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St Thomas C E Primary School
Wellington Road North, Heaton Chapel, SK4 4QG, UK Stockport
tel / fax 0161 432 6809

Welcome !!!

St Thomas' School is a Church of England, voluntary-aided primary school. It operates under Stockport Education Authority's priority area system, taking infant and junior children from the communities of Heaton Chapel and Heaton Moor.

The school shares its site with St Thomas' Church and encourages applications from families in the Parish who wish their children to have a Church of England education.

At St Thomas' our aim is to create a happy, caring, stimulating environment where children can participate fully and make learning a positive and enjoyable experience.

We have very high standards and expect children to be polite, work hard and take pride in themselves and the school. We hope that home and school will work closely together in order to achieve these standards.

Parents Zone

Here we've included information that we think might be of interest to you. If you require more information or would like to visit the school, please contact the headteacher Mrs Garner.

Our Ethos

We strive to ensure that relationships between all members of the school community are modelled on Christian values. We aim to create a warm, welcoming, safe environment for visitors and pupils alike. We place much emphasis on high standards of conduct and achievement by our pupils. For this reason our school encourages:

  • High moral standards and personal qualities of good character and behaviour.
  • Good personal relationships, a sense of responsibility, teamwork and loyalty.
  • Social awareness, courtesy, consideration for others and sensitivity to one's surroundings.
  • Respect for other people's beliefs and culture.
  • Such qualities as inventiveness, curiosity and imagination, which can lead to self fulfilment and the best use of leisure time.
  • Self-awareness, knowledge and reliance, an elementary knowledge of health and safety and the ability to care for oneself.
  • An understanding of how to contribute to and benefit from living in a well-organised community.


The School Day

Infants    8.55 am - 11.45 am              1.00 pm - 3.15 pm

Juniors   8.55 am - 12.00 noon          1.00 pm - 3.15 pm

All children are allowed into School from 8.45 am onwards.

The hours spent on teaching during a normal week (excluding the daily act of worship, registration, lunch and other breaks are as follows: Hours per week DfEE recommended minimum KS1 21 hours 21 hours 40 mins KS2 23 hours 55 mins 23 hours 45 mins

Morning break

At break time we encourage children to bring fruit, biscuits or crisps (no sweets or chewing gum please). If you wish, your child may purchase crisps, fruit or drinks from the school tuck shop.

Mid-Afternoon Break- ( Infants only)   2.15 - 2.30 pm

Lunch Break               Juniors 12.00 noon - 1.00 pm

                                    Infants 11.45 - 1.00 pm

School meals, prepared and cooked on the premises, offer the children a choice of fresh wholesome food. A vegetarian option is always available. Infant and junior children eat at separate sittings, seated at tables for eight children. Dinner money for the week should be brought into school on Monday morning in a clearly labelled envelope. Cheques should be payable to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. If you are entitled to free school meals, please apply at the the local education offices. Your child may wish to bring a packed lunch. If so, please ensure that it is securely packed and that drinks are in cartons or cans and not glass bottles.


School Opens - 8.45 a.m.

Children are allowed into the school building from this time onwards and they are expected to work quietly in their classrooms. It would be appreciated if children did not arrive in the school playground before 8.40 a.m. as it is not possible to guarantee supervision before that time and we cannot ensure their safety.

School Begins - 8.55 a.m.

At this time children still in the playground are brought inside to join those already in the classrooms so that school can begin.

School Ends - 3.15 p.m.

Please have a care for children's safety when arriving at and leaving school. Observe the parking restrictions and do not obstruct the school gates. Lunch is seen as a social occasion and good table manners and behaviour are encouraged. The entire lunch break is well supervised by experienced ancillary staff whose prime function is to ensure the well-being and safety of the children. We would appreciate it if you would be prompt if collecting your child at the end of the day. Children (especially younger ones) become very anxious if they see everyone going home and they cannot see their parent / carer.

Priority of admission is given to children living in the Governors' Priority Area, as detailed below.

Where applications exceed the number of places available the Governors Admission Panel will confirm places by taking into account the following criteria for admission in order of priority :

1. Whether the child resides in the Governors' Priority Area as agreed with Stockport Education Authority.

2. Whether the child has brothers or sisters attending the School.

3. Whether the child / parents regularly and / or frequently worship at St Thomas' Church, Heaton Chapel.

4. Whether the child / parents regularly and / or frequently worship at another Anglican / Christian Church. (A clerical reference may be required).

5. Whether there are medical / social reasons why the child should attend the School.

6. Proximity to School. This criteria will also be used to distinguish between applicants in categories

2 - 5 where necessary.

Those not gaining a place will be put on a waiting list in proximity order based on the home address starting with those who will have siblings in the school on admission.

(In exceptional circumstances the Governors reserve the right to waive these requirements for medical and social reasons.)

Appeals Against Decisions Relating to Admissions

Parents whose children are not offered a place have the right to appeal. Appeals will be heard by an Appeals Committee organised by the LEA. Further details of the appeals procedure will be sent to any parent whose child is refused admission. Any appeal should be made in writing to the LEA and must be received within 15 days of the date of the letter refusing admission.

While they are at St Thomas' School we aim to help the children be happy, confident in their own beliefs and ideas and be able to communicate these ideas to others.


The curriculum is the whole learning experience offered by a school. It is not only all the lessons and activities which are planned, organised and provided while the children are at school. It is also the tone, standards, quality and the attitudes it puts forward. We aim to teach the curriculum in an exciting and interesting way and in a happy and relaxed atmosphere. We try to give the children as much first-hand experience as possible. In the Infant Department especially, much of the work is through purposeful play as we believe that the children learn more effectively and happily this way.

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