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Holy Rood

Catholic Primary School

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At Holy Rood, we resolve to develop a sense of awe and wonder at God’s creation for our children - where creativity flourishes and everyone is inspired to learn, demonstrating a curiosity about the world around them. This is reflected in our curriculum design, where we provide our children with an inclusive learning environment in which to explore, enquire, take risks, face challenges and have fun whilst on their learning journey. We have developed a fully comprehensive curriculum framework that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum as well as ensuring coverage and progression of key skills, knowledge and vocabulary. High importance is also placed on additional curriculum enhancements, which ensure the personal and social development of pupils through a wide range of additional experiences and opportunities.


Our school values and mission statement are intertwined and well embedded within our curriculum and every child at Holy Rood is recognised and valued as a unique individual. With regular opportunities for reflection, including during collective worship, we place a high focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding (including British Values) alongside physical development, well-being and mental health. We nurture individual talents and allow children to experience a deep and rich journey through education, following clear pathways of progression and using a variety of resources and learning styles to secure understanding.


We strive to ensure that all of our learners are able to face new challenges with confidence, in a Christian learning environment where informed risk taking and a resilient attitude are welcomed, encouraged and achieved. We challenge children to think and enquire - making mistakes and asking questions is how we learn!


We continuously monitor and review our curriculum, further developing the delivery and effectiveness of its design, with our children at the heart of our decision making.