Headteacher's Newsletter

17 january 2020

Dear Parents,

New year mass

It was lovely to welcome Fr Jonathan to school to celebrate our infant department new year mass. Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came along to join us.  

Year 3 sacramental parent meeting

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Y3 Sacramental meeting yesterday. We are looking forward to the Sacrament of Reconciliation service in the coming weeks.

There will be special liturgies for children on their sacramental journey at 10am Mass at St Vincent's Church on Sunday 26 January, Sunday 23 February, and Sunday 22 March.

Supporting Australia

Our supporting Australia day is on Friday 24 January, which we have chosen because Sunday 26 January is Australia Day. In keeping with the Australian flag, the children will wear a red, white or blue accessory and in return give a donation to Australia to help rebuild the communities. The children will also be writing prayers for those who have lost lives. Thank you in advance for your donations. This day will launch our focus on climate change and offer the children additional information about how we can help our planet.

Real school guide ratings

We were delighted to see that St Vincent’s has been rated the 2nd best performing primary school in Greater Manchester. We were also rated 32 out of 14,749 schools in England. 45 data points were assessed. We are very pleased with our rating and the acknowledgment that St Vincent’s is a high-performing school.

We are currently working to align our school with the new Ofsted inspection framework, most recently revised in November 2019. With any new framework, the standards required are raised together with different foci. We are of course committed to ensuring we meet all of the criteria to retain our school and nursery status. We have already been sharing our focus on reading and have lots of exciting plans for our curriculum.

Please see the link below for further information about our school where you will see that we achieved five stars for attainment, attainment for all, progress and attendance.


Just Psychology – online safety workshop

Just Psychology run workshops for parents across Trafford and St Vincent’s is one of the host schools. They have previously focused on areas such as anxiety, behaviour and bullying but the next workshop will focus on online safety and social medial. All parents are welcome to attend this important workshop which will take place on Tuesday 4 February 9:30-11am. Please do attend this workshop if you are able to do so. There is no need to book, just come to the infant department reception where you will receive a warm welcome.

The children will also be getting involved in Safer Internet Day on Wednesday 5 February and during the week there will be assembly presentations and guest speakers coming into school to deliver very important online safety information to the children.

School nurse drop-in session

The school nurse will be visiting school on Wednesday 29 January from 8:30-10:00am to offer confidential advice to children, parents and carers, listen to concerns and offer support with physical and emotional health, puberty and hygiene, health assessments, behaviour concerns and referrals to relevant services. A number of appointments are available for booking, so if you would like to talk to the school nurse either alone, or with your child, please log in to the ‘PARENT LOGIN’ section of the school website and go to the parents evening section to book your nurse drop-in session appointment. The session will take place in the infant department.

Sickness absence

Please can we remind parents of the 48-hour absence rule for children who have vomited or who have had diarrhoea. This is based on the guidelines from Public Health. It is important to ensure we keep to this guideline as we have pupils across the school who have much lower levels of immunity. Thank you in advance for your support.

St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School 300 Club – shares still available to buy

cid:image001.jpg@01D5CB9A.DCF259D0Would you like the chance to win £100 each month? Then take a chance and join our 300 Club!

The 300 Club has been running for many years at St Vincent’s. Membership shares cost £10 per year and the money from the subscriptions is divided into two equal parts. One half is paid out in prizes, and the other half goes to the school for small repairs. It is open to all parents, staff and friends of the school.

We make ten draws each year, and you can still be in with a chance of winning first prize of £100 and a second prize of £25 until July. You have to be in it to win it!

If you would like to join, shares may still be purchased through ParentPay, it is payment item ‘300 Club 2019/20’.

Free school meals

Have your circumstances changed? If so, you may be entitled to free school meals. Please check below to see if you qualify. If you do, please speak to the staff in the office. For each child in receipt of free school meals, the school receives a pupil premium funding grant to support the child. In addition, some secondary schools have pupil premium children higher up their admission criteria. Your child may qualify if you have any of these incomes:

Income Support

income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

income-related Employment and Support Allowance

the guaranteed part of Pension Credit

Child Tax Credit (as long as your annual gross income is £16,190 or less and you don’t get Working Tax Credit)

Working Tax Credit run-off after you come off Working Tax Credit

Universal Credit that you applied for on, or after, 1 April 2018. As long as your household income is less than £7,400 a year after tax, not including any benefits

There are also many other benefits to registering for free school meals. We can provide extra enrichment for your child, for example fund music lessons, some clubs and provide additional class-based support.

Altrincham Boys Grammar School are also providing free familiarisation lessons for Y5 boys registered for free school meals.

If you would like to talk about this funding please come to the office where we can explain more fully how it works. 

Junior Film Nights

Both film night dates are now sold out and tickets will be sent out next week.  Tickets are not transferable so if you cannot make it, please let the PTA know and we can refund you. Please drop your child off at the Junior Hall from 6:15pm, collection will be approximately 8:15pm.

Year 1 and 2 Disco

All tickets for the disco on Friday 24 January are sold out but there are still some left for Friday 31 January. If you can help on 31 January please contact the PTA on stvincentspta@gmail.com. Doors open at 6:30pm at the Infants and the disco will finish at 8pm.

Attendance figures for previous week

Attendance Percentages

Highest infant class attendance

Mr McCann’s Y1 class 99.3%

Highest junior class attendance

Miss Jamieson’s Y3 class and Miss Kirk’s Y5 class 100%

Overall school attendance


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

We are a listening school and offer an open door to parents. Mrs Sutton (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 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