Christ Church – The big sleep – Sea View Project

At the end of September, twenty five Year 6 pupils and three members of staff, took part in a Big Sleep. They built structures using cardboard boxes and slept on the floor of the academy hall. The feast was purely water and biscuits; with no treats available! This event was to raise money for the Sea View Project but also to encourage awareness of the plight of homeless people; their lack of comforts and privacy.

One young person complained that he hadn’t slept a wink but others quickly commented, “Well what do you think it must be like for somebody sleeping on the street.”

Sponsors were very generous and the academy raised over £250 for the charity. Children and adults commented that they would do it again but they enjoyed going back to their own beds!

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”.