St Aelred’s is a welcoming and caring school, serving St Aelred’s parish and our local community – Catholic children, children of all faiths and of no faith, are all welcome. At St Aelred’s, positive relationships underpin great teaching and learning: our skilled, committed and friendly staff foster positive relationships with children as individuals so that children recognise that they are valued members of our school family and are confident to learn. We seek to work in partnership with parents, building trust and openness, so that we can nurture pupils and enable them to thrive. We are an inclusive school and want every child to be happy, excited to learn, to achieve their best and to flourish in all areas of their development.
God’s love is at the heart of all we do, informing how we treat one another, decisions we make, and our commitment to the development of the whole child through our curriculum, pastoral care and the spiritual life of the school. Prayer provides a rhythm to school life and brings us together in celebration and to mark significant events in our school community.
We have our own nursery, integrated into our Early Years provision, providing our youngest children with a high standard of care and teaching; supporting their readiness to progress to our Reception Class. We also provide wrap-around childcare for children from Reception upwards, led by our own staff, on site.
We are proud to be part of St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust – an innovative and forward-thinking Trust embracing sustainability, technology, ambition, and the vibrant living-out of our Catholic faith; we benefit from collaborative working with the other schools in the partnership.
Our school accommodation has regularly been modernised and extended giving: good sized classrooms; our multi-use ‘Sunshine Room’; a hall with a stage; and a library. We are blessed with spacious grounds and have a wide playground, playing field, MUGA (multi-use games area) and outdoor classroom.
Parents and carers are welcome in school whether that is, for example, to attend an event; to volunteer to help with reading or visits; to share a concern; to join in with collective worship; or to support a Friends of St Aelred’s event. If you would like to meet or speak with a member of staff, the admin team will assist with arranging this – please phone or email the school office.
If you would like to see St Aelred’s in action, for yourself, please contact the school office to arrange a visit; you will be made very welcome!
Ms Suzanne Ulyett