and Catholic Life of the School
Serving the Wakefield Parishes of
St Martin de Porres and SS Peter and Paul
St Austin’s is a Catholic Primary School and Religious Education is a core subject, and is at the heart of everything that we do. We are a school of faith, achievement, care, quality and opportunity for all. Our school aims to put Christ at the centre of everything it does by integrating Gospel values and the teachings of the Catholic Church into every aspect of learning and teaching and the totality of school life. Through getting to know Jesus our children learn the importance of love and respect for all and how these values are reflected in their own behaviour and attitudes.
Our children’s journey towards adulthood will also be a journey of faith. Links between home, school and Parish are of great importance to us and we strive to maintain and strengthen these in as many ways as possible.
We work together to develop a school community which encourages each individual to grow in the love of God and of each other. A community where faithfulness and integrity, dignity and compassion, humility and gentleness, truth and justice, forgiveness and mercy, purity and holiness, tolerance and peace and service and sacrifice are the foundations on which we are invited to build our lives. A community which puts Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church at its centre through the development of a worshipping and evangelising community. We value the diversity our children and families bring to our school community and celebrate the culturally and linguistically rich environment in which we learn together.
Children have regular opportunities for prayer and participation in liturgies, which enable them to explore their spirituality and their response to God and to other people. They take part in many forms of prayer, including traditional prayer, music and liturgical dance, as well as different liturgies and assemblies. The Eucharist is at the heart of our prayer life and children participate as fully as possible in an age appropriate way.
The Way, the Truth and the Life is the core resource for our RE lessons and children follow this from Foundation Stage to Year 6. Their attainment and progress is tracked using the levels of attainment set by the Diocese. We incorporate many things into our lessons including artwork, drama and dance.
Like the other core subjects, children are assessed throughout the year. Staff set ambitious and challenging targets for our children to reach academic success. We encourage our children to be independent, resilient and lifelong learners. They are encouraged to develop to their full potential in all areas, through the provision of a curriculum which is suited to the children’s needs and stages of development.
Each classroom has a prayer focus reflecting the season of the liturgical year as well as their current RE topic and the school has several displays in key shared areas which reflect the Catholic nature of our school.
We are a caring school with high expectations. We are a very diverse community and concern ourselves with each individual in this community. Children are taught to respect other faiths and during the year opportunity is given for them to explore other faiths across the school. We will respect and support one another, embrace diversity and celebrate each other's talents and successes.