It has been an eventful year for St Pius X Preparatory
School. Here we look at some of the highlights
Teachers, parents and pupils have celebrated a year of firsts for St Pius X Preparatory School. The Catholic school, based in Fulwood in Preston, took top place for SATS results in the
North West, putting them in 18th place nationally on the Sunday Times Independent Schools Ranking.
For many years they have been in the top 100 schools, but this is their highest ranking. Swimming is part of the curriculum at Pius, and two pupils made the IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools) national swimming competition at the London Olympic Aquatic Centre. Mark Tompsett, last year’s under-10 25m champion, this year added silver to his success.
This is a non-selective, vibrant school with a modern outlook, which also holds traditional values. It sees itself as not just a community, but a family, with an ethos of inclusion. There is a school council for years one to six, with two representatives from each class, voted for by their peers. Through this, children are
able to voice their views and put forward ideas.
At Oak House Nursery the two to four year olds each have a curriculum tailored to their individual needs. The very small classes in reception enable individuals to be nurtured to realise their full potential.
French is taught from ages three to ten. From juniors, the children are taught in sets for English and Maths, then in year six French is replaced with Spanish. Each child has access to an ipad, which is regularly used in parts of the curriculum. Parents are not neglected in the school’s policy of inclusion but are welcome to be involved. There is an open door policy, plus a weekly newsletter and regular information updates on social media and the school’s website.
As well as high curriculum standards, the school broadens pupils’ outlooks with a wide range of activities. Sport plays an important part in this, not only offering traditional sports; look in the sports store and there’s a maypole. This traditional dancing is taught by a former teacher, and the school team recently gave a display at Myerscough College Country Fair in Bilsborrow.
Another unusual sight was wheelchair races and blind football as part of a Disability Awareness Day which also saw pupils learning to use crutches. The day was led by Owen Hall Jnr, manager of the England amputee football team.
In spite of the dreadful spring weather, many pupils joined the before-school running club, led by a member of staff who is a Preston Harriers coach and former international athlete.
Also available are a host of extra curricular clubs like skiing, coding club, swimming, tennis, and cookery, plus yoga and acrodance – a combination of traditional dance with precision acrobatics.
The school offers a wide range of trips, including a three-day netball and football tour to York. Year four pupils attend a two-day outdoor pursuits residential in the Lake District residential at Patterdale Hall, while year six children go on their annual residential to Ampleforth College.
Learning about British Values is of great importance at St Pius
The children also support Barubari School in Nepal and funds are raised throughout the year
New headmaster Andrew Platts