Welcome to St. Andrew's Maghull Church of England Primary School!
Welcome to St. Andrew’s Maghull Church of England Primary School website. Thank you for taking the time to visit it.
What you will find are examples of a fairly unique environment that holds the children at the centre of all that it achieves, not only academically but emotionally, socially and spiritually. We believe in an education system that is not based upon results or league tables but which enables the child to be a successful learner and to learn how to learn in such a way that the school is exciting and challenging to children at all levels of ability.
The basic precept behind the teaching and learning at St Andrew’s is an ancient Chinese proverb that says;
‘Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for life.’
To achieve this we believe in creating an environment of excellence, enjoyment and creativity in which our children’s individual gifts and talents can flourish. Our view is that such an environment is all about inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, being challenged beyond our comfort zones and having fun and that to live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.
At St Andrew’s Maghull children learn to grow, to become independent and to learn from the mistakes they make. Without that challenge you would not have the deep learning that is typical of St Andrew’s School. This begins on the first day your child enters the Reception Class and continues until they leave at the end of Year 6. They are actively taught to become responsible for their own choices and actions.
Important responsibilities are devolved to the children. As a previous Anglican Inspection Report stated;
‘ Outstanding leadership is reflected throughout the school through the devolved leadership of the Senior Leadership Team, Head Boy and Head Girl, Prefects, House Captains, Young Leaders and the School Council.’
This pupil leadership team helps to organise school events, edit the School Magazine, participate in School Assemblies, support children’s behaviour and discuss how the school can move forward in its vision and it is very much a part of our role as a school to facilitate this. Our children grasp the opportunities presented to them at all sorts of levels. In fund-raising and charitable works, for example, they have identified worthy causes and raised sums of money that range from £72 for Children in Need, over £1,000 for Alder Hey’s ‘Imagine’ Appeal, supporting a local child with primordial dwarfism by raising over £5,000 and helping the NSPCC through raising £4,250. Most recently we have supported a school in Moldova, in Eastern Europe, through raising £1,150 at a ‘Danceathon’ held during our recent Sports and Dance Week.
Against this Christian backdrop of care and concern the children’s academic and learning progress is brought rapidly on through a balance of teaching the ‘basics’ (tables work, number bonds, grammar, handwriting, spellings etc) and enabling learning to take place through creative outcomes such as Book Arts, Drama, Role Play, Hot Seating, storyboarding and a multitude of other ideas that energise children’s motivation and attitude. The latest Church School’s Inspection noted that:
‘Pupils enjoy coming to school because “…everyone makes this school special… it’s a great school to be at….” Pupils describe their learning as exciting and fun. This excitement for their lessons is palpable and due to the school’s visionary curriculum.’
Our teachers will induct you into the innermost secrets of the universe where risk-taking is an ok thing to do, where children are stretched and challenged to higher levels of thinking and where we discover the answers to questions such as ‘Why is the itch on my back just out of reach when I try to scratch it?’
And are there any problems? Well, I would be dishonest to say there weren’t. Even in an amazing school like ours that teaches and reinforces the best behaviours there can be some problems between children. These, however, are few and far between and when they happen we take the time to deal with them swiftly and effectively. Good schools are judged by how few instances of misbehaviour there are. Great schools, though, are judged not only by how few problems arise, but how they deal with them when they do appear and OFSTED noted how effective we were when that happened.
This is, in short, a great school with great staff and great children and you just need to see it at work and soak up the atmosphere to realise just how special are the things we have to offer each and every child. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to find and browse our website. If you would like to see what makes us so special then telephone the School Office on 0151 526 1378 and arrange an appointment with the Headteacher who will take you on a tour around the school so you’ll be able to experience what it’s like to be part of the St. Andrew’s family.