'The best classroom and the richest learning environment are roofed only by the sky...' - Margaret McMillan
School Year 2019-2020
Our vision is for pupils at St Francis de Sales Catholic Junior School to develop an infectious passion to reach their true potential in all aspects of life. In line with our school motto, ‘Non-Excidet’ (none shall fail), we want to equip every pupil with the confidence to try new things, in spite of the inevitability that this will involve hard work and sacrifice. We are confident that our pupils will leave junior school with an independence and resilience which far surpasses that which they joined with. We are committed to seeing social mobility radically improve within our postcode through a wealth of exciting and challenging experiences which are inclusive of all learners. Furthermore, we aspire to provide a rich context for learning which helps to embed knowledge in children’s long term memory.
Opportunities for learning beyond the classroom are interwoven throughout our curriculum. We carry out a range of educational visits, aswell as residential activities and even international trips. Children are challenged to develop new skills, through our ‘Activity Passport’ initiative which encourages them to set targets and evaluate their own personal development beyond the classroom. We take pride in our structured play environment which boosts children’s creativity, confidence and social skills. Teachers at St Francis de Sales actively seek opportunities to teach beyond the classroom, recognising the benefits of new environments for embedding knowledge and promoting intellectual curiosity.
We aim to produce young people who are able to survive and thrive in today’s society; who are willing to be lifelong learners and be inquisitive and experimental. Through our curriculum and beyond, we know that children at St Francis de Sales Catholic Junior School will develop a wealth of new skills and experiences. Not only this, but a heightened ambition to excel in all aspects of their lives.