GCSE Results Press Release 2021
On August 12th, St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy celebrated the achievements of their Students with another set of excellent GCSE results. The Class of 2021 have made exceptional progress and this is down to the hard work and commitment of each and every Student throughout what was not only a difficult year but past couple of years.
Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the Class of 2021 have really earned each and every grade they have been awarded. From attendance to Live Lessons throughout lockdown, to an intense 8 week period of assessments and internal exams, SPH Students have been fully committed to making the most of Year 11 and achieving the very best GCSEs possible.
On results day, Team SPH celebrated Students’ success and hard work and smiles were seen from all as each Form were reunited for one last time to appreciate what they had achieved throughout their journey at SPH.
The Class of 2021 progressed extremely well with a number of Students achieving the very top grades. One Student (Dominic Rolls) even achieved 10 of the best GCSEs, including an exceptional 9 grade 9s! Other Students that achieved a vast number of the top grades included: Poppy Newton, Libby McNamara, Caitlin Bowler, Sam Shepley, Isabella Caulfield, Mustafa Mir, Emily Ryan and Jemma McCormick and all were extremely deserving of these.
As well as this, a significant number of Students also made fantastic progress and achieved extremely well, being awarded grades significantly above their target grade in many subjects. These included Gabriel Broady Ojero, Amelie Connell Davies, Nicole Moss and Francesca Tudor.
After what has been an extremely challenging year for all Students nationally, we as a community can be extremely proud of the young people in Glossop that have overcome these challenges and not only paved the way for their own success but become beacons of light for the future of our local community.
Charlie Quigley Yr.7 has creatively adapted one of the Shakespeare homework's to make a model of the Globe Theatre in the form of a beautiful cake.
Well Done Charlie and the rest of the Yr 7 group
And Mrs Worley especially said it was delicious!
We are delighted to announce that Caitlin Bowler has received the St Ralph Sherwin Pupil Award for 2020-21.
I'm sure you will all join us in saying a huge “Congratulations” to Caitlin.
The award recognises a pupil who does their best every day to act like our patron St Ralph Sherwin.
Y9's have made and presented cheese straws as part of their end of year assessment in Food Preparation.
They look delicious!
‘Y10 students have been busy creating beautiful artwork at home when researching the artist M.C. Escher
Well done Y10 Art students’
Y10's have been busy making some beautiful lemon meringue pies for their Food Preparation Practical Mock Exams.
Ruby has decorated hers with stunning piping, candied lemon rind and has double layered her tart with strawberry and lemon.
Fantastic work well done!
We are very busy here at SPH planning the first stage of the transition programme for our soon to be Year 7 students. Last week Mrs Urquhart was excited to meet more students and speaking to their Year 6 teachers.
This week we will be busy sorting the pupils form groups out – more information will be on the way over Half Term.
Here are some of our Art Department entries for the 'Heroes of Lockdown' stamp competition with Royal Mail. All Year 7 students were offered the opportunity to enter along with some of our Year 8 students.
We are very excited that we might have some winners in our entries!
Good Luck to everyone !
Update as a result of your kind donations for a previous Non-Uniform Day
Dear St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy
On behalf of Glossop dale Foodbank, I would like to sincerely thank you for the generous donation of £372.99 which we received on the 4th May. This donation is very much appreciated and will help support local families and individuals in the Glossopdale area who are experiencing financial difficulties.
Please find attached a Certificate of Appreciation.
Many Thanks to you all!
Today to mark the end of Mental Health Awareness week we had an online drop in session from Glossop Arts Project. All students were involved and many said they found it beneficial. Harry & James in Year 8 said they really enjoyed the session and learnt some new drawing techniques.
Art therapy is an approach that involves the creative processes of art to improve one's life. For example, drawing, colouring, painting, doodling, and sculpting are all examples of art forms that can be used as a means of therapy.
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Today Mrs Urquhart visited All Saints & St Margaret's to meet Class 3 and to introduce herself to some of our future SPH students!
A great turnout at Extra-Curricular Football this afternoon of Year 7 & 8 Students.
We have an excellent transition programme here at SPH. Mrs Urquhart was at St Mary's yesterday to introduce herself to our September Year 7s
Celebrating Homework @ SPH
This term the Year 7 are studying Relationships in Shakespeare playscripts and Transcripts.
The students have been given project-based homework which allows them to explore all Shakespeare plays as they are able to decide which homework's to submit and they are encouraged to be as creative as possible.
Charlie Quigley submitted fantastic costume design for Peter Quince from A Midsummer Night's Dream and Cleopatra.
Esme Baddeley- Colman has presented her research into the background of Shakespeare as a newspaper
Lily Pickford and Frazer Carroll have designed DVD covers for the play we are studying
Well done to all the year 7 in their efforts
Our pupils have been testing soil PH in Science today because Miss Birkitt is struggling to grow her Lemon tree!
They have gathered several different types of soil and added water and indicator to show where on the PH scale the soil falls indicating whether it is acid or alkaline.
VIRTUAL FOOTBALL COMPETITION!
During PE lessons we are going to be completing a virtual football competition.
Results from the competition will be recorded and compared with other schools.
We will 'kick off' on Monday 10th May!
Keep checking in for regular updates.....
We have a number of Extra-curricular lunch time clubs here at #TeamSPH and here is our new rota.
We encourage all students to take part in at least 1 activity as it provides many benefits such as learning a new skill or meeting new friends !
Selected students from years 7 & 8 will be taking part in this years Maths Challenge. We would like to wish them lots of luck!
The Senior Mathematical Challenge is a 90-minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at students across the UK.
It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.
The problems on the Senior Mathematical Challenge are designed to make students think. Most are accessible, yet still challenge those with more experience.
Best of luck to you all from us all at Team SPH
What a fantastic Youth Celebration ! Our Easter Egg Hunt and SPH Bingo was a real success raising over £550 for ‘Save the Children’ and ‘Once upon a Smile’. Thank you to everyone who took part !
‘The SPH Science Department have been very busy this week judging the Y7 British Science Week competition. Here are the winners!’
They are from Martha, Logan, Evie, Frazer, Beth, Freya, Gracie and Harry
Congratulations to all all, excellent effort, well done!
Last Wednesday Year 7 and 8 students took part in the fourth 'For the Love of Reading' session. This time they read Dan Freedman's book 'Kick Off!' which follows Jamie Johnson's football journey as he makes his way from his School football team to playing in the Champion's League! Throughout this session there were students demonstrating Martial Arts and practising the same Football Drills which made Jamie a star!
Afterwards they met Dan Freedman in a live 'Meet the Author' webinar and were able to ask him questions to find out what it is like to write stories and publish books.
A reminder that tomorrow is Non-Uniform Day !
We are asking for £1 donations towards our chosen charity Once Upon a Smile.
All our pupils have been out walking the longendale trail today as part of PSHE day, a beautiful day in the sunshine!
PSHE Day at #TeamSPH
Our Y7 pupils have been busy brainstorming ideas of how we can improve our school environment.
PSHE Day @ St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy
Year 8 pupils have been busy building tents and cooking outdoors!
29th March 2021
Our liturgy will be during period 1 on Thursday 1st April, we aim to start this at around 9:10am
The theme of our liturgy is ‘Find Your Passion’ and we’ll be reflecting on what it means to be passionate about something.
A quote that will be shared as part of the liturgy:
“Passion is an emotion to be acted upon. Without action, passion yields no worthwhile results. Passion is the fuel in the fire of action. When you have passion for something, you love it even when you hate it”.
15th March 2021
#PE Six Nations Challenge
We are currently on 2032,61 miles of our 2100 target
Putting us now between Paris and Rome, we only have another 67.39 miles to go before Saturday!
Please log as many as you can so we can make in time for the games!
11th March 2021
Our Year 10 Parents Evening will take place on 25th March on School Cloud.
Appointments will be available between 4-7pm using the online virtual system.
Appointment times will be 5 minutes and it will be an opportunity for parents to meet with their child’s subject teachers to discuss their learning.
9th March 2021
#TeamSPH PE Six Nations Challenge
A massive thankyou to everyone involved with the six nations challenge.
To date we have logged a total of 1,812.71 miles, putting us between Stade de France and Stadio Olimpico.
We only have another 287.29 miles to log and we have made it to our destination in plenty of time for a city break before the games begin!!!
Keep walking, logging and jogging and we will let you know when we have made it!!
9th March 2021
We would like to say....
A Great Big Thankyou to two children who have been going above and beyond during lockdown.
One of our Y9 pupils Kiera Urquhart and her younger brother Cameron have been up and out every morning @ 7am! for the past 2 weeks running miles to raise money in aid of 'give football a home'.
So far they have raised a staggering £1,169.00! and ran an impressive...
Fantastic achievement you two, well done!
If anyone would like to donate please do so through the link below:
9th March 2021
8th March 2021
Here we go again!
A new challenge for you to welcome you all back to school. How much science can you fit onto a piece of A4 paper?
3rd March 2021
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26th February 2021
While you may not be able to visit the School Library just yet, you can still access lots of fantastic audiobooks through the SPH Virtual Library. To access the Virtual Library, please visit the 'World Book Day Celebrations' Learning Space on the VLE and once there you will be able to click on any title which takes your interest and listen to it read aloud!
This year, we are celebrating the day virtually with lots of exciting events throughout the week!
26th February 2021
#TeamSPH Six Nations Challenge
So far we have ranked up an impressive... 838.26 miles!!
Meaning we have now travelled from
SPH to Murrayfield (Edinburgh- Scotland) at a total of 235 miles
then on to
Murrayfield (Edinburgh- Scotland) to Aviva stadium (Dublin- Ireland) at 290 miles
and we are now between
Aviva stadium (Dublin - Ireland) to Principality Stadium (Cardiff- Wales) at 290 miles!
Well done to you all, only another 212 miles to log and we are already half way there, let keep going and logging!
Remember, if planning on going a long distance you should be accompanied by an adult and be prepared with warm clothing and something to eat/drink.
25th February 2021
Please join Miss Cox for The SPH Weekly Reflection on ‘Forgiveness’ tomorrow at 8.45 on the ‘SPH Weekly Reflection’ Learning Space.
25th February 2021
Introducing our new Inter-Generational Project!
We are proud to announce that St Philip Howard will be the only Derbyshire school supporting this Comic Relief project for our elderly local residents.
As of the week beginning 22nd February our keyworker groups will work towards planning a full days activity to support and stimulate elderly people in local care homes and build Inter-Generational relationships.
One of our groups voted to base their Party theme on a MASQUERADE BALL.
We look forward to the next session with storyboards, plans and activities to discuss/vote on.
Good Luck and Enjoy, we look forward to briniging you regular updates as the weeks unfold!
24th February 2021
Click on the image to view all the Masked Reader video's on our Facebook page.....
SPH Masked Reader Number 4!
Which teacher is the owl?
Please check out the 'World Book Day Celebrations' Learning Space on the VLE where you can see all the videos so far as well as find out more about the World Book Day competitions and check out the SPH Virtual Library!!
24th February 2021
22nd February 2021
Here is another of our staff members reading from one of their favourite books, The first person to work out which staff member is hiding behind the mask email it to Miss Elliott (firstname.lastname@example.org) on the 4th March will win a prize!
#TeamSPH Masked Reader Day Two.'
23rd February 2021
On Thursday 4th March we will be celebrating World Book Day 2021.
In celebration of this SPH staff are taking part in 'The #TeamSPH Masked Reader'.
Each day another member of staff will be heard reading from their favourite book. The first person to work out which staff members are hiding behind the masks and email it to Miss Elliott (email@example.com) on the 4th March will win a prize!
#TeamSPH Masked Reader Day One.'
21st February 2021
We have received The Pupil Premium Award from the Achievement for All organisation, which works with schools across the country to improve outcomes for all pupils. This is in recognition of the work we are doing to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children. The Glossop Chronicle covered the story, please click on the image of Mr Kays our Deputy Headteacher below, to read the full article.
12th February 2021
Our SPH Activity Trail is now live!!!!
Have Fun !!!!!
11th February 2021
SPH Parents, as we near the end of the week, we want to reflect on the success of this half term and
thank you for all of your hard work.
Below, are just some of the supportive comments we have received from you over the last few weeks and,
for this, we are truly thankful!
Without the support from our Parents, it would not be possible!
11th February 2021
SPH Community Activity Trail
We are very excited to share with you our SPH Community Activity Trail which has been undertaken by the keyworker pupils during this term to create a ‘Covid secure’ activity trail.
This is for the children of the Glossopdale area to enjoy this upcoming half term.
Starting last week we have had 60 pupils decorating pebbles to be used on the activity trail.
Please see the attached map that we have created for the children, along with the activities.
As set out on the map children are to follow the path to find the various stones and answer the questions about the stones.
Points to note:
1. The pebbles shouldn’t be moved or touched
2. Please only go on the trail in your family bubble
3. Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines
4. Have fun !
We hope that everyone has a very safe and restful half term and we would like to thank everyone for their support !
10th February 2021
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Students are invited to take part in various events today as part of the Safer Internet Day 2021 promoting trust and reliability in the online world.
2nd February 2021
The students have had a fun afternoon today, painting and decorating their chosen stones.
These will become avaliable for everyone to view at your leisure over the February half term......more to be revealed soon......!
2nd February 2021
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29th January 2021
29th January 2021
A great start to lockdown at #TeamSPH week 1 concludes with the following achieved:
* 310 live online lessons
* 5 Form/ Year Group online catch up meetings
* Safety and wellbeing calls made to every student
* Over 50 laptops distributed to help with home learning
* Completed one-2-one sessions with our most vulnerable students by our Pastoral team
* Completed over 150 Covid tests on site
Well done, keep up the great work. Onwards and Upwards!
Don't forget to follow our Twitter page 'Wellbeing at #TeamSPH' !
This page is here to help support you and provides lots of useful information along with advice and important support contacts.
Thank you to Year 11 Parents for joining the Senior Leadership Team in a meeting about changes to GCSEs and BTECs this year. 70% attendance from the year group! Thank you for all of your support. We will continue to keep you updated as soon as we have further information.
For this weeks PE #Teamsphchallenge we are attempting to walk, run and cycle from Lands End (Cornwall) to John O'Groats (Scotland). Keep logging your activity throughout the week as we attempt to complete the 837 miles!!!
Well done to those who have already logged their miles, keep going!!
Yesterday #TeamSPH completed 62 live online lessons.
We had over 200 pupils on a live PE workout lesson !!
We had a whole year group on an online pupil and student catch up and in addition to this, on site We carried out 80 student and staff Covid tests !!
Great work and well done!!!!!
Another amazing charity working hard despite the risks of current times to offer incredible support to our local families.
Bellies not Bins are offering a free packed lunch every Wednesday to ALL secondary school children.
Text your order through to Gill on 07549307720.
Lunches include a sandwich, crisps, chocolate, fruit and a can.
Please collect from Carmel Church, Station Road, Hadfield.
Baby Jesus arrives at #Teamsph and students and staff took part in a prayer to celebrate the true meaning behind the
The Chaplaincy Club have very kindly sent out Christmas cards to our local care home residents.
It has been a very Christmassy day here at #TeamSPH!!
Students enjoyed their Christmas dinners then had the chance to watch an online pantomime !!
Science Poem Competition Winners
Our Year 7 students recently took part in a Science poem competition. We had lots of amazing entries and here are our class winners and overall winner!
class winner !!! class winner!!!
class winner !!! shortlisted entry!!!
Today SPH has been packed full of fun activites in aid of our PSHE day
The day is aimed at developing pupils:
All of our students have been participating in various events including a walk on the Longendale trail, making hot chocolates on gas burners, perfecting the art of putting up tents and for the older students a careers talk from our careers advisor and a project brief including a business enterprise and well being discussion from our visitor Mr Corbally.
Happy Christmas Jumper Day!
Our students looked very festive and brought the Christmas spirit to SPH
The total raised is...£195.80
Our St Ralph sherwin Trust would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2021!
If you look closely, you will see one of our Year 7 students card was the competition winner to be on our Trust's E-Card this year.
#TeamSPH joined together with schools across the nation for @CAFOD’s Light of the World assembly. It’s important to take time to reflect on how we can spread the light of Christ during advent.
Year 8's have been getting into the Christmas spirit and writing short stories to send to the residents at our local nursing homes.
Year 7 have been busy in Food Technology making these delicious looking Christmas themed cakes.....
SPH Science Competition Poem Competition 2020!
The science department are feeling festive,
they’re gathered around their Christmas tree.
They would like you to write a science Christmas poem,
to put on social media for all to see! ???
The Royal Exchange Theatre Young Company recruitment is currently live!
It offers training for performers, writers and theatre makers (directors, technicians and theatre makers) for young people aged 14-21.
For more information about the Royal Exchange Young Company, have a look at our website here:
Main Page – https://www.royalexchange.co.uk/young-company
If you would like to get involved, click on the link below.
YOUNG COMPANY SIGN UP TYPEFORM – https://rxtheatre.typeform.com/to/lbISDFBs
As an alternative for people who cannot fully commit to the year of Young Company we also have something called Young Collective, which is a membership that allows members to book onto weekly online workshops and week-long project through school half terms and holidays.
Young Collective – https://www.royalexchange.co.uk/young-company-collective
have launched a new initiative at SPH today aimed at recycling old and broken pens. A red box has been placed in every classroom for these pens to be collected and then recycled.
All money raised from recycling these pens will go to Year 8's chosen charity, Ellie's Fund:
This pupil-led initiative demonstrates leadership, progressive-thinking and philanthropy which follows the Year 8 SPHartan philosophy!
The Learning Support Department have recently completed a new classroom display. Staff and pupils were asked to create a self-portrait for our new portrait gallery. Amazing work!!!
The Chaplaincy club are helping the homeless and asking for donations of hats and gloves. Please take any donations to Mrs Birkitt or Mrs Hulley.
This year more than ever we have witnessed the positive power that society can have when we come together to tackle a common challenge.
We are all a piece of the puzzle, and together we are united against bullying !!
We are proud to share that two of our pupils have thoughtfully been making their own face coverings to sell and raise money for a charity based in Kenya. This will contribute towards much needed food and PPE.
These can be purchased for a bargain price of £2.50! Well done girls!!!!!
A massive thankyou to everyone who donated to our Children In Need we raised an impressive total of:
Our lunchtime extra-curricular activities timetable has now been updated with lots of opportunities for our students to further their involvement in subjects or sports they enjoy.
This week to mark the start of anti-bullying week we have asked the pupils to wear odd socks to school. As always they have embraced the opportunity to express themselves in celebrating their uniqueness and address the fact that when it comes to bullying CHANGE STARTS WITH US!
Throughout the week we will be encouraging the pupils to take part in different activities focused around anti-bullying!
The pupils and staff really enjoyed non-unform day in aid of Children in Need and our virtual duck race was a huge success!
A St Ralph Sherwin Art Challenge was set for students across our Trust to produce artwork that could be picked to feature in an upcoming Trust music video !!
Here are 2 great entries into the challenge- Well Done !
#TeamSPH Student Achievement
We are delighted to announce that one of our Year 9 students Alisha Palmowski has finished the shortened Championship Season in second place (out of 28) and is therefore the 2020 Junior DRS100 (Daniel Ricciardo Series UK) Vice Champion!
Alisha is booked to enter the Ginetta Junior Scholarship at the end of November, where the successful driver (out of approx. 60 entrants) wins a fully funded season racing these cars as a support series alongside the BTCC (British Touring Car Championship) which is aired on live TV.
Good luck Alisha!
Head Girl & Head Boy
We would like to say a BIG Congratulations to Dominic and Caitlin in Year 11 who have been appointed as Head Boy and Head Girl for the year 2020 – 2021. They will be supported by Leo and Emily whom have been appointed as their deputies.
All of those who applied can take pride in being pupils who younger students aspire to be like and who contribute a lot to both the school and local community.
#TeamSPH Virtual Open Evening 2020
Macmillan Cake Sale
This Friday 25th September we will be having cake sales within year group bubbles to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. We are asking pupils to if possible bring in shop bought cakes that are still in their packaging which we will then sell at breaktime. Unfortunately we are unable to sell homemade cakes at this time. If your child would like to purchase a cake for this worthy cause we ask that they bring change so as to avoid money being passed back and forth.
Please can all cake donations be taken to Miss Egan in room 3.
GCSE Press Release 2020
This year’s results were the best the school has ever achieved and this was no surprise either! The school has gone from strength to strength, from the point of the school’s academisation in 2015, right through to present day. The Class of 2020 were the first year group to be a part of the reformed school, known as, ‘St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy’ and, shortly after, the academy joined the St Ralph Sherwin Multi Academy Trust. It was throughout this period, that our journey to success was paved and improvements over time meant we were prepared for our expected Ofsted visit in the academic year of 2019-2020. The achievement of this year group had already been foretold and, we held great confidence in the Class of 2020’s success.
Throughout their time at TeamSPH, the Class of 2020 were predicted excellent progress and attainment scores and, they certainly delivered. The average grade in this year group, across the different subject areas was a grade 5. As expected, the vast majority of students achieved a grade 4 in English and Maths and, a significant proportion achieved the very highest grades (grades 7-9).
The students that made the most progress in the year group were Lara Milward and Jacob Perry- so much so, that in many subjects, they even exceeded their target grades. The highest attaining Students that achieved the greatest number of 7-9 grades across all of the different subject areas were Ella Davies (10 grades 7-9), Sophie Parker (9 grades 7-9), Louis Taylor (9 grades 7-9), Daniel Pickford (7 grades 7-9),and Alex Snape (6 grade 9s). These final two students were also the second highest for progress in the year group too.
We are truly pleased that Students can celebrate the victory of their learning journey at St Philip Howard and look forward to hearing about their continued journey to success in the future. We wish them the very best of luck. They will certainly be missed!