It’s been a flying start to the new school year at St Alban’s Catholic Primary School in Denaby Main.  Staff and governors have ensured no time has been lost since their return to school in September.

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The completion of a five hole golf links on the school field is set to introduce the children to the game of golf as part of their PE curriculum.  With short and long range tees, sand bunkers and wild areas to negotiate the children will develop a host a technical skills, leading to sporting excellence, and all within the safety of the school’s own grounds.  School leaders have long term plans for the golf links facility, including extra-curricular activities, after school provision and links with local sports partners.

For the first time in its history St Alban’s school is now offering childcare provision for children from 2+ years in partnership with ‘Little Einsteins’, an established nursery provider consistently rated Outstanding by Ofsted.  Everyone associated with the exciting new venture is thrilled with this long overdue nursery provision based within the school site.  At last our school can offer high quality funded and private care and education for our children from 2 years old, increasing nursery facilities locally and offering greater parental choice.

In addition to this extremely positive start to the school year, Ofsted conducted a Section 5 Inspection in September and judged St Alban’s to be a ‘Good’ school.  Senior leaders were delighted inspectors found that, “spirituality is strong throughout the school and this leads to staff and pupils feeling included and part of the school team”.  Inspectors also recognised that “staff and pupils share their ambitions to make the school even more successful”.  The Report states, “teachers inspire the pupils by planning activities and lessons that excite them”, and went on to say “a significant number of pupils make more than the progress expected of them, particularly in the early years”.  Also acknowledging, “pupils make good progress overall and are well prepared for the next stage of their education”.  This is because; “children are well supported in their learning and wellbeing is given a high priority”.

Mrs Jo Ayres, head teacher said, “Here in St Alban’s nurturing the whole child is at the heart of our ethos, we value each child and understand that each child is unique.  The children of our school are always at the forefront of our development decisions. This is why we have committed great thought, effort and hard work into implementing and developing an exciting curriculum with an array of wide and varied experiences.  We are passionate that our children are given every opportunity not simply to grow, but to thrive within a safe environment that puts children’s personal development and wellbeing at the forefront.”

Children from St Alban’s School are pictured above enjoying each other’s company.