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The Painsley Catholic Academy was established in 2012. We are the largest Catholic multi-academy company in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

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Record amount of shoe boxes collected for Christmas appeal


Pupils and their families at Blessed William Catholic High School have shown amazing generosity this year with overwhelming support for Operation Christmas Child, through Samaritan’s Purse. 

Students have put together more than 160 of their own special shoe boxes to go to needy children in deprived areas.  The special Christmas gift boxes include small toys and educational supplies including books and pens, hygiene items such as toothbrushes and soap and other gift items including clothing or accessories.

“Our school has supported this cause for the past five years,” commented Miss Whitehouse who co-ordinates the project, “but this year, we have raised more boxes than ever before.  I’d really like to thank our students and their families for their generosity and support in making this year such a success.”

Over the past 22 years, Operation Christmas Child has delivered 94 million shoeboxes to needy children in over 100 countries.