A warm welcome from our Head Teacher
We warmly welcome you to our wonderful school and look forward to many years ahead of partnership between home, school and parish. We look forward to working with you throughout your child's education, building on existing links and providing the best education possible for you child.
We pride ourselves that we are a small family community with a strong Christian ethos. We take tremendous pride in knowing all our children by their name and are committed to offering them the finest start to their education, where they can thrive in a safe, caring, welcoming and happy environment based on mutual respect and a passion for learning.
Our vision remains rooted in our Mission Statement which is the foundation for all learning:
'Bringing out the best in everyone, for the benefit of all, in the Spirit of Christ'
Being a fully inclusive school, we value every individual and the contributions they make. We want our children to experience the pleasure of achieving personal academic successes, linked to a strong sense of morality and fairness, based on the teachings of Jesus Christ within our Christian faith.
As a family school, our partnership with parents is of paramount importance to us. We believe that children learn best when home, school and parish work together for their benefit. When starting school, children bring a rich tapestry of knowledge and understanding about the world around them, which they have already learnt from you, their parents – their first educators.
The curriculum we offer, is regularly reviewed to check that children have learned what was intended and iteratively improved to keep it ambitious. We ensure equality of access for all children, including providing rich experiences to complement the curriculum and life beyond school. We ensure an extensive music and sport provision and prioritise social and emotional development to build character. We celebrate diversity and difference through whole community events.
We ensure that children experience success so that they are motivated. kindness and gratitude throughout our Gospel Values, are the default interactions. Lessons are free from disruption and time is used efficiently. All adults have equal authority and consistently lead behaviour in and out of classrooms. Children take up varied leadership positions across the school, using their God given talents to support us in our mission. Children have a great sense of pride in the school environment and help us to build on this.
Our practices are research informed and developed through effective professional learning. We prioritise RE, ICT, PE, Numeracy and Literacy, ensuring equality of access to the curriculum for all children. Our mastery curriculum is underpinned by a mastery mentality and we have high ambition for all children regardless of SEND or disadvantage.
We pride ourselves on a creative, dynamic & nurturing environment. Our practices prioritise mental health and social development. We are a buffer for vulnerable families before early help is available. We foster strong community links with other schools and our Parish, and provide a holiday club for working families during holidays.
We provide effective professional learning opportunities for all staff to gain expertise in solving the problems that they face. The conditions of autonomy, mastery and purpose are prioritised by leaders. Staff work hard but only on practices that make a difference. Staff collaborate in planning for and providing a world class experience, learning from each other. This is underpinned by an effective appraisal system.
We value the contribution that parents make to children’s education and view parents as partners. We believe that our children learn best when school staff and parents work in partnership and so we greatly value your involvement with your child's education.
As a parent & grandparent myself, I know value and understand the importance of a child’s Primary Education and experiences. I am privileged to lead a team of outstanding, professional, talented and dedicated staff who share my vision and work ethic. We work as a committed team who provide well planned, inspiring lessons and activities. A wide range of curriculum enrichment activities are also provided to enhance children's learning.
I feel most privileged to serve the community of Our Lady and St Kenelm Primary School as Headteacher and look forward to working with you during the years of your child's primary education. I would like to sincerely thank you in advance for the hard work, dedication and generosity you bring to our school family.
Mrs Christine Finnegan