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St Oswald`s C E (Aided) Infant School
Church Street, Durham, DH1 3DQ, UK Durham
Tel. 0191 386 8029

St. Oswald’s is a Church of England aided school situated in the historic city of Durham, near the university and cathedral.

It is a small school of four classes, one for each year. We provide quality education for children aged 3-7 years and expect high standards of performance and behaviour.

We aim to reflect the teaching of the Christian faith in all aspects of school life.

The school recognises the right of each child to develop a full range of learning skills irrespective of gender, race or physical ability.

St. Oswald’s is a Church of England Aided school situated in the historic City of Durham , near the University. We provide quality education for children aged 3-7 years and aim for high standards of performance and behaviour. We recognise the right of each child to develop a full range of learning skills irrespective of gender, race or physical ability. As a Church of England school, we aim to reflect the teaching of the Christian faith in all aspects of school life. Our Voluntary Aided status enables us to strengthen and maintain our Christian ethos.

St. Oswald’s is a small school of four classes: Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. There are 26 part-time children in the Nursery classes, attending a mixture of morning and afternoon sessions. All infant classes have a statutory limit of 29 but are usually between 24 and 29.

The small size of the school enables staff to know all children and their parents, and parental involvement is an important feature of the school. Parents take part in school life as Parent Governors and classroom helpers and the activities of the Friends of the School provide tremendous benefits.

We regard parents as partners in the learning process of each child and greatly value the support they give to their child’s learning.

Teachers are always willing to discuss progress and concerns with parents. Appointments can be made to see either the Head Teacher or Class Teacher.

School Ethos

The school aims to serve the community by providing education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.  It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers all its pupils.

Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop the religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England at parish and diocesan level.

How the Christian Ethos Influences the School

As a Christian school St Oswald’s will find opportunities throughout the school’s curriculum, explicit and implicit, and through relationships at all levels, to share the Christian gospel and to demonstrate the life of faith in God.  This will be seen in relationships, attitudes, understanding of right and wrong, forgiveness, and tolerance.  Children of other faiths, or none, will be welcomed to the school.  The Christian identity of the school will be obvious in all policy documents and correspondence.


The spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of each child will be based upon the values and virtues of our society’s Judaeo-Christian tradition: love of neighbour, the pursuit of truth and justice, the challenge of service and duty, and the experience of trust and forgiveness.


These values and virtues find expression in all aspects of the school: in the curriculum and character and life of the school through:


·     spiritual development which fully recognises the religious dimension of education throughout the curriculum and in the daily act of worship

·     moral development which builds character, enabling each child to have the courage to do what is right

·     cultural development which incorporates the Christian heritage of this country as well as the contribution made by other religions and cultures

·     mental and physical development which releases each child’s full potential to grown in the image of God.

School Aims

All the staff at St. Oswald’s are committed to providing the best possible education and school experience for your child.  To achieve this, the following aims underpin the teaching and learning at this school.

We aim to:


·        reflect the values and teachings of the Christian faith whilst respecting other cultures and beliefs. We will maintain close links with St Oswald’s Church.


·        provide high quality education suitable for the needs of each child, using a wide range of teaching methods.


·        provide a happy and stimulating learning environment which promotes curiosity, creativity, enjoyment and interest in all aspects of learning.


·        ensure all members of the school staff are confident in their respective roles, working together as a team, and co-ordinated by effective leadership.


·        create a caring and harmonious atmosphere in which all members of the school ( children staff, parents and governors) are listened to and respected, display tolerance and good manners towards each other, and strive for positive  relationships with the wider community.


·        provide a personal and social education which will encourage children to become independent, confident, self-disciplined and courteous.

·        create a school environment which is welcoming, visually inviting, and which is safe and secure for all members of the school community.

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