St Francis’ P.S. was opened in 2001 by then Education Minister, Martin Mc Guinness and the Very Reverend Bishop John Mc Areavey. It now has 826 children on roll, a total staff of 92 and an annual budget of over 2.5 million pounds. Our last inspection report in January 2016 confirmed the high standards across the school;
‘As they progress through the year groups, the standard of the children’s written work shows very good progression; they plan, draft and edit their work and write in a variety of forms for a range of purposes and audiences. The presentation of their work is of a consistently high quality across the key stages.’
‘The children's standards in English, Irish and mathematics in the Irish–medium unit are very good. Almost all of them demonstrate high levels of understanding and fluency in Irish.’
‘The leadership and management of the school are very effective. There is a clear strategic direction for future developments in the school which takes account of the needs of the children, parents, staff and the wider community.’
Ours is one of the largest schools in Northern Ireland and we take great pride in having developed a school community where we all contribute, work and learn together to help all pupils to be the best they can be. We are fortunate to have super resources like ipads for every child, a magnificent outdoor learning woodland area, two large halls, two well stocked reading rooms, a colourful vibrant library and onsite ‘before and after’ child care facilities. From Nursery through to Year 7, we want all pupils to have a memorable experience in which we bring out the very best in them. We work hard to achieve, to compete and to succeed and we love to celebrate those achievements from trophies in sports, drama, dance or music to helping a child improve his or her reading age.
Our main foci will always be in Literacy, numeracy and Using Information Technology but we promise to add so much more to the children’s experiences in St Francis’. I urge you to make this web site a regular stop when you are browsing the internet to catch up on our news, to see what the big events are each month, to look at what is happening in specific year groups and to avail of helpful hints and ways to complement what we do if you are a parent.
I hope you keep in touch with us here, on Facebook, Twitter or See-Saw and that your experience of St Francis’ is a very positive one.
AB Mc Morrow
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