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Holy Cross Catholic Primary School
Beaumont Road, St Judes, PL4 9BE, UK Plymouth
+44 (0)1752 225420

Welcome to Holy Cross Primary School

As a Catholic School community, for all children who have chosen to attend Holy Cross School we are an active living and faith community providing a place where:-

  • God is recognised and is central to all our lives.
  • The Gospel values and teachings are shared.
  • We work together, pray together, worship together and celebrate together.
Holy Cross Catholic Primary Voluntary Aided School is situated in the Diocese of Plymouth and is maintained by Plymouth Local Education Authority. The school serves the parishes of Mount Carmel - Efford, Plymstock - St Margaret Mary, Plympton - Our Lady of Lourdes, and Holy Cross. There are currently 201 children attending, aged from 5 to 11, in 7 year group classes.


The Governors and staff of Holy Cross believe in creating an atmosphere that enables us all to live what we believe, as God wants us to. We value all friendships, actively seeking to follow in Jesus' footsteps. This must be evident in our welcome, the way we pray and worship, and in our care for and service to one another. We are proud to belong to the special family of Holy Cross. It calls us all to love and serve the Lord, working together, recognising Him in one another. As God loves us all, this provides the confidence and the courage to play our valued part in this whole community responsibility.

This includes the fundamental role of the family in building true partnerships through mutual support, reinforcing beliefs and open communication. It shares with the parish important events, celebrations and decisions.

A sense of belonging us to contribute fully, taking ownership of what we do at Holy Cross. As we value and respect one another, we must appreciate the good, reaffirm the 'best' of society's values and meet the challenges as well. This also requires us to forgive and accept forgiveness, showing tolerance in a generous way, as reflected in the Lord's Prayer.

We are all blessed with unique talents, which we develop in the service and praise of God. Our key role is to celebrate the 'whole' person - spiritually, intellectually, morally, socially and physically.

Our school must be a happy place where we try to encourage and support all our 'special' needs. We strive to make the most of all opportunities, where the complementary experiences measure education not merely in terms of quantifiable learning but also by such virtues as generosity, sympathy, tolerance and respect.

We all share a commitment to maintain high standards of education, fostering a desire to learn, where pupils are motivated to succeed. Our curriculum should endeavour to be purposeful, interesting and challenging, where every child aspires to reach his or her potential.

We proclaim and celebrate the presence of Christ by what we teach and by who we are. As the 'Cross' is a symbol of what it means to serve, may we begin to appreciate what it means to be a child of God. ..To give and not to count the cost...


At Holy Cross we aim to provide a Christian, caring, secure family environment where each child is valued as an unique individual who is able to benefit from and contribute to the life of the school.

  • To assist children to acquire knowledge and skills to enable them to be literate, numerate and to communicate effectively.
  • To make full use of the school resources so that each child can develop their academic, physical and creative talents.
  • To give each child self confidence and to promote a sense of enjoyment and satisfaction in achieving success.
  • To help each child to understand and appreciate the needs and feelings of other members of the school family and community.
  • To prepare children to become considerate and caring members of the community who by their Christian example show respect towards the people they meet and respect for the environment we all share.
  • To provide a purposeful interesting challenging curriculum and environment so that the children enjoy sharing their time at school with each other and with those adults who have responsibility for them.
  • To encourage and promote a good relationship between home school and Parish so that Parents, staff and Priests can work together in meeting the needs of all our children.


All schools providing for Key Stage 1 (Infants) and Key Stage 2 (Juniors) are required to teach a broad, balanced curriculum including the National Curriculum Core and Foundation Subjects, including Religious Education.

At Holy Cross School clear priority is given to Religious Education and the teaching of Literacy and Numeracy. Each day, every class will receive a dedicated hour for both Literacy and Numeracy.

The school has a policy for Special Educational Needs ensuring that such pupils are clearly identified at an early stage and assessed. Parental involvement is encouraged so that Parents and teachers can work together in the best interests of the children. Mrs. Cotter is our SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and we have additional support provided by two classroom assistants. Reviews of children ‘s Individual Education Plans (IEPs) take place each term.

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