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 and go to 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!


MNDA Fundraising in Memory of Mick Hackett



I want no epitaphs of profound history and all that type of thing. I contributed – I would hope they would say that, and I would hope somebody liked me.” – Brian Clough on how he would like to be remembered.



Do you remember Brian Clough?  Then you may be interested in this very special item we are auctioning along with other items for the MNDA.

This genuine ‘Brian Clough Way‘ metal road sign was specially made for the recent documentary, ‘Shaun Barker – One more time‘, and has been donated by local film director, Ashley Carter.  We are auctioning this along with other items which have been donated for our fundraising for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

A silent auction will run until 3pm on Friday 14th July.  To bid for any of these items, please follow the links to the bidding slip and bidding information below.  Your bid must be received in accordance with these rules.  Good luck everyone and a huge thank you to donors of all items in our Auction.


You can download the bidding information HERE, and the bidding slip HERE.



Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy