Ash Wednesday


We shall be giving our staff and pupils an opportunity to turn their attention to look beyond the dust and dirt, and accept His gift of salvation.

Ashes made from the palms that once waved in awe of his arrival are now an outward sign of our humility and sin. Palms transformed into ashes now mark a period of deep reflection, penance, and redemption.

Safer Internet Day


Whilst it is well known that today, being exactly 47 days before Easter, is Shrove Tuesday, a day which is celebrated as the last day before Lent begins, today is also Safer Internet Day.

Safer Internet Day aims to educate young adults and parents about the dangers of using the internet. You can visit their website on It provides links to quizzes, games and concise advice on most internet related issues.  covers various topics which will explain how you can safeguard yourself from becoming a victim of one of the many dangers of using the internet. From how to avoid ratting(Remote Administration Tools), to avoiding Ransomware to Webcam Blackmail.

If you have the time we strongly recommend you take the time to visit and/or as the information on the website could save you from becoming a victim of the dangers of the internet.

Welcome to Saint Joseph’s Catholic Primary School


We are delighted to announce that Saint Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Matlock is to join the Saint Robert Lawrence Catholic Academy Trust.

Bishop Patrick and the DFE have approved this arrangement as it strengthens the quality of Catholic Education for all the schools involved.

Over the coming weeks we will be with working with Mr Paul Scully (the Headteacher at Saint Joseph’s) and the Governing Body to ensure a smooth transition to the Trust.

If you have any comments or queries about the proposal please contact the school or email by 5pm on Friday 18th March.

The Saint Robert Lawrence Catholic Academy Trust will comprise of English Martyrs’ Catholic Voluntary Academy in Long Eaton; The Priory Catholic Voluntary Academy Eastwood; Saint Joseph’ Catholic Primary School Matlock and Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy.

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Mr Quenby would like to congratulate the Year 7’s for completing the Musical instrument project. Not only have they been learning about the orchestra, ensemble work and the elements of music but every students has made their very own musical instrument.

Well done to Matthew Mendonca (7DQ), Millie Green (7CH) and Danny Batty (7DC) for winning a music badge for making the best instrument in their class.

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Online Payment Facility for Day Trips, Residential Visits and the Purchase of Materials/Equipment etc


The facility to pay online for day trips, residential visits and the purchase of some materials and equipment from the academy has been made available to parents/guardians. This allows you to pay via debit/credit card or bank transfer at any time of the day or night, putting you in control.  You will be able to access your secure account at any time to track how much you have paid and view any outstanding balances.  This is our preferred method of payment, which eliminates the risk of sending either cash or cheques, which can easily be lost.


Your card details are not visible or stored in the Schoolcomms or academy system.  All card information is processed by Barclaycard.  You will log in using the email address registered with the academy and with your PIN number, which will be sent as a text to your mobile phone and is part of the registration process.

To register on Schoolcomms

All you need to do is ensure that we have your most up-to-date email address and mobile telephone number, please inform the staff in the Academy’s main office of any changes. You may access the secure Schoolcomms system via our website, as follows:

  •  Click on the heading ‘Parents
  • Select ‘School Gateway – Make Payments Here’
  • Select ‘I’m a New User’ and follow the instructions to register.
  • A PIN number will be sent as a text message to your mobile phone, this is part of the registration process.
  • You only need to register once, even if you have more than one child in the academy.

Please note that we no longer issue manual payment cards for trips and visits, therefore, you will still need to register on the secure Schoolcomms system in order to view any outstanding balances.

If you have any queries or experience difficulties in registering on Schoolcomms, please do not hesitate to contact the Finance Department on 0115 932 2896.

Many thanks ~ The Finance Team – Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy