Dates for 2016


We are now a few weeks into 2016 and so much has happened already. Year 11 have received their Pre-Public Examination results and are working every evening towards their final GCSE examinations that will begin in 12 weeks’ time.

Paralympic Judo Player Ian Rose has visited school, giving inspirational speeches to some year groups about the importance of ‘never giving up’ and ‘practice makes progress’.

Congratulations to the Year 7 and 8 girls’ football team who represented Wolverhampton Wanderers in the regional competition last week.
There are a number of key dates I would like to draw your attention to:

Year 10 Parent Information Evening – Tuesday 19th January at 4:00pm in the Performing Arts Centre
This is an opportunity for the Academy to share essential information about exam preparation, forthcoming Pre-Public Examinations and issue revision guides.

Year 7 Resilience Day – Thursday 21st January 2016
This day teaches Year 7 students the importance of resilience skills to secure success.

Year 10 Examination Week commences Monday 1st February to Friday 5th February 2016.
Pre-Public Examinations will be held in all subjects. It is essential that students are revising daily at home in preparation for these important examinations.

Year 8 Resilience Day – Thursday 4th February 2016
This day will focus on the importance of making positive choices in readiness for Year 8 students making key decisions about which subjects to study at GCSE level.

Year 11 Reports to Parents – Thursday 4th February 2016
Formal reports on each student’s performance in every subject will be issued to parents and students.

Year 11 Parents’ Evening – Thursday 11th February 2016
Parents of Year 11 students will be able to make an appointment to meet all of their child’s teachers and tutors between 4:30pm and 7:00pm.

HALF TERM – Monday 15th to Friday 19th February 2016

Ten Ten Theatre Group performing to Years 7, 8 and 9 – Monday 22nd February 2016
This is a Catholic Theatre group who address key concerns that some young people may experience.

Year 8 Pathways Evening – Wednesday 2nd March 2016
Year 8 students and their parents / carers will have the opportunity to speak to all curriculum areas and begin to consider the most appropriate subjects to study at GCSE level.

Year 7 and 8 Review Day – Monday 7th March 2016
During this day, Post-16 students will continue with normal lessons. Other year groups will not be in school at this time, but will be set work to be completed at home. Year 7 and 8 students will receive a letter with an appointment time to meet a member of staff to discuss their progress during this day.

Year 11 Photographs – Wednesday 16th March

Year 10 Reports to Parents – Thursday 17th March

Year 9 Resilience Day – Wednesday 23rd March 2016
During this day, Year 9 will learn study skills to support their ongoing revision for their GCSE examinations.

Year 10 and Post-16 Parents’ Evening – Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Parents of Year 10 and Post-16 students will be able to make an appointment to meet all of their teachers and tutors between 4:30pm – 7:00pm.

BREAK UP FOR EASTER – Thursday 24th March 2016

STAFF TRAINING DAY – Monday 11th April 2016

Students Return from Easter Break – Tuesday 12th April 2016

Information Evening


Year 10 are now one year away from completing their GCSE examinations. At a time when an increasing amount of the GCSE content is similar to AS Level, it is essential that all Year 10 students are revising at home to secure their very best grades in readiness for Year 11. Your son/daughter has Pre-Public Examinations during the weeks beginning 1st February and 9th February 2016 and have probably already begun to prepare for these at home.

The Academy would like to invite all parents/carers to attend an Information Evening on Tuesday 19th January 2016 at 4:00pm in the Performing Arts Centre at Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Academy.

During this evening, the Academy will:

  • Update parents on assessment methods
  • Provide revision resources for all attendees
  • Share Parental/Carer Communication methods

Strategic Leaders and the Year 10 Team will also be available should you wish to discuss anything further with us.

ParentPay – An easier way to pay


We have recently introduced an easy and convenient service allowing parents and guardians to make payments direct to school via a secure web portal operated by ParentPay.com. The facility enables payments to be made on-line via debit or credit card or by a PayPoint card at various retail outlets.

By offering a greater choice of payment methods, our aim is not only to make it more convenient to make payments to school, it will also to help us reduce the risks associated with cash being carried to school by pupils.

We are currently in the process of phasing in this service and letters are being sent out to parents and guardians over the next few weeks with details of how to enrol.

Please keep a look out for your letter as this will contain a unique username and password that will enable you to activate your account. If you need assistance when you receive your letter, our friendly finance staff can be contacted on 01902 551589 and will be happy to help you get started.

Netball Results


Year 8 Netball Team beat Aldersley 7 – 5.

Year 10 Netball Team beat St. Peter’s 7 – 5.

Year 11 Netball Team drew to St. Peter’s 10 – 10.

3G Pitch Footwear


To ensure that the 3G and Astro Turf surfaces do not get damaged all users must adhere to the following guidelines.

Footwear

Under no circumstances will blades, including rubber ones, or metal studs be allowed on either surface. If you are unsure please use the pictures below as a guideline.

3G boots

Manchester Sainsbury’s School Games


Manchester Sainsbury's School Games - Our Lady & St. Chad Catholic AcademyDance Success
On Sunday 6th September the Elite Dance Group ‘Respire’ had the amazing opportunity to perform at the Sainsbury’s School Games 2015 in Manchester at the Regional Athletics Arena.  They opened the closing ceremony in front of 3000 spectators some of these including top athletes from around the world. It was also streamed live on the internet. It was a huge honour to perform at these games for Youth Sport Trust and the students from Our Lady and St Chad did us proud and represented the school in a highly professional and skilful manner.

Leaders and Performers
Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Academy was one of nine schools/colleges selected to volunteer at the Sainsburys School Games in Manchester. We had 13 students attend this amazing event which sees the best athletes across the UK come together to complete for their nation. Our Lady and St Chad is nationally renowned for our excellent Sports Leadership programme. This opportunity extended our portfolio further. Read more…

Sixth Form Results


Best ever Sixth Form results

Students at Our Lady & St Chad Catholic Academy have exceeded their ‘best ever results’ for the second year running.  All students have successfully gained a place at University with more students than ever achieving the very highest grades.  Students will be starting their degrees in subjects such as Biomedical Science, English, Pharmacy, Sport Science, Education, Forensics, Business, Music, Nursing and Social Work. Read more…