Blessed William Howard

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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School Information

A number of changes will be implemented in September 2020, please check the content on this link to ensure you are up to date.

Please ensure you have read, signed and returned our Home / School Agreement and our addendums Home/School Agreement from June 2020  and the UPDATED ADDENDUM JULY 2020

The school day timings are outlined below:   We expect all students to be on-site and ready to enter the school building for 8.30am each day.  Any student arriving after 8.35am will be classified as late and will receive a same day after school detention for 30 minutes in line with school policy.

Year 7 - 11

School Day timings

8.30am line up in outdoor areas

8.40am – 8.50am Tutor time

8.50am -10.00am - Period 1

10.00am – 11.00am – Period 2

11.00am -11.15amBreak – outdoor areas

11.15am – 12.15/12.35pm – Period 3

12.15pm - lunch begins for Y7 and Y8 – as above

12.35pm – lunch begins for Y9,10 and Y11 – as above

1.10pm – all years line up in outdoor areas to be collected.

1.15pm – 2.15pm – Period 4

2.15pm – 3.15pm Period 5

3.15pm - End of day – Year 7, 8 & 9

3.20pm - End of day – Year Y10 & 11

Year 12/13

8:40am – 9:00am Tutor Time
9:00am – 10:00am Period 1
10:00am – 11:00am Period 2
11:00am – 11:15am Break Time
11:20am – 12:20pm Period 3
12:20pm – 1:20pm Period 4
1:20pm – 2:15pm Lunch Break
2:15pm – 3:15pm Period 5

School Office / Reception opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 8.00am–4.00pm
and Friday 8.00am–3.30pm 

Must be reported no later than 8.40am by calling the main school number and selecting Option 3, or emailing


ParentPay (Individual log on details will be issued)
This is the online payment and communication system used by our school.  Parents must register and activate their accounts in order to receive communications from school and in order to pay for trips, school meals etc.

The main method of communication is email through ParentPay.  You must, therefore, register and activate your ParentPay account to ensure you receive these communications.  For emergencies, we will use the primary contact phone number.  Please ensure that this information is kept up to date and you inform the school of any changes in details.

This is an online reporting system that will allow you to track your child’s progress.  You must register in order to gain access to your account.   Log in details will be issued in the September of your child starting with us.

All school reports are now available online in Go4Schools.  Paper copies may be produced by arrangement and must be collected in person from the main office.  

Students will have to report to the school office their reason for lateness and this will be recorded.  Any student who is late more than 10 times in a 12 week period will result in the parents receiving a fine from the Local Authority.

School Gateway
This is a free app that allows regular up to date and free communications between parents and school, relating specifically to behaviour and attendance.  Please download from your app store or register at  PLEASE ENSURE THAT THE MOBILE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS YOU REGISTER WITH MATCH THOSE PROVIDED TO SCHOOL.

Payment accepted on ParentPay only. 

When a student has to sign out for an appointment, they must have a hard copy of a note from a parent/carer.  Students will not be allowed off-site without this.  The student should keep the note on them, so they can show their teacher in order to leave the lesson.  We are unable to collect students from class, they must make their own way to reception to sign out.

School Closures
We will notify parents of school closures as soon as possible by text message and by posting an alert on the website.  There is also a County Council website dedicated to informing parents about school closures.

Mobile Phones
May be brought into school but we cannot be responsible for any damage/loss or theft.  They must NOT be used during the school day without express permission from a member of staff and will be confiscated if they are. 

Parents should not drive onto the school car park, this is for the use of staff only.  Dropping off in a morning, parents should use the marked parking bays on Rowley Avenue and students should stay on the footpath.

Lost property
Is kept in reception – a reminder to parents/carers to label PE kit and uniform, we can then easily return lost items to students.

School Dinners
We run a cashless payment system which means school dinners must be paid for in advance on ParentPay and students should register for biometric readings.  You can check balances online and top up from anywhere at any time, you can even monitor what your child buys for lunch.  Packed lunches may also be eaten in the school canteen. 

If your child has a medical condition you must inform the school.

You MUST complete a care plan, copies of which are available in the main school office and on the school website.  This would include any anaphylactic reaction, asthma, etc. 

Bike storage
BWH has ample room to lock up bikes.  Bikes remain the responsibility of their owners and not the school. 

Sixth formers may park on the car park but should leave their vehicle details with reception.  Failure to do this may result in loss of parking privileges.

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