Our school was previously Voluntary Aided, which meant that it was originally founded, and owned, by the Catholic Church. The school was conducted as a Catholic School in accordance with the canon law and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and in accordance with the Trust Deed of the Diocese of Plymouth and in particular:
a) religious education is to be in accordance with the teachings, doctrines, disciplines and general and particular norms of the Catholic Church;
b).religious worship is to be in accordance with the rites, practices, disciplines and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church; and at all times the school is to serve as a witness to the Catholic faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are part of the church communities of the parish of All Saints which has churches in Teignmouth, Dawlish and Shaldon. There are 12-14 members of the governing body of Our Lady & St Patrick's RC Primary School. This is made up of:
a) 8 foundation governors; including 3 foundation governors who, at the time of their appointment, would have been eligible for appointment as parent governors.
b) 2 parent governors
c) 3 staff governors (Head Teacher, Teacher Governor and Non-teaching staff governor)
d) 2 LA or community governors
The Bishop of Plymouth has the right to appoint and remove foundation governors. The Foundation Governors are appointed to ensure, as far as is practicable, that the Christian character of the school is preserved and developed. In addition to the strategic responsibilities of all school Governors, those of Aided schools also:
- Were previously ( but are no longer) the employers of the staff in the school
- are responsible for the provision, maintenance and improvement of the school building. (A 90% grant towards the cost of Capital projects was previously made by the Department for Education and Skills, but the Governing Body was responsible for raising the 10% and parents were occasionally invited to support Governors' finance.)
- decide the admission criteria in conjunction with the LA and must make arrangements for appeals against any decision not to admit a child
- decide dates of terms and times of school sessions (normally in line with the LA)
- control occupation and use of the school premises when not required for school use.
Mass is celebrated in school at the beginning and end of each term, as well as on Holy Days of Obligation or we may walk down to OLSP Church Teignmouth on these days. Parents and parishioners are invited and always welcome at these.
KS2 classes also each go one class at a time, in turn, at least twice a term to Mass at Shaldon church. We also often have parishioners and visitors from the wider community come to talk at or take part in our liturgies, acts of worship and assemblies.