group stages. Please congratulate the 6th formers when you see them! Points: Rigby- 400 + 70= 470 Griffith- 300 + 90= 390 Gunstone- 200 + 50 = 250 Jones- 100 + 100= 200 9


Basketball News Busy period for our basketball programme with all year groups participating in a load of competitive games this month. First, we would like to congratulate our students who have been selected to represent our school in the Jr. NBA league. Year 7s will be participating as the New York Knicks, while our Year 8s will be representing the Toronto Raptors. A big well done to our Basketball Academy team who have started the year 3-0, winning all their current home games in the ABL as they push for an end the season winning streak. Finally to our U16s and U19s who progressed to the next round of the National Cup and will await their next games in February. Looking forward to more great news and results on all our basketball teams! Let’s go STAC! Let’s go! Mr R. Abeleda Basketball Coach

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STAC All Years Extracurricular Clubs 2021-2022 (Spring Term) Monday

Tuesday

Yr 7 Football

Yr 8 Football

BRE & TCO | 3G All Yrs Handball

TAD | 3G Yr 11/Academy Basketball

Gospel Choir

RPE | Sports Hall

RAB | Sports Hall

JMO | Chapel

7:00-8:00

7:00-8:00

7:00-8:00

7:00-8:00

Wednesday BEFORE SCHOOL Yr 9 Football

Thursday

Friday

Yr 10 Football

Yr 11 Football

RPE | 3G

BRE | 3G

TAD | 3G

7:00-8:00

8:00-9:00

7:00-8:00

Yr 9 & 10 Basketball

7:00-8:00

RAB | Sports Hall

JMO | Chapel

SHA | Library

Swim Open Session

12:20-13:10

Swimming Pool

Junior Brass

12:35-13:10

All Years Hegarty Help Clinic

Yr 10 Music Composition

TBA/PBA | Maths Hub Yr 11 Music Composition

JMO | Chapel

12:35-13:10

JMO | G63 Grade 2 Music Theory

12:20-13:10

8:35-9:00

LUNCH Grade 1 Music Theory

Swim Open Session

G66

Swimming Pool

12:35-13:10

Yr 11 Music Composition

12:35-13:10 JMO | G63

12:35-13:10 JMO | G63

Yr 12 & 13 Sociology Book Club

All Yrs Prayer Meetings (starting Advent)

JMT | Room 139

HWA | Chapel

Grade 2 Music Theory

Junior Woodwind

12:45-13:10

JMO | G66 Yr 10 Music Composition

12:35-13:10

JMO | G66

12:20-13:10

12:35- 13:10

JMO | Chapel Yr 11 Music Composition

12:35-13:10

JMO | G63

TAD | 3G

Yr 12 & 13 Football Open Session

All Yrs Table Tennis

3G Yr 11/Academy Basketball

15:00-16:15

12:20-13:10

12:35-13:10

12:35-13:10

Yr 7 & 8 Rugby

7:00-8:00

RPE | Sports Hall KS3 Higher Ability Book Club

12:20-13:10

HWA/GCH | G26

Yr 7 & 8 Basketball

School Show Rehearsal

7:45-8:20

KS4 (1st half term) & KS3 (2nd half term) Philosophy Club

7:00-8:00

15:00-16:15

AFTER SCHOOL Yr 7 & 8 Football (non-team)

15:00-16:15 TCO | 3G

JMO | G63

All Yrs Badminton

Yr 11 Football

KPE/AYA | Sports Hall

TAD | 3G

15:00-16:15

15:00-16:15

BBA Fixtures

Yr 11/Academy Basketball

15:00-16:15

Sports Hall

RAB | Sports Hall

Yr 11, 12 & 13

Yr 12 & 13 Psychology Project

Yr 11, 12 & 13

Girls Sport

Swimming Pool Yr 11/Academy Basketball

Gym

AAF | Room 211

Gym

RPE | Sports Hall

KS3 Creative Writing Club

KS3 Fourth Plinth Art Competition

Yr 12 & 13 Girls

RAB | Sports Hall

SHA | Library

GMO | G80

Audible/New Views/School Shows Rehearsals

15:00-16:15

BRE | Sports Hall Swim Elite (selected students)

15:00-16:00

16:30-17:30

RAB | Sports Hall

15:00-16:00

15:00-15:50

15:00-17:35

15:00-15:50

15:00-15:50

16:30-17:30

15:00-16:00

15:00-16:30

Drama Studio

15:00-16:15

15:00-16:00 Gym

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STAC All Years Extracurricular Clubs 2021-2022 (Spring Term) Continued Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday Tennis Coaching

AFTER SCHOOL Yr 8 & 9 Design Club

15:00-15:50 RJO | G76

KS3 Science Club

KS4 Art Refinement Workshop

Yrs 7-10 & Yr 12 Student Newsletter

CSI | G12

ADA | G81

EST/CCR | Languages Hub

15:00-15:50

15:00-15:50

15:30-16:30

15:15-16:15

Butterfly Tennis Club

Big Band

SHA | Library Music Bands

KS3 Art Club

String Orchestra

CSI | G12

JMO | G63

ADA | G81

JMO | G66

All Yrs Chess Club

15:00-15:50

School Show Rehearsal

15:00- 16:30

RAN | Drama Studio Grade 4/5 Music Theory

16:00-16:40 JMO | G66

KS3 Food Champion Project Club

15:00-15:50

15:05-15:55

15:00- 16:30

RAN | Drama Studio All Yrs MFL Homework Clinic

15:00-15:50

SKH/AFL/GBE | P16

15:00-15:50

**Psychology Project Club Cancelled**

15:00-15:50

KS4 DT Intervention Club

JBI | G26 KS3 Art Club ADA | G81

15:05-15:55

School Show Rehearsal

15:00-15:50

TCO | G20 KS3 Geography Club

15:00-15:50

15:00-15:50 RJO | G76

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Roll of Honour YEAR 7 Joseph Senesie: For consistent high standard of classwork in Italian. Elijah Imevbore: Created the most fantastic big poster on the 10 Guru’s for the RE hub, this was so detailed and colourful. Thomas Boateng: For his effort in all RE lessons. Reuben Hills and Promise Okpara: For their continuous high effort and progress in all RE lessons. Samuel Ayodele, Mosolade Owoeye & Juan Carlos De Jesus Ferreras: For achieving 100% in their www.sentencebuilders.com tasks. Ethan Fewry & Alexander Izoura: Excellent effort and achievement in Art. Darson Bailey Weston, Jakub Mazniak, Jakub Bartusik, Etiosa Erhabor, Charles Kabiba, Samuel Hawkins, Yohannes Odero, Axel Frerie Benites & Shamir Dennis: Excellent effort and progress in Art, Chibueze Ukachukwu & George Leaton: Excellent effort and achievement in Resistant Materials. Adam Chandhury & Kori Holness: Excellent effort and progress in Resistant Materials. Charlie Israel, Gonzalo Mino Porras, Mayson Scafe, David Agoro, Abdulrahman Gbadamosi & Elisha Ojaniren: For showing great effort and focus in Maths, producing great classwork and homework. YEAR 8 Tyreese Ajayi Siemens, Elliot Davis, Naod Gebre, Mussie Haile, Gabriel Karthikeyan, Rayver Ocampo & Santiago Paz Pinto: Excellent effort in Year 8 Science. Tyreese-Ajayi Siemens: For consistent high standard of classwork in Italian. Aaron Brice: Showed true generosity and selflessness whilst also being humble. Christian Imie: For his responsibilities in form. Billy Lands & Cameron Brown: For accumulating so many achievement points in form and always being so helpful. Darnell Zhiwaki: For his kind helping of other boys in RE lessons. Elliot Davis, Rhys Evans & Mehrun Roxy-Scott: For their continuous high effort in all RE lessons. Lewis Briggs, Isaacs Martin & Ahamed Thomas: Excellent effort and achievement in Art. Ethan Aretea, Billy Lands, Sean Sammarco, Jude Chandler, Andrew Ansah, Emil Devlin, Adriel Bah, Nathan Adenopo, Dominic Fayeye, Oluwamayode Dada, Alexander Rodriquez, Ayomide Abiola & Shylio Smith: Excellent effort and progress in Art. Emmanuel Ogunbote & Gabriel Karthikeyan: Excellent effort and achievement in Resistant Materials. Abiye Tyger, Leemarni Anderson & Savanti Dixon: Excellent effort and achievement in Resistant Materials. Samuel Akinyemi, Isaac Martins, Manuel Gallardo Romero, Savanti Dixon & Cameron Stephenson: For showing great effort and focus in Maths, producing great classwork and homework. YEAR 9 Ogochukwuka Maduagwu: For consistent high standard of classwork in Italian. Tirrel Pinnock, Jarmal Sesay, Malachi Kwarifa, Dominic Azares & Gabriel Asuming: For excellent effort in all RE lessons. Jesiah Carter: For such an amazing turnaround in RE. Sheu Abubakar & Israel Rotimi-Bakare: For their effort and progress in RE lessons. Christopher Vargas Holguin, Rueben Aminu & Justin Hoang: Excellent effort and achievement in Art. Matthew Zavier, Josiah O Twim, Ogochukwuka Maduagwu, Mannah Kargbo, Emmanuel Bosco, Oliver Mobolaji, Alistair Neilson, Jayden Goldbourne, Patrick Saavedra, Oshoma Momoh, Isiah Mensah, Josh-Moses Amasse, Kaisen Anderson, Felix Cunningham, Tien Nguyen & Darnel Harlow: Excellent effort and achievement in Art. Ebemayet Bonga & Daniel Adefusi: Excellent effort and achievement in Resistant Materials. Adrian Davis, Emmanuel Bateren & Hugo Santos: Excellent effort and progress in Resistant Materials. 13


Roll of Honour Continued YEAR 9 CONTINUED Jacob Navo, David Orhenomare, Christopher Vargas Holguin, Sheldon Bailey & Sheu Abubakar: For showing great effort and focus in Maths, producing great classwork and homework. YEAR 10 Samuel Aina-Shodipe: For consistently good presentation in Italian. Kieran Martinez-Jaramillo: For coming the top of his RE class and his mock scores, big well done. Praise Asaenaepha & Kaylan Dulice: For such a strong start to their new RE class. Maximillian Harris & Ben Joseph: For excellent preparation for their writing ranking exams. Kaylan Dulice, Emmanuel Babafemi-Ifede & Blake Parker Wilde: Excellent effort and achievement in Art. Uriel Sanni & Dakarai Dillon: Excellent effort and progress in Art. Jamal Conteh-Andi & Darragh Nealon: Excellent effort and achievement in Resistant Materials. Jeremiah Paul Dodoo, Chibunkem Ugwuoke, Uriel Sanni, Kenny Espinosa-Duque, Nathan Grant & Tyler Wilson: For showing great effort and focus in Maths, producing great classwork and homework. YEAR 11 Zaine Thomas: For the highest overall 11Y/In2 Italian class score on This is Language. Alan Addae, Jacob Leslie & Joel Bekoe: Excellent effort and achievement in Art. Trevon Gordon Bakker, Abraham Dosso & Jessey Acheampong: Excellent effort and progress in Art. Othmane Boukioud & Faozan Ajiboye: Excellent effort and achievement in Resistant Materials. Zeekai Clarke, Oluwatomiwa Agbolade, Joshua Hassan, Opeoluwa Obadire, George Oppong & Luca Strickland: Excellent effort and progress in Resistant Materials. Omafuvwe Udu, Willoughby Baars, Aaron Williams, Gideon Oni, John Palacios Once, Edmilson Justiniano Zeballos & Timothy Barrow: For showing great effort and focus in Maths, producing great classwork and homework. Oluwatomiwa Agbolade, Michael Are, Othmane Boukioud, Denzel Brown, Dominic Chin, Rhys Denton, Abraham Dosso, Daniel Joseph, Daniel Kwarteng, Tequan Leon, Samuel McCloud, Mekhi MillwoodNelson, Victory Okpara, Taylan Orakci, Todah Osagiator, Michael Purcell, Jeremy Sangbey, Gabriel Santana-Sanchez, Julien Saunders & Tyler Whatle: For arriving 5th in the world on This is Language for the week. YEAR 12 Ela Otukpe, Madison Maepa, Sadat Ahmed, Tyra Kavuma, Reece Asante, Joseph Oluwadare, Gladys Carr, Joseph Omoluogbe & Fred Konan: For receiving amazing marks in their mock Economics exam, well done! YEAR 13 Andrew Hassan, Zoe Lieu, Evan Manguerra, Juliet Oghenekevwode, Terry Dwobeng, Kirsty Eforhare, Tobias Enobakhare, Rhiana Marshall, Joshua Nebechukwu, Oyinkansola Oganla and Ayankunbi Ojo: Excellent revision and performance in their mock exams. Abraham Bakare, Hanan Ibrahim, Zoe Lieu, Gabriel Mendizabal, Rooney Ortega Cueva, Joshua Nebechukwu & Fred Seedhouse: For obtaining excellent mock results in Geography.

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Best Attendance—Tutor Groups

7.1 98.56%

10.1 96.52%

8.1 96.89%

11MFL 2 97.71%

9.2 97.17%

12GWA 97.52%

13TMA 98.29%

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Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in our school is the responsibility of the whole school community. All adults working in this School (including visiting staff, volunteers and students on placement) are required to report instances of actual or suspected child abuse or neglect to the Designated Safeguarding Lead who is a member of the school’s leadership team. The Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Mr C. Smart, Deputy Headteacher c.smart@stac.southwark.sch.uk tel: 0207 639 0106 ext 2149 The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Miss C. Rodin, Assistant Headteacher c.rodin@stac.southwark.sch.uk tel: 0207 639 0106 ext 2143 Our safeguarding policy is available to view on our website. https://www.stac.uk.com/our-school/school-policies

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