A message from the Headteacher
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. I hope that you get a real flavour of all that Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Engineering College has to offer. There is a huge amount of information contained here and I would encourage you to explore it to get a flavour of all that we offer to our students.
Our Lady Queen of Peace is an innovative, vibrant and exciting learning community where children achieve exceptionally well academically and develop as well-rounded young people who live by the Gospel values. I am extremely proud to lead our school and our children are proud to come to our school. They know and understand that we exist for them and they are at the heart of all that we do. The core purpose of our school is to ensure that every child develops their individual and unique talents, unlocking their true potential. We believe that our core Christian values enable children to grow as well-rounded young people who know right from wrong. High standards of appearance and behaviour are crucial to the well-being and development of all children in our care and we provide a network of support for each individual child. Our parents regularly comment that our staff are always available to help both parents and students alike and that they are fully committed to their vocation. Our Mission Statement encapsulates the very purpose of our existence as a school – In Christ We Grow.
We know that examination results are an important part of preparing children for a bright and successful future and we have a track record of securing outstanding results for our students. You will see from our website that our children achieve exceptionally well. In 2013, 99% of our students achieved 5 or more higher grade passes at GCSE level and 66% achieved 5 A*-C including English and Maths. Added to this, nearly half of all our children left with 3 or more A*/A grades and 70% of students achieved 10 or more A*-C grades! This is only achieved because our students come first and our staff will move any mountain to ensure their success. We know that to achieve excellent results children must have outstanding relationships with each other and with our staff. Our philosophy is that children learn through the smiling eyes of their teachers and it is an ethos of love, compassion and humility that secures confidence and success in our young people. Children must know that each one of them is as important as the next person and that we will do whatever is necessary to help them to achieve, regardless of their ability and starting points. This mission was recognised in 2013 when we were the first school ever to achieve the Inclusion Quality Mark and Centre of Excellence for Inclusion simultaneously and the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust outstanding award for pupil progress.
At Our Lady Queen of Peace, our curriculum is creative and allows children to achieve because it is tailored to their individual needs. We believe that all children should study a wide range of courses to prepare them fully for their future. If children succeed in their GCSEs early, we offer AS and A Levels in Year 11 in a range of subjects to ensure sufficient challenge and maximum engagement. We place a great deal of emphasis on developing international links to offer children a wide range of experiences. Our native speakers in modern languages, for example, enable us to offer French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Polish courses. Our specialist Engineering status ensures we place a great deal of emphasis on excelling in Science, Maths, Technology and it underpins teaching and learning across the school. It allows us to offer unique experiences to our students and in 2013 we hosted our second international summer school with children from Skelmersdale, Russia, Mauritius and Ghana working on the science of flight with pilots from Easyjet. In 2012, we achieved the Engineering Specialism Quality Mark at the highest level due to the impact of Engineering on raising standards and developing wide ranging experiences across the whole school.
As a school, we firmly believe that our children should have the very best facilities. Governors are constantly investing in the school building to keep our school looking fantastic. This year we developed our new Library which contains £15,000 worth of brand new books to capture the interest of our students and foster a love of reading. We built our new block, containing a Year 11 Common Room and an iPad suite. Our facilities are respected and valued by our children. This is another example of our core values in action – care and respect for our environment and all those who learn in it. We actively listen to the views of our children and our School Council plays a fundamental role in the decisions made in our school.
The school depends on excellent partnerships with parents. We believe that it is essential to work together to ensure the very best opportunities for our children. Recently, we were reaccredited with the Leading Parent Partnership Award and we have achieved the prestigious Investor in People Gold Award! In addition we feature in the School Performance 2012 Government and Ofsted publication for outstanding improvement, progress and achievement. In 2012, we received a commendation from the DfE which you can find on this site and in 2013 the Schools Network recognised us as being ‘outstanding’ as we are in the top 20% nationally for pupil progress and achievement!
Finally, as you browse our website, I would encourage you to have a look at our school magazine – The Link - which contains lots of exciting information. You may also wish to download our school app and follow us on Twitter to keep up-to-date with the latest events at our school. We look forward to seeing you soon and remember – call in at any time. Every day is an open day at Our Lady Queen