Taylor Triumphs!

But don’t let the headline deceive, things were not all plain-sailing in the LGM Final.

As Team Taylor rolled into PF International kart circuit in Grantham this weekend for the final round of the LGM Championship, confidence was high. As long as young Taylor did not receive a disqualification in the final, the championship title was his.

The full article is available at josephtaylor.net.

Sponsored Walk / Silence

St Thomas More Catholic School‘s annual Sponsored Walk (8 miles) or Silence (for 3 hours) takes place on Friday 2nd November 2018. Any donations are gratefully received and will go towards this years fund, to be spent on refurbishing the chapel and extra additions in the school library.

For more information on making a donation yourself click here.

Declaration of Pre-LAC Status

We are currently updating our records to ensure that all student data is correct and up to date. As part of this we are collating information regarding all Previously Looked After students.

 

If your child has previously been Looked After but is now subject to an adoption order, a child arrangement order, or a special guardianship order, you can declare this to our school.  This confidential information will be stored securely and only shared with relevant staff in circumstances where we believe it will aid pupil progress. Your child will then be able to access additional support, designed to aid transition as well as gain priority access to various school events/trips which will be funded free of charge.

 

In order to declare Pre-LAC status please contact Mr A Olsen at aolsen@stthomasmore.org.uk. You will then be sent a declaration form to complete.

839 & 845 Changes

We would like to inform you of changes to the 839 & 845 AM services.

The 839 service now departs from Whickham Broadway / Fellside Road at 07:30AM.

The 845 service now departs from Hamsterley Mill 07:40AM.

 

Full details about these changes can be found on our Travel page.

842 AM scholars

Due to changes with the Traffic Light system in the Dunston area the 842 am service schedule has been badly affected. We have, along with Go Northeast made a request to both area councils to adjust the light system back to the way they were prior to the end of term. We are very conscious that the bad punctuality is having an adverse effect on the students and have decided to make numerous changes to start the 842 —-10 minutes earlier at 07:50. The arrival time will remain the same at 08:30 but we have allowed more time around the junction light system.

The updated timetable can be found on the Travel page.

INSET Day Changes!

Please note the INSET days for the Autumn Term have changed and new dates are:

Wednesday 26th September

Friday 19th October

We apologise for the inconvenience.

Year 8 girls first HPV injection

Year 8 girls will receive their first HPV injection on Friday 14th September.

If you (parent or child) have any questions please get in touch.

First Aider – 0191 499 5073

2018 Results Statement

We are extremely proud of the achievements of our pupils this year.  

At GCSE  47% of Year 11 achieved grade 5 or above in both Mathematics and English, and more than 70% secured a grade 4  in both subjects. Pupils achieved highly in Religious Studies, an area we are particularly proud of, with 78% achieving a grade 5 or above and 38% achieving a grade 7 to 9. Our number of grade 9s stands at 91 across the school, with 11 of our pupils achieving grades 8 or above in all of their subjects. Special praise must go to those pupils who averaged grades A / A* or 9 – 7 across all of their subjects – an accomplishment achieved by 22% of our pupils.

Key Stage 5 results continue to demonstrate the success of our curriculum – ensuring that all pupils have a pathway to further education, employment or training. Our average A Level grade continues to be high, currently sitting at B-, with 100% pass rate across our suite of A Level Qualifications. We continuer to do exceptionally well with Applied General Qualifications with 93% of grades at Distinction or above. 95% of UCAS progression was successful, with 41% of pupils moving on to Russell Group Universities including 3 medics and 2 Oxford placements.

Library Opening Hours / Breakfast Club

The library will be closed this week until everything is set up.  For those pupils arriving to school early please advise them to use the dining hall as a place to sit / complete work.

Starting next week the following will apply:
7.30am                                  Breakfast club in the dinning hall
8.30am  – 9.00am                 Library open to pupils
9.00am – 10.00am                Library only to be accessed by pupils if they are with their teacher
10.00am – 3.00pm                Library open to pupils
3.00pm – 3.35pmm               Library only to be accessed by pupils if they are with their teacher
3.35pm –  6.00pm                 Library open to pupils
This applies to all pupils, sixth form included.