Thomas Becket Catholic School, based on the Kettering Rd North, Becket Way, Northampton, are proud to announce that they have recently received the donation of a lifesaving defibrillator via the DIPPS Defibrillators in public places Charity.

We are very happy to join the DIPPS journey to place lifesaving defibrillators into our communities to increase the odds of survival for the 80,000-120,000 people who will suffer a cardiac arrest in a public place in the UK each year.

Our defibrillator is located securely on the outside of the main front entrance to school and will be registered with the NHS and Ambulance Service for emergency use for the whole community. Defibrillators save lives.

Mark McLaughlin, Headteacher, said: "We are delighted to accept this lifesaving defibrillator here at Thomas Becket Catholic

"This will not only be here for the benefit of our staff and pupils but also to all our external lettings which include our community, Karate, Football, Dance, Church groups and organisations. We are very grateful."

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The pupils of the St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Academies Trust enjoyed working together to provide an opportunity for the wider community to share in their Lenten journey, which allowed us all to take time to be with Jesus and relive His suffering in a service of reflection, prayer and music.

The pupils, led by Mrs Darwin, the Trust Chaplain, identified Jesus’ suffering by following the Stations of the Cross, through their readings, modern day reflections, prayers and hymns.  Each of the four schools were represented by readers and their school choirs.

Jasmine from The Good Shepherd read the words of Jesus:

“…I realised I had to be utterly humiliated to fully appreciate the misery some people suffer.  This way, I can look them in the eye and say: ‘I understand your pain.  I am one with you.’”

Through this reflection, on His physical and emotional journey towards the cross, we recognised that the experiences of Jesus and the onlookers, teach us how to witness Jesus in our lives today.

All the choirs sung in adoration, having practised individually in their schools with Mrs Ro Sefton.  Their harmonies filled the Cathedral as the children united to lead each hymn for the congregation.  Whilst this was happening, Quaku and Isaac from Thomas Becket and St Gregory’s respectively, carried the cross symbolising Jesus’ journey through each of the stations around the Cathedral.

Phizana from St Mary’s, reminded us of the example set by the women of Jerusalem when they showed us that true compassion means getting involved and doing everything you can to help. 

The service was brought to a close by Thomas Becket’s rendition of ‘God so Loved the World’.

This service of reflection brought us all closer to Jesus and gave the congregation a chance to take time and reflect during the season of Lent.  Thank you to the Cathedral team, all the staff, Mrs Darwin and Mrs Sefton for preparing the children on their Lenten journey.

STCCAT Lenten Service


We are pleased to announce a number of key dates for the diary for students who will be joining Year 7 in September 2019. 



If your child has been offered a place at Thomas Becket, or you would like to find out more about making a late application, we will be holding a number of open mornings from 9.30am to 12.30pm during the week commencing 4th March 2019.


Please visit our facebook page to book your ticket in order to attend :



Our county-wide transition days will be held on Monday 8th July and Tuesday 9th July 2019



Our factfinders day for students with Special Educational Needs will take place on Tuesday 18th June 2019


More detailed information will follow via your primary schools and from us directly in due course.

We look forward to welcoming you to Thomas Becket Catholic School.

I am writing to inform you of some important developments in the leadership of the school, which will secure the long-term future of the school for years to come.  Last year Thomas Becket Catholic School developed a long-term partnership with St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Slough supported by the Diocese of Northampton, the school’s governing body and the school’s Trust. This partnership has enabled significant and rapid improvement at Thomas Becket, which has been clearly evident in this summer’s fantastic results and the increased number of students applying to and attending the school.

Due to the level of success achieved at the school in a relatively short period of time, combined with changes of the leadership structure at St. Josephs school, the Trust has made the decision to furnish me with the title of Executive Headteacher. This promoted role will enable me to continue to serve the students in both schools and ensure that the improvement of Thomas Becket school continues for the foreseeable future. I am extremely excited to continue to lead the school into this next phase of its development.

To support the school and provide additional leadership the school’s Trust has taken the decision to appoint Mr. Mark McLaughlin as Acting Head of School prior to the appointment of a permanent Head of School. The school has been very fortunate to appoint Mr. McLaughlin as a very high performing Deputy Headteacher last year. In this position he has had a significant impact on the development of the school and proven himself to be more than ready for the Head of School position. The decision to appoint him into this promoted position is the logical continuance of the work we have started together and I look forward to working closely with him and the entire school community to ensure the continued improvement and growth of Thomas Becket Catholic school.

As Head of School Mr. McLaughlin will assume the roles and responsibilities of the Headteacher and has been given the authority to lead the school. He will be the primary point of contact for day-to-day queries to the school where appropriate.

With these appointments I am confident that the long-term future of Thomas Becket school has been secured and I look forward to our future success.

Yours sincerely

Ciran Stapleton
Executive Headteacher

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