19th July 2018 - Headteacher's Summer Letter


19th July 2018


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. However, please be assured that much work has taken place already to address these priority areas. At SPH we are committed to providing opportunities for our students which has meant that this year they have had the chance to visit Poland over the Easter holidays. We also have 12 students currently on a once in a lifetime trip to China which you can read about on our China Blog page on the website.

Recently we had our Diocesan Canonical Inspection which is extremely important to us as a Catholic School. We are delighted with the outcome of the inspection as St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy has been judged to be a “Good Catholic School”.  The Inspectors recognised the hard work that has taken place since we became an Academy.


“The overall effectiveness of the school is good. The headteacher is an inspirational leader and the strong leadership shown by the senior team has galvanised the school community and taken them on a journey of reflection and development. The headteacher’s passion and drive has led to an overwhelmingly positive sense of community and care within the school. She has been ably supported by effective governors at the school, who set challenging expectations.” – DCI, 2018


As always the pupils did us proud and the Inspection team recognised “pupil behaviour is a strength of the school”. Please take the time to read the full report which can be found on our website www.sph.academy.

This academic year has been a year of Inspections and all reports state that we are well on the journey to providing the best possible outcomes for all our children. Our Year 11 worked extremely hard in preparation for their GCSEs and we are hopeful that in August when the results are released they will get their reward.


I continue to recruit the best possible staff to positions within SPH and I am pleased to announce the following appointments from September:


Mr Cooper – Head of Maths

Miss Duffy – Maths Teacher

Mr Smith – Music Teacher

Mrs Marsh – English Teacher


In order to continue to move the school forward at a fast pace, I have restructured the Senior Leadership Team so as to enhance leadership moving forward. Therefore it is my pleasure to announce the following staff have been promoted to the following positions:


Mr Kays – Deputy Headteacher

Mr Redfern – Deputy Headteacher

Miss Cox – Associate Assistant Headteacher

Mr White – Associate Assistant Headteacher

Miss Roberts – Head of Year 8


Congratulations to all these Staff. #TeamSPH


For your information also, the Pastoral Team now consists of:

Head of Year 7 – Mrs Urquhart

Head of Year 8 – Miss Roberts

Head of Year 9 – Mr World

Head of Year 10 – Mrs Dorsette (Miss Dawson)

Head of Year 11 – Ms Nash

I hope that you welcome the messages in this letter and once again I would like to reaffirm my vision to make SPH the school of choice for children in Glossop and the surrounding areas. This year has been a challenging but rewarding year and I am confident that next year will be another successful year for the Academy.

Again, I thank you for your continued support and wish you all a restful summer. School will return on Wednesday 5th September at 8.45am.


Best wishes,


Mrs L. Morris