St Michael’s is a voluntary aided primary academy for boys and girls. It also has a Nursery class which children can enter when they are three years old. A separate booklet is available to tell you more about our nursery provision.
First and foremost, St Michael’s is a Catholic academy. It was founded by the Diocese over 50 years ago to provide a primary education for the children of St Michael’s parish. Today it continues to provide a high quality all-round education within a setting that is designed to nurture the development of our children’s Faith. Parents and children alike value this environment, in which staff and children pray together regularly during the day, and participate in the Church’s journey through the liturgical year. Our children still come mostly from the area covered by St Michael’s Roman Catholic parish; all are encouraged to take their part in parish life. Most are parishioners, though families from elsewhere appreciate our expressed Catholic ethos and also entrust their children to our teachers’ care. We are glad that families recognise our good record in enabling each child to achieve his or her very best, academically and beyond. Our March 2015 OFSTED recognised St Michael’s as Good with Outstanding behaviour and safety.
Visits to the academy
Parents who are considering applying for their child to join the academy are welcome to come and view the academy. We do ask you to contact the academy in advance to agree a convenient time for your visit, so that a member of staff is available to show you round and answer any questions you may have.
Parents of all children who are given places at the academy are invited to an introductory meeting to hear about academy routines and arrangements for induction.
Joining arrangements for children entering full time education in the main academy
Application for a place must be made via the LEA coordinated admissions procedure. As we are a voluntary aided academy the governors determine which children are admitted if the number of applications exceeds the number of places available. Governors give priority to Catholic children living in St Michael’s parish. For full details please see the admission policy by clicking the Admissions and Prospectus link above. Alternatively, please contact the academy office administrators.
Children who have their birthday between 1st September and the end of August are admitted to the reception class in the September before they reach their fifth birthday. As part of the Local Authority Academy admissions policy, there is a single intake in September for all Reception children.
The Reception class is part of our Foundation Unit, which also includes the Nursery class.
Please see information about the Academy admission policy that is included in our website information and prospectus.