Rosary Catholic Primary School

Rosary Catholic Primary School
Rosary Catholic Primary School

“Very exciting... you have fun here!”
- Alejandro

“We respect each other like a family”
- Megan

“Coming here will give you a good education is an amazing school”
- Charlotte

“The Rosary School is a fantastic place... It's a peaceful paradise for learning”
- Laurance

“When I joined in Y1 everyone was accepting and made me feel welcome”
- Abraham

“I don't want to leave because of the great memories I have made here”
- Hannah

“Everyone treats each other like an equal”
- Grace

“We are like one big family, who achieve the best!”
- Toby

“ achieve high levels and get lots of support”
- Findlay

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School Ethos and History

School Ethos

"The ethos of the school, based firmly in its Christian values of ‘Following in Jesus’ footsteps’, ensures that pupils feel respected and valued. Pupils show courtesy and respect the views and opinions of one another." Ofsted 2017

"Pupils enjoy school and feel safe. They take responsibility for their behaviour, which promotes a welcoming and inclusive ethos." - Ofsted, June 2017

“The school’s Catholic heritage effectively pervades the ethos for learning and life. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good as a result.” – Ofsted, June 2011

Our Catholic faith is at the very heart of our school and this is evident as soon as you step through the doors of the Rosary School.   Everyone within the school works very hard to treat each other with care and respect just as Jesus taught us to 'love one another as I have loved you'.

Our mission statement is “We do our best, following in the footsteps of Jesus”.  This statement reflects our desire to see each member of our community develop to their full potential within the safe and welcoming environment of the school, and underpins the Christian ethos of the school. We believe that our rich and varied curriculum covers all the elements vital to each child’s development.

Jesus is at the heart of our school and as such we welcome and value equally all members of our school community, Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

Our close link with the Parish of the Immaculate Conception is very important to us, and we have regular visits from Father Christopher, who makes a significant contribution to the spiritual development of both pupils and staff at the Rosary School.

Rosary Primary School

School History

The Rosary School was opened by Dominican sisters in what is now the Parish Hall, on 5th March 1875, with an attendance of 17 children. It was established to serve Catholic and other families in the parishes of The Immaculate Conception, Stroud, and St Joseph’s, Stonehouse. Catholic children account for approximately 55% of the pupils on the school roll.

The school flourished, growing considerably in size, until, in July 1964,  its existence as an all-age school was terminated. The senior pupils left to attend St. Peter’s Secondary School, and under the headship of Mr Tom McCarthy, the Rosary Catholic Primary School opened, with 200 pupils on the roll.

In the summer of 1965, permission was obtained to build a new Primary School on the present site and this was completed by 1967. The architects and builders won the National Civic Trust Award in recognition of the successful way in which the building made use of its environment.

The Official Opening and Blessing of the new school was performed by the Bishop of Clifton on 26th March 1968. The school has continued to enjoy a high standard of education and care of its children.

Rosary Primary School

50th Anniversary

In July 2017, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the present Rosary School building, completed in 1967. We held a special Mass, celebrated by Bishop Declan in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Stroud. We also created a photographic display of the Rosary School through the last six decades and invited many of our current and former pupils, parents and teachers to visit the exhibition.


The fundamental Catholic character of the school is enshrined in the Diocesan Trust Deed, an extract from which is given below (1971: Sec. 2.ii)

“So long as any part of the trust property is used as or for the purposes of the relevant school, nothing shall be done in respect thereof which shall be inconsistent with the Act of Parliament relating to education for the time being in force or any regulations made thereafter but so that the religious doctrines and practices to be taught and observed in any such school shall be, in all respect, according to the teaching and usage of the Roman Catholic Church and at the decision of the Bishop as to whether this requirement is being compiled with, shall be absolutely conclusive and final.”