GCSE Results


On Thursday 24 August the Class of 2017 collected their GCSE exam results in the presence of their parents and teachers. It was a wonderful morning and it was great to be able to witness the celebrations that morning.

Our students and teaching staff had cause to celebrate with 71% of our students achieving a Grade 4 (the equivalent of an old C grade) or higher in GCSE Maths and English.

Our results are improving year on year with 13 of the new top grade 9’s being awarded to our students and 53% gaining a Grade 5 or higher in GCSE Maths and English.

We are pleased with the significant improvement in our results in a year of great volatility in the examinations system. Congratulations to the class of 2017 and we wish them every success in the future.

Nepal Trip 2017


Summer 2017 came around very quickly! This of course meant that we were to be travelling to Nepal! VERY EXCITING!

The expedition did not disappoint. We spent many hours preparing for two weeks in the Himalayas which we soon found out would be one of the most humbling environments available for the human eyes.

All the students were absolutely amazing, taking in every opportunity to experience the culture, mix with the local community and selflessly put themselves forward for all work needed to improve the lives of the young people and educators at the village school, that we were lucky to spend some time with. We had 3 days building an exterior wall, painting fences and working in the classrooms of a local village school.

Following this was our expedition to the Annapurna Range, arguably one of the most stunning environments in the world. 6 days saw a full range of weather conditions. Blistering sunshine, altitude, full scale humidity and monsoon weather. Again, all students took to environmental changes without a hint of a moan, unless of course it involved leeches more so if they were embodied in hair!

We also experienced the following:

Humbling and Warm welcomes, Birthday cake cooked on a stove at 3200m, lots of emotions, no blisters! leeches, goats, Trek dogs. Mr Poland reminding us that he went to Peru and his new haircut! new friendships, HS2 lectures and most important Life long memories.

We hope to share all of our experiences with you during an AOW in September, where you will be shown our photos and some of the students will be invited to share their own experiences from the trip to Nepal. Look out for the launch of the next expedition aiming for 2019!

Thank you from Mrs McCarthy and Mellon Educate


Thank you to everyone who gave money towards my fundraising for my trip to South Africa with Mellon Educate.

I spent two weeks working with the young people and staff at Silversands High School in the Happy  Valley township in Cape Town.

It was a truly humbling and life changing experience for me. To see the townships and learn of the young people’s struggle to be educated and to get out of poverty was inspiring. The teachers are working so hard with so little resources to make a difference to the children’s lives. Teaching classes of 55 children was an interesting challenge at times.

During my time there I learned so much and hope to go back and work again in South Africa. Thank you for your support. You have helped so many children and teachers. If you wish to know more about Mellon Educate please visit melloneducate.com and go to https://youtu.be/ImckNM1GnQk to see a video of the trip.

GCSE Results Day!


Thursday 24 August 2017

School will be open between 9:00am and Midday for students to collect their results.

If you are unable to collect in person, then a signed letter of authority for a third person to collect on your behalf is required.

Please also see the information provided by Department of Education regarding the new 9 – 1 grading scale for English & Mathematics. This information can be found at the end of the Friday Letter.

Nepal Trip!!!


World Challenge Trip to Nepal

The years of planning and fund raising have finally born fruit for our group of Year 10 and Year 11 students. On Sunday they will head off for Nepal for two exciting weeks of volunteering and I am sure they are all nervous and excited in equal measure.

We wish to express our sincere thanks to the World Challenge team, Mr Wheldon and Mr Poland for all their work in making this expedition happen. We look forward to the updates. Good luck everyone!


Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy