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Welcome to St. Andrew's Maghull Church of England Primary School!

Dear Parents,

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 we 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, 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 for an annual charity chosen by the School Council. Over recent years we have supported the Carla Lane Animal Sanctuary, Macmillan Cancer Care, New Hope for Africa, Support Dogs and many more besides. 

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 Drama, Role Play, Hot Seating, storyboarding and a multitude of other ideas that energise children’s motivation and attitudes. 

Even in an amazing school like ours which 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, enabling pupils to see the error of their ways. 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 me and I will take you on a tour around the school so you’ll be able to experience what it’s like to be part of this special family of St Andrew's.

Regards,

Sue Kerwin
Headteacher

 

 

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