St Marks - Veritas 14
Welcome to the latest edition of our school magazine Veritas. This Spring term has been packed with positive activities as demonstrated in these pages. Clearly the vast majority of students are very committed towards their school and keen to participate in extra-curricular opportunities. I am very grateful to all the staff who work so hard to organise and run the extracurricular programme.
At a time when the School is under increasing financial pressure due to financial cuts in education we are determined to maintain provision as best we can. Last week Hounslow Headteachers met with our two local MPs, Seema Malhotra and Ruth Cadbury to discuss the impact of Government cuts. Austerity measures are having an impact on all all aspects of society but surely an effective well resourced education system is absolutely key to the future wealth and success of the Country. I do encourage parents to lobby your local MP in support of your child’s education. On 9th March Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, wrote to the School to congratulate us on being in the top 5% in the country for Progress 8 and for being amongst the top statefunded schools in England for the percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate. It is a shame that this recognition is not being supported by the state funds required to meet the needs of students in the future.
Paul Enright, Headteacher of St Marks Catholic School