Classification of our school
We are a Catholic Aided Primary School for boys and girls in the 4+ to 11 age range. We take children from the Parish of St Peter and St Paul, Haresfinch and the Parish of St. Patrick's, Clinkham Wood. The Trust Deed of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool establishes the principles that govern the use of funds and property by the Archbishop and the Trustees.
We aim to play a full role in the process of leading, encouraging and equipping each child to play a full part in society according to their aptitudes and abilities. We acknowledge the important role parents play as the first educators of their children and the need of the school to work as closely as possible with them in the spirit of mutual respect.
Within the school environment we endeavour to provide a sense of belonging, understanding, self-respect and respect for others, living by a set of ideals which will be common to home, school and the community in general.
Our school day
9 am Morning session
12 noon Lunch time. Children may either have a school lunch or provide their own packed lunch.
1 pm Afternoon session for juniors.
1.25 pm Afternoon session for infants.
3.30 pm School ends for all children.
There is a 15 minute playtime during the morning and the afternoon.
Teaching time during the week
Infant Classes 21 hours 20 minutes
Junior Classes 23 hours 50 minutes
There are also registrations, playtimes, lunchtime and a daily Act of Worship.
Parents wanting to enrol a child in school are very welcome to contact our school office in order to arrange a convenient time for a visit. Once a place has been offered, parents usually attend a formal meeting when full details about school life are discussed.
Children joining our reception class each September are invited to visit us for two informal afternoons during the summer term. They spend time in their new classroom with their new teacher in order to become acquainted.
We use the Early Years Foundation Stage for Reception and the Key Stages 1 and 2 National Curriculum for infants and juniors. We use the catholic Religious Education curriculum.
The school has developed its own unique way of covering the National curriculum through a spiral of skills based approach in all subjects. The Ofsted Inspection of July 2014 rated us outstanding in every aspect of its pupils needs, commenting:
“The curriculum meets the needs of pupils very well and there is a highly effective programme to promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development”.
We believe that children develop through a broad range of experiences. Visits stimulate topics, thought and discussion for all ages, be they for a half-day, a full day or longer. Past trips include a 3-day residential for y6, and trips to places of worship and museums.
We do ask for voluntary contributions from parents/guardians for some activities, such as school trips.
We are a voluntary-aided school. This means that we are a state school where the local authority contributes the majority of funding and the archdiocese a smaller amount. This funding is augmented by a school levy which, this year, we suggest is £10 per family.
Activities include Football, Netball, Rugby, Athletics, Badminton, Gymnastics , Swimming, Short Tennis, Cross Country, Drama, Computing, Choir and other activities according to the time of year. Also from time to time, visits are arranged to places of educational interest, visits from Theatre Groups and other activities of interest to children are also arranged. An annual residential holiday is normally arranged for children in Year 6.
Children with identified issues are given extra support particularly in Maths and English. This might be individually or in small groups, using a targeted intervention programme.
We send a written report home at the end of the school year. We also hold three annual Open Days for parents: formal appointments in October and February, and an informal drop-in in July. Parents are welcome to discuss their child's work at any time during the year but do telephone for an appointment.
This forms a huge part of the relationship between school and parents and is open to all parents/friends/staff of the school. Social functions are arranged from time to time during the year.
Transfer to high school, September 2019
13 children transferred to Cowley International College.
13 children transferred to De La Salle High School.
1 child transferred to St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School.
1 child transferred to St Peter and St Paul Catholic High School.