News from the Headteacher
It has been an extraordinary year for our College community. Not only did we start the year with great celebrations in mind to commemorate the 60th year of the founding of Archbishop Beck Catholic College but a year that was to highlight, celebrate and applaud all the many successes of the College. As the year progressed we have faced the onslaught of COVID-19 and all the changes to our normal way of life that have resulted from the pandemic.
At the College we have faced these challenges with courage, determination and fortitude. We have done what we always do “Roll up our sleeves and get on with the job at hand“. After all that is what George Beck, former Archbishop of Liverpool, would do if he was present with us today. We are keeping his spirit alive every time we face adversity and overcome it.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank, applaud and congratulate all our College community – the students who have continued to challenge themselves and work throughout their time at home, to our parents and carers who have supported their children through this time of adversity and to our teaching and support staff who have provided pastoral and academic support to all the children in our care.
We also record our deep thanks, gratitude and appreciation to members of our College community who will be leaving us this summer.
Eddie Cotter (ICT technician)
Debbie Allen (SENCO)
Shelagh Woollam (Science teacher)
Stephanie Campbell (Geography teacher)
Jayne Hennessey (Science teacher)
Amy Connolly (English teacher)
Some of our year 11 students and all our year 13 students will be leaving us this year. We have already booked events in the autumn term so that they can rightly celebrate their achievements and time in the outstanding Archbishop Beck Catholic College community. Well done to each and every one of your for your hard work and determination over many years.
Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish all the College community a happy summer break when together we will move forward out of the pandemic to a time where we maintain our focus on families, friendship and faith.
“When This is Over” by Laura Kelly Fanucci
“When this is over,
May we never again take for granted;
A handshake with a stranger, Full shelves at the store,
Conversations with neighbours,
A crowded theatre, Friday night out,
The taste of communion, A routine check-up,
The school rush each morning, Coffee with a friend,
The stadium roaring, Each deep breath! A boring Tuesday. Life itself.
When this ends, may we find that we have become more like the people we wanted to be,
we were called to be,
we hope to be,
and may we stay that way — better for each other because of the worst.”
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Safeguarding is highly effective in the sixth form. Students say that they feel safe and are well prepared for adulthood.
Students value the specialist support provided by the school's pupil support service. The staff in this team pride themselves on seeing every pupil enter the school each day and are vigilant in ensuring that pupils are happy, safe and well cared for.
Pupils spoke positively about their school. They say that they are valued as individuals, are well supported by staff and would recommend the school to others.
Pupils say that bullying is rare at the school. If there is bullying, pupils know how to report it and are confident that it is dealt with by school staff quickly and effectively.
The school's use of the additional funding for disadvantaged pupils is more effective than was the case previously, because of strengthened leadership in this area.
School leaders work effectively with parents, carers and external agencies and act swiftly when required. Referrals are followed up in a robust manner and record-keeping is good.
School leaders have adopted an internet filtering system, which helps keep pupils secure. Pupils know who to report concerns to and how to do this.
Pupils say that they feel safe and are well looked after. Pupils have a clear understanding of the risks which might affect them and how to keep safe, including in e-safety.