Educational VisitsThe staff are encouraged to organise outings to enrich and broaden the children's horizons. Recent visits include: Kenilworth Castle, Stratford, the Black Country Museum, Historical Coventry and Coombe Abbey, as well as visits to exhibitions such as the Big Bang Science Fair and the Skills Show at the NEC, as well as theatre trips to the Birmingham Hippodrome and Warwick Arts Centre.
Prep school children always have at least two outings a year, all included in the fees. This may be a visit to a theatre or visits to enhance a particular aspect of their curriculum, e.g. a Victorian day at St John`s Museum Warwick.
Years 5 and 6 children have the opportunity to go on a PGL adventure holiday after CATs/SATs.
Senior pupils may take part in a holiday abroad every two years, normally to an activity centre in France. All outings, except residential visits, are included in the fees.
As well as pupils making visits, we are delighted to welcome visitors to school, including an MEP, one of the local MPs and a representative of Challenge UK. The Police and Fire service arrange excellent information sessions for children, representatives of the medical profession come to talk about their work. Visiting theatrical companies link in with curriculum subjects as do representatives of various cultures.
Revision workshops and careers information sessions have also been organised and, in 2012, an Olympic torch holder even gave every child in the school the opportunity to have their photo taken holding the torch.
We want our pupils to have memorable experiences of school and visits and visitors certainly play their part.
We are proud of our Christian heritage whilst embracing the religious and cultural differences of all children and families.
A whole school assembly, led by each class in turn, takes place on a Monday and the Early Years and Key Stage 1 pupils have another assembly on a Thursday.
The vicar of Stoke St Michael's Church leads an assembly once every half term and representatives of other religions are invited to talk to pupils, as are representatives of charities supported by the school.
Most pupils leaving Pattison College continue on to Further Education and University. The school works closely with RightStep Careers, formally CSWP, who arrange two weeks' work experience at the start of January for Year 10 pupils. We have access to a careers advisor and subscribe to online software, JED (Careersoft), for use both in school and at home.
Those who wish to make the theatre or the teaching of dance their career, may stay and follow the Level 4 Three Year Musical Theatre Course, Year 1 of which is a Foundation Course.
The School Council is made up of representatives from each class from Year 2 upwards and meets on a regular basis to put forward their views.
The meeting takes place before school once every half term and is taken by the Head Girl or Boy. It is also attended by the Head of Senior School and the Principal. Each representative brings their class suggestions and ideas for discussion. Meetings are always an enjoyable occasion with lively discussion from all concerned.
Each form teacher is responsible for the welfare of all the pupils in their class. If there is ever any cause for concern, parents would usually ask to see the form teacher in the first instance but of course Mrs McConnell, the Head of Senior or Prep School can always be available. It is important to ensure that any difficulties are dealt with promptly, so parents should never hesitate to contact the school.
The school has an anti-bullying policy, which is available, along with other policies, on the school website. Pattison College works within the procedures of the Coventry Safeguarding Children Board.
Thinking of others less fortunate than ourselves has always been an important part of life at Pattisons. The three Houses, Alvis, Lanchester and Starley, support local charities with fundraising activities organised by the Year 10 House Captains and Officers.
The whole school has raised funds for various other organisations including the Coventry Food Bank, Operation Christmas Child, The British Legion, Children's Cancer & Leukaemia Group, Macmillan Nurses, Comic Relief, Children in Need etc.
The proceeds from shows at the local theatre go to local charities and over the past 13 years over £10,000 has been raised by Senior pupils, packing shopping in Marks and Spencer just before Christmas, for the Coventry Children’s Boot Fund.
The Pattison Family, having been part of the community for over 90 years, school continues to involve itself fully in local affairs, whether by supporting the local residents association (GPRA) Lottery applications to build the nearby Dr Dave’s Tick Tock Park or the recent renovation of the Joseph Levi clock.
Pattison pupils visit residents of local care homes several times a year and our Harvest festival donations go to the local food bank. The successful choirs sing at the Coventry University carol service, at Coventry University Hospital and at the local Rotary Club and their International Convention, as well as providing support to the Cubbington Silver Band.
Students & pupils sing & dance at the annual Dame Goodyver’s Day festival - a project about social inclusion in collaboration with the Godiva Trust and Heritage Open Days. They also perform in various charity events, including those organised by Bethany's Wish, a local charity which raises funds for research into children's cancers.
Year 11 pupils are involved with Challenge UK and the charities supported by the school houses are all local.
The School Day
Starting and finishing times are as follows:
Nursery Full time: 8.30 a.m. until 3.30 p.m.
Nursery Part time: 8.30 a.m. until 11.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. until 3.30 p.m.
Reception 8.45 a.m. until 3.30 p.m.
Upper Infants 8.45 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.
Junior School 8.45 a.m. - 3.45 p.m.
Senior School 8.45 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Pre School supervision is available from 8.00a.m.
Supervised After School activities are available until 5.00p.m. for under 8's and 6.00 p.m. for older pupils (Details on request).
There is no formal entrance examination. Following an initial visit by parents to see the school and meet the staff and children, prospective pupils come and spend a day with the class of the appropriate age group and join in class activities. This gives the form teacher the opportunity to start to get to know the pupil and assess their work and enables the pupil to get a feel for the school as well as getting to know some of the children in the class.
Provided we feel that the prospective pupil would benefit from what we have to offer and would fit in well with the class, a letter will be sent by the Principal offering a place. This is secured on payment of £375, £300 of which will be deducted from the first term`s fees. Half fees become payable if a prospective pupil is withdrawn giving less than half a term's notice. Full fees become payable if the pupil is withdrawn within 1 month of the new term.
For an application form please contact Mrs Hanks on 024 7645 5031.