Head Teachers Message

St Peter’s Catholic Voluntary Academy is a happy and vibrant learning community where excellence, high aspirations and continued personal improvement are the norm for every student. Strong academic performance is the outcome of an enriched learning journey in which students are exposed to teaching that develops, stretches and challenges their views and understanding of the world around them. As valued members of our school community, every student at St Peter’s finds an environment in which they can flourish as a whole and complete person.

We firmly believe that a successful and engaging extended schools programme contributes to the character development of every child. Our House system encourages healthy competition and unifies students, celebrating their contributions to the curricular and extra-curricular life of the Academy. Involvement in sport, music, the arts and community work are valued in parallel with academic achievement.

Students are active and responsible members of the Academy, playing a key part in its growth and role within the wider community. Our well trained student council are given opportunities to debate key decisions and demonstrate leadership.

We believe passionately in the need to inspire students to care for God’s creation and build a more just society by developing in them the talents for active citizenship. Our students are challenged continually to consider how they can use their gifts and education to serve and benefit others and have a positive impact upon the future of Middlesbrough and wider society.

On their journey through St Peter’s, students are given the opportunity to gain the necessary vocational experiences and highest academic attainment enabling them to maximise their choices for post 16 education, employment and training.  We aim to ensure that all students, regardless of their background, leave school equipped with the skills, confidence and character to compete with their contemporaries at a national and international level and to lead successful and happy lives.

At St Peter’s we combine traditional standards and high expectations for behaviour and uniform with an ethos in which there are no excuses for engagement in learning and no limits for performance. It is particularly important for parents to note that we consistently and firmly apply our school policies on behaviour, attendance, attitude to learning and the obligations of the home/school contract contained in this prospectus.

The governors and staff are strongly committed to providing an outstanding education for our students within the context of the Catholic Faith. This is achieved by modelling the actions, values and expectations, as informed by the teachings and life of Jesus, which characterise all relationships in our Catholic Academy.

All students and parents are invited to an open evening in June and September where there is an opportunity to meet staff and students at work in the classrooms.

I am honoured as Headteacher to lead and serve St Peter’s Academy through in being the Good News for Middlesbrough and beyond and I would be delighted to welcome you into our community if you would like to take a look around the Academy.