Headteacher's Introduction

I am delighted to have been appointed as the substantive Headteacher here at Saint Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School. Our school, which has nearly one thousand pupils on roll, is proud to have served the local community of Knowsley for many years.

Along with Governors and staff we strive to develop our pupils love of learning and the skills that they need to be truly independent, confident learners who can function responsibly in the world. To achieve this, we afford pupils at Saint Edmund Arrowsmith the means to interpret their new-found knowledge and understanding of the world through the values of the gospel and the school's mission of being committed to excellence, a school that is strong in faith and a school who provides opportunities for pupils to 'live life to the full' (John 10:10)

Being part of a caring community rooted in faith enables our young people to learn and achieve together. This common sense of identity and friendship encourages members to serve the school, local, national and global community by respecting the dignity, uniqueness and diversity of the individual. It reminds us of our baptismal call to turn outwards to the world and serve its needs in joy and hope. By keeping this as a central value, governors and staff are reminded of their community responsibility to minister in the name of the church and gospel. Also, pupils are reminded to interpret their community position in the light of their faith and live as moral and ethical citizens.

We value the relationships between home, school, parishes and our local primary schools in order to learn about our pupils and provide the best school experience possible for them. This work is underpinned by our strong pastoral provision.

Recent experiences on offer include skiing holidays, visits to Auschwitz in Poland, Rome, the Lake District and for Year 7 students, due to sponsorship by Yamaha, the opportunity for everyone in the class to play an individual instrument together. Music lessons are also available and heavily subsidised to enable all students to partake if they so wish. The PE Department offers a full range of sporting activities such as football, netball, cricket, rounders, hockey, athletics, basketball, trampolining and many more. They are competitive and enter regional and national events.

Extensive building work has taken place over the 2018 summer holiday which has seen the removal of all the open learning spaces; these have been replaced with traditional classrooms. A new alternative learning base and Nurture Room have also been created and an area identified for a chapel. These changes enhance our already enviable accommodation that includes technology workshops, performing arts studios, art studios, a library, a separate science block, and vast indoor and outdoor PE spaces.

Following our OfSTED visit in May 2017 a number of changes have been implemented to ensure that the school develops and improves at pace. OfSTED identified clear areas for improvement, all of which are being addressed with purpose and vigour by staff, students and governors alike. Our OFSTED report also contains many references to the excellent work is carried out in our school. The following comments demonstrate clearly that the school has excellent capacity to continue to improve:

  • The capacity to improve the school is exemplified by strong leadership, which together with support from the executive monitoring board has improved the quality of teaching and behaviour.
  • Leaders provide effectively for pupils' well-being. Pupils feel safe and are well looked after in school.
  • Support for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is improving.
  • Leaders promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well.
  • The recent improvements in Key Stage 3 indicate that there is capacity to improve. The improvements in teaching, attendance and behaviour all point to the ability of leaders and governors to improve the school.

The academic success of the school is the culmination of professionalism matched by very positive relationships with the students who enjoy attending. The views of parents and carers are very important to the senior leaders and governors of the school, and are collected after every parents' night.

Thank you for visiting our web site, I hope it has given you a flavour of our commitment to grow our young people in the eyes of God and provide then with a quality education experience that they enjoy while they are with us and equips them with the qualifications, skills, values and attributes they need for life after school.

Mrs Helen Pinnington
BSc(Hons), PGCE, MEd(Distinction), NPQH
Headteacher