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The Bishops of England and Wales circulated to parishes a pastoral letter on the environment at Pentecost. They requested that versions of this pastoral letter be made available for Catholic primary schools. Please see the attached letter

“The love of Christ shines here."


Our Lady and St Philomena’s has a strong Catholic ethos with strong Community links. We work in partnership with the local community to develop links to enrich the learning experiences of our pupils.


We believe that our children only get one chance at Education and are therefore entitled to the best. We aim to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum and strive to offer our children an Education which will equip them for the 21st Century and for life.


We believe that every child is of equal value and should be given every opportunity to develop their true potential intellectually, socially, morally, physically and emotionally. Our children feel safe and secure and are happy at school. We promote a policy of Inclusion for all. We have an ethos which caters to meet the needs of all our children and enrich their lives for ever.


As Catholics, we are committed to following the teaching of Jesus Christ, and as such, we respect one another regardless of gender, race, colour, faith and disability. We celebrate diversity.  We demonstrate mutual respect and tolerance of others' opinions.  We endorse equality of opportunity for all.  




Our aim is to develop excellence in terms of attainment and personal growth. We provide many opportunities to prepare our children for their future working life through continued development of their skills and personal qualities such as having ambition and determination to succeed. We focus on the whole child, building on their skills and talents and celebrating their achievements.


We promote a caring, learning community, where everyone is valued and may flourish. We provide good guidance and support for our pupils. There is strong pastoral care from all staff and everyone has a valuable contribution to make to the success of our school.


The curriculum offered to our children is engaging and meaningful. The Learning Environment is vibrant, stimulating, motivating and a celebration of our children’s attainment.


The spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of our school are frequently commented on by parents, LA visitors, students and other visitors. 


There is a strong Home-School Partnership and parents are very supportive of all school activities. Parents have confidence in our school. They are supportive of our work and trust us.


Our pupils are able to contribute to aspects of the decision making process within the school by expressing their views. Our children make a significant contribution to the like of our school and demonstrate a strong sense of Citizenship.


The Governing Body plays a strategic and active role in the development of our school. They are effective and demonstrate a passionate commitment for their work. They provide clear direction and appropriate challenge. We hope you find the following information useful.





To fulfil our aims and objectives, we use the ‘Come and See’ programme of Religious Education prescribed by the Archdiocese of Liverpool.  The aim of this programme is to explore the religious dimension of questions about life, dignity and purpose within the Catholic tradition.  Links are made with the pupils; own experiences and with universal experience.  Links are also made with the experience of other faith traditions.  The programme is, therefore both ‘objective’ and ‘subjective.’


For all children, the programme will raise questions and provide material for reflecting on their own experience.  It will help them to explore the beliefs, values and way of the Catholic tradition and where appropriate of other faith traditions.  For those from committed families, it will deepen and enrich their understanding and living of their faith, whilst taking into account the needs of those for whom school has been their first and only contact with the church.





Religious education is taught across EYFS, KS1 and KS2 and accounts for 10% of the weekly timetable.  Some lessons last 30 minutes while others last for 1 hour.  During these lessons, the children participate in a range of engaging activities allowing them to ask and respond to a number of theological questions.

Each term sees 3 new ‘themes’ which will be explored.  These fall into the categories of the Church, Sacraments and Christian Living.


Church Themes:


Autumn Term – the theme is the Domestic Church.

Spring Term – the theme is the Local Church

Summer Term – the theme is the Universal Church.


Sacramental Themes:


Autumn Term – the theme starts in KS1 with Baptism and moves onto Confirmation, Ordination and Marriage in KS2.

Spring Term – the theme is the Eucharist.

Summer Term – the theme is Reconciliation and moves onto the Anointing of the sick in KS2.


Christian Living:


Autumn Term – the theme is Advent.

Spring Term – the theme is Lent and Easter.

Summer Term – the theme is Pentecost.


Other Faiths:

Autumn Term - Judaism

Spring Term - Islam


Yearly Overview for Come and See - 2021-2022

Children in Need 2021

Our Lady and St Philomena's School and Church - EYFS & KS1 Collective Worship

CAFOD assembly - The Universal Chruch

The Knights of St Columbia Assembly



Prayer, reflection, worship and liturgical celebration are central to our Catholic tradition.


At Our Lady and St Philomena’s we want pupils to experience these elements of school life and the Catholic community (whilst remaining sensitive to pupils who are from other Christian traditions or other faiths).


A very important part of our school community is to experience a daily act of worship.


For prayer, worship and liturgy to be meaningful experiences, pupils should participate fully in their preparation, delivery and evaluation.  It is also very important that pupils “take away” from these school based acts.  With this in mind, attached are some prayers, reflections, scriptures and liturgies that would be experienced by your child in school.  Please share these prayers and reflections at home and pray with your child.


“The reality is, my prayers don’t change God.  But,  I am convinced prayer changes me.  Praying boldly boots me out of that stale place of religious habit into authentic connection with God Himself.

Lysa Terkeurst