OFSTED Inspection, November 2018


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Catholic Secondary Schools Chess Tournament

On Thursday 22 June I had the pleasure of accompanying four students from St Thomas Aquinas on a journey across the city to the Catholic Secondary Schools Chess tournament, hosted by St Edmund Campion School in Erdington.

This was the first time that Tommies have taken part, so as an inexperienced team we weren’t entirely sure of what to expect or the standards of play that would come from the other schools.

It was an absolute pleasure to watch all of the students, Tommies and otherwise, play three matches each. The afternoon began and ended with handshakes and the level of focus from all students was beautiful to behold. Some really excellent games were played and I was very proud of the grace with which games were won and lost – one of the fantastic things about chess is that losing to a better player can be as satisfying as a win; and everybody involved certainly learned some lessons!

Jorge, Harvey, Jeffrey, and Mathew played some really good chess and we came a very well deserved second, outclassed only by a very strong group from Bishop Walsh. Special mention must go to Mathew, who came joint second as an individual player and deserves to be very proud of himself. We would also like to thank Mr Ridgeway for his invaluable coaching skills.

We are looking forward to returning as a more experienced team next year! Well done, boys, you were great, and a credit to the school.

Miss Wiggins,
Teacher of Mathematics

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