St Patrick’s is a voluntary aided Roman Catholic school with a part time Nursery, in the Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark. It serves the parishes of St Patrick’s, Plumstead and Holy Cross, Plumstead Common. The school covers the age range of 3-11. There are approximately 340 children on roll, including up to 52 in the Nursery.
The school is located at the bottom of Griffin Hill, Plumstead. Entrance is made from the school entrance on Ancona Road. The school is well served with nearby public transport links. British Rail Station is located at about a 5minute walking distance and various bus routes stop nearby.
The school is housed in three buildings. The oldest part of the school dates from 1893 and houses the school hall, the dining hall, the medical room, the staff room, Junior toilets and the Nursery.
The main building, built in 1909, consists of eight classrooms and a fiction library. There is also a small group room, which is used to support children with special educational needs. Upstairs there are two small rooms where the Place 2 Be Service offers a counselling service to children in the school. A teaching space was created on the roof in 2002 which has now been converted to the school ICT suite. There is also a small room where the schools Learning Mentors are based. The premises manager’s office is on the ground floor at the Griffin Road entrance to the school.
In 2011, two fantastic new classrooms, toilets and a small kitchenette for cookery was built on what was formerly an old playground on the roof.
The Infant Building was constructed in 1973 and houses the school entrance, the school office, the Head-teacher’s office, three infant classrooms and the Infant toilets. Bordering the infant playground are two additional classrooms that have also been recently built.
There are lively displays throughout the school which promote a sense of communal pride in our work and surroundings, as well as respect and a sense of curiosity regarding the work of others. Children and staff take a pride in the children’s achievements and this is celebrated throughout the school in a number of ways.
We operate a no-smoking policy on the school premises to ensure a healthy environment for the children and to reinforce health education messages. Dogs must not be brought into school, but should be kept outside.