Dear Parents / Guardians,
At St George Catholic College we constantly strive to keep all your children as safe as possible.
Whilst accepting that the use of new technologies is now common place and although most of our students use their mobile phones in a sensible way, we now believe that in order to ensure that no student is subjected to any acts of cyber bullying, sexting, sending or receiving inappropriate pictures/information whilst on site, the following will now be implemented.
From Monday 8th January 2018 the use of mobile phones / digital devices will be banned during the school day. They must be kept in the student’s school bag at all times.
This means that all students will not be allowed to use their mobile phone / digital devices at all on the school site at any time and for any purpose. This includes break and lunchtimes.
We do understand that you may feel that your child is safer carrying a mobile phone to and from school. However, it must be switched off throughout the school day, including break time and lunchtime:
· 08:40 till 16:00. If students needs to contact their parents within the school day, they may go to reception or talk to their Progress Leader.
Please do not ring your child during the school day. If you need to contact your child, please ring reception and a message will be passed on.
Should a student be seen with his / her mobile phone / digital device on site, then it will be confiscated and placed in the school safe. On the first instance your son / daughter will be able to collect their phone at the end of the day from the office. If this happens again, parents will be invited to come to school to collect it at the end of the day. Should this reoccur, the device will be confiscated again and you will be invited to a meeting.
Failure to comply with this rule will fall under the refusal to follow the college’s rules and will be dealt with under the behaviour policy.
The misuse of mobile phones and other digital devices can put students at risk and can trigger interventions from the police.
We hope you will support us in our efforts to keep all our students safe and happy whilst at school.
Head of School
St George Catholic College has been graded Outstanding in all areas by the local authority following its inspection on Wednesday 22nd November 2017.
Key findings from the report are listed below:
Key findings from the report are listed below:
- “The school has a tremendously strong culture and ethos of support yet maintains high expectations of all its pupils”·
- “This is a very well led school with a strong record of improvement over several years. It is now performing at a very high level in all aspects of its work”.
- “Child protection and safeguarding procedures are very good quality and they are operated rigorously”
- “Pupils enjoy being at school and many relish their learning and the
broader opportunities they are presented with here. Staff speak of there
being a great sense of family”
- "Overall attendance is outstanding”
- “Pupils with SEN made very good progress over their time here”
The inspectors also noted:
- “Pupils capacity to discuss and debate work in lessons is a key factor in their very good learning
- “Instances of low-level disruption are rare”
- “Bullying is very rare but when it happens it is tackled caringly, assertively and effectively”
- “The overall P8 score in 2017 was an impressive +0.57”
- “Pupils therefore attained, on average nearly half a grade more in each GCSE than their peers nationaly.
- “Pupils make very good progress in mathematics by the end of KS4”
- “Pupils capacity to discuss and debate work in lessons is a key factor in their very good learning”
- “Pupils with English as an additional language made very good progress”
Revised GCSE results show that pupils at St George achieved 77% grades 4-9 in 2017 with English grades rising to 81%. Full details of our GCSE success this year are at:
11th September 2017
It is with great pleasure we write this introductory letter to you as the new leaders of Saint George. We have had a really positive start to the new College year with another record breaking set of GCSE results, the best ever for the college at 76% 4-9 (A*-C) in Maths & English and on the new measure of 51% 5-9 (A*-B). An indication of the positive impact we have on our students is the stunning predicted Progress 8 score of +0.3 which in essence means on average every child did better by a third of a grade than they should have done in eight of their subjects. The last three years have seen our results improve year on year and we continue to rank amongst the best schools nationally for progress and attainment as one of the top two performing schools in Southampton. We would like to thank all our students, staff, parents and governors for all the hard work they put into realising this achievement against increasingly challenging criteria being set by the government each year. Our challenge for the year ahead is to keep this positive momentum going.
This outstanding achievement is only part of our success story. The College is now oversubscribed in a number of year groups and we start the year with 800 students on roll, mixed in every year group. Two new classrooms for Geography and Languages have been built to accommodate the expansion of the College. The next phase of development will be the long awaited new Science and Technology block. We are now in the final stages of the design phase with building works due to start in January 2018.
The College has a spring in it its step as it continues to move forward from the two “Outstanding” judgements achieved in the Local Authority inspection last year and the recent Diocesan inspection in the summer term. We have a great deal to celebrate and we are determined to continue to build on this success; a message we have given to all of our students in their first assemblies of the new school year.
We look forward to working together to encourage our students to strive to make the most of every opportunity and achieve the very best standard possible.
Please can we ask that you help by making sure that the students have their planners signed weekly, and that the whole school agreements are also signed on page 14 & 15. The planner has information about the topic students are studying in each lesson so that hopefully you can keep up with their lessons and have conversations at home about their learning journey. Thanks in anticipation for your help with this initiative.
Hopefully your child will have informed you about our forthcoming Open Evening at the College on Thursday 5th October 2017. As usual the College will close at 12.20 pm to prepare for the evening. A large number of students will be asked to stay through to the evening to help with the event. The bus companies have been informed of the changes and will be available at 12.20 pm.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of a number of forthcoming events:
1. Thursday 21st September 2017 6:30pm–Year 11 Core Intervention Evening (English, Maths, Science & Religious Studies)
2. Thursday 28th September 2017 5:30pm – Year 7 Settling in Evening
3. Thursday 5th October 2017 12:20pm – Early Closure – Open Evening
4. Thursday 19th October 2017 6:30pm–Year 10 Core Information Evening & Year 10 Work
Experience Evening. (English, Maths, Science & Religious Studies)
5. Friday 20th October 2017 Half term
6. Monday 30th October 2017 – College Re-Opens
Finally, we would like to thank you and our students for their excellent start to the term. The uniform is the best that we can remember, the attitude and atmosphere around the College is terrific, making it a real pleasure to be part of the Saint George Catholic College Community.
Best wishes for another successful year!
Mr J Habberley
Head of School
Miss Lyn Bourne
Executive Head Teacher