Week Beginning 4th February 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian

I’m so proud of the fact that we achieved the second best progress score at A level in Birmingham. I’m grateful to all students, parents and staff for their efforts in helping the Sixth Form class of 2018 achieve such outstanding results .

Mrs Marston-Smith our Head of Sixth Form will be leading a presentation in the hall at at 6.30pm  and 7.30pm. Parents and guardians of our Year 11 students in form groups St Augustine, St Benedict and St Clare are kindly asked to attend the first presentation at 6.30pm with the parents and guardians of students in St Dominic, St Francis and St Ignatius kindly asked to attend the second one at 7.30pm.

Please be aware that after the first presentation and before the second presentation parents and guardians are welcome to visit Heads of Department in departmental areas.

If you are a year 11 pupil and do not attend Bishop Walsh Catholic School you are most cordially invited to visit on this evening along with your parents / guardians.


We look forward to seeing you next week.

Parent’s Announcement

Dear Parent / Guardian,

I would like to make you aware that Christmas lunch will be served on Wednesday 19th. The cost will be £2.30 for a Christmas Lunch and £2.70 for a Christmas lunch with  a Christmas Pudding.

Please note that school will finish at 12.50pm on Friday 21st December. Also note that we cannot guarantee that there will be buses available for pupils at this time on this day. If there are any issues regarding your child returning home on this day, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Head of Year. I would be grateful if you remind your child that they are to make their way home rather than Sutton Coldfield town centre on this afternoon.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Henryk Koryl.



There have been great changes to the majority of GCSE courses over the past three years and the year 11 pupils at Bishop Walsh Catholic School have worked diligently and have been rewarded with excellent GCSE and BTEC results.  Over three quarters of pupils achieved level 4s or above in both English and Mathematics.

Grace Martin was best in her year with eleven top grades. Sophie Leydon, Michael Zajac, Hannah Bleasdale, Tom O’Toole, Elizabeth Drust, Ailish Burke, Sophie Grant, Sophie Adam, Freya Fowler and Matthew Earle also achieved outstanding results in all of their examinations.

A total of 54% of grades in Religious Education were at numbers 7 to 9, including twenty eight 9s and twenty one 8s while in Mathematics 30% plus of grades were at 9, 8 or 7.  In English Language 84% of grades were given the standard pass (grade 4) and or above and 67% grades 5s or above.

Henryk Koryl, Head of School said, ‘Year 11 have worked very hard to achieve excellent GCSE results.  It has been a year of great change for both teachers and pupils. There has not only been an increase in the amount of information pupils are required to revise and remember, but there have also been changes made to the examination papers in an effort to further stretch and challenge pupil at the end of key stage 4. For three long years, our year 11 pupils have persisted in their efforts and have seized every opportunity to attend additional revision sessions in an effort to achieve to the very best of their ability.

As with everything we do at Bishop Walsh Catholic School, we believe in working as an extended family for the greater good of the pupils in our care. The success of our year 11 pupils is not only down to their hard work, but also the dedication and support of our teachers, teaching assistants, parents, Academy Representatives and Board of Directors, who all work tirelessly to nurture the God given talents of every young person who attends our school. Of course, we are not saying goodbye to the great majority of our Year 11 who will join our Sixth Form in a couple of weeks’ time.  ’



‘’I am delighted for our year 13 students, their parents and our staff as Bishop Walsh Catholic School yet again celebrates another outstanding set of A level results’’, said Henryk Koryl, Head of School.

Students and staff have coped really well with the changes to A level which produced more rigorous modes of examination. The average grade per entry was a B with almost a third of all grades awarded being A* and A grades. For the eighth consecutive year more than 50% of our overall grades were A*, A and B grades.

Henryk Koryl commented that, ‘‘I am very proud of our year 13 students. Throughout their time here at Bishop Walsh Catholic School, all students of the year group have worked hard to develop their God given talents to the very best of their ability. They have also made an admirable contribution to the school and wider community through giving generously of their time to help pupils in the lower years and also through raising funds for a host of local, national and international charities. As is the case every year, I am sincerely grateful to our teachers, teaching assistants and Academy Representatives for their time and effort in helping students in year 13 achieve to the best of their ability. I am also grateful for the support of our parents throughout the years. The achievements of our year 13 students reflect how we all work together for the greater good of the young people in our care. We wish our year 13 students all the very best for the future as they embark on apprenticeships, employment or university.’

Our top student was Francesca Maher who gained 3A* grades in the subjects of Biology, Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Connor Greaney achieved 2A* grades and an A grade in the same subjects. They have both secured a place at the University of Nottingham to study Mathematics. Joe Bissett also achieved 2A* grades and an A grade in the subjects of History, Politics and Business Studies and he will be reading History at the University of Birmingham.

In a bumper year for top grades, students who obtained 1A* and 2 A grades at A level were Danielle Quilty, Lauren Quilty and Nathan Shapter. Students who achieved 3 A grades were Charlotte Garvey, Amy Brindley, Daniel Hickman and Thomas Lafferty. Mia McDermott also achieved outstanding examination results and will be reading Law at Wadham College, Oxford University.

Our students also achieved great success in the Level 3 BTEC courses which we run at Bishop Walsh. These courses have become even more rigorous and challenging than in previous years. It is wonderful to note that 82% of results in the Level 3 BTEC qualifications were either awarded a Distinction Star or Distinction. We are delighted that Grace Higgs achieved a Distinction Star in Applied Science, a Distinction in BTEC Level 3 Business as well as B grade in A Level Health and Social Care. She will be reading Law and Business Studies at the University of Liverpool.

Week beginning 9th July 2018

Reitement Mass and celebration for Miss Belinda Dunphy, Vice-Principal

This Tuesday, July 10th, we are celebrating the career of Miss Dunphy who retires from teaching this summer.  Everyone is invited to a Mass of Thanksgiving for Miss Dunphy’s career which has spanned 37 years in Catholic Education at 6.30pm at Holy Cross and St. Francis Catholic Church in Walmley.  We honoured to welcome Bishop Philip Pargeter to be the main con-celebrant at the Mass. We wish Miss Dunphy all the very best for her well deserved retirement.

Week beginning 4th June 2018

Return to school after half term

Students in years 7, 8, 9 and 10 should return to school at 8,50am on TUESDAY 5th JUNE 2018 as Monday 4th June 2018 is an INSET Day where only pupils in years 11, 12 or 13 with public examinations are expected in school.

BWA MEETING: MONDAY 4th JUNE 2018 at 7.30pm

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the BWA for raising so much money this year, money that everyone in school is benefitting.  Soon the BWA will award a significant amount of money to departments who bid for various items and specialist equipment.  It would be great if even more of you could give up some time to be an active member of the BWA.  If you can come along and join the BWA you will be very welcome and their next meeting is on Monday 4th June 2018 at 7.30pm in the Cardinal Newman Building.

Week beginning 7th May 2018

Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, May 10th 2018.

On this day which is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church we are having a whole school Mass which will include a May procession where students going on the Lourdes Pilgrimage later in May will hold aloft the statue of Our Lady in this her special month.  Ave Maria!

‘The Jeeps’ Concert, May 11th 2018 in aid of the Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018

Event details:

When: Friday 11th May 2018

Where: Bishop Walsh Catholic School

Start time: Doors open 7pm (Music start 7.30pm)

Price: £10.  Pay at door.

(Fish & Chips or Vegetarian option available to purchase during event)

Bar serving alcoholic & soft drinks also open


Week beginning 16th April 2018

Happy Easter!

Pope Francis said on Easter Sunday.

‘Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Easter!   Jesus is risen from the dead!

This message resounds in the Church the world over, along with the singing of the Alleluia: Jesus is Lord; the Father has raised him and he lives forever in our midst.’

Start of the summer term 2018

Year 12 are on an examination week this week but all other pupils should return to school at 8.50am on Monday 16th April 2018.