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Welcome to St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School. Entering a new school is an important step in the life of any child and at St. Elizabeth’s we endeavour to make your child’s time here happy and productive.

As parents you naturally want the best for your child and we take that responsibility very seriously. We have high expectations of our children and we are proud of their achievements and the happy, Christian atmosphere that we create together.

Everyone at St. Elizabeth’s is special and is valued for the contribution that they make to the life of the school as well as the work that they do as individuals.

We have a very caring and committed staff who are always available to answer questions and discuss matters as they arise.

Above all, we believe that for education to be successful there needs to be a real partnership between parents and school and we count on your cooperation in achieving this aim.

Although this prospectus will provide you with information about our school, there is no substitute for a personal visit. Please come along to meet staff and children and find out more for yourselves.

Mrs M. Walsh
Head teacher

 

St Elizabeth’s is a voluntary aided mixed Catholic Primary School catering for children aged 4 to 11 years.

We also have an attached, independently managed, pre-school for children from 3 years old. We find this is invaluable preparation for younger children allowing them to become gradually acclimatised to school life.

As a Catholic school we aim to foster the development of our pupils in the faith through example and shared values. Children are prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, the Eucharist and Confirmation. The school is part of the community of the parishes of St John the Baptist, Tamworth and St Michael and St James, Haunton.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to reflect the teaching of Christ’s world around us and our role within it. We journey together in our Catholic faith in partnership with parents, our parishes and the community providing a stable, loving environment in which we develop in knowledge and as full members of the Christian community.

School Aims

  • To encourage the Christian ethos of the school through daily promotion of the Mission Statement, living out the values and teachings of our Catholic faith, in a multi-cultural global community;
  • To provide a safe and secure learning environment in which all members of the school community achieve success and realise their full potential;
  • To create a caring and supportive atmosphere in which all members of the school are listened to and respected, demonstrating good manners towards each other and developing positive relationships within the wider community;
  • To provide a broad and balanced curriculum encouraging children to be independent thinkers and achieve personal success;
  • To provide a variety of opportunities for pupils
    to explore their own learning and develop
    their interests and abilities.
 

The school day

Our school day begins at 9.00am and finishes at 3.15pm. A member of staff is on duty at the school gate from 8:50am to supervise the children as they enter school. At the end of the school day, parents should wait in the school grounds to collect their children from a teacher.

School Organisation

We have 7 classes from Foundation Stage to Year 6. Each class teacher is responsible for his or her class and all classes have support from a Teaching Assistant. Children are taught, on occasions, individually, or in small groups, depending on their individual needs.

Teachers meet regularly as a whole staff to discuss and review the curriculum, monitor standards of learning and receive professional development.

Curriculum overview

Our curriculum is planned in a creative thematic approach which means we bring subjects together to help children make links and see the purpose of what they are learning.

We try to make learning as practical as possible and immerse the children in what they are doing. We enrich the curriculum wherever possible through activities such as trips, visitors coming into school or whole school research days. Each theme begins with a question to promote an investigative approach. Our creative curriculum offers an exciting variety of choice but it is all carefully mapped to National Curriculum requirements.

Child Protection: Safeguarding children

Our school feels it is of vital importance to have good systems for protecting children and safeguarding their welfare, throughout all the activities which the school undertakes. This means that staff and volunteers must be alert to possible concerns about every pupil and to report these in a proper fashion.

The school has a safeguarding policy which can be requested by parents.

 

Our aim is to enable our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society.

We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and wider community and in doing so we help develop their sense of self-worth.

We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through the school council. We are a rights respecting school and teach our children about rights and responsibilities. Our children learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.We work with parents and the wider community to empower our children with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to:

  • Become confident and effective members of a modern multicultural and technological society;
  • Take control and be responsible for their own lives and fulfil their potential.

Health education

St. Elizabeth’s is a healthy school. It is important that we consider all elements of our work to ensure that we promote health awareness in all members of the school community. We aim to provide a valuable role model to pupils and their families with regard to food and healthy eating patterns.

Sex education policy

The governors have decided that Sex Education (Family Life) is to be part of the curriculum.

This may be delivered by the class teacher, a member of the senior team or health professional such as our school nurse.

Parents are invited into school to discuss the programme of work before it is taught.

Our pupils are rightly proud of our school and enjoy learning. There are many activities for them to participate in to ensure they have a voice within St. Elizabeth’s.

These include our School Council, Eco-warriors, Young Leaders and Virtues Team. Groups such as these allow our pupils to learn about the value of democracy as well as allowing them the opportunity to join the staff and governors in shaping the future of the school.

Catholic Virtues

As a Catholic school, the virtues which underpin the Catholic faith remain at the forefront of all we do. A different virtue is discussed each half term, with pupils being rewarded for demonstrating this virtue in practice.

These include virtues such as forgiveness, honesty, faithfulness and hope.

British Values

Our pupils’ understanding of British values is also fundamental to their development as citizens of the future.

Throughout their time with us, children will learn the importance of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

This is further developed through our work with UNICEF as a Rights Respecting School.