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                Bewsey Road
                 WA5 0JS

                    Tel: 01925 632128

              Fax: 01925 241269
                         ST ALBAN‟S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
                                       Bewsey Road
                                         WA5 0JS

                                         01925 632128
                             Fax/Tel      01925 241269

Website                                Headteacher: Mrs F Curless

Dear Parents/ Carers

 Welcome to St Alban‟s Catholic Primary School. Here at St Alban‟s we take great pride in
 creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere in which the happiness of your child is as
 important to us as it is to you. We hope that you will soon get to know us and that your
 child will enjoy many happy and rewarding years with us.

 Please take some time to read through our prospectus, it will provide you with information
 you will need about the day to day running of our school. We have, this year, taken
 photographs out of the prospectus to save on printing costs but a large number of
 photographs can be found on our website. Please log onto the website to see our children
 at work and at play. Our school is a Catholic school which accepts children of all abilities
 whose parents are genuinely seeking a Christian education for them.

 At St. Alban‟s School we care about each other. We enjoy a reputation as a happy and
 caring Catholic school. We expect everyone - staff, children and parents to strive for
 excellence. Our aim is to create a happy and stimulating working environment and I
 believe we can offer all pupils a wide range of academic and extra curricular activities,
 which will enhance both their educational and social development.

 I am confident your child will benefit immensely from the time spent here at St. Alban‟s
 and I hope that as parents / carers you too will feel part of our school community. It is
 our aim that school and home should work together in a true partnership. If you are
 interested in a place for your child at St. Alban‟s you are very welcome to come and visit
 the school. Please telephone or call in for an appointment.

 I look forward to meeting you.
 Yours sincerely

 Mrs Curless
                        SCHOOL STAFF SEPTEMBER 2009

    Head Teacher              Mrs. F. Curless
Assistant Headteacher         Mrs A Towey
Class Teachers:
Nursery                       Mrs S Prince
Reception Class               Mrs A Dawe
Class 1 (Year 1)              Miss K Shaw
Class 2 (Year 2)              Mrs A Chesworth
                              Mrs J Clifton
Class   3 (Year   3)          Mrs A Towey
Class   4 (Year   4)          Mr R. Finney
Class   5 (Year   5)          Mr A O‟Callaghan
Class   6 (Year   6)          Mrs L. Johnston
                              Mrs S Kirkbride
PPA                           Mrs G O‟Brien

Teaching Assistants           Mrs E Broadhurst
                              Mrs J Carney
                              Mrs A Finn
                              Mrs M McGann
                              Mrs M McGrath
                              Mrs J Moore
                              Mrs H O‟Callaghan
                              Mrs G Parry
                              Miss S Smith
                              Mrs A Ryder

Office Managers               Mrs E Bush
                              Mrs J O‟Callaghan

Caretaker                     Mr F Adams

Cook                          Mrs V Heaton

Mid-day Assistants            Mrs L Alboreto
                              Mrs J Bennett
                              Mrs J Breheny
                              Mrs J Carney
                              Mrs D Lea
                              Mrs P Maddock

School Health Advisor         Mrs C Humphries, 01925 867837
                            THE GOVERNING BODY

    Chairperson (Foundation Governor)      Fr R Ebo
Vice Chairperson (Parent Governor)      Mrs P Bellamy

Head Teacher                            Mrs F Curless

Foundation Governors
                                        Mrs A Boundy
                                        Mrs C Everett
                                        Mr S Friend
                                        Mrs B Gorman
                                        Mrs M Manfredi
                                        Mrs M McGarry
                                        Mrs K Pilkington
                                        Mr S Smith Jagger

Local Education Authority               Vacancy

Staff Governors                         Mrs A Towey
                                        Mrs M McGrath
                           OUR MISSION STATEMENT

    At St Alban’s School we work together, play together, and pray together.

      The School‟s Aims and Objectives are:

To contribute to the faith development of each individual in the school
community by:

        Creating and fostering an atmosphere of prayer throughout the school.
        Arranging daily acts of worship that are purposeful and appropriate to
         particular age ranges.
        Introducing children to the forms and patterns of prayer in our Catholic
        Visual recognition of our faith within the school that stimulates and
         encourages a prayerful attitude.

To build strong links between home, school and parish in order to provide
children with a stable and secure environment in which to develop their
skills and personalities by:

        Organising occasions for the clergy, school, families and parish community
         to join in liturgical celebrations.
        Supporting families and parish with sacramental preparation.
        Seeking to improve effective means of communication.
        Encouraging parental involvement in their child‟s education.
        Maintaining an open-door policy.
        Encouraging and supporting the work of the P.F.A
        Inviting members of the parish to social occasions.
        Recognizing that parents are the children‟s primary educators.

To foster caring relationships where each individual is seen as unique and
worthy of love and respect by:

        Providing a learning environment in which there is care and mutual respect
         and where children can approach adults without fear.
        Understand and meet the requirements of every type of special need,
         physical, intellectual and emotional
        Adults inspiring by example
To ensure that the curriculum is presented in a Catholic Christian setting in
which all children can develop lively, enquiring minds and learn at a pace
relevant to their experience and ability, following the guidelines of the
National Curriculum by:

     Providing a broad and balanced curriculum which is sensitive to individual
      needs and recognizes that children learn best through relevant and
      worthwhile activities.
     Placing emphasis on achieving high but attainable standards.
     Monitoring children‟s progress through a well planned curriculum.
     Appointing well qualified staff who are excellent practitioners and
      supportive of the school‟s philosophy.
     Providing staff development which supports individual and school needs.

                         Safeguarding Pupils’ Welfare

It is our mission to „release the full potential‟ of everyone at St. Alban‟s School.
This can only be done if the children feel secure and happy in their
environments. At school we strive to provide such an environment through
caring for each individual child, building their self-esteem and helping them
achieve success in all areas.
Sometimes children experience difficulties within their social, family or school
life which impact negatively upon their security. When this happens staff here
at St. Alban‟s are happy to support both children and families in any way that we
can. The school has established very close links with family/children support
groups such as St. Joseph‟s House and the NSPCC and can provide details of
these organisations when needed. The school also works closely with
Warrington Social Services, the Educational Welfare Service and School Health
to provide complete care for children and families.

In the event of Social Service involvement the School‟s Child Protection Named
Officer (Mrs. F Curless) or the child‟s class teacher will support the family
through attending meetings and through offering advice. These members of
staff will often discuss with families the notion of „self-referral‟ and will seek
advice from Social Services on the family‟s behalf.

In incidents of physical harm to a child, school will actively seek out information
from the family concerning the incident. Families will always be informed if a
referral is going to be made to Social Services. However should we be unable to
contact parents then a referral may have to be made whilst we continue to
attempt to contact parents. In the event of a disclosure of sexual abuse the
school will follow Warrington guidelines, informing social services of information
given. In all cases child confidentiality will be respected.
                               ARCHDIOCESAN LEVY

For the privilege of giving our children a Catholic Education, the Catholic
Community has to find 10% of the cost of repairs and maintenance of our
buildings and the cost of any new buildings. There are 261 Catholic schools in
the Liverpool Archdiocese and the Archdiocese needs to meet the cost of
maintaining and developing each one of these every year. All Catholic schools
have agreed to fund half the amount. For this school, our contribution currently
equates to £10 per child per year and we are billed for this amount. In recent
years we have been very lucky at St Alban‟s as we have had a number of
projects funded by the Archdiocese. The contribution towards the school levy
is the only contribution requested by us that is not considered to be voluntary.
We will always send reminders to families who have not paid their contribution
as we strongly believe that we need to ensure the future of Catholic education
in a Catholic school.

The Nursery children are actively involved in the daily life of the school. They
take part in many school activities including Christmas plays and assemblies.
The Nursery is staffed by a fully qualified teacher and a teaching assistant.
We have a 40 place Nursery ie 20 children per session. Once a child is allocated
a place, he/she will then attend five mornings or five afternoons each week. The
morning session from September 2009 begins at 8.45 am and finishes at 11.45
am; the afternoon session begins at 12.15 pm and finishes at 3.15 pm.
Our new purpose built Foundation Stage unit allows our children to access the
foundation stage curriculum fully with both indoor and outdoor play in all
weather conditions.

For many children admission to our nursery class is one of their first major
experiences outside your homes. We believe that it is important to make it a
warm, comfortable and welcoming setting in which the atmosphere and provision
lead to happy and effective learning.

Children learn through play. As well as having an interactive classroom we have
a large and stimulating garden area where the children can continue their
learning with both indoor and outdoor structured play activities monitored to
ensure development.

Our early years environment is designed to enhance the children‟s learning. The
Early Years curriculum at St Alban‟s covers the six areas of learning for the
Foundation Stage. The areas of learning are: Personal, Social and Emotional
Development, Creative Development, Physical Development, Mathematics,
Communication, Language and Literacy, Knowledge and Understanding of the

                    ADMISSION TO ST. ALBAN’S NURSERY

Admission to the Nursery Class will be on a part-time basis (5 morning sessions
or 5 afternoon sessions). Where there are more applications than places
available, admissions will be subject to the criteria for admission to school.
Please note that admission to the nursery does not guarantee admission to the
school. Parents wishing to apply for a place in school will need to complete a
parental preference form and the admissions criteria will then be applied. The
Admissions Policy can be viewed on our website.

If you would like to visit the nursery before making a decision about bringing
your child please contact us to make an appointment.
                           TRANSFER TO SECONDARY SCHOOL

The majority of our children move onto St Gregory‟s R.C. High School. Having a
place at St Alban‟s does not guarantee your child a place at St Gregory‟s; the
admission policy for St Gregory‟s is available from that school. The placing of
children is undertaken by the Governors of St Gregory‟s School following their
published Admissions Criteria. Primary Schools are not involved with this
decision but we are happy to discuss the matter of secondary transfer with

Children in Year 6 will take part in a number of transition days and induction
activities so that they can get to know some of the staff from the high schools
before they move. We ensure that those children who will not be attending
St Gregory‟s are included in the transition arrangements for their particular
high school.

                 PUPIL NUMBERS AS AT SEPTEMBER 2009

                    Nursery am        20
                    Nursery pm        10
                               Reception           30
                               Class 1             30
                               Class 2             24
                               Class 3             30
                               Class 4             22
                               Class 5             26
                               Class 6             25
                                    THE SCHOOL DAY

Morning Session           8.50 am to 12 noon

Afternoon Session         1.00 pm to 3.00 pm

Weekly teaching time, not including registration, breaks and assemblies is as
      Reception, Years 1 and 2      21 hours 15 mins
      Years 3, 4, 5 , 6             23 hours 30 mins

Nursery      Morning Session           8.45 am to 11.45 am
             Afternoon Session         12.15 pm to 3.15 pm


We believe that it is in the best interests of the children to have a good
attendance record. Poor attendance disrupts the educational progress of the
children. Family holidays should be avoided during term time and will only be
authorised in exceptional circumstances. A holiday form must be completed
prior to the absence. No work will be set to cover an absence for a family
holiday. The Education Welfare Officer regularly visits the school to scrutinise
attendance registers and arranges family visits in instances where attendance is
causing concern.


When children are absent we ask for a telephone call to notify us of the reason
for the absence. If none is received we will usually contact parents to ask for an
explanation. When children return to school they need to bring a written note.
Where there is no notification, the absence is classed as unauthorised on the
returns sent to the Local Education Department.


Children may have school meals, bring packed lunches or return home for their

School lunches are freshly prepared in our own kitchen. Our cook provides well
balanced, nutritious meals with a good choice each day. The price of school
meals is £1.95 per day, £9.75 per week. Children pay daily direct to the kitchen
staff not through the school office. Having the option of paying daily allows
parents and children to make a choice between a school meal and a packed lunch
in the morning. The menus are always available so that you know what is on
offer each day. Occasionally the meal offered may differ from the menu but
only when there has been a problem with a delivery. Please ensure younger
children bring money in an envelope which is clearly marked with his or her
name, class and the amount of money enclosed. Most stationery shops sell
envelopes designed for this purpose. Alternatively a direct debit can be set up
if this is more convenient.

Many families receiving benefits are entitled to free school meals but do not
claim because the children prefer to bring a packed lunch. If you are entitled
to free school meals please complete the simple form to claim your entitlement
as this will not only help you, but will also allow us to reduce the cost of school
trips. Mrs O‟Callaghan in the school office is available to give advice on whether
or not you are likely to be eligible. Children do not need to have school meals if
they have registered a claim but our cook always provide a sandwich alternative
and children can choose from the deserts on offer. This makes it much easier
for parents as you do not have to shop for different packed lunches to tempt
your children to eat. If you think you may be entitled to free school meals
information can be obtained from the school office or from the Area Education
Office at New Town House in Warrington.

A packed lunch can be provided by parents if they prefer. Please ensure that
children bringing a packed lunch do not bring cans, glass bottles or hot liquids.
The key to a healthy lunchbox is to include a balance of appropriate foods from
the four main food groups -

1. Breads and cereals
2. Fruit and vegetables
3. Meat and alternatives
4. Milk and dairy products

Foods in the fifth food group, containing fat and sugar, should be eaten only in
moderation. Including a wide variety of foods in a lunchbox will provide a range
of nutrients. It will prevent children becoming bored with the same foods and
will also give children the best opportunity for successful learning. Most
importantly, children should look forward to and enjoy their packed lunch in

There are a number of websites to help with ideas including: and

We are proud of our school uniform and encourage pupils to take a pride in their
appearance. The uniform is as follows:

             Navy blue skirt/ pinafore dress or trousers
             Blue cotton shirt and school tie
             or blue school polo shirt
             Navy blue jumper or cardigan
             In summer, blue and white dresses

             Long grey trousers
             Blue cotton shirt and school tie
             or blue school polo shirt
             Navy blue jumper
             In summer grey shorts

For safety reasons it is very important that pupils wear sensible shoes with flat
heels (not trainers). In winter flat boots with a good tread are permitted but
please provide a change of footwear for indoors. Skirts should be about knee
length. If they prefer girls may wear sensible navy blue trousers but not
fashion trousers.

The entire uniform is available from Rohans either with our without the school
badge. They also stock school bags and PE bags bearing the school logo.

                                      P.E. KIT

Indoor Kit           Plain black or navy shorts.
                     Plain white T-shirt or school polo shirt.
                     Pumps (not trainers)

      Outdoor Kit         Training shoes
                    T-shirt as above
                    Long sleeved dark plain sweatshirt/tracksuit (no logos).
                    Shorts or dark coloured tracksuit bottoms (no logos).

Swimming Kit (Years 3 & 4)        Girls – One-piece costume (no bikinis)
                                  Boys - Swimming trunks (no shorts)

                    For health and safety reasons all long hair must be tied back
                    and preferably a swimming cap should be worn.
Please ensure that all uniform is clearly labelled. We very quickly accumulate
uniform which we cannot return because it has not been labelled, particularly in
the summer months when children remove jumpers and cardigans.

No child is allowed to undertake any P.E. activities while wearing earrings,
watches or jewellery of any kind. Children should either remove such jewellery
themselves or come to school with tape on their ears. Teachers are not
required to take responsibility for removing or looking after jewellery.


Swimming instruction is given to the years 3 and 4. As these lessons are
compulsory, a note from parents is necessary on each occasion that a child is
unfit to attend swimming lessons. Children who have inhalers must ensure that
these are given to teachers to take to the swimming pool with them as pool rules
prohibit them from swimming if their inhalers are not available. Further details
about swimming lessons are given to the classes concerned.


All forms of jewellery should be left at home. Some items may cause painful
injuries, whilst lost items cause distress to your child and a lot of frustration
for the class teacher. In the interests of safety, if your child has pierced ears
they may wear studs only and these must be removed for P.E. The wearing of
make-up, including nail varnish is not allowed. Please note that the rules
regarding wearing jewellery and make-up also apply on „non uniform‟ days as the
same health and safety issues arise in school on these days.


We offer the services of a school bus which covers the area from school to
Bewsey, Dallam, Winwick Road, Callands and Westbrook. This is a private bus
service which operates mornings and afternoons to and from school but travel
on the bus is not supervised by a member of staff. Parents are welcome to
travel with their children. Children are supervised when coming off the bus in
the morning and going onto the bus in the afternoon. Please contact the office
staff for more details of the route and current prices.


To ensure the safety of all children we ask that parents do not drive into the
school to pick up or drop off their children at any time. We do have two spaces
designated for disabled drivers in the main car park. These are available if the
disabled person is alone. If, however, an able-bodied person accompanies the
disabled person, then there is clearly no reason for the disabled space to be
used. If you are registered as disabled and use the main car park please ensure
that you keep your children safely by your side until you are out of the car park
area. We have the use of a car park situated at the side of the school.
Children can be dropped off there and use our side gate into school thus
keeping them safely away from cars and the main road. Nursery children come
into the building at their own secure front entrance of the school. All other
children will come in through doors at the back of the school and will gather on
their playgrounds in the mornings.

                          SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICE

The school health service offers a full range of medical services principally via
the School Nurse, Carol Humphries, who visits the school regularly. Other
members of the team will visit when required. Reception children have vision
and hearing tests and we ask for involvement of the health service as the
children get older and need advice on the changes they are facing. Please
contact the school should you have any concerns about your child‟s health.

                           MEDICINES IN SCHOOL

We maintain an Asthma Register. If your child suffers from asthma please
advise us and if an inhaler is required this must be kept in the classroom, clearly
marked with the child‟s name. Children will usually know when they need to use
their inhaler and are responsible for taking this when required.

For other children the following guidelines must be followed:

1     A parent‟s note should be received to the effect that it is necessary for
      the child to take medicine during school hours; the note should give clear
      instructions concerning the required dosage and time of medication.
      Verbal messages from children will not be accepted.

2     The medicine or drug to be administered by the school should be brought
      to the school by the parent, not the child, and delivered personally to
      Mrs O‟Callaghan, Mrs Bush or Mrs Curless. Class teachers should not be
      asked to take medicines from parents.

3     The original containers of medicines and tablets must be clearly labelled
      with their contents, owner‟s name and dosage and must be kept in a
      locked cupboard away from children.

4     No medicines or drugs should be kept in the school other than those
      prescribed by the child‟s G.P.

5     No child should ever keep any form of medication with their individual

The school runs a range of extra curricular activities throughout the year
depending on the skills, interests and willingness of staff to give up their own
time out-of-school hours. At present these activities include gardening,
cookery, art, homework, multi-skills, tag rugby and dodgeball. We also often
offer clubs which take place off our school premises at St Gregory‟s Catholic
High School where children meet with other children from feeder primary
schools. As part of our extended schools cluster we offer a variety of after
school clubs on a Thursday evening run by external providers; these are usually
offered to Key Stage 2 children and are charged at £1 per session.

                                   LINK CLUB

This club caters for children whose parents require after school care up to
5.30 p.m. A small fee is charged for this service. Children enjoy Link Club
because they get involved in a wide range of activities with their friends from
school. Many parents choose to let children come to Link Club because it allows
them to be with their friends in a completely safe environment. Their most
recent Ofsted inspection judged the provision made by Karen and Miranda to be
good. Further details are available from Karen Williams on 07947 364828.


We recognise the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional
activities, including trips and residential experiences can make towards a pupil‟s
personal and social education and aim to promote such activities. The policy for
charging is as follows:

     Charges cannot be imposed to cover the cost of visits during school hours.
      However, voluntary contributions can be requested. Pupils whose parents
      have not made a voluntary contribution will not be treated differently in
      any way.

     In the past many of the activities and visits provided by the school could
      not have taken place without the support of parents. The governors are
      hopeful that this valued support will continue. We reserve the right to
      cancel trips if the total of any voluntary contributions received does not
      meet the amount required to fund the trip.

     Parents will be charged the cost of replacement if school property is
      deliberately damaged by their child or if school books are lost/not
       Charges may be imposed if children are involved in activities which will
        allow them to take home things which they have made in school; for
        example baking.

       The annual Archdiocesan Levy is considered to be the responsibility of
        each family and is not considered a voluntary contribution. Arrangements
        can be made to pay the amount, currently £10 per child per year, termly
        or through regular savings in the school bank. Please contact the school
        office if you do not want to pay the amount as a lump sum particularly if
        you have more than one child in the school.

                                   SCHOOL BANK

We have a school bank which is run by children from Year 6 under the direct
supervision of Mrs Bush. It is open on Fridays. If a large amount of money is to
be withdrawn, we would appreciate a few days notice. The monies are placed in
a Deposit Account, in the name of St Alban‟s School Bank. Cheques can only be
accepted if made out to St Alban‟s School Bank. Parents may use the school
bank for any purpose but many use it to save for school trips or the
Archidiocesan Levy.

                                HOMEWORK POLICY

We believe that homework forms an important part of your child‟s education
and that all adults concerned with a child should have a part to play in this
process. Through our homework policy we aim to:

   ensure progression towards independence and individual responsibility.
   realise the aims and objectives of the school.
   extend and complement the work undertaken in school.
   develop good working habits and organisational skills
   prepare children for Secondary transfer.

Activities may include:

   taking reading books home so that children can continue to practice reading
    and reading for enjoyment.
   spellings which are given on a weekly basis.
   times tables given to children so that they can practice at home.
   numeracy and literacy work is also set on a weekly basis for all year groups.
   extra work connected with topics being covered in school will be given by the
    class teacher as and when appropriate.
   occasionally children may be asked to take work home to complete.
                         PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

We know how vital the contribution that parents make to their child‟s
development is, both prior to school and throughout his or her primary school
life. Such support can often be of an informal nature at home but we believe in
the development of close links with the school from the start. We welcome
parents to help in classes, for example to read with children in school. Parents
are invited to attend Rejoice Assemblies and Christmas performances. Formal
parent interviews are held twice during each academic year to give parents
progress reports on the children. We like to meet parents in the first term so
that we can discuss how the year has started. We currently invite parents into
school again before the Easter holiday. Written reports are sent out in July
and an open invitation given for parents to come into school to discuss the
report and end of year results.

As well as the formal opportunities we make available for you to talk to us, the
teachers are available each day after school to talk to you if you have any
concerns. We ask that when possible parents do not stop the teachers on the
playground in the mornings when children are coming into school. At this time
the teacher is responsible for the whole class and cannot give you the time you
need. Please call into the office to arrange a convenient time. If there is a
problem please come in and discuss it with us.

Parents provide very valuable support to the teachers and children. If you have
free time and are able to come to school on a regular basis, your contribution
would be most welcome. Please speak to any member of staff to volunteer your
time to help.

                       Parents and Friends Association

There is an active P.F.A. which raises much needed funds for school projects.
Recently the PFA funded the purchase of interactive whiteboards for the
Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 classrooms, a listening centre for KS1, the
Foundation Stage playground train and a new oven and hob for the nursery
kitchen; the children really benefit from having access to such fantastic

This dedicated group of parents organises a range of social activities which
provide worthwhile and enjoyable opportunities for children, parents, staff and
governors to meet socially and support the school. Events include the annual
Family Bingo, Quiz Night and the Summer Fun Day. We always welcome new
ideas and new parents to the Association. Dates and times of meetings are put
on our newsletter with an open invitation to all. If you want to help make a
difference for your child please come along. If you can‟t come to the meetings
please    try   to    support     by   attending    the     events    arranged.

We are aware that we share responsibility with parents for the children in our
care and we make every effort to provide the same level of care for the
children as parents would. At St Alban‟s School we endeavour to provide a caring
and disciplined environment in which pupils feel secure and have the confidence
to participate in all aspects of its life. Staff are always willing to listen to
children and circle time sessions in class give the children the opportunity to
talk openly about things that may be worrying them. We believe that within
the school, discipline should be seen in a positive light and we encourage and
reward good behaviour. We expect every pupil to act in a sensible, courteous
and responsible manner, having respect for others around them. Our children
are expected to observe common-sense rules which ensure their safety and the
smooth running of the school. Our Student Council is very active in giving the
children a voice within the school and meets regularly to discuss school issues.

                               SEX EDUCATION

It is the view of the Governing Body that sex education is primarily the duty of
parents. Sex education is based on Christian principles and is related to the
child‟s stage of development and linked with teaching in both PSHE and Science.
Our latest policy on this subject is available in school for any parent who wants
to see it.

                              THE CURRICULUM

The National Curriculum is made up of three Core Subjects – English,
Mathematics and Science; and eight Foundation subjects – Religious Education,
Information Communication Technology, Geography, History, Art and Craft,
Design Technology, Music and Physical Education. At St Alban‟s we also involve
all classes in activities related to their Personal, Social and Health Education
and the latest Government initiative SEAL, Social and Emotional Aspects of
Learning, has a high profile in our curriculum. We value each child as an
individual and want them to be happy and safe in our school. Our task is to
provide an interesting and stimulating learning environment. Within this
framework, each child is encouraged to develop their individual full potential
intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. We recognise the vital
importance of catering for the differing needs of pupils in our care. We strive
to maintain a happy and secure atmosphere in which all children can be valued
for their contributions and where each child will regularly experience success
and a sense of achievement.

The school places a high priority on ensuring that children are treated equally
and encourages them to take part in all activities.
Continuous assessment of the children by their teacher, together with the use
of standardised test materials, support teachers in measuring the progress that
children make. Assesment information allows us to know where children are up
to and provides us with the next steps in their individual learning journey.
Formal tests take place in the summer term of each year from 2 to 6. We also
have assessment weeks in November and February. We track progress carefully
and keep parents informed of any progress or problems.

Our Religious Education programme is the Liverpool Archdiocese scheme “Here
I Am”. Religious concepts are introduced in a meaningful and real way to the
children. The scheme of work centres very much upon experiences and
situations with which children will be able to identify.

Whilst parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons and
daily acts of worship we feel that any child so withdrawn would be greatly
disadvantaged. These lessons are viewed as being a vital part of our school life
and underpin much of what we do and how we behave. We assume that families
of children attending St Alban‟s school are supportive of our Christian ethos
and expect all children to play a full part in all aspects of our Christian life.

                               SPECIAL NEEDS

The school aims to provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum for all
its pupils. Some children have additional needs such as special educational needs or
competencies that are classed as gifted or talented which means that additional
provision has to be made. This may be because of a learning difficulty, a health
issue, a disability or exceptional ability.

The school works within the Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs. Early
identification is considered important and the school aims to ensure conformity and
continuity in identifying and meeting the needs of the children. Children will
receive support at the appropriate level of the Code of Practice.
These levels are: -

School Action:
Gathering of information, initial identification and registration of a child‟s SEN,
and increased differentiation in the classroom. Seeking of further advice and the
creation of an Individual Education Programme (IEP), which is managed by the class
teacher. Delivery may be by Learning Support Staff.

School Action Plus:
As School Action but the school involves support from external agencies.
Assessments are undertaken and provision provided by the school. The
school may request CLASP funding with parental consent to support provision.
As School Action Plus but a formal statutory assessment of need has
been carried out by the Children‟s Services Authority and the support required is
funded by the local authority.

Parents are kept fully informed if their child has special educational needs. They
are involved in the compiling and reviewing of individual education programmes and
are offered termly meetings with the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
(SENCO) and class teachers for this purpose.

We are always available to discuss your child‟s problems with you, in confidence,
and hope that we will meet your child‟s needs successfully.

The school is equipped with access and facilities for the disabled and accepts
children with disabilities. The recent refurbishment of the Foundation Stage
and Key Stage One means that all entrances are now fully accessible.

The school has an Inclusion Policy which is available from the school website.
This policy has been reviewed. It addresses, Special Educational Needs and
Extended Provision for more able pupils.

                          COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

If for any reason you are dissatisfied please see either the class teacher or
headteacher at once. All complaints will be dealt with promptly and in
confidence. If the problem is not resolved, parents may make a written formal
complaint initially to the headteacher and then to the Governing Body and
following this the LEA. It is hoped that any complaints can be resolved at the
informal stage.


The school seeks to enable all children to experience the benefits of taking part
in sporting activities, which enhance both their individual and physical
development and the life of the school. We are pleased to have recently been
awarded the Activemark for our commitment to high quality PE and after school
sporting activities.    All children, regardless of ability, experience the
opportunity to take part in the sporting life of the school through regular
structured P.E. lessons. Following Government guidelines, we timetable each
child with 2 hours of physical education activities each week.

We aim to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to experience a
wide range of activities appropriate to their age and ability in the areas of
gymnastics, games, athletics, dance, swimming and outdoor adventurous
activities. Children are taught sport and exercise as a necessary part of a
healthy life style. Sporting activities offered through the extra curricular
provision of the school enable those children who are particularly talented or
attracted to sport to compete against other children from other schools
through football, netball, swimming and athletics.

The school has good facilities for sport, a large playing field with two football
pitches and a well-equipped gymnasium in the hall. In addition we have two
adventure trails which are available for the children to use under supervision
during their breaktimes. We also bring in a number of specialist providers to
work with the children on PE activities such as ball skills, dance and rugby.
Swimming takes place at one of the local swimming pools.

The upper junior children are offered the opportunity to participate in an
outdoor activity residential trip when they are in Year 6 where a wide variety of
adventurous activities take place.


Each year children in Year 2 take part in National Tests in English and
Mathematics and children in Year 6 take part in National Tests in English,
Mathematics and Science. These tests are generally referred to as SATs.

The tests allow you to measure how well your child is doing and check a child‟s
progress against national levels. Sometimes the test level achieved is different
from a teacher assessment level because children can over or under achieve on
the day of the formal test. Teacher Assessment results are compiled from
assessments of the child‟s performance over all parts of each subject over time
and are considered a more reliable form of assessment than a test.
Key Stage 1 Teacher Assessment Results 2009

30 children, 1 child equates to 3.33% therefore figures may not round to 100

                   W       1        2c      2b    2a     3       L2+

 Speaking &
                   0       17       0       77    0      7       84%

 Reading           0       10       17      23    33     17      90%

 Writing           10      10       37      17    23     3       80%

 Mathematics       0       3        13      50    23     10      97%

 Science           0       13       0       87    0      0       87%

Key Stage 2 Test Results 2009
25 Eligible pupils; 1 child equates to 4%

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