I would like to welcome you to our web site. I hope it will be a very informative and enjoyable journey as you travel through the many hyperlinks to the various web pages. We have attempted to ensure, that you are given an extensive insight into what makes our school special and I hope you will enjoy the experience and return again in the future to see our most recent updates.
If you are considering sending your child to our school in September 2018, and you are visiting our web site for the first time to find out more about us, then welcome.
St. Cuthbert's school is a happy, friendly place where we place a lot of emphasis on good relationships between children, staff, parents and governors. We are proud of our reputation and if you entrust the care of your child to us for the next seven years, then we want to assure you, that we will do our best for your child by giving him/her enriching and meaningful experiences. If we are to be successful, we need your co-operation and help. We hope the information on our web site will help you to understand what makes our school a happy and exciting community and a fitting place for your child.
If you have not previously had a child at this school, we extend a special welcome and emphasise the importance we attach to our links with parents. If you have a child here we look forward to your continued support.
St. Cuthbert's is a Catholic school and as such, we place great value on the individuality of each child in our care. We strive to provide a happy, safe, caring environment, where your child's needs are a priority to all who work or who are associated with the school.
A child is happy in school when he/she feels confident and relaxed in the knowledge that the staff and parents are supportive and working together for his/her benefit. It is this partnership that we at St. Cuthbert's see as central to our success and that of your child.
As a school, we believe that each child in our care is entitled to a stimulating curriculum that meets their needs and celebrates their achievements.
Mr J Rushton
At St Cuthbert’s School we strongly believe in preparing our pupil’s for life in modern-day Britain by promoting citizenship and emphasising the need for them to be respectable members of society and the community.
The Diversity and Citizenship Curriculum Review states that:
...we passionately believe that it is the duty of all schools to address issues of ‘how we live together’ and ‘dealing with difference’ however controversial and difficult they might sometimes seem.
Community cohesion, means working towards a society in which there is a common vision and sense of belonging by all communities; a society in which the diversity of people’s backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and valued; a society in which similar life opportunities are available to all; and a society in which strong and positive relationships exist and continue to be developed in the workplace, in schools and in the wider community.
Community from a school’s perspective
St Cuthbert’s School believe that the term ‘community’ has a number of dimensions including:
the school community – the children and young people we serve, our parents, carers and families, our school’s staff and governing body, and community users of our school’s facilities and services;
the community within which our school is located.
the UK community – all schools are by definition part of this community; and
the global community – formed by EU and international links.
How does a school contribute towards community cohesion?
St Cuthbert’s School believe that community cohesion is about building a more tolerant, more understanding and a fair and transparent society, in which all members share a common sense of belonging that overcomes their differences.
This is achieved by promoting equality of opportunity and inclusion for different groups of pupils. Alongside this focus on inequalities and a strong respect for diversity, we also have a role in promoting shared values and encouraging our pupils to actively engage with others to understand what they all hold in common.
Teaching, learning and curriculum
St Cuthbert’s School aim to provide teaching, learning and curriculum provision that supports high standards of attainment, promotes shared values and builds pupils’ understanding of the diversity that surrounds them, recognising similarities and appreciating different cultures, religions or beliefs, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds. Opportunities for discussing issues of identity and diversity are integrated across the whole curriculum, including in citizenship education as well as welcoming and supporting pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds.
In this, pupils learn about national, regional, ethnic and religious cultures, the connections between them and between the UK and the wider world and explore the concept of community cohesion and the different forces that bring about change in communities over time. They are taught to speak and study different cultures and languages to their own and in this way secure their understanding of cultural diversity and British values.
There are opportunities across the curriculum to promote shared values and help pupils to appreciate the importance and significance of differences and to challenge prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping. As well as the opportunities in citizenship described above, there are opportunities across the curriculum and in Religious Education as well as in Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). They are taught the need for, and the reasons behind, rules and laws and about the consequences when these are broken. As a result, pupils are prepared for life and democracy in modern Britain.
St Cuthbert’s School offers support for pupils for whom English is an additional language (EAL), and specific support for their teaching staff, to remove barriers to effective learning. This enables the pupils to be integrated and achieve the highest possible level in English. Assemblies, which include topics relating to local and wider communities, promote the engagement of learners and shared understanding, as well as our school’s ethos and values. There is an encouragement for learners to value diversity and develop a better understanding of UK society, for example by challenging assumptions and creating an open climate to address sensitive and controversial issues.
Equity and excellence
St Cuthbert’s School has a focus on securing high standards of attainment for all pupils from all ethnic backgrounds, and of different socio-economic statuses, abilities and interests, ensuring that pupils are treated with respect and supported to achieve their full potential. We have effective approaches in place to deal with incidents of prejudice, discrimination, bullying and harassment.
Engagement and extended services
St Cuthbert’s School provides pupils with opportunities for meaningful intercultural activities such as sport, drama, music, festivals, activities and school trips.
We ensure that our pupil’s voices are heard and are able to affect change by encouraging the involvement of them in the governance and organisation of the school through our school council. In this way their views are facilitated and they participate and have an ability to make a difference within school.
Strong links are maintained through multi-agency working between our school and other local agencies, such as the youth support service, the police, social care and health professionals. We engage with parents through curriculum evenings, teaching and learning activities such as parent and child courses, and family liaison work, tailored to suit the needs and requirements of our school and parents. We also support parents through providing information, advice, and evidence based parenting programmes which are designed to meet the needs of different groups.Extended services, such as Breakfast and After-School clubs as well as Holiday clubs and a variety of sporting activities are provided by our school. In addition to this we work in clusters with other schools to build greater interaction and diversity into the daily lives of our school and wider community.