The Governors of St Patrick's School appointed Mr Anthony Rush as
Headteacher of St Patrick's with effect from 1st September 2003.
Mr Rush is a proven and successful Headteacher, who previously worked
at St Ignatius' School, Ossett.
SHORT HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL
Catholic Church has always promoted the education of the young,
In times gone by monasteries and Monastery Schools were often the
only places of education and culture.
In 1820, penal laws against Catholics were lifted. We were free
to have our own Bishops, own places of worship and establish schools.
Records show that a Catholic school commenced in Birstall as early
as 1877. The school was built before the first Church (now the Parish
Social Club) on Low Lane and parts of the original school building
remain on the site.
The Sisters of St Paul, a teaching congregation, took charge of
the school in 1894 and have maintained a presence ever since. The
existing school building, with its pleasant green site, was built
in 1965, was extended in 1974 and again in 1991 and 1993. The school
now has, in addition to basic facilities, a Nursery Unit, a Library,
a Resource Room and a Computer Room.
OF THE SCHOOL
school is classed as a Voluntary Aided School. Under the 1944 Education
Act it is enabled to remain faithful to its original Roman Catholic
foundation, the instruments of government and trust place the educational
enterprise in the Roman Catholic Christian setting.
The majority of Governors are known as Foundation Governors and
are appointed by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Leeds, Bishop Arthur.
Governors in turn, appoint all staff, both teaching and non-teaching,
thus ensuring that all staff, especially teaching staff, fully support
the Ethos, Mission Statement and distinctive nature of the Catholic
This ethos is not confined to the Religious Lesson and the daily
Act of Worship, but permeates and reflects all that we say and do
within the school, and, hopefully having some message of hope to
offer to the wider community.
ETHOS OF THE SCHOOL
Governors declare, in accordance with the teaching of the Catholic
Church and as stated in Vatican II documents, "the principal
agencies for the education of children are first and foremost the
parents, society, church and school",
(in that order).
As a Catholic Aided Primary School we aim to serve the needs of
the local Catholic community, and, where possible, the needs of
our neighbours. We believe Christ to be at the centre of the learning
process and thus we proclaim and promote the gospel message in all
its fullness, sharing with the Bishops and Church's message to serve,
to teach, to sanctify and to form a part of a worshipping community.
Therefore, all that happens in this school, the relationships, the
aims, the curriculum, care and discipline are rooted and formed
by our belief and by our Mission Statement.
recognise that every person has a divine origin and an eternal destiny.
With this in mind we, at St Patrick's School, aim to provide a broad
and balanced education that is rooted in the Catholic faith. Our children
will be encouraged to live the Gospel values through all aspects of
the Curriculum and the events in their daily lives. We seek to foster
respect for the unique value and giftedness of each member of the
school community and to prepare our children for life in the wide
world of diverse cultures".
you would like further information about St. Patrick's school, please
St. Patrick's Catholic School
Tel: (01924) 326747.