Thank you for looking at our school website. As the Principal of St Patrick’s, my job is to make sure your child is safe, happy and achieving their very best whilst they are at school. This is a vision shared by all members of the St Patrick's school family.
We want our children to feel welcome, inspired, safe and supported when they are learning so that they can reach their God-given potential and this is true for you as parents. Children will achieve well if expectations are clear, they know what they need to do to succeed and they have the right attitudes towards learning.
Our school family is dedicated to building opportunities for students to achieve their highest academic standards, ensuring that they are known well as individuals and that their unique personality, talents and interests are nurtured and developed to the full. We continue to make investments in our school and our new EYFS area demonstrates our commitment to children from the moment they join us.
A St Patrick’s education is about developing the whole child and providing opportunities for them to flourish within and beyond the classroom. It is the aim of the whole school team to help each child become a successful life-long learner and well-rounded individual who is ready to make the next steps in their learning journey.
A successful and happy school depends on all of us working together in what we can call the home-school parent partnership. Your support with excellent attendance, education, homework, behaviour and uniform are all areas where we need your commitment.
For any prospective parents who are accessing our school website for the first time, thank you for showing an interest in learning more about our school. We are always happy to welcome prospective parents to our school and please do visit our virtual tour page where you can see more of our school.
Please telephone the school office on 01785 413275 to make an appointment to visit where will will look forward to welcoming you and your child to St Patrick’s School. I hope that you will enjoy exploring our website to find out a little more about us and what your child can expect to experience in the St Patrick's family.
Mr M Brandon
Quotes from the OFSTED Monitoring Visit - May 2022
'You have established high expectations for the school and the pupils since your appointment in June 2020. Together with support from the multi-academy company (MAC) and school leaders, you have worked hard to make improvements to the curriculum and other areas of the school’s work.'
'You have strengthened the leadership team with the appointment of a new vice-principal and leaders for mathematics, English and early years. These changes are making a positive difference. You have maintained a rigorous focus on improving the quality of education pupils receive.'
'Curriculum development has been at the centre of this work. Your school’s improvement plans are specific about the actions that leaders are taking and the impact of these actions. Leaders have clear roles and responsibilities and communicate these effectively. Staff are committed to improving the quality of education.'
'Pupils, including the youngest, discuss enthusiastically the challenges teachers set and how to solve them. In addition, leaders ensure that teachers know how to teach the mathematics curriculum well. As a result, teachers are consistent in the way that they teach mathematics across the school.'
'Curriculum leaders are working effectively to improve the quality of the curriculum in foundation subjects. You have made sure that curriculum plans are in place for all subjects. Leaders have identified the knowledge and skills that pupils need to learn to progress. These plans are well sequenced and start in the early years.'
'Pupils’ artwork is impressive and aligned closely to the school’s vision for delivering a high-quality art curriculum.'
Quotes from the Ofsted visit report (January 2019):
'The school clearly proclaims the values that guide its mission. These values, which derive from Catholic virtues and include respect, truth, love and service, are exemplified by staff in what they say and do. During their time at school, pupils learn how these values can steer and comfort them in their lives and help them to grow into compassionate and responsible members of society.'
'St Patrick’s Catholic Primary is a very welcoming school where staff go out of their way to let pupils know they are valued. Pupils are encouraged to do their best, help others and to seek help when they need it. They know that adults will always have time to talk with them about their interests and to listen to any worries they might have.'
'The behaviour of pupils is good. Their conduct in lessons and when moving around the school is calm and orderly.'
'Good leadership is the driving factor behind the judgement of good early year’s provision. This inspection found that clear-sighted leadership and mostly effective teaching mean that children are happy and safe at school.'
'Staff maintain good communication with parents. There are many opportunities for them to come into school to talk with staff and find out how their children are getting on. These positive relationships and flow of information between home and school help parents to support their children’s learning at home.'