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General Information for Parents|
St. Anne's & St. Joseph's is a Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School for boys and girls (4-11) maintained by the Lancashire Education Authority.
The primary purpose of the school is to provide a Catholic Education for the children of St. Anne’s and St. Joseph’s parishes. Strong links exist between home, school and parish. Currently, the 300 + children are taught in 10 classes. Great emphasis is placed on both pupil progress and pastoral care.
Non-Catholic children can apply to become pupils and will be admitted if any spare places are available.
The school places great emphasis on the pastoral care of the children. The school is under the Trusteeship of the Diocese of Salford and is maintained by Lancashire County Council. The school is also served by Local Health Personnel, the School Psychological Service, the Lancashire Schools Support Agency, the County Road Safety Officer and School Liaison Officers from the Police and Fire Service.
The school building is modern and spacious across several levels. We have a hall, a library, 2 offices, a staffroom, ICT suite, ten teaching bases, resource rooms, an Out of School Club room and a kitchen. Each classroom has access to a sink unit, cloakroom and the playground.
Outside, there are three playground areas which have playground markings to encourage interactive activities. The large infant playground has an activity trail and a story-teller’s chair. The School Council is currently putting a bid together for a trail in the junior yard. The school also has user rights to the playing field of Accrington & Rossendale College and is linked to the facility by a woodland path. There are plans for an outdoor classroom to be developed in the adjoining 5 acre field.
Parents/Carers in Partnership
We welcome Parents/Carers into our school believing we are partners in the education of our children. We say, “These are your children in our care”.
There are many opportunities for Parents/Carers to become involved in the work of the school and to gain a greater understanding of its aims and priorities. Parents’ and grandparents’ time and expertise can be used in many ways in school and is greatly valued. If you are ever able to help, especially on a regular basis, please contact your child’s teacher.
Communication with Parents/Carers
The school communicates with Parents/Carers in various ways by newsletters, questionnaires, interviews and formal or informal evenings. Parents/Carers are invited to class assemblies and Parent’s Evenings each term. Every year Parents/Carers are invited to attend our sports day and open evenings as well as children’s performances, musical and dramatic.
Communicating with parents is an important part of what we do, making sure you get the correct information about activities, events and things that really matter is something we care about.
From 15th January we will be using ParentMail, a service used by over 6,000 schools, nurseries and children’s clubs to communicate to parents. ParentMail will be beneficial to you because you can:
* Use a free mobile app on Android and iOS to pick up school messages instantly.
* Top up dinner money or pay for schools trips/items in just a few taps.
* Complete forms, give consent/permissions and give feedback on surveys.
* Keep on top of school meetings and events.
* Book parents’ evening appointments.
* And much, much more!
Registering with ParentMail is very easy! Over the next few days you will be sent either an email and/or text message from ParentMail, when you receive this please just follow the instructions in the message.
Please be assured that ParentMail is registered with the Information Commissioner and guarantees that all information you provide will be kept private and will not be passed on to any other organisation.
Once registered, if you have an Android or Apple smartphone, we highly recommend you download the ParentMail App for the best user experience. To do this, simply search for “ParentMail” in your App store.
If you need any additional information or assistance, please visit the help site: https://www.parentmail.co.uk/help/parenthelp/ or if you have not received any contact from ParentMail within 7 days please contact Juliet in the school office.
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Response to OfSTED|
As you are all aware, we were recently visited by an OfSTED Inspection Team at the end of last half term. I am writing to inform you that the Final Report is now going live on both our own and the OfSTED websites.
The Inspector has written a very positive report, highlighting the many strengths that we have as a school family. He highlighted many aspects of leadership, outcomes, teaching, learning and behaviour that are already good, which given that the new staff team has only been together for less than nine months is great news. He made note of the way staff and governors have worked together to ensure that the school continues to improve, how learning and work across the school is improving, how new staff are making valuable contributions to school, how well pupils behave and how the school’s leaders have an accurate grasp of what is working and what is left to improve. Mr Vaughan also noted the success of our focus on vocabulary, the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer, how well subjects are being led and the first rate provision for our pupils with SEND. In our Teaching, it was noted how effectively staff plan for learning, the role teaching assistants play and how staff use data to ensure teaching is well matched to pupil’s abilities. He believes, as do we, that behaviour is good in school, with pupils talking confidently about life in school and how they feel safe and enjoy learning. He also agreed with us that outcomes are improving, with a high quality of work in books reflecting the skills and concepts being covered in class.
I am really proud of how the school has improved since the previous inspection, particularly in this school year. We started the year with lots of new faces on the team, which has helped bring in new energy and support the many improvements that have been noticed by the inspection team as well as parents and members of the community. We are all ready, teachers and governors alike, to continue to build on these improvements over the next few years.
The full report can be viewed on our Website (www.sasj.lancs.sch.uk), and if parents have any questions about anything contained in it, please do get in touch.
Mr Mussell, Staff and Governors.
Parent View gives you the chance to tell OFSTED what you think about your child’s school. They will use the information you provide when inspecting the schools.
Please note: You can respond to the questionnaire again even if you completed it last year as this relates to the current academic year.