Thank you for your interest in our school and welcome to St Luke and St Philip’s Primary School . We hope that your child’s stay with us will be a happy and rewarding one, a time to look back on with affection. My name is Samantha O'Connell and I am the Head teacher. I am extremely proud of the achievements of the school community that I belong to. We see the education of your child as being a partnership between parents and teachers. We value your support in our efforts to provide the best possible start in life for the children in our care.
Our school was founded in 1857 but is now housed in an attractive building opened in 1987. The dedicated and committed staff make the school as attractive and as stimulating for the children as possible. Each pupil is challenged to produce their best work and through encouragement and reward the enjoyment of success can be felt.
There are many opportunities for children, parents, governors and staff to be an integral part of the shaping of our school community. We strongly believe that education is a partnership between home and school. We believe that children learn best when home and school work together for their benefit, and so we will strive to involve families and encourage you to share your child’s learning journey. Children coming into the school bring a wealth of knowledge and understanding about the world around them. It is our aim to build on these skills and promote a willingness and enthusiasm to learn more.
We hope that this brochure will answer all your questions about the school, but if you feel that we have left anything out, please come and see us.
We are a Church of England school but we are delighted to welcome children of all creeds, races and colour.
I look forward to meeting you soon.
Miss Samantha O'Connell
How is a church school different and special?
We hope to help children to grow in Christian life and love as they move from class to class.
How do we help children grow as Christians?
We teach them the stories about Jesus, and the beautiful stories Jesus told, the parables. We get them used to
praying in different ways.
We have a very good music staff, so we teach them Christian songs and hymns, old and new. We especially
remember Jesus’ last supper, the crucifixion and his rising from the dead. We try to foster a sense of wonder
and excitement in the children.
Do the children worship in church?
There is a Christian assembly every day in school. The children come down to church to worship on special
Am I welcome to take part?
You are welcome to come to any of the acts of worship in church or in school.
So there are strong church - school links?
Yes, very strong. There is great friendship between church members and school staff, and the school staff are
very supportive of the church in many different ways.
Does the church have a Sunday School?
Yes, and Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. For whom to contact see the church information page or you can
ring me on 676615
Life for many people is very difficult. There is so much that can make you bitter, angry, or desperate. The
Christian way is no easy solution. Jesus said that it would be a steep and narrow path. But so many people
speak about feeling better when they have been to church. I hope that people may discover something of God
in our church.
Come and see and be welcome.
Yours in Christ. St Luke’s Church Clergy.
St. Luke & St. Philip’s Primary School, a Church of England Academy provided by the Cidari Education mainly for the education of children residing within the Parish of St. Luke with St. Philip. The School is open to children outside the Parish and admission to the school is controlled by the Governors.
The Headteacher, in consultation with the Governors, is responsible for internal organisation,management and discipline of the school. The Governors, who meet at least once a term, have a range of responsibilities for the school. The Church chooses eight of the Governors and the Local Authority chooses three. The Board of Governors includes two Parent Governors, one elected by the parents and one nominated by the Church.
THE WORK OF THE SCHOOL
The main aim of the school is to give your child every chance to develop the abilities which he/she possesses to the full, educationally, morally and spiritually within a happy school environment. Teaching is organised in accordance with National Curriculum guidelines. The core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science and Information and Communication Technology, the foundation areas of History, Geography, Music, P.E., Art, and Technology, and Religious Education are all taught, sometimes as separate subjects, and sometimes as part of a cross-curricular thematic approach. Children may work in special groups for a variety of reasons, not necessarily because they are experiencing difficulties in a particular subject areas but also because they are particularly talented in that area.
The family of St Luke and St Philip’s will ensure excellence is encouraged, minds are opened, diversity is embraced, respect is expected and talents are nurtured under the umbrella of God’s love.
To help every child to realise their maximum potential.
To work at all times with consideration for the Vision Statement of our school.
To create a happy school for all concerned.
To help children learn that courtesy; good manners and consideration for others are important qualities.
To ensure a good command of English, the ability to communicate with others and to encourage an enjoyment of reading.
To develop a knowledge and understanding of basic mathematical skills.
To encourage scientific curiosity and to develop scientific skills, through appropriate practical and investigative work.
To explore the relationship between the earth and its people through the study of place, space, and the environment.
To introduce children to the past, based on historical evidence and chronological order.
To help children gain an appreciation and understanding of how design and technology may influence the economy and improve the quality of life.
To foster musical responsiveness in each child through listening and participation.
To enhance and extend learning across the whole curriculum through the use of Information and Communication Technology.
To assist the development of each child physically within a framework of enjoyment , fair play and good sportsmanship.
To develop the child’s visual perceptions through a variety of artistic experiences, both practical and appreciative.
St. Luke and St. Philip's Primary School is a Church of England Academy, and religious worship and teaching,based on a syllabus adopted by the Blackburn Diocesan Council for Religious Education, are important aspects of the curriculum. The Diocese staff visit the school on a regular basis. We expect that all children will take part in religious education and in school assemblies, and any special services held in school or Church during school time. Although the Governors recognise the right of parents to withdraw their children from religious education and collective worship no alternative provision is provided at this school. Parents should be aware that the religious aspects of our school life extend beyond the bounds of collective worship and formal religious education lessons. A programme of Health Education develops understanding of the body and of good habits of personal care and hygiene. Sex education is taught within the general framework of the Religious Education teaching of the school as appropriate. Parents will be consulted about any specific programme of Sex Education.
We have a wide range of activities on offer. Our breakfast club runs every morning from 7:50am. Children from Reception to Year 6 enjoy a healthy breakfast and love to play games , use the iPads and visit the library .
Sports activities vary from year to year as we work closely with the School Council to find out what our children would like. We currently offer sports such as , Multisports, Football, and Dance . For children who enjoy other activities we also offer Art, Eco Club, Gardening Club, Cookery Club and Homework Club.
Visits play an essential role in our work and take place on a regular basis. These vary from places in the locality for instance the Church, library, Blackburn Rovers Footrball club and St Wilfrids High School. Further afield we have visited the Museum of Science and Industry, Jodrell Bank and a residential trip to Winmarleigh for children in Year 5/6. In previous years we have visited London and Paris and we hope to organise similar residential visits in the future.
In the summer term of Years 2 and 6, the children carry out the required Standard Assessment Tasks and Tests (SATs). The class teacher assesses each child’s development in speaking and listening, reading and writing, mathematics and science. In addition each child undertakes a test in reading, writing, spelling punctuation and grammar and mathematics. Parents are informed of how their child has done at the end of the summer term as part of their child’s annual school report.
Special Educational Needs
Children’s progress is constantly monitored and assessed and careful records are kept. Occasionally we find that a child does not make the progress we expect. If this were the case parents would be consulted and appropriate steps to support the child taken. An Individual Education Plan may be made with individual targets, review dates and ideas to help parents to support their child at home. If targets continue not to be met, outside agencies such as Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists or Behaviour Specialists may be called upon for extra support. After further consultation with parents the Local Authority (LA) may have to make a statutory assessment based on specialist advice. The LA may then draw up a Statement of Special Educational Needs (IPRA). This describes all of the child’s needs and all the special help that should be provided.
We have a clear set of behaviour expectations which are shared across the school and are essential; these are mostly matters of common sense to ensure the safety of our children. The emphasis in the school is to praise positive behaviour, attitude and effort and to increase children’s awareness of the need to make a positive contribution to their community. We have a Behaviour Policy which is consistently applied by all adults who work in school.
What happens if a child behaves inappropriately?
• The child will be given warnings depending on the nature of their behaviour
• They may be given ‘time out’ to calm down and reflect
• If the inappropriate behaviour continues, the child will be spoken to by one of the leadership team in school.
• In the case of serious or persistent misbehaviour that could endanger or distract other children. The head teacher will discuss the child’s behaviour with them and parents/carers will be notified.
Working together to improve behaviour
We will always try to work with parents. Good behaviour is the result of a partnership between home and school and standards set at home and school should complement each other. If any pupil lets his or her standards of behaviour fall, we will inform parents and discuss it with them. It may be that sanctions outside school can help to reinforce sanctions being used in school.
We would be delighted to welcome you to our fantastic school. We have an open door policy and will always try to answer any questions that you may have very quickly. For places in Reception to Year Six, please contact the Local Authority as they are responsible for these admissions.
All schools are very different and choosing the right one for your child is not an easy task. We wish you every success in finding the school that best suits your child’s unique personality, interests and learning needs.