On behalf of the Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust, Governors and staff, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you. It is a huge privilege to be appointed the Headteacher of St Patrick’s Catholic College and to serve a community in the heart of my home town.

St Patrick’s Catholic College is now entering an exciting time, the investment that Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust is putting into the college is a reflection of the intent we have to see standards improve rapidly in all areas of school and we are delighted to be able to share our vision with you.

Choosing a secondary school is an important decision for all families and is a decision not to be taken lightly. As a parent, I understand that the decision to send your child to the right school must be made with due care and attention in order to make an informed choice. That’s why we have made some key decisions that will increase the rate of change even faster at St Patrick’s Catholic College.

During my career in leadership, I have extensive school improvement experience in a range of different schools across the North East, making a rapid improvement to achievement, progress, behaviour and attendance. The improvements made have been recognised by OFSTED and the local authority and include 30% improvement in GCSE results in just 2 years, with pupils making positive progress across a range of different abilities.

As the newly appointed Headteacher at St Patrick’s Catholic College, I intend to lead the school by:

  • Ensuring everything we do is centred around the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
  • Improving the quality of education.
  • Setting the highest expectations of pupils and their outcomes.
  • Improving the life chances of all our young people, nurturing their unique gifts and talents.

Our mission does not only include achieving the highest standards of behaviour and academic achievement but providing our pupils with the best possible holistic education. As a Catholic school, nurturing children’s spiritual development is central to everything we do. As part of the Middlesbrough Diocese, we belong to a family of Catholic primary and secondary schools with whom we share the same distinct ethos.

At St Patrick’s Catholic College, we will continue to build strong relationships and parental engagement, to ensure that as a community, we have family at the centre and together, can support your child to fulfil their potential. We will ensure that pupils are nurtured, respected, safeguarded, loved, supported and have the guidance that I had myself, to be successful during their time at our school and beyond.

Yours Sincerely,

Mr M Burns