St Francis School is conducted in accordance with the principles of the Church of England. Worship and religious teaching, based on a syllabus of religious education adopted by the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education, are important aspects of our curriculum.
We are proud of the close links that we have with our church. Services are held on special occasions either in St Francis Church or in the school and parents are always cordially invited to attend with their children. We attend family worship at St Francis on the second Sunday of every month, where the school flag is carried along with all the uniformed groups. School is responsible for and leads the Harvest, Education Sunday and Leavers Service in church.
St Francis Church also offers a Wednesday evening ‘Family Praise Service’ which is run by the Chair of Governors – Mrs Pat Rushton. This service is very much geared to those families who find it difficult to attend Sunday Services and is a very interactive, fun and Child friendly service.
An act of collective worship takes place each day. The Vicar comes into school regularly and during the year the children attend church for special services. Your child will be expected to participate on these occasions.
The work of the School
The main aim of the school is to provide every child with a stimulating and caring environment where they can develop to their maximum potential. We make every effort to nurture and develop the whole child. The curriculum is balanced and broadly based and aims to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, intellectual, physical and aesthetic development of the pupils and helps to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
We endeavour to help the children develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to acquire knowledge and skills based on the present which they can apply in the future.
In order to develop these skills and to further the children’s personal, social and moral development, we consider that the children need to have:
A great deal of work is directed towards building up these positive attitudes in children. In school, we aim to establish an atmosphere where children, teachers and parents, feel secure and happy and where learning takes place at a pace suited to each individual child.
St Francis is a one form entry school with seven classes. Children are taught alongside other children of his/her own age group. We do not need to mix age groups which gives a distinct advantage to curriculum organisation where it is essential to give every consideration to the individual needs of our children.
At present, the internal organisation of the classes is as follows:
Key Stage 1 (Infants)
Key Stage 2 (Juniors)
Children may also be taught by teachers other than their own class teacher in an attempt to use a teacher’s particular talent - this could be in areas such as PE, games, art, music and modern foreign languages.