Trinity St Peter's School

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Trinity St. Peter's School opened in September 2005, following the amalgamation of the Church Schools at St. Peter's Formby and Holy Trinity Formby.

The School prides itself on its family atmosphere and Christian ethos. – “It is the quality of the School’s ethos and its excellent system of care and support that contribute much to the high standards of personal development”- Ofsted 2006.

The school has an ‘open door’ policy and welcomes enquiries from all parents wishing to view the school.

The School fulfils the Extended Schools Agenda having Wrap Around Care from 8 am to 6pm, catering for children from the age of 2 years, a Holiday Club, and established Nursery. We also operate a ‘StartRight’ group for pre school pupils every Thursday morning.

For further information please contact:
Head teacher, Mr Mike Dutton,
Trinity St Peter's CE Primary School,
Paradise Lane, Formby,
Merseyside. L37 7EJ
Tel: 01704 876391

School Update.

Bishop of Warrington pictured with staff and pupils of Trinity St Peter's SchoolMike Dutton, the Head Teacher, and I as Chair of governors are delighted to have been given this opportunity to update you all on the first 5 years of Trinity St Peters and how we would see it developing over the next five years.
The former schools of St Peter’s and Holy Trinity have had a long history of education in Formby. Until about 10 years ago both schools were operating as successful schools and serving their different parishes with pride and success. Sadly, like many other primary schools across the country, it became increasingly obvious that numbers were dwindling, Holy Trinity faster than St Peters, and Holy Trinity was reaching the point where it was no longer financially viable. It became apparent during Sefton’s review of school provision that the merger of these two schools into a new one, on the site of St Peter’s, would be desirable. The Diocese was hoping that the merger would provide the opportunity for the acquisition of government funding to build a brand new school on the St Peter’s site. Whilst St Peter’s school was not in as good condition as Holy Trinity the St Peter’s site was the larger and would allow the building of a new school whilst education continued in the current building.

The merger process was complex, at times contentious, but led to the formation of Trinity St Peter’s. The school opened in September 2005 as a 210 place, 1 form entry school with a 26 place full time equivalent nursery. Since then the school has gone from strength to strength.

The Head’s vision for the school was one that provided quality education in an enjoyable and safe environment. This was to be supplemented by the extension of ‘wrap around care’ with the provision of a school nursery.

Sadly we were not successful in our bid for a new school. Money was only available for two new builds and we were third. Whilst this was extremely disappointing the governors were determined that they would seek other ways of developing and improving the structure of the school. Rather than wait for two years to bid again, with probably a lesser chance of success, they agreed upon a five phase building programme. These phases would be funded with the support of the Diocese and what is called LCVAP funding. This is funding specifically allocated to Local Authorities for Aided schools.

To further the vision of the Head the first phase was to be a complete new build and known as the Foundation Stage. Land owned by St Peter’s Educational Trust was released to the school for this total new build. Work commenced in 2007 and the building received it first children in 2008. It cost in excess of £600,000. It is the envy of a lot of schools and in our Ofsted inspection in January 2010 the lead Inspector at his feedback meeting stated that it was bordering being a centre of excellence. This is to the great credit of all involved.

Phase 2 of the programme was started in 2009 and sadly due to circumstances beyond our control its completion was delayed and did not receive its first children until just after the start of term in September 2009, This was a more difficult phase as it involved demolition of part of the existing building and extending the build to link up with the Foundation stage building. This phase provided a new KS1 block of 2 classroom areas, conference room and pupil’s kitchens. The cost again was in excess of £600,000. We are currently discussing phase 3 with our Architects and the Diocese. This is a smaller phase involving alterations and some new build to provide better facilities for staff, toilets, storage and meeting space. Its cost will be in excess of £200,000. We would hope for a decision on the funding for this phase over the next months with a hoped start date of around March 2011. Whilst we remain optimistic we have to be realistic that politically things have changed. You will have already read that funding for new secondary school provision has been axed. We can only pray that sufficient funding will still be allocated. Phase 3 will be followed by two other phases which will again involve some new build but mainly alterations to the existing building. The current front of the building will be altered to enable a corridor to be built so that children will be able to get between classrooms without going through the hall. This can prove

disruptive. All things being equal, and our prayers being answered, we would hope that the phases will be complete by 2015 at the latest. The governors are now looking to upgrade each classroom. Regretfully available monies for such projects are limited and this may prove to be a slower process than we hoped.

The above describes the building but what about our children and the education they receive therein. We currently have 255 pupils at the school including 60 at nursery age. From day one of the merger you would not have realised that the children of the two schools had come together. The integration of the children was immediate. We have had two ofsted reports since the merger, one when we were only 12 months old but nevertheless were graded as good with outstanding features. The second Ofsted report was in January 2010 and we were as close as one can get to being outstanding. In fact if you read the report one wonders how we did not get that grading. However the Inspector decided on good with outstanding features. You can read this report at www.Ofsted.gov.uk. I am sure you would agree that in all the key areas the wording used is outstanding. Both of these Ofsted inspections were followed by our R.E. Inspections. These were graded as outstanding and the most recent really was a credit to all. Your Church school is providing the children with an excellent Christian education. The clergy of both parishes play a significant part in this process.

Since opening as Trinity St. Peter’s School the school has been awarded the International Schools Award, the Healthy Schools Award, the School Active Mark and Financial Management Standards in Schools Award.

Whilst the school is very popular with parents, we are oversubscribed, our nursery is in high demand and since it opened we have increased in numbers to near capacity, we cannot be complacent and would ask all members of the parish to continue to remember us in their prayers and to support us by encouraging those members of the parish, and beyond, with young children to consider our Church school for their nursery provision (3yrs plus) and primary education as their first preference. They will not be disappointed. Mr Dutton, the Head, is always willing to show prospective parents around the school during the school day so that one can see the school in action. Just contact the school.
You can now view the school on our new web site.
Many thanks
Malcolm Parry
Chair of Governors