Attendance Matters!

  • Most children should routinely have attendance rates of 97% or more. This is the equivalent of 6 days absence per year. But 100% is achieved by many pupils at St John Fisher, 70 of them last year up from 57 in the previous year!
  • Research (by the Department for Education) has shown that 17 days absence in a year results in a drop of one grade at GCSE.
  • 90% attendance is like having a day off every two weeks (20 days missed)
  • 80% attendance is the same as having a day off every week (40 days missed)
  • For all absence – Parents / Guardians must ring or text school first thing to give the reason for absence and when the student is likely to be back. This should be followed up on the return to school with a Planner note.


A group of our Year 10 History students spent part of their half term on the annual Battlefields visit where they took in important sites from WW1 and learnt about the battles that were fought there; as well as stories behind some the soldiers whose graves they visited.  It was an eye opening experience and one that the students will not forget.

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Battlefields 2017

October half term marked the 20th SJF Pals Battalion visit to some of the battle sites of WW1 in Belgium and France.  Parents of 43 Year 10 students gathered just before midnight to wave their children off on a journey that was to hopefully give them a greater insight to the journey undertaken over 100 years ago by many of the local men.  The students’ engagement with the experience was admirable.  Many students came back saying that it was a life changing experience that they will never forget.  Thank you to Mrs Shepherd, Ms Thompstone, Mr Graham and Mr Fairclough for accompanying them on this very special visit.

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Ready Steady Cook

St John Fisher held their very own Ready, Steady, Cook competition yesterday with 4 teams of students and staff competing against each other in a fantastic demonstration of their culinary skills.  Teams had 15 minutes to prepare a healthy meal in front of the rest of year 7.  The Year group clearly “knew their onions” and demonstrated a fantastic understanding of healthy eating. Students could then try some of the delicious food that had been prepared before being able to vote for their favourite meal.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves in what proved to be a great way to celebrate our new caterers to school.

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Torchlight Procession – Cancelled

Unfortunately it has been necessary to cancel the Batley Torchlight Procession this year.  St. Mary’s Church has being undergoing extensive repairs to the roof and in planning the work it was hoped that the scaffolding would be removed and the work completed before the Torchlight was due to take place on Monday 2nd October.  Following discussions with Bishop Marcus it was agreed in the interests of safety that the procession be cancelled for this year only.

Rainbow Days

Our new Year 7 students took part in Rainbow Days last week.  A series of days to allow them to explore and learn more about the Catholic life of our school.  We had fun missions, a photography project on finding evidence of Christ in our School – who is everywhere! – singing practice and a teaching Mass.  Next Thursday the Year 7 induction will end with our Rainbow Mass when all come together to celebrate becoming part of the St. John Fisher Family.

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School Open Evening

Tonight – September 20th – is the schools annual Open Evening, 5pm – 8pm

This event is open to prospective parents and students. There will be the opportunity to listen to the headteacher’s address, take guided tours directed by our own sixth formers, and visit all areas of the school to talk to our staff and students.

We look forward to welcoming you to a wonderful evening.

GCSE Results Day 2017

The school will be open from 9am on Thursday 24th August for students wishing to collect thier results. Staff will be on hand to talk to and advise on the next steps.

Good luck to all ours students!

Please be reminded that the 6th Form Enrolment Day is on Friday 25th August from 10am to 12pm.

A-Level Results

On Thursday 17th August 2017, students are able to collect thier results directly at school from 8.45am. Staff will be available to discuss the results and discuss your next options.
Good Luck with your results!

Challenge Cup Final Tickets anyone?

RRP £50 adult tickets, selling for £40, RRP concessions at £37.50 selling for £27.50 and under 16 selling for £10.

All proceeds going to fund the year 8 and year 10 girls’ rugby teams to the National Finals in London.

Please see Miss Cloke for more details.