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St Mary Star of The Sea Catholic Primary School
Magdalen Road, TN37 6EU, UK St Leonards-on-Sea
+44 (0)1424 427801

The school is intended to provide a Catholic education for baptised Catholic children in the Parishes of St Thomas of Canterbury (St Leonards on Sea), Holy Redeemer (Hollington) and Our Lady & St Michael (Battle).

Baptised Catholic children from outside these areas may also be admitted.

If places are available, non Catholic Christian children, whose parents/legal guardians express a wish for a Catholic education for their child, may be admitted in addition.

The Governors are concerned to maintain the Catholic ethos of the school and will restrict the intake of non Catholic children to 15% of the intake.

The Governors require that all parents/legal guardians complete an application for admission on behalf of their child/children which must be signed by them and their parish priest.

In the case of non Catholic children this application must be backed up by a written statement supporting your application.



The introduction of the National Curriculum has been a major influence on what happens in our schools. It has brought changes in the context of what is taught and in the amount of time allocated to various subjects.

However, even the brightest child can only learn a fraction of what is to be known about any subject.

We are preparing children for job situations in which they will almost certainly be required to train and retrain several times during their lifetime.

The school's concern is to equip your child with the study skills he/she needs to retrieve and use information effectively and to apply it to new situations.

We acknowledge the individual needs of each child and the value of first hand experience whenever possible.

St Mary Star of the Sea is a Catholic School and so the teaching of Religious Education is seen as an integral part of the curriculum. We hope that, through the use of the 'Here I Am' scheme, the general ethos of the school, the national curriculum' and good manners, dicipline etc., we shall meet as many of the individual needs of your child as possible.

Curriculum Organisation

The National Curriculum consists of ten subjects to be studied by all children together with religious education.

Core Subjects are: English, Maths, Science and Information Technology.

Foundation Subjects are: Design Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music and Physical Education.

Statutory Programmes of Study for each subject are contained in documents used in all state schools. They give details of what should be taught but do not specify teaching methods or materials. The subjects can therefore be taught separately or integrated into topics at all levels.

The school has a Teaching and Learning Policy as well as policy documents in each subject. They are available to view at school.

Religious Education is not a subject among many but rather the foundation of the whole education process in a Catholic school. The beliefs and values that are studied in Catholic R.E. inspire and bring together every aspect of the life of a Catholic school.

In short, our R.E. is not about what we do as a subject but who we are, our values, our faith. In our school we aim to build on those values that pupils have learnt from their parents since baptism.

Whilst there are formal R.E. lessons (10% of teaching time) religious education in our Catholic school cannot be separate from anything we do. The scheme is called 'Here I Am' and has a call to all.

Teachers: 'Here I Am: to teach, to learn, to serve, to love, to encourage and challenge each child with a vision of dignity, potential and purpose'.

God Promises: 'Here I Am!'

Children: 'Here I Am: to learn, to enjoy and not be daunted by the challenge to grow and develop so that I may become all that I am created to be'.


The Governors and Staff of this school have agreed that the fundamental purpose of our school is to create a Catholic environment where religion is not merely a subject to be taught but one which also provides an atmosphere of loving concern in which the truths of Christianity can be experienced.

To achieve this we will: -

  • Develop our care for each other, valuing all community members equally through support, help and praise so that we can recognise, understand and lovingly accept each others' beliefs, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Develop prayer, worship and liturgy so that our school community can understand, live and spread the word of God.
  • Develop the curriculum in a Christ-centred way so that learning' is integrated with the personal and spiritual development of each child.
  • Develop links with parents, governors, L.A., Diocese and our wider community to enable children to reach their full potential and take their place in society.
  • Develop our school environment so that it is welcoming, motivating and well managed.


For most occasions pastoral care is the responsibility of the class teacher with whom your child will estabfish a particular relationship during the year.

However, other teaching and non-teaching staff will get to know your child and establish bonds to a greater or lesser degree.

Finally, the head teacher will be a significant figure through all the years that your child is at the school.

You will see from the school mission statement and from the aims of the school that the welfare of your child and every other child is a fundamental principle for all who are associated with the school.

The importance we place on a high standard of pastoral care ensures that every effort is made to provide an environment in which your child can work and play, free from any unnecessary anxiety.

This ideal is not always attainable, if only because of the human weaknesses in all of us, but more success can be achieved if parents, staff and pupils have respect for each other when any problems occur.

Our discipline policy therefore, is fair and positive.

Staff seek to praise good behaviour and reward children as individuals or as a class group, when they do well.

The school rules are designed to enable children to be well mannered, respectful of others and to play and work in safety, and it is each child's responsibility to stay within these rules.

The pupils have their own 'student council' to assist this behaviour.

The agreement is carefully explained to pupils, so that it is understood by each child at an appropriate level.

All schools are required by the DfEE to have such an agreement.

Bullying in whatever form, verbal or physical, is not tolerated. Persistent aggressive behaviour is recorded and can lead to suspension and even expulsion.

Co-operation between parents and school is crucial in establishing a successful pastoral care and discipline policy.

We have high expectations and so we ask you, as parents to:

  • Support the school's aims and the ethos of the school.
  • Encourage your child to be self disciplined.
  • Keep the school informed of any changes at home that could affect the behaviour of your child in school.
  • Ensure your child respects school regulations and arrives at school on time.
  • Support educational and social occasions organised for the benefit of the school e.g. open evenings, PTA functions.

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