School Life

The welfare and development of every child attending our school is at the heart of everything we do. Here at St Philip’s children are encouraged to achieve to the best of their ability, with teaching that is supportive, nurturing and challenging.

The Curriculum
St Philip’s Primary Catholic School, Arundel, follows the National Curriculum, delivering teaching in the core subjects set by the Department for Education to children in Years 1 through to 6. Our broad Curriculum also includes teaching on Citizenship.Celebrating children’s achievementsPupils’ efforts are consistently recognised and rewarded. Teachers run a variety of in-class reward schemes, while a school-wide merit system encourages effort, achievement and good behaviour. Children are also encouraged to share their achievements outside of school with their classmates and the whole school community both within class time and at our weekly Celebration Assembly.Monitoring children’s progress
Pupils’ progress is monitored by continuous assessment and record keeping. The school undertakes a programme of communications with parents and carers throughout the year to keep them fully informed of their children’s progress, including Parent Teacher Consultations and written reports.

Home/School Agreement
We ask that all parents with children in the school sign the Home/School Agreement to show their support for the school and its family environment.  It is countersigned by the Head Teacher.

Special Needs

At St Philip’s we aim to identify promptly those children with specific learning difficulties and supply appropriate provision for them using a staged approach.
Children with Special Education Needs are categorised as School Action and School Action Plus.  It is our policy to keep parents informed about the specific provision for their child if they are in these categories.

Our Special Needs Co-ordinator works closely with class teachers, learning support assistants and parents, and, if needs be, external specialists, to oversee the assessment and provision for each child.  In their annual report to parents, the governors provide information on our Special Education Needs provision.

Further details can be found in our Special Educational Needs Policy.

Able Pupils
The Able Pupil Co-ordinator liaises with class teachers and learning support assistants to identify more able children in all aspects of the curriculum.  Provision is made for these children within differentiated curriculum planning and they often have opportunities to attend courses or workshops that are challenging and that provide enriched experiences for them.

Raising an issue related to your child

All our staff place the welfare and development of every child at the core of everything they do. However, we recognise that on occasion a parent or carer may feel the need to raise an issue concerning their child and have a thorough set of procedures to enable them to do so.