'I can do all things with the help of God who strengthens me.' Philippians (4:13)

Monday 24th - Friday 28th June 2019 (Week B)

Friday 28th June 2019 late start for all students (9.25am)

Key Dates

Friday 28th June 2019 - later start time for all students (9.25am)

In addition to this, I can give you advance notice of an early closure on Tuesday 9th July 2019,  Here the school finish at 1.15pm in order to facilitate additional time for staff training which will continue until 6pm.

Should the late start/early closure cause an issue with childcare, we can offer a limited number of places for students to work in our LLRC.   Please contact your Head of Learning to arrange this.

In Our Prayers

As you may be aware, the school received the sad news last week that one of our students, Joe from Year 10, had been involved in a serious accident.  This resulted in Joe being rushed to Southampton Hospital and being placed in the intensive care unit.  Joe is currently in a critical but stable condition.   He has undergone several operations and is responding well at this early stage of his treatment.  Joe is a beautiful, vibrant, diligent, hardworking and likeable young man and we are all praying for his recovery and a return to St Edmund’s.     Within the Chapel a candle is lit each day and morning prayers offered for Joe and his family.

As of Friday 21st June we are setting up a prayer chain inviting all members of our Christian community to join us in praying for Joe’s recovery.  This will involve praying each and every day for Joe.   Our hope is that we can allocate prayer times of between 30 minutes to an hour where individuals or groups can offer prayer/thoughts or reflection for Joe.  You can pray in your office, in a Church or wherever you would like to pray.   This can be as an individual or together. Our hope is that this prayer chain will be between 10-15 hours a day on a continuous chain.

If you would like to be involved in this, please contact Fiona our School Chaplain via email with 2/3 time suggestions you are available.  Her contact details are as follows:

Telephone: 023 9282 3766 extension 213 or email chaplain@saintedmunds.org.uk   


Our thoughts and prayers remain with Joe and his family at this difficult time. Through our faith we pray for his full recovery and a return to the St Edmund’s family.   

Sad News regarding Mr B Wright

Former Governor, Former Headteacher and Chair of Governors

‘Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted’ (Matthew 5:4)

It is with great regret that I must share some sad news.  Unfortunately, Mr Wright passed away in the late hours of Tuesday morning.  This comes as an unexpected shock to us all.  Although Mr Wright was ill recently and in hospital he had returned home and we were hopeful for a recovery.

Firstly, our thoughts, prayers and love go to Mr Wright’s family.   Please pray for them.  It is impossible to express the sense of loss and grief our school family will feel.  I know that many staff and Governors were close to Mr Wright.   This news will be equally distressing to staff/students/families, both past and present, whom Mr Wright taught and cared for.

Mr Wright was an outstanding Headteacher and Chair of Governors.  Mr Wright spent 33 years working in secondary education which included 20 years as Headteacher of two contrasting comprehensive schools and was Headteacher of St Edmund’s from 1988 to 2001. Subsequently Mr Wright worked part-time for 11 years as an educational consultant. This work involved various roles including Ofsted Inspector, external adviser to governing bodies, School Improvement Partner and Link Inspector with a local authority. Mr Wright had a wide experience of school improvement strategies, action planning, the understanding and use of school data and the identification of school strengths and weaknesses.

Between 2009-14 Mr Wright was privileged to serve as Chair of Governors at St Edmund's and for in more recent years as Vice-Chair. 

Peace I leave with you: My peace I give you.   I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’   (John 14:27). 

Should you wish to contact the school to share your memories or have any questions please email the school on school@saintedmunds.org.uk

St Edmund's End of Year Whole School Mass

19th July 2019, 10.30am at the Cathedral

In Memory of Mr Wright and in thanksgiving for our school year.


Mr Wright will be sadly missed, but will always be part of our family here at St Edmund’s.

A Warm Welcome 

St Edmund's is a thriving, positive and happy environment where individuals achieve excellent levels of personal development.   The students and staff recognize the importance of the school's Catholic and Christian education and are committed to it in every way.    Working with students we aim to foster a growth and commitment to the love and service of Christ through the teachings of the Catholic Church.

It definitely feels like summer! The exams have started, events for the final half term are being finalised and even the sun is shining. Well done to all Year 10 and 11 students who have worked so hard towards their GCSE examinations. I am incredibly proud of the level of maturity shown and the amount of preparation that has taken place. We can now only cross our fingers and hope that our prayers helped.

There have been some amazing individual successes this term, both within school and from individuals’ hobbies/interests/sports. Once again I have seen some fantastic pieces of homework that students (and parents I suspect) have spent hours working on.

As we approach the final half term, we will be aiming to cement learning and progress ready for the next academic year. For Year 9, this will involve some students being unable to transition into KS4 with their year group. Students must be as they progress through the years and able to cope with the challenges ahead.

Finally, I must unfortunately share some sad news with you all. Earlier this week, Mr Barry Wright, (a School Governor) passed away. Mr Wright was previously Headteacher here at St Edmund’s from 1988 to 2001 and then led the school as Chair of Governors, dedicating himself to the school for over thirty years. We are all extremely saddened and shocked by this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time, as they are with other families within the school who I know have suffered their own losses this year.

I hope you had a restful half term and look forward to continuing the hard work afterwards.

God Bless.


Mr Simon Graham - Headteacher

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