A HEAD teacher is celebrating his first year in charge preparing for the school’s 50th birthday festivities.
Past pupils from The Pingle School may remember Martin Cain teaching there in the 1990s, but he has now taken the helm of Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Sports College, in Bluestone Lane, Stapenhill, and has already made a few changes.
The school celebrates its 50th birthday next month and Mr Cain, who took over in September after Tony Downey, retired, is hoping to use it to raise the profile of what he describes is a ‘hidden gem.’
He said: “This is a big thing as it is 50 years of catholic education and was created through blood, sweat and tears by people in the community.”
Its week of celebrations starts on Monday, July 7, when classes will be learning more about the history of the school, its past pupils, staff and the building, as well as a mass at 5pm on July 10, and a summer fair on Friday, July 11, including rides and stalls.
The 53-year-old said: “We will be doing lots of things with the children during that week and as a lovely bonus we have managed to get in touch with past children and staff, and donations have been made to refurbish the chapel.
“It is very exciting as it will be a learning experience for the children.”
The chapel is not the only thing that has improved under Mr Cain’s rule.
He said: “When I was interviewed by the children (as part of the interview process before he was offered the job) they asked me what I would change about the school. I noticed there was constant complaining about the main building’s toilets, and rightly so. So as I managed to access £40,000 for refurbishment.
“We were also a little off the pace with IT so we installed brand new technology and infrastructure. We have had some major technology in the school hall and the children can listen to music as they eat lunch, and we have installed theatre seating in the hall which has transformed our school productions.”
He has also set up a reward system.
However, the major change is the move of its sixth formers back to the school. For 12 years, it has shared the Stapenhill Sixth Form centre with Paulet, but new extensions will be built to give the students a sense of belonging at school.
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