St Patrick's is a voluntary aided mixed primary school providing education to children from ages 3 to 11 in the Diocese of Leeds and there are currently 259 pupils on the roll, of which 96% are baptised Catholics.
Pupils come mainly from the parishes of St Patrick’s Birstall and Our Lady of Unfailing Help & St Paul of the Cross, Cleckheaton.
The school was judged as outstanding in its last OFSTED inspection, in June 2018 was graded outstanding in its Section 48 inspection and has just been announced as the best performing primary school in Kirklees.
St Patrick’s is a happy, inclusive and friendly school where pupils enjoy learning and are cared for by dedicated and enthusiastic staff. We pride ourselves on supporting the development of loving and nurturing relationships within the school community based on Christian care and respect, coupled with high expectations and aspirations for each child. This is clearly reflected in our school mission statement.
At St Patrick’s we endeavour to provide not only outstanding education for our children, but also support in the development of their minds, body and spirit through the provision of a wide range of opportunities for personal growth and challenge. We place great emphasis on delivering a broad curriculum, one that is not just focused on SAT outcomes.
As a school we recognise that each individual member of our community makes their own unique contribution to the school. We believe in the importance of sharing best practice between schools to enrich and professionally develop our staff and in turn our pupils and therefore have great links with other primary schools in our pyramid including St John Fisher’s Catholic Academy, for which we are a main feeder school. We have very well-established links with both our parishes and the parish priest at St Patrick’s attends regularly both to celebrate Mass and visit classes.
‘Teaching is of a very high standard. A high proportion of it is outstanding and none of it is less than good.’
‘Attainment is excellent, a high percentage of children achieving at or above expected levels by the end of each key stage. Progress is good.’
St Patrick’s has a reputation as a caring school that provides support to all its pupils, especially the vulnerable and those with special needs.
The school provides a warm, nurturing environment, good resources and a commitment to team work and the professional development of staff.
‘Pupils are full of enthusiasm for their school and are proud to be St Patrick’s pupils. They are highly appreciative of the staff.
They are polite and well behaved and their relationships with each other as well as with the adults in school are excellent.’
June 2018 Section 48 R.E Inspection Report