Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School - a Leading Edge school in the top 2% of schools in England.
Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School is an oversubscribed, high performing, co-educational school of 860 pupils which includes a thriving Sixth Form of over 100 students. Graded as “Good” by OFSTED in 2012 and “Good with outstanding features” by the Diocese of Portsmouth in 2013, the school is located in West Reading and has been congratulated on its success by the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove MP.
Its exam results in 2012 and in 2013 make it one of the best schools of its type in the country, according to the OFSTED Data Dashboard and the Department of Education.
In November 2013 the Department for Education released its information on schools across England which they call Raise Online.
The value added (VA) figures released for BHF are phenomenal. The higher the school’s VA score, the more progress the pupils in the school are making, with 1,000 representing the national average. The VA figure is a measure of how much expected progress a student makes from their entry into the school in Year 7 and what they leave with five years later. BHF’s VA score is 1043.3, which is one of the best figures in England and puts the school in the top 2% of schools in England.
In March 2014 BHF was invited by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust to become a "Leading Edge" school. In writing to the Headteacher about this, the school was described as highly successful and high performing and is in a position to share its good practice with other schools. The school is on the 2013 Sunday Times list of top 500 state schools, sitting at number 472 and in January 2014 was listed as the 5th most improved school in the country by the Daily Telegraph.
The school welcomes applications from all sections of the community and from all over the Reading and West Berkshire areas. Priority is given to Catholic applicants but the school welcomes all prospective candidates and offers a genuinely excellent education to those who support what we stand for – education based on our Catholic and gospel values.
Proposed Changes to School Uniform
Last year, being mindful of parental comments with regards to cost and supply of the PE kit, we sourced a smart but cost effective solution from Sportswear International Ltd.
Following on from the success of the new PE kit we would like to consult parents, students and staff about further changes to the whole school uniform. We propose to introduce a school blazer; something the school has had in its previous history, and we hope that the blazer would become a compulsory item to be introduced from September 2014 for Years 7 to 10 and then from September 2015 for all years (7-11).
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GCSE Results 2013
BHF exam results the best of all schools in the Greater Reading area. School enjoys praise from Education Minister David Laws MP, Alok Sharma MP, Dr Anthony Seldon and Councillor John Ennis.
The percentage of pupils gaining five or more grades A*-C including English and Maths - 72% (previously 57% in 2012 and 43% in 2011)
The percentage of pupils attaining five or more GCSEs with grades A*-C - 100%.
Education Minister David Laws MP has joined with Alok Sharma MP, Councillor John Ennis and Anthony Seldon in praising the spectacular GCSE exam results achieved this year at Blessed Hugh Faringdon.
David Laws MP said “I would like to congratulate the class of 2013 at BHF for their excellent GCSE grades. I am delighted to note their successes and the school’s impressive annual increase in the percentage of pupils achieving an A* to C in their GCSEs.This closely matches the Government’s aims of raising educational standards and encouraging every pupil to reach their full potential. I would like to wish the class of 2013 every success with their future academic and career choices, and I am sure that the school will continue to go from strength to strength” Rt Hon David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools, Department for Education
“Well done to all at BHF for this marvellous achievement. These results show that the leadership, staff and students have fulfilled their true potential and have lead the way in achieving high standards” Councillor John Ennis, Lead member for Education, Reading Borough Council
I am absolutely delighted at the significant year on year improvements that Blessed Hugh Faringdon School has shown and this is a testament to the leadership of Headteacher, John Casey and his staff, as well as the hard work of all the students”. Alok Sharma MP for Reading West
“I would like to congratulate the BHF Students on their truly magnificent 2013 results”. Dr Anthony Seldon, Master of Wellington College.
Headteacher John Casey said “These results are spectacular and show that the hard work of all of our students and their teachers has paid off. Blessed Hugh Faringdon is the best non selective school in Reading and our results show a continuous upward trend – in the last two years the headline figure of 5A*-C inc E and M has improved to 72%, a near 30% improvement in that time. The message to parents in West Reading is loud and clear – if you want your child to achieve, and achieve well, especially in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, send them to Blessed Hugh.”
Top performing students were Amy Hudson (11 A*’s), Kevin Gurung (8 A*’s), Elaine Crimmins (2 A*’s), Patrick Sharpe (10 A*’s), Orlaith Mallen (7 A*’s), Freya Storch (4 A*’s), Roberta Anum (2 A*’s), Alessa Dela Vega, Ashwin Eapen, Karina Kolesnikaite (2 A*’s), Elise Kupiec (4 A*’s), Mat Pumar, Jessica-Leigh Tallis and James Toole (8 A*’s).
Diocesan Validation (Section 48) - a "Good" school with some "Outstanding" features
Students and staff of BHF were visited by validators on Monday June 24th and Tuesday June 25th who undertook a validation of the Catholic mission and purpose of our school.
It was very good news for the school, with the Catholic ethos and mission of the school re-affirmed in a very positive way, with all features of the life of the school grade as "Good" and some graded as "Outstanding". The validation focused on the following key aspects of our work:
- The school as a Catholic community
- Curriculum religious education
- Pupils' spiritual and moral development.
OFSTED Inspection November 2012
We are pleased to announce the outcome of the recent OFSTED inspection of Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School.
The inspectors judged the school to be “Good” overall. The judgement areas are as follows;
Achievement of pupils – Good – 2
Quality of Teaching - Good – 2
Behaviour and safety of pupils - Good – 2
Leadership and Management – Good – 2.
A copy of the report can be found here.
Applications to the 6th Form for September 2014
We have 37 different A level and BTEC courses on offer - so we think we have something for nearly everyone.
If you would like more information about our 6th Form please contact the Head of 6th Form, Mr Hill, via the school office.
We warmly welcome applications from students attending other schools who may wish to join our 6th Form - please come along and have a look.