18th January 2019

Dear Parents,


Wednesday 6th February 2019

We would like to invite you to a parents' meeting during which you can talk to your child's teachers to discuss their academic progress to date and the work that will be necessary for your child to do to reach their highest grades in the final GCSE examinations.
The staff will be here from 4.30 p.m. until 7.30 p.m. and you will be able to make appointments at mutually suitable times.  Your son / daughter has an appointment sheet in their planner on which they will book appointments for you to see each member of staff.   

16th January 2019

Dear Parent,

REF: Tutor Groups Year 9  A, C, J, L

I would like to invite you to the Year 9 Pathways Evening on Wednesday 23rd January. The evening will begin with a presentation about the main aspects of the Key Stage 4 curriculum at 6pm in the main College Hall. This will last approximately 15 minutes and you will then have an opportunity to meet teachers of the option subjects until 7:15pm 

This is a vitally important evening for your child as their choice of GCSE subjects will have potential implications for progression onto A-Level courses, Apprenticeships and eligibility for undergraduate study at University.

Further information to help inform your child’s choices will be posted to you on Friday 18/1/19.

All members of the senior leadership team will also be on hand to answer any queries and give advice.

Plentiful, well lit parking is available at the front and rear of the college.

Yours sincerely

Mr Greg McClarey



7th December 2018

Dear Parent,

As the Autumn term draws to a close and we prepare for Christmas I am writing to inform you that on Friday 21st December we will be allowing students to wear their own smart and modest clothes to school.  We ask students to contribute a minimum of £1 for the privilege.  This year the money raised will be given to a charity called

The St David's Medical Centre, Nyandoro, Zimbabwe.

The college will close at 12.30pm.  The bus companies have been informed and the normal college buses will be available at this earlier time.  If it is not  possible for any student to leave at 12.30p.m. he/she can remain in the college under supervision.

Our Carol Service will take place in the College Hall on Thursday 20th December at 7p.m.  It is always a wonderful and joyous celebration of the start of Christmas.  I do hope that you will be able to join us as we celebrate Christ’s birth.

In conclusion I would like to thank you for your on-going support and to wish you a very happy and holy Christmas and New Year.

Yours sincerely

Greg McClarey


2nd October 2018

Dear Parent,

Our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a national project, which is being run locally in partnership with Worcestershire County Council and West Mercia Police.

Operation Encompass is a process whereby the police and county council will inform a member of staff if a child or young person has experienced any domestic incident. This will be done prior to the start of the next school day. Information sharing between professional agencies allows school staff to provide emotional and practical support to their pupils experiencing domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse can broadly be defined as ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour; violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who have been intimate partners or family members. This can include, but is not limited to the following types of abuse – psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional.

Operation Encompass ensures that a member of the school staff, usually the Designated Safeguarding Lead, is given special training, to enable them to liaise with the police and county council in receiving and using the information that has been shared, in confidence.

The sharing of details under Operation Encompass is permitted under Statutory Safeguarding Legislation and in respect of local authority schools under the Crime and Disorder Act (for the prevention of crime) and doing so without the child’s or parent’s consent is permissible under both pieces of legislation and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

We want to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe, that where necessary, this will be beneficial in helping us to achieve that goal. Please make contact with me or the school’s Safeguarding Lead should you wish to discuss the content of this letter.

Attached is a list of local and national advice and support agencies who can help those who may be affected by domestic abuse.

To download the full letter, please click here.

Greg McClarey

Head Teacher

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The Humanities area encompasses the teaching of Geography, History and Sociology.

We aim to:

  • to enhance pupils understanding of physical, human and environmental activity in the world.
  • stimulate pupils’ interest in their surroundings and in the variety of physical and human conditions on the earth's surface;
  • foster pupils’ sense of wonder at the beauty of the worlds around them;
  • help pupils to develop an informed concern, for the quality of the environment and the
  • future of the human habitat, thereby enhancing their sense of responsibility for the care of the earth and its people for a sustainable future;
  • give pupils an enlightened view of the past, to develop skills and understanding by handling documents from the past
  • realise the true worth of the events that have helped to shape our world today.

The Humanities Department are:

Mr S Jessop - Head of Department & i/c History & Sociology

Mrs N Sparey - Second in Department & i/c Geography

Mrs C Corbin - Assistant Headteacher & Geography Teacher

Miss J Davies - History & Geography Teacher

Mrs R Duncan - History Teacher

Mr A Ebbage - Head of Year & Geography Teacher

Mr A Jenkinson - History Teacher


Keystage 3

In Humanities we are allocated 3 hours a week in Year 7, 8 & 9. This time is divided up as follows:

  • Year 7 Geography = 2 hours

History = 1 hour

  • Year 8 Geography = 1 hour

History = 2 hours

  • Year 9 Geography = 1.5 hours

History = 1.5 hours

Key Stage 4

Students in Year 9 complete their options for study in Year 10 & 11 and are able to choose to study any of the Humanities subjects. Each subject is allocated 2.5 hours of teaching time each week and all students work towards a full GCSE qualification after two years of study.

Key Stage Three


The national curriculum for Geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of places, seas and oceans, including their defining physical and human characteristics
  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
  • are competent in the geographical skills needed to collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
  • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems
  • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps and writing at length.

Year 7 Areas of study

  • Our local area
  • Coasts
  • Africa
  • Weather & Climate
  • Tourism

Year 8 Areas of study

  • Rivers & flooding
  • Population & migration
  • City living
  • Resources

Year 9 Areas of study

  • Earth story
  • Rainforests
  • Globalisation
  • Changing climate
  • Crime.

Key Stage Three


The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically-grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

Year 7 Areas of study

  • Introductory Skills Unit
  • Development of Church, State and Society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509 (Norman Conquest, Medieval life and King vs. Church)
  • Chronological aspect in British History pre-1066 (Development of  Democracy/Citizenship)

Year 8 Areas of Study

  • Development of Church, State and Society in Britain 1509-1745 (Tudors & Civil War)
  • Chronological aspect in British History pre-1066 (Development of Medicine)
  • Ideas, Political Power, Industry and Empire, 1745-1901 (Industrial Revolution & Political Reform)
  • Significant issue in World History (Early America)

Year 9 Areas of study

  • Significant issue in World History (Slave Trade and Abolition)
  • Challenges to Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day (First World War, Nazi Germany, Second World War, Cold War & War on Terror)

Key Stage Four


Geography tackles big issues that are important.

  • · Environmental responsibility
  • · Global Interdependence
  • · Cultural Understanding
  • · Looking to the future

Geography  is a flexible subject. It is a bridge between Arts and Sciences and it will help with a large variety of careers.

Geographers have one of the highest rates of employability, being highly regarded  by employers as flexible, well rounded, knowledgeable students.

Geography offers practical skills including map reading, fieldwork and problem solving. Collecting and analysing data in order to make conclusions.

Modern research techniques are used to access up-to-date information.

The Syllabus:

We follow the OCR B Geography for Enquiring Minds Syllabus:

  • · 35% Our Natural World
  • · 35% People and Society
  • · 30% Geographical Exploration

Key Stage Four


In our age of mass communication, society desperately needs people who can work out the true meaning of conflicting information.

That is primarily what History is all about. Finding answers to difficult questions using the vast amounts of information available to us.

The History course is designed to be challenging as well as holding your interest.

History provides a relevant and enjoyable story mixed in with evaluation skills and the ability to present an argument.

The Syllabus:

We follow the AQA History Syllabus.:

  • · 25% - Causes & Events of World War One, 1894-1918
  • · 25% - Health & People in Britain, 1000-present day
  • · 25% - USA 1918-1973
  • · 25% - Elizabeth I 1568-1603

Key Stage Four


Sociology may be a new subject to you but it is one of the five most popular subjects at A-level.  

So what is it? Well in simple terms sociology aims to understand how society works and what part people play in how it runs. It is a fascinating process that has occupied peoples minds for over 100 years.

The course includes a study of elements of society including Family and Crime as well as an ability to use research skills and analyse data.  

Lessons will incorporate a variety of source material, opportunities for discussion and presentation of points of view.

The Syllabus:

We follow the AQA Sociology Syllabus.

  • · 25% Family
  • · 25% Education
  • · 25% Crime & Deviance
  • · 25% Social Stratification
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September 2018

The Zimbabwe Medical Centre Appeal

‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

(Matthew 25:40)


Dear Parents/Carers

There will be a non-uniform day this Friday 21st September to raise money to help build a new medical centre in a small village in Zimbabwe.

Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College has made links with people from a village called Nyandoro, in the Nyanga Province of Zimbabwe. The people living here are experiencing severe poverty and welcome any help and support they can get. The village is home to families who live in simple huts and houses which they build themselves.



September 17th 2018


Dear Parent,


I hope that you have had a wonderful summer break and have had the chance to relax and enjoy quality family time. I am pleased to be able to report that students are continuing to make excellent progress to their GCSE courses and I trust that they are now settled into classes.


I cannot emphasise enough that the need for constant revision of new learning is crucial to ensure success in the 2019 exam series. There are many resources available within college and online that students should be using to their advantage. Many individual subject teachers and areas have their own subject specific learning tools and websites. Please encourage your child to utilise as many of these resources as often as possible and please note the revision calendar which will be updated as the year progresses.

10th September 2018      


Dear Parents/Carers ,


Welcome back to all students. We trust that you have all had an enjoyable summer holiday, spending quality time with your friends and family. Year 10 is a particularly important year, as your child has officially started the content crucial for their GCSE examinations. We have had another outstanding year in regards to exam results.  The students and our staff worked incredibly hard to ensure that they could commence the next chapter with the highest grades possible. A good relationship between school and home is crucial for this, so we try to ensure that there is clear communication between school and you.

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