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Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
Windermere Road, SS1 2RF, UK Southend-on-Sea
+44 (0)1702 468052
www:http://www.sacredheart.southend.sch.uk/e-mail:school@sacredheart.southend.sch.uk

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

 

Mission Statement

At Sacred Heart School we follow the loving example of Christ as we worship, grow and work in partnership with family and parish.

We seek to provide opportunities for all children to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in a stimulating and high quality learning environment where each child’s contribution is valued.

 
 

The school is an improving school and we are working hard to provide a high quality education for the children in our care. We carefully monitor the curriculum and the progress of the children and this is enabling us to raise the standard of all we do. We are also working hard to improve the school premises so that we can provide the children with a pleasant and stimulating environment.

The teachers are the most important resource a school has and OFSTED recognised that “the overall quality of teaching is a strength of the school”. All the staff are hardworking and committed to developing the unique potential of all the children. The children’s  “behaviour and attitudes to learning are good” (OFSTED) and the relationships within the school are excellent.

We have strong links with Sacred Heart Church and the children have opportunities to attend special services in the church as well as services in the school conducted by the  parish priest. 

The success of a child’s education is greatly assisted by a strong partnership between home and school and I hope that you will feel happy and able to work with us in the interests of your child.

I am sure your child will be happy at Sacred Heart School and I will endeavour to ensure that his/her time at the school is successful and rewarding.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Bridget Frampton

Headteacher


ETHOS

THE SCHOOL

Sacred Heart is a Catholic school where every aspect of school life is based on Christian values. Our mission statement reflects our aims for all the children in our care. The school sets high expectations in work and behaviour and pupils are encouraged to achieve their unique potential academically, physically, morally and spiritually.

Every member of the school, both child and adult, is valued and respected and this forms the basis of the excellent relationships within the school.

Assemblies are an important aspect of the school day when we come together to pray and worship as a family and where Christian values and relationships within the school are reinforced and strengthened.

The Catholic faith is taught through the ‘Here I Am’ religious programme and the Catholic Directory and forms an important part of the education provided by the school.

The school is part of the parish of Sacred Heart Church and therefore there are strong links with the church. The parish priest regularly visits the school for masses and other services and on occasions the children attend services in the church.

Parents of the school are an important part of the school community and are encouraged to become actively involved in various aspects of school life.

PROMOTING GOOD BEHAVIOUR

Sacred Heart sets high expectations in behaviour. Good behaviour is a vital ingredient of a good school as it produces an effective learning environment as well as a happy one.

Good behaviour comes about by the efforts of staff, children and parents working together. The school promotes good behaviour by positive reinforcement e.g. praise, stickers and certificates. We encourage children to be respectful and polite to adults and each other, and to show consideration for all those around them.

We aim therefore:

1.  To develop in pupils a sense of self-discipline, an acceptance of responsibility for their own actions and to provide opportunities for children to evaluate and modify unacceptable behaviour.

2.     To create conditions and atmosphere conducive to an orderly community in which effective learning may take place, in which there is mutual respect between all members, and where there is proper concern for the environment.

3.     At Sacred Heart we place emphasis on praise and encouragement rather than criticism. 

4.     Certificates for good work and positive behaviour are awarded at the end of each half term.

However, there are occasions when a child’ behaviour clearly breaches the school’s discipline policy and sanctions are required. These include the following:

1.  Verbal indications of disapproval by class teacher, mid-day assistants or Headteacher.

2.  Re-writing of work obviously below pupil’s potential.

3.  Supervised loss of breaks.

4.  Parental consultation.

5.     Logging of misdemeanours so that if a pattern of unacceptable behaviour emerges a positive behaviour programme can be instituted in consultation with parents.

There may also be occasions when a child’s behaviour gives greater cause for concern. If a child’s behaviour is seriously disruptive in the classroom and is interfering with the progress of other children, or if a child is causing serious problems in the playground, an exclusion from school for a fixed period or lunch time may be necessary. If the problems persist then a permanent exclusion may be imposed.

If a child is excluded, parents have the right to make representations to the Governing Body.

CURRICULUM

SCHOOL ORGANISATION

We have seven classes in total and these are organised into straight year groups. All Infant and Lower Junior classes have a teacher assistant to work along side the class teacher.

The school uses detailed schemes of work outlining the work to be covered in each year group. These schemes ensure that there is progression and continuity between classes and that high standards are being maintained.

Teaching organisation within the classroom is a mixture of whole class teaching, groupwork and individual tasks. For certain subjects such as English and maths groupwork will be organised by ability and in other areas the grouping will be mixed ability.

Children who are very able in either mathematics or English will have the opportunity to work with an older year group for literacy or numeracy, while children experiencing difficulties will be provided with extra support.

CURRICULUM

The School provides a broadly based, balanced curriculum which promotes the intellectual, spiritual, moral, physical and cultural development of the child.

This curriculum is designed to provide all children according to age and ability, with the opportunities to develop their own unique potential in a stimulating and supportive learning environment.

Various Education Acts have set out certain key elements which must feature in every child’s curriculum. These key elements are:

i. the National Curriculum for children of compulsory school age.

ii. Religious Education for all pupils.

The National Curriculum Religious Education English Mathematics Science
ICT History Geography Design and Technology Music
Art Physical Education

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

The school offers a range of extra curricular activities. These activities are mainly run by members of staff but we also organise activities from outside agencies e.g. Southend Football Association. Activities run by staff are free but there is a cost for activities run by other agencies.

Activities run by members of staff:

  Music:  Choir

             Recorder

             Orchestra

  Sports:  Football    

              Netball

Parents are informed of other activities as they are arranged



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