Headteacher's Introduction

Welcome to Saint Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Academy. 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. We are driven by our mission statement ‘He has come so they may have life and live it to the full.’ John 10:10 and interpret this through a core set of values that means we are called to serve with Love, Inspiration, Empowerment and Joy.

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 academy, 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, the academy, 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.

Following our Ofsted visit in September 2019 a number of changes have been implemented to ensure that the academy 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 progress towards these improved standards is monitored every six weeks by an Executive Monitoring Board that consists of Officers from the Local Authority, the Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool and the Governing Board. We are also subject to a termly visit by an independent School Improvement Partner. These people agree that despite covid 19 restrictions, the academy are taking appropriate actions to bring about improvements.

Thank you for visiting our website, 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