|Castle Hill St Philip`s C E Primary School|
|Hereford Road, Hindley, WN2 4DH, UK Wigan|
+44 (0)1942 255578
Our Church School is distinguished by the staff and Governors' belief in creating a school whereby Christian values, understanding and knowledge are part of a pupil's daily life as experienced within the Christian ethos of the school. This is reflected in relationship between teachers, pupils, governors and our strong links with the local Parish and wider community.
Our collective aim is for valuing individual children, encouraging personal, social, emotional, moral and spiritual development as part of academic achievement.
In accordance with this Statement our Church School teaches understanding of, and respect for other major world faiths.
- To help individual children achieve their potential by providing a broad and balanced curriculum with high quality teaching and learning, differentiated to cater for the needs of all children.
- To recognise the children’s individualities and diversity of background and to provide equal opportunities in all aspects of school life.
- To promote within each child a positive self image, raise self esteem and respect for each other and to develop Christian values and attitudes, encouraging teamwork, co-operation and building good relationships throughout the school.
- To encourage our pupils to participate in the life of the school in its fullest sense having responsibilities for the self discipline and developing skills that will enable them to become independent learners.
- To provide a pleasant and attractive learning environment in which children and staff feel happy, confident, valued as individuals and where they are encouraged and motivated through praise, rewards and incentives.
- To acknowledge the value of a positive relationship between school and home and to strengthen the involvement of Parents and Carers in the children's education and the life of the school.
The School aims to provide a broad, balanced and enriched curriculum, which is exciting challenging, and relevant to the needs of all the children in school, whatever their ability. This incorporates delivery of the National Curriculum with high priority given to English, Maths, Science and I.C.T, the core subjects of the National Curriculum. Emphasis is placed on the early acquisition of skills in Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing and Mathematics. A wide variety of activities and experiences are provided for the children and in Science lessons they are given the opportunity to acquire knowledge and to develop observational, investigational and recording skills.
Subjects covered include History, Geography, Design & Technology, Art and Craft, Music and P.E. Information and Communication Technology skills are taught from Reception to Y6. Computers and interactive white boards are used as resources for teaching in all areas of the curriculum. Children are confident from an early age in the use of the latest I.C.T. and, with parental permission and under close staff supervision, they use the internet as a resource to extend their learning. Personal, Social and Health education is taught in all age groups and children are encouraged to be good citizens.
- We hold an annual Scholastic Book Fair week, which has proved successful in promoting books and the enjoyment of reading and raising funds to buy more books;
- Road Safety is considered important at our school and we liaise with the Wigan Road Safety Team, keeping us up to date with road safety matters;
- Clubs available for the children at various times throughout the year are Singing, Football, Rugby, Cricket, Computers, Hockey and Recorders;
- Music lessons are available to the children with support from the Instrumental Teaching Service, (e.g. violin, keyboard, guitar and clarinet lessons are available);
- During the course of the year, pupils frequently undertake educational visits in connection with the area of the curriculum they are studying and visitors are invited into school to extend and enrich the curriculum. Year 5/Year 6 children have the opportunity to attend a residential outdoor activity centre in the Lake District;
- The Governors’ “Charging Policy”, where parental donations may be required applies to some educational visits;
- We have a School Council with representatives from Year 1 to Year 6. They meet to discuss issues identified by the children or staff;
- Children from KS2 take part in massed choir events at Robin Park. Parents are invited to the performances;
- We have achieved Eco Schools Bronze Status, and are currently working towards the Silver Award;
- The school presents two productions each year, at Christmas and at the end of the school year. These performances are in All Saints Church.
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