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St Peter"s Coatolic Primary School
Carisbrooke Avenue, Hazel Grove, SK7 5PL, UK Stockport
Tel. 0161 483 2431

Welcome to our school

Saint Peter's Catholic Primary School - Hazel Grove

Welcome to St. Peter's Catholic Primary School

We are one of two primary schools in St. Peter’s parish in Hazel Grove, a suburb of Stockport. We are on the outskirts of the Greater Manchester conurbation and on the fringe of the Peak District. The parish has a population of approximately 5000.

Pupils are drawn mainly from St.Peter’s parish and St.Vincent’s parish in Bramhall.

We are a voluntary aided school, which means that although mainly funded by Stockport Education Authority, the Diocese of Shrewsbury, to which we belong, contributes ten per cent to the building costs of the school.

Our school is a happy, warm and welcoming community where the children are at the centre of everything we do. Our high standards of academic achievement are complemented by a broad and diverse range of activities stretching across all areas of school life. This includes before and after school clubs, sporting activities and regular theatre, educational and residential visits. We have enjoyed particular success in the field of music and the Arts. The majority of our junior children play at least one musical instrument and many are involved in one or other of our two orchestras as well as our choir. This has involved them in local and national competitions as well as entertaining parents and parishioners.

All this cannot be achieved without the hard work, commitment and enthusiasm of all our teaching and non-teaching staff. We are also very fortunate in the level of parental involvement both in supporting extra curricular activities and fund raising for the school through the active Home School Association.

We hope this prospectus will give you a flavour of the extensive variety of opportunities afforded to our children and will provide an insight into the happy, vibrant and supportive environment that is St. Peter’s School.

Mission Statement


St. Peter’s is a Catholic Primary School working in partnership with families and parishes and seeking to educate children to their full spiritual, moral, social, cultural and academic potential.


We express this by: ­

 Teaching the Catholic faith through example, reflection, prayer and celebration.

 Teaching a broad and balanced curriculum which is sensitive to the child’s individual needs and promotes the best possible understanding of him/herself, the world that God has made and his/her capacity to contribute to it.

Building caring relationships between all members of the school community.

Providing a compassionate, understanding and supportive environment in which staff and pupils can develop their full potential

 Fostering positive relationships with our families and parishes and promoting meaningful links with other schools, the diocese, the LEA. and the community.

Recognising and valuing other faiths and cultures.

A Brief History


When the school first opened its doors on the 8th September 1965, it was a considerable act of faith on the part of the parish community of St. Peter’s.  Cheshire County Council had not believed that the area needed, or could sustain, a Catholic Primary School.  The rapid filling of the school soon proved this to be a very wrong conclusion.

Within four years of opening, the school was so over subscribed that two classes of pupils had to be transported daily to be taught at St. Peter’s Social Club.

At the high point the school roll reached 390 although the buildings contained only seven classrooms.  In 1970 the opening of our sister school of St. Simon’s gave much needed relief from this problem.

Father T. Osbyrne was the First Chairman of Governors and the Parish Priest who negotiated the founding of the school.  Mr. E. Nestor, the first Headteacher, successive Chairman of Governors, Headteachers, Governors and Staff have worked hard, with the greatest possible support from parents and local community to build on the vision of those who brought the school into being.

In the mid nineteen eighties overcrowding once more became a problem and additional buildings again became an important issue.  Stockport L.E.A. agreed with the Shrewsbury Diocese that the school should be extended by the building of an extra three classrooms, a library area, changing rooms, store rooms, new staffroom and an enlarged playground.  The capacity of the school was thus to be increased from 210 to 300.  The support of the Diocese and L.E.A. reflected their agreement that suitable building land could not be found for a new Catholic School in St. Vincent’s Parish, Bramhall.

We now have quite a number of parents who attended the school when they were children.  Past pupils have acquitted themselves with great credit in many fields.

Whole School Curriculum Policy

We aim to help our children to learn with confidence, understanding and self-discipline and to grow up as caring individuals.  We wish to offer children the opportunity to develop their potential as fully as possible in a loving, ordered, caring and secure environment where there is room for exploration, and for excitement.

  • The teachings of the church are developed through the Religious Education programme and the daily life of the school.
  •  We share the Gospel of Jesus both through celebration of the Liturgy and through service to others.  Here we foster ways of caring for each other.
  • We endeavour to relate the teachings of Christ to the everyday experiences of the children which are relevant to their stage of development.
  •  Our school is a setting for living, sharing, experiencing and celebrating our Catholic faith and we have a concept of human life and human dignity with its roots in the Gospel.
  • The Curriculum is broad, balanced and relevant.
  • Teachers plan the programmes of study in line with the National Curriculum requirements.
  • All children are given equal access to all areas of the National Curriculum.  Relevant work is planned for children with Special Education Needs.
  • Our Curriculum reflects a sympathetic understanding of different cultures and races.
  • Through our Curriculum we seek to cultivate in our pupils a profound sense of social responsibility.
  • We aim to develop an attitude which is opposed to discrimination against any individual or group on grounds of socio-economic background, creed, ethnic origin or sex.
  • Children work as a class, in groups and independently, and every effort is made to encourage respect and concern for others as well as themselves.
  • The Headteacher will keep parents informed of changes to the Curriculum
  •  Records are kept to inform both teachers and parents of children’s progress.
  • Educational evenings and staff/parent consultations are held in order to promote children’s learning.
  •  Parents are seen as partners in the process of the education of their children and they receive an annual written report.
  •  We provide opportunities for the children to learn from first-hand experience by making use of the community, both local and in the wider sense, with visits to places of interest relevant to their studies.
  • Governors are kept fully informed of the implementation of Government initiatives and how these impact on the school.  Termly Governors’ meetings are held, so too are the many  meetings of the committees  which serve the full Governing body.

The Curriculum

 In the life of faith of the Catholic school, Religious Education plays a central and vital part.  We follow the scheme entitled “Here I Am” which is approved by the Bishop’s Conference and is particularly relevant to the spiritual and moral growth of young children today.

 In order to provide a curriculum appropriate to the needs of each child in the school, we follow the National Curriculum Programmes of Study in – English, Mathematics, Science as core subjects and Information and Communication Technology, Art, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education as foundation subjects.  A modern foreign language is taught from Year 3.

In order to deliver all these subjects to all of the children we have developed a framework for the curriculum which ensures continuity and progression.

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