Saint Paul’s Catholic High School is keen to instil in each pupil the understanding of the needs of others, not only within the school but also the community surrounding them in their everyday lives.
Playing an integral part within the community on numerous levels, Saint Paul’s supports many charities both locally and internationally. It is continually involved with local primary schools hosting many events such as sports tournaments and activity days.
Links with the community provide experiences which support the curriculum and enhance the pupils’ learning. Through community projects young people develop respect for others and positive relationships.
Partnerships with other establishments, organisations and businesses are used to broaden and deepen the pupils’ learning and to enable them to achieve success in wider contexts. This work is carefully planned by school leaders to enhance the curriculum and develop the perspectives of both pupils and staff. Community links are fully embedded into the life and work of the school.
We use an extensive range of visitors and events to develop community, charity and themed activities which support our school values and curriculum learning. These include raising money and awareness for National fund raising events such as ‘Macmillan Big Coffee Morning’ and ‘CAFOD’. We also support local charities agreed annually such as ‘Wythenshawe Wheelers’, a charity which assists people with disabilities by providing specially adapted cycles.
Members of the local community are often invited into School including Greater Manchester Police Liaison Officers and the local Fire Service. Also the school is involved in several sport related community events such as Us Girls and Sky Living for Sport. Our work with MCFC, as part of the City in the Community programme, involves lunchtime, curriculum and extra-curricular football. There is also a community night for those aged 13-21 on Friday, KICKS, whose aim is to encourage young people to engage in an activity rather than hang around on the streets. This is run by Alex Brooks an ex-pupil of Saint Paul’s.
We have an extremely active Careers team who work closely with the community with activities such as work experience placements, job seeking workshops, talks by business and engineering experts and college taster sessions. We work closely with a number of organisations including: Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, Pets at Home and Endress and Hauser.