Welcome to Corpus Christi
Welcome to the new school year. I would like to extend a particular warm welcome to the parents and carers of our Year 7 students who have joined us this term, especially those of you who are new to the College. Following a number of promotions and retirements at the end of the summer term, we have several new staff joining us this year. I hope our new colleagues settle well in to their new roles and will be happy in their work at Corpus Christi.
We have enjoyed a very settled start to the new school year. Students have returned to school ready to work hard with the aim of achieving their full potential and making outstanding progress. Thank you for ensuring students are in full uniform and well equipped to study. Our Year 7 pupils have made a successful transition from their primary schools and I look forward to meeting their parents and carers at the Year 7 Mass of Welcome which we will celebrate later in the term.
You will no doubt be aware from the press that GCSE exams are experiencing ‘volatility’, with many schools both locally and nationally being adversely hit by higher grade boundaries. We were particularly delighted, therefore, to achieve our best ever GCSE results with 58% of our Year 11 students achieving 5 or more A*-C grades, including English and Mathematics. At Corpus Christi we have hard working students, dedicated staff and supportive parents – congratulations and thank you to all who contributed to the class of 2014’s success.
Our on-going refurbishment of the College buildings continued during the summer break with Mr Pearson overseeing improvements to the dining hall and the remodelling of the Modern Foreign Languages Suite. The dining hall has been enhanced by the addition of a bistro style café area, new furniture and upgraded lighting throughout. Thank you to Leeds City Council who provided the funds for the remodelling work and to Interserve who completed the project within 5 weeks to ensure the provision was available to staff and students on their return from the summer break. The new MFL provision includes a dedicated speaking and listening room, language laboratory, staff work room and new storage facilities.