Introduction


St. Gerard's Catholic Primary School.

St. Gerard's Catholic Primary School is a small school at the heart of its community.

We are in the Birmingham Diocese and have approximately 233 children on roll of which 26 have a full time nursery place. We are a one form entry school with up to 30 children in each class. The majority of our children are baptised Catholic. Demand for places continues to exceed capacity as the school is well respected and has a good reputation in the community.

Our school site offers a quiet area, a playground, which has marked lines for a football pitch, outdoor gym equipment, a gardening area and Katie's Garden for outdoor lessons.

When a child begins their education with us they will most likely begin in our Nursery before moving into Reception. Our Early Years Unit offers a very wide variety of experiences and opportunities for pupils to express themselves and learn. Our pupils' personal, social and emotional development is key and our dedicated team of EYFS staff ensure pupils' needs are met every day. Child Initiated learning is a fundamental part of our EYFS practice and our pupils very quickly develop into confident, independent learners that are well prepared to move into Year 1.

At Key Stage 1 a high emphasis is placed on the development of reading as this is crucial to success in both writing and mathematics. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme to deliver our phonics and pupils achieve well by the end of Key Stage 1 and in the phonics screening check at the end of Year 1.

In Key Stage 2 we focus on developing our pupils skills across the curriculum with a particular emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy.

The school aims to achieve its mission through an inclusive curriculum that supports independent, creative learning for every child; a curriculum that is broad and challenging. It is also creative, fun and full of interesting and vibrant learning experiences for all our pupils. The curriculum is delivered through a variety of approaches, depending upon the subject/topic being taught, the needs of the child and the aim of the lesson. The curriculum is continually evolving through experience and evaluation.

Our lunchtimes are packed full of fun activities for pupils to take part in and we have a high number of lunchtime and after school clubs on offer to enrich the learning experiences of our pupils.

Mission Statement

"With Christ at our side and St. Gerard as our guide, we live, love, learn and pray together."

Aims

Our aims are to:

  • Provide a friendly welcome to your child, in a safe, secure and stimulating, Catholic environment in which to enjoy learning.
  • Teach the children about Jesus Christ and the values of living as a Catholic.
  • Promote high standards of work and behaviour whilst encouraging and supporting children to do their best.
  • Teach a broad and balanced curriculum to meet your child's individual needs.
  • Inform parents of their child's progress at Parents' Evening and through an annual written report.
  • Form a partnership with parents and pupils to celebrate success and overcome any behavioural or learning problems they may have.
  • To develop all staff and provide ongoing training which will benefit teacher and child alike in our commitment to raising standards in all areas of school life.

British Values

The DfE has reinforced the need 'to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.'

As a Catholic school:

  • We follow the Gospel teachings – to love God and love one another.
  • We follow the example set by Jesus.
  • We believe we are all made in the image and likeness of God.
  • We show our love for others through contributing to the common good.
  • We show our love for others through respect for all members of God's family and as such reject all discrimination of any kind.

This forms the basis for all that we do at St Gerard's and ensures British Values are an integral part of this.

Democracy

Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires. The children have the chance to elect a representative from each of the house groups whom they feel will represent their classes views and who are confident to share feedback from the meetings. School council candidates were required to prepare campaign speeches, similar to an election manifesto, outlining their suitability for the role and their vision for the school. The school council is actively involved in the life of the school and in the decision making processes, including being part of e-safety meetings with staff.

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, in the classroom and during school assemblies. As a school, we encourage children to follow the School Courtesy Code, with positive rules to follow. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they are there to govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken, which links into our behaviour policy.

Courtesy Code

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and investing in a broad education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these choices wisely.

Mutual Respect

This is a fundamental part of our Faith and school ethos. Pupils have regular discussions and assemblies on what respect means and how it is shown to others.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Each year group completes an in-depth study on different cultures and faiths through our World Faith week. Elements of this study is also part of the RE scheme of work. This work is supported by visits to a variety of places of Worship, which enriches the children's awareness and understanding of other faiths.