Education reporter HAZEL ETTIENNE goes behind the scenes at All Saints Catholic College
ONWARDS and upwards is a fitting motto for All Saints Catholic College.
The Bradley Bar school is celebrating its best GCSE results ever.
Although it hit the headlines over the suspension of its joint heads, the new executive head John Fowler, staff and students are all positive about its future.
This summer saw the number of students achieving at least five GCSE grade A* to C rise to 70%, up 20% on last year’s figure and there was also a rise in the five good GCSE grade including English and maths figure, which the government uses as a benchmark for school’s success from 29% to 40% this year.
The school’s executive head John Fowler said: “I have certainly had a great start to my time here and have received a positive welcome. The students have returned to school after the summer break in the right frame of mind and as an experienced head myself, I can say this school has all the ingredients to be even more successful in the future.”
Success is something which the school celebrates and its students have had their fair share over the past months.
Its 45-strong choir won a bronze medal at the World Choir Games in Austria in July, a fantastic achievement for a group less than a year old.
And its young sports stars are positively promoted with several of its young men having Huddersfield Giants scholarships and taking part in national rugby league training camps. Year 11 student Paige Eli will play for England in the under 17s football championships in Estonia later this month and is also a talented athletics star.
As a Catholic college, All Saints attracts students from across Kirklees and has also recently welcomed many students from Britain’s migrant worker community including Poland, Russia and Romania. It now has around 50 students from Eastern Europe and around 850 in total.
All are given intensive support to ensure they achieve their full potential and use the commitment which they start school with as part of their communities positive work ethos.
The school’s caring ethos for each other and people outside the school community is strongly emphasised.
Around 50 students travel each summer to Lourdes to help with the Leeds Diocese pilgrimage by the sick and needy and students work hard to fundraise for their trips and support families less well off than themselves.