I would like to formally welcome parents and carers of students who have joined us this term, especially those of you who are new to the College. This year 184 Year 7 students have made a very successful transition from their primary schools. I have been very impressed by the manner in which they are working hard in lessons, demonstrating a positive attitude to learning and already making a significant contribution to the wider life of the college.
We have also welcomed several new colleagues to the College this year who are fulfilling a wide range of roles, including Mr O’Doherty, Vice Principal, who has joined us from George Pindar School in Scarborough. We hope our new colleagues are enjoying their new roles and will be happy in their work at Corpus Christi.
Students from all year groups have participated in several events this half term which have included the Adoremus Youth Congres, the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham, the Batley Torchlight Procession and the first ‘Jamming’ session of the year. New student chaplaincy representatives have been elected in all year groups and through the new Enrichment lessons some students are participating in the Faith in Action Award, the Youth Alpha course and a newly formed Gospel Chair.
Thank you to Fr Michael Doody, parents, carers and primary school colleagues who joined us last week to celebrate the Year 7 Welcome Mass.
Congratulations to our new Head Boy Jake Donohue and Head Girl Niamh Slade who were appointed to their posts following formal interviews. In addition, the KS4 Junior Leadership team, Prefects and Key Stage 3 Ambassadors have been assigned their responsibilities for the year. All our Student Leaders have commenced their duties including supporting the very successful College Open Evening which was attended by over 400 prospective parents and students.
We are once again celebrating an improvement in our GCSE results which continues our upward three-year trend. We were particularly pleased with the achievements of our students given that this was a challenging year due to the new grading system and substantial changes in the content of most subjects. Overall there were strong performances in subjects from across the curriculum with grade 9’s being awarded in Art, Science, English, Mathematics, Religious Studies and Spanish. Fifteen out of twenty-two subjects were above the national average for attainment and the College has a positive progress 8 score.
71% of students in English and 69% of students in Mathematics were awarded a grade 4 or above, whilst 64% of students passed both English and Mathematics, with a large proportion gaining a strong pass.
Having recently celebrated our Year 7 Girls Rugby League team winning the Carnegie Schools National Cup at Victoria park, Warrington – the first ever Leeds school to do so! I am delighted to inform you that the team have also now been awarded the Rugby Football League ‘Girls Team of the Year’.
The College community will be celebrating our 50th anniversary this academic year. I look forward to informing parents/carers of how we will be celebrating this important milestone.