The gifts and talents of the students at Our Lady & St Chad Catholic Academy have been recognised at both regional and national levels during the past 12 months, with achievements in a wide variety of areas including and beyond academic excellence.
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE - Top 10 in England and Wales.
A spokesperson for the school said: “Most students now remain with us until the age of 18. To enable students to achieve their very best there are multiple routes to success in the Sixth Form and beyond.
“More students than ever gained a Distinction / Distinction* grade and two thirds of A-level students gained a grade B*.
All students who applied for university secured their first choice place.
“The Sixth Form has been ranked in the top 10 in the national league tables for level 3 qualifications.
“Students will be starting their degrees in subjects such as Biomedical Science, English, Pharmacy, Sports Science, Education, Forensics, Business, Music, Nursing and Social Work.
With successful applications to study degrees at universities ranging from excellent local providers to Oxford and Durham.”
INSPIRING CURIOSITY IN A LOVING COMMUNITY
Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Academy is recognised for the unique ‘values’ driven environment in which students learn; Truth, Justice, Charity, Forgiveness, Respect and Peace.
Section 48 inspectors left inspired by students moral values, respect for each other and their approach to Outstanding Catholic life and pastoral care at the
Students are a part of a community where these gospel values and virtues are explicit in policy, curriculum, school social time, wider Academy experiences and
The spokesperson added: “Students’ positive behaviour and sense of community derives from a whole school drive to promote a feeling of self-worth and belonging to one family.
This was recognised by Ofsted.”
CHALLENGING INSPIRATIONAL ENVIRONMENT
The Academy received an £8m investment in to improving the building, furnishings, sport and ICT facilities. It also boasts iMac suites, clay kilns, science laboratories, a language zone, climbing wall, hospitality/catering kitchen and a performing arts centre with a recording studio, practise rooms and a green room, to name a few.
The most recent development is the 3G synthetic turf pitch.
This further enhances the already extensive facilities which the school has for sport, dance and the arts.
ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT
Our Lady & St Chad places great importance on a pastoral system that supports and encourages young people to reach their potential; socially, morally, spiritually and academically. The Academy adopts a
school-within-a-school system, with a Lower, Middle and Upper School structure.
The spokesperson said: “This provides extensive support for all young people, including special members of the staff team who are on-hand for each student, such as: School Nurse, Student Counsellor, Peer mentors, Academic Tutors and the Academy Priest.
This system was praised by Ofsted and section 48 inspectors who stated ‘Pastoral care is second to none – Outstanding’.”
Our Lady & St Chad Catholic Academy prides itself on its nationally renowned ‘Leadership Academy Programme’.
Students are selected to become a school leader based on their excellence in all aspects of school life.
All year 7 students have their own peer mentor for their first year at Our Lady and St Chad.
This year students have volunteered to support at a number of local events including, the Black Country school Games and most prestigiously, in volunteering at the Sainsburys’ National School. Other elite sporting successes included Our Lady & St Chad Academy’s Dance Squad beating off fierce competition in June to once again earn their place as National Champions.
Students at Our Lady & St Chad Catholic Academy fulfil their dreams academically, but importantly, they experience what it is like to belong to a loving community and make a difference to the lives of others.
Students volunteer in school and in the local community, visiting senior citizens, leading children in primary school events and volunteering in the library to assist
other students at homework club.
Perhaps the activity which has the most profound effect on our students is the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes, where students go to assist with caring for the sick.
They learn to appreciate how precious life is and that
Our Lady & St Chad Catholic Academy
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