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HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC

PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

School Prospectus

 

 

Holy Cross

Catholic Primary School

 

 

Fontenoy Street

Liverpool L3 2DU

 

 

Telephone: 0151 2369505

Fax: 0151 2334237

Email: ao@holycrossprimaryschool.co.uk

Website: www.holycrossliverpool.co.uk

 

Headteacher: Mrs H.Bannon

Chair of Governors: Mr J.Doyle

 

 

Contents

Head teacher Welcome                                                          4

Mission Statement                                                                  5

Staffing                                                                                    6

Governors                                                                               7

Term Dates                                                                              8

The School Day                                                                       9

Playtimes                                                                                10

School Meals                                                                          11

Attendance and Punctuality                                                    12

Early Years Foundation Stage                                               14

Key Stage 1 and 2 Curriculum                                               18

Special Educational Needs                                                    23

Extra-Curricular Activities                                                       24

Educational Visits                                                                    25

Behaviour                                                                                26

Role of Parents                                                                        27

Pupil Premium Spending                                                         28

Local Parish and Parish Office                                                29

Results                                                                                    30

Welcome from the Headteacher

 

Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important responsibilities you undertake. The purpose of this prospectus is to give you information about our school to help you make that choice.

Holy Cross is a school that our pupils, staff and governors are proud of. It is part of the National Catholic Education System, and functions in partnership with the Archdiocese of Liverpool, this partnership allow parents to have pupils educated in Religion and Values.

We strive to promote the values of our Christian faith throughout our daily life. We provide a religious syllabus, which develops our pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our faith. More importantly we embed those values and relate them to all the aspects of our life within the faith community of St Sylvester’s Parish.

We are conscious of the necessity to provide our pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum and constantly review and evaluate the achievements of the school. We aim to provide both high academic standards and a good faith basis. Holy Cross strives to achieve its aims through a strong partnership between governors, staff, pupils, parents and the Parish Community. Most of our governors are parents or past parents and members of our Church community. We believe that this improves the level of co-operation and the sense of shared commitment and responsibility.

We believe that we can only achieve the best for your child by close co-operation between home and school. Without the involvement of parents, our task is that much more difficult and less enjoyable. We hope that parents will take a close interest in what their pupils are doing in school and will encourage learning and its importance in later life.

We would be pleased to show parents around our school, so that the atmosphere and ethos can be experienced first hand. We welcome this as an opportunity to explain our aims and to be able to answer any questions that you may have.

 

 

Mrs H. Bannon

Headteacher

 

 

Mission Statement

Our Catholic ethos underpins everything we strive to achieve for our pupils, parents and staff.

A family living, loving and learning together through the light of Christ.

 

Christ/Gospel-

Aims

           We will reflect Christ’s love in our lives, enabling our school family to grow in the Christian faith.

           We will celebrate uniqueness and respect differences.

           We will witness Christ’s love, sharing his message and mission.

           We will show forgiveness and kindness to all.

 

Education-

Aims

           We will encourage a love of lifelong learning by providing a broad and balanced curriculum, setting expectations to achieve high standards.

           We will deliver high quality Catholic Education that enables children to explore their own and others traditions.

           We will provide opportunities that enable each child to reach their full potential and to celebrate their achievements.

 

Community-

Aims

           We will stand beside, support and love the families within our school community.

           We will work together creatively and meaningfully with our partners in the local and wider community.

           We will respect the diversity of cultures within the family of Holy Cross.

 

 

Code of Conduct

At Holy Cross, we follow in the footsteps of Jesus by:

 

1.              Using kind hands and kind words.

 

2.              Listening and sharing.

 

3.              Being honest and forgiving.

 

4.              Using our gifts and skills to support each other and our community.

 

 

 

 

Staff

 

Mrs. H.Bannon

Headteacher

Miss J.Hodges Deputy Headteacher

Mrs. M.Calderwood

Business Manager

Miss K.Flanagan

Clerical Assistant

Miss A. Soens

Year 5/6 Teacher

Miss D. Davey

Year 4/5 Teacher

Miss A.Kronenburg

Year 3 Teacher

Miss C.Greer

Year 2 Teacher

Mrs. C. Hunter

SENCO

Miss E.Crute

Year 1 Teacher

Miss D.Mc Ardle

Year 1 Support Teacher

Miss A.Mitchell

Reception Teacher

Mrs. S.Rice

EYFS Learning Support Assistant

Miss L.Brennan

EYFS Learning Support Assistant

Miss H.Griffiths

EYFS Learning Support Assistant

Miss K.Shields

KS1 & KS2 Learning Support Assistant

Mrs P.Bedson

One to One Support

Mrs. E Aspinall

Cleaner/Lunchtime Supervisor

Mrs. R. Morgan

Cleaner/Lunchtime Supervisor

Mrs C.Atherton

Lunchtime Supervisor

Miss. K.Cierocka

School Cook

Mrs. K. Westbury-Hawkins

Mrs. J.Cunningham

Catering Assistants

 

Governors

 

Mr. J.Doyle

Chair of Governors Local Authority Governor

Sister M. Dudley

Foundation Governor

Mrs G.Loftus

Foundation   Governor

Mrs A. Brodie

Foundation Governor

Mr A. Rannard

Foundation   Governor

Mrs F. Brazier

Foundation   Governor

Mr C.Buckley

Foundation   Governor

Mrs M.Graham

Parent Governor

Mrs. H.Bannon

Head teacher

Ms. J.Hodges

Teaching Staff Governor

Mrs. L.Gillies

Clerk to Governors

Vacancy

Parent Governor

The role of school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community.  School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.

 

Governors have three main roles:

  • To provide strategic direction for the school
  • To act as a critical friend to the headteacher
  • To ensure accountability
     

SCHOOL TERMS/HOLIDAY DATES 2016/2017

 

 

 

AUTUMN TERM 2016

Thursday 1st September                                              Wednesday 21st December

Reception start date:                                                    Wednesday 7th September

 

Nursery start date:                                                 staggered intake please see individual letters                                                                                                                                           

 

Half Term

 

Monday 24th October                                                Friday 28th October

 

SPRING TERM 2017

 

Tuesday 3rd January                                                   Thursday 13th April
 

Half term

 

Monday 20th February                                                Friday 24th February

 

SUMMER TERM 2017

 

Monday 24th April                                                      Wednesday 19th July
 

May Day Bank Holiday – Monday 1st May
 

Half Term

 

Monday 29th May                                                        Friday 9th June

 

Inset Days

 

Thursday 1st September 2016

Friday 2nd September 2016

Monday 31st October 2016

Friday 11th November

Monday 5th December

 (Children do not attend on the above Inset days)

 

The School Day

The school day runs from 8.55am to 3.15pm.

Morning Arrivals

A Breakfast Club is available to all pupils from 8am. This services costs 50p, pupils are provided with a healthy breakfast. They can participate in a variety of activities consisting of board games, physical activities and Art projects. Pupils are supervised at all times by a team of Learning Support Staff.

Pupils who are not attending Breakfast Club should be escorted to the school foyer for 8.45 were they will be taken into the hall. Class teachers will welcome the children by 8.50 and, take them to class for a prompt start at 8.55am.

Can I emphasise to all parents the importance of ensuring your child is escorted by an adult to the foyer each morning.

Evening Collection

Early Years Foundation Stage Children and Year 1 Children are to be collected at classroom doors.

Pupils in Year 2 and Year 3 should be collected from Fire exit at the top of the school steps.

Pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 are to be collected from main foyer.

Parents/Guardians must give permission in writing for their child to walk home alone.

If your child is to be collected by another relative or adult you must inform the school. Children will not be allowed to leave the premises with another adult unless permission has been granted.

Any pupil not collected by 3.20pm will be taken to the main foyer where they shall be supervised until collected

 

Playtimes

Early Years Foundation Stage children have access to an indoor and outdoor curriculum throughout the day. Our outdoor environment is a rich, dynamic and natural space for learning and development for all our children.

 

Being outdoors

·       Has a positive impact on children's sense of well-being and helps all aspects of children's development.

·       Offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and on different scales than when indoors.

·       Gives our children first-hand contact with weather, seasons and the natural world.

·       Offers freedom to explore, use their senses, and be physically active and exuberant.

 

 

Key Stage One and Key Stage two children have a morning break at 10:30am-10.45am. All pupils have access to a piece of fruit at this time. The Lunchtime in school is from 12 noon to 1.00pm.

On Fridays children have the opportunity to buy toast at morning break at a cost of 20p.

 

 

School Meals

At Holy Cross, our school meals are provided by a local company Food for Thought.  All meals are cooked from scratch daily, on site, by our team of dedicated cooks, using ethically and locally sourced ingredients.  Food For Thought's key objectives aim to provide a catering service which supports educational performance in school and helps the behaviour of children through the promotion of healthy eating.  Our school meals are of an exceptionally high standard and adhere to current guidelines relating to healthy eating.  Children have the opportunity to choose from a variety of choices and all dietary and religious needs are taken into consideration and carefully met.

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are now entitled to receive a free school meal.

School dinners are priced at £1.80 per day.

If you decide that you would prefer your child to bring their own packed lunch, we would ask that you remember that we are a healthy school and we request that packed lunches contain a healthy, balanced variety of food. We would advise a sandwich, water/fruit juice and a piece of fruit. No fizzy drinks, sweets, cakes or chocolate.

 

Attendance and Punctuality

Good attendance is very important for your child and it is a responsibility shared by parents, pupils and staff. Through regular attendance, pupils gain both educationally and socially, by taking a full part in school life with their friends.

We need to ensure that pupils attend as regularly as possible, everyday really does matter. It may be necessary for children to be absent due to illness or another reason if so, please inform the school by telephone as soon as possible.

Attendance is monitored closely by the Headteacher and Education Welfare Officer; Parents will be invited into school to discuss any significant absences that their child may have. All Parents will be informed at the end of each term of their child’s attendance percentage.

Punctuality is very important; children arriving late disrupt your child’s education and that of other pupils. If your child needs to leave school early, due to a medical appointment, please inform the school in advance. Report to the school office where you will be given an official school permission slip.

Holy Cross will not authorise any holidays in term time. Parents who chose to remove their child/ren during Term time will be issued with a Penalty Notice in line with Local Authority practice.

 

Uniform

Nursery Children

The nursery uniform consists of;

  • Red Holy Cross sweatshirt
  • Navy blue Holy Cross polo T-shirt
  • Navy blue jogging bottoms.

 

Summer Uniform

  • Blue shorts
  • Red Holy Cross sweatshirt
  • Navy blue Holy Cross polo T-shirt

 

All of the above can be purchased from the school office.  

It is important that the children wear sturdy black Velcro pumps in order to gain access to our indoor and outdoor environment.

Children will have access to our outdoor environment regardless of the weather and will be provided with wet suits. We kindly ask that if your child has spare wellies, that they bring them to school.

 

Reception/KS1 and KS2 Pupils

The uniform consists of;

  • Red Holy Cross jumper or cardigan.
  • White blouse or shirt
  • Grey trousers/navy pinafore/ skirt.
  • Holy Cross red and navy striped tie
  • Grey socks for boys
  • White socks/ navy tights for girls.
  • Navy blue jogging bottoms (Reception pupils only)

It is important that the children wear black sturdy school shoes. No training shoes or boots. The children need to be comfortable throughout the day.

 

P.E Kit

  • Red Holy Cross T-shirt
  • Navy Holy Cross Shorts
  • Red Holy Cross pump bag
  • Black sturdy velcro pumps.

We request that all children purchase a book bag from the school office.

At Holy Cross we take pride in our uniform and are proud to show that we represent Holy Cross Catholic Primary School! 

 

 Early Years Foundation Stage Unit.

 

A warm welcome to Holy Cross Catholic Primary School EYFS

“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfill their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.”

Early Years framework 2012

 

Our Vision

At Holy Cross Primary School we follow in the footsteps of Jesus by creating a welcoming ethos, valuing each child and their family no matter what ethnicity or background.

Our children take responsibility for each other especially those less able or with SEN through the respectful and inclusive culture that we have established in our setting.

Our EYFS learning environments both indoor and outdoor provide a high level of support and challenge for the learning and development needs of all the children attending our setting.

The positive impact of the enabling environment ensures all children are eager to learn and share their learning with others.

Our children learn independently and collaboratively and are encouraged to preserve to resolve problems they encounter.

Developing partnerships to engage families in children’s learning and supporting them to create a home learning environment by welcoming and ensuring parents/ carers and children feel valued as part of our school community.

Ensuring high quality holistic provision makes our EYFS a welcoming, secure, fun and exciting place for all families and children in our school community.

Our curriculum follows the guidelines for EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) provision and has been changed this year to meet the new guidelines to be in place from September 2012.

Topics in the EYFS are child initiated and very flexible. They are adapted each year to match the interests and abilities of the children. While some favourite topics are revisited each year, e.g. All Around the world, these are adapted so that the children get the skills and knowledge that they need from this.

Our EYFS Team, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Rice, Mrs. McGeough and Mrs. Feeney will be happy to talk to you about your child’s need and interests. For further information, please contact the school.

The EYFS Framework

There are four overarching principles that shape our practice at Holy Cross. These are:

• Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;

• Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;

• Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

 

The curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning and development:

All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:

·       Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

·       Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

·       Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

·       Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

·       Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

·       Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

·       Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

 

The Value of Play

Each area of learning and development must be implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.

We continue to reflect on children’s learning by taking into account three Characteristics of effective learning

·       Playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;

·       Active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and

·       Creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

 

Parental involvement

We encourage you to be involved with this curriculum and ask you to help us with your child’s Learning Journey during your time with us Holy Cross.

Our open door policy encourages interaction between yourselves and you child’s key person on a regular daily basis, making the transition from your care to ours much easier.

 

Snack

In the EYFS we have a morning snack each day. The children help to plan and prepare their snack as part of our daily routine. We kindly ask for £5.00 a term to cover the costs of this activity.

 

 

 

Key Stage 1 and 2 Curriculum

At Holy Cross we aim for our education to be exciting, stimulating and challenging. We strive to

provide all children with a wide range of learning opportunities based upon the local

environment, first hand experiences, observation and problem solving. The teaching, experiences and opportunities we provide and the work set is matched against the ability, needs, interest and experience of the children. Our curriculum includes R.E. and all those subjects that make up the National Curriculum. In addition all children participate in Modern Foreign Languages learning Spanish from the Year One to Year Six.   

 

We teach the National Curriculum throughout the school. English and Maths are at the

heart of what we teach and are the central core skills that we develop in every child in order to

enable them to fulfill their potential; to make a valuable contribution to the community; and to

prepare them for secondary schools and the world of work.

 

Our creative curriculum is designed to be unique to our school and to meet the needs of our children. Topics and themes are taught with subjects being linked together supported by opportunities to apply literacy and numeracy skills throughout. 

 

Religious Education

 

Religious Education is at the heart of life at Holy Cross Catholic Primary School. It is a subject in its own right, but the Christian values, ethos and faith taught underpin the life of the whole school and the learning that takes place within it.

 

As a Catholic school, Religious Education is experienced through daily worship, prayer and Christian living as well as in lessons. The children learn about the Catholic faith through the R.E. programme ‘Come and See’, which is advised by the Archdiocese of Liverpool and is in accordance with the teachings and doctrines of the Catholic Church. The programme supports our teaching in a practical way, providing us with identified learning objectives and suggesting appropriate resources and activities.

 

Central to the whole programme is belief in Jesus Christ and the Word and Revelation of God, in the Catholic tradition. Each term focuses on a basic belief and develops it through three themes. Children approach and explore these themes through a variety of topics which have been carefully selected to ensure that the children’s religious education takes place in the context of their life experience. The process enables teachers to help children relate this experience to Christian tradition, to universal experience and, where appropriate, we week to develop an understanding of, and respect for, others’ religious beliefs as we acknowledge we are members of a multi-cultural and diverse society.

 

Whole school and whole class worship provide liturgical experiences and opportunities for all present to develop an awareness of God and Christ in their lives. Staff, pupils and parents participate in class masses and liturgies throughout the year. Daily prayers are said throughout the day and children are encouraged to take time to reflect and share their faith journey with others.

 

We have strong links with our local parish of St Sylvester. Father Graeme, our parish priest, regularly visits the school and takes an active role in supporting our Catholic ethos and mission.

 

Children are prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Eucharist when they are in Year 4 through guidance from the parish and this is also supported by the school.

 

There is great potential, within the teaching of Religious Education and through sharing worship, for personal growth and development.

 

We aim to encourage our children to:

  • Grow in awareness of others through learning activities involving sharing and co-operation and to develop trust and respect for others.
  • Formulate their own sense of purpose in life and to embark upon a personal search for faith by which to live.
  • Learn something of the religious experiences of others.
  • Develop their own beliefs, values and ideals in the light of their experiences.
  • Develop respect for other people, their beliefs and their lifestyles.
  • Develop an enquiring attitude towards religion and to explore activities of prayer and worship.

 

 

Literacy

Literacy is a fundamental part of our curriculum at Holy Cross and we try to promote reading, writing, listening and speaking skills throughout all subjects. The teaching of literacy is approached in a fun and inspiring way with a strong emphasis on enjoyment, imagination, creativity and independence.  The children are exposed to a wide variety of opportunities to develop and practice their skills with class visits, art and role-play as just some examples of the strategies used to inspire our learners. Our mission is to develop enthusiasm and passion for the subject from nursery to Year 6 and beyond. 

Maths

Maths is used every day. For example, we check our change when out shopping, estimate the cost of a new carpet or decide what time we need to leave the house to get to the train station. We aim to provide our children with a wide mathematical education taught in an enjoyable, relevant and creative way. We use ‘real life’ experiences so children begin to understand the importance of applying maths skills in order to solve problems and engage them for future learning. Maths is taught daily based on the New National Curriculum, September 2014. Children move through the Key Stages building on existing skills and developing their knowledge. Pupils explore all four number operations and are encouraged to try different strategies that best suit their learning.

Pupils explore shape and space and develop their measuring skills in a range of contexts. They are given lots of opportunity to discuss their methods and encouraged to use the appropriate mathematical vocabulary. We want our children to know and understand mathematical concepts, skills, facts, relationships and strategies and be able to apply and communicate these in a confident way.

Science

 

At Holy Cross Primary School, our aim is to ensure that our teaching of Science stimulates and excites pupil’s curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them and provides opportunities for us to admire the wonders of God’s world together. We encourage independence in thinking, responsibility, sensitivity to living and non-living environments as well as a willingness to explore uncertainty. By nurturing skills, the children are encouraged not to accept stated facts of knowledge, but to think for themselves. Key scientific skills developed are: observation, interpretation, hypothesising, questioning, investigating, communicating as well as co-operation, curiosity, perseverance, open-mindedness and respect for evidence.

 

In the Foundation Stage, children learn science skills through a developing ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’.

 

In both Key Stage 1 and 2, children follow programmes of scientific study which cover four main aspects:

·       Scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding

·       Nature, processes and methods of science

·       Uses and implications of Science

 

During Key Stage 1, pupils are strongly encouraged to observe, explore and ask questions. They begin to work together to collect evidence, to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use a variety of reference materials to research scientific ideas. The pupils use scientific language, drawings, charts and tables to communicate their ideas with others.

 

In Key Stage 2, pupils learn about a wider range of living things, materials and various phenomena. They begin to make links between ideas and to explain things using simple models and theories. They apply their knowledge and understanding to everyday things, and their personal health. Pupils begin to consider the positive and negative effects that scientific progress may have on the environment. They perform more systematic investigations, working individually and in groups, and use a range of reference sources. They talk about their work and its significance and communicate ideas using a wide range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts, and graphs.

 

Scientific experience is taught mainly as an individual subject but where possible, it is integrated in cross-curricular activities and the content is offered in a realistic, relevant and varied way.

 

 

 

Physical Education

 

At Holy Cross we believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil’s physical development and well being. A broad and balanced physical education curriculum is intended to provide for pupils’ increasing self confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations. Progressive learning objectives, combined with sympathetic and varied teaching approaches, endeavor to provide stimulating, enjoyable, satisfying and appropriately challenging learning experiences for all pupils. Through the selection of suitably differentiated and logically developed tasks, it is intended that all pupils, irrespective of their innate ability, will enjoy success and be motivated to further develop their individual potential. A balance of individual, paired and group activities; co-operative and competitive situations aim to cater for the preferences, strengths and needs of every pupil. Such activities, experienced within a range of areas of activity, aim to promote a broad base of movement knowledge, skills and understanding. They are also desirous of developing a pupil’s ability to work independently and to respond appropriately and sympathetically to others, irrespective of their age, gender, cultural or ethical background. The activities offered and the teaching approaches adopted seek to provide pupils with opportunities to develop their creative and expressive abilities, through improvisation and problem solving. Pupils are encouraged to appreciate the importance of a healthy and fit body, and begin to understand those factors that affect health and fitness.

 

Our school has established partnerships with the Notre Dame Catholic High School and Archbishop Beck High School. This gives more access to training and opportunities for the children and staff within the school. It also enables an excellent opportunity to build relationships with schools in the area and in our family. I t gives opportunity to develop partnerships with cluster schools to share ideas, activities, resources, strategies or strengths. It also gives opportunities for competitions between schools. 

 

Creative Curriculum

We believe that learning should be linked to the children’s personal interests and individual learning styles. To achieve this we organise our curriculum through topic themes rather than separate subjects. The themes are closely linked with literacy work to encourage the children to develop their reading and writing skills. We also plan for a variety of learning styles to engage all the children through words, numbers, problem solving, art, music, drama, outdoor learning and so on.

 

                                  

Homework

Homework is seen as an important part of the learning process. Children are encouraged to

extend their school work into their homes, to expand on and organise their own work, to search

for information and to solve problems. As the children become older, their work should be

viewed as a form of preparation for secondary education. We would not expect a child to spend

much more than one hour uninterrupted working time at home.

 

Assessment

 

All children will be formally assessed at the ages of 5, 6, 7 and 11. This assessment will be carried out by your child's class teacher using national tests issued by the Department of Education. Parents will receive a full report of the results at the time their child reaches this stage.

 

Teachers continuously assess the children throughout the year, by looking at their work, in

discussions, tests and specially designed tasks. In this way they can plan better for the work which pupils are provided. Assessment enables the school to track pupils progress much more clearly and ensure that individual needs are being met, regardless of ability.

 

Special Educational Needs

 

Holy Cross Catholic Primary School has an excellent reputation working with children who have Special Educational Needs and their families.  As a Catholic School we are committed to the integration of all children as part of our school community.

 

As a school we aim to identify the learning needs of all children and then provide a curriculum and learning environment suited to their particular needs.  This is carried out in a variety of ways, through small group teaching, differentiated activities and differentiated teaching.

 

All children within the school are closely monitored, at various points throughout the school year.  At any time, if staff feel there is a concern they will seek advice from the schools Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and a different approach to the child’s learning may be initiated.  Staff will always speak with parents and carers and keep them informed.  Likewise, if a parent feels there is an issue with their child’s learning they are welcome to make a mutually convenient appointment with the class teacher and the SENCO.

 

As a school we work with a variety of outside agencies to ensure that individual children’s needs are met.

 

Parents and carers are also welcome to view the Schools SEN Offer which can be found on the Liverpool City Council Website.

 

http://fsd.liverpool.gov.uk/kb5/liverpool/fsd/category.page?category=10-1

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra-curricular activities currently offered to KS1 are:

  • Lego Club
  • Disney Club
  • Chaplaincy
  • School Council
  • Football

 

Extra-curricular activities currently offered to KS2 are:

  • Booster (Year 6 only)
  • Mathletics 
  • Film Club
  • Singing
  • Alice in Wonderland Drama

 

Educational Visits

 

Pupils learn a tremendous amount from first-hand experiences and so we try to organise

many visits to our local area. We are very fortunate in having such superb access to Liverpool City Centre providing a fabulous resource for learning. Liverpool as a city has a strong history which we actively seek to educate the pupils in, giving them a sense of belonging and pride in their city.

 

All school trips are carefully planned by experienced staff and supervised appropriately,

according to official guidelines, recommendations and legislation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Examples of Visits 2015/16

Tesco                              Calderstones Park

Chester Zoo                    Liverpool Museums

The Lion King                    

Colomendy

Pet World

                                                                                       

Behaviour

The general behaviour of pupils is a matter of great importance to the well being of the

community and the running of the school. Children are expected to show politeness, respect and thought for others in their dealings with one another and with adults. They are encouraged to cultivate the qualities of honesty, kindness and fair dealing.

 

At Holy Cross we feel strongly that if children are not well behaved then learning cannot take

place. A lot of time, care and attention is given to the children; problems that arise are dealt

with through discussions and will be recorded. Children are listened to and effort is taken to

find out the cause of the problem. There is a school behaviour policy that details our expectations. The Code of Conduct that we have in school is there for a good reason, usually with the child’s safety in mind. If a pupil's behaviour causes concern, parents are informed by staff either verbally or in writing.

 

Bullying will not be tolerated; we take great care to ensure that this does not happen. We

strive to be a listening school and ask children to tell us of any concerns that they may have.

There is a Suggestion Box, where children can report issues or concerns. A recent survey found that pupils are happy to use this box and most feel that incidents will be dealt with promptly and fairly. We cannot help if we do not know what is happening; this is detailed in our ‘Anti-Bullying Policy’.

 

Code of Conduct

At Holy Cross, we follow in the footsteps of Jesus by:

 

Using kind hands and kind words.

 

Listening and sharing.

 

Being honest and forgiving.

 

Using our gifts and skills to support each other and our community.

 

The Role of Parents

Children make the most progress when parents are fully involved in their children’s learning

and we actively encourage parental involvement. We aim to work in partnership with parents

in the education of their children. It is important that children are happy and at ease with the

education process. The more aware parents are of the work of the school, the easier it is to

develop this.

 

Pupils' reports and Parent Consultation evenings give parents information and create the

opportunity to discuss pupils' development and progress. Our Come and See mornings provide parents and other interested persons the opportunity to view the school as a working environment.

 

Should parents wish to raise any matters, particularly those of an urgent nature, they are encouraged to approach the class teacher first, unless the issue is of a more general nature, when the parents should contact the School Office and discuss with Mrs Calderwood. Matters that cannot be resolved by these means may be referred to the Chair of the Governing Body. A copy of the school’s Complaint Procedures are available from the website.

 

Parents are encouraged to join with us in the various celebrations, activities and events that

occur throughout the year. Many of these are held in conjunction with our Parish community

and this strengthens our spirit of community and shared beliefs. We actively encourage Parents to help in school in any way they can. We have an active Parent Teacher Association, see website for further information.

 

 

Pupil Premium Spending

The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to support specific groups of pupils who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals; those pupils looked after by the Local Authority and children of Armed Services Personnel. In most cases the funding is allocated per child in receipt of Free School Meals, it is for schools to decide how Pupil Premium is spent as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made. The intended effect is to accelerate progress and raise attainment.

 

 

In the 2012/13 academic Year Holy Cross received   £29,904        in Pupil Premium funding

 

 

In the 2013/14 academic Year Holy Cross received    £41,400       in Pupil Premium funding

 

 

In the 2014/15 academic Year Holy Cross received    £58,212      in Pupil Premium funding

 

In the 2015/16 academic Year Holy Cross received    £       in Pupil Premium funding

 

 

 

This was and continues to be used as follows:

 

  • To provide intervention programmes for underachieving pupils and those with SEN
  • To employ additional teachers who provide targeted level of support to some of our most vulnerable pupils so that they can make progress expected of them
  • To provide one to one tuition for some pupils
  • To provide early intervention Support Worker for vulnerable pupils to ensure they are ready for school and able to access learning
  • To provide self-esteem courses for pupils to ensure they are emotionally ready to access curriculum
  • To support Educational Visits to enhance curriculum provision

 

 

The impact of the work was evident in

 

  • Improved attainment across the school in line with National Expectations
  • Lowering of Persistent Absenteeism
  • SEN pupils developing skills and knowledge relative to age related expectations
  • Decrease in incidents of disruptive behaviour across all classes ensuring learning environment were all can access curriculum

 

Local Parish and Parish Office

 

Holy Cross Catholic Primary school is situated in the Parish of St Sylvester.


Father Liam Collister is the Parish Priest. Father Graeme is a regular visitor to the school and he celebrates mass once a month at Holy Cross.


Mrs Anne Shepherd is the Parish Catechetical Co-ordinator. Mrs Shepherd aids greatly in the sacramental preparation for all children in our parish.

Mrs Emma Kearns Price is the Parish Administrator.

If you need any support or guidance please contact the Parish office:

0151 2070177 or by email: stanthony282@btinternet.com


Below are mass times:

Saturday 6pm- Our Lady of Reconciliation
Sunday  10am-  St Anthony's
Sunday 11.45am- Our Lady Immaculate.

 

Please contact the Parish Office for advice regarding your child/children receiving sacraments.

 

 

Results 2015

EYFS

 Good level of development/APS

H C

H C

Good Level of Development

72

Average Point Score

34.6

 

Phonics Results

 

HC

National

Year 1

79

77

Year 2

91

90

 

KS1- working level 2 and above

 

HC

National

Reading

78

90

Writing

74

88

Maths

100

93

 

KS1 Level 2, 2B+, L3

 

Level 2+

Level 2B+

Level 3

 

HC

National

HC

National

HC

National

Reading

81.8

90

70

82

30

32

Writing

72.7

88

70

72

30

18

Maths

95.5

93

87

82

35

26

                 

 

KS2 Results -

 

Level 4

Level 4B+

Level 5

Level 6

Expected Progress

More Than Expected Progress

 

HC

National

HC

National

HC

National

HC

National

HC

National

HC

National

Reading

92

89

75

80

50

48

0

0

90

91

50

33

Writing

75

87

 

 

42

36

0

2

100

94

70

36

Maths

92

87

67

77

33

41

8

9

100

90

0

34

GPS

83

80

67

73

58

55

8

4

 

 

 

 

Reading, Writing and Maths combined

75

80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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