Welcome to the website of St Andrew's Catholic Primary School. I hope that you find it informative and interesting, and we are always happy to help with any queries if you contact the school. I hope that our website gives you an insight to some of the exciting activities that take place in our school.
The school was built in 1962 and has had various extensions added over time. The school is one form entry with large classrooms and we have 1 large and 1 smaller field in school, as well as a large garden area. We currently have 210 children on full-time role and 30 children in Nursery.
As a Catholic school our faith, and our local community, is very important to us. We are part of the St Thomas More Parish which is in Sheldon. We have collective worship every week in school with Father John Peyton and this takes the form of a whole school Mass, key stage Mass, class Mass or a prayer service. We also have special occasions like the May procession which you can see by clicking here. Once every half-term the children in key stage 2 walk to St Thomas More Church to join parishioners in Mass.
Our learning through the Gospel values nurtures a love of Christ in all we do, and this can be seen through our behaviour reward scheme which rewards children for using the fruits and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. If a child does this they receive a dove point, and they get a token to put in their classes collection box. The children also learn about other faiths and visit other places of worship.
We have made huge changes to our curriculum since September and following our last Ofsted inspection. We have bought in an exciting curriculum from Cornerstones education which has a thematic approach based on Imaginative Learning Projects to engage and enthuse the children. We have also looked to improve the educational visits that the children experience, and classes plan at least one trip per term to compliment the work they are doing in class. Our aim is to ensure that the children at St Andrew's receive a broad, balanced, creative and challenging curriculum during their time here, and leave well prepared for the demands of the next stage in their education.
The teaching staff are extremely committed to the children and providing them with the best possible education. All the staff in the school, as well as the whole school community, work together to ensure that this happens. As a small school we get to know our children very well and the children are encouraged to make positive learning relationships with all. We have a high expectation of our children academically, but we also appreciate that there are a myriad of talents within our school.
These can be sporting: which include our football and netball teams, and we also take part in Gaelic football, tag rugby, swimming and athletics events. We also provide ice-skating lessons for the older pupils. These can be musical: we have recently become the first ever Catholic primary school to perform at the Cavern Club in Liverpool as part of a wider Solihull Music Service event (which you can watch by clicking here), as well as our Year 4 children performing at the Solihull Music Service 'Strings Explosion' event at Warwick Arts Centre. We also have a wonderful choir that have performed at a local Multi-Cultural event (which you can watch by clicking here) and have more events pencilled in for the future.
We are always ready to celebrate the good work that the children do, and we hold weekly 'Golden Book' celebration assembly and termly 'Head Teacher's Awards' assembly which rewards children for their behaviour, effort and their own personal achievement within school.
The children, staff, parents and governors at our school all work together to provide the friendly and caring environment in which we all flourish. We are proud of St. Andrew's School and of the children's achievements in their academic studies as well as in music, sports and art.
We are very proud of our school and we hope that from looking at our website and reading our Newsletters you are able to see all of the wonderful things that happen at St Andrew's school.