St. Philip Neri is situated near the centre of Mansfield, which is the largest town in the county of Nottinghamshire. The school is large and spacious with thirteen classrooms, a library, a well equipped computer suite, an enormous hall equipped with stage and lights, a separate dining room as well as the normal administrative and staff areas. An additional Foundation Classroom was built (Summer 2014) and a programme of internal refurbishment is well underway. We have our own playing field, while children are transported by bus to the nearby swimming baths. Whole school masses, assemblies and liturgies are held in the hall, to which all parents and friends are invited.
After school, there are a number of clubs and activities organised by members of the teaching staff, parents and other providers. These include netball club, football, basketball and choir. We are very lucky to offer such a wide range of activities and would encourage all children to take an active role in these. Before and After-school care is provided by St. Philip’s Family Club. Launched in 2004 with neighbourhood renewal funding, qualified staff organise structured activities to keep the children occupied at the start and end of the school day. Further opportunities are also available during the holiday period.
The current staffing is Head Teacher, Deputy Head, twelve full-time and six part-time teaching staff. As our numbers fluctuate throughout the year, the structure is flexible and it is the school’s philosophy that teachers must be willing to teach across the full primary age-range. There are nineteen full-time teaching assistants and three part-time teaching assistants who work across the school. Parents are very supportive of our school events.
The latest Ofsted inspection was in September 2017 and the team judged our school to be ‘Good with some outstanding features’. Many aspects of our curriculum and care were celebrated including our SEN provision. We are an inclusive school, welcoming children from a variety of cultural backgrounds as well as those exhibiting a diversity of needs.
We are a busy school receiving many enquires from parents desiring a Catholic Education for their children. We aim to provide children with the opportunity to strengthen and deepen their knowledge and practice of their faith as well as offering a broadly based curriculum with a wide variety of cultural, sporting and education opportunities. We work in partnership with our neighbouring schools and designated secondary school All Saints, to enrich the learning opportunities for our children. In October 2014 the school joined The Aquinas Catholic Academy Trust.