St Paul's Catholic College (Burgess Hill)

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St Paul's Catholic College
Established 1963
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Mr Rob Carter
Specialism Sports college
Location Jane Murray Way
Burgess Hill
West Sussex
RH15 8GA
England Coordinates: 50°57′59″N 0°09′16″W / 50.96637°N 0.15457°W / 50.96637; -0.15457
Local authority West Sussex
DfE URN 126101 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 916
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Website www.stpaulscatholiccollege.co.uk

St Paul's Catholic College is a comprehensive Catholic secondary school in the town of Burgess Hill in West Sussex, England.

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The college first opened on 10 September 1963 as a modern secondary school serving the Mid-Sussex area. It was originally situated in the nearby town of Haywards Heath, but relocated to its current site at the northwestern edge of Burgess Hill in September 2004. Jubilee celebrations will take place in 2013-2014 to mark 50 years since the school first opening.

In April 2013 the College was appointed as a National Teaching School and National Support School by the Department for Education. 350 schools nationally have currently taken on this leadership role. This is a responsibility to lead teacher training, professional development, research and development, leadership, raising achievement and school to school support. There is a clear commitment to support schools in an Ofsted category or requiring improvement. This is led through the Inspire Teaching School Alliance [1]. St. Paul's is also a Sports College and has Leading Edge status as a high performing secondary school.

The college accepts children from the age of eleven through to eighteen, and accommodates approximately 1000 students. There were four houses: Corinth, Valletta, Damascus and Lystra but it now features the fifth form, Rome, as the school expands student numbers to 1,050 students by 2014. Each form is a place significant to St. Paul's life. The school has played a role in advancing the role of e-learning in the classroom, as well as being a fair-trade school, encouraging student support for good causes, both locally and worldwide.

Results have been very strong at GCSE and A-level and the College has been named consistently within the highest performing secondary schools nationally.[1] There is a strong belief that education should be about developing the "whole person" by looking to develop student confidence, happiness, faith and academic success.[2]

St Paul's was first graded as 'outstanding' by Ofsted in 2007. Subsequently further reports in 2008 and 2011 confirm that St Paul's remains an 'outstanding school'.[3] It was also graded as 'outstanding' in the Section 48 inspection by the diocese which evaluates the quality of Catholic education and the spiritual life of the school most recently in 2014.[4]

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