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St Paul's RC Primary School, Feniscowles

Description

'As God's family, we aspire to love, grow, learn and achieve beyond our dreams.'

St. Paul’s R.C. Primary is a one form entry school. We are situated in Feniscowles, on the outskirts of Blackburn.

Our school is a special place to learn and work because it always puts the children first. We are lucky enough to have wonderful children who want to learn, and dedicated, caring adults who help them to do so.

The interior of the school is bright and attractive with big airy classrooms, high quality resources, interactive whiteboards and happy smiling pupils. We have a beautiful large hall, a fully equipped computer suite and a well stocked library. Our school is a safe environment with high quality security, fencing and lighting to ensure the safety and welfare of our children and school community.

We are also fortunate to have amazing grounds that overlook fields and meadows. We have enhanced the outside play areas with a wonderful school garden, a junior adventure trail, an infant climbing frame and a living willow tunnel.

We are a happy school with superb staff and hardworking children. Our Mission Statement 'As God's family we aspire to love, grow, learn and achieve beyond our dreams’ is central to all we do. Every child matters at St. Paul’s and the children are at the heart of all we do in our school. 

We invest heavily in human resources, which we believe is the best way to raise achievement and meet the needs of our children. All our members of staff are fully committed to the school and dedicated to their task of promoting high quality teaching and learning as well as caring for the spiritual development of the children. Our teaching staff has a breadth of knowledge and wealth of experience, along with new ideas to offer our children and to inspire them with well planned and exciting learning opportunities.

We believe that good behaviour is crucial to maintain the positive and caring ethos of the school, and our priority is to engage children in their learning, whilst helping them develop a positive and responsible attitude towards one another, the school and the school community.

Although our school is well established, we are constantly seeking to improve the provision. In education, as with all life, things change, and we constantly face new challenges, both in terms of developments in education and expectations of the children and parents. We aim to be a vibrant core in the community, as well as forward looking in our attitude to education.

We are uniquely different as a Catholic school: prayer, worship, Gospel values and the celebration of Mass as well as preparation to receive the Sacraments are central to what makes us a Catholic school. Jesus is at the centre of all our work, relationships and dealings with each other. It permeates the curriculum and is evident in the way children learn, behave and respect each other in their work and play. St. Paul's is a good Catholic Primary school, where children are encouraged and supported to achieve their full potential. We are very proud of our pupils and consider it a privilege to serve the parish and community by giving the children the best possible start in their education.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Ruth Cowell
Contact Position
SENCO
Telephone
01254 201495
01254 201495
E-mail
ruth.cowell@stpaulsfeniscowles.blackburn.sch.uk
Website
www.stpaulsfeniscowles.co.uk/

Where to go

Name
St Paul's RC Primary School
Address
Preston Old Rd
Feniscowles
Blackburn
Lancashire
Postcode
BB2 5EP
Notes

The school is set back off the main road, before the petrol if approaching from the motorway and after the petrol station if approaching from Blackburn town center.  Look out for the grey railings and turn between them.

Other Details

Availability

Referral Details

Please contact the school office on 01254 201495 to arrange a visit to the school and to pick up an admissions pack.

Other notes

 

This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer

Description

How does St Paul’s RC Primary School approach the teaching of children with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND)?

All pupils in school receive quality-first teaching.

This means that

  • our staff utilise a range of teaching styles to respond the wide variety of our children's learning styles 
  • appropriate learning objectives are set for all children with a curriculum matched to their needs

How will staff support my child’s well-being and special educational needs?

·         Support will be provided for children who need intervention or booster work

·         Physical development programmes such as Write Dance, Clever Fingers and Dough Dance are delivered

·         The SENCO will ensure robust assessment/Targeted Plans/Health care plans if appropriate

·         Referrals to professionals in order to support staff and children

·         Strategies from advisory teachers are in place and monitored regularly

·         Regular assessments of progress are carried out and next steps identified and shared with all concerned

·         Specialist training is undertaken by staff for example on programmes such as ‘IDL’ which is a multi-sensory programme to support dyslexia.

How will I know how my child is doing in school?

Throughout the year, a number of formal opportunities are provided to discuss your child’s needs with staff at school. Parents meetings are held twice yearly with information and targets setting sessions. Reports are sent out at the end of the school year. Should your child have a Statement, IPRA, or EHC plan, you will be invited to an annual review.

School staff will discuss your child’s needs throughout the year and you will be actively encouraged to come and talk to the staff team should you have any concerns.

What should I do if I think my child has a Special Educational Need or disability?

If you think that your child has a Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND), please make your concern known to the school by speaking to your child’s class teacher initially who will raise this concern with the SEN lead in school. The concern will be discussed with you and following this discussion, school will carry out the necessary checks to ensure needs are met. We will share our findings with you and agree the next steps for your child. If it is appropriate you can also discuss you concerns with your GP and Health Visitor.

How does St Paul’s RC Primary School involve children in their education and the decision making process?

Children at St Paul’s are encouraged to play an active role in their education, sharing their interests with the class and staff. This in turn supports class staff to plan and design a suitable curriculum. Children accessing support at SEN Support are involved in setting simple targets linked to their next steps. Children with a statement, IPRA or EHC plan are invited to their annual review, as well as being supported to provide written advice.

Contact Name
Ruth Cowell
Contact Telephone
01254 201495
Contact Email
ruth.cowell@stpaulsfeniscowles.blackburn.sch.uk
Links
Our SEND page
Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 years
0-5 years
Needs Level
High
Low
Medium
SEN Provision Type
Universal
Targeted
Specialist
What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by, the school/setting?
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Inclusion Support Services
  • ELCAS
  • The Heights
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Teacher of the Visually Impaired
  • Teacher of the Hearing Impaired
  • School Nurse
  • Community Paediatricians
  • Statutory Assessment Team
What training and experience have the staff supporting children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities had, or are having?
  • Physical development programmes such as Write Dance, Clever Fingers and Dough Dance are delivered
  • Specialist training is undertaken by staff for example on programmes such as IDL’ which is a multi-sensory programme to support dyslexia.

How do you know if my child/young person needs extra help?

Throughout the year, a number of formal opportunities are provided to discuss your child’s needs with staff at school. Parents meetings are held twice yearly with information and targets setting sessions. Reports are sent out at the end of the school year. Should your child have an EHC plan, you will be invited to an annual review.

School staff will discuss your child’s needs throughout the year and you will be actively encouraged to come and talk to the staff team should you have any concerns.

What should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

If you think that your child has a Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND), please make your concern known to the school by speaking to your child’s class teacher initially who will raise this concern with the SEN lead in school. The concern will be discussed with you and following this discussion, school will carry out the necessary checks to ensure needs are met. We will share our findings with you and agree the next steps for your child. If it is appropriate you can also discuss you concerns with your GP and Health Visitor.

How will staff support my child/young person?

Children at St Paul’s are encouraged to play an active role in their education, sharing their interests with the class and staff. This in turn supports class staff to plan and design a suitable curriculum. Children accessing support at SEN Support are involved in setting simple targets linked to their next steps. Children with an EHC plan are invited to their annual review, as well as being supported to provide written advice.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?

The children’s interests, their developmental levels, their personalities or temperaments and their individual needs provide important information about the experiences that should be provided, both for a class or group and individually. This understanding of each child becomes the backbone of curriculum and defines the types of activities and experiences that are presented through intentional classroom planning. Practitioners who can capitalise on children’s interests and strengths to develop new skills are helping to maximise children’s opportunities to learn.

How will teaching approaches be modified to support my child/young person?

The teachers at St Paul's are facilitators of the development of children's knowledge and skills. The teachers'  knowledge of child development, understanding of how children learn and their familiarity with their children and families build strong opportunities for learning and development. Teachers scaffold learning by building on children’s prior knowledge to introduce new ideas and information. Teachers will ensure that teaching approaches are multi sensory in nature and that children are given a range of ways to communicate and record information through the use of Makaton, laptops, scribing for children,high levels of differentiation, communication aids and practical resources.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing?

St Paul's recognises that communication between home and school with everyone sharing the same goals of helping children learn and feel successful.Research has also proven that when parents and teachers work together, children achieve higher outcomes.

The teacher's of St Paul's are highly approachable and will communicate information on a flexible basis. There is regularly communicattion in the home-school book and information regularly updated on the school website.There are two parent evenings a year in which progress and achievements are highlighted and targets are discussed.

The Senco, Mrs Cowell, also meets with parents according to the needs of the child and parents. The headteacher, Mr Foster, is also available for meetings with parents, if needed.

How will you help me to support my child/young person's learning?

There are regular opportunities for parents to meet with staff at school to share information and support their child's learning.

There are also regular parent information meetings through the year addressing areas such as writing and reading but parents are encouraged to contact the class teacher or, indeed,  any member of staff if they have any immediate concerns. 

Meetings with the Headteacher and / or SENCO can be arranged with the school office staff.

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall wellbeing?

Transitional meetings are held with both High Schools and our Primary school to ensure a smooth transition.

What activities will be available for my child/young person?

Regular and exciting school trips are planned most of which are subsidised by the PTFA fund and curriculum enhancement.

Extra-curriculum activities include

  • football
  • multisports
  • sewing
  • gymnastics
  • prayer club
  • Chaplain Meetings
  • Caritas Ambassadors
How will you prepare and support my child/young person during transitions?

In both consultation with the school, parents and the child.

How are resources and equipment allocated and matched to my child's/young person's needs?

Regular meetings are held to ensure parents are fully engaged and aware of every aspect of their child's journey.

How are decisions made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

In full consultation with parents and relevant personnel best placed to advise.