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Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School
Old Oscott Hill, Birmingham,B44 9SR
0121-360 6383

Message From The Headteacher

It is my privilege, as headteacher of Cardinal Wiseman Catholic Technology College, to welcome you wherever you may be reading this. We receive countless messages from far and wide complimenting us on what I trust you agree is a superb web-site befitting our Specialist School Status.

We are first and foremost a Catholic community being a founding member, in 1988, of Birmingham’s Catholic Partnership of Secondary Schools. Our distinctive Catholic ethos extends to all regardless of race, gender, background or ability building on the firm foundations that are laid by parents in the home and by the primary schools which educate our Year 7 intake. We are committed to developing the whole person, believing that each child has God-given talents which we strive to nurture and support the development of.

This is summarised in our Mission Statement, ‘Frontem in Fide – Forward in Faith’: “Cardinal Wiseman Catholic Technology College is committed to providing an education for all our young people inspired by the teachings of Christ. The Gospel message of love of God and of one another shapes our daily life.”

Our children are given daily opportunities to learn more about their Faith and to live their Faith by showing care for and good example to others. Part of this spiritual journey involves celebration of the Holy Eucharist, services of reconciliation, daily prayer and involvement in school retreats. Voluntary Mass is celebrated weekly in our Chapel. We hold the Leading Aspect Award in Faith and Values, giving national recognition to what we represent as a Catholic community.

I am particularly please to report that this month we are celebrating our best ever GCSE results. We recorded the highest GCSE pass rate for A* to C grades in our history. Over 47% of students achieved 5 or more C grades or higher with 41% gaining at least a C grade in English and Maths. In fact, close to 70% of students achieved a C grade or greater in English while 50% achieved the same in Maths. An impressive number of students have also achieved 12 or 13 GCSE passes at grade C or above. In addition, 98% of all students have left us with at least one qualification at GCSE. These results are a tribute to the hard work and dedication of both the staff and the students and their determination to achieve their best. This wonderful achievement follows on from our recent successful Ofsted inspection.

Our parents clearly believe we are heading in the right direction as we continue to be over-subscribed. In a recent consultation I was delighted to find that 100% of the parents surveyed confirmed that:  “teachers in this school believe all children can learn”. We intend continuing to work with them, building further on our recent success. High standards of work, appearance and behaviour are expected from every member of our school community.

We work hard to ensure that our communication with parents is a priority and a number of systems are in place to engage parents. For the past two years the school has pioneered the use of the Internet to allow parents to log on to the school’s management system and to follow their child’s academic progress as well as monitoring their behaviour, attendance and punctuality. This has attracted the attention of both the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Specialist Schools and Academies’ Trust who have both featured the school in published case studies. Schools Minister, Jim Knight has also mentioned the work we have done in this field in key note speeches to delegates at education conferences.

There is no room for complacency, however, as the coming academic year promises to be another eventful and exciting one.  Those of us privileged to be involved in Catholic education have always believed that ‘Every Child Matters’, long before the government launched their ECM initiative We are committed to working with ‘Clockwork’, the Oscott Extended Provision Cluster, which aims to bring together the community and schools within the Oscott area to create a vibrant urban village for young people and families to live in. We are the designated lead school in the cluster and Catholic families can expect to see in the near future increased community access to schools, swift and easy referrals to specialist services, access to quality childcare, parenting support and family or adult learning within the cluster.

The government’s initiative ‘Building Schools for the Future’ (BSF) is a project to rebuild or redevelop all secondary schools throughout the country over the next 15 years or so. Birmingham Local Authority has already begun the process. We are part of phase two of the Authority’s plans with work scheduled to begin in 2010 on creating a modern and well equipped school fit for the future education of students in the north of Birmingham.

Beyond the classroom, we are in the process of evaluating sustainable energy resources. With an increased focus on global warming and environmental issues we are about to begin a project involving the installation of a wind turbine to generate its own power. This revolutionary project will allow the school to power a classroom full of computers from its own source and to evaluate the results. Currently we awaiting planning permission but, hopefully, given the go-ahead, the system will be up and running by the end of October.

Through the weekly Friday letter, published in a separate section of the web-site, we’ll be keeping you informed of these and other developments as well as celebrating our students' achievements, doing our best to keep you informed of life here at Cardinal Wiseman.

Thank you for having taken the time to visit our website. I hope you find whatever you are looking for. If not then please let us know.

On behalf of all governors, staff and students, I offer you best wishes and good health for the future.

Martin Jones

August 2007

Admissions Criteria

The principal aim of Cardinal Wiseman Catholic Technology College is to work in partnership with the parents of Catholic families in the education and upbringing of their children. It is intended for children who are baptised in the faith. It is of paramount importance to the Governors that we should retain and enhance our Catholic ethos.

The schools Admission Number for the school year beginning in September 2008 is 129.

If the number of applications exceeds the admission number, the governors will give priority to applications in accordance with the criteria listed, provided that the governors are made aware of that application before decisions on admissions are made.

In all categories, priority will be given to those who have a brother or sister attending Cardinal Wiseman Catholic Technology College at the time of admission.

1. Baptised Catholic children who are in the care of the local authority (looked-after children) or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents). 

2. Baptised Catholic children who currently attend a Catholic feeder school.

3. Baptised Catholic children who currently attend a Catholic school.

4. Baptised Catholic children who currently attend a non-Catholic school.

5. Non-Catholic children who are in the care of the local authority (looked-after children) or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents).

6. Non-Catholic children who currently attend a Catholic feeder school.

7. Non-Catholic children who currently attend a Catholic school.

8. Non-Catholic children who currently attend a non-Catholic school.

If there is over-subscription within a category, the Governors will give priority to children living closest to the school determined by shortest straight line distance measured from the front door of the school to the home address.

Our named Catholic feeder schools are Christ The King, Maryvale, Sacred Heart and St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary Schools.

Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs that names the school must be admitted.  This will reduce the number of places available to applicants.

Evidence of Catholic Baptism or Reception into the Church will be required.  
The home address of a pupil is considered to be the permanent residence of a child.  The address must be the child’s only or main residence.  Documentary evidence may be required.

In accordance with the requirements of the Education Act 1980, parents have the right to appeal against the Governors' decision not to admit.  An appeal form is available from the Clerk to Governors of the school.  Upon completion the Appeal Form should be sent to the Clerk c/o the school who will set up an Independent Committee to hear the Appeal. An Appeal must be lodged within 14 days of receipt of the written refusal of entry.

Sporting Facilities

Playing Fields - We are fortunate that we have some excellent facilities here at the school with a large playing fields attached to the school whic host football, cricket, rounders and other sports.

In the summer months there is room for a full sized athletics track as well as areas for field sports.

Swimming Pool - We also are priviledged in that we have our own swimming pool which is in constant use, not only by our own pupils but by students from our primary schools as well as several clubs and societies in the evening.

The pool is in use every evening Monday to Thursday and all day Saturday. Enquiries about the letting of the swimming pool should be addressed to Mr. John Meally at the school address.

Gym - We have recently refurbished the gym and it is now a modern facility. The floor has recently been replaced and the room has been redecorated and full equipped.

The Long Gallery - Although this area is not dedicated to sporting activities it is often used when the weather is poor. It is also the venue for our Archery Club which takes place at various times in the year and is led by Quantum Archers.

The School Council

At Cardinal Wiseman the school council does a number of things: The school council meets - usually with a teacher present - to discuss and sort out problems. These may include school lunches, behaviour or ideas for fundraising events.

Members of the school council will be responsible for carrying out the ideas that have been agreed, such as planning discos, writing newspaper articles, or meeting with catering staff.

What jobs are there?
Each year, every year group elects 2 representatives to be members of the school council. The council then meets to elect officers such as Chair, Secretary and Treasurer

What makes a good one?
A good school council is one that represents the views of all students and gets things done. Many schools have councils, but they are not all successful.
These are some things that make a council effective:

  1. Regular meetings
  2. A council that is not too big
  3. Class/Form councils that meet regularly
  4. Good communication between representatives and their class
  5. Training for school council members
  6. Smaller groups (subcommittees) working on specific events or issues
  7. A bank account or budget (however small)
  8. Annual evaluations

Do they get anything done?
So far the Cardinal Wiseman school council has carried out the following;

  1.  Negotiated the building of the memorial garden.
  2.  Helped with on going improvements to the school canteen.
  3.  Liaised with Mr Mealy (caretaker) on designs for a new playground which involve a safe area for students to sit and have their lunch.
  4.  Negotiated the possibility of a bus service for pupils.

But there is still lots to do!!!

The School Council needs to;

  1. Apply for £10,000 of funding to improve the way in which students travel to school, e.g. bike sheds, lockers etc…
  2. Carryout work to achieve Healthy School Status.
  3. Help Mrs McCarthy to achieve a successful extended schools programme e.g. after school sport etc…
  4. Apply for the School Litter Charter which will indicate Wiseman is a environmentally friendly school.
  5. Listen more to the needs of our students.

School Council 2007-08 & Governing Committee

Y7: Pastoral – Year 7 & 8 Responsibility

Cameron Williams
Curtis Stanley
Saarah Hussain
Tisha Wyke
Shawnakay Lindon

Y8: Pastoral - Year 7 & 8 Responsibility

Bertram Williams Treasurer
Jordan Patrick
Kiera Parkinson
Alex Deakin
Shannon Honer

Y9: Eco Schools – Year 9 Responsibility

Dominic Williams
Nicole NcCube Chairperson
Jewell Henry Vice-Chairperson
Kiel Pykett
Paige Crosby Secretary

Y10: Healthy Schools – Year 10 Responsibility

Aaron Duncan
Gwen NcCube
Omar Rutherford Vice-Chairperson
Cole Rennie
Jordan Stanley

Y11: Travel Plan – Year 11 Responsibility

Loni Harrison
Issac Halliwell
Ashley Murrain
Daniel Murphy
Luke Hennessey Communications

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