About Our School
St. Bridget’s School originally started out in Rafferty Lane in 1868 and moved to a red sandstone building, on the current site, in 1872. The present St. Bridget’s School replaced the old sandstone one and was opened in 1966. We celebrated our 50th year in 2016!
The present school is situated in its own grounds and has been extended several times over recent years. It has play areas for EYFS, Infants and Juniors.
Since September 2016 we began to admit Nursery children on roll. Nursery children were mixed with the Reception class, however due to a rise in numbers, from Easter 2017, they have their own class and fully qualified teacher. The Nursery area has a securely gated yard with fixed play equipment which includes; a slide, play house, tunnel and built in sand pit. It also houses storage for bikes and outdoor equipment used during continuous outdoor provision. The newly developed Reception area has a securely gated yard with a mud kitchen, bike track, playhouse, large weighing scales and a weaving frame. It also has some storage for outdoor bikes and equipment. The recently installed canopies (April 2016) enable play and learning in most weathers.
The infant children (Year 1 and Year 2) have new markings on their yard along with a quiet area with mushroom seats and a wooden boat. They also have storage for their outdoor games and equipment which is used daily, during all play times. Reception and Year 1 classes have also gained a canopied area this year which allows for shelter during outdoor learning.
The junior yard has been completely resurfaced (April 2016) and has many other areas surrounding it. They have access to a field with goal posts, a wooded area, fixed playground equipment, story-tellers chair and seating, a gazebo and a picnic area. They too have storage for extra playground equipment which is monitored by Year 6 Play Leaders. All junior children access school through the junior door where every child has a locker to store their bags and coats.
The school has its own kitchen, which produces an extensive, daily-changing menu of hot, nutritious meals. Our kitchen has been awarded the highest food hygiene rating (5 stars) from the Food Standards Agency. The children eat their lunch in our large hall where we also have P.E. lessons and assemblies. We have previously won a Healthy School Award for our school meals!
ICT and Computing is facilitated by interactive whiteboards in every class; projectors; 30 laptops - stored in portable trolleys; iPads; bee-bots and pro-bots; and a green screen for making short films.
Performing arts, music, drama, speech, role play and small group work are an important part of our curriculum. There are many opportunities throughout the year for the children to showcase and develop their talents, specifically Infant Christmas plays by Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and a Junior production at the end of the summer term. In previous years we have successfully performed The Sound of Music, Oliver and The Wizard of Oz!
We have a withdrawal room in the Infants which allows for a quiet space to do small group work, intervention groups, or listen to readers.
Off the hall is our Nurture Room, where the Pastoral Care Mentor holds Nurture Groups or individual sessions with children, working on self-esteem, emotional well-being or specific, personalised mentoring. On other occasions the room can be used for interventions, phonics sessions and listening to readers. This room has recently been updated by the PTA (Friends of St Bridget's) and with funding from Sellafield. This has enabled us to purchase a range of sensory equipment for use by all children.
We have a whole school library which was funded by the money raised during fundraising events. It created a wonderful and magical space where children can get lost in a book. The library has space for small groups, from the junior classes, to work in and for adults to listen to daily reading.
St. Bridget’s is committed to ensuring the best school experience for all pupils and we will continually strive to offer facilities which enhance the learning for all.