Head Teacher Welcome
You are the light of the world. In the same way, ‘Let your Light Shine’ before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven.
(Mathew 5:14 - 16)
Welcome to St Clare’s Catholic Primary and Nursery School
It is a privilege to have been appointed to the role of headteacher at such a wonderful school, full of happy, well-behaved children, who I can see are a joy to teach. I am very excited to begin my journey at St Clare’s Catholic Primary and Nursery School and I look forward to sharing with you the wonderful opportunities and developments from our school as the academic year progresses.
It is my aim that our pupils, who are at the heart of every decision we make, are happy, confident and are given opportunities to achieve both now and in the future. Our highly skilled, enthusiastic and all-round amazing staff are key to the school delivering this crucial aim for all our pupils. I want to develop a learning community where children respect each other and take responsibility for their own behaviour and progress, showing understanding and modelling for each other the values that are essential to developing a harmonious and cohesive learning community. This begins with our children in the Early Years and continues throughout our school, our children are taught and encouraged to make positive behaviour and learning choices that enable them to flourish.
We are proud to be a Catholic School reflecting Christian values in the way we interact with each other and within the community and all the while celebrating our diverse community and other faiths. Each person’s faith is of equal importance and at St Clare’s we will ensure that all our families feel welcome.
At St Clare’s Catholic Primary School, we will strive relentlessly to ensure that all our children enjoy a stimulating and diverse education. We want them to be fully active in their learning and achieve to the very best of their ability. Whilst academic attainment is an important focus for our school and we aim for high standards in all we do, we also strive to create a learning environment where children experience enjoyment in their lessons. Staff ensure that our children are excited by their learning opportunities, intrigued by vibrant and welcoming learning environments, both inside and outside that provide our children with inspiring and welcoming spaces where they have the freedom and support to develop. We have an extremely dedicated and supportive staff, who work hard to provide the best opportunities for all our children, creating a safe and happy environment, instilling confidence, resourcefulness and a willingness to learn. It gives the children a solid steppingstone to take responsibility for their future, and the confidence to go on and make important life decisions. We aim to provide the very best education and experiences to prepare them for their next steps in life.
We have an engaging curriculum that we constantly assess to ensure our children foster a passion for learning and curiosity that will help to develop high aspirations and a life-long love of learning. Our curriculum is carefully designed to allow a wealth of opportunities both in school and through enrichment activities beyond the school environment. Through our mission statement of ‘Letting Our Light Shine’ our aim is to nurture children’s individual talents and ensure that ALL children experience success and reach their full potential.
It is important to me that we foster positive relationships with our parents/carers, governors and the wider school community to ensure the best possible outcomes for all children and I look forward to when we can invite parents and carers into school to be a part of school community once again.
As a school, we are always looking for new ways to improve and grow. We all work together with a common goal, to ensure that our children are happy and successful in their primary years. I hope our website gives you as much information as possible about our school, the staff, the governors and the activities that our pupils enjoy throughout our curriculum.
Mrs E MacKenzie
I asked the staff at St Clare’s to describe our school community and what makes St Clare’s so special, please take a moment to read all the wonderful comments.