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  • The Head's Blog

    Helen Ball - Head Teacher

    • 7th December 2018

      We are well underway with our preparations for Christmas.

      The tree is up and decorated and there are lots of activities for pupils to enjoy.

      We have lots of things happening over the next week and a half.

      The school choir is going to be incredibly busy. Today the choir are performing at Marriott House and Donnington House. The Infants have their Christmas performance on Monday.

      On Wednesday we have our Christmas Soiree. This is a fantastic evening where pupils’ performances include Drama, Singing, Drumming, Guitar. We also draw the Christmas Raffle, so make sure you buy your tickets for the opportunity to win 1 of our fantastic hampers. 

      Next Friday the choir are singing at The Cross.

      On Monday 17th the Juniors have their Christmas performance.

      On Tuesday 18th Key Stage 3 and Drama Pathways pupils are off to the Theatre.

      On Wednesday 19th Year 6 are off to Olympia.

      Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch is on Wednesday 19th December which is the last day of term.

      Pupils return to school on Thursday 3rd January.

      Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and carers for their continued support and to wish you a very Happy Christmas.


      My Next Blog will be Friday 4th January. 

      • 23rd November 2018

        How quickly is this half term going ??

        Leavers Certificate Evening

        On the 7th November we had one of my favourite events of the year. This is a lovely evening in which we had the opportunity to celebrate the successes of the Year 11 pupils who left school in the Summer. This year we had some of the very good results. Most pupils from the group attended the event. Well done to you all and I wish you lots of luck for the future.


        It was fantastic to see some many parents attend Pupil Consultation Evening. Over 50% of parents/carers came to discuss their child’s progress.

        We only have just over 3 weeks until we break up for Christmas in all schools this always proves to be a very busy time of year. There are a number of events for your diary.


        Key Stage 1 & some Key Stage 2 are going to the Theatre on Thursday 6th December


        The Choir are out and about on Friday 7th December


        Infants Christmas Performance is on Monday 10th December


        Our Annual Christmas Soiree will take place on Wednesday 12th December, time TBC


        Juniors Christmas Assembly is on Monday 17th December


        Key Stage 3 & KS4 drama pathways pupils are going to the Theatre on Tuesday 18th December


        Olympia will take place on Wednesday 19th December – Yet to be confirmed


        Pupils finish on Wednesday 19th December which is also Christmas Jumper Day


        We have also had our Christmas Card competition. This was an incredibly well supported by the pupils. Over 40 entries were submitted. 4 pupils cards were chosen. Katie, Alfie, Milo and Alfie will all have their cards produced to go on sale. You will be able to purchase cards from the school during December.


        My next blog will be on Friday 7th December.

        • 19th October 2018

          Wow, the weeks have whizzed by, it’s hard to believe it is already half term. On the 8th October, we held our annual open evening. This enabled pupils and parents to visit the school and all the class bases, take part in a range of activities and speak with staff. Feedback from this event has been excellent. We had over 50 pupils attend with their parent/carer. We continue to facilitate a number of visits out of school and visitors in school. Year 7 had a fantastic visit to Fishbourne Roman Palace yesterday. Everyone really enjoyed the visit and pupils were able to experience and develop their knowledge of life in Roman Times.

          Fishbourne Roman Palace

          Dressing up as Romans

          Finally all that’s left is to pass on my continued thanks to staff, pupils and parents/carers for their continue support and hope that all have a well-earned break over half term. Pupils return to school Monday 29th October.

          My next blog will be on Friday 9th November.

          • 5th October 2018

            The last two weeks have been incredibly busy.

            Next week we held our annual open evening. This enables pupils and parents to visit the school and all the class bases, take part in a range of activities and speak with staff. The Open evening will take place on Monday 8th October between 4-6pm

            The pupils have been very busy during the school day too. Last week, the first of the Year 11 groups completed their overnight expedition as part of their Duke of Edinburgh qualification. They had a great time and were very lucky with the fabulous weather.


            DoE group on their expedition.


            My next blog will be on Friday 19th October.


            • 21st September 2018

              21st September 2018


              I really can’t believe how quickly this term is going. The pupils have continued to settle into school really well.


              Some pupils in Key Stage 4 had the opportunity to access Fire Break last week. They had a week of training and developing skills and team work. They all had a fantastic week and did themselves and the school proud. It was lovely to attend their passing out parade last Friday, where they demonstrated their skills.

               Fire Break



              Well done to all the pupils and thank you to the Fire Service for providing such a fantastic experience.


              A reminder to parents and carers that Open Evening will take place on Monday 8th October 4.30-6pm. This is a great opportunity to look round the school with your child and meet with staff.



              My next blog will be 5th October


              • 7th September 2018

                Firstly, I would like to welcome everyone back after the summer break. Hopefully it was a restful time. We are all looking forward to an exciting year ahead, continuing to build on the success of last year.


                Key Stage 4 Results

                YEAR 11 RESULTS 2018

                28 pupils were entered for Qualifications

                64% (18) of pupils achieved 11 Qualifications

                18% (5) of pupils achieved 10 Qualifications

                14% (4) of pupils achieved 9 Qualifications

                4% (1) of pupils achieved 8 Qualifications


                Entry Level



                % OF YEAR 11   PUPILS WHO GAINED


                LEVEL 3

                LEVEL 2

                LEVEL 1























                Entry Pathways



                % OF YEAR 11   PUPILS WHO GAINED


                LEVEL 3


                LEVEL 3


                LEVEL 2 Certificate

                LEVEL 2


                LEVEL 1 Award




















                BTEC Food


                Level 1


                Level 2



                Functional Skills


                Entry 1


                Entry 2


                Entry 3



                ASDAN YOUTH AWARD SCHEME :

                13 pupils achieved Gold Award

                13 pupils achieved Towards Independence

                2 pupils achieved Transition Challenge



                26 pupils achieved this qualification


                Really well done to all those pupils. We will be holding a special certificate evening for the Year 11 leavers on 7th November.

                New Pupils

                We have 37 new pupils starting this term across the whole school. What can be a very scary time, has gone really smoothly. Pupils have settled well and have been a credit to themselves. We are looking forward to all pupils old and new having a successful and enjoyable year ahead.

                Open Evening

                We will be holding an open evening for current pupils and parents to have the opportunity to look round the school, talk to staff and look at work. This is a great opportunity to meet with all staff and have a look at what pupils are doing in lessons. I look forward to having the opportunity to meet with parents on this evening. Open Evening will take place on Monday 8th October 4-6pm


                My next blog for this year will be on Friday 21st September








                • 20th July 2018

                  As we move towards the end of another successful year I am writing to extend my sincere thanks to all our parents and carers for your continued support over the year.


                  The school, as always, has been a very busy place this year. As well as the formal curriculum, there have continued to be lots of enrichment and community based projects that pupils have had the opportunity to participate in and experience this year.


                  We are also saying goodbye to some staff this year.  Most notably Mrs Lewis after 33 years, Mrs Parker after 19 years and Mrs Twinley after 13 years are all retiring. We will miss them all and I am sure you will join me in wishing them well in their new adventures.


                  Can I also take this opportunity to remind parents that pupils should not be in school before 8.30am. Pupils who wish to access breakfast club can do so from this time, otherwise pupils should not be in school before 8.45am. Parents who drop their child off in the morning, must do so in reception and not enter the school beyond the reception area.


                  So, as we come to the end of another super year at St Anthony’s, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all an excellent Summer break, and I look forward to welcoming your child back in school on Wednesday 5th September.

                  • 6th July 2018

                    What amazing weather we have had in the last few weeks. Pupils have coped really well with the heat. Can I just remind parents/carers to send pupils in with a hat and water bottle.

                    Last month we had a group of pupils represent the school in the Level 3 Sainsbury’s School Games. This is a county competition. Our Kurling team won the silver medal and our Boccia team came back to school with a bronze medal.

                    This was the pupil’s first time either playing these sports or playing at such a high level of competition. The school are so proud of what they have achieved! We will look forward to taking part in next year’s Sainsbury’s School Games.

                     Sports Achievements


                    Last Friday saw the last day for year 11’s.

                    Some of the students would have been with us for 11 years and some for not quite so long. All of them, I think will miss the school, but are very ready for the next exciting stage in their lives. We have had lots of fun and laughter, and we have encountered and shared some fantastic moments and memories, which I know will remember for many years to come. This was a lovely group, who should be very proud of all they have achieved.

                    I would like to wish them the best of luck for the future.


                    Miss Ball X

                    Class of 2018

                    Class of 2018


                    My final blog of the year will be on Friday 20th July.