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St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School
Romany Road, Rainham, ME8 6JH, UK Gillingham
+44 (0)1634-234677



We are a Roman Catholic Community committed to:

  • Mutual respect, positive encouragement and participation.

  • Recognising the different personal and educational needs of all pupils.

  • The delivery of the full national curriculum together with a religious education syllabus approved by the Catholic Church.

  • The highest standards of teaching, learning and performance.

  • Maintaining a supportive partnership with parents, the parish, and the wider community.

  • The professional development of all staff.

  • To encourage each child to realise their self-worth, their value, and their gifts, to enable them to fulfil their true potential.

  • To be a Christian community where the spirit of Christ pervades all aspects of school life, uniting its staff, pupils and parents in a community of justice and love.

  • To develop habits of self-discipline and acceptable behaviour in which all pupils care for one another and find personal security in belonging, whilst developing their understanding and respect for other races, religions and ways of life.

  • To provide a safe, healthy and welcoming environment for pupils, parents, staff and visitors to the school.

  • To assist parents in their role as Catholic Educators by extending and enhancing their children's experience and participation in the liturgy and sacramental life of the Catholic Church.

  • To help our pupils acquire the basic knowledge, skills and values which will enable them to lead full lives in the society of which they are part.


The school is organised into 11 classes. Pupils are arranged in strict age order. Occasionally the school has to have some mixed age classes. All children in Key Stage 1 are in classes of less than 30 pupils.

You are welcome to consult a teacher regarding your child's education. Formal parent’s evenings are arranged in the Spring term.

All children follow the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.

Teaching time is: 22 hours 35 minutes for Key Stage 1

23 hours 50 minutes for Key Stage 2

The National Curriculum consists of four Core and six Foundation subjects:


Literacy Numeracy

Science Information and Communication Technology


Art Design Technology

History Geography

Music Physical Education

Religious education is compulsory in all schools and in Catholic schools considered a core subject.

Children will be formally assessed at 7, and 11. These are known as Standard Attainment Tasks (S.A.T.s).

(See page 20 for comparative information)

In the Foundation Stage the children are assessed in the six areas of learning:

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

  2. Communication, Language and Literacy.

  3. Mathematical Development.

  4. Knowledge and Understanding of World.

  5. Physical Development.

  6. Creative Development

Throughout their time at the school, the children are continually assessed by their teachers and their progress noted.

In addition, the children in Years 3, 4, and 5 sit school-based tests in the Summer Term. These tests are similar in format to the SAT’s


Religious education at St Thomas’ is taught according to the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. All children, from reception to Year 6, follow the RE programme "Here I Am" adopted and approved by the Bishop’s Conference.

Children are prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in Year 3. The courses are offered in conjunction with the Parish Sacramental Programmes.

A Class or Year Group Mass is usually celebrated each week. The youngest children may not have Mass, but a prayerful service, leading to an awareness of the existence of God in their lives. Mass for the whole school is celebrated regularly throughout the year. Each class in turn leads assemblies, developing a theme from the syllabus. A warm invitation is extended to all parents and parishioners who would like to join us for these acts of worship.

Daily prayers are said at the start and end of each day.

Fund raising for a wide range of charities enables our children to develop a sense of community with the wider world.

As a voluntary–aided Roman Catholic school the religious ethos is to be found across the whole curriculum and not confined to the RE sessions. On this basis, it is difficult to envisage the withdrawal of children from certain specific periods of the timetable.


Our distinctive uniform helps give the children pride in their school.

The School is the ONLY supplier for pullovers, cardigans, ties, polo and P.E. shirts and fleeces. These will be supplied embroidered with the school name. Please order in advance via the school reception. Profits go towards helping school funds.


SHOES Black or navy. (No fashion shoes, high heels, trainers or open toed sandals)

SOCKS Long white. (Short socks may be worn in the summer)



BLOUSE White. (A white polo shirt may be worn from the Summer half term until the half

term of the Autumn Term - as supplied by the school)

TIE Royal blue with thin white stripes.


CARDIGAN Royal blue. (As supplied at the school).

SUMMER DRESS Blue gingham. (As supplied at the school).

RAINCOAT/COAT Preferably navy.


SHOES Black (no fashion shoes, trainers or boots)

SHORTS Plain grey, (no long trousers).

Black/navy tracksuit may be worn to/from school in the winter.

SOCKS Plain grey/or grey with royal blue hoops.

SHIRTS Grey or white. (A white polo shirt may be worn from the Summer half term until

the half term of the Autumn Term - as supplied by the school)

TIE Royal blue with thin white stripes.

PULLOVER Royal blue. (As supplied at the school).

RAINCOAT/COAT Preferably navy.


GENERAL White vest printed with school name, royal blue shorts, and plimsolls.

FOOTBALL Blue shorts, white or blue jersey with long sleeves, white socks with royal blue

hoops, football boots. Blue or black tracksuits may be worn in the winter.

NETBALL Blue or black tracksuits may be worn in the winter. Trainers may be worn.


SUMMER HAT Legionnaire style with school name.

SCHOOL FLEECE Navy blue (As supplied at the school)

Please mark all items clearly with name of child

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