Message From The Headteacher


Success, what does it mean? At La Retraite, success is seen in a wide range of fields and we have had a particularly good year, including personal and whole school achievements, for example gaining the top Level 3 Investors in Careers status.


Visitors to the school continue to remark on politeness of the students and how thoughtful they are, but yet humble. It has been great to see the students this term actively involved in their Faith development: from the Sixth Form students interviewing Bishop Lynch on Faith Leadership, planning their own Retreat to the very successful Year 7 Retreats and Mass for the Feast of the Sacred Heart at St Bede.


Academically, it has been a real pleasure seeing the students and staff working as a team to meet the challenges of the new curriculum. Both Year 11 and 13 really shone with their determination to do well and their hard work. Whatever the outcomes in the summer, they should be proud of their efforts and attitude.


On the sporting field, all the teams have performed to an exceptional level and a number of individuals have reached particularly high standards, especially Chinwendu, Victoria, Sharon & Tamara. As well as these achievements, La Retraite Sports Leaders successfully ran a Mini-Olympics for 17 primary schools with great professionalism and care for the children.


The Music and Drama departments continue to produce performances and shows of a superb standard and the new La Retraite Theatre Company has been a great success. The year will culminate with the Choir touring parts of Belgium, including singing in a Cathedral, and the much anticipated Evening of Hits from Stage and Screen.


As a school, our outstanding achievements have been recognised and we have been selected to be one of only 51 schools and colleges to pilot the new T Levels, the vocational equivalent to A Levels. As well as this, we received confirmation that we will be opening a Combined Cadet Force, (Royal Navy) at the beginning of 2019. Two very exciting developments.


There are almost too many successes to mention, such as the Debating team wins, the wide range of trips, in this short space. None of this could happen without the great support of the students’ parents, the fantastic students and the dedication of all the staff. Thank you to you all.


Dominic Malins, Headteacher



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