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Our Lady and St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School Part of the Mater Christi Multi-Academy Trust

Personal Development

At Our Lady & St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School our key intention is to ensure that our curriculum supports the personal development of every child.

It is our fundamental belief that every child should feel valued and experience the feeling of success in a wide range of curriculum areas. Therefore, our curriculum is designed to provide BALANCE for every pupil

We have carefully  designed, organised and planned our curriculum to ensure every child receives an appropriate mix of academic and personal development and strive to ensure that, in practice, our curriculum places equal importance on core and foundation subjects.


We believe that through the curriculum we can impact on how children feel about themselves - we want them to feel clever, confident and ready to tackle any challenge they may face.


We place high priority on ensuring children’s PHYSICAL, MENTAL & WELLBEING NEEDS are met:


We understand that children will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure, therefore we carefully design our curriculum and adopt a flexible approach to timetabling to ensure that we can meet and respond to any issues which may arise.


Children’s physical and mental well-being are as valued and important as academic development.


We carefully monitor children’s progress with their personal development and our well planned and thoughtful approach to SMSC helps to ensure that every child is well cared for and supported.


Our balanced approach to the curriculum is not at the expense of high standards in core subject areas. High standards and enabling children to reach national expectations and above is of vital importance if they are to succeed at the next stage of their education and go on to achieve full and happy lives and careers.


Our full and rich curriculum, with its excellent range of experiences, ensures that every pupil at Our Lady & St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School makes excellent progress both academically and personally. Our unique curriculum ensures that every child is given the opportunity to shine and flourish.


At Our Lady & St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School we carefully design, plan and implement a curriculum which provides BREADTH for every pupil:


Careful analysis and discussion about our pupils’ backgrounds, life experiences and culture has helped us to design a curriculum with four key priorities underpinning every subject area. We believe that by focusing on the following key priorities our children will be ready to successfully meet the challenges of the next stage of their education and their lives.


These priorities are:

  • Aspiration – we aim to provide experiences which show children the wide range of possibilities available for their future.
  • Initiative we aim to offer experiences which help them to become independent and resourceful learners.
  • Environment - we aim to provide experiences which help our pupils value their environment and understand their responsibilities towards sustaining their local and global environment.
  • Experience - we have designed and planned our curriculum to offer a range of experiences which contribute to every child receiving a full and rich curriculum. The range of experiences we offer support and champion our culture, and ensure that our children benefit from a full range of academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural activities.


These activities enrich their lives and those of our whole school community. We are proud that our curriculum gives our children the skills, confidence and self-belief to lead a happy and fulfilled life, by encouraging them to aim high and work towards their goals and dreams in life.