OFSTED Inspection update

Dear families,

With the madness and chaos of the pandemic, it is hard to believe that we  had an OFSTED inspection two weeks before lockdown!

I am delighted to be able to share with you the outcome of that inspection.

St Columba Catholic Primary is a GOOD School, which is OUTSTANDING in Personal Development!!!

I really could not be any prouder of our children, our families and our staff. My deepest appreciation goes to each and every one of you.

Enjoy the read!

Ofsted Report

Potential planned opening of school for additional year groups

Letter: 14th May 2020

Save the Children – UK Covid-19 Resource Pack 1

Document

COVID 19: keeping children safe from abuse information

Information

Support for Families

There are times when every parent needs a bit of support, but it’s particularly difficult being a parent at present. Knowsley Family Learning Service has a team of experienced parenting support workers who are available to give advice and suggestions to help parents manage their children’s behaviour and anxieties during this difficult time.   

If you would like to arrange a telephone call with one of the team of parent support workers, please contact the free phone number 0800 073 0043 and ask for Parenting Support.  Your details will then be given to the Early Help Hub and someone will call you back.

EVERTON IN THE COMMUNITY

Blue Family Targeted Campaign – Support available for vulnerable families

Everton Football Club and Everton in the Community recently launched ‘Blue Family’, which is a coordinated outreach and engagement campaign to support our community in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of a targeted approach, their aim is to connect with  families who may need help or support with any immediate needs or concerns. The support they can provide will vary and will depend on the concerns identified but may include (but not exclusive to): 

  • Emergency food vouchers
  • Support with food pick-ups/drop offs due to self-isolation
  • Assistance for prescription purchases and delivery 
  • Mobile phone credit for those isolated and with limited support networks 
  • Support with gas and/or electricity vouchers for those facing increased fuel bills
  • Mental health support and advice 
  • Signposting to other services of support

 Parents or Guardians requesting a call just need to click on the following link which will take them to a referral form: https://evertonfc.tfaforms.net/528   

Once the form is submitted, staff at Everton in the Community will contact the parent or guardian to identify how we may be able to help.

Knowsley Council Early Help Hub

We know that some families may be finding it stressful and harder to cope during these difficult times. We don’t want people to struggle and we have a team of staff who can talk you through any issues and offer you some advice and guidance.

Contact the Freephone helpline on 0800 073 0043 and ask for your information to be passed onto the Early Help Hub and one of our staff will call you back.

Or you could complete the online form by clicking the ask for help and support on this link https://www.knowsleynews.co.uk/community-hub/

Update

School will be closed as of Friday 20th March 2020 for all except a small group of key workers.  ADVICE is that children should remain at home if at all possible. Please heed this advice.

Please keep your children and families safe. We will continue to keep you updated on our Parent App. School staff will still be available via the school email, stcolumbas@knowsley.gov.uk. You can also contact Miss Rainford, school admin, on 077457918917 or Miss Lorraine on 07784983020.

As we close today, please do not put too much pressure on yourselves.  The most important thing is that the children have a positive experience whilst at home and this can be done in lots of simple ways.   We will miss the children enormously and will contact all of our families for weekly check-ups either via Class Dojo, Tapestry, email or phone.

Please, if you have access, encourage your child to stay in contact via Class Dojo or Tapestry. Class teachers, and TAs would love to hear from them, and you, to hear about all of the wonderful things that you have been doing.

Easter ‘Holidays’

Our parents and children have been doing an amazing job of staying positive, staying safe and completing  learning that teachers have set.  The teachers are really pleased with the interaction via Dojo and Tapestry.  Over the Easter holidays, however, we think that it is really important that you all have to rest, down time, family time and fun.  We will, therefore,  not be posting any work for the Easter period. We will continue to post work for those who would like some structure etc. after the Easter Holidays.

Please continue to keep safe and enjoy the Easter holidays in whatever form they may take. If any families are struggling and need support over the Easter holidays, the school will remain open for families of key workers, and so you will be able to make contact via the school office number.

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Stay home. Stay safe.

Miss Evans

Free School Meals During School Closure

Parent Guidance

 

Headteacher: Miss M Evans
(Designated Safeguarding lead)

 Deputy Headteacher: Mrs C. Lewis

Chair of Governors: C.McCoy

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Murphy

In the event of any school related questions or queries please contact Mrs D Askew at the School on 07745791891. 

 Miss Lorraine Evans Parent Mentor is also available to assist parents/carers during the school day on 07745791891.

The children, staff and governors of St Columba’s Catholic Primary School, warmly welcome you to our website.  Thank you for taking the time to visit us.

This website is a key part of ensuring good communication between school and home. It is intended to provide up to date information about the policies, procedures and organisation of the school, as well as providing you with an insight into what your child can expect from attending our school. We hope you will find it enjoyable, interesting and informative.

The prime mission of our school is to hold hands with Jesus as we love, learn and grow together. Through this mission we will aim to: inspire, motivate and achieve; unite, nurture and thrive; believe, pray and live in the Lord’s name.

The vision that we hold for our school is to tap into talents; break down barriers and dare to dream.

Our Mission Statement is at the heart of our school. We strive at all times to reflect the love of Jesus Christ by giving our children the best education possible in calm, safe and caring environment, ensuring that their dreams really do come true.

At St. Columba’s we have high expectations and aspirations for our pupils. We believe that children should enjoy school and want to come every day.  We work hard to ensure that our environment is safe, welcoming and exciting, and that our curriculum is interesting and stimulating. We tap into the talents of every child, so that they will be motivated to achieve their full potential.

Our school is renowned for its welcoming and nurturing ethos. All visitors will be guaranteed the warmest of welcomes. The school has an excellent reputation with parents, parish and the wider community, particularly in regard to our Catholic ethos and the ‘exemplary and exceptional ‘care, guidance and support we give our children and their families. There are no barriers in our school, we unite together to fulfill our mission.