Hannah Lewis, a Holocaust survivor, came to St. Josephs to speak to Year 9 on Monday, 17th July. Whilst students had already learnt about the Holocaust in History lessons, Hannah’s testimony was a unique experience for students to hear first hand the very moving and personal story of a survivor.
Further to our letter of 13 July 2017, and to the article in the Swindon Advertiser on 14 July 2017, Mr Hughes and Mr McAteer announce plans to combine Holy Cross Primary School with St Joseph’s Catholic College from September 2017.
We have submitted an application to the Department of Education to combine St Joseph’s Catholic College with Holy Cross Primary School into a Multi-Academy Trust. As Mr McAteer retires from his position as head of Holy Cross at the end of the summer term, from September 2017 Mr Hughes will become Executive Head of both Holy Cross Primary School and St Joseph’s Catholic College.
The geographical proximity of the two schools, our shared ethos and mission in the Catholic faith, plus the fact that Holy Cross is an important feeder school for St Joseph’s, provide convincing reasons for the schools to join together under one Trust.
There are other substantial benefits associated with our application to become a Multi-Academy Trust, which many Catholic and non-Catholic schools around the country are also pursuing.
Pooled resources to achieve economies of scale
More strategic planning by governors
Shared accountability for constant improvement in pupil attainment
Shared thinking and best practice between school leaders
Improved staff retention and succession
Richer curricular and extra-curricular activities
Shared professional development resources
The integrity and traditions of each individual school will be respected and upheld, and there will be no change to the name of either school, the timing of the school day, admission arrangements or term dates.
From September the current Deputy Head of each school will become Head of School, responsible for the day to day academic and pastoral life of the school, and will be the first point of contact for parents.
Our schools are on the cusp of an exciting new era. We thank Mr McAteer for his dedication to Holy Cross and its pupils and we wish him a very happy retirement.
On Tuesday 27th June, Mrs Vincent, Mrs Almeida, Mr Hughes and students from the college went to represent the school at the Mass for Catholic Education at Clifton Cathedral. Many other Catholic schools were present at the mass that was celebrated by Bishop Declan. The mass was about the importance of education in our lives. It gave us time to reflect how lucky we are to have the opportunity to learn, unlike other children in the world. Overall, it was a great experience and we had a brilliant time.