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St Brides PS Belfast

A Message from the Principal

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St Bride’s P.S. is one of the largest primary schools in the Catholic Maintained sector. There are four classes in each year group, occupying two sites and is situated in South Belfast. The current enrolment is 870 including a two unit full time Nursery for 52 pupils. The school caters primarily for pupils from St Brigid’s Parish. However in recent years the increase of newcomer children, with a wide range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, has created a changing and challenging profile in the school population. There is a school library, ICT suite, Music Room and Special Needs rooms.

Our aim is to educate the children through the transmission of our culture and values in accordance with the Catholic tradition which fosters the development of the whole child in his/her spiritual and moral growth as well as in academic achievement. The school has good links with other local schools as well as with community groups, charities and external agencies. While respecting the traditions and cultures of all in the school, a particular feature of the school life is the strong bond with St. Brigid’s Parish. Liturgical events in the life of the school are frequently celebrated in the Parish Church, located on the neighbouring site. The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum, designed to meet the needs of all the children at their different stages of development. The most recent ETI inspection reported that the quality of the education was very good and that the school is meeting very effectively the educational and pastoral needs of the learners and has demonstrated its capacity for sustaining self-improvement.

The current teaching staff is Principal, 2 Vice-Principals and 36 full-time teachers, including three Additional Learning Needs teachers and two Nursery teachers. There is an active School Council of elected pupils and a pupils’ Eco Council to promote Education for Sustainability.

The wide range of experience and expertise of the staff is put to effective use in a well developed system of year group meetings, with subject and Key Stage co-ordinators taking prominent leadership roles. High value is put on staff development and distributive leadership.

Parents are encouraged to participate in the life of the school through parent/teacher meetings, interviews, school reports, newsletters, social events. There is an active Parent Teacher Association.

Educational visits to historical, geographical and scientific centres are an integral part of our curriculum. The school engages in many STEM activities and offers a wide range of sporting and recreational activities. Music is prominent in the school with school choirs and a school orchestra who perform in the school and the wider community.

The Board of Governors take an active role in all the affairs of the school and strongly supports the work of the staff. They are committed to maintaining the high quality leadership and management of the school.

Mary Rose Quinn