St Michael's
We believe that a three way partnership between the school, its students and their parents is vital to success

Year 6 - 7 Transition

We extend a very warm welcome to parents of all our children and thank you for entrusting the welfare of your children to our care. Starting at a new school can be an anxious time. Consequently, we hope that this information and the subsequent New Parents’ Evening will alleviate any worries or concerns you may have

At St Michael’s, we believe in success through partnership: the partnership we develop between parents, students and staff is crucial to establishing long-term success. To give you a flavour of our school, I thought it would be helpful to provide an overview of what makes St Michael’s Church of England High School so distinctive.

Staff take great pride in providing a safe and secure learning environment, whilst at the same time offering a wide array of exciting and challenging academic opportunities, encouraging our students to flourish intellectually, emotionally and socially.

Christian Ethos: our values are: motivation; initiative; courage; compassion; honesty; achievement; enthusiasm; leadership and service. We are committed to showing love, care and kindness to all in our community, to value what we have, to share with others, and to enable everyone to achieve their full potential.

Leadership and Management: following our 2017 Ofsted inspection, the report states, “The headteacher and senior leaders are relentless in their determination to provide the best possible education for pupils. Staff value this strong leadership and share its vision for an inclusive school where pupils are cared for and are successful academically”.

Learning: staff take great pride in providing a safe and secure learning environment at St Michael’s. In 2017, Ofsted acknowledged that we “form a united team, committed to providing the best possible education for pupils” and that “teaching is consistently strong across subjects”.

Personal Development and Welfare: in the 2017 Ofsted inspection, pupils’ personal development and welfare were rated outstanding. Pupils “feel safe and well cared for in school [they] trust the school’s staff to deal with bullying or any other problem they might have” (Ofsted 2017). Inspectors also noted that members of staff take their responsibility to care for and keep pupils safe “very seriously” and that “high-quality pastoral care and support for pupils is evident throughout the school”.

Behaviour: we have high expectations at St Michael’s Church of England High School. Our students represent the school impeccably. Consequently, adherence to the uniform policy and behaviour codes of conduct are non-negotiable. Ofsted (2017) describes our students as having “caring and welcoming attitudes to each other, to staff and to visitors”. Relationships in classrooms are “warm and respectful”, the school is “calm and orderly throughout the school day” and at break time and lunchtime, students “behave maturely and show consideration for others”.

Extra-curricular Opportunities: we hope that your child will participate in the wide array of exciting and challenging activities available to them. These include sport, performance, extra-curricular learning and Student Voice opportunities.

Preparing Students for the Next Stage of Their Educational Journey: our students flourish intellectually, emotionally and socially. They develop into “confident, mature and articulate young people,” whilst a “high-quality careers education programme [that] runs throughout the school” ensures that students are “very well prepared” for life after St Michael’s (Ofsted 2017).

I hope that this overview has been helpful. We look forward to welcoming your child into the St Michael’s family and to working with you over the next five years.

Jayne Gray