St Francis' 
Catholic Primary School 
 
 
A very warm welcome to St Francis' Catholic Primary School  
 

Church and Community 
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Church and Community 
 
 
Whilst being a Catholic School and therefore distinctive in our Faith commitment, we work very hard to be part of the wider Nailsea community. The headteacher and staff work with and attend regular meetings with local cluster and Catholic schools. 
 
The school enjoys strong and close links with both its parishes, with clergy playing an active role in school life. Children regularly visit St Francis Church, a walk away from school, and our Franciscan friars from Clevedon make regular visits to the school. We enjoy a special relationship with St. Bede’s Catholic College in Bristol, where it is hoped that children from our two local parishes will attend when they leave aged eleven. 
We also enjoy strong links with the local secondary schools and pupils attend a number of functions ranging from sport to music festivals and science. The children take part in sporting competitions with other schools in the area. Music festivals take place in Nailsea for Year 2 and lower KS2. We also celebrate in song and dance at the county-wide MAWS concert held at the Colston Hall each March, the Dance Festival at the Playhouse in Weston super Mare, and the Catholic Primary Choir Concert at St Bede's College. 
 
We are pleased to receive visits from the Police and Fire Brigade. We enjoy our high profile and status within the wider community and will continue to be an open, welcoming school. 
 
 
Catholic Education 
 
St Francis' is a Catholic primary within the Diocese of Clifton and is one of three Catholic primaries in North Somerset. Our feeder secondary school is St Bede's Catholic College, a beacon school with Science and PE as its specialisms. The College caters for pupils from 11-18 years and continues the work established at primary school for a broad and balanced education, enhanced throughout with the values of the Catholic faith. 
2017 Prayer Team Service of Commissioning 
The Bishop invited all members of School Prayer Teams to join him at Downside Abbey for a special commissioning event. He lead a special service during which the children were presented with badges and certificates. 
There exists excellent liaison between our schools and children achieve the highest of standards. Parents of children at St Francis' are warmly encouraged to visit St Bede's Catholic College and St Brendan's Sixth Form College when considering an upper school or sixth form education. St Bede's, enjoys excellent results year on year. Further details of our Catholic Schools are available from the school office. 
 
 
Assembly by Fr Anscombe 
Pope Francis announced that 2015 will be a year dedicated to the promotion of consecrated life. Fr Matt Anscombe (vocations director for the Clifton Diocese) visited the children to talk to them about his vocation, focussing on the theme of "Listening to God's Call" . Through story, song and prayer Fr Matt reminded them that God has called us to do Him some definite service. 

Visit to the Bishop 

The Prayer team were invited to spend the afternoon with Bishop Declan to talk about the Year of Mission. They travelled to his home in Leigh Woods where they were shown around his house and garden, shared photos of activities they had been doing in school and asked him lots of questions about his role as Bishop. Each class had submitted a question that they would like answered and the interview was recorded so the Bishop's responses could be played back to the whole school in Assembly. The Prayer team felt very honoured to be invited to Bishop Declan's house and enjoyed spending time with him and eating some rather delicious cakes which he had provided! 
 
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