Welcome, I am delighted to be writing to you as the newly appointed Acting Head teacher of Holy Family Catholic High School. It is a privilege to take up this position after serving the school for three years as the Deputy Head teacher. Mr Michael Fallon has been appointed as Acting Deputy Head teacher and he joins us from St John Fisher in Dewsbury.
This is an exciting time to take on such a role, as I strongly believe that Holy Family continues to be a truly excellent school. Our pastoral care is regarded as exemplary and once again this summer our academic achievements have continued to go from strength to strength. Holy Family is a place where staff are proud to work, a place which Governors and parents are proud to support and a school to which students are proud to belong.
Holy Family Catholic High School, is a school with a distinct ethos centred upon the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. The dignity of each person is at the heart of Catholic teaching; every student has his or her own individual strengths, gifts and talents; our aim is to ensure that these are all developed to their full potential.
We look for excellence in all aspects of learning and we expect high standards of achievement from all members of the community. We lead and innovate to make learning fun, challenging and distinctive. The relationships between teachers, students and parents are fundamental to the success of the school. Working together, we ensure that students enjoy their time at Holy Family, make outstanding progress and leave us as responsible, well-qualified, mature young people; ready to make a valued contribution to society.
We are looking to present a window into the life of the school, an opportunity to share information and to celebrate our students and their successes and as such I hope that you find the content of our website useful.
Our Open Evening is on Thu 24th September from 6pm onwards and if you are a prospective parent, we would like to invite you to visit our school on that evening. We do feel that our pupils are our real strength and if you would like to witness a working day at Holy Family please contact Mrs J Lemm who will be happy to arrange this for you.
I would like to thank you for your interest in our school and I look forward to the possibility of working together in the future.
20 Year 8 students participated in Eurofest, which is a languages competition for local schools, where stands must sell products (of their own making) to businesses. Students also must create a ‘Tourist Office’ and inform buyers of what there is in the local area and directions on how to get there. Students were then given an opportunity to experience more languages such as Russian, Swedish, Portuguese and Italian. We had a successful day, winning ‘Best Overall School’ and ‘Best Overall Tourist Stand’. The students should be very proud of themselves. Congratulations to all the students involved!
Most of you will be aware that an incident involving the police occurred this afternoon in Carlton village. School was initially informed of the incident from a local resident at approximately 1.30pm and, as a precautionary measure, all pupils were brought into the school building and the premises were secured. At this time we had no factual evidence regarding the incident, but all staff members were informed and asked to be vigilant. The decision was taken not to inform parents or pupils at this stage until advice had been received from the local police who had been contacted by school as soon as the incident was reported. Further information was received at 3.10pm from North Yorkshire Police who reported that there was no immediate risk but advised precautionary measures at the end of the school day. These included allowing pupils who travel on school buses to leave as normal, allowing pupils who come by car to be picked up, but asking pupils who live in Carlton to remain in school until a parent or guardian was able to collect them. We then informed all parents via our Groupcall message service of these measures and asked all parents who were collecting their children to do so from the main hall. At present, we are still unaware of the exact details of the incident. However, our main concern was and still is, the welfare of all the pupils in our care. We felt that the control measures put in place this afternoon ensured the wellbeing of all concerned. I would like to thank all staff, parents and pupils for their calm response throughout this difficult time.
Today nine pupils went to a STEM challenge at the University of York. Our pupils were brilliant with Jacob Liversidge and Katy Hinken winning the automotive challenge, both receiving a trophy. Congratulations to everyone for attending: Jacob Liversidge, Callum Maeer, Jacob Binns, Ashley Knight, Katy Hinken, Amy Lowe, Charlotte Ross, Lucy Ross and Jessica Martin.
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