School Review Meeting Notes

Thank you for joining us on Tuesday 18th January for our School Review meeting. Below you can find a summary of what was covered; within it there are a few announcements which include some important information regarding the EYFS building, and an exciting new partnership the school has formed. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Miss Breslin.

 

  • The meeting began with Mrs Wyatt reviewing some of the excellent achievements that have been made by St Thomas' this year. This ranged from celebrating our fantastic facilities, many of which we have been able to maintain due to generous investment from the Diocese over the last few years, to reviewing some of the brilliant Y6 results from 2019; Mrs Wyatt also pointed out that despite the disruption to their education, our Y5 & Y6 pupils are still predicted to be in line with the national average and the School is still anticipating good results on the whole.
  • Mrs Wyatt then took attendees through the 2021-22 vision for the School; this included plans to develop a love of reading throughout the whole school, as well as plans to increase the PR of St Thomas' to encourage more admissions and working to increase voluntary income to benefit all pupils.
  • It was then announced that we are about to enter a long term lease agreement with Kido Nursery for the occupation of our EYFS building. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to partner with a well-respected nursery, and we are excited about the long term benefits it can offer us.
  • In order to achieve certain aspects of the 2021-22 vision, we are delighted to announce that St Thomas of Canterbury will be partnering with the Saint John Southworth Catholic Academy Trust. The SJSCAT is currently made up of St Joseph's Catholic Primary School (Cadogan Street), and Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School. At the event, we were delighted to be joined by Paul Stubbings, Headmaster of CVMS, who took attendees through some of the benefits of this new partnership. These include the sharing of resources, expertise, and staff, to enhance what each school already has; for example, CVMS staff will be working closely with St Thomas' to improve our provision across a number of subjects, particularly Computing, STEM, and Modern Foreign Languages. We are also pleased to announce that St Thomas SENCO Mrs Fagan will be working closely with CVMS two days a week to enhance their SEN offering. Beyond this, the partnership aims to develop the transition process between Year 6 and 7, ensuring that our pupils feel appropriately prepared for the challenges of secondary school, as well as enabling Year 7 leaders to understand any challenges that their new intake may be facing. 
  • Most excitingly, Mr Stubbings also announced that St Thomas would now be a feeder school for CVMS, meaning that 10% of the places available for September 2023 would be available to boys from St Thomas'. In Mr Stubbing's own words - 'we want to work with the best primary schools; that's why we've formed this partnership with St Thomas of Canterbury'.