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 ..it 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

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

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Rosary School FAQs

FAQ 1: We are not a Catholic family. Can we still apply to the school and will we ‘fit in?’

Absolutely! The Rosary school is a roughly 50/50 mix of Catholic/non-Catholic families.  We really appreciate the diversity this brings to our school community and warmly welcome all families.  We teach and live British Values at The Rosary School.  “Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, and for those without faith” is a foundation of how everyone in our school community is encouraged to behave.  Although the admissions criteria we abide by mean that Catholics appear at the top of the list when ranking is carried out, there is still lots of space for everyone else.

One non-Catholic parent, who was asked recently about how they felt being part of our community said, “I was worried when we joined the school eleven years ago, about whether we would feel like an outsider, or whether our children would get the same opportunities as the Catholic children.  I can assure other parents looking at the Rosary School that this has not been the case.  All three of our children settled in so well and thrived.  Faith or lack of faith has no consequence on the experiences your children get at The Rosary School.  I have made lifelong friends too with other Mums.  One of my children was House Captain in year six and I am currently a governor at the school!” Heidi Otter 

 

FAQ 2: I would be travelling in by car and do not know where I would park. 

Most primary schools do not have the facilities for parents to drive up to, or into, the school gates, due to safety concerns and lack of car park space. Fortunately, we are lucky to have an arrangement with the large Tesco on Stratford Road and are able to make use of its free parking during school drop off and pick up times. This is safe and convenient for our families as it is only a ten minute walk from the school, and is an opportunity for exercise and connecting with other parents and pupils.

 There are a small number of permits available each year for parking in the Church next to the school. These are assigned by the Church based on strict criteria including health issues, distance from home, and the number of children attending the school. There is also a disabled parking place on the lane.    

  

FAQ 3: Will my child fit in if they are “not sporty” or “very sporty”?

The well-being of the children is very important to us at the Rosary, and this includes their physical well-being. Under normal circumstances, we have lots of opportunities for the children to join a sports team, during school and in after school clubs. We compete in many local tournaments and events, and are proud to have earned the Silver School Sports Mark. We also ask the children to take part in the Daily Mile, and encourage them to be active at break and lunchtimes on the school field and on our well-equipped playgrounds which include climbing frames and adventure ropes. However, we appreciate not every child likes to kick a ball or climb and we provide opportunities for the children to engage in different activities including music lessons, drama, gardening, cooking, art and science clubs. Everyone can shine and discover what they like and what they are good at.   

 

FAQ 4: Are cooked dinners available?  

We have a kitchen onsite and an award-winning cook with a great team. The food is organic, cooked from scratch, and the children are given a choice of two different meals each day.  Meals are free for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (KS1 pupils), and we encourage them to try different foods in a relaxed environment, so they can discover new dishes they like.  Of course, some children prefer to bring their own packed lunches and that is fine too.  Part of the settling in programme for children due to join Reception class is an invitation to share lunch with us and the families other soon-to-be classmates. 

  

FAQ 5:  How do you settle new reception children into school? 

Normally we visit your child in their playgroup setting so we can see them where they are already comfortable and get to know them a little.  Parents and carers also fill out an “All about me” form so we can learn about your child from you and them.  In the summer term we host short visits to school and families are invited to have a school lunch too.  We start in September with small groups so the teacher can give each child lots of attention, encouragement, and praise.  Slowly the groups are joined until the whole class is coming in after 3 weeks.      

 

FAQ 6:  Are you part of St. Roses School? 

The Rosary School and St. Rose’s school are next door but separate entities with similar names!  This we know to cause confusion.  So, to clarify, the Rosary School is a mainstream primary school.  Our next-door neighbour, St. Rose’s, is a special needs school for children and young adults between the ages of 3-18.