Students Celebrate Successful Internships

Lots of students spend their time relaxing during the extended Summer break but thanks to Locala, five local Sixth Form students each carried out successful internships with the social enterprise.


It’s the third year, Locala – which provides NHS community healthcare services in Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford – has carried out their Internship Scheme in conjunction with Career Ready, working with the St. John Fisher Academy in Dewsbury and the aim of the scheme is to provide not only valuable work experience but also to raise awareness of the services Locala offers the community.

Unlike the majority of internships, Locala’s scheme isn’t just about work experience. Each student is seconded to an area of the Locala service and given their own project to manage. The five 17 year old A-Level Students: Eboney Malicdem,Megan Krolak, John Reyes, Ikra Taswar and Beverlyn Calicdan worked across corporate affairs, health visiting, adult care and in GP bases.

Chris Reeves, Associate Director of Corporate Affairs comments:

“The calibre of students we receive onto our Internship Scheme is incredible. This year I had the privilege of delivering our Goodbye session to the Interns and was left inspired by these highly motivated and talented individuals.’

Each student was paid throughout their four week Internship and were able to present the outcomes of their particular project to the Locala teams.

Emma Boyes, Youth Engagement Co-Ordinator adds:

“Every student who joins us during our Summer Intern scheme contributes greatly to the team and the objectives we are trying to achieve. We love their enthusiasm and refreshing approach to their projects and we will take their findings and implement them throughout all areas going forward. We hope our Internship inspires those who get involved and encourage others to come and join us next year.”

In 2017, Locala will hold a type of ‘speed intern’ event where candidates will be able to go around different members of the Locala team and pick their brains about their day jobs. This knowledge sharing exercise is set to be a great way to inspire candidates even further given the breadth of the services Locala offers.

John Reyes, one of the students taking part in the Locala internship had this to say:

“The reason I took an internship with Locala was because I believed it would be a good experience and would help me with my knowledge and understanding about the different roles in healthcare, in particular nursing since it’s a career path I would like to pursue. I thought the placement was really good, the patients and Locala colleagues made it even better since they were all lovely and very welcoming. I learnt a lot shadowing different health care professionals and the experience did give me a better understanding. Overall I would recommend anyone to join in with the Locala internship program.  It was one of the best times of my life! ”

Andrea O’Hare from St.John Fisher said:

“We are truly indebted to Locala and the input they have had into our Career Ready scheme. Our students gain not only invaluable work experience but amazing support from the Locala team who continue to inspire the interns year after year.”

The Locala Internship scheme takes place every year throughout the summer holidays and welcomes five students studying in years 11 and 12. The program is also supported by national charity, Career Ready, who link employers with schools and colleges to prepare young people for the world of work.


Our School Open Evening

School doors were open as we gave a warm welcome to potential future students.  Each Department and Faculty area showcased the best the school has to offer.

Thanks to everyone involved.

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St John Fisher becomes a Digital Schoolhouse!


St John Fisher has been selected to be one of 19 schools throughout the UK to be a part of the prestigious Digital Schoolhouse Project as it rolls out its national programme.

The project is designed to get primary students enthused and engaged by Computer Science and their teachers prepared for delivering this exciting subject in their own schools.

At St John Fisher we are offering local primary school staff and pupil workshops designed to enable pupils to succeed and staff to deliver this essential curriculum area. The best part, thanks to the new Digital Schoolhouse partnership with PlayStation – these are free to all!

Every Monday, from 11.00am until 3.20pm, we will open its doors to our community of primary staff and pupils and a dedicated Computer Science teacher will be available to help support them. Our lead teacher can also be seconded to visit and deliver at individual schools, if that best suits teachers and learners.

This may be by taking a class and delivering a workshop to initially engage pupils or delivering INSET to staff to guide them through the minefield of teaching Computer Science at KS1 and 2 and boost their skills and confidence in this area.

A pre-workshop visit can also be arranged (and is encouraged!) to allow staff to be involved in the planning and delivery of workshops so that a bespoke experience is in place that truly matches the needs of everybody involved.

If you are a local primary school teacher and would like to discuss booking a workshop, INSET session or visit, or would just like more information about the Digital Schoolhouse project, please do not hesitate to contact our lead teacher for more information at

The lead teacher for the project is Mark Ward, a highly experienced teacher and self-confessed Computer Science geek, who has been involved in teaching Computer Science in one form or another for the past 16 years. He is both a Raspberry Pi and Apple Certified Educator and has delivered seminars at education conferences including the BETT conference and the Education and Technology conference, on changing from an ICT to Computer Science curriculum. He has also written on this subject for numerous education magazines and websites.

A Very Good Innings

Students are bowled over to be having a visit and coaching session from the Vatican’s own cricket team.

Members of St Peter’s XI, accompanied by members of Batley’s Mount Cricket Club, joined in the brief visit.

The sporting highlights of the Vatican XI’s Yorkshire tour will be playing a Twenty20 match with a multi-faith community XI from Batley at the town’s PKWA Centre on the afternoon of Sunday, 18th September, and the following evening facing top Mid-Yorkshire Sunday League club, Mount CC, in a Twenty20 match on the ‘hallowed ground’ of Headingley.

With interfaith issues firmly on their agenda, both teams are hoping to illustrate to the area’s young people that they can be true to their own faiths, yet at the same time cherish diversity.  The tour was arranged to show that a love of cricket can unite and empower people regardless of nationality or faith.  Their intentions are: ‘To be ambassadors for our respective religions and correct misunderstandings, continuing  to build on the fellowship and the generosity of spirit that we have experienced on and off the field, and extending this to the wider community.’

The touring Vatican XI is made up of an international team of Catholic priests and seminarians.  Two are English, 8 are from India and 1 from Pakistan.   They are all studying for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome.  One of the team members is West Yorkshire-born  Rev.  Elliott Wright, who played for Yorkshire Schools’ teams before training for the priesthood.  Off-spin bowler Elliott knew he wanted to be a priest from the age of 14 and is being ordained in Leeds Cathedral next July.  This will give food for thought to the young men in Year 10 at St John Fisher Catholic Academy, as they welcome Elliott and his fellow trainee priests to their school for a special ‘Vocations’ school assembly!


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GCSE Results Day 2016

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GCSE Results Day 2016

Today was a very special day in the lives of many of our senior students, their teachers and parents as the students received their exam results.  For most, their hard work was rewarded handsomely.  There were some excellent results. A particular highlight being that 76% of all students achieved a higher grade mathematics GCSE. This was all the more impressive given that results nationally have fallen due to the tougher marking regimes being imposed.

There were also some outstanding individual results.  One student attained 6 A* and 5 As.   Another gained 5 A* and 5 As, a third 5 A*, 4 As and a Distinction and a fourth 3 A* and 7 As.  Many other students gained A grades amongst their impressive hauls.  However, as a comprehensive school, we are proud of all students and there were many that have exceeded target grades today.

We wish all of our students who are leaving us this Summer every success with their sixth form studies, training or their employment.

Great Success for Sixth Form Students!

Congratulations to all of our Year 12 and 13 students who are collecting their AS and A2 results today. The students have performed exceptionally well.   In Year 13 there were fantastic sets of both Academic and Vocational results. Some of the key highlights are

          99% pass rate overall

          33% A* –  A grades (in academic and vocational equivalent programmes)

          51% A* –  B grades (in academic and vocational equivalent programmes)

          Average points per student is 728 (which would be the equivalent of BBB for students taking 3 A Levels)

There were also some outstanding individual results at A2 level.  One student attained 4 A* grades in Maths, Further Maths Physics and Chemistry.  Another student attained A*A A B  in their four A levels and one achieved A* A B B.  Two further students achieved A*A B C.

At AS level there were also some very strong results in spite of news of variability nationally for AS results.  St John Fisher students attained a 91% pass rate overall with 27% of all grades being A or B.

Again there were some excellent individual successes including three students gaining 4 As each.

We wish all of our students who are leaving us this Summer every success with University, training or their employment and look forward to welcoming the Year 12 students back to us in September to complete their A-Level studies.


Kevin Higgins – Headteacher

Paul Rushton – Assistant Headteacher Post 16

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Staff return from Ghana

Mr Murphy, Mrs Smith, Miss Beevers and Miss Bolland return safely from their trip to Ghana.  The excursion took them to our linked School, Wechiau Junior High School, Upper West Region of Ghana.  The Members of Staff presented on behalf of collections raised from Pupils at St John Fisher Voluntary Academy.  70 Bicycles, 200 Mosquito Nets and a vast array of Stationery items were given to the School.


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Summer Concert – Monday July 4th

The school is holding a Summer Concert on Monday July 4th @ 7.30pm, to be held in the school hall.

Tickets are £3 for adults and £1.50 for concessions

Please support the event, which is usually an excellent showcase of the students musical achievements.