St Winifred’s Catholic Primary School
At St Winifred’s Catholic Primary School, children are loved and taught to become responsible, successful and happy. They learn to work independently and as part of a team to share and respect each other’s needs. They are nurtured throughout their years here with the Gospel values of love, faith, justice, peace and hope. We aim to instill in our children the importance of community so they are respectful and appreciative of those around them.
At St Winifred’s, we have an open and friendly atmosphere within the School. Parents and carers are encouraged to become active in the life of the School.
St Winifred’s School is an important part of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Together we form a wonderful community. In School, the children, parents, carers, parish priest, governors and staff work together to help children develop an understanding of their faith. Children join with the Parish to celebrate Mass on a regular basis.
Parents and Carers
We are very proud of the relationship we have with the parents and carers in our School. We are a strong group and benefit from mutual respect, trust and understanding. The good of the children is at the centre of every decision we make and all the work we do. We like to work together with parents and carers to ensure that children fulfill their true potential.
We encourage parents and carers to come and see staff if they have any concerns or worries about their child or if there is something we should know about; a change in family circumstance, news that may impact on the child. We have an open-door policy and parents are welcome to come and see teachers after School and either speak then or arrange a convenient appointment.
Each term the teachers formally report to parents on the progress of children during Parents’ Evenings and a written report is sent home in the summer term. During the year all children will take part in Masses and performances which parents are invited and encouraged to attend.
Our Home School Agreement sets out the responsibilities of parents, School and children in detail. This is given to all parents and carers when the child comes into the School. It is reviewed annually.
There are several ways in which parents and carers can support their child:
- Sharing books and listening to your child read.
- Supporting any homework set by the class teacher.
- Talking to your child about general things helps to improve communication and vocabulary.
- Accompanying children on class outings.
If you have any time to spare and would like to help us in any way we would be delighted to welcome you into the School.
The Governing Body
Our Governing Body consists of a number of volunteers as well as the Headteacher and Parish Priest. The Governors help to appoint staff, decide on policies for the School, deal with admissions and appeals as well as a multitude of other important functions. The Governors work closely with the headteacher offering support and advice.
Our School has a wonderful Nursery that offers part time (15 hour) places in either morning or afternoon sessions as well as full time (30 hours) places for those who qualify for this provision. The School Office is happy to assist parents and carers with any inquiries.
Children who attend our Nursery do not automatically gain a place in our School.
The School Day
School begins for all pupils at 8:45am each morning. Children must be in the playground when the bell rings.
The whole School has a fifteen-minute break during the morning and Key Stage 1 also have a break during the afternoon. Lunch is served from 11.30 to 1.15. Pupils in EYFS ans years 1, 2 and 3 have their lunchtime from 11.30 to 12.30. The School day ends at 3pm and parents are asked to be prompt when collecting children.
We offer pupils a creative curriculum which interests and inspires them. Pupils and staff are challenged to achieve their potential, intellectually, socially and spiritually. We provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that meets the needs of each individual child. We encourage children to work independently, to develop skills and establish concepts in order to have access to the National Curriculum. We build upon the children’s own experiences so that they grow in confidence, self-esteem and respect for others.
We are a healthy School. Delicious School lunches are provided at a cost of £2.30 per day payable weekly or half termly at the School Office. Children may bring a packed lunch from home. Please see our Packed Lunch Policy. All children drink water with their lunch and School lunches also offer milk. We have a policy of no nuts due to allergies. Currently all children in Reception and Key Stage 1 receive free school meals but if you believe your child may be entitled to free school meals according to the government set criteria please enquire at the School Office as there are further benefits for this group of people.
Uniform can be purchased from a range of high street stores or on line. We have also arranged for our uniform (with optional logo) to be available on the ‘School Trends’ website, link below:
Ties and bags are available for purchase in the school office.
Grey skirt, pinafore dress or trousers
White shirt with school tie
Maroon/grey cardigan or jumper
White or grey socks
Grey, black or maroon tights
Black school shoes or plain black trainers
White school shirt with tie
Grey knee length shorts
Maroon and white or pink and white striped/checked dress
Maroon/grey jumper or cardigan
Grey or white socks
Black school shoes or plain black trainers
Open toed sandals are not allowed
Hooded sweat tops cannot be worn instead of school jumpers or cardigans.
Plain black boots can be worn in extreme winter weather.
Plain white T-shirt
Plain shorts in plain black or navy blue
Black trainers or plimsolls – not ‘boot’ type trainers.
Optional for cold weather:
Plain black or navy-blue tracksuit.
Shoe bags with the school logo are available to purchase from the school office.
Please note that football kits, shirts etc. are not acceptable clothing for PE.
PE bags, book bags and shoulder bags can be purchased from the school office.
Other types of bags or rucksacks, not including lunch boxes, must not be brought to school as we do not have anywhere to store these and they are a health and safety hazard.
Swimming trunks of the appropriate size (not Bermuda shorts)
One-piece swimming costume of the appropriate size
Swimming caps are optional
All articles of clothing must be clearly marked with the child’s name.
The school does not permit children to have haircuts that could serve as a distraction to other children. Please support us by following school policy when taking your child for a haircut.
Children must not have hairstyles which are extreme. This includes hairstyles where the sides are much shorter than the top or areas are shaved.
Lines or patterns shaved into the hair are not permitted.
Top knots and dyed hair are also not allowed.
All long hair must be tied back.
Any hair accessories should be plain and not of extreme colour or design.
Shaved patterns or lines in eye brows are not allowed.
Jewellery such as bracelets, rings, necklaces and chains must not be worn. Small, plain stud earrings may currently be worn at parents’ risk –diamond, hoop or drop-type earrings are not allowed. Wrist watches may be worn but removed for P.E., dance and games, again at parents’ risk.
Nail varnish must not be worn in school. False nails are not allowed.
Fake tattoos and transfers are not permitted.
The role of parents and carers
We ask all parents and carers to support us in this school uniform policy by sending their child to school correctly dressed and ready for their daily schoolwork.
St. Winifred’s is an inclusive school community. If there are genuine reasons why parents or carers want their child to wear clothes that differ from the school uniform, the school will look sympathetically at such requests. Similarly, should an item of school uniform prove problematic for a pupil with disabilities then parents or carers are invited to draw this to the attention of the head teacher. We will ensure that we work with parents and carers to meet individual needs as far as possible.
We will also support any families who are in need, by providing items of uniform.
We offer a wide variety of after-school, morning and lunchtime activities including; football, tennis, French, art, dance, digital leaders, multi-sports, Musical theatre Lego and board games. These are run throughout the year and each term children have the opportunity to change their club/s. Children in Years 2 and 4 have the opportunity to go on a one- or two-night residential trip together. Year 6 also enjoy a four-day adventure in the Isle of Wight. All of these trips are activity based and offer children a wealth of new experiences.
We have an Inclusion Manager in School who works with children throughout the School who have special educational needs. She works in collaboration with class teachers and teaching assistants. They focus on individuals and small groups of children in order to help them make progress. Our Inclusion Manager links with other schools, and a range of outside agencies who offer support and advice.
There is a strong emphasis on self-discipline and respect for all members of the School community. Children learn that school is a place where they live alongside many other people and this means sharing equipment, books and teachers’ attention. Children are expected to always do their best. We teach children to be kind and thoughtful and not to hurt or abuse other children by word or action. Expectations of behaviour are high and these are met.
Parent and Teacher Association (PTA)
We have a very active and enthusiastic PTA known as The Friends. All parents automatically become a member of the PTA as their child starts at St Winifred’s. We encourage you all to support the wide range of events which are organised from quiz nights to festive nights to the our annual family fun day. These all raise money to support projects within School and they also help us to maintain the strong community spirit we so enjoy here.
If children have slight accidents in School they are treated by a trained first aider. If an accident appears to be serious parents will be notified should hospital treatment be necessary. Parents will be notified by phone if a child has a bump to the head. For other injuries we will send a note. All accidents are recorded in the accident book. If your child requires medication in School a form from the School Office must be completed by parents to allow the School to administer it.
If your child becomes unwell we will let you know and ask you to come to School if necessary. It is therefore very important that the School has a telephone number where parents or carers may be contacted during school hours. If this changes we must be notified immediately.
We are proud of our excellent attendance record at St Winifred’s. It shows children want to come to School and parents trust that the staff will care for the children and contact them if it is deemed necessary. Children are expected to be in School every day except on an occasion when poor health prevents this. If your child is absent from school please telephone us by 9 am. If your child has an appointment during the day a known adult will need to collect them and sign them out at the office. Holidays are not allowed during term time. A child will only be allowed time off from school in very exceptional circumstances.
Parents and visitors must not use the School car park during school hours either for parking or turning. The zigzag lines outside the School on Newstead Road and are mandatory. Parents who park on these lines before and after school are liable to receive a parking ticket from the police. These rules have been made for the safety of your children.
Entrance to the School at the beginning and end of the School day is through the main gates. These are open from 8.30 to 9.50 and from 2.40 until 3.10
Parking around school can be difficult, due to restrictions. We encourage children to walk to School as often as possible or take the bus and walk. We allow children to cycle or scoot to school with their parents’ permission and have provided bicycle shelters for this purpose.
There are many documents on our website which will give you more detailed information about our school. We are happy to print any of these documents for you on request.