Dear Parents / Carers, Please find below our Term Dates for the 2019/2020 Academic Year. A copy of these dates can also be found on our website.
On Tuesday 11th December, we invite all our pupils and staff to join together to enjoy our Christmas lunch. This is always a wonderful occasion for SPH to celebrate the festive season. Due to the preparation , please note that on this day there will be no break time service and the only available meal will be the Christmas lunch. The price of the Christmas lunch is £2.40 and this can be added to your child’s parent pay account.
St Philip Howard will be taking part in Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save the Children. By taking part in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, our pupils and staff will be helping give the world’s forgotten children a brighter future. We’ll be helping sort out real matters like global inequality, poverty and hunger and we will be doing this while wearing some Christmas sweaters!
I am writing to you to inform you of a great musical opportunity that is coming to St Philip Howard. Buxton International Festival, in conjunction with Derbyshire Music Service, has given us and seven other secondary schools across Derbyshire the opportunity to perform The Orphans of Koombu for the first time in the UK.
We are delighted to announce that St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy has been invited to participate in a pilot visit from Ofsted on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th November to trial the new inspection framework. This is an excellent opportunity for Team SPH to gain invaluable insights into the new framework in advance of Ofsted’s launch to all schools nationally in 2019. Throughout the inspection, some of the activities may be used to gather evidence but the process ‘will not contain any critique or lead to judgements’, ‘nor will it be used on any future inspection of the school’.
On Friday 26th October, students will be allowed to wear non-uniform. A £1 donation will be required and the chosen charity donations will be presented to is ‘Winning Women Worldwide’. ‘Winning Women Worldwide’ works in countries such as Zimbabwe and Zambia to provide for religious activities; to support the advancement of healthcare; to help the prevention or relief of poverty and offers financial aid where necessary.
This year the Gratitude Club would again like to support a local organisation in the lead up to Christmas. We are supporting ‘Barnabus’ – a Christian project that helps to support the homeless in Manchester. They support 600 homeless and vulnerable people every week by supporting their emotional, spiritual and physical needs whilst helping them to get back into mainstream society.
In order to prepare the school for our Open Evening we are notifying parents of an early closure so that staff and pupils can prepare for this important event in our calendar. School will finish at 1.10pm on Thursday 4th October.
As we begin a new year at St Philip Howard, I would like to welcome you back to what I am certain will be another successful year. The school is going from strength to strength and the summer GCSE results are a reflection of this. We are delighted for the Class of 2018 as their results have done both them and us proud.
Since I last wrote to you in April we have been very busy putting into place everything required to formally launch the new St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi-Academy Trust on 1st September 2018. As you may recall, as part of the wider Diocesan plan to secure Catholic education for the future, we are bringing together 25 schools from Derby City, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Stockport and Nottinghamshire (of which 20 are primary and 5 are secondary).
Dear Parents/Carers, As we come to the end of another busy year at SPH, I would like to take the time to thank you all for your continued support. Our school has improved considerably since it became an Academy and both recent inspections and the fact we are oversubscribed in Year 7 for another year is testimony to this. As always, I remain committed to the continued improvement of teaching and learning. Science and Maths are a particular focus and there will be regular updates in the new academic year on these areas in particular.
Dear Parent / Carer, Study Leave Our Year 11 students continue to work hard to complete their GCSE examinations. As you are aware, some students are coming to the end of their studies, therefore study leave can be granted. Study leave will only begin when Heads of Department have confirmed that pupils have completed any controlled assessment or BTEC assignments.
Dear Parent / Carer, As part of our conversion to the St Ralph Sherwin Multi Academy Trust, we have had to revise an existing date on the school calendar for the academic year 2018-2019. As already published, school will be closed for the day on Friday 30th November 2018.
Dear Parents and Carers, I would like to introduce myself to you as the Chief Executive Officer of the new St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust. From 1st September 2018 St Philip Howard will be joining together with 24 other Catholic primary and secondary schools from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Derby City, Staffordshire and Stockport. This new Trust will provide wonderful opportunities for all the schools to work collaboratively, share what they do well as well as address the areas where they are not as successful.
Dear Member of Year 11, Please find below the timetable for revision sessions throughout the Easter Holidays. These sessions have been arranged to support yourself with your preparation for your GCSE exams. Please attend the extra sessions to help yourself with your revision.
Dear Parent/Carer, A reminder that school will be closing early on Friday 23rd March at 12:15pm. To celebrate the end of a successful term and the beginning of the Easter celebrations, students will be allowed to come in non-uniform. No donations are required on this occasion.
As you will be aware, we had our first Ofsted Inspection, as an Academy on the 16th and 17th January 2018. We are now in a position to share the findings of the Inspection. St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy has been on a journey since being placed in to an Ofsted category – serious weakness in November 2014. We are delighted that Ofsted have now taken our school out of category and judged it to be Grade 3 – Requires Improvement.
I am pleased to announce that St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy has been successful in its bid for places at this summer’s Study Camp to China, organised and sponsored by UCL’s Institute of Education in London and Hanban (the Chinese Education authority). This is the first time St Philip Howard will embark on this once in a lifetime opportunity, but will be the 12th year that this event has taken place.
We have just told your child’s school that we will inspect it on 16 January 2018. The lead inspector will be Jayne Ashman, HMI. We are writing to you because we would like to know what you think about the school. Please take a few minutes to read the leaflet which came with this letter. It explains why we inspect schools, and what happens during an inspection.
As you may be aware, since September 2017 all homework set has been visible to pupils on the school’s Virtual Learning Environment (http://sph.myvle.co.uk). However, homework has still been recorded in your child’s planner. All staff have been uploading homework to the VLE and your child has had the option to either complete the work in a written format or complete it electronically on the VLE.
September 2017 Dear Parent/Carers, We are delighted to welcome both new and returning students and staff back to St Philip Howard, after...
23 Year 10 Students had the opportunity to visit Cambridge University through an invitation by the Centre for Family Research at Cambridge University, as part of their continual research into family life and fertility in the modern age.