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Introduction.

St Francis Catholic School is a large, successful, and over-subscribed 11-16 comprehensive school. The school has been judged as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted (May 2016)

The St Francis philosophy is built around five strands:

• Achieving Excellence

• Caring for Others

• Living the Gospel Values

• Promoting British Values

• Preparing for Life in Modern Britain.

These five strands form the fabric of everything we do at St Francis and underpin our curriculum, teaching and learning, pastoral care, and extra-curricular provision. They also ensure that our students develop into rounded young adults ready to take their place in modern Britain.

Aims

St Francis Catholic School aims to provide:

• An excellent education for all our students regardless of ability

• A curriculum that is rich, broad, and balanced and meets the needs of all our students

• An environment where our students feel safe, happy, and cared for

• An education that develops our students morally, spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially

• An education which prepares our students for life in modern Britain.

Ethos and Values

The Catholic ethos of the school is at the heart of everything we do. It informs our relationships with each other and drives our commitment to providing the best possible education for our students.

We live out our Catholic ethos through our Gospel Values which are:

• Faith

• Hope

• Love

• Forgiveness

• Justice

• Peace

• Service

• Trust

• Truth.

These values underpin everything we do at St Francis and are at the heart of our curriculum, teaching and learning, pastoral care, and extra-curricular provision.

Ofsted

St Francis Catholic School was judged as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in May 2016.

The report said:

• “The school’s Catholic ethos permeates all aspects of its work. As a result, pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development is outstanding.

• “Pupils say that they feel safe in school and know who to go to if they have any problems or concerns.

• “Behaviour around the school is good, and pupils learn in a calm and purposeful atmosphere.

• “Teachers have high expectations of what pupils can achieve and plan interesting lessons that engage and challenge pupils.

• “Pupils make outstanding progress from their starting points in all year groups.”

The full Ofsted report is available on the Ofsted website.

Extra-Curricular Provision

St Francis Catholic School is committed to providing our students with many extra-curricular opportunities. We offer a wide range of clubs and activities that take place before, during lunch, and after school. These include:

• Arts and crafts

• Badminton

• Basketball

• Chess

• Choir

• Christian Union

• Cricket

• Dodgeball

• Football

• Homework club

• ICT club

• Library club

• Maths club

• Netball

• Orchestra

• Reading recovery

• Rugby

• Running Club

• Sixth Form committee

• Student Council

• Tag rugby

• Tennis

• Year 7 committee.

In addition, we offer a wide range of trips and visits which take place throughout the year. These include:

• Art gallery visits

• Battlefields trip

• Business enterprise trip

• Drama workshops

• Educational visits to France and Spain

• History trips

• Museum visits

• Music concerts

• Outdoor education trips

• Residential trips

• Science trips

• Sixth Form conference

• Sports tournaments.

St Francis Catholic School is a vibrant and happy community where everyone is valued and encouraged to reach their full potential. We are proud of our achievements, and we are always striving to do better. If you would like to find out more about us, please do not hesitate to contact us, and we would be more than happy to show you around our school.