St. Alban’s Catholic Primary School is a Voluntary Aided school in the centre of the city of Cambridge in the grounds of the Catholic Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs (OLEM). The school has a natural link with the three parishes of OLEM, St. Philip Howard and Sawston. This helps to promote a good Catholic ethos and provides cohesion amongst families who come from all over the city.
“St Alban’s School is an outstanding Catholic school. The extremely strong Catholic identity permeates the daily life of the school. The committed leadership of the headteacher and governors is instrumental in effectively promoting a strong spiritual purpose and developing the Catholic ethos. Prayer and worship are of pivotal importance in the school’s life. Staff are committed to the very high profile given to religious education.”
OFSTED R.E. Report (2010)
All the children, parents and staff benefit from being part of the community of Christ. The Gospel values of caring and respect for others are central to the ethos and work of the school. We have a School Chaplain who supports the staff, parents and children in all aspects of the religious life of the school and the Catholic community. The school is supported by the Governing Body who ensure that the curriculum is broad and balanced. The school is led by the Headteacher, Mr Joseph McCrossan.
“The pupils’ exemplary behaviour and very positive attitudes towards learning are key factors in their outstanding achievement. Pupils are keen to succeed and they work exceptionally hard in lessons. They clearly like school a lot. As one commented, ‘We all feel part of a big family.’ Their thirst for knowledge is seen in the way that many voluntarily stay in at lunchtime to work on computers, finishing off computing projects or completing other work.”
“Governance is highly effective and has played a key part in continued school improvement since the previous inspection. Governors are very well trained and have an excellent knowledge of all aspects of the school’s work. They make very good use of data on pupils’ attainment and progress to check the success of provision. This means that they have a very clear picture of how well the school is performing in comparison with others, as well as what still needs improving.”
“Staff and governors all provide outstanding leadership to colleagues. The headteacher and his staff want only the best for pupils and they work relentlessly to achieve this. Together, they have created an extremely positive culture where teaching and behaviour can flourish and pupils can develop a love of learning. Team work across the school is strong and this ensures that policies are applied consistently well across the school.”
St. Alban’s is a happy and popular school where children are loved and cared for, where they become very independent, confident and reliable young children as they experience the many exciting opportunities ahead of them. They are at the centre of our thoughts and by listening and working with them we offer an education which is fun, exciting and challenging.
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