Allez Yorkshire!

SJF display Dewsbury Library Tour de France

Students in the Modern Foreign Languages Department have been busy producing leaflets and posters in French and Spanish, advertising various towns and cities in Yorkshire, ready for the influx of tourists that Le Grand Départ and the Tour de France will bring to the region in the summer. Our work is now on display at Dewsbury Library’s new Tourist Information section. Why not go down and have a look this weekend?

Welcome to the Year 7 section of the St John Fisher Catholic High School website

 In accordance with our school mission, in this year we encourage Year 7 pupils to undertake:

‘A leap of faith’

As they move to us from primary school, our Year 7 pupils make a huge leap in terms of academic expectations and social and emotional development. We ask them to put their faith in God and allow us to build on the excellent work of the primary schools, to develop all aspects of their learning and their growth as a young person in Christ.

Year 7 pupils will encounter new situations every day. They will make new friends in their form, in their year group and in their house. They will have many opportunities to enrich their learning experience through leadership and participation in extra-curricular activities.

We encourage all Year 7 pupils to live life to the full at St John Fisher. In this way their leap of faith will be rewarded in the years to come, as a valued member of our community.

Ms A Fielding

Director of Study for Year 7

Briefing Notes

St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy

Staff Notices w/c 12th January 2015

Sunday: 2nd in Ordinary Times

He said to them, ’Come and see’. – John 1:39


Hall: No Assemblies (Mon – Thurs)     Yr 11 Friday     Patrol Theme: Equipment

Monday 12th January   Yr 12/13 Mocks

Yr 11 Eff/Ass

07.55 – 08.15  Mass

08.15 – 08.35  SLT Briefing

09.10 – 10.50  CHa/CSh

09.30 – 10.30  Budget Monitoring Mtg

10.00 – 10.50  MHa/MMo

10.00 – 10.50  MFa/AGr

15.35 – 16.35  FAC

17.00              Trust Marketing Mtg

18.00              Full Academy Council Mtg

Tuesday 13th January   Yr 12/13 Mocks

Yr 11 English Mock Resit

Learning Mentor Interview (pm)

Chapel – Fr M Hall

07.45 – 08.15  Mass

08.15 – 08.45  SLT Briefing

10.00 – 10.50  KHi/MHa

10.00 – 10.50  CHa/CKa

11.10 – 12.00  KHi/MGo

12.00 – 12.50  KHi/VKi

12.00 – 12.50  MHa/DFa

13.40 – 14.30  CKe/MBi

15.30              Assessment Working Party

Wednesday 14th January   Yr 12/13 Mocks

Chapel – Fr M Hall

08.00 – 12.00  KHi/Diocesan Heads

08.15 – 08.30  SLT Briefing

08.30 – 08.45  Mass

13.40 – 14.30  KHi/CHa

13.40 – 14.30  CKe/MTh

14.30              SLT

Thursday 15th January Yr 12/13 Mocks

Chapel – Fr M Hall

07.45 – 08.15  Mass EF

08.15 – 08.45  SLT Briefing

08.45 – 09.00  Staff Briefing

11.10 – 12.00  KHi/MFa

11.10 – 12.00  MGo/AFl

11.10 – 12.00  CKe/Awa

12.00 – 12.50  MGo/RP

14.30 – 15.20  MGo/LMo

15.20 – 16.20  Whole School Detention



15.20 – 16.20  6th Form Supervised Study


18.45              Preference Evening

Friday 16th January       Yr 11 Sub Reps

Yr 11 Mock Results

07.55 – 08.15  Mass

08.15 – 08.45  SLT Briefing

09.30 – 10.00  Yr 11 Complete Review

11.20 – 12.10  MHa/TSt

12.10 – 13.00  SLT

13.40 – 14.30 MFa/MWa




  1. Notes from K Higgins


Behaviour Management

May I offer my thanks to all those staff that are helping to improve consistency regarding behaviour in corridors and around school. The concerted effort seems to have made a real difference but it is early days. Please keep it up.


Greeting Classes

It is important that classes are met by staff and do not have to wait unsupervised in corridors for prolonged periods. The end of lunch and break times have been a little problematic in this regard this week. Please may I ask that we support each other with this in the same way as we are doing with other aspects of consistent behaviour management.


  1. Notes from M Goodfellow


Applications for Sixth Form

Please encourage Yr 11 to submit their application forms by Wednesday 14th January.


Guidance Sessions/Interviews for Sixth Form

Saturday 31st January (9.00 am – 12 noon approx)

Thanks to staff who have agreed to help on that date. If anyone else would like to help please see Marie. Thanks.


AS/A2 Mock Exams

Please let me know if there are any students who you have concerns about or anyone who is doing particularly well. It would be good if faculties could send postcards home for those who are making very good progress.


Extended Study – Thursday 22nd January 3.30 – 7.00 pm

This would be an ideal opportunity for students to do coursework/catch up on missing work. It would be appreciated if you could encourage students to sign up on the door of C13. Thank you.


  1. Notes from C Kernan


Uniform checks Y7 – 11

This will be done in two phases. Phase 1 is the week commencing 12 January. Please would all Form Tutors check uniform every day this week. The students have had their powerpoint and assembly reinforcement and should be fully aware of what is expected with regard to appearance.


I would ask you to pay particular attention to make-up, piercings and nail varnish on the girls. Additionally tight fitted leggings / jeans on boys and girls, and very short skirts on the girls. With regard to footwear could you look for canvas pumps and coloured trainers. If the trainer is totally black with no obvious markings that is acceptable.


Any students not in correct uniform please email names and issues to your DoS.


Phase 2 is the week commencing 19th January. We will call year groups to the hall to be checked again as follows:


Year 7 – Monday 19th January assembly and just into P1.


Year 8 – Monday 19th January P6 start.


Year 9 – Tuesday 20th January P2 start.


Year 10 – Monday 19th January 2.55pm (two PE groups to have checks done there).


Year 11 – Tuesday 20th January and Thursday 22nd January P5 PE, checks to be done there.


If you teach Y8, 9 or 10 students at the above times, please bring them to line up on the yard in forms. We will be as fast as possible in getting them all back to lessons except Y10 who will be dismissed at 3.20 from the hall. Please stay to assist the DoS.


Thank you for your support.


  1. Notes from C Hall


Year 10 mini classroom based exams – week beginning 26th January

The calendar this year has Year 10 mini classroom based exams scheduled for the week beginning 26th January. It was felt last year that we needed to give some exam preparation earlier than just the end of Year 10. English have actually done theirs before Christmas. Please could HoFs ensure that Yr 10s have some mini, classroom based exam practice during this week.



  1. Notes from M Fallon


          Preferences Evening

Please see below the rooms for Preferences Evening on Thursday. Talks are at 6.45pm and 7.15pm. Please ensure that staff are in their rooms for 7pm. Thanks for your support with the evening.








Apologies MMO, CGR, CKA
Item Minutes Action
1 Matters arising:

  1. MHA: Governors approved ‘Option A’ curriculum proposal and the option block start in Year 9 this year. Thanks to all for the Year 9 changes. VKi asked about current Year 8. It will be blocked across the years in future.
Sharing best practice:

  1. Flipped Learning – MWA is experimenting with this in his Computer Science lessons. It allows students to obtain instructions and information out of the classroom to then facilitate project style work in class. An information hand-out was provided to those present. Staff shared also contains information.
  2. Middle Leadership at another school – AGR visited a school before Christmas. Active Leadership for all staff was very interesting, also assessing without levels and ‘Tensile’ – a skills based programme for students. Staff development and retention was impressive. AGR to return and gather further information this month. KHI asked for a short paper to be produced with all relevant good practice on.


See MWA with any questions.





See AGR for further info or areas of interest

Ofsted preparation and work scrutiny:

KHI referred to paperwork already issued. Ofsted will change from September 2015. However changes made from September 2014 must also be emphasised. There are only 3 guidance documents now. Data and work scrutiny have become the two main areas for Ofsted to determine progress. KS3 remains as important as KS4/5. The progress of disadvantaged students (pupil premium, looked after children) is also key.

CHA talked about work scrutiny being a vital tool in determining progress. The inspectors will use this to follow trails through the school. Although it is said that seating plans and lesson plans are not essential, it is advised that these are available to ensure that inspectors can see as much progress as possible. Lesson observations will be different, and inspectors will check books and remove students and their books from the lessons to discuss teaching, learning and progress.

Our work scrutiny checks are vital to ensure that we are consistently using our marking policies, providing feedback and demonstrating progress.

KHI said that our current Value Added score is not good enough and the quality of teaching and learning will be very important to improve our standing on this front.

CHA said that we will be deepening our work scrutiny procedures. The Year 11 scrutiny in November showed some good practice but too many inconsistencies. A general summary of feedback was issued to those present. Faculty line management will have already highlighted individual Faculty weaknesses.

KHI added his thoughts on this, stating that teachers need to ensure their books etc are in order with good marking and feedback.

VKI asked about work which is IT based and not as easily accessible. KHI said there must be evidence available for an inspection. MFA felt that students would tell the inspectors where their work was.

CHA said that folders of past work to evidence progress over time would also be essential. CSI asked about obtaining further book stickers; CHA has spares. AGR shared concerns about keeping staff morale high when no notice work scrutiny is in place. KHI said that the Faculty must discuss this and support is available. TST said he took full sets of books in and skimmed through these as a team to share good practice. CAN asked if the Faculty should be keeping old books through the year. KHI said that Faculties need to address how they will evidence progress and they should determine how to solve this issue together. JRI said that common sense should prevail. NDA is storing work and it is difficult logistically. Also students are wanting to take work home to show parents. JCA can students take responsibility for their work and keep a portfolio to evidence progress? It could be used for parents’ evenings too. CHA felt that could be a solution which Faculties may wish to discuss.



Share information with Faculties












Use next Faculty work scrutiny to ensure consistency











Faculties to discuss best practice to evidence progress

6th form:

Work scrutiny: MGO had issued documents in advance. The work scrutiny of around 50 files showed good practice, good organisation and useful feedback on the whole. The green penning was inconsistent however. It was suggested that tests being redone could be done in green. More grading would also be useful for students. MWA asked about some flexibility in marking and grading depending on topics being studied. This was agreed.

ALPS grades: The estimates for AS and A2 have been issued. Concerns were highlighted. Student issues must be raised, parents contacted and praise given as required to address problems.

Learning walks: These happened in November with SLT and AFL conducting the walks. It was a pleasure to see excellent classes with independent learning taking place. A few areas for development – less teacher talk, increased differentiation, but a positive experience nonetheless.


Discuss with Faculties


Email MGO by Mon 12 January with plans to move blue into black on ALPS

Options / Preferences Evening:

MFA issued the Option blocks. The preferences pilot was used to formulate the blocks.

Booklet changes should have been made by now. Rooms to be used need to be passed onto MFA

Literacy JGI – a summary of the literacy audit and pupil voice was issued to those present. JGI to meet with the Faculty Leaders / LoLs to draw up an action plan.

Sign up for meeting with JGI



St John Fisher Catholic High School
Key Stage 4 Preference Evening: Thursday 15th January
Subject Venue Staff Subject Venue Staff






Mr N Dalzell and History/ Geography departments






Mr H Edwards and staff








Mrs L Mowbray and MFL department




Resistant Materials


Product Design




Mr V Killoury and Technology department


Media Studies




Mrs Woodhouse



Computer Science




Mr Ward and Mrs Auger






Mr D Fairclough + Science staff


Business Studies

Health & Social Care




Mrs Brooke, Mrs Sandford, + Vocational Staff



BTEC Sport





Mr A Graham

Miss L Cloke

+ PE Staff


General Enquiries about preferences can be raised with Mr Shepherd, Mr Higgins and members of the Senior Leadership Team who will be in the Dining Room. Questions about Collegiate courses (including those run by the Dewsbury Learning Partnership) should be addressed to Fr Hall/Mr Fallon in the same place.



Refreshments will be served from 7.45 pm in the Dining Hall.





Summer Concert

Monday 15th July – 7.30pm

There will be a special evening of music provided by our school musicians.  Entrance is by ticket costing £3.00 for adults and £1.50 for concessions.  These are available in advance or on the door.  Please come along and have our talented pupils entertain you.  Refreshments will be available.

Year 9 Girl’s Rugby team in impressive form


The year 9 girls Rugby team traveled to Shelley College in Huddersfield to compete against various teams across Yorkshire including teams from Hull, Barnsley and Huddersfield last week. With many girls still learning the game the team have come on leaps and bounds. This is the 2nd outing for the girls having previously competed in a Yorkshire schools competition.

Their 1st game was against Sirius Academy from Hull. This was somewhat of a baptism of fire. When they previously met Sirius; a much more experienced team, the girls lost by four  tries and couldn’t manage to score. This time around it was a much more tightly contested game and the girls narrowly lost by one try and managed to score two tries of their own. This gave the girls a lot of confidence going in to the rest of the tournament. Throughout the tournament the girls scored some fantastic individual tries as well as some impressive team tries. More noteworthy was the commitment and team work displayed in defence against some big teams. The girls got stronger and stronger as the tournament progressed. In the final game the girls had definitely secured 3rd place out of 8. They needed to win their last game and rely on another result to clinch 2nd place. They won their last game with an impressive 4 try gap. As always in sport though you never want to rely on other teams results. The team should be proud of their achievements and progress in such a short space of time. Particularly considering as we later learned that half of the teams; due to a mix up by the competition organisers, were fielding a combined year 9 and 10 team. Well done!










Team: Ellie Burland, Chloe Callaghan, Mica Chatha, Lily Loveday, Annie Rounding, Chloe Dempsey, Sophie Jagger, Olivia Brook, Tiegan Littlewood, Jessica Massey , Tori Drury, Bethany Vickers, Chloe Flynn, Lauren McManus,  Lea Dixon  (year 8), Olivia Roadnight (year 8).

Positive feedback from Year 9 History Royal Armouries visit

“When asked to do marching drills and grenade drills…they demonstrated excellent behaviour skills, conducting themselves as young adults in an exemplary way. They were the best students, of that age group, that I’ve ever taught and it was the students attitude and demeanour that made it a real pleasure to teach them.”

Andrew Deane,

Visitor Experience Coach, Royal Armouries

National Foreign Languages Spelling Bee

spelling bee


A big félicitations to our four whole-school winners – Farah, Dylan, Caitlin and Callum –  who took part in the National Foreign Languages Spelling Bee, Yorkshire Final at the University of Hull today. They competed against 150 pupils from 32 Yorkshire schools and did very well, despite not progressing through to the National Final. We’re all very proud of you!