PROSPECTUS

HEADTEACHER’S MESSAGE

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OLQP is a place that provides a happy, stimulating and extremely vibrant learning environment.

Inclusion Quality Mark Flagship Report

Welcome to our school prospectus. I am delighted that you are considering Our Lady Queen of Peace as the chosen secondary school for your child. I hope that you find our prospectus informative and useful in gaining a good understanding of all that we have to offer our young people in these important secondary years.

Our school is a very special Catholic community, in the heart of Skelmersdale, where everyone works hard to provide the best educational experience, carefully suited to the needs of our young people, in an environment where they are nurtured, and where they can fully develop and thrive to be responsible, global citizens.

We provide outstanding opportunities, with year on year investment in our school environment, with excellent facilities to learn in. We have the highest standards of academic achievement, of appearance, behaviour, attitudes and respect for all.

The curriculum is tailored for our young people, and the extensive wider curriculum opportunities and achievements are exceptional, including in Sports, Music, Dance and Drama.

Our standards are high and we expect the very best from all our young people. The strong pastoral care and all the opportunities for individual personal development ensure they are able to fully develop.

We regularly receive awards – we are a Flagship School for Inclusion, we have the International School Award at the highest level and from September 2020 we are also a Music Mark School.
Our Lady Queen of Peace is an Outstanding Catholic school, where we care about each other, we share what we have with others, and we work hard to make sure that everyone achieves their very best.

We are proud to belong to a community that values and respects every person and strives for a world class education for all.

I hope you are able to get a full flavour of our wonderful school through this prospectus and I look forward to welcoming you to Our Lady Queen of Peace.

Ms. A. Knight

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PROUD OF OUR MISSION AND OUR ETHOS

Professionalism, enthusiasm and passion for teaching are the fundamental inclusive principles that naturally occur and are deeply ingrained in the ethos and culture of the school

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An Outstanding Catholic High School

Section 48 Inspection

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Our core values foster love, justice and hope.

Our Mission Statement 'In Christ We Grow' recognises that gospel values are at the centre of every aspect of school life. Our staff place outstanding relationships with young people and their families at the heart of all that we do. Our culture is one of respect, compassion, care, kindness, humility, gentleness and forgiveness.

We are a successful school. Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Engineering College prides itself on providing a welcoming, safe, secure and comfortable environment where children are happy and enjoy their education. Children and adults are treated with care and respect and there are many opportunities for spiritual, moral, personal and physical development where students take responsibility.

Our expectations are high for every young person, and we expect everyone in our community to strive for excellence through caring, sharing and achieving their very best.

Our School Chaplains play a vital role within our community, providing support and spiritual guidance as part of an outstanding pastoral care programme that all our children deserve. Collective worship is often led by our young people; children have daily use of our chapel and we regularly hold full school Masses, assemblies and services enabling children and staff the time and space to reflect together as a school community.

IN CHRIST WE GROW

PROUD OF OUR ACHIEVEMENTS

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The school's Catholic ethos and Engineering specialism underpin all aspects of the well-resourced and valued learning community

Inclusion Quality Mark Flagship Report

In recognition of a commitment to providing a high-quality music education for all children and young people

Music School Award

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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHS

We have held a strong specialism in Engineering over many years. Our Engineering facilities and resources are outstanding and our ongoing investment and excellence ensures that these subjects remain integral to our curriculum, allowing students to progress to further and higher education. The four principles, which are integral to and complement our Catholic Mission, sum up what is distinctive about our Engineering College:

  • A creative problem-solving culture
  • Team work
  • Links with industry
  • Engineering across the curriculum

Our dedicated STEM Co-ordinator provides enrichment activities and events for our school and the local community. Our Lady Queen of Peace has a reputation for delivering high quality Engineering and STEM related courses. This is supported by strong partnerships with industry, providing young people with authentic engineering experiences and opportunities for career progression, for example through apprenticeships.

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FLAGSHIP SCHOOL FOR INCLUSION AWARD

Inclusivity is key to our school's success and is central to our Catholic ethos. Inclusivity permeates every aspect of our school, including celebrating the achievements of all children and the regular involvement of our young people in staff recruitment and reporting in governor meetings.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL AWARD

We have been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award at the highest level. This Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. We foster an international dimension in the curriculum, so that our young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life and work in today’s world.

Our “exemplary and inspiring” International Programme includes exciting partnerships with establishments in Ghana, Mauritius, Russia, France, Netherlands, Bangladesh, USA, Spain and Japan.

INCLUSION CENTRE AND LEARNING BASE

Our Inclusion Centre is used for any child who may need additional support for any reason. The Learning BASE (Behaviour And Social Education) provides support for those students who may need additional help to access the curriculum. Their curriculum is further tailored to meet their individual needs, with extra support in Maths and English.

MUSIC SCHOOL AWARD

Our commitment to an outstanding Arts education is at the heart of the innovative broad and balanced curriculum offered to all young people in Our Lady Queen of Peace. As well as an outstanding programme of concerts and shows, we are fully committed to ensuring that in addition to providing excellent provision for STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), Arts subjects are also delivered as part of our full curriculum offer. Students in Our Lady Queen of Peace have excellent opportunities to develop their creative skills within and beyond the classroom, delivered by our own outstanding practitioners in Music, Drama, Dance and Art. Young people need confidence in developing a creative response to many issues in the world which they will lead.

ARCHDIOCESAN SCHOOL AWARDS

We are delighted that we are regularly selected as being in the top three of all Liverpool Archdiocesan Schools through various nominations. Our latest success in being nominated in the top three schools is for:

  • Creative Team Project of the Year Award OVERALL WINNERS
  • Sports Achievement Award
  • Contribution to the Community Award

PROUD OF OUR CURRICULUM

Students behave well during lessons and around the school site

Ofsted 2020

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A school that is clearly at the heart of its local community where inclusion is ingrained in the very fabric of the school and care. Nurture and support is at the centre of everything that occurs here, for staff and students alike

Inclusion Quality Mark Flagship Report

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A TAILORED CURRICULUM

We aim to provide a world class education for all our students, through an inclusive, personalised curriculum.

We ensure that our students enjoy their learning and are very well prepared for the next stage of their education or training, ready to play their own valuable part in the 21st century as responsible, well rounded, confident, global citizens.

The full KS3 National Curriculum is delivered in Years 7-9, with GCSE, BTEC and other relevant courses offered at KS4 in Years 10 and 11. We are able to ensure that the range of courses on offer at KS4 is as wide as possible to reflect the interests of our students and give them the best opportunities in later life. Details of our current curriculum offer are on our website.

CURRICULUM FOR LIFE PROGRAMME

This programme has been designed by Our Lady’s staff for all our children, specifically tailored to meet their needs. It covers the statutory as well as non-statutory elements of Citizenship, PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education), Careers, Finance, Health and Well-Being and Healthy Relationships.

WIDER CURRICULUM

Sporting activities, musical concerts, theatrical productions, dance shows and educational visits are all an astounding success in Our Lady’s, delivered by our own staff. Children strive to give their best, grow in confidence and experience a new and exciting dimension to education. All students are encouraged to take part in a wide range of clubs, activities and summer schools, which are varied and engaging.

Our curriculum is fully inclusive, it strongly reflects our Catholic ethos and the Engineering and International dimension of our school. We are proud of the breadth and high quality of courses and personal development opportunities that we are able to offer our students. Our current national awards as a Flagship School for Inclusion, International School Award and Music School Award all reflect our commitment and our students’ achievements; our latest reports are available to read on our website.

PROUD TO BELONG

PROUD OF OUR TEACHING

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Our Lady Queen of Peace High School provides outstanding Catholic Education. Students are confident and proud to belong to their school

Outstanding Archdiocesan Inspection

QUALITY TEACHING AND LEARNING

Our aim is to ensure high quality teaching and learning for all students. Lessons are 75 minutes in length and there are four lessons each day. The longer lessons help to foster strong, positive relationships and lead to children receiving the attention they deserve, with time to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in lessons. Our staff plan carefully structured lessons to meet children’s needs and ensure outstanding behaviour and attitudes through fostering purposeful relationships in lessons, leading to the best progress. This very inclusive approach is what makes us special. Parents can track the achievements and progress of their child at any time through ClassCharts.

OUTSTANDING LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

We continue to substantially invest year on year, to ensure that the learning environment and facilities for our young people are of the highest standard. These include suited subject areas, a very well resourced school library, Sports Hall, Music Recording Studio and Y11 Common Room. We are committed to providing the best for all our community.

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TRAINING TEACHERS THROUGH SCHOOLS DIRECT PROGRAMME

Our Lady Queen of Peace is part of the Wigan and West Lancashire Catholic School Direct network, in which schools work in partnership with an accredited teacher training institution (Liverpool Hope University). Trainees work within the network of schools, supported by high quality teachers, as they progress towards gaining a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

Children with Special Educational Needs are well supported and all members of staff are mindful of children’s particular needs. Our school provides a multi-discipline team, led by our very experienced SENCO and Inclusion Manager, to assist students identified as requiring additional support. We are fortunate to have a large team of Teaching Assistants who are deployed to meet individual needs. All members of staff are expected to plan for each individual child and children are very closely monitored.

ABLE AND AMBITIOUS

Our most able students are stretched and closely monitored throughout the year. They are provided with appropriately challenging opportunities so that they can excel both in lessons and through the extensive wider curricular programme. All our Able and Ambitious students are set challenging individual targets for expected progress and our dedicated Co-ordinator ensures that best practice strategies are used by staff, leading to outstanding student progress and outcomes.

PROUD OF OUR SUPPORT

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Students benefit from considerable pastoral support

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PARTNERSHIPS WITH PARENTS

We place great value on parental partnerships. It is through working together that our children will receive the best education and preparation for the future. Parents can expect excellent information, advice and guidance, through progress and written reports, parents’ evenings and information evenings. Parents are always welcome to contact school for an appointment with learning mangers, form tutors and teaching staff. A member of the senior leadership team is always available during the day for any urgent issues or to discuss any concerns.

PASTORAL SUPPORT

Our five year groups are organised in Houses which are named after Engineers. Children are cared for in year group forms and meet with their form tutor every day. Form tutors help ensure they are well prepared, well supported and they carefully guide children so they have outstanding personal development. Children become mentors and buddies for each other, engendering a sense of belonging and breaking down barriers between children in different year groups. There is a strong sense of community, responsibility and respect for one another. Children are encouraged to develop leadership skills and are confident in expressing themselves.

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SAFEGUARDING AND CHILDREN LOOKED AFTER

The safeguarding of all children is the responsibility of all members of staff. We have a Dedicated Safeguarding Lead in school and an experienced team to liaise with multi agencies, children and families. Someone from this team is always on hand to provide advice, guidance and support. Children looked after are very well cared for and achieve exceptionally well in our school.

TRANSITION

Joining a new school can be a daunting, as well as an exciting experience. At Our Lady Queen of Peace we work hard to try and make the process as smooth as possible. We have a close relationship with our family of primary schools, which enables us to share information easily. This helps us know individual children’s needs and how to address them, before children start with us. We offer summer schools for Year 5 and Year 6, which are fun, free and friendly, and we offer many Taster Days helping children to take part in lessons and activities. Our older students relish the opportunities to support and lead younger children, closely guided by our talented members of staff. Prior to joining the school, we also find it useful to provide induction days for some students in Year 6. These usually take place in the summer term and reinforce our commitment to ensuring that the transition process is a smooth one. Parents are very confident with how quickly new children settle in to the school.

In Key Stage 4 we offer visits to local colleges and have dedicated Careers Education Advisers offering impartial advice to all children. We have a very strong record of children successfully moving on to further education or training.

STUDENT SUPPORT

Our school employs a Counsellor who is able to support those experiencing difficulties or problems. In addition, we have links to external professional services for children who may find themselves in more challenging circumstances. Our Chaplains are also available for the pastoral as well as spiritual care of our children and their families.

CARING, SHARING AND ACHIEVING

PROUD OF OUR EXCELLENCE + OPPORTUNITIES

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The curriculum of Our Lady Queen of Peace and its international activities certainly prepare the students for life and work in a global economy

British Council International School Award

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EXCELLENCE AT OUR CORE

Our aim is that all children will leave us with:

  • Values, morals and beliefs to lead Christian lives
  • Skills required for life and employment in an ever changing global society
  • The best examination results they are capable of achieving
UNIFORM

We encourage a strong sense of belonging to Our Lady’s community through insisting on very high standards of school uniform. Young people are ambassadors for our school and taking pride in their uniform is important. We continue to provide a free uniform to all Year 7 students. From the moment they enter Our Lady’s, a student will know that they are part of our family. We feel that this is a valuable investment made at this stage of their school life, helping families, and helping children to feel secure in their smooth transition to high school.

REWARDS

Effort, engagement, good attitudes, achievement and conduct are rewarded. Regular reward assemblies provide the opportunity to celebrate success as a whole school community. Our rewards system allows students the opportunity to collect points and enjoy a variety of reward tokens and events. Each year we hold a Rewards Day which is chosen by our student body.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

We are very proud of our large team of children who are involved in the many Student Voice opportunities in school. They are involved in evaluating the effectiveness of our school and look for ways to improve our young people’s experience. As such we are always creating new initiatives that establish an open, honest relationship between staff, governors and students. Our strong Prefect system also ensures that our young people are taking a lead role in areas of responsibility, building important skills for their future while making a valuable contribution to our school community.

Children throughout the school are further engaged in Leadership opportunities when they take up positions such as Primary Ambassadors, Prefects, Dance Leaders and positions of responsibility throughout the school.

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