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.
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 and explicitly teach and live Fundamental British Values such as tolerance and respect.
Our most recent OFSTED inspection was in June 2013. 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.
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. Other major building work completed in the last three years has seen a new school entrance, admin and head teacher's offices, together with a new staff room. New external doors have been installed in Yr 1 and Yr 2 classrooms together with 8 raised beds so vegetables and fruit can be grown by the children. In September 2012 we were successful in bidding for a £10,000 grant to develop a Debater's Den area in our garden area. In September 2014 we were lucky enough to install an outdoor play area in the Infants thanks to the Lottery Awards for all Grant. 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. Most recently we have refurbished our Infant department and completely replaced and updated our reading scheme.
Other playground improvements include new sports stations and a mini basketball court. 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.
Staying safe and being healthy are both important for our children. Our school has a number of awards including Healthy School, Princess Diana Anti-Bullying Award, Service Above Self Award, Church Partnership 2, Active Mark, Bike -it 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 our most recent Soup and Shelter Day, raising money for the Southport Soup Kitchen. 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.
Sandie Edward Headteacher