Francis Drafz, Author at St Wilfrids Catholic High School and Sixth Form College

Author - Francis Drafz

St Wilfrid’s Careers Fair 2023

On Wednesday 22nd March 2023, St Wilfrid’s students from Year 9 to 13, alongside some students from St Thomas à Becket, attended this year’s Careers Fair. The event was designed to provide those attending with the opportunity to discover a wide range of further education opportunities and career prospects. Organised by the St Wilfrid’s Careers Department, the event proved to be a huge success and featured a diverse range of education and industry related exhibitors. We would like to thank our 30 exhibitors for making the event as informative and engaging as possible, and also extend a special thanks to the Mayor of Wakefield, Cllr David Jones, for officially opening the event.
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Rock of Ages Production: Tickets for Sale

We're excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for our Rock of Ages Production! Production Performances are being held on:
  • Tuesday 6th February at 7pm.
  • Wednesday 7th February at 7pm (Now sold out).
  • Thursday 8th February at 7pm.
All performances are taking place in Bruynseels Hall. Doors open at 6.45pm. There will be refreshments available to buy before the show and at the interval. Each show will finish at approximately 9.15pm. Ticket Prices
  • Adults: £5
  • Concession: £3
  • Family ticket (2 adults 2 concessions or 1 adult and 3 concessions): £12
For Tuesday's and Thursday's performances, tickets are available to purchase from the school shop and on the door.
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St Wilfrid’s Advent Tea Party

On Wednesday 6th December, we welcomed 50 grateful members of our local community into school for our Advent Tea Party, using the funds raised from our Sixth Form Charity Day. Visitors joined in some singing with our choir, played a game of bingo and took part in a festive quiz; all whilst being served a wonderful afternoon tea, including cakes, sausage rolls and sandwiches. Our students were on hand to pour cups of tea and coffee, interact with our visitors and help with answers to the quiz. Father Christmas even manged to take time out of his busy schedule to join us, give out some presents and play us a few tunes on the piano, accompanied by some dancing Elves! Some of the complimentary comments we received included:
“Thank you for organising this event. It was a pleasure to meet your students – all very respectful and considerate. We had fun and a good sing along to music and carols, some of us even dared to get up and dance.” - Barbara “You don’t understand the difference you are making and the happiness you are bringing to people. You are such a good school to do something like this.” - Local parishioner
 
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St Wilfrid’s Sixth Form Charity Day

On Friday 17th November, we organised a Charity Day at St Wilfrid’s Sixth Form, raising funds for an Advent Tea Party which will be held for retired members of the local community in December.  Cakes and biscuits were baked, the number of sweets in a jar were guessed, strings were pulled and our Christmas Hedgehog was given the name 'Hedgy'! Students from across the school were invited to pop up to the Sixth Form area at break time; they came in their 100’s and were serenaded by our talented buskers, singing Christmas songs. Thank you to all our Sixth Formers who gave up their time to oversee our stalls and to staff who kindly baked for the occasion. We’d also like to give a special mention to Miss Derry who donated lots of small glass keepsakes, which sold really well. We managed to raise a total of £300.70, which will go a long way to ensure that the Advent Tea party is a success.
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St Wilfrid’s Open Day: 30th September 2023

All families are welcome, including students considering Year 7 or Sixth Form College in September 2024, but also students who may be considering St Wilfrid’s in the future. Prospective pupils and parents will have the opportunity to meet current students, talk to staff, see our outstanding facilities and see why St Wilfrid’s is such a special place. We look forward to welcoming you all to St Wilfrid’s at 10.30am to 1.30pm on Saturday 30th September so you can experience the range of opportunities we offer.
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GCSE Results for 2022-23 at St Wilfrid’s

Congratulations to all our Year 11 students who collected their results on Thursday 24th August. Our students have worked incredibly hard, displaying determination, resilience and tenacity; we’re all incredibly proud of what they have achieved. Thanks to all our staff for their hard work in ensuring that students have been awarded the grades they truly deserve and fairly represent all of their hard work. GCSE courses are challenging and require highly developed skills as well as a significant amount of retained and applied knowledge. We would especially like to highlight the following achievements:
  • 3 students achieved 10 grades of 8s & 9s: Molly Jasper, Charlotte Tyler and Thomas Lavery.
  • 11 students achieved 8 or more grades of 8s & 9s: Brooke Cox, Zehra Durmus, Lucia Gower, Jessica Green, Thomas Horner, Jennifer Smith, Anna Wright, Lyla Berridge, Elisabeth Fake, Matthew Flood and Miriam Gibson.
  • A significant number of pupils displayed excellent progress and attainment including: Jai Rana, Ellie-May Thorpe, Nicole France, Lyla Berridge, Charlotte Tyler and Lorcan Rooke.
  • 1 student, Maria Faott, joined us in 2021, without speaking English and has made outstanding progress by achieving 8 higher GCSE grades.
Overall:
  • 66% of students gained grade 4 and above in both English and Maths.
  • 44% of students gained grade 5 and above in both English and Maths.
  • 19% of all qualifications were grade 7-9.
  • 48% of all qualifications were grade 5-9.
  • 66% of all qualifications were grade 4-9.
Well done to all our students and our very best wishes for your next chapter!
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Level 3 Results for 2022-23 at St Wilfrid’s Sixth Form

Congratulations to all of our Sixth-Form students who collected their results on Thursday 17th August. Our students have worked incredibly hard, displaying determination, resilience and tenacity; we’re all incredibly proud of what they have achieved. Thanks to all our staff for their hard work in ensuring that students have been awarded the grades they truly deserve and fairly represent all of their hard work. On results day, we celebrated with our students and provided support for the university admissions process. 62% of our students applied to university courses, with 87% successfully securing their first or second choice university on the morning of results day. Further students gained places within the UCAS clearing process. 20% of our students progressed onto apprenticeships, many having already gained their places prior to results day. 18% progressed into exciting employment opportunities. We would especially like to highlight the following achievements:
  • One student has successfully secured a place at the University of Oxford (St Hilda) to read Biology.
  • Another student gained the highest possible grades with three A*s in Maths, Chemistry and Physics, and will now read Mathematics at Manchester University.
  • One student, who secured three As at A Level, will study Chemistry at the University of Sheffield.
  • 12 of our students were successful in securing placements on apprenticeships, including many for Level 4 degree-apprenticeships.
  • One student has gained a sought-after apprenticeship within the NHS and we feel this is very deserved for such an outstanding young person; we know that they will excel in this field.
The hard work of our students has resulted in a wide range of courses being studied at degree level, including Chemistry, Maths, Computer Science, Biomedical Science, Psychology, Law, Sports Therapy, Economics, History, Operating Theatre Management, Sports Coaching, Sports Exercise, Social Work, Film Studies, Criminology, English Language and Sports Coaching.
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Mental Health Charity Event for Gav Gill

On Saturday 3rd June, St Wilfrid's supported a local mental health charity by raising funds for Gav Gill. Our 3G pitch was used free of charge to host a charity football game for the afternoon and food was provided for sale at the event. A total of £5,500 was raised to help and support Gav Gill fulfil its vital work for others. We look forward to supporting this worthwhile charity in the future and would like to thank Ryan Tolley who organised and coordinated the event.      
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Visit from Ardagh for International Women’s Day

To coincide with International Women’s Day last week, the Careers Department welcomed 6 female representatives from Ardagh Glass Packaging to talk to some of our female students. Ardagh's representatives gave a talk to over 30 of our female students about the glass manufacturing industry and the career opportunities available. This was a great opportunity to mark International Women’s Day whilst raising awareness of Ardagh’s work to attract a more diverse workforce in the glass manufacturing sector. The talk consisted of a presentation by former St Wilfrid’s student, Megan Hoyle who is now an Environmental Manager at Ardagh, followed by a question and answer session with various female employees working at Ardagh in a wide range of roles. At St Wilfrid's we're committed to providing all students with opportunities to enhance their awareness of potential future career paths.
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Visit from the University of Cambridge

On Friday 24th February, the Careers Department welcomed Dr Joe Stanley from the University of Cambridge to St Wilfrid's to deliver a series of talks. Dr Stanley gave a total of three talks to 88 of our students on the Natural Sciences degree programme. This provided a fantastic, first-hand insight into life as a student at Cambridge and he even divulged some excellent hints and tips for how to best navigate the application process! This experience is part of our commitment to offering our students opportunities to achieve and fulfill their potential.
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Responding to initial Disclosures


It is important to stay calm and keep the environment you are in as relaxed as possible, this will help to support the young person. Remember, issues around sexting are a safeguarding issue, and you should therefore ensure you follow your setting’s safeguarding policies and processes.

If you are not a DSL, you should refrain from asking for further information about the imagery.

Remember not to use language that implies blame or judgment. Recognise the courage it has taken to speak up and reassure them that they have done the right thing by raising their concern. Let them know that you will need to pass on this information to the DSL and be clear that this is so that you can provide the best possible support for them.

You can find out more about how to handle a sexting incident with our downloadable guidance.

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Responding to a Sexting Incident as a non-DSL


The 2020 guidance from the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) shares the following guidance on how to respond to an incident involving sexting.

  1. Report it to your Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or equivalent immediately, your setting’s child protection policy should be followed, and the young person should be reassured about the reporting process and support available from DSLs.
  2. It is illegal to view, share, save, or request that the young person share or download the imagery. If you do see the imagery by accident, you should report this to the DSL and seek support.
  3. Do not interfere with the imagery by deleting it or asking the young person to delete it.
  4. Do not request further information regarding the imagery from the young person.
  5. Do not share information about the incident to other members of staff, any young people involved, or parents and carers.

For further information, read the UKCIS guidance overview here.

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Responding to a Sexting Incident as a DSL


Every instance of sexting is different, and there are many factors to consider when responding to a sexting incident, including aggravating factors such as:

  • Adult Involvement
  • Intent to Harm: Instances of abuse, blackmail, and coercion.
  • Reckless Misuse: Images sent without consent or without thought, but without intent to cause harm.

To find out the full guidance on how to address and assess a sexting incident with consideration of any aggravating or experimental factors, DSLs should read 1.6 ‘Understanding motivations and behaviour' of the UKCIS Guidance.

As a DSL, it is important to gather as much information as possible, including:

  1. Information on whether the incident involves images, videos, or messages.
  2. Who is featured in the content.
  3. Who sent the content.
  4. If any adults are involved
  5. Where the content is located.

It is essential to record all decisions and steps taken during a sexting incident. Any documentation should explain why certain actions were or were not taken. Examples of this include explaining why it was not necessary to report an instance of sexting to the police, and why it can be handled internally. Remember, your approach should be child-centric and all decisions need to be justifiable and taken in the best interests of the child.

Once a sexting incident has been addressed, it is essential that your organisation reviews the case to see where procedures and responses can be improved or learned from. In line with your setting’s safeguarding policies and practices, you should ensure the child is provided with appropriate post-incident support as required.

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Reporting to the Police and/or Local Authorities


There are occasions where sexting incidents do not need to involve the police, such as when an incident is ‘experimental’ rather than ‘aggravated.’ An experimental incident involves the sharing of nudes or semi-nudes without adult involvement and with no apparent intent to harm or reckless misuse.

Aggravated or abusive incidents of sexting should always be reported to the police through the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

Once an incident has been reported to the police, they will be able to ensure a thorough investigation through the collection of all evidence. Any incident reported to the police will be recorded as an incident on their crime systems.

If a device needs to be passed on to the police, the involved devices should be disconnected from Wi-Fi and data and turned off immediately. The device should be locked in a secure place until the police are able to collect it.

To find out more information about the reporting process, you should read 1.9 ‘The Police Response’ of the UKCIS Guidance.

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Informing Parents


Generally, when incidents are disclosed, it is best to tell the parents or guardians of any young person involved. Exceptions can include when there is a risk or harm to the child by doing this, or if the young person expresses that this could cause a genuine problem.

Whether to tell the guardians or not is ultimately up to the DSL's discretion, however, they should always ensure to record and justify their decision within the establishment incident logs.

If the parents are informed, it is usually best to support the young person and involve them in deciding how to approach the conversation, by finding out what would make it easier for them (e.g. being present at the time or not).

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Reporting CSAM


Any incident that includes CSAM content online should be reported to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), who can identify and remove any content that includes child sexual abuse imagery.

You can also encourage children under the age of 18 to use Report Remove to help get an image or video of themselves taken down online. Report Remove is provided by IWF and Childline, and keeps the young person informed at each stage of their report, whilst providing further support when necessary.

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