St Felix is situated on the west side of Haverhill in Suffolk on a large open site. We have been open for more than 40 years, and celebrated our Ruby anniversary in May 2013.
The History of our school
The need for a Catholic school in the town was recognised by an active group of parents from St Felix parish. They worked to raise money, and with the help of the Diocese of East Anglia and the local authority, St Felix was opened in 1973. The school was blessed by Bishop Alan Clark. Sister Columba was the first Head Teacher and the school had just —– children on roll.
Our school today
St Felix continues to educate the children of the parish in the Catholic Faith. The strong Christian ethos also attracts many other parents in the town who value this choice and want the same for their children.
Since 1973 the school has grown in size and undergone rebuilding in many phases!
We have a large site and the children enjoy using the huge field, wild areas, our woodland and our prayer house.
The Foundation stage, Nursery and Reception, are part of the main school but have their own entrance and play areas. This means that the very youngest of children quickly become part of our school but feel safe and happy in their stimulating and busy classrooms.
Key Stage 1 – year 1 and 2 classes are situated in the main building allowing the teachers and children to work closely together. Again the children are used to learning and playing in the large classrooms and the open corridor and computer areas. In the two older classes the children have direct access to the large outside learning area and computer bank but are also able to close their classroom off for quiet learning and reflection times.
Key Stage 2 is made up of 6 classes and works in two phases – years 3 and 4 in the lower key stage 2 and years 5 and 6 in upper key stage 2. Again the younger classes of Key stage 2 are situated in the main building and are able to work closely together and also have good access to the learning and computer areas.
The older children have their own building, purpose built in 2010 with a large computer area and a beautiful music studio. This is available for all the children to use for music and is often used for clubs, gatherings for parents and adult classes.
We have invested in Wi-Fi in the school and the children have a suite of laptops that can be used in class as well as the computer suites.
Class teachers are responsible for the children’s welfare and delivery of the curriculum. Work is planned jointly, in Key Stage Teams of the class teachers with close liaison, communication and support from our teaching assistant team. During planning, Key Stage Teams share the preparation of work, drawing on different experiences, knowledge and expertise to ensure work is relevant and well matched to meet the needs of the children. In this way, we are able to utilise the strengths of a large staff team and enhance the quality of learning and teaching here at St Felix.