"Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God"
ST. SIMON’S MISSION STATEMENT
“Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Whatever we do at St. Simon’s Catholic Primary School, we do
for the glory of God.
We are part of St. Peter’s Parish community.
We provide a Catholic education with Christ at the heart of all we do.
We recognise, respect, appreciate and affirm the uniqueness of each person created in the image and likeness of God.
We welcome those in need and seek to provide an environment in which they will thrive.
The education we offer will bring fullness of life.
We say sorry, forgive and support each other when things go wrong, as Jesus taught us.
Welcome to this website which has been put together to tell you something about St Simon’s Catholic Primary School which is part of the parish of St Peter’s, Hazel Grove.
We are very proud of our school; it is a happy, vibrant, welcoming place where people matter. We want everyone who comes through our doors to experience the warmth and love of Christ who is at the heart of all we do in school and beyond. The unique worth of each child is celebrated and nurtured so that all children are empowered to fulfil their potential wherever their God given talents may lie.
We want to prepare children to enjoy life to the full in this wonderful, exciting world by introducing them to as many different, challenging and enjoyable experiences as possible. Our children must develop into spiritually aware, articulate, literate and numerate people if they are to access all that life has to offer.
We seek excellence in all that we do and have high academic standards as well as rigorous, consistent expectations of good behaviour. We aim to be fully inclusive and strive for the highest standards in teaching and learning.
The education of our young is a joint venture among parents, parish and school. At St Simon’s we always listen to parents; you know your child far better than we ever will. We are visited regularly by clergy from the parish of St Peter’s and they play an active role in the life of the school.
‘Schools should produce young people with ideas and dreams, with a vision of what they want to achieve in life, who have a strong sense of service, of care and compassion for those in need; who have above all, a love of life, a zest for living life to the full.’
Our curriculum is organised in line with the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage, the National Curriculum and National Strategies for Literacy and Numeracy. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum designed to develop all aspects of the child. Commercially available schemes of work are used, where appropriate, to support teaching and learning. The Italian Consulate provides the school with a teacher of Italian; the children have a one-hour weekly lesson of Italian from Y3 onwards.
In Religious Education we follow “Here I Am” (the National R.E. Scheme for Catholic Primary Schools, approved by the Bishops of England and Wales). In Year 3 the school supports the Parish as the children prepare for the Sacraments of Forgiveness and Eucharist.
Parents have the right to withdraw children from both Religious Education and Collective Worship but it is anticipated by the Governing Body that those specifically choosing Catholic education will wish to lend their support to maintaining both the full spiritual life of the school and those aims set out in its Mission Statement.
Each teacher uses a repertoire of teaching styles so that pupils’ learning experiences are wide ranging. Lessons have clear aims related to the National Curriculum and Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage. Pupils with different abilities are catered for and the full participation of all pupils is the aim of every teacher. Teachers have high expectations of pupils and set attainable targets. Teachers employ a variety of organisational strategies, including whole class teaching, group teaching and individual work. Homework is used, as appropriate, to extend the work of the classroom and revise work already covered.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
The staff of St. Simon’s aim to offer every pupil, including children with special educational needs, a broad and balanced curriculum and to enable them to make the greatest possible progress, in partnership with parents and with support from the appropriate agencies. Children who may have special educational needs are identified as early as possible. These may include gifted children, children with general learning difficulties, children with specific learning difficulties, the speech and hearing impaired, those with visual disabilities, physical handicaps and children with emotional and behavioural problems. These children are monitored carefully and given individual consideration and attention. Local Authority and DfES guidelines are followed by all staff. The school has a full Special Needs Policy, designated Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and Special Educational Needs Governor.
The school has adopted Stockport’s policy with regard to the Disability Discrimination Act and to Stockport’s Access Strategy Plan. The school is single storey with a ramp access.
The Aims of St Simon’s Catholic Primary School
‘Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God.’
- To provide a healthy learning environment in which pupils are enabled to develop spiritually, emotionally and physically
- To provide a safe learning environment, protecting the children in our care from accidental injury, bullying, discrimination as well as mistreatment, neglect and violence, ensuring their wellbeing
- To provide a happy and challenging learning environment in which all children enjoy and achieve to the best of their ability through a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum, so that they become articulate, literate and numerate and committed to lifelong learning
- To educate the children as future citizens who take an active role in society.
- To encourage independence, initiative and flexibility as well as critical and evaluative thinking in order to develop the skills of tenacity and resilience.
- To nurture children’s aspirations.
'Schools should produce young people with ideas and dreams with a vision of what they want to achieve in life, who have a strong sense of service, of care and compassion for those in need; who have above all, a love of life, a zest for living life to the full.' (Cardinal Hume ~ 1999).