Specialist School Update
S u m m e r 2 0 0 8
Welcome to our latest The school is undergoing those involved are kept up
publication which has been lots of changes and to date.
Cardinal Allen produced in order to keep developments which will
Catholic High staff, pupils and parents up undoubtedly improve the If you have anything which
School to date with the latest quality of teaching and you feel you would like to
developments regarding our learning experiences for all add please don’t hesitate to
A Specialist Maths get in touch.
and Computing Maths and Computing at Cardinal Allen. We feel
College Specialist Status. that it is essential that all email@example.com
people involved in leading Maths and ICT as well as
this work. Stuart Science. Pupils in Year 6
oversees the work of Mrs are studying for the
AM Doran (Curriculum INGOTS Bronze Award
Leader ICT/Assistant (International Grades in
Director of Specialism), Office Technology) and
Mr A Harding (Specialist Gifted and Talented pupils
School Community Co- are supported via other
The Specialist Schools Management Committee ordinator) and Mr N links.
Clayton (Virtual Learning
Environm ent Co- The development of a
Considering the fact that
ordinator). This team better school web-site and
we only began work as a
meet on a regular basis in particular a functioning
Specialist School in
and report progress to the ‘MOODLE’ or ‘Virtual
September, there has been
Senior Leadership Team Learning Environment’ was
a significant impact made
and Governors. a priority. The work has
by individuals at Cardinal
been rewarded with very
Allen and the initiatives
It is worth noting that the complimentary noises
they have promoted.
Community work – being made by the LEA
The appointment of Mr. specifically in relation to ‘CLEO’ team not to
Stuart Henderson as working with partner mention the impact on pupil
Assistant Headteacher and Primary Schools – has independent learning.
Director of Specialism was progressed very well with
teachers from Cardinal Philip Mooney
a catalyst for other
Allen delivering classes in Headteacher
appointments of key
A-Level Mathematics Offered in Year 10
of Mathematics at the VI level course in Mathematics
form college) escorted ex starting after their June
pupils Rachel Hearty, modular examination.
Hannah Cheetham, Tom
Crabtree and Mathew
Walker. The ex pupils
delivered a lesson on
Vectors and promoted “A”
Sponsors: On the 28 th February 2008 level Mathematics. Pupils
we were visited by in the top two sets of year
ColorMatrix members of the sixth form 10 will be offered an “A”
ORACLE college. Pat Roache (Head
Our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle)
For those of you assessments electronically! Ma th s and Com putin g
who aren’t familiar This will certainly not replace College’.
with the term Virtual the more traditional teaching
L e a r n i n g methods but will simply The theme of the VLE has
Environment (VLE), provide an add itional recently been updated and is
it is basically a approach which so far, the now more in line with the
w e b s it e w h ic h students are certainly schools corporate image.
pupils can access enjoying. Lancashire County Council
outside of school. It have been so impressed with
is a secure area Over the past year the staff the pace and standard of
www.vle.cardinalallen.lancs.sch.uk which only authorised have been working very development that they are
users can access with a ha rd and und er taken currently rating us as one of
username and password. vigorous training to enable the top schools in the county,
This is a great opportunity them to develop their own and also use it as an example
for school to develop and subject area. As a result, our of good practice to other
modernise its teaching and VLE is being increasingly schools.
learning styles as students used throughout the school
– something which is Why not ask your child to log
can complete homework,
essential given our recent on and give you a tour of our
open teaching resources,
designation of ‘A Specialist VLE!
revise and complete
E-mentoring is a new discussion forum. pupils may have.
initiative led by Mr. Harding
(Special ist School Pupils have been assigned It is a safe and secure
Community Co-ordinator). to their former primary learning environment which is
It allows our Key Stage 3 schools to assist with moderated regularly by staff.
pupils to communicate with homework tasks, SATs
primary students revision and any transition
electronically using a worries that the primary
James Delaney—one of
Lancashire Mathematics Challenge 2008
After an initial school- support the event.
based round of Com m itm ent,
mathematical problem en thu sia sm ,
solving for year 7 pupils, a uniform and team
team of 4 pupils were work came
chosen and carefully together on the
coached by Ms Tsang with night.
support by Mr Holding .
Their delight at
Chantelle Brooks, Hannah c om in g th ir d
Parkinson, James Delaney (second year
and Connor Mcgladdery running), in a hard fought a pleasure to spend the
competed against other competition was infectious. evening with such positive
District 2 and 4 Final Trophies and certificates, youngsters
against 9 schools at sponsored by Lancashire
Lytham St Anne’s High County Developments were Ms Tsang.
School recently. They were awarded on the night.
a credit to the school and
their families who came to Well done everybody, it was
Cardinal Allen looks forward to new ICT Facilities
provide sta te- of-the-art
facilities for the delivery of
both ICT and Maths lessons
and have the effect of
changing the use of the Allen
Building into a dedicated
maths and ICT facility.
We are currently ordering all
the IC T equipm ent
necessary for this and, as
soon as the building work is
complete at the end of June,
we will begin the work to set-
During the bid for specialist ICT. This funding, together up the classrooms in time to
status, the school was with what we have managed start the new school year in
required to raise some to raise will fund the project. September with a much-
£50,000 to support the bid. We have drawn up plans for improved facility .
This was achieved by our this and the work has
own fundraising activities, commenced to refurbish a
some sponsorship and classroom so that the Music
donations from individuals for De pa r tm en t c an th en
which we are very grateful. relocate from the Allen
building into this new facility.
Once our Specialist Status Once this is complete then
had been confirmed we the work will commence on
could then apply for a further the conversion of the 2 music
£100,000 of capital funding rooms in the Allen Building
which could only be used on into dedic ated IC T
a building project to enhance Classrooms. These will
our provision of Maths and
World Maths Day
World Maths Day took Year7 Chantelle Porsola
place on the 5 th March
2008. Pupils from around Shannon Doyle
the World came together to
Year8 Stephanie Haworth
answer Ma t h e m a t ic s
questions online. Globally Andrew Pearson
182 000 000 questions
were answered! Large Year9 Nehal Cheema
numbers of students from
Cardinal Allen took part
with the following students Year10 James Hampton
a n swer in g th e m o st
questions and making the Billy Nelson
Thanks to Mr Shah for Emma Barnes
organising this event.
Podcasting is a new tool Users can export their promote their businesses.
which is being used recordings as MP3 files
throughout Key Stage 3 which means that they Many students are now
and 4. It enables the can be saved to their beginning to applying their
students to record digital iPod or downloaded to knowledge of Audacity and
sound files which can their PC at home. p odc a sting to o the r
then be uploaded to the subjects. Some Year 11
internet. W ithin the ICT pupils found it extremely
department students useful in preparation for the
The use of Audacity have made good use of MFL oral examinations.
(software which is free this facility. Year 11
for students to download pupils recorded revision Audacity is available on the
Students are at home) has enabled pod casts which have school network,
students to produce a been uploaded to Moodle alternatively it is free to
range of recordings, for others to access. download and can be found
podcasting as on our VLE homepage.
apply special effects and Year 8 and 9 users have
an alternative insert music files. developed radio
approach to advertising campaigns to
‘My First INGOT’
Week commencing 9th Doran, Mr. Winrow and pupils to experience other
June proved to be a busy Mr. Clayton. subjects offered within the
time in school with school. The Science and
Year 5 pupils to almost 240 year 5 pupils The ICT skills which they P.E departments kindly
from the local primary demonstrated on the day offered to provide sample
schools coming to visit. resulted in students being lessons to the pupils.
INGOT award awarded with a ‘My First
(International The aim of the day was INGOT’ award. This is a
Grade in Office to build links with primary nationally recognized
Technology) schools, promote the certificate which will be
school to year 5 pupils further developed through
and allow the students to Bronze, Silver and Gold
take part in a range of and Cardinal Allen.
ICT workshops which
were taught by Mrs. The day also allowed
Congratulations Year 10 pupils
Joshua Clark Congratulations to year modular exam ination White who achieved the
10 pupils on their recent results. Pupils achieved a highest marks in their year.
64% A* to C pass rate Both students achieved an
White A* with marks of 96%.
which is an improvement
of 13% on the previous
academic year at the
same stage. Lets try and Mr S Henderson
make it 70%+ in the June
m odul e. Par tic ul ar
congratulations go to
Joshua Clark and Sorcha
Sponsors: ColorMatrix; ORACLE; Science Scope
With thanks to the following for their personal donations and support: Bay Court; Blackpool FC; Manchester United
FC Ltd; Manchester City FC; Stena Line (Irish Sea) Ltd; Motor Engineer; Browned Off Tanning Salon; PSG Search Group;
Bill Rogerson Safety Services Ltd; D&G Contractors; Mr Jim Kelly; Mike Sanderson Electrics; Elle Amara Beauty Salon;
Driftwood Florist; Mr. Joe Mansell; Mrs Phillipa Blundell; Butterflies; Mr. & Mrs McGarvey