Headteacher Frank Barratt knows he has a challenge on to turn around the fortunes of St John Fisher Catholic School.
The primary is used to enjoying the status of “outstanding” after its Ofsted inspection back in 2007. But it has now been relegated to one needing special measures. Mr Barratt is determined to reverse its fortunes. The work is already under way. He has recruited new staff who will be used to tackle one of the criticisms of low expectations from the teachers. The school will be rebranded as a statement of intent but also reflecting that some progress has been made with its SATS results. But for Mr Barratt to be successful, he needs the co-operation of the pupils, parents and the teaching staff - let us hope that the good leadership recognised by the inspectors will be properly supported - for the sake of the children.
Walkers did a great job
It’s so good to see people turn out in their droves for the Starlight Walk in aid of St Luke’s Hospice. People realise what a great job the hospice does for many Sheffield people and are keen to put something back into the charity by doing what they can, when they can. Reading the individual reasons why people were raising money brings home the huge positive impact an organisation like this can have to the lives of families who suddenly find themselves in need of their help. Well done to all who joined in and a continued ‘well done’ to everyone involved with St Luke’s Hospice.
Inspiration from Fred
Inspiration comes today in the form of Sheffield’s newest 100-year-old - Fred May. A heavy smoker until his mid-60s when he gave up the habit ‘overnight’ - he’s gone on to live to a ripe old age. Any smoker who thought it was too late for them to give up should think twice.