News, Events and Celebrations
College Calendar/ Enrichment Programme
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College, Highfield Road, Widnes. WA8 7DW. Tel: 0151 424 2139 Fax: 0151 422 6500
Due to the highly competitive nature of University Applications we are bringing in specialists from Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool John Moores University, to present workshops to our Year 13’s that will help strengthen their UCAS applications.
Wednesday 24 September, 2.10-3.10 pm (Venture Suite and Production Suite) - UCAS personal statement workshop with Liverpool Hope University - ALL year 13’s to attend.
Wednesday 1 October, 2.10-3.10 pm (Social Science 1) UCAS Nursing/Midwifery workshop with Liverpool John Moores University.
We are asking each student in Year 13 to apply to UCAS. Their deadline for their application to be completed is Wednesday 15th October.
A-Level Results - Best Ever
Students and Staff have celebrated our 'best ever' A-level results with 51% of Year 13 students gaining A or A* grades, 71 % gaining A* to B and 90% gaining grades between A* to C.
Principal Wendy White said: “With the scramble for places in top universities, the challenge for this year was to score excellent results in the traditional academic subjects. What is particularly pleasing is that maths, English, chemistry, biology, French and law all had exceptional results, meaning that our students can now go on to the best universities and the most prestigious courses.”
GCSE Results - Above National Average
As a College we are celebrating results above the national average. Principal Wendy White said: “I am so proud of all our students. We protect our young people, but they are well aware of the news reports about exam results and changes to the education system, which can put them under enormous pressure to do well. The results gained by students such as Callum Burns and Roisin Fletcher, as well as all our other students show that our young people are resilient, determined, and proud to do their best.”
"It is also a credit to the effort that staff have put in to teaching and engaging students in their education. Students in 14 subjects improved on last year's results. The school has long been nationally recognised for excellence in delivering A levels and preparing students for university. I believe this success and good teaching practice is now filtering through to GCSE level studies.”
Image: courtesy of Runcorn and Widnes World
Image: courtesy of Runcorn and Widnes World
Year 12 Work Experience
During our recent Enrichment week, Year 12 students participated in our first Work Shadowing programme. Throughout this week students observed a career that particularly interests them gaining a valuable insight into the ‘World of work’ whilst developing their employability skills for the future. I was personally amazed by the huge variety of jobs students decided to experience during their placements, which included architecture, finance and law. I think every sector of our economy was covered! The experience was a huge success, with many employers contacting the college to say how proud we should be of our students.
Congratulations to all students involved, you represented yourselves exceptionally well and provided a wealth of evidence to put in your personal statements.
World of Work Co-ordinator
Year 12 Visit Liverpool Hope University
On 3 September Mr Wallace, the Progress Leader for years 12 and 13, Kate our College Chaplain, Lynn the Pastoral Progress Officer for Sixth Form, Gill the Sixth Form Learning Mentor and Josh Wood, a former student took 92 students for an induction day to Liverpool Hope University on their first day back after the long summer break.
The students were able to see the facilities of the University and meet up with staff and students who work and study there and find more about University life and studies.
Mr Wallace held workshops about ‘being a good sixth former ‘ Lynn talked about the processes around being a sixth former and Gill introduced the many opportunities each and every student can take when they are in our sixth form. Josh talked about his experience over the past two years with the Lassalian Project which enabled him to travel to Thailand and Kenya to help build schools and facilities in local villages.
Kate’s session in the beautiful chapel allowed students to reflect on the theme of ‘planting the seeds of new beginnings’ by moving around a series of four prayer stations where they considered PLANTING seeds, BEING seeds of hope, NURTURING others to grow, and GROWING in faith. We ended the day with the celebration of Mass, presided over by Fr Stephen Pritchard (Associate Dean of the University and long-time friend of our College) and were delighted that Marie-Therese one of the University’s Chaplains could join with us for this. Afterwards the students were able to enjoy a meal at the campus together before returning to Widnes.
We want to thank every student who attended; they were exemplary in their behaviour and manners and were a true credit to Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College.