Introduction


The main entrance to our school

Abbey Catholic Primary School was opened on the 29th March 1910 to serve the Parish of St Thomas and Edmund of Canterbury (known locally as Erdington Abbey).

The school has grown over the past 100 years and is now a thriving two form entry school welcoming 420 children from Reception to Year 6.

Abbey Catholic Primary School has very strong links with the Parish. Our children lead a morning Mass each week and on several Sundays throughout the Year. Our children are very well supported by families and parishioners throughout their faith journey including Sacramental preparation.

Our school motto is 'Learning to follow in the footsteps of Jesus with our friends, family and Parish'. Our warm, caring ethos is evident as you walk around our school.

We look forward to welcoming you and your children to our School Community.

Aims and Objectives

The main aim of the school is to try to provide an education for children suited to their age, ability, aptitude and needs so that they are encouraged and helped to reach their full potential.

The school also provides an experience of a living Catholic community and in this way plays its part in the initiation of the children into the full life of the Church. The Abbey School strives to concern itself with the all-round development of all the children and to help children to overcome problems and anxieties when they exist.

It is recognised and appreciated that it is the parents' responsibility to educate their children and the school provides the formal means through which these parental duties can be met. The school is eager to build and develop a partnership between the family, the school and the Church that encourages and supports the children as they develop and mature.

The school sees the child as being at the heart of the education process and believes that to be fully effective the curriculum must relate directly to each child's needs as well as the teachers' skills and the resources and facilities available. Each child needs to be helped to learn and to progress at his/her own pace, whilst being fully stretched. The child's development as a responsible social being is considered just as important as the growth of academic excellence. Ability comes in a variety of forms and this school strives to recognise these and reward any meaningful talents.

The Abbey School strives to provide children with an education which seeks to develop the 'whole' child, planned and delivered within a framework which contains a definite and discernible religious dimension. In order to achieve this it is necessary that:

  • everyone agrees with the school's aims and objectives and co-operates in realising them,
  • inter-personal relationships are based on mutual respect and understanding,
  • each individual in his/her daily life is a witness to Christian gospel values,
  • the corporate life of the school reproduces the warmth of a loving and caring family,
  • every child is encouraged/supported to strive for the highest level of formation, both secular and spiritual,
  • the school provides the right experiences and opportunities, with appropriate depth, breadth and balance, to assist the children's growth and development.