Headteacher's Newsletter

20 July 2018

Dear Parents,

School Reports

Today you will receive your child’s end of year report. This year once again, we have linked our report writing more closely to the systems used to enter, monitor and analyse our children’s progress and attainment. This enables us to produce a report which reflects the strengths, successes and areas of development for your child. We hope to also demonstrate an excellent understanding of your child and their unique abilities.

All of the reports are very comprehensive but you may wish to refer to the guidance notes attached to your report for clarification. There is a parental comment sheet provided in the report. We value your feedback so we ask that parents complete the feedback sheet before the end of term. If you feel there is something you would like to discuss with your child’s class teacher please speak to the teacher concerned to make an appointment.

We are very proud of all of our children’s achievements this year. Our pupils have worked hard and we acknowledge the support of staff and parents in helping them on their academic and spiritual journey. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries.

End of Year Mass

Please join us for a special open air end of year Mass on Monday 23 July at 9:30am. Whole school masses are always very special so please do try to come along. We would love to see you.

Year 6 Leaving Mass

Year 6 will have their leaving Mass on Wednesday 25 July at 6:30pm at St Vincent’s Church. 

Year 6 Leaving Party

The year 6 leaving party will take place this evening. Thank you to all of the parents who have worked hard to plan a wonderful evening for the children.

Year 2 and Year 6 Performances

Year 2 performed Treasure Island this week. The children were absolutely fantastic. It was so wonderful to see our children sing and act so confidently. 

Year 6 performed Matilda - Our Story this week. The children gave a magnificent performance. They have certainly made some very special memories to take with them to year 7.

Thank you, once again, to all of the parents for such great support and to the staff who have refined each and every scene in order to present such polished and entertaining performances.

There is still chance to order a DVD from ParentPay over the weekend for either performance. The payment items will be closed at 10am on Monday morning so please log on to ParentPay before this time to avoid disappointment.

Summer Reading Scheme

As usual we will be supporting the Summer Reading Challenge. This is a fun way to keep up reading skills over the long break. We are actively promoting this in school and children who present their final Summer Reading Challenge certificate to me will receive a special gold award in recognition of their hard work over summer.

The Summer Reading Challenge for 2018 is called Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children's title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary. Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help them solve clues and collect stickers, having lots of fun and adventures along the way. We hope that lots of children take on this challenge so please do try to pop to your local library to pick up a starter pack.

Reading Books

As we come to the end of the year please can all class reading books be returned to school. Please look through your bookcases and toy boxes for any St Vincent’s books you may have. You may even have books from previous years to return too.  Please do take the time to bring any books back as we want to maintain the choice and breadth of books for children to choose from.

Football Kits

Please return any outstanding school football kits to the school office.

PTA News

The PTA would like to thank all the committee members, school staff and volunteers that have helped to make this year such a successful year for us. In the last year the PTA has raised an amazing £30,500 over around 13 events. Particular thanks to the Summer Ball team for their incredible successful event.

The PTA will be holding their AGM on Tuesday 25 September, please make a note of the date and come along to help us make next year even better.

Welcome Mass at St Vincent’s

St Vincent’s Church will be welcoming our new reception children and their families at a special Mass on 23 September 2018. Please see the flyer attached for more details.

Attendance Figures For Previous Week


Attendance Percentages

Highest infant class attendance

Reception Miss Coffey 100%

Highest junior class attendance

Y5 Miss Carr / Mr Blain 100%

Overall school attendance



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

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

 Yours sincerely,

Mrs Harrop






Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs A 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