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

Monday 12th - Friday 16th November 2018

(Week B)

New Optional Warmer Sports Top


You may have recently seen in the Press that St Edmund’s continues to remain in the top 5% of schools nationally and the top school in Portsmouth which is a fantastic achievement.   As an ‘Outstanding’ school we continually make improvements to ensure that students have the best surroundings for their learning. We also take on-board feedback from students via our Student Council on ways they would like to enhance areas within the school.

We have recently been asked by students to look at PE School Uniform and warmer sports kit for the colder climate. A selection of the PE Sports Council have recently trialled a couple of longer sleeved training tops led by the Sports Captains who were overjoyed with the design, comfort and warmth of the top.   This quarter zip training top is the perfect layer to take the chill off any outdoor training and after school training. Combining highly technical fabrics with smart trims.

The top will be optional to purchase and we will be supplying this on a pre-order basis only. 

Click here for further details.

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.

As a Christ-centered learning community we have a passion for developing the individual God given gifts with which we are bestowed.  We know all our students individually and work with them to nurture their unique sets of talents in a happy and supportive environment rooted in a genuine spirit of care which is present in a Christian family.

The start to term has been and gone and seems a distant memory now. Each new year always brings enormous change, especially for students starting in Year 7. However, I have been very impressed with their confidence, positivity and the ease in which they have started to settle into the St Edmund’s family. We must not forget that all year groups and individuals face their own challenge as they ‘move up’ and experience change. This is especially true for students in Year 10 and 11, where expectations, focus and demands on individuals are extremely high.

Last summer’s GCSE results were once again considerably above national averages and the School remains the best performing school within Portsmouth and nearby Hampshire. What that really means is that our children out performed others which allows them to go on to access good college courses that they want to study. They also leave as extremely well rounded individuals with a strong inner spirituality.

In the newsletter this half term these aspects of life at St Edmund’s shine through. Great opportunities, achievement, spirituality and commitment are part of our family life. This has been reflected by the support of parents and some amazing homework projects.

I am also pleased to update you on the progress of our summer improvement programme for school facilities. We have refurbished the staff and student toilets, renovated two science labs and a prep room. Extended the cycle storage facilities and improved security/surveillance of this area (however I would always recommend that students bring a bike lock and wear a safety helmet).  Refurbished Geography classrooms and the entrance/stairs to the Kelly Block. Not to mention other minor works and maintenance. A huge thank you to the Site team/Support staff who are involved in these projects. I truly believe that our children have some of the best facilities to learn, play, grow and develop into young adults.

Finally, a special thank you to the Friends of  St Edmund’s and all families who supported the recent Charity Auction. A huge amount of time and energy is given to supporting St Edmund’s by our parents/volunteers.

God Bless.


Mr Simon Graham - Headteacher

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