Please read on for a round-up of news stories from across Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust during the Summer term, featuring stories from St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, The English Martyrs Catholic School & Sixth Form College, St William’s Catholic Academy and Primary Schools across Hartlepool:

Careers project at St Teresa’s shortlisted for a HEIST award! (St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, Darlington)

St Teresa’s our partnership project with the University of Sunderland has been shortlisted for a national award. The project ‘Primary 2 Uni’ is bespoke to the pupils of St Teresa’s and aims to raise aspirations and attainment, whilst providing pupils with an insight into higher education. The sessions encourage pupils from Year 1 through to Year 6 to explore and celebrate their future aspirations, no matter which path they aspire to.

60th Anniversary (St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School)

This year, we celebrated the school’s 60th anniversary. We began the celebration with mass before each class in the school performed a song from 1963 to members of the parish. Also, past pupils, ‘The Young’uns’ spent the day with the children to write a folk song about our school which has been posted on our Facebook site.

50th Anniversary (The English Martyrs Catholic School & Sixth Form College)

The English Martyrs Catholic School and Sixth Form College celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Saturday 24th June. A Mass concelebrated by Canon Paul Douthwaite, Father Shaun Purdy, Father Jim Angus, Father Anthony Hogarth, Father Phil Marsh and Deacon Jeff Parkes was the centre of the day as staff, students, parents and carers, alumni and guests gave thanks for the school. Former Heads David Relton, Joe Hughes and Mike Lee joined serving Headteacher Sara Crawshaw to celebrate the school’s rich legacy and shared vision of the academic, pastoral and spiritual formation of each child.

Member of Parliament Visit (St William’s Catholic Academy)

The children of St William’s Catholic Academy in Trimdon Village welcomed a special visitor to their school recently; Paul Howell, Member of Parliament for Sedgefield constituency.

During his visit, Paul met staff and children and spoke to the whole school community about democracy, the House of Commons, his career and British Values. The children asked some great questions and were incredibly attentive to his answers.

Mr Howell also found time to judge the school’s recent ‘coronation decorate a door’ competition and open our new bike shelter which had been purchased following a fund-raising effort by representatives of the school council. He finished his time with us at school with a further in-depth question and answer session with the school council.

Tall Ships! (Hartlepool Primary Schools)

Many of our Hartlepool primary schools were very excited for the Tall Ships coming back to Hartlepool! The schools took part in activities based around the event, such as designing ships, learning sea shanties and decorating bottles. Our schools had also adopted vessels involved in the event, two of these ships were called Excelsior and Saeftinge. All the students involved thoroughly enjoyed themselves and it was wonderful to have a buzz around Hartlepool!