Acting Head of School’s Welcome Letter
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you and your child to the St Filumena’s Catholic Primary School, part of the Painsley Catholic Academy.
Choosing your child’s school is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. The purpose of this website is to inform you about our mission, vision, values and ethos, curriculum standards and provision, including the wide range and high-quality opportunities available to every child at St Filumena’s. Should you entrust your child into our care, we would feel privileged to share a small, but important stage of their life and faith journey with you. St. Filumena's is a wonderful school where each and every member of our community is encouraged daily to respond to the call to be the best that we can be in every aspect of our faith, life and education.
We are a fully inclusive school, in which our motto, "I am loved," serves as a constant reminder to all to see the human face of God in everyone, and to respond appropriately. As a result of this, our school is a happy, welcoming, safe and orderly environment where real and lasting growth: spiritual, moral, psychological, physical, emotional, social and academic takes place, and where all pupils learn to be proud of who they are so that they can be ready to take their rightful place in the world.
As a Catholic school, our fundamental mission is to promote the teachings of Christ through our Mission Statement, daily worship and the teaching of RE, which includes teaching pupils about other faiths, traditions and cultures so that they learn to understand and appreciate the richness and diversity of our school and global community. We delight in the many comments from visitors about the colourful learning environment, and welcoming atmosphere. This positive climate is firmly embedded, enabling children of all ages, gender, ability and personality to thrive and succeed in their learning.
High expectations for good behaviour are fundamental if our children are to develop positive long-term relationships and remain happy, safe and confident to work independently and alongside others, to support their learning in school and in preparation for future life in Britain and as global citizens. This is one of the many outstanding areas highlighted in the school’s Ofsted and Section 48 Inspection Reports.
We are proud of the curriculum we offer to our pupils, always striving to further enhance the teaching and learning opportunities for all of our pupils; current development projects include working with National and Senior Leaders to enhance a mastery approach in Mathematics, and working with specialist consultants to further develop creative approached to reading and writing experiences. Through a broad and creative curriculum children’s learning is enhanced by a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, musical opportunities, sporting activities and after-school clubs, on offer for pupils in all key stages. Our links with specialist music teachers, sports coaches and subject specialists for Science, Computing, music, modern foreign languages (Spanish) enable our children to access high-quality teaching and learning whilst enabling pupils to participate and perform through instrumental teaching, competitive team sports, drama and performing arts.
As part of the Painsley Teaching School Alliance and Maths Hub, St Filumena’s has engaged a number of highly credible school leaders, including National Leaders of Education, who work closely with staff to ensure the highest quality of development with regard to teaching and learning standards. Through working with Keele University for Student Placement and facilitating for the Painsley Teaching School, we retain a high regard for the opportunity to shape and train the future generation of teachers and school leaders.
We retain a high regard for the importance of fostering a healthy home-school partnership through regular communication and contact with parents. We have a very active PTFA in which parents are encouraged to contribute to. Every effort is made to engage with families through regular communication and events. Celebration assemblies, shine workshops and class led assemblies for special occasions are held every term, to share children’s achievements and successes; Induction evenings for parents are held in school, as children transfer between each class; ‘Learn with Me’ sessions provide opportunities for parents to participate in lessons alongside their children. Family Learning workshops are also held regularly so that parents and children can access activities and learn together, which also assists parents and carers in supporting children’s learning at home. ‘I am Loved,’ is our school mission statement, and this concept is nurtured from the earliest age, with children understanding that they are children of God, unique and special, who are called to be loved and to love and serve others. We are extremely proud of the daily contribution made by our pupil ambassadors, including the active School Council, Rights Respecting Council, Eco Warriors, Digital Leaders, Charity Representatives, Sports Leaders and monitors. Within our learning community, everyone shares in celebrating achievements and success.
Our Parish and Village Communities are an essential part of our school identity. Strong partnerships further add to the personal and spiritual growth of our pupils. Charitable outreach, service to others and examinations of our call to vocation are all explored with the support of the wider community.
Whilst I hope you find this brief introduction useful, there can be no substitute for a personal visit and you are warmly invited to have a tour of the academy, by prior arrangement with the school office, and can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome.
I look forward to meeting you and your child in the future.
Mrs S Bailey
Acting Head of School