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Prospectus: Welcome

June 2011

Dear Parents and Friends

Welcome to St Thomas More Catholic School Website.

St Thomas More is a wonderfully friendly, hardworking and successful school in the beautiful spa town of Buxton. There are just over 400 pupils on roll in this popular and successful 11 to 16 comprehensive school which serves a wide catchment area. Approximately 60% of our pupils are Catholic. The majority of students come from our partner primary schools of St Anne's Catholic Primary School in Buxton and St Mary's Catholic Primary School in New Mills, but children travel from all over the High Peak and from across the borders in Staffordshire and Cheshire to be part of our school community. Whether of the Christian faith, other faiths or no faith, our children are very proud of their school. We are partnered with Aquinas Sixth Form College in Stockport which means that our students are guaranteed a place at this oversubscribed. 'outstanding' sixth form college as long as they apply by the required deadline and have the course entry requirements.

We are very proud of our academic record. Our GCSE results for 2010 were yet again outstanding and record breaking with every single student achieving 5 or more GCSE passes including English and Maths. 83% gaining 5 or more A* to C grades and 75% including English and Maths. This puts us second out of the 47 high schools in Derbyshire. 44% of students gaining at least 3 grade A or A* grades shows that the school really does cater for the needs of every pupil (National Average 29%.) 

We recently received three awards from the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust:

In 2009, we received three awards from the SSAT (Specialist Schools and Academies Trust).for our results. As well as being the only school in Derbyshire to achieve all three awards, we were one of only 89 schools in the whole country to achieve this status. We have recently received two further awards from the SSAT recognising the progress our pupils make while they are at the school.

Examination results are extremely important but we also believe that learning outside the classroom is crucial in developing well rounded citizens of the future. Being the smallest High School in Derbyshire has not stopped us: being crowned Year 9 High Peak Football Champions for the second year running in 2010; winning the SALTERS Chemistry festival at Manchester University for the second time in 2010, ahead of private and grammar schools from around the northwest; winning the Derbyshire Young Literature Challenge 2010 and the again in 2011. Our recent production of Bugsy Malone was not only outstanding, but involved almost a quarter of the school. Take a look at the stunning photographs of the performance on the gallery tab. I would also urge you to look at the outstanding GCSE art work in the gallery tab. One of our most impressive achievements has been the outstanding performance of our basketball team. Derbyshire Champions (2011) and East Midlands Champions (2011), they won through to the final four nationally, only to be beaten in the quarter finals by a school from Brighton, the eventual champions. They did however win the third place playoff against a school from Newcastle. Third place nationally for the smallest school in Derbyshire is a tremendous achievement and one we are very proud of.

Our Ofsted inspection in December 2008 judged us as "Good with some outstanding features"(Ofsted Dec 2008). " The personal development and well-being of students are outstanding"; "Students' behaviour is excellent and their attendance is outstanding; they feel safe and greatly enjoy going to school"

We are very proud of our school. I hope that, when you look through our website, you will understand why, and agree that we really are an outstanding school.

Yours sincerely

B Hickey


St Thomas More Catholic School, Palace Fields, Buxton, SK17 6AF

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