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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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Special Awards Evening Celebrates Students’ Success

Blessed William Howard Catholic High School opened its doors to VIP guests and former students to round off 2013 with a special ‘Celebration of Success’ reunion evening.

The evening allowed former students from Y11 and Y13 to be formally recognised for both academic and non-academic achievements, whilst receiving certificates for qualifications obtained last summer.

A special Catenians award, donated by the Catenians Association, a body of professional Catholic people, was awarded to Christopher Vaz (18) for his outstanding contribution to school life.   Chris achieved great A-Level results in summer (3A*s and 1A) whilst also tutoring younger students to help prepare them for their exams.  Chris even organised his own work experience in the slums of Mumbai and, a talented sportsman and county ranking badminton player, he led a number of sports initiatives for others to get involved with.  Chris is currently undertaking medical training at Birmingham University.

The Margaret Moore Memorial prize for musical commitment was awarded to Kerianne Heaton (19).  Kerianne led the school orchestra, co-directed her own instrumental ensemble called ‘project strings’ and achieved a high level of musical academic success.   She is now using her musical, organizational and leadership skills as a youth leader at Alton Castle prior to starting higher education.

Georgia Stanway and Joe Revell (both former pupils) performed outstanding music interludes during the ceremony and all the awards were presented by special guest speaker Canon Michael Neylon.

“Such an event is a great celebration of our students’ success at our school, both academic and in the wider sense of being part of a community.  We are very proud of each and every individual present.” commented Mr Smith, Headteacher.