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A Welcome from the Head Teacher.

 

St Philips is both a wonderfully happy place to be and a place of great achievement.  The Safety and well being of all of our children is our number one priority.  We know our children and their families well and we treasure our close links with both church and the wider community.  Our overarching mission and vision is ... Christ in everything we do.  A quick look around our school, our website or a chat with a member of our school community would leave you in no doubt that this motto is key to the way that we live, work and play. 

 

We are a one form entry Church of England School situated less than a mile from the centre of the popular seaside resort of Southport.  We welcome children of all faiths to our church school and explicitly teach and live Fundamental British Values such as tolerance and respect in a deeply christian context.

 

Our most recent OFSTED inspection was in November 2017. We were delighted with the feedback which you can read in the full report. Overall we were judged as a "good" school. Our SIAMS Inspection in 2015 graded us as Outstanding. 

 

The first line of our Vision Statement states that  ‘St Philip’s is a place where ‘Happiness, love and security abound’:  we feel that this is certainly true and the OFSTED inspectors who visited our school agreed by stating that  'The school's commitment to developing the whole child is demonstrated by pupils' outstanding attitudes and attributes in: being safe, adopting healthy lifestyles, contribution to the school and the wider community, development of workplace and other skills and spiritual, social, moral and cultural development.'

 

The well being of our children is at the heart of our mission and we feel that if the pupils’ personal development and care, guidance and support are good then all will achieve.  Our school is certainly a place where adults guide the pupils and pupils help each other.  We are commited to supporting pupils across the whole day and our "Rise and Shine" breakfast club and stimulating after school activity programme are evidence of this.  We take good care of children's emotional well being, we have our own school counsellor and staff have recently undergone mindfulness training to ensure that we help the children live and enjoy the very moment that they are in.  We work and play  in a culture of love, forgiveness and reconciliation.

 

Our school is supported by many people including governors and parents.  The St Philip’s Association works tirelessly to raise money so that the children can enjoy a curriculum that is enriched by visits from theatre groups, musicians and many other special visitors.  In recent years they have raised over £20,000 towards our new Yr 3,4, 5 & 6 extension.  Most recent works include the complete refurbishment of the Year One and Two classrooms and the development of a group learning space in the Infant corridor.  We have refurbished our Infant department and completely replaced and updated our reading scheme and whole re-vamped our whole curriculum offer.

 

Playground improvements include new sports stations and a mini basketball court, new surfacing and an adventure trail.  All these building improvements will help us to provide a curriculum that is vibrant, meaningful and full of memorable experiences.  This is certainly an exciting time to be at St Philip's.

 

All our children are encouraged to achieve their very best and we have a very strong commitment to inclusion with provision of opportunities for every child to be able to achieve their potential both academically and in other areas.  We value all God's children and aim to foster the idea from John 10.10 Life in all it's fullness for each and every individual and family at our school.

 

Staying safe and being healthy are both important for our children.  Our school has a number of awards including Healthy School, Stonewall Champions, Princess Diana Anti-Bullying Award, Service Above Self Award, Church Partnership 1 and 2, Active Mark, Bike -it Award,Arts Mark, Parliamentary Ambassasador Award  and Extended Services.  We are delighted to be part of the Children's University Scheme. A number of our Yr 2 and Yr 6 children were thrilled to be presented with their graduation awards by Sir John Jones at the graduation ceremony  held at Edge Hill University.  Our most recent award is for Inclusion and was awarded to us by a charity called The Root of It.  

 

Caring for others has a high priority at St Philip’s and as a school family we are continually seeking to reach out into both the local and international community.  We have held many fundraising events including Soup and Shelter Day, raising money for the Southport Soup Kitchen. At Christmas we collected toiletries and shared 51 ruck sacks with manys of Southport's homeless.  We currently have a special link with a French School which gives the children a real focus for their 1 hour of French each week.  We also have very close links with other local Primary and Secondary schools through the Southport Learning Partnership and our children take part in many joint activities with our fellow Southport Schools. Through such activities our children develop into responsible, caring global citizens. 

Thank you for visiting our site, we very much look forward to getting to know you.  If you would like to come and have a look around please do contact us, we'd love to share what goes on here with you. 

Sandie Edward
Head Teacher

 

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