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Student shines on the violin

Pupils gains a Merit in her Grade 6 violin exam

By on Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Music teacher Rachael Johnson and Noella Kisina

Music teacher Rachael Johnson and Noella Kisina

St Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe was delighted when Year 11 pupil Noella Kisina passed her recent violin exams with flying colours.

Noella took her her Grade 6 Violin performance exam and has gained a Merit for it.
Rachael Johnson, a music teacher at St Paul’s, said: “Noella worked extremely hard for this exam, putting in the hours to get the best results she could. She deserves her success.”

Ms Johnson added: “I will miss Noella when she leaves St Paul’s. She puts such energy and vibrancy into her music. I am pleased that she plans to continue with her musical studies and her violin exams once she starts college in September.”

Wiktor Daron, the headteacher of St Paul’s, said: “Noella is extremely passionate about music so I am delighted to see that she has got the result she deserves – I am very proud of her.”

At the last Ofsted inspection of the school in March 2010 the following comments were made by the inspectors: “Good teaching enables students to make good progress and achieve well. Relationships between teachers and students are strong. They result in good behaviour.”

The report stated that the school is “enabling students to learn effectively and make good progress”.

It continued: “Attainment is rising rapidly as a result. Achievement for all students, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities and those with English as an additional language, is good.”

The Ofsted report is reinforced by the preceding inspection of the school by the Diocese of Shrewsbury under the guidance of the Bishop of Shrewsbury.

The diocese’s report said: “St Paul’s is a good Catholic school. The head and senior leadership team have a clear vision… an outstanding feature of the school is the pastoral care of students and the support of staff.”

The 2010 GCSE results for St Paul’s Catholic High School were its best ever with 74 per cent of pupils achieving five A* – Cs. Forty-four per cent of pupils gained five A*-C plus English and Maths. This is the sixth year in succession that the school has improved its five A* – C pass rate. In addition, 100 per cent of pupils achieved at least one GCSE.