St Catherine’s College celebrates a strong set of GCSE results.

St Catherine’s College is celebrating a strong set of GCSE results.  There were improvements across every one of the national headline English and Mathematics measures, with commendable 6% increases to the strong (grade 5+) pass rates in both subjects.

There was also strength in breadth with pass rates of over 90% in academic subjects such as RE, French and ICT; practical subjects such as Drama and PE, as well as in the vocational subjects of Early Years and Motor Vehicle.

Acting Headteacher Nigel Jewell said These results are just reward for the hard work and determination of students, staff and parents”. 

DCAT Year 6 Pupils above national and local average

We are delighted with a fantastic set of 2018 – Year 6 outcomes for DCAT’s five academies. Under the more challenging curriculum introduced in 2014, this year’s national outcomes at 64% were the highest on record for reading, writing and maths combined. Despite this new high water mark, DCAT pupils broke this record with a massive 67%. Congratulations and thank you to all our hard working pupils, supportive parents and dedicated staff.

Bishop of Chichester visits Central CE Academy

The Bishop of Chichester has visited Central CE Academy, picture shows L-R, Mr Richard Hall – Headteacher, Bishop of Chichester, The Right Revd Martin Warner and Revd Tim Ward – Governor and Trustee of DCAT, with pupil representatives of the academy.


New Principal appointed to St Catherine’s College

Solomon Berhane is the new Principal appointed to St Catherine’s College following Mark Talbot’s promotion to Chief Executive of the Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust. Solomon will take up the leadership reins in September and is busy planning with the team at St Catherine’s ready to hit the ground running.  Mr Berhane lives in Eastbourne and has an impressive track record of working with staff to enable pupils to learn and make exceptional progress. He joins St Catherine’s College from the Beacon Academy in Crowborough; a school considered the most improved in East Sussex and now placed in the top 3% of schools nationally for student progress.

Mark Talbot said, “I will still be very much connected with St Catherine’s as it is part of The Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust but will undoubtedly miss the day-to-day interaction with the amazing pupils and staff. Knowing that the college is going to be in good hands is great news as Solomon has such a strong track record and a child-centred approach to ensuring the very best for every pupil.”

Picture credit: Eastbourne Herald, 1st June 2018.

St Leonard’s Spirit Day

The pupils of St Leonard’s worked alongside their parents for ‘School Spirit Day’  in a time of outdoor learning together. 

A parent commented, “it was wonderful to see the children respecting each other and their environment through forest school and spirit day. It’s what makes the school and staff so special”. 

New Director of Education Appointed


Trevor Cristin, currently head teacher of St. Andrew’s Church of England Primary School, Hove, has been appointed as the new Diocesan Director of Education for the Diocese of Chichester.

Mr Cristin, who has been a head teacher for 16 years and a teacher all his working life, will now oversee the work of the Diocese with its 157 Church schools and academies.

The Board of Education, based at Church House, Hove, works closely with Church schools which currently educate more than 37,000 children across Sussex.

The Board is committed to nurturing the Christian ethos whilst extending a warm welcome to all.

Mr Cristin will head a team of experts in particular fields and is keen to stress the importance of partnership across a range of disciplines in providing the best possible education for children.

He said today: “Moving on, from my role as a head teacher and my school community at St Andrew’s, will bring some sadness at leaving so many valued friends. However, as Christians, we will only find true fulfilment when we go where God calls us.

“Coming to serve as the new Director of Education will be an exciting challenge and I feel it is where I have been called to be.

“I greatly look forward to getting to know as many schools across the diocese as I can and together, in a spirit of partnership and hope, we will make our schools places of true joy.”

The Bishop of Horsham, Mark Sowerby, who chairs the Diocesan Board of Education, welcomed the appointment today. He said: “I am delighted that Mr Trevor Cristin is to be Chichester’s new Diocesan Director of Education. He comes to this role with many years of experience as a head teacher and we are fortunate that he is ready to bring all of that to inform his work with the family of schools and academies associated with the Diocese.

“Mr Cristin follows Canon Dr Ann Holt, who is retiring from the post this autumn, and who has led our Education Team with characteristic energy and confidence and, like her, understands the role as a working out of his Christian Vocation in the service of our communities.”

Mr Cristin will begin his duties in September.