Staff are supportive and helpful and, in consequence, staff morale is high. There is a strong "can do" culture. The school is near the junction of the A63/A64 roads, about three miles east of Leeds city centre, close to the A1/M1/M62 motorways. The original school buildings date back to 1968 and the school was re-organised as one of three 11-16 Catholic High Schools in Leeds.
The school became a Specialist Technology College in 2001. Corpus Christi is one of the schools in the programme for "Building Schools for the Future" and we are currently undergoing a complete refurbishment with some significant new build which will be completed by September 2012. The present roll is of 944 students aged between eleven and sixteen years and the school is full in every year group.
The school is significantly oversubscribed and enjoys a strong reputation in the local area as a rapidly improving school with a strong Christian and community ethos.
The school has a very good pastoral structure, which it is committed to keeping and teachers receive very good back up support. We are part of the Leeds School Centred Initial Teacher Training initiative SCITT in partnership with Leeds Trinity University College and student teachers, supply staff and visitors frequently comment on what a supportive and friendly school this is. The school was inspected by OFSTED in June 2010 and was judged good, with some outstanding features. The Inspectors said "the educational experience students receive at Corpus Christi is good and improving. Students, parents and staff are rightly proud of this harmonious and caring school which has embedded itself in the very heart of the community. The accommodation includes specialist suites for RE, English, Science, Mathematics, Technology, Music and Drama, the Humanities, Art and Modern Languages.
Every teaching area is equipped with an interactive whiteboard. Other areas include a superb hall with an integral chapel, a huge state of the art sports hall with fantastic changing facilities and a fitness suite, which have provided us with the opportunity to offer the local community evening and weekend use of the sports facilities. We have a broad curriculum according to the needs of a diverse range of pupils and much curriculum development has been undertaken, with particular emphasis on GCSE work and vocational education. We have a strong intervention programme operating across the whole school to support vulnerable learners. We have developed close links with local industries and colleges.
There is a good sporting tradition with strong encouragement of a wide range of sports. Extra-curricular activities include visits to Italy skiing residential visits and religious retreats, and work experience programmes. The music department in recent years has gone from strength to strength and we have an excellent choir.