From when the doors open at 8am to the end of the wide variety of after-school club activities, the rooms of St Leonards hum with the excitement and enthusiasm of children seeking to develop their skills and expand their knowledge of the world.
We believe children learn best through personal experiences so all our staff work hard to place learning in a real context, relevant to the child. This means you may be drawn into anything from solving the problems left behind by the big bad wolf who will only return the three little pigs when the answers are discovered, to trying out some of the sports of the winter olympics so you can write with true understanding of how the competitors zoom down each slope, to unveiling the mysteries which are baffling even Sherlock Holmes in Victorian England.
We know children achieve when they are happy and secure and St Leonards provides a caring, family atmosphere full of love and laughter. It is a place where all children are nurtured to reach their fullest potential; a place where they are enabled to have the highest of aspirations and achieve the highest standards. All our children can reach for the stars!
Christian values are modelled by staff and pupils are enabled to:
- broaden their minds in their search to explore God's creation,
- develop a heart which cares for others as well as values their own important contribution to the community
- explore a variety of ways to keep their bodies healthy through an active lifestyle and healthy living.
Please feel free to visit us at any time. You will always be made welcome.
Mrs Beverly Holmes
Our School Values:
Compassion, Courage, Forgiveness, Friendship, Generosity, Justice, Perseverance, Respect, Service, Thankfulness, Trust and Truthfulness.
What do we offer for our pupils:
- Spiritual experiences: not only through high quality RE and worship, but also through developing a wonder and amazement in God’s creation, e.g. through investigating the phenomenal range of creatures when classifying in science or the wonders of the mountains in geography.
‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.’
(Psalm 24: 1)
‘How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small.’
An active curriculum: We believe that not only do we need a healthy body to maintain a healthy mind, but also that our bodies are God-given and temples of the Holy Spirit and therefore our responsibility to keep healthy.
‘Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies.’
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
- High standards of education: Fuelled by our belief that each child is a unique part of God’s creation and should be nurtured to reach their true potential, we provide an exciting curriculum which reflects children’s individual needs and offers hands-on learning experiences. This curriculum develops a love of learning and offers children opportunities to delight in their own creativity.
- A calm, warm, secure environment with staff who display high levels of emotional intelligence to support the emotional development of pupils and vigilant safeguarding procedures.
‘The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.’
- Christian Values which are reflected in our policies, exemplified by staff and taught, both explicitly and implicitly, through our Collective Worship, RE and other curriculum. In particular, our behaviour policy is based on grace, forgiveness and fresh starts to ensure that children develop the ability to self-manage their own behaviour in a positive and productive manner.
‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.’
(Galations 5:22 - 23)
- A high quality RE curriculum which develops a clear understanding that Christian salvation is through faith not works and demonstrates how this faith impacts on the life of Christians in the bible, throughout history and in the world today.
‘I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!’
- Community involvement: Our belief that God created us to live in harmony as part of his family is reflected in the opportunities offered to our pupils to become active members of our school community (e.g. School Council, Playground Leaders, Claret and Blue Sports Crew, Worship Committee), our local community (e.g. Padiham Pupil Parliament and the joint-school events they organise within the community) and the wider community (e.g. McMillan coffee morning, Operation Christmas Child, the Bethany Family). We believe that these activities offer opportunities to develop the essential social skills to become good citizens within our society.
‘How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!’
This combination of academic rigour and warm, affirming relationships results in a school where children become enthusiastic learners, willing to take risks, who understand the potential of how to achieve more through co-operation and can take an active part in planning their learning. To this end staff nurture and celebrate good academic habits so that pupils effectively demonstrate the characteristics of effective learners:
- Reflective Learners
- Team Workers
- Creative Thinkers
- Independent Inquirers
- Self Managers
- Effective Participators