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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Timetable Changes

From September we will change from six fifty minute lessons each day to five one hour lessons. In addition we will move from a weekly timetable to one that operates over two weeks.

Dear Parent/Guardian

I am writing to inform you of changes to the school timetable. Following consultation with school governors we will change from six fifty minute lessons each day to five one hour lessons. In addition we will move from a weekly timetable to one that operates over two weeks. The length of the day will not change with school starting at 8.50am and ending at 3.20pm.

Monday – Thursday:                                          Friday

8.50am                               - Registration               8:30am                             - Mass for specific Year group

8:50am – 9:10am             - Tutor Time                 8:50am – 9:10am           - Registration/Tutor Time 

9:10am – 10:10am          - Period 1                       9:10 am                             - As Monday-Thursday

10:10am – 11:10am        - Period 2

11:10am – 11:25am        - Break

11:25am – 12:25pm       - Period 3

12:25pm – 1:10pm         - Lunch

1:10pm – 2:10pm          - Period 4

2:10pm – 3:10pm           - Period 5

3:10 pm – 3:20pm         - Registration / Tutor Time

 

The one hour lessons mean that more learning can take place in each lesson. There will be less movement around the school, again increasing learning time. Moving to a two week timetable will enable us to have greater flexibility in putting teaching teams together. This will allow us to maintain our wide range of subject choice in Key Stages 4 and 5. In previous years we have ‘over staffed’ some areas to create this flexibility – a challenging economic environment means that we are no longer in a position to hire ‘additional staff’.

The timetable changes outlined above are in line with the majority of schools in Ealing and West London. It will provide the framework necessary for us to maintain high academic standards.

In relation to those standards I have attached (overleaf) our comparative performance at GCSE last summer. Unfortunately this data arrived a couple of months after our Ofsted inspection. With this data we would have received an outstanding judgement last October.

The table at the bottom shows the National Curriculum levels that last year’s Year 11 came with, from primary school, compared with the national school average for each level. The tables above show that between Years 7-11 our students made impressive progress; the results and the progress (improvement) made were in the top 20% nationally.

We have worked hard to ensure that we are not affected by the national (particularly London) shortage of high quality teaching candidates. I am delighted to inform you that we are fully staffed for September with fully qualified teachers in every subject area.

Should you wish to contact me in relation to the above please write to me at the school.

I wish you all a restful summer.

Best Regards

Michael Kiely
Headteacher
 

Click Here: Year 11 National Curriculum Levels