Catholic schools in the area have come together to create Furness & Millom Catholic Cluster.
‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ (Jeremiah 29:11)
Furness & Millom Catholic Cluster consists of the following schools:
- Holy Family Catholic Primary School - Barrow,
- Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School - Barrow,
- St Bernard's Catholic High School - Barrow,
- St Columba's Catholic Primary School - Walney,
- St James' Catholic Primary School - Millom and
- St Pius X Catholic Primary School - Barrow,
The cluster has appointed a School Improvement Co-ordinator, Kate Waplington (ex. Headteacher of Holy Family) to help promote consistency across the cluster. Her role consists of the following: coordinating and supporting Headteacher appraisals, producing termly comparative reports for Governing bodies, coordinating peer-to-peer support, taking responsibility for Leading Teachers and individual school support where needed.
The primary schools in the cluster have a shared School Business Manager, Paul Lewis. Paul regularly liaises with the School Business Manager from St Bernard's Catholic High School, Maureen McKendry.
Peer-to-Peer Support Structure
St James' - St Pius X
St Pius X - St Columba's
St Columba's - Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart - Holy Family
Holy Family - St James'
Meeting and Moderation Dates
Annually, dates are set for headteachers, phase leaders and subject leaders to meet and moderate.
Furness & Millom Catholic Cluster has appointed the following Leading Teachers to help support and improve our schools:
Tracie Roberts (St Pius X) - Mathematics,
Carmen Athersmith (St Columba's) - Mathematics,
Seira Crabb (Sacred Heart) - English,
Helen Evans (St Columba's) - English,
Simone Beach (Sacred Heart) - Special Education Needs & Disabilities,
Kevin McGoldrick (St Pius X) - Phonics,
VACANCY - Early Years Foundation Stage and
Claire O'Donnell (St Columba's) - Religious Education.