CATHEDRAL Academy principal Tay Warren has welcomed a new class of eager year seven pupils to the Thornes Road school.
Mrs Warren told the Express about her aspirations for the new starters and how the school plans to prepare them for the exciting journey ahead.
She said: “Welcoming year seven students to the school is always a pleasure. It is lovely to share their excitement and to look at things with fresh eyes.
“A new academic year, for all our students, is filled with promise, opportunity and expectation.
“The last academic year at Cathedral Academy certainly fulfilled expectation. In January, we became an academy. This was an important milestone for us, allowing us to move forward in so many ways and enabling us to deliver a higher standard of provision for our students and the community we serve.
“We were also successful in our application to expand our thriving post 16 performing arts provision, Cathedral Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA).
CAPA has a growing national reputation and demand for places is high. If you haven’t yet been to one of CAPA’s shows and experienced the talent of our young people first hand, then keep an eye open for forthcoming productions.
“The year of 2012 has been one of record results at Cathedral Academy, as we have recently celebrated our best ever results both at GCSE and A-level.
“We are proud to report that the important GCSE headline measure of five A* to C grades, including English and Maths, was 55 per cent, a seven per cent increase on last year.
“These results have placed us significantly higher amongst local schools than we have ever been and we would like to thank all staff, students and families who worked so hard to make this happen.
“At post 16, 100 per cent of our CAPA students gained A* to E passes, 92 per cent gained A* to C and an impressive 72 per cent of students achieved A* to B grades. All students achieved the results they needed to move on to their chosen destinations and we wish them luck as they begin their studies at some of the country’s top universities and conservatoires.
“As a Church of England school, being at the heart of our community is very important to us and there is no better way to show this than by extending an invitation to our community open day.
“This annual event, which is always a fun family day out, will take place on Saturday, September 29, from 10am until 2pm. There is something on offer for everyone and we would love to see you.
“This has been my first full year as principal at Cathedral Academy and I can honestly say that it has been lots of hard work, with never a dull moment and no two days the same, but always an absolute privilege.”