An introduction to our school

St Paul’s School is a one form entry, Voluntary Aided Church of England School in the Diocese of London. It is attached to St. Paul’s Church, New Southgate, N11. The school is situated off Friern Barnet Road and is easily accessible both on foot and by public transport.

Housed in a combination of Victorian and modern buildings, the school offers good facilities for all its pupils including well equipped classrooms, a ‘Creative Space’ for music and art, a large playground, shared rooms for small group work and a beautiful outside ‘Peaceful Space’. We are currently developing an indoor ‘Chapel Space’ where children of all faiths are invited to reflect and pray. We are are also building a playground area just for our Year 6 children to ensure they have the room to take part in independent activities.

The school has a separate EYFS building with its own playground for our Nursery and Reception children. Children are admitted to Nursery in September following their third birthday. Places available are for morning, afternoon or full day sessions. Children are admitted to the Reception class in September prior to their fifth birthday.

Throughout school, each class is of mixed ability and under the care of a teacher who has responsibility for the general curriculum throughout that academic year. Support staff in our school play an important role in aiding and challenging learners. Please see our ‘special educational needs’ and ‘higher attaining pupils’ policy for how we address the needs of these learners.

THE AIMS OF OUR SCHOOL
WE AIM TO:

●     Create a secure and happy environment in which all children are able to develop their confidence and self-esteem.

●     Help each child to experience success and to achieve his/her full potential.

●     Provide quality teaching which will meet the individual needs of each child.

●     Help children develop lively enquiring minds, the ability to question, to think rationally and to apply themselves to problems.

●     Provide an ethos in which all members of the school community are able to understand and experience the Christian faith and its outworking in daily relationships.

●     Encourage children to develop a sense of personal responsibility for themselves, their fellow pupils and the community.

●     Foster harmonious relationships between children, staff, parents and the local community.

●     Enable children to develop an understanding of themselves, the community and the world in which they live.

●     Provide experiences which help children realise that learning can be fun and stimulating, and so create within them a love of learning.

●     Provide equal opportunities for all children irrespective of their gender, race, physical ability or religion.

●     Show that all pupils are of value to God and to the school and to each other.

School Vision & Values

We are a welcoming community underpinned by a strong inclusive Christian ethos. Each individual is encouraged to work with their whole heart to strive for wisdom, through learning which is broad and enriching. We show compassion for all in God’s creation and have the endurance to meet future challenges.

 WISDOM – COMPASSION – ENDURANCE

“Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart” Colossians 3:23“

OUR SCHOOL GOVERNORS

The school is governed by a Board of Governors whose members represent the Church at Parish, Deanery and Diocesan levels, the London Borough of Barnet, elected parents and elected members of the teaching and non-teaching staff. The Governors have a general responsibility for the effective management of the school although they are not expected to take detailed decisions about the daily management of the school. Their responsibilities include:

●     the admission of pupils to the school

●     the management of the school budget

●     the maintenance of the building, its insurance and development

●     the use of the building outside school hours

●     the appointment of staff

●     the teaching of Religious Education and worship in the school

●     the implementation of the Inclusion Policy

●     the general oversight of the whole curriculum

The Full Governing Body meets at least once a term. Tasks may then be delegated to a number of smaller committees. Minutes of the Governor’s meetings are available from the school.