All Saints' Catholic Academy

All Saints' Catholic Academy (formerly All Saints RC School) is a Roman Catholic secondary school in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England. It is the only Catholic secondary school in the district, with a capacity for over 1,000 students.[2] The school is allied to St. Philip Neri with St. Bede's Catholic Voluntary Academy for younger pupils aged 3–11 years.[3]

All Saints' Catholic Voluntary Academy
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Broomhill Lane

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Coordinates53°09′08″N 1°12′47″W / 53.1521°N 1.2130°W / 53.1521; -1.2130Coordinates: 53°09′08″N 1°12′47″W / 53.1521°N 1.2130°W / 53.1521; -1.2130
MottoWe Shall Serve
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
TrustOur Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy Trust[1]
Department for Education URN140698 Tables
Age11 to 18
HousesCaritas (Red), Fortitudo (Green), Vocare (Purple), Industria (Yellow)
Colour(s)Red, blue, gold, white


The first schoolEdit

Mansfield's first Catholic school was established along with a church for the relatively few worshippers in the town during 1877/1878 at the Manor House, Ratcliffe Gate, both named after St. Philip Neri.[4] With a growing congregation, a larger church was established at Chesterfield Road by 1925, followed in 1927 by a larger, purpose-built school nearby at Westfield Lane.[4][5][6][7]

St. Bede'sEdit

A new-build school was officially opened in 1960 at Rosemary Street for secondary pupils, whilst St. Philip's continued for primary tuition.[5]

All Saints' (Upper school under the three tier system)Edit

All Saints' opened in 1974, initially as a 13–18 upper school with Mary Gray as headmistress. Peter Whalley took over as Headmaster in 1981. This was a new-build on a greenfield site.

-St. Philip Neri with St. Bede'sEdit

After All Saints' school, was opened, St. Philip and St. Bede's continued separately under the three-tier system of lower/middle/upper, then conjoined to cater for under-11-year olds at the Rosemary Street site. The old St. Philip's site on Westfield Lane was closed and eventually demolished in favour of a new Magistrates' Court, relocated in 1996 after the old Court/Police Station areas were demolished for retail development.[5]

All Saints' (reversion to two tier)Edit

All Saints' had opened in 1974, initially as a 13–18 upper school with Mary Gray as headmistress. It became an 11–18 comprehensive voluntary aided school on a split site in 1984. Ken Daly was the headmaster from December 1996 until he retired in April 2008. In 2006 the school was awarded specialist status as an Arts College and the school converted to academy status in April 2014. Prince Charles was a notable visitor in 1978.[citation needed]

The School is a 'Dyslexia friendly School' which is actively promoted by Nottinghamshire Education.

It has a sixth form of over 100 pupils, and currently has a total pupil population of approximately 1250. The School has approximately 75 Teaching staff, plus TA support and ancillary support staff.


The current building was constructed for a pupil population of around 600 but has been gradually extended with the construction of a new Performing arts block and new Science block and the addition of 19 temporary class rooms. The school's X block's have been renovated a number of times and currently holds classes in PE office, Geography, Mathematics, RE, DT (Sewing) and SEN.[citation needed]


All Saints' Catholic Academy became part of a new collective in 2014, the Aquinas Academy Trust.[8] By 2019, the trust had merged and the schools transferred to the Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy Trust.

Aquinas Academy TrustEdit

The trust oversees:[9]

  • All Saints' Catholic Voluntary Academy

and the following primary schools

  • Holy Trinity Catholic Voluntary Academy
  • St Patricks' Catholic Primary School, A Voluntary Academy
  • St Philip's Catholic Primary School, a Voluntary Academy
  • St Joseph's Shirebrook Catholic Primary School, a Voluntary Academy
  • St Joseph's New Ollerton Catholic Primary School, a Voluntary Academy

Academy Trusts have a Board of Trustees, which in this case is 15 in number, made up of all the schools' headteachers, representatives of the diocese and lay-members with business experience. Each school has a smaller local board of governors: there are 12 members including staff and parent representatives.[9]

Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy TrustEdit

A trust embracing catholic schools in the Nottingham area.[1]


The academy teaches courses at Keystage 3, Keystage 4 and Keystage 5. It follows the English National Curriculum for students under 16, with GCSE terminal examinations.[10] The government progress-monitoring system is known as Progress 8.[11]

Keystage 3

In year 7, the lessons are taught in broad ability groups, then in year 8 all subjects are setted. At Keystage 3, the core subjects are Religious Studies, English, Maths and Science. Both History and Geography are taught; there are also Computing, Performing Arts, Physical Education and Technology. French is the first modern foreign language, and German is added in year 8.[10]

Keystage 4

In year nine the curriculum changes to allow students three years to study their GCSE options. All students study the core subjects of Religious Studies, English, Maths and Science plus PE: these take up approximately 17 hours per week. In addition they choose from a range subjects in 4-option blocks.[12]

In the newsEdit

The school was in the national news in 2009 when a teacher was charged with attempted murder after attacking a student in a science lesson.[13] During a trial at Nottingham Crown Court, the jury heard that, after the teacher had returned following an absence due to stress and depression, pupils had intended to provoke and secretly film the reaction, so the footage could be circulated throughout the school to cause humiliation, and that the teacher was mocked by pupils just before the attack.

The teacher was found not guilty of attempted murder but admitted a lesser charge of grievous bodily harm without intent, and was given community service.[14] After the verdict the teacher was sacked for gross misconduct,[15] and a year later received a life-ban from teaching by General Teaching Council.[16]

Notable former pupilsEdit


  1. ^ a b "OUR LADY OF LOURDES CATHOLIC MULTI-ACADEMY TRUST - GOV.UK". Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  2. ^ "All Saints Catholic Voluntary Academy - GOV.UK". Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  3. ^ St Philip Neri with St. Bede’s Catholic Voluntary Academy About us. Retrieved 7 December 2017
  4. ^ a b Saint Phillip Neri Church – Mansfield, (Mansfield Museum). Retrieved 26 December 2017
  5. ^ a b c Annals of Mansfield 1086–1999, (Mansfield Museum). Retrieved 26 December 2017
  6. ^ Mansfield’s answer to the London Oratory. Retrieved 26 December 2017
  7. ^ Churches in Mansfield, Retrieved 26 December 2017
  8. ^ Catholic schools set to join a new trust Chad, local newspaper, 27 March 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2017
  9. ^ a b "Aquinas Catholic Trust". Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  10. ^ a b "All Saints' Catholic Academy". Retrieved 25 December 2017.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Secondary accountability measures (including Progress 8 and Attainment 8) – Government of the United Kingdom". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  12. ^ "All Saints' Catholic Academy Year Nine Options Booklet" (PDF). Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  13. ^ "'Pupil murder bid' teacher held". BBC. 9 July 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  14. ^ "Teacher Peter Harvey cleared of attempting to kill boy". BBC. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  15. ^ Teacher who attacked pupil with dumbbell is sacked, The Telegraph, 28 May 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2017
  16. ^ Life ban for Nottinghamshire dumbbell attack teacher BBC News (Nottingham), 30 July 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2017
  17. ^ "Stagsnet Latest News – the definitive Stags news archive". Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  18. ^ Savage, James. "Mansfield screenplay writer up for prestigious film award – Local – Mansfield and Ashfield Chad". Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  19. ^ "Boxing – National joy for Chiverton – Sport – Mansfield and Ashfield Chad". 19 December 2001. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  20. ^ "Screaming girls greet singer who goes back to school". Newark Advertiser. 23 July 2010. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013.

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