St Thomas’ Church of England Infant School is a very friendly, welcoming school with a strong Christian ethos. The Schools’ Core Value Statement ‘Journeying together in Faith and Love’ encapsulates the core values of our school. These core values are developed and embedded across the school through the values of thankfulness, truthfulness, friendship, forgiveness, compassion and respect.
The school currently has 96 children on role aged between 4 and 7, Reception to Year 2, over four classes. All classes have a full time teaching assistant to support the children.
Through our core Christian values, we journey together in faith and love. Through this we prepare our children with the knowledge, skills and understanding, and the personal commitment to make a difference to the ever changing, diverse world in which we live.
Our values are incredibly important, and are the basis on which our curriculum is taught.
Every half term we focus on a different value and this is then explored through our worship and learning in an age appropriate way.
For example our core value of thankfulness is explored through Harvest and giving to others, with pupils contributing to our local community food bank and fundraising for our link school in Uganda.
The school was last visited in November 2019 for a History subject inspection. In addition to reporting very positively on the subject they also concluded that:
The findings do not change the overall effectiveness judgement of outstanding from the last section 5 inspection
Overall judgement of Excellent was in respect of the question:
How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?
They also concluded that the Impact of Collective Worship was also Excellent
Great feedback from SIAMS inspection
Recent SIAMS inspection observed a strong sense of the values at St Thomas'
SIAMS is the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools. Recent reports are for November 2019 and January 2020. The full text of the reports can be found at the link below.
Meaningful experiences offered to pupils at St Thomas’ are life-changing. Pupils are growing in confidence all the time, and get involved in Rota Kids, a young person’s experience of supporting community events.
Parents have nothing but praise as these young pupils discover themselves. Pupils know the road they travel, and the importance of ‘being kind to people’, living out the values. Undoubtedly, St Thomas’ pupils are proud of who they are. They are learning to love and be kind to the world near and far.
Results we are proud of
Due to the COVID pandemic formal testing of pupils has been limited. Since there are no formal results for the year 2019/20 those shown are for the previous year, 2018/19
You can find further information on the Government website
Numbers in blue are the National results
Our relationship with the church
Our connection with St Thomas’ Church remains a fundamental part of school life. Our school values and Collective Worship reflect the Anglican Christian tradition.
We hold an annual round of school services, including the festivals of Harvest, Christmas, Easter and a Leavers’ Service. Children also come to church for some of their collective worships and for educational visits.
St Thomas' Infant School, and Woolton Hill Junior School, are linked with Bulera Primary School in the Mityana district of Uganda. We exchange information about our school and countries.
Pupils at our school raise money to support Bulera School and Bulera pupils reciprocate with gifts of handmade toys and crafts.
St Thomas' Church of England Infant School and Woolton Hill Junior School have always worked closely, with many of the pupils progressing from Infant to Juniors.
After consulting with stakeholders, the two schools federated in 2020 to form the Schools of Woolton Hill.
We are at the start of the journey to fully realise the benefits that federation can bring, under the leadership of new Executive Headteacher, Paul Davies.
By Federating the two schools, our children benefit from a continuity from Infant to Juniors, creating a continuous educational journey through these key stages. We are also able to benefit by sharing resources between both schools.
At the same time, by retaining the identity of each school, we are able to provide a dedicated and focussed learning environment for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Sarah Rolls, Chair of Governors