Thank you for visiting our school website. We hope to demonstrate to you that this school offers an education which has the correct blend of academic success, Catholicity and the expectation to “live life to the full” by engagement in the many extra curricular opportunities which are available to all students regardless of age, ability and interest.


I have been leading the school as Executive Principal since June 2017 and will remain in post at St Edmund Arrowsmith for the rest of this academic year. Currently, I am working with the Archdiocese of Liverpool and Knowsley Local Authority to recruit a Principal for the school who will join us on a permanent basis by Easter. We will secure an exceptional candidate who will, I am sure, build upon the firm foundations for school improvement laid by teachers, senior colleagues and the governors of our school.


The school , which has in excess of one thousand pupils on roll, is proud to have served the local community of Knowsley for many years. All at St Edmund Arrowsmith are committed to the delivery of a high quality experience to our young people, both to prepare them for life after high school and to enhance their life chances.


Following our Ofsted visit in May 2017 a number of  changes have been implemented to ensure that the school develops and improves at pace. Ofsted   identified clear areas for improvement , all of which are being addressed with purpose and vigour by staff, students and governors alike. Our Ofsted report also contains many references to the excellent work is carried out in our school. The following comments demonstrate clearly that the school has excellent capacity to continue to improve:


  • The capacity to improve the school is exemplified by strong leadership, which together with support from the executive monitoring board has improved the quality of teaching and behaviour.
  • Leaders provide effectively for pupils’ well-being. Pupils feel safe and are well looked after in school.
  • Support for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is improving.
  • Leaders promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well.
  • The recent improvements in Key Stage 3 indicate that there is capacity to improve. The improvements in teaching, attendance and behaviour all point to the ability of leaders and governors to improve the school.


The academic success of the school is the culmination of professionalism matched by very positive relationships with the students who enjoy attending. The views of parents and carers are very important to the senior leaders and governors of the school, and are collected after every parents’ night. 


Getting to know future parents and students is very important to all staff and the school invests a great deal into the transition programme that is in place with our feeder primary schools.  The gathering of key information starts in Year 4 and support has been given to the primaries regarding teaching support in Computer Science, Technology and Modern Foreign Languages. The school has also provided booster classes for English and Maths throughout the year.


Other experiences on offer include skiing holidays, visits to Auschwitz in Poland, the Lake District and for Year 7 students, due to sponsorship by Yamaha, the opportunity for everyone in the class to play an individual instrument together. Music lessons are also available and heavily subsidised to enable all students to partake if they so wish. The PE Department offers a full range of sporting activities such as football, netball, cricket, rounders, hockey, athletics, basketball, trampolining and many more. They are competitive and enter regional and national events.


In closing, I am confident that our school provides high quality educational experience which draws its distinctive character from the life and teaching of Jesus, the principles of the Gospel and the Catholic tradition.


Chris Horrocks

Executive Principal