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July 2017

We have had another very busy and successful year and this is shown in our largest ever Newsletter. There has been so much happening at St Peter and St Paul and so much the students, staff and parents should tightly be proud of! I hope you enjoy reading about the wide range of activities and events in this newsletter. Students have really got involved in all of the many opportunities given to them by our dedicated staff. The atmosphere around the academy has been absolutely wonderful and I would like to thank parents for your support over the year in attending the many events such as parents’ evenings and also dropping off and picking up your children when they have been on trips, at events or rehearsals. It is greatly appreciated and valued as without your support the academy would not be able to run the additional opportunities we give our students.

It is pleasing to report that at the end of our recent two-day Ofsted inspection the Ofsted team viewed St Peter and St Paul as ‘GOOD’ in all aspects. If you have not read the full report please find the time to do so as it reflects on the input and impact of everyone in our community – students, all staff, Governors and Parents on ensuring we provide a high quality all round education for each child. The report can be found on the academy website or Ofsted website. However, it is vitally important that we all remember ‘Getting Better Never Stops!’ and we will all continue to improve in the coming weeks, months and years.

In this newsletter there is a letter that all Headteachers of schools/academies in the Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocese have been asked to share with parents. As you know, we are currently part of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) with 5 Catholic Partner Primary academies. By September 2018, we will be joined in a Catholic Academy Trust by all of the other Catholic Secondary and Primary schools and academies in Lincolnshire. By doing this we will not see any changes in the way we offer your child a high quality of teaching and learning each and every day nor will it change the unique identity of St Peter and St Paul. By joining together with more Catholic schools and academies we will strengthen our capacity to share good practice and keep improving.

We have had a very busy exam season since Easter. The students once again showed great commitment and maturity to what is a challenging time in their lives. Please do remember in your thoughts and prayers all of our students who await exam results in August.

It is always pleasing to hear about the successes of past students of St Peter and St Paul. We are proud of all of the ex-students who have completed their degree courses this summer with outstanding achievements. Well done!

As always at this time of year we have staff that will be leaving us for pastures new. We wish Mrs McDowell and Miss Knight all the best in their new venture as they leave our staff and thank them both for contributions to St Peter and St Paul. Fr John Kyne moved from Lincoln to Mansfield recently. We all thank Fr John for his commitment and contributions to all aspects of St Peter and St Paul in his 9 years in Lincoln. Following a rigorous and national recruitment process this term, we welcomed Mr Woodgate as Sixth Form Leader and Mr Carroll as Subject Leader of RE and in September 2017, we welcome Miss Shepherd to our English department.

Finally, I would like to thank all the staff and governors for their dedicated work over the year, parents for your continued support of the academy and students for the contributions you make each day to the life of the academy. I  wish you all a happy and safe summer holiday period and we will look forward to welcoming all of the students back refreshed in September ready for another exciting and productive year.

Mr D Keogh