St Francis' 
Catholic Primary School 
Welcome to St Francis' Catholic Primary School 
Church and Community 
Year 6 Leavers Mass 
Year 6 attended the Leavers Mass at Clifton Cathedral in June. This is an annual celebration for Year 6 children from across the Diocese as they prepare to move onto the next phase of their education. At the Mass, Bishop Declan asked the children to spread the light of Christ in their next schools through their actions and words. Gifts that represented messages in the Pope's letter 'Fratelli Tutti' were carried up in the offertory procession. We offered photos of the things we had done to put the messages into action. One of the photos showed the fundraising we had done for the school in Uganda because Pope Francis reminds us that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ and it is our job to care for each other. 
After the Mass we went to Redland Education Centre for a Retreat where we focussed on our feelings and emotions as we come to the end of our time at Primary School and we get ready to start a new school. We know that God is with us on our journey and with the Holy Spirit to support us we should never be afraid 
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 Bristol Beacon 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. 
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. 
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