Saint John Houghton earns Bronze School Games Mark award


Sainsburys school games Bronze logoSaint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy has been awarded Bronze School Games mark.

The Sainsbury’s School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.

It has been awarded based on the following:

  • PE hours
  • School Sport Opportunities
  • Numbers of young leaders supporting activity within school
  • Number of competitions within school and against other schools

This is a fantastic achievement for Saint John Houghton and the hard working PE Department of Mrs Joslin, Mr Warden, Mr Ritchie and Mrs Taddeo.


Mrs McCarthy at The Great Birmingham Run


On the morning of Sunday 19th October Mrs McCarthy ran the Great Birmingham Run in aid of Bone Cancer Research Trust. She was raising money to honour Alex Read student of Saint John Houghton who died last March at the age of 14  years. Mrs McCarthy wishes to thank everyone who sponsored her and sent good luck messages.

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Year 11 Briars Retreat


Sixty four Year Eleven students attended the Briars retreat last week. It was a joy to see the harmony develop amongst the group over the five days. The experiences of a prayer journey, a sodden walk in the Crich countryside, a Talent Show, Mass and formal dinner among other activities, brought students closer together. Staff observed that students responded maturely to the theme of ‘Making Choices’ and supported each other through prayer and reflection. Emotions ran high at times but the students were generally a credit to the Academy and their parents.

Well done all and many thanks to the following staff who gave up some or all of their week to attend. Mr Quinn, Ms Bailey, Mrs Bacall, Mr Hope, Rachel Rose and Mr Parr.

Thank you to Mr and Mrs Swindell, Mrs McCarthy and Mrs Doczyminska for joining the group for Mass and the formal meal on Thursday.

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Disability Awareness Training


On Tuesday 14th October Year Seven were involved in some disability awareness training delivered by Martin Mansell. He is a nine times Paralympic medallist and won Gold in Seoul in 1988. Martin has been to our school on a number of occasions and is a great friend of Saint John Houghton. During the session the students covered their perceptions of disability and basic terminology to describe disability. Martin with continue to work with the students when they are in Year Eight and Year Nine to further develop their knowledge on disability awareness.

Thank you to Mr Ritchie for organising this training for us.mmansell 1