Amazing Orchestral Course Concert – Sunday 10th July 2016

The McAuley annual Orchestral Course began on Monday 4th July and culminated with the exciting finale concert at 3pm on Sunday 10th July. The intensive course was offered to Senior Orchestra players who demonstrated excellent reliability at extra curricular rehearsals and the associated out of hours concerts during the year.

The 25 hours plus rehearsal time produced a fantastic concert by the 50 plus players which included 11 of our past students who we were very pleased to welcome back. The concert featured a great variety and selection of Music including music from classical, film, rock, musical, video game and jazz genres. 

A massive THANK YOU! to all the students for their excellent contribution, commitment and standard of behaviour throughout. A special THANK YOU! to our leaving students for their fantastic contribution during their time at McAuley, we wish them well for the future and hope they will come back to join us for future courses.



Battle of the Somme Centenary 1916-2016

This year to commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme, students created messages to the fallen of the Battle. Each form and some History students completed a poppy each. With these, the History Department have created this memorial in the area outside Lower School reception. It acknowledges the sacrifice of more than 400,000 men of the British Empire who fell, and more than 1 million men from all sides who died in this most iconic and tragic battle, which raged over 141 days from July 1st 1916.


Junior Groups Summer Concert

Congratulations to all performers involved in the very successful Junior Groups Concert on Wednesday 25th May. The ensemble performances by Junior Strings, Junior Vocal Group and Junior Band were very impressive and there were fantastic solo performances by a large number of Year 7, 8 and 9 students. The capacity audience was very supportive and created a great performing environment. A massive thank you to all the students involved and also to three of our terrific Doncaster Music Service peripatetic staff, Mrs. Gange, Miss Needham and Mrs. Allison who were involved in directing some of the ensembles or accompanying on piano.



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Important Update - 586 Campsall Bus Service (Morning only)

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) have produced the alternative services available for pupils in lieu of the morning 568 service not running from September 2016.  We understand this will mean pupils having to catch two buses and some pupils having to set off earlier.  We are disappointed in the decision to remove the service and the School has worked hard to find viable solutions in order to keep this service running, however, this has not been possible.
More information can be found on

Some photos from LAMA Week held June 13th to 16th 2016

All Year 12 students were off timetable to explore their options for Life After McAuley.
Throughout the week we had a range of speakers from Universities, VolkerRail, McAuley and Alumni.

Thank you to the following speakers:

James Kennedy from Leeds Trinity University who opened the summer conference
Morgon Horton who is a past pupil and currently a Civil Service Apprentice
Hannah Black, also a past pupil who is an apprentice with Severn Trent water.
To VolkerRail who brought a team to talk with students about Apprenticeships and their company.
A Bourne from the University of York for her talk on Personal Statements and to the Graduate Ambassador Sam who spoke about life at University.
R. Rattray representing Leeds Beckett University.
Alice, a student Ambassador from University of Sheffield
Hannah from Northumbria University who talked about student life and Student Finance. Hannah also met with parents at an evening meeting.

Interview Day
Interview workshop run by Mrs Matheson and Miss Sinclair


Applications to Sixth Form

If you are interested in joining a sixth form where:

- you will be treated like an adult and develop the independence and responsibility needed for life beyond school
- students flourish towards young adulthood in a school with a distinctive ethos where gospel values and community are at its core
- results are consistently in the top 25% nationally
- over 90% of students who apply to university secure the grades needed for their preferred choices
- students receive outstanding pastoral care and curriculum support
- exemplary standards of behaviour allow students to learn effectively
- there are a wide range of A level courses and enrichment opportunities

then you may still apply!

Y10 PSHEE Enrichment Day

On 10th June all year 10 pupils were involved in a full day of PSHEE activities relating to Prison, Crime and Safety, aimed at helping pupils to make safe, healthy and well-informed life choices. The sessions were delivered by the Prison Me No Way charitable organisation and their associates, which, through frank, honest, emotive, sometimes hard-hitting, sometimes hilarious methods, revealed how easily making the wrong life choices could lead to undesirable consequences. The day was highly successful and enjoyable and one that we will definitely seek to repeat for future year 10 groups.


Diana Award Special Guest Panel

Andrew McAteer and Megan Duffield; two McAuley Buddies were invited to assess the Diana Award nominations in Leeds on Thursday 12th May 2016.
It was a valuable experience to join a panel of professionals from the Diana Award team and Talk Direct.

"I felt so privileged to be in a room with a group of people who felt so passionately for The Diana Award" - Daniel Gothard, Awards Co-ordinator

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