CMAC Celebrates One Year Anniversary
In March we celebrate one year since our official conversion to a multi academy company. Although it is still early days, we have been delighted with our progress to date and look forward to many more years of working together to secure the future of Catholic education within Staffordshire.
Our achievements include significant improvements at many member schools. St Anne’s Catholic Primary School is now ranked 14th in the Local Education Authority ratings, with its progress scores for writing and maths putting it in the top 10% of all (primary) schools in England. The school even received a letter from Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards, congratulating the school on its outstanding phonics results last year.
Blessed Mother Teresa’s Primary School was rated in top 250 of 20,000 primary schools in the country and entered the ‘Top 10 Staffordshire Schools’ for overall academic progress made by pupils. St Patrick's Primary School is also now in the Top 10 listing and is the highest improved school in Staffordshire, a real accolade to the staff.
St Dominic’s Catholic Primary in Stone was pleased with its latest set of results that show that the school is continuing to exceed the national average standards for reading, writing and maths.
In Brewood, St Mary’s has maintained high standards again this year which has seen the school ranked within the top schools in the country for the past 4 years. This school also received a letter from Nick Gibb, MP, offering congratulations on the outstanding achievement of 100% phonics pass rate for the past 3 years. The school has recently celebrated an ‘outstanding’ judgement for their Section 48 RE inspection. Improvements in SATs results were also evident for St John’s Primary in Great Haywood.
Another school that has improved significantly is St Austin’s Catholic Primary. In 2015 it was ranked 77th out of 125 schools and in 2016 the school had progressed to 33rd out of 125 like schools.
Aside from improvements in results and student progress there has been plenty examples of broadening students’ horizons with joint ventures including sports events, gifted mathematicians and arts projects. Pupils from the primary schools took part in the Blessed William Howard Christmas Concert, allowing them chance to perform on the big stage.
Students from Blessed William Howard have visited the primary schools to talk to Year 6 students about life at high school and to help prepare those children moving up in September, offering them taster sessions in a number of subjects. The older students have also helped out with a number of RE projects including running prayer workshops at St Austin’s Church. BWH’s 6th form Fairtrade Group has manned stalls and supported PTFAs with events at St Patrick's, St Anne's, St Austin’s and next month will be going to St Mary's school to run a Fairtrade Workshop as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.
As well as coming together for Inset Days, staff have had increased network opportunities since the CMAC was formed – PE, Science, Maths, English and SEN leaders all now meet each half term to network and share good practice.
“Looking back on how far the schools have come together over the past 12 months, I feel very proud to have been part of something so special, and excited as to what the future holds for each and every one of our children.” commented Mr Ken Wilson, Chair of the Board of Directors for Holy Trinity Catholic Multi Academy Company.
The schools continue to go from strength to strength with appointments now made to the key positions of CMAC Business Director (Mr J Dryer) Headteacher at St Anne’s (Mrs N Hannett), Executive Headteacher for both St Mary’s and St Austin’s (Mrs B Corbett) and Head of School at St Austin’s (Mrs M Hoyle). Recruitment is also underway for a Head of School for St. Mary’s.