School News 2020/21

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A great start to lockdown at #TeamSPH week 1 concludes with the following achieved:
* 310 live online lessons
* 5 Form/ Year Group online catch up meetings
* Safety and wellbeing calls made to every student
* Over 50 laptops distributed to help with home learning
* Completed one-2-one sessions with our most vulnerable students by our Pastoral team
* Completed over 150 Covid tests on site

Well done, keep up the great work. Onwards and Upwards!



Don't forget to follow our Twitter page 'Wellbeing at #TeamSPH' !
This page is here to help support you and provides lots of useful information along with advice and important support contacts.



Thank you to Year 11 Parents for joining the Senior Leadership Team in a meeting about changes to GCSEs and BTECs this year. 70% attendance from the year group! Thank you for all of your support. We will continue to keep you updated as soon as we have further information.


On this weeks PE #Teamsphchallenge
And we are off! on the first leg of our journey
After just 2 days we have had 62 pupils log 91 miles of exercise 



Well done everyone keep it up!!
#togetheronthejourney #TeamSPH


For this weeks PE #Teamsphchallenge we are attempting to walk, run and cycle from Lands End (Cornwall) to John O'Groats (Scotland). Keep logging your activity throughout the week as we attempt to complete the 837 miles!!!
Well done to those who have already logged their miles, keep going!!



      Yesterday #TeamSPH completed 62 live online lessons.
        We had over 200 pupils on a live PE workout lesson !!
          We had a whole year group on an online pupil and student catch up and in addition to this, on site               We carried out 80 student and staff Covid tests !!


                            Great work and well done!!!!!



Another amazing charity working hard despite the risks of current times to offer incredible support to our local families.
Bellies not Bins are offering a free packed lunch every Wednesday to ALL secondary school children.
Text your order through to Gill on 07549307720.
Lunches include a sandwich, crisps, chocolate, fruit and a can.
Please collect from Carmel Church, Station Road, Hadfield.



Baby Jesus arrives at #Teamsph and students and staff took part in a prayer to celebrate the true meaning behind the
festive season.


The Chaplaincy Club have very kindly sent out Christmas cards to our local care home residents.


It has been a very Christmassy day here at #TeamSPH!!
Students enjoyed their Christmas dinners then had the chance to watch an online pantomime !!




Science Poem Competition Winners

Our Year 7 students recently took part in a Science poem competition.  We had lots of amazing entries and here are our class winners and overall winner!  


   overall winner!!!       



best presentation!!!


class winner !!!                                                    class winner!!!




class winner !!!                                       shortlisted entry!!!




Today SPH has been packed full of fun activites in aid of our PSHE day
      The day is aimed at developing pupils:
All of our students have been participating in various events including a walk on the Longendale trail, making hot chocolates on gas burners, perfecting the art of putting up tents and for the older students a careers talk from our careers advisor and a project brief including a business enterprise and well being discussion from our visitor Mr Corbally.



Happy Christmas Jumper Day!
Our students looked very festive and brought the Christmas spirit to SPH
The total raised is...£195.80





Our St Ralph sherwin Trust would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2021!
If you look closely, you will see one of our Year 7 students card was the competition winner to be on our Trust's E-Card this year.




#TeamSPH joined together with schools across the nation for @CAFOD’s Light of the World assembly. It’s important to take time to reflect on how we can spread the light of Christ during advent.



Year 8's have been getting into the Christmas spirit and writing short stories to send to the residents at our local nursing homes.


These are the elements of our students character that we will be focusing on developing throughout the school year. Tuesday 15th will be a PSHE focus day of work, where we will focusing on developing ‘FLORIC character’ with bespoke projects relevant to each students year group.




Year 7 have been busy in Food Technology making these delicious looking Christmas themed cakes.....     








SPH Science Competition Poem Competition 2020!

The science department are feeling festive,

they’re gathered around their Christmas tree.

They would like you to write a science Christmas poem, 

to put on social media for all to see! 🎄🎅🏻






The Royal Exchange Theatre Young Company recruitment is currently live!


It offers training for performers, writers and theatre makers (directors, technicians and theatre makers) for young people aged 14-21.


For more information about the Royal Exchange Young Company, have a look at our website here: 
Main Page – https://www.royalexchange.co.uk/young-company


If you would like to get involved, click on the link below.
YOUNG COMPANY SIGN UP TYPEFORM – https://rxtheatre.typeform.com/to/lbISDFBs
As an alternative for people who cannot fully commit to the year of Young Company we also have something called Young Collective, which is a membership that allows members to book onto weekly online workshops and week-long project through school half terms and holidays.
Young Collective – https://www.royalexchange.co.uk/young-company-collective







have launched a new initiative at SPH today aimed at recycling old and broken pens. A red box has been placed in every classroom for these pens to be collected and then recycled. 
All money raised from recycling these pens will go to Year 8's chosen charity, Ellie's Fund:
Ellie's Story by her Mum - Heather. In March 2007 Ellie, then aged 11, was diagnosed with a grade 4 Glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumour. The Doctors expected her to survive for between 6 and 12 months.
This pupil-led initiative demonstrates leadership, progressive-thinking and philanthropy which follows the Year 8 SPHartan philosophy!


The Learning Support Department have recently completed a new classroom display. Staff and pupils were asked to create a self-portrait for our new portrait gallery. Amazing work!!!


The Chaplaincy club are helping the homeless and asking for donations of hats and gloves. Please take any donations to Mrs Birkitt or Mrs Hulley.


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This year more than ever we have witnessed the positive power that society can have when we come together to tackle a common challenge.
We are all a piece of the puzzle, and together we are united against bullying !!





We are proud to share that two of our pupils have thoughtfully been making their own face coverings to sell and raise money for a charity based in Kenya. This will contribute towards much needed food and PPE.
These can be purchased for a bargain price of £2.50!    Well done girls!!!!!




A massive thankyou to everyone who donated to our Children In Need we raised an impressive total of:



Our lunchtime extra-curricular activities timetable has now been updated with lots of opportunities for our students to further their involvement in subjects or sports they enjoy.



This week to mark the start of anti-bullying week we have asked the pupils to wear odd socks to school. As always they have embraced the opportunity to express themselves in celebrating their uniqueness and address the fact that when it comes to bullying CHANGE STARTS WITH US!
Throughout the week we will be encouraging the pupils to take part in different activities focused around anti-bullying!



The pupils and staff really enjoyed non-unform day in aid of Children in Need and our virtual duck race was a huge success!



A St Ralph Sherwin Art Challenge was set for students across our Trust to produce artwork that could be picked to feature in an upcoming Trust music video !!
Here are 2 great entries into the challenge- Well Done !




#TeamSPH Student Achievement


We are delighted to announce that one of our Year 9 students Alisha Palmowski has finished the shortened Championship Season in second place (out of 28) and is therefore the 2020 Junior DRS100 (Daniel Ricciardo Series UK) Vice Champion!
Alisha is booked to enter the Ginetta Junior Scholarship at the end of November, where the successful driver (out of approx. 60 entrants) wins a fully funded season racing these cars as a support series alongside the BTCC (British Touring Car Championship) which is aired on live TV.
Good luck Alisha!
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Head Girl & Head Boy


We would like to say a BIG Congratulations to Dominic and Caitlin in Year 11 who have been appointed as Head Boy and Head Girl for the year 2020 – 2021. They will be supported by Leo and Emily whom have been appointed as their deputies.
All of those who applied can take pride in being pupils who younger students aspire to be like and who contribute a lot to both the school and local community.



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#TeamSPH #TogetherontheJourney



#TeamSPH Virtual Open Evening 2020


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Macmillan Cake Sale


This Friday 25th September we will be having cake sales within year group bubbles to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. We are asking pupils to if possible bring in shop bought cakes that are still in their packaging which we will then sell at breaktime. Unfortunately we are unable to sell homemade cakes at this time. If your child would like to purchase a cake for this worthy cause we ask that they bring change so as to avoid money being passed back and forth.
Please can all cake donations be taken to Miss Egan in room 3.







 Glossop Chronicle ran the below article following a very successful online meeting headed by Mrs Morris with our prospective Year 7 parents. 
Please click on the image to read the full article.




GCSE Press Release 2020


This year’s results were the best the school has ever achieved and this was no surprise either!  The school has gone from strength to strength, from the point of the school’s academisation in 2015, right through to present day.  The Class of 2020 were the first year group to be a part of the reformed school, known as, ‘St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy’ and, shortly after, the academy joined the St Ralph Sherwin Multi Academy Trust.  It was throughout this period, that our journey to success was paved and improvements over time meant we were prepared for our expected Ofsted visit in the academic year of 2019-2020.  The achievement of this year group had already been foretold and, we held great confidence in the Class of 2020’s success.
Throughout their time at TeamSPH, the Class of 2020 were predicted excellent progress and attainment scores and, they certainly delivered.  The average grade in this year group, across the different subject areas was a grade 5.  As expected, the vast majority of students achieved a grade 4 in English and Maths and, a significant proportion achieved the very highest grades (grades 7-9).
The students that made the most progress in the year group were Lara Milward and Jacob Perry- so much so, that in many subjects, they even exceeded their target grades.  The highest attaining Students that achieved the greatest number of 7-9 grades across all of the different subject areas were Ella Davies (10 grades 7-9), Sophie Parker (9 grades 7-9), Louis Taylor (9 grades 7-9), Daniel Pickford (7 grades 7-9),and Alex Snape (6 grade 9s).  These final two students were also the second highest for progress in the year group too.
We are truly pleased that Students can celebrate the victory of their learning journey at St Philip Howard and look forward to hearing about their continued journey to success in the future.  We wish them the very best of luck.  They will certainly be missed!