15.9.17

St Anne’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College and St George Catholic College



New Leadership at the 

Top Two Schools in the City


This September sees the start of a new leadership structure at the two highest performing schools in Southampton, St Anne’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College and St George Catholic College. Lyn Bourne, the newly appointed Executive Headteacher of both schools said “This term we are launching an exciting new style of school leadership for the two Catholic secondary schools in Southampton. I will be responsible for the strategic leadership of both schools, working in partnership with two newly appointed Heads of School; James Rouse, at St Anne’s and James Habberley at St George who will be responsible for the day to day leadership of each school.”

This new structure has already proved beneficial to the development of staff in both schools providing additional leadership opportunities and retaining high quality teaching staff. “The sharing of ideas and successful strategies between the two schools has already had an impact on our plans for the year ahead.  

There is real potential for both schools to achieve even higher standards in future,” said James Rouse, Head of School at St Anne’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College.
Both schools have been extremely successful this year, achieving outstanding results and recruiting high numbers to the sixth form at St Anne’s as a result. “We are both extremely pleased with our results, ranking as the two highest achieving schools in the city. We are looking forward to consolidating these achievements and developing even more effective strategies to improve outcomes for our students,” said James Habberley, Head of School at St George Catholic College.

The new leadership structure has been developed by the Governors of both schools, with the support of the La Sainte Union Trustees of St Anne’s and the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth. Parents and pupils were informed about the plans last term, and have already seen the potential benefits of this new way of working.
     
Lyn Bourne added; “Being responsible for the development of both of these amazing schools is a real privilege. I am looking forward to getting to know the whole community of St George Catholic College and to working with both Heads of School to find ways to build on the outstanding success of each school, strengthening the quality of the education we provide to young people in Southampton.”
                                                                                                           

12.9.17

Letter from Our Head of School and Executive Head Teacher







11th September 2017  
Dear Parents
It is with great pleasure we write this introductory letter to you as the new leaders of Saint George.  We have had a really positive start to the new College year with another record breaking set of GCSE results, the best ever for the college at 76% 4-9 (A*-C) in Maths & English and on the new measure of 51% 5-9 (A*-B). An indication of the positive impact we have on our students is the stunning predicted Progress 8 score of +0.3 which in essence means on average every child did better by a third of a grade than they should have done in eight of their subjects.  The last three years have seen our results improve year on year and we continue to rank amongst the best schools nationally for progress and attainment as one of the top two performing schools in Southampton.  We would like to thank all our students, staff, parents and governors for all the hard work they put into realising this achievement against increasingly challenging criteria being set by the government each year.  Our challenge for the year ahead is to keep this positive momentum going.
This outstanding achievement is only part of our success story. The College is now oversubscribed in a number of year groups and we start the year with 800 students on roll, mixed in every year group. Two new classrooms for Geography and Languages have been built to accommodate the expansion of the College. The next phase of development will be the long awaited new Science and Technology block. We are now in the final stages of the design phase with building works due to start in January 2018. 
The College has a spring in it its step as it continues to move forward from the two “Outstanding” judgements achieved in the Local Authority inspection last year and the recent Diocesan inspection in the summer term. We have a great deal to celebrate and we are determined to continue to build on this success; a message we have given to all of our students in their first assemblies of the new school year.
 We look forward to working together to encourage our students to strive to make the most of every opportunity and achieve the very best standard possible.
Please can we ask that you help by making sure that the students have their planners signed weekly, and that the whole school agreements are also signed on page 14 & 15.  The planner has information about the topic students are studying in each lesson so that hopefully you can keep up with their lessons and have conversations at home about their learning journey.  Thanks in anticipation for your help with this initiative.
Hopefully your child will have informed you about our forthcoming Open Evening at the College on Thursday 5th October 2017.  As usual the College will close at 12.20 pm to prepare for the evening.  A large number of students will be asked to stay through to the evening to help with the event.  The bus companies have been informed of the changes and will be available at 12.20 pm. 
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of a number of forthcoming events:
1.     Thursday 21st September 2017 6:30pm–Year 11 Core Intervention Evening              (English, Maths, Science & Religious Studies)
2.     Thursday 28th September 2017 5:30pm – Year 7 Settling in Evening
3.     Thursday 5th October 2017 12:20pm – Early Closure – Open Evening
4.     Thursday 19th October 2017 6:30pm–Year 10 Core Information Evening & Year 10 Work
Experience Evening. (English, Maths, Science & Religious Studies)
5.     Friday 20th October 2017 Half term
6.     Monday 30th October 2017 – College Re-Opens

Finally, we would like to thank you and our students for their excellent start to the term.  The uniform is the best that we can remember, the attitude and atmosphere around the College is terrific, making it a real pleasure to be part of the Saint George Catholic College Community.
Best wishes for another successful year!
Yours faithfully
   
Mr J Habberley
Head of School

 Miss Lyn Bourne
Executive Head Teacher

4.9.17

GCSE Results Exceed Expectations


Our GCSE results this August are well above predicted levels and place us among the highest achieving secondary schools in Hampshire.

With 76% gaining 4-9 and 51% 5-9 in English and Maths, the results are our best ever and our provisional progress of +0.32 is predicted to place us in the top 5% of schools nationally.

84% of pupils achieved a grade 4 or above in Maths and 80% in English.

EBACC 30% 4 - 9
EBACC 23% 5 - 9

Congratulations to all our students!

6.7.17

St George Graded Outstanding

 
Our latest validation report by the Portsmouth Diocese has graded St George as outstanding.  To read the report please go to St George Sec 48 Validation 2017

19.6.17

College Leadership


­19th June 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

College Leadership

Further to my previous communication in March this year when I informed you that Graham Wilson, our Headteacher, was leaving St George,  I am delighted to update you on the progress to replace him whilst maintaining continuity and minimizing any upheaval during transition.

It is with great pleasure that I am able to tell you about an exciting opportunity for the future of St George and for Catholic secondary education in Southampton.

The Governors of St George and the Diocese of Portsmouth have approached the Governors and Trustees of St Anne’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College to develop a new role of Executive Headteacher in providing strategic leadership to each school through a joint partnership alliance.  We have agreed the terms of our co-operation in principal to enable us both to communicate this exciting news whilst the final details between our Governing Bodies are being drafted.

The proposal would mean that Lyn Bourne, currently Headteacher of St Anne’s would take on this role and she would therefore be sharing her time 50/50 between both school sites.  A new Head of School would be appointed internally at each school to have the day-to-day responsibility for the running of St George and St Anne’s respectively.

It is important to note that the two schools would remain separate institutions, continuing to develop their own  distinctive character with St Anne’s remaining under the Trusteeship of the LSU Community and St George, the Diocese of Portsmouth.

The final details are currently being discussed by both Governing Bodies and this will be concluded on a timely basis.  Please be assured that the best interests of our students continue to be the first consideration at all times and any decisions will be made accordingly.

If you have any questions/comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely.

Kind Regards,

Charles Marchetti

Chair of Governors
cmarchetti@stgcc.co.uk

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25.4.17

Student Newsletter Online

Our student reporters have been out and about, interviewing and gathering news about their school. Follow the link below to see their latest edition of "The Dragon" online.

The Dragon Issue 2 (Spring 2017)

Newsletter (Spring Term)

Our latest St George Newsletter is now available to view on our website. 

Link to Newsletter Page

 

16.2.17

Catholic Celebrate week-end at St George College

Southampton 10th Anniversary Celebrate Weekend 2017

Saturday 30th September 2017, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. to Sunday 1st October 2017, 9 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.

The Southampton team are looking forward to welcoming you to, this, our 10th anniversary Southampton Celebrate Weekend. Following last year’s successful event, we will again be at St. George Catholic College. We have a great line-up of speakers who will challenge and enrich us, together with great Praise & Worship, daily Mass and Prayer Ministry. The wonderful Steve Murray will once again be sharing his talents with us.

The theme this year is: “Seek First His Kingdom” Matt. 6:33 (NIV)
Speakers confirmed so far are Michelle Moran, president of ICCRS (International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services), and Gary Stephens from the Prince of Peace Community.


Cost

Adults Over 22 years £40
Young adults 16–21 years old £20
Children 3–15 years old £10
Crèche Under 3 FREE
For more information please click here go to our websiteYour fee includes a hot meal on Saturday evening.
All children attending groups must have a designated adult present at the main conference.

31.1.17

SEN Provision Letter

SEN Inspection
Please visit our Letters page to download a letter to parents concerning the inspection of Local Authority schools for SEN provision.
St. George will not be visited during the inspection, however, parents and carers can contribute their views. The attached letter provides details of the different ways that this can be done. view page

18.1.17

St George Pupils wins national award from the Knights of St Columba





During the Advent Mass at the end of term (2016) St George pupils were presented with prizes for the Knights of St Columba national prayer and essay competition.

The winners were: 

Prayer Competition Winner – Year 7-9 (12-14 y.o.) – Katie Bignell who was 1st at local and provincial level and 2nd Nationally.

Prayer Competition Winner – Year 10-13 (15-18 y.o.)  –  Ben Orchard who was 1st at local and provincial and National Winner.

Essay Competition Winner – Year 7-9 (12-14 y.o.) – Michael Thomson who was first at local and provincial and National Winner.

This outstanding display is the best in the College's history and is further proof of the Holy Spirit at work.

(The photo shows Katie, Ben and Michael receiving their awards from Knights Robert Corry and Local Provincial Sean Smith.)

13.1.17

An End of Year Message from the Headteacher

End of Year Message 2016

St George celebrated its most successful year for achievement with both our attainment and progress making us one of the most successful schools in the country.  This was further confirmed by our recent Local Authority Inspection which graded us outstanding in all areas.
 

The college continues to strengthen with more than 400 families choosing St George as a preference for admission in 2017, with over 200 being their first preference.  This has been a long term project; ten years ago first preferences were 50 students for 150 spaces. I would like to pay tribute to the governors, staff and students who have all worked hard and believed in the transformation of St George.

 Mr G Wilson
Headteacher
 

12.1.17

Investment Challenge 2017

https://goo.gl/photos/RkyXmNDumQmPoWTP8
Year 10 gained some knowledge of the stock exchange in our Investment Challenge activity on January 11th.  Click on the image to view photographs.

Weather Warnings and College Opening

Thursday July 6th
 
In view of the hot weather, as of tomorrow and until the end of term, pupils are allowed to wear P.E. kit to school. We encourage them to also bring sunblock and water.