Classification of our school
We are a Catholic Aided Primary School for boys and girls in the 4 to 11 age range. We are affiliated to the Church of Holy Cross and children attend from across St Helens and beyond. Most of our children live locally in Haresfinch and 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 provide a warm, nurturing environment where everyone is valued and respected.
We encourage all to play a full and active role in the process of leading, encouraging and equipping each child so that they can play a full part in society according to their interests, 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.We recognise how important a good education is to future life chances and aim for every child to reach their full potential.
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. We respect and celebrate the place of all faiths, whilst promoting a strong Catholic tradition following the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Our school day
• 8.50am - 9.10am Staggered arrival to school
• 11.30am - 1.30pm noon Lunch time is staggered for different year groups. Children may either have a school lunch or provide their own packed lunch.
• 1 pm Afternoon session for Juniors and Reception
• 1.25 pm Afternoon session for Years 1 and 2
• 3.10pm - 3.30pm Staggered departure for all children.
There is a 15 minute playtime during the morning.
Small group teaching also takes place during lunchtime sessions and before and after school.
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.
Booster schools are often held during school holidays.
Parents are very welcome to contact us, if interested in enrolling a child in school, in order to arrange a convenient time for a phone call or informal virtual meeting. Once a place has been offered, parents are invited to attend a formal virtual meeting when full details about school life are discussed. Packs of information are delivered to homes and teachers and admin staff make contact by telephone to find out personal information that will help the children settle into school successfully.
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 familiar with the environment and meet new friends.
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, Come and See.
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 residential to Winmarleigh Hall Outdoor Centre and London and trips to places of worship, farms, zoos and museums.
We 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, Tennis, Cross Country, Drama, Computing, Choir and other activities according to the time of year. Also from time to time, visits from Theatre Groups and other activities of interest to children are arranged. Special themed days are held throughout the year as a whole school or as a class to celebrate specific topics and events.
Children with identified issues are given extra support particularly in Maths and English, well-being and counselling. 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 events for parents: formal appointments in October and February by telephone or microsoft teams, and an informal drop-in in July, when possible. Parents are welcome to discuss their child's work with teachers at any time during the year using Class Dojo or email.
Parents and Friends Association
This is a highly valued organisation, open to all parents/carers/friends/staff of the school. Social functions are arranged from time to time during the year and money is raised for school funds and various charities.
Transfer to high school, September 2020
25 children transferred to Cowley International College.
2 children transferred to De La Salle High School.
1 child transferred to St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School.
1 child transferred to St Cuthert’s Catholic High School.