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“Only the best is good enough” Nil Satis Optimum.
Students at St Francis of Assisi Catholic College are very proud of their school and the impact that it has on all aspects of their lives.
Visitors often comment on this.
2017-18 has been the first full year for headteacher Ms Pauline Hanrahan.
She is committed to having a calm and ordered high school in which all students, regardless of their starting point, can achieve their potential. Mr Luke Salkeld, joined as deputy headteacher in January 2018.
Standards and progress is the college’s main focus and the drive to improve outcomes for all students.
A spokesman said: “We know that choosing a high school for a child is a hard task. We are a popular and oversubscribed school and we aim to keep our school as a very strong choice for future Year 7s.
“We are totally committed to providing the best education we can for our students.
“We offer all students joining in Year 7 a strong curriculum in all subjects; we are keen to offer a five-year knowledge rich curriculum that equips students for the rigour of the new 9-1 GCSEs.
“We have strong commitment to core subjects as well as the wider curriculum.
We gained particularly strong English GCSE results last summer and this was recognised by Walsall LA.
All staff play a vital role in making sure the school runs efficiently and in supporting the welfare and well-being of students.
“We hope that students joining us do so for seven years. Last summer our year 13 achieved much stronger A-level results; 40% of students went on to study at Russell Group universities.
“We are keen to welcome students into our Year 12 as well as Year 7.
We are hopeful that our numbers entering Year 12 will be even higher this year.
“We offer much more than the academic curriculum. We have many extra-curricular activities; our PE and music departments offer many opportunities.
There is a great range of musical lessons offered and we participate in many sports at a competitive as well as participatory level.
“We offer many trips too including a Year 7 Outward Bound course and foreign and home trips including ski trips.
Students of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join in and take part.”
Students join St Francis of Assisi Catholic College from a wide catchment area and we forge good links with feeder, partner and neighbouring primary schools including Year 6 transition days and Year 5 MFL and technology days and sports events.
There is an ARP in the school too – this Additionally Resourced Provision is for Walsall students with Dyslexia; there are several specialist teachers in school and this is an enormous asset across the school as well as in the ARP.
The recent section 48 inspection acknowledged that St Francis of Assisi is a strong school that strives to provide “only the best is good enough”.