Values and Ethos
‘With the knowledge of Jesus and His love in our hearts, we try to be the very best we can.
Christ the King is a Voluntary Aided Roman Catholic Primary School serving the parish community in
Newton Heath, Manchester. The school is a member of the family of schools in the Diocese of Salford
and Manchester City Council. The school opened in September 1939 and has been on the same site
ever since, catering for the Roman Catholic community of the area.
The Governing Body is made up of 7 Foundation Governors, who were appointed by the Bishop of
Salford as his representatives; 2 Parent Governors, who were elected by the parental body; 1 Staff
Governor who was elected by the employees at the school, 1 representative of Manchester City Council
and the Head Teacher, who is an ‘Ex Officio’ Governor. Twelve Governors in total, who all serve a 4
year term. New Terms of Reference were installed in September 2019, detailing the constitution and
powers of the Governing Body.
In 1944 the Bishops of England and Wales stated in Canon Law that Roman Catholic schools should
be as ‘Outstanding’ as all other schools and it is with this directive in mind that the Governing Body has
set out the standard of education it expects the pupils of Christ the King to receive.
First and foremost, it expects the teachings of Jesus Christ to be at the centre of all our work. Therefore,
the children are taught about the Word of Our Lord and the Gospel Values, His immense love for us
and about forgiveness. During their time at the school they learn about their faith; the importance of
prayer; reconciliation; the Sacraments; how to be part of a worshipping community; consideration for
others; tolerance; charitable acts; the British values of democracy, rule of law, and individual liberty, as
well as being taught to have respect for other faiths and cultures.
It is hoped these stated aims will provide all members of the school community with a platform to aid
them in reaching their full potential, as well as going on to play a meaningful role in society.
We want pupils to leave Christ the King:
a. With a strong faith and belief in God’s love for us
b. Ready to play a meaningful role in society
c. High School ready
d. With a clear understanding of British values
e. Confident, with well - developed social skills
The school prides itself on offering a broad, balanced curriculum, with high academic aspirations, as
well as offering a variety of opportunities to develop though sport, art, music and drama.
R.E. All of the children are taught religion and about Roman Catholicism. Ten percent of curriculum
time is devoted to this. The teaching is supported by ‘Come and See’, as well as ‘The Way, The Truth
and The Life’. It is also broadened by using Caritas in Action for topics such as Charity, Justice and
Social Responsibility. The children are also taught about other faiths and cultures. In Year 3 the children
receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.
Early Years The Nursery and Reception children are taught in a separate Early Years Foundation
Stage unit. This has its own Outdoor Provision to support learning through play. The school follows the
Foundation Stage Curriculum with the children being assessed on entry to Nursery and again at the
beginning of Reception. At the end of their Reception year the children are assessed in 17 areas of
development e.g. Mathematical, Physical and Social skills.
Key Stage 1 In Years 1 and 2, the children study the National Curriculum which includes Religion,
Mathematics, English, Science, Computing, Art & Design, Music, PE, Design & Technology, Physical,
Social and Health Education, History and Geography.
In Year 1 the children are tested for their knowledge of Phonics. This test is set by the Standards &
Testing Agency in June each year.
In Year 2 the children’s progress is assessed at the end of the year by the class teacher. This process
is supported by Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) set by the Standards and Testing Agency. The
tests include Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, as well as Mathematics.
The children’s writing is also teacher assessed.
Key Stage 2 This covers Years 3 to 6. The children are taught the same National Curriculum subjects
as in Key Stage 1 with the addition of a Modern Foreign Language. At Christ the King they study French.
The children’s progress is assessed regularly during an Academic Year with formal tests set by the
Standards and Testing Agency taking place each May towards the end of Year 6. The same areas are
tested as in Key Stage 1, with Writing and Science teacher assessed.
The outcomes at the end of Year 6 are published by the Department for Education and the school’s
results compared to other schools, nationally.
The Wider Curriculum
The children are encouraged to develop their skills through a wide range of extra-curricular
opportunities. These include sport, drama and music. The school provides free coaching at a wide
variety of sports clubs during the Academic Year, as well as providing free Guitar lessons.
There are also opportunities for children to develop their social skills and develop a moral sense of
responsibility by being part of the School Choir, the School Council, the School’s Urban Crew, the
school’s G.I.F.T team and the school’s Cadets. During the year they are encouraged to raise money for
charities such as Caritas and CAFOD. The School Council choose one additional charity, on an annual
The children are encouraged to ‘Stay Safe’ with visits to school from the Police, Fire Brigade, the
NSPCC and Global Policing (Project Chameleon. These organisations cover wide variety of topics,
some of which include ‘e-safety’, road safety, firework safety, personal safety and social responsibility.
Other activities are many and varied. They include educational visits, residential trips, and visits to the
High School. There are also visits to school by adults willing to share their talents with the children such
as actors, artists, and musicians.
The school has robust safeguarding procedures, The Head Teacher is the named Child Protection lead,
supported by the Deputy Head, Pupil and Family Support Worker, SENDCo and the three Assistant
Heads. The staff have undertaken Safeguarding and Prevent training. No adults are allowed to work in
the school unless they have a current clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
The school promotes a healthy lifestyle through educational programmes such as our Dental Program,
Healthy Eating, Out of School Sports activities and healthy lunches, cooked on the premises. Free,
fresh fruit is available in class every day from Nursery to Year 6.
Culcheth Lane, Manchester, Lancashire M40 1LU
0161 681 2779