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Cardinal Griffin Catholic High SchoolDescription : Cardinal Griffin Catholic High School is a Catholic high school in Cannock, Staffordshire, England. Cardinal Griffin is a Specialist Science College.The school has a leadership team consisting of seven members of staff:While the National Curriculum only requires pupils to complete a course in Core Science, Cardinal Griffin requires most pupils to complete a course in Double Science.All of the mathematics and science rooms are on the A and B floors (ground floor and first floor) and are all lo... Page:c

For the person the school is named after, see Bernard Griffin.
Cardinal Griffin Catholic High School
Cardinal Griffin Catholic High School Logo.jpg
MottoDa Mihi Animas (Latin for Give Me Souls)
Established1960
TypeCatholic school
HeadteacherMr Michael Burrowes
LocationCardinal Way
Cannock
Staffordshire
WS11 4AW
England
Coordinates: 52°41′49″N 2°02′10″W / 52.697°N 2.036°W / 52.697; -2.036
Local authorityStaffordshire
DfE URN124468 Tables
OfstedReports
Students900+
GenderMixed
Ages11–18
HousesSix (see House System section)
ColoursBlack and Red
PublicationThe Griffin newsletter
Websitewww.cgchs.org.uk

Cardinal Griffin Catholic High School is a Catholic high school in Cannock, Staffordshire, England. Cardinal Griffin is a Specialist Science College.

Management

The school has a leadership team consisting of seven members of staff:

NamePositionResponsibilities
Mr M BurrowesHeadteacherOverall responsibility of pupils, staff, visitors, property and enforcement of school policy
Mr J FaulconbridgeDeputy Headteacher
Mr B LeechmereDeputy Headteacher
Mr P ArcherAssistant Headteacher
Mrs A HaywoodAssistant Headteacher
Mrs E McCormickAssistant HeadteacherHead of sixth form
Mr D CarneExecutive Business Manager

Science and Mathematics

GCSE

CoursesOffered?Examination BodyResulting Qualification(s)
Single Award ScienceNoEdexcel1 GCSE in Core Science
Double Award ScienceYesEdexcel1 GCSE in Core Science
1 GCSE in Additional Science
Triple Award ScienceYesEdexcel1 GCSE in Core Science
1 GCSE in Additional Science
1 GCSE in Extended Science
MathematicsYesEdexcel13 GCSE in Mathematics
StatisticsYesEdexcel1 GCSE in Statistics

While the National Curriculum only requires pupils to complete a course in Core Science, Cardinal Griffin requires most pupils to complete a course in Double Science.

A Level

CoursesOffered?Examination BodyResulting Qualification(s)
BiologyYesAQA
ChemistryYesOCR
PhysicsYesAQA/OCR
HistoryYesEdexcel
PsychologyYes
SociologyYes
MathematicsYes
Further MathematicsYes

Facilities

All of the mathematics and science rooms are on the A and B floors (ground floor and first floor) and are all located in one block.

Mathematics

Five large rooms for teaching whole classes. All rooms are fitted with projectors and a computer, and three of the rooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards.
There are currently (as of February 2011), seven full-time mathematics teachers working at Cardinal Griffin.

Science

Seven large laboratories for teaching whole classes. All rooms are fitted with projectors, and a computer.
All rooms have access to the following equipment:

  • Laboratory glassware
  • Bunsen burners
  • Fume cupboard
  • Laptops with data logging equipment
  • Scientific textbooks

There is also a "prep room" where glassware and other equipment is stored and cleaned, and a locked storage cupboard for chemicals.
There are currently (as of February 2011), nine full-time science teachers working at Cardinal Griffin.

Music

Bands

The school has several bands, including a Swing Band and Irish band named Clanna Gael. The school organises annual rock concerts with school bands and solo acts performing. The money raised from ticket sales usually goes to a charity chosen prior to the concert.

Facilities

The Music Department has two large main rooms for teaching classes and three practice rooms for one-to-one music tuition.
The department also has several netbooks for the use of GCSE and A Level music students. The netbooks have Sibelius 6, Photoshop Elements and OpenOffice installed. Five desktop computers with Sibelius 6, Microsoft Office 2003, Cubase and Guitar Pro installed are also available for students to use.

Qualifications

The school offers GCSE music and BTEC at GCSE level (offering one and two GCSE qualifications respectively).
At A Level, music is available as a qualification.

Physical Education

Cardinal Griffin has reasonably extensive physical education facilities available to it. These include a sports hall (new floor surface at start of September 2010 term), a gym, two tarmac yards with netball line markings, and a large two level field). The school is also located within 300 yards of Chase Leisure Centre, which allows for regular usage of the facilities there (swimming pool, gym, sports hall, tennis courts in Cannock Park, and Cannock Chase Golf Club where the school regularly does cross country running).

Sports Day

Cardinal Griffin run an annual sports day on the field. Some of the events are listed below:

  • Sprint (50 m, 100 m and 200 m)
  • Long distance running (1600 m)
  • Throwing events (javelin and shot put)
  • Jumping events (high jump and long jump)

Inter-house Competitions

The school hosts several competitions for boys and girls between houses throughout the year:

SportGenderCompetitors
FootballBoysTeams of eleven, one team per house, per year group
RugbyBoysOne team per house, per year group
HockeyGirlsOne team per house, per year group
NetballGirlsOne team per house, per year group
Cross country runningBoys and GirlsTwo boys and two girls per house, per year group

House System

Cardinal Griffin employs a house system for management of pupils and organisation of timetables (up to end of year nine, when GCSE options take precedence over house group when organising timetables). There are six houses in totals, all named after figures in the Catholic Church.

Houses

House NameHouse InitialsColourNamed After
AllenCARedCardinal William Allen
NewmanANYellowBlessed John Newman
ManningRMWhiteCardinal Henry Manning
VaughanDVGreenCardinal Herbert Vaughan
WisemanIWPurpleCardinal Nicholas Wiseman
HinsleyNHBlueCardinal Arthur Hinsley

Tutoring

Each house is split further into six "vertical" tutor groups (forms) and numbered accordingly. The term "vertical" means that there are members from each year group (excluding sixth form) in each form. There are roughly the same amount of people from each year group in each form.

External links

  • School's official website
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