It is a privilege to be the Head Teacher of a school that consistently maintains high standards, where each individual makes a unique contribution to promote the common good and where this is valued and celebrated.
We work closely at St. Thomas More with our feeder parishes and primary schools to facilitate the Catholic triangle of home, church and school to fully enhance the beliefs of our students. We regularly seek opportunities to invite parents and carers, the parish community, business and other organisations into the school to enhance and enrich the school as a faith community and its value to the wider community.
At St. Thomas More we aim to personalise the learning experience of all pupils in terms of curriculum provision and entitlement. A wide variety of teaching and learning styles are adopted by all staff to guarantee the educational progress of every pupil, enabling each to learn in a way that suits him or her best.
This vision for outstanding Catholic education at St. Thomas More is also reflected in our pastoral care, which is based on two fundamental principles. Firstly, all students should be valued equally and, where appropriate, be treated as they might become rather than as they are. Secondly, the pastoral system must support the learning of the child and the raising of standards and achievement. It should stand for the successful education of the whole child and be based on an expectation that all students have talents.
Our impetus is to strive for excellence by providing an outstanding 11-16 Catholic education, with Christ and the explicit proclamation of the Gospel at our core, for the current and future families of Alsager, Crewe, Nantwich and Sandbach.
Mrs Clare Hogg
What is Progress 8?
Progress 8 is a new secondary accountability measure aimed at measuring the progress of pupils across a selected set of 8 subjects.
It is a type of value added measure, meaning that pupils’ results are compared to the actual achievements of other pupils with the same prior attainment.
On the day 10 Romero led our assembly focusing on the 'Right to Education' and the story of Malala Yousafzai, Father Jerome invited Mrs Hogg to meet Anna, the manager of the Crewe Waterstones book store, to discuss how we can improve the STM school library and nurture our love of reading.
Exciting times ahead for our book lovers at STM and Waterstones Crewe - watch this space!
The RAF Roadshow came to St Thomas More on Monday 26th September.
As part of the STEM projects at St Thomas More, the pupils were shown how the RAF use Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics as part of their mission to support the Armed Forces throughout the world.
With Virtual Reality headsets, pupils were able to experience flight without leaving the ground.
Headline news: Mrs Hogg left speechless trying to follow such talented public speakers. Well done all of you.
For more photos from the Open Evening please click here.
Are you a carer? Supporting a young person with mental health issues? Looking to connect with others who are in a similar position?
The role of a 'carer' encompasses as many different situations as there are individual carers, with each context being completely unique – because both the carers and those they support are completely unique. Carers Harbour aims to be a 'port in a storm' for all of us who are supporting others - whether that is through physical or mental health issues, full time or part time, short term or long term, practical, personal or emotional. Looking after ourselves as carers includes setting aside time to meet with others who understand what we are going through. But many carers are employed in jobs that mean it is difficult to attend alternative support groups through the day, or they live some distance from existing support groups.
Carers Harbour provides a local monthly evening opportunity for carers to meet with others in similar situations in the South Cheshire area. We are not experts, specialists or therapists, but want to ensure that being a carer is not an isolating experience. There will be a chance to have a cuppa and a chat in a friendly, informal, non-judgmental and supportive environment. This is a very new group and will develop further over the next few months, including signposting helpful information and services.
Meetings will take place:
·on the last Tuesday of every month, starting on 28 June 2016
·between 7.30pm and 9.30pm
·at New Life Community Church, Fuller Drive, Wistaston, Crewe CW2 6TH
Contact us and find further information at carersharbour.weebly.com
Ms Waring took our year 8 countdown team to the area Countdown Competition. This pitted them against teams from schools in Sandbach, Nantwich, Crewe, and Market Drayton. Our year 8's came SECOND. Congratulations on beating most of the regions schools.
Year 8 Pupils go STEM Crazy.
As part of National Science Week all of Year 8 at St Thomas More Catholic High School took part in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths related day on Tuesday. Lots of pupils went to Magna Science Museum in Yorkshire, others were engaged in Café design and sixty pupils took over the school hall to build wind turbines. The wind turbine activity was sponsored by the National Grid and presented by the Smallpeice Trust. Over the day some pupils really stood out as tomorrow's engineers and were awarded prizes kindly donated by Crewe's Maplin store. Lots of pupils commented on the day helping them with their team work, developing their creativity and learning about the different jobs engineers do. Pupils working on café design had to apply their number skills to choosing a plot from an Estate Agents website, applying for planning permission, designing their café and then coming up with healthy menus! pupils that visited Magna discovered how huge a steel making site is, explored the various interactive science activities and took part in a rocket building competition.
Photo - image of individual prize winners donated by Maplin. Mr Holden [Curriculum Leader Science], Daniel Iddon [Maplin Store Manager] and Roxy Payne [Smallpeice Trust].
Pupil in Focus
This week saw our Year 11 pupils head out to employers across the area for their work experience week.
One of our pupils went to Design Office in Crewe, from their blog it appears she made a pretty good impression.
Paul Walker, link to DofE, accompanied some children in their own time, last week, to an event run by Crewe Pledge and Trevor Langston. The event put pupils in touch with employers with the aim of securing volunteering opportunities.
Trevor's words are as follows: -
"The students were a credit to themselves, you and the school. They had the confidence to approach the stands and engage in mature conversations."
Thanks Paul for all your hard work with DofE. Our children are not like this by chance, it is because of all our continued efforts with them.
I am so excited about the prospect of loads of our current Year 11's and future pupils gaining their bronze DofE whilst pupils at STM.
A message from Sid Murphy, the Academy Trainer at Escalla, an Apprenticeship Training Academy.
One of your pupils, Kaden Broomhall attended here last week (Oct 3rd – 7th) for Work Experience arranged through Mploy Solutions.
Might I take this opportunity to commend Kaden for his excellent attitude and performance throughout the week; he presents as a fine Ambassador for St. Thomas More Catholic High School and you should be proud that one of your charges is of such commendable character.
During the week, Kaden essentially adopted the role of an Apprentice and took part in all scheduled activities. Level 3 IT Apprenticeships have 5 elements:
The core Diploma;
Employee Rights and Responsibilities;
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills; and
The Technical Certificate element is delivered in Centre as a structured training activity. In this, a new apprentice cohort’s 1st week, the Technical Certificate training activity was Unit 030 Customer support provision for the IT professional and numerous pastoral activities – Centre Induction, Safeguarding, Anti-radicalisation, Where Am I Now & Goal setting and Challenging Bullying, with Unit 030 assessed through a formal summative exercise.
As indicated Kaden excelled this week, achieving a Distinction (with an excellent score of 66 out of a possible 72 marks) for his formal 030 assessment and fully participated in all of the weeks activities.
European TeamGym championships - Slovenia
Kim Sasi (Year 9) and her team finished 5th in the European team gym championships in Slovenia they all did amazing and all went clear no falls, they also got the third highest score on tumble.
They competed in tumble, trampet, floor and the vault.