Headteacher's Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Headteacher’s Newsletter

Fr Jonathan

This week I welcomed Fr Jonathan to school. It was great to talk about St Vincent’s and all the exciting plans we have. Next week Fr Jonathan will come to a special welcome assembly where I will introduce him to the children ahead of our new year Mass. Fr Jonathan is really excited to join St Vincent’s and is looking forward to getting to know everyone. 

New Year Mass

Our new year whole school Mass will take place on Thursday 19 September at 9:30am in the junior playground. If the weather is poor, the infants and juniors will go to their respective halls where the juniors will celebrate Mass and infants will have a Liturgy. Our whole school Masses are very special, where we can all come together as our St Vincent family. Please do try to come along, we value your support and would love to see you.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

The school supported by the PTA will be hosting a Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 27 September in the junior hall from 9am. In order to raise as much as we can for this charity we are asking for cake and biscuit donations from Thursday 26 September. We also need as many parents, friends and family to come along too. Please try to take some time to support this charity if you can. It is always a lovely morning and a way in which we can show our support for this most important charity. Our Mini Vinnie pupils will be helping to organise this day as part of their charitable work. The PTA are also asking for donations of any small raffle prizes; please leave at the Junior office week commencing Monday 23 September. All donations are greatly received.

Curriculum Parent Meetings 

As usual we will be holding our year group curriculum meetings. During the meeting the class teachers will explain the curriculum content for the year and activities the children will undertake. All meetings will be held in their respective key stage halls. These are important meetings and we hope that all parents will be able to attend. The junior playground and infant staff cage car park will be available for parking.

Phonics workshop for reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Thursday 19 September 5pm

Reception curriculum meeting

Thursday 19 September 5:45pm

Year 1 curriculum evening

Thursday 19 September 6:30pm

Year 2 curriculum evening

Thursday 19 September 7:15pm

Year 3 curriculum evening

Wednesday 18 September 5pm

Year 4 curriculum evening

Wednesday 18 September 5:45pm

Year 5 curriculum evening

Wednesday 18 September 6:30pm

Year 6 curriculum evening

Wednesday 18 September 7:15pm

Dates List for 2019/2020

Please find the link to the school website for the 2019/2020 dates: Whole School Dates. We have planned the whole year in order to give notice about school events. Please note that some dates may be subject to change due to the availability of Fr Jonathan and Fr Martin.

Admissions to Reception in September 2020

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 the window is now open to apply for a reception place at St Vincent’s. Please also note that parents must complete a supplementary form found on our admission tab and hand to the office with a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate. If you have any questions about admissions, please contact the school office and the staff will be happy to help. Please also see the link to School Admissions on the Trafford Council website:


Our next open morning for prospective school and nursery parents is on Wednesday 13 November at 9:15am.


Our PTA AGM will take place on Wednesday 25 September 2019 in the infant hall. We would really like as many parents to attend as possible to hear about all of the great work the PTA do together with plans for this year. Please think whether you would like to get involved in the work of the PTA and help provide funds and social events for the children and parents. All support is greatly appreciated. 

Aldi School Sports

Aldi’s Kit for Schools promotion is giving 20 primary schools the chance to win £20,000. What’s more, every school who enters by completing their Aldi’s Kit for Schools poster will also receive an exclusive school sports kit! All we need to do is collect a sticker with every £30 spent in store and fill up our school’s poster for a chance to win. Please ask family and friends if they can help to collect stickers too.

Trafford Sunrise and Emotional Wellbeing

St Vincent’s is one of the host schools for Trafford Sunrise. This agency runs workshops for parents to talk about children’s emotional health and wellbeing. Workshops are open to all parents across Trafford and there is no need to book. Please see the information leaflet attached for more information about dates and times for workshops on anxiety, behavioural difficulties and bullying.  

Parents are also very welcome to talk to our pastoral team and school SENCo about any concern you may have over the wellbeing of your child. Please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will provide you with help and support.

Diocesan Building Fund and Free School Meals

Years 1 to 6 have been provided with two handouts relating to this year’s voluntary contribution to the Diocesan Building Fund and Free School Meals. Please read, complete and return by next Friday 20 September, thank you.

SIMS Parent Consent 

We have a new, convenient way for you to access, review and request changes to the data held on you and your children direct from your phone as well as see key term dates.

From the beginning of next week, you’ll be able to access our new parent app and website at your own convenience via a smartphone, tablet or PC, anytime and anywhere:

What you will find in SIMS Parent:

  • School term, inset dates and contact details available at the click of a button
  • Access to update your contact details, so we always have the most up-to-date information in case of emergency
  • If you have more than one child at school, you’ll have access this information for all your children, from the same app.

Attendance figures for previous week

Attendance Percentages

Highest infant class attendance

Reception Mrs Jennings/Mrs Gerrard, Y1 Miss Slater, Y1 Mrs Burke/Mrs O’Keefe and Y2 Miss Campbell all 100%

Highest junior class attendance

Y3 Miss Jamieson, Y3 Mrs Leather, Y4 Mr Nicholls, Y5 Miss Carr/Mr Blain, Y5 Mrs Farrell and Y6 Miss Hobday all 100%

Overall school attendance


*Please note that disability related absence are not taken into account when calculating best attendance



We aim to be a listening school and offer an open door to parents. Mr Blain (deputy head teacher based in the junior department), Mrs Tiernan (deputy head teacher based in the infant department), and I are very happy to answer any questions you may have.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs A Harrop


Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

Tel: 0161 911 8040


We couldn’t be happier with St Vincent’s, our children are really happy there. - Parent Survey
It is a wonderful environment, our children are flourishing - Parent Survey
The school ethos gives the children excellent opportunities to develop their spirituality and knowledge of their faith. - Parent Survey
It is a really friendly school, I have been made to feel very welcome. - Parent Survey
We love St Vincent’s, keep doing what you are doing! - Parent Survey