St Andrew’s Catholic School
St Andrew’s is a Roman Catholic Comprehensive School for students aged 11-18. It is a vibrant and dynamic school with high expectations and great ambitions for every one of its students. We believe that discipline, structure and common purpose are solid foundations in life and education, and that working closely with parents is essential if we are to be the best school possible for every child in our care.
Our aim is to be the best school in the country, where students feel safe and happy and that during their time at St Andrew’s they will receive a better educational experience than if they attended any other school. We aim to help everyone in our school community to grow in faith and to make the most of their innate ability. The culture and ethos of the school is one where we all have high expectations of each other, we recognise that everyone learns differently and that making mistakes and taking risks are both part of learning.
Each child is unique
Each child is unique, they are loved and valued. They deserve the best and that is what we aim to give them. They are our greatest ambassadors and they are supported by a team of staff united in encouraging, guiding, motivating and challenging each one of them to be the best they can be.
MFL Subject Passion Session support
“I recently had the opportunity to work with Trinity College, Cambridge on their ‘Subject Passion as a Teaching Tool’ for MFL, a programme is designed to frame the A Level curriculum content in the context of studying the subject at university. The session was lead by Professor Emma Widdis, Professor of Russian and Film Studies, who discussed the visual culture of Soviet Russia to help students to see how learning a foreign language can allow them to see how cultures work and how meanings are conveyed across music, film and social media. To go alongside the session, I produced an editable resource in Spanish and English designed to be implemented in the classroom with the aim of students being able to consider how cities are portrayed in cinema and TV. One section of the resource focuses on the AQA Spanish set film ‘Ocho Apellidos Vascos’ with the other section looking at cityscapes from other films and TV programmes, for example ‘La Haine’, ‘Lupin’ and ‘City of God’.
Working with Professor Widdis on this programme was a fantastic opportunity which allowed me to consider how A Level students can be encouraged to widen their analytical skills through content relevant to the A Level Curriculum and introduce them to language and cultural studies in Higher Education.” Lola Russell, MFL Teacher, St Andrew’s School
Visit the Subject Passions web page for details of upcoming sessions, and to access resources and recordings from the MFL and all previous CPD subject sessions.