Headteacher's Address

Dear Parent

I would like to welcome both yourselves and your children to the school.

Bishop Vaughan Catholic School is a Voluntary Aided School for 11 to 18 year olds in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Menevia and the City and County of Swansea. It was established to provide secondary education for the Catholic population of Swansea, Swansea Valley and Lliw Valley.

Bishop Vaughan occupies a large site in the Morriston district of Swansea. Many parts of the school buildings have been refurbished in recent years and, as a result, many of our facilities are of a good standard. Specialist accommodation meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. Many of our school facilities have been recently upgraded and now equal the best provision available elsewhere.

At Bishop Vaughan, every aspect of what we think and do should be based on the Gospel values of Peace, Justice, Truth and Love. Each individual is valued as a unique and gifted creation of God. As the only Catholic secondary school in this area, we take pride in striving for quality, excellence and achievement in all we do. Choosing the right secondary school for their child is one of the most important decisions which parents face. Here are some of the reasons which make Bishop Vaughan a wise choice for your child:

Though a large school we will really get to know your child well and look after him or her, not just in Year 7 but as he or she matures and develops in what we hope will be a seven year programme, through to Year 13. We offer education in a secure and disciplined context where pupils will be expected to work hard, do their best and take seriously their own academic progress. We expect high academic standards across the ability range and enthusiasm for learning.

We nurture a religious and spiritual formation that makes central the idea of the Christian way of life worship of God and practical concern of others.We encourage a pervasive atmosphere of mutual respect, courtesy, friendliness and optimism together with care for the environment and property.We afford opportunities for developing talents in a range of activities: cultural, musical and sporting. We emphasise enjoyment and excellence. We encourage pupils to "have a go" We make every effort to make the families of our pupils an important part of the life of the school through regular contact and consultation. We have a well-qualified, experienced and thoroughly professional staff committed to the Catholic ethos, who are willing always to "go the extra mile" in support of pupils; who provide quality lessons with a judicious blend of traditional and innovative method.

Facilities at Bishop Vaughan are of a high standard. In recent years there has been upgrading and refurbishing of teaching areas for Science, Technology, Creative Arts and Sport. Examination results are important since, realistically, they are the keys to pupil progression. At Bishop Vaughan we are pleased that our results at all levels are among the best in the area and we have clear targets for continued improvement. Naturally, we hope you will wish to send your child to Bishop Vaughan and look forward to welcoming your son or daughter as a pupil of the school. The school delivers its curriculum and conducts its business through the medium of English except for the use of incidental Welsh.

Headmaster - Mr. J. Blackburn

Last modified: Friday, 10 August 2012, 10:49 AM