Mount St Joseph Editorial - August 2015
Congratulations to Year 11 students on their outstanding GCSE results.
The whole school is celebrating an outstanding year and would like to congratulate all the students on their successful exam results. As a community of learners, believers and friends, each individual is recognised as having unique talents which are fostered and developed to ensure all pupils achieve their full potential. The achievements over the summer reflect the ethos of the school and is a just reward for the commitment and dedication of staff, students and their families who have worked hard together to achieve this high level of success.
Headteacher, Mr. Roach, commented, “Mount St Joseph is founded on the principles of high expectations and high aspirations and we are delighted that our students have risen to the challenge and achieved such excellent grades in their exams. These achievements are the result of the students’ hard work, commitment and enthusiasm for learning as well as the dedication and outstanding teaching provided by our staff”. He went on to say, “I am particularly proud of the English exam results with 88% of all students achieving a grade C or above and 32 students achieving grade A and A*. I was also delighted that a large number of students achieved A and A* grades across the range of subjects they had studied. This was an outstanding achievement for these students. Well done to you all!”
Before the end of the summer term, the school also celebrated the successes of the key stage three pupils during a wonderful evening kindly sponsored by Cole Security. Guest speakers included David Wakefield, Chair of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, who amused the audience with his perceptive insights on his own educational experiences. During a motivational speech he recounted his experiences of how the skills he developed at school had been transferred to the world of work and contributed to his successful career.
Looking to next year the school is preparing for another exciting and successful year ahead. Aiding the smooth transition from primary to secondary is a high priority for the school and this has been evidenced with a large number of pupils taking part in a lively Summer school programme over the past two weeks. Along with developing core skills in English, Maths and Science, they have had the opportunity to use their French and Spanish language skills and practical skills in food technology.
These activities are just part of the comprehensive programme the school has in place to help and support new students settle into their new environment. One of the new pupils commented “I was feeling apprehensive about starting at secondary school. Being at the MSJ Summer School, meeting some of the teaching staff and making new friends, I already feel part of the school community. It was really emotional seeing the students receive their brilliant GCSE results this week; it made me want to do my best – I can’t believe that will be me in a few years’ time. I can’t wait to start the new term at Mount St Joseph!”
Potential future students and parents will have an opportunity to discover what makes the school so successful and meet the staff and some of the students at the Open evening at 6.30pm on Thursday 24th September 2015.The school is looking forward to another exciting and outstanding year ahead.