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July 2018

We have had another very busy and successful year. Once again there has been so much happening at St Peter and St Paul and so much the students, staff and parents should rightly be proud of! I hope you enjoy reading about the wide range of activities and events in our newsletter and get a real sense of the fantastic community spirit at St Peter and St Paul.  I would like to thank parents for your support over the year in attending the many events that have taken place. 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.

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 together in the St Therese of Lisieux Catholic Academy Trust by all of the other 15 Catholic Secondary and Primary schools and academies in Lincolnshire and Rutland. 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. The significant changes for St Peter and St Paul are that the Business and operations strand of the new Trust are being run through a Central Team servicing all 16 Academies. Mrs Woodlock (Finance Manger) and Mrs Smith (Finance Assistant) will be moving from St Peter and St Paul to be part of the new Central Team and Mrs Nelson (Finance Officer) is moving to work in one of the other Academies within the Trust after 20 years at St Peter and St Paul. We thank Mrs Woodlock, Mrs Smith and Mrs Nelson for everything they have contributed to St Peter and St Paul and wish each of them every success in their new roles.  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. I would like to thank the staff for the unswerving commitment they have shown in preparing the students for the new GCSE and A Level examinations. The students 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. Miss Kutarski and Mrs Atterby are relocating and Mr Minnis is leaving from the Maths Department and I would like to thank them all for their commitment and contribution to St Peter and St Paul. You will be missed. We also wish Miss Shephard and Miss McGovern all the best as they both leave to go on maternity leave at the end of term.  Helen Townsend also leaves us at the end of this year from her maternity cover role as the Academy Chaplain. Thanks to Helen for all of her work throughout the year on Spirituality across the Academy. This year Mrs O’Connell is leaving us after 32, yes 32 Years! at St Peter and St Paul. On behalf of all of the 1,000s of students who Mrs O’Connell has brilliantly taught and supported as a teacher, tutor and House Leader we offer our gratitude and sincere thanks and wish her all the very best for the future. To acknowledge Mrs O’Connell’s long service and contribution to St Peter and St Paul she was presented with a certificate at the recent Year 7, 8 and 9 Prize-giving Ceremony from Peter Giorgio, the Director of Education for the Diocese.

Mike Holmes, our Chair of Governors, completes his second term of office as a truly committed Governor at the end of this term. Mike has supported so many school events and given so much of his personal time to St Peter and St Paul. We are thankful for everything you have done Mike and will miss your input and influence on ensuring we provide the best we can for our students. Thank you.

Finally, I would like to thank all of the staff and governors for their dedicated work over the year, parents for your ongoing 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