About Us

A warm welcome to St Katherine’s

We aim to create an environment where students feel confident, secure and valued to help them perform at their best. A St Katherine’s education is busy, purposeful and ambitious, but also great fun. Every child needs to be safe and happy at school in order to achieve their full potential. We know that we perform at our best when we feel confident, secure and valued. We aim to provide this environment for every member of our school through our exceptional pastoral care and absolute commitment to wellbeing which makes St Katherine’s such a happy, thriving school. We also know that our success is built on forging strong partnerships with parents and carers to ensure all our young people make excellent progress.

We are proud to be a fully inclusive comprehensive school and value every young person within our community. We take full advantage of the size of our school to create a friendly atmosphere where every child is well known and cared for as an individual. Like our students, our staff are energetic, passionate and committed professionals, who stretch and challenge our young people both inside and outside of the classroom – we all learn something new everyday and it enriches and improves us all.

Our academic success is combined with developing our students into young adults; equipped socially and academically to take on the opportunities and challenges of life. We celebrate and recognise the achievements of our young people in all forms through our rich curriculum and extensive range of extracurricular activities.

I hope you enjoy reading about our school and that our website answers some of your questions, giving you a sense of what a truly great experience St Katherine’s offers young people. What it cannot do is give you a real sense of the positive, aspirational and engaging atmosphere of the school. The only way to experience this is to come and visit us and see for yourself.

We look forward to welcoming you to our school.

Justin Humphreys
Head of School

Our vision, ethos and values

Our Vision

We are the first choice secondary school for our families because we focus on the whole child, high levels of achievement, resilient attitudes, a healthy mind, body, spirit and individual character.

Our Ethos

Learning together, succeeding together and inspiring excellence.

Our Values

St Katherine’s School stands firmly on three pillars; People, Community, Excellence. We actively encourage everyone within our community to ‘live and breathe’ our values everyday.

Our core values are: acceptance, respect, honesty, determination, equality, excellence, friendship, aspiration, resilience and responsibility.

Applying to St Katherine’s

For all school choices you must apply to the local authority of your home address, regardless of where the school is located.

St Katherine’s is a North Somerset Council school although 70% of our students live in Bristol. If you live in North Somerset you should apply to North Somerset putting St Katherine’s as your preferred choice. If you live within the Bristol Authority boundary you must apply through Bristol City Council putting St Katherine’s as your preferred choice.

Useful websites:

www.n-somerset.gov.uk/Education/admissions
www.bristol.gov.uk/schooladmissions.

British Values

Former St Katherine’s media students made a short film looking at the rise of Islamophobia and its impact on Bristol’s Muslim community.  Follow this link to view http://goo.gl/hav6H7

The government set out their definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These were restated by the British Government in September 2014 after it was reported that some groups were deliberately targeting school governance positions to influence the way in which young people were taught about life in modern Britain. These values are:

“St Katherine’s School fully supports these values. They are taught in the curriculum and through the way in which we organise, manage and lead the school…”

GCSE Results

Our Vision

We are the first choice secondary school for our families because we focus on the whole child, high levels of achievement, resilient attitudes, a healthy mind, body, spirit and individual character.

View the St Katherine’s School performance data published by the Department for Education 

View all English secondary school performance data published by the Department for Education 

Governors

The Governing Body has three core functions:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governors are either elected or appointed to the Governing Body depending on the type of governor they are:

  • parent governors are elected by other parents of the school;
  • a staff governor, either teaching or support staff, is elected by other staff members;
  • a Local Authority governor is recommended by the Local Authority of North Somerset and appointed by the Governing Body;
  • Co-opted governors are appointed by other members of the Governing Body.

Most of their work is carried out through our three main committees whose responsibilities are outlined on the committee page.

Parents may contact us through the school on 01275 373737.

Ofsted


Following an Ofsted inspection in March 2018, St Katherine’s received an overall rating of ‘requires improvement’.

The report outlines those areas where the school community must focus its efforts to develop further. Significantly, the inspectors recognise that our existing improvement plan identifies these priorities and acknowledges that the actions of school leaders are gathering pace and momentum.

The inspectors highlighted many positive aspects of our school community. In particular, they recognise that our raised expectations for students’ ‘behaviour for learning’ is having a positive impact on their ability to learn. They also note:

  • our programme to support the smooth transition for Year 7 students from our large number of feeder primary schools is carefully and thoughtfully managed;
  • some faculties such as humanities achieve above average outcomes;
  • low-attaining students achieve well; students’ personal development and welfare is good;
  • we provide a safe, inclusive environment for vulnerable students, including those who are looked after.

Commenting on the report William Harding, Chair of Governors said: 

“While governors appreciate the overall judgment may be disappointing it is encouraging to see that it matches the improvement priorities set by the senior leadership team at the start of the year.

“Looking ahead, we are encouraged that Ofsted noted the changes the Head of School is already putting in place to raise standards and improve teaching and learning for our students and look forward to working with an external reviewer so we can improve our support for disadvantaged learners.

“The Head of School has a clear vision for St Katherine’s, fully supported by the governors and Inspirational Futures Trust, that involves all of its community in bringing about the changes necessary to raise standards.

“As the inspectors recognised, the staff are fully behind this vision and I know they are rising to this challenge.  Together, we look to continuing the trend of improving outcomes for St Katherine’s students.”

The full inspection report is available here

School media release – issued 18 April 2018

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. This funding is directed at children who are disadvantaged, with eligibility of children for free school meals at any time in the last six years being used as the indicator. Children who have been looked after for at least six months are also eligible for this funding. A smaller amount of money is available for children of Service families.

From 2013, DfE and Ofsted are using the term ‘disadvantaged’ instead of ‘Pupil Premium’. ‘Other’, refers to students who are not disadvantaged whom we compare against. Click on the links below for full reports:

School Prospectus

Please click on the link below to view our prospectus in PDF format.

SKAMPS

SKAMPS is a registered charity set up to support Music at St Katherine’s. The trustees and committee members are all current/former parents & guardians, teachers, students, and friends of St Katherine’s who believe that making music is central to the life of a school.

Over the years SKAMPS has worked with the Music Department to raise thousands of pounds through sponsorship and fund-raising events.   The money has been spent on equipment and instruments, including two trombones, a saxophone, four flutes, a clarinet, a set of African drums, nine keyboards, a Clavinova digital piano, ten acoustic guitars, four electric guitars, a bass guitar and a Yamaha piano. We have also helped fund band trips to Paris and the US, and music workshops.

SKAMPS welcomes the involvement of new parents.  To find out more contact SKAMPS through the School Office, or Abigail Adams, Head of Music adamsa@skdrive.org

SKAMPS Trustees SKAMPS Committee Members
Chair – Rob Harvey Abigail Adams (Head of Music)
Vice Chair – Chris Mayer Rachel Harvey
Treasurer – Christina Taylor
Secretary – Mary Donaldson
Lesley Smith
Linda Brown

The Leaf

The Leaf at Ham Green offers a unique experience, being the only fine-dining restaurant with a fully licensed bar to be run by a secondary school in the UK. So if you are looking for a romantic meal for two or a pleasant evening out with friends, we guarantee you will be delighted with The Leaf. The 50 seat restaurant has been used to host many corporate events and prestigious private functions and has been opened to the public since May 2012.

Our Hospitality and Chef Manager, Paul Mingo West, has an impressive career history, having worked at well-known restaurants in the area including The Manor House Hotel at Castle Combe, The Royal Crescent in Bath and the Swan Hotel in Wells. Paul has over 30 years experience in the catering industry. Students studying Catering and Hospitality qualifications, prepare, cook and serve the food under the guidance of our Chef Trainer.

To book a table please call 01275 373737 or email:  theleaf@skdrive.org

Please be aware that The Leaf only accepts payment by cash.

http://www.theleafathamgreen.co.uk/

 

Transport & Travel

Please click on the timetables below for details on Eurocoaches and Carmel Coaches (X5) bus routes.

Students can also use the FirstGroup’s X3 and X4 buses which travel between Bristol, Pill and Portishead and stop near St Katherine’ s School.   The X4 stops outside the school, the X3 stops 5-10 minutes walk away on the A369.  Please visit travellineSW.com for full timetables.

Please note, the bus stops listed on the route maps are purely to illustrate the route and may not be accurate with regard to ‘stops’, there are many more stops than we have been able to list.

Our school Transport booklet is available to download below. St Katherine’s encourages students to use sustainable transport.

Visit the Better by Bike website that provides advice and cycle routes in our area.

Who’s who?

Working for us

St Katherine’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are required for all successful applicants.  Should you have any query regarding a vacancy at St. Katherine’s School please contact Mrs Sue Shelley, HR Manager on 01275 373737 or email Recruitment@skdrive.org

All our current vacancies are listed below.

Once you have read the application pack and wish to apply, please click the application form below.

Click here for the application form

(Please note that we cannot consider applications by CV)

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