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2014 Review of the year



We have completed another very busy and productive year at Catmose. We continually strive to offer a service that responds to the needs of each student both in and out of the classroom. In developing our provision this year we have seen a number of significant developments and achievements that are worth mentioning.

The College has offered the Duke of Edinburgh for a number of years, this year has however seen us achieve licensed centre status under the leadership of our chair of governors, Andrew Holt and DoE lead, Simon Mellors. We are now able lead on awarding bronze and silver award to Catmose students; with nearly half of year 9 enrolled alongside a year 10 silver award group this has already been a huge success.

In February this year, we achieved another first, performing on the stage at a public theatre, Phantom Love at the Curve in the Leicester. Written by Tracey Dene Powell, a local playwright, Matt Sammy our director of music and Leanne Mitchell, director of drama with our students brought this dramatic musical to life.

The performing arts team have since performed at local venues and of course we also celebrated Beauty and the Beast, a KS3 production and in the summer term, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The year culminated with the performing arts team performing a variety of act in Spain.


In March we celebrated world book day in some style with staff and students invited to dress as their favourite fictional character.


Trips and visits are central to life at Catmose and we encourage every student to take part in at least one every year in order that their education is broadened beyond the confines of the College. The list of experiences continues to grow and once again we have published a guide to parents to inform their choices. This year we have seen trips to Paris, Berlin, Benalmadena, Kingswood, Black country museum and the WW1 Battlefields. This extensive programme is led by Jude Macdonald but couldn’t happen without the support of so many staff who give their time to organise and lead them.


Sport is a considerable strength of the College with us regularly competing and winning in the local region. This year’s many successes culminated with the College once again winning the Rutland and Melton varsity completion. This is a year-long competition involving the full range of traditional winter and summer sports, this is the second year in the last three we have won this prestigious competition. Oliver Teasel has ably led the sports team once again to this accomplishment.


For a number of years, Sue McGrath has led our successful teams in the youth speaks and the English-speaking union public speaking competitions. This was our most successful year yet with both the junior and senior teams doing very well winning against the local grammar and independent school competition.


Beth Smith, leads our media team which has achieved national recognition this year by interviewing a number of international sports people and national politicians such as Michael Gove. They persuaded Mr Gove to not only pose for a ‘selfie’ with them but also were responsible for his rendition of a rap which featured on the front page of a number of national newspapers!


The wider Catmose Federation continues to prosper, we were designated as a National Support School, which will offer opportunities to support other schools within the local area who are in challenging circumstances. John Harrison, Vice Principal led a bid to be a Teaching School, which was successful, we will now be leading on the Rutland Teaching alliance which will bring high quality teacher training to the Rutland area.


We have also expanded our nursery provision by building a new pre-school provision on the Catmose Primary site. Catmose Primary also enjoyed excellent KS2 SAT outcomes and is now over-subscribed. Catmose Primary has also enjoyed significant expansion with an outside learning environment and new outside-play facilities to complement the internal refurbishment that has seen every aspect of the Primary building improved. Natalie Ray, the federation manager has done a tremendous job of leading our finance team and site team to carry out this work to an exceptionally high standard whilst providing very good value for money.


Virginia Savage, Vice Principal has led the bid for Harington School, which if successful will be an academic free-school for students looking to study at the best universities. This has been a hugely significant piece of work that has the potential to transform the opportunities of not only Catmose students but those from the other Colleges in Rutland and wider afield. This will be an important piece of work that the Harington Trust which also involves UCC and Oakham School will lead on to create a much-needed local provision.

This year will see a continued emphasis on ensuring that our students enjoy high quality lessons, in particular that they are able to effectively act on the written feedback they receive to support their own development, that there are no impediments to them being able to do their best in every lesson, that homework effectively challenges them and that reading is something they regularly do in every subject area.

We will also see the Federation extend the College and if the bid is successful leading on making Harington School the sixth form of choice for Rutland and the local area.


Stuart Williams




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