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School Updates

Live Streamed Masses

Click the link below to see which Masses are being streamed live accross the Diocese for Schools and Children.

Masses for Schools Children and Their Families

Joseph Wakefield

Year 10 students and staff joined together on Thursday 17th December, at 1.00pm and released balloons as a mark of remembrance.

Remembrance Balloon Release for Joe

January 2021 *Updated 04.01.21*

Government guidance changed on 4th January: All schools have been instructed to postpone the return to school in January until further notice.

Week beginning Monday 4th  January

Only vulnerable children and the children of Critical workers should attend school in person from 4th January.

All other students will be taught remotely from Tuesday 5th January. They should access their usual timetable remotely on Microsoft Teams

Public examinations will continue to take place in school as scheduled in a covid-secure way until we have further notification of any specific changes.

On our return, the times of the day will remain the same as they have been throughout the autumn term.


Student Absence

All absences need to be phoned in by 9am on the absence line number 01782 883003 or emailed to

Coronavirus Information

Face Coverings

Staff and students are now expected to bring and wear face coverings in communal areas indoors, but not in classrooms. There will be greater restrictions on visitors coming to the school.

Spring Term

Start/Finish Times

Students in Years 7-11 can arrive on site from 8.10 am but must gather outside at their entry zone. Start and finish times are shown below.

Years 12 and 13 can arrive on site from 8.25 am but must go to the Hall (Year 12) or Post 16 Study Room (Year 13) 

Year 7: Start 8.30 am, finish 2.55 pm
Year 8: Start 8.35 am, finish 3.00 pm
Year 9: Start 8.35 am, finish 3.05 pm
Year 10: Start 8.40 am, finish 3.10 pm
Year 11: Start 8.40 am, finish 3.15 pm
Year 12: Start 8.40 am, finish 3.05 pm
Year 13: Start 8.40 am, finish 3.15 pm

Late students

If arriving late between 8.45 am – 9.10 am students must enter via the main pupil entrance. If arriving after 9.10 am students must enter via the visitors entrance.

Drop off/ Collection

Wherever possible, please drop your child off in the dedicated bay on Little Chell Lane. There is no vehicle access onto the school site to collect your child. The only collection point in the afternoon is the designated bay on Little Chell Lane. Can we thank you all again for your constant support and please stay safe.

Ofsted Interim Visit

As part of their investigation into the impact of Covid-19 on Education, Ofsted have been visiting schools throughout the autumn term. We were randomly selected to be one of those schools and were visited in October. A copy of the interim visit letter can be found here Ofsted Interim visit letter

Section 48 Inspection

We are delighted to share with you our Diocesan Section 48 inspection report.  We received an overall ‘Good’ and it has recognised the outstanding work done in our RE department.  Please follow the link to read through the Report.

News and Events

Liturgical Calendar