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St Raphael's Catholic Primary School
Huddersfield Road, SK15 3JL, UK Stalybridge
Tel. 0161 338 4095

“May God’s love shine in our lives as we care and share and learn together”.

At St. Raphael's Catholic Primary School God is at the heart of everything we do. God’s love has made us unique. Each one of us is special. In our daily lives we try to be followers of Jesus Christ. Whatever we do in school we do for the glory of God. We work together as home, school and parish to be a welcoming Catholic community where all may realise their full potential.

Aims of the school

  • For Our Mission Statement to become a reality in all our lives and lead all our actions.
  • To value and promote in the children – kindness, friendship, a sense of responsibility, self-discipline, co-operation and consideration for others, and so foster a happy school community.
  • To foster in the children a positive attitude to school and learning by creating an ordered and stimulating school environment.
  • To ensure that all the children make educational progress, according to their individual ability and developmental level in all National Curriculum subjects.
  • For them to acquire skills and knowledge in every area so preparing them for life in the second millennium.
  • To ensure that the children experience and are encouraged in non-academic activities so that talents may be nurtured and celebrated. To work in partnership with parents for the benefit of the children.
  • Whilst these general aims emanating from our Mission Statement lead all policy making, Curriculum Co-ordinators will state specific aims for each area of the curriculum when determining individual policies.

About us

St Raphael’s is a Group 2 Voluntary Aided Catholic Primary School. There is a separate building in the school grounds which houses the foundation class. The school is part of the Parish of St Raphael’s R C Church which serves Millbrook and surrounding areas in Stalybridge, Cheshire. The Parish Priest is Fr. P. O’Brien.

We provide a Catholic Education and make our aims clear in our Mission Statement. We celebrate our beliefs through liturgy in school and all the children and staff join together in collective worship every day. Parents have the statutory right to withdraw their child for the collective act of worship.

The children have the opportunity to prepare Masses which take place frequently in school. Members of the Parish and parents are welcomed into school to join in our celebrations.

As a school we follow the “Here I Am” pro- gramme of Religious Education. This is a child centred scheme of work which aims to meet every child where they are on their faith jour- ney. Parents have the statutory right to with- draw their child from religious education.


A suitable change of clothing is essential for all PE and Games Lessons for reasons of Health and Safety.

The children will need a PE Kit for gym and dance work indoors and for games outside. Shorts/T-Shirt Pumps (slip-on pumps, not lace ups for the Infant children) Trainers for outside only. Tracksuits/Sweatshirts may be worn for outside games during the winter months.

Children will need a PE bag with their name clearly marked on it. All kit should be clearly marked.

All children are expected to participate in PE and Swimming unless they have a doctor’s/ parent note on or before the day which may excuse them.

Jewellery is NOT permitted. If children do have their ears pierced they will need to have plasters on their ears until the ear has healed, when earrings must be removed. Hairstyles – Extreme hairstyles are not acceptable in school. Long hair should be tied back for safety reasons.

The school is has very good provision for games and PE. There is a dedicated floodlit astro turf for team games and an adventure trim trail for all children to enjoy. Early years provision has its own climbing frame with full safety flooring and an exciting cycle track complete with road humps, roundabouts and a variety of equipment to encourage active play.

Health and Welfare

The School Doctor visits our school and parents are invited to be present at any examination or treatment their child may receive.

Routine checks are made by the Health Visitor, School Nurse and School Dentist. The school has a responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of the parents’ children while they are in loco parentis.

Headlice are a problem in school from time to time. We have taken advice from the local Health Authority and following National Guidelines we are advised that it is not our responsibility to check children’s hair on any basis.

However we will send out reminders concerned with the necessity to check heads and the School Nurse will see any parent to give advice where necessary. Mrs Taylor is in school on a fortnightly basis. The Health Centre, chemist or your own doctor may also offer advice.

Whilst we cannot check children ourselves, where it becomes very apparent that an individual child has a problem we will draw it to the attention of the parents and expect them to take immediate action.

We have a qualified First Aider in school. Medicines will NOT normally be given by a member of staff. In exceptional cases the Headteacher will administer medicine but only after parents have been into school to sign a form giving permission to do so.

Asthma Inhalers will be handed to class teachers in the Infants and kept in children’s bags in the Juniors. Please complete appendix 1.2 and 2 Asthma forms if your child suffers from asthma and return them to the Headteacher.

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