Background information

Our school is a Voluntary Controlled Church of England Primary School. Voluntary Controlled schools are still managed by the Local Authority (LA) but reflect the characteristics of the Church of England. The Christian ethos of our school is demonstrated through our Mission Statement and Christian Values. The school operates the Liverpool Diocese agreed RE syllabus and worship reflects the Anglican tradition. The Church of England does not contribute to the Capital funding of the school but is represented on the Governing Body by Church appointed Governors. These governors are called Foundation governors.

The Building & Grounds 

Rainford C E Primary School was opened in September 1990 after an amalgamation of four local schools.The school caters for boys and girls from 4 to 11 years of age and each year can admit 45 children into reception classes. The school is a modern single storey building with eleven classroom bases, a Computer Suite and several smaller rooms for group teaching. Each class has close access to toilet and cloakroom facilities. The former Children’s centre has been adapted to house our Raindrops Pre-School Group. 

The school has wheelchair access and is on one level. A disabled toilet is available. All classroom doors are wide enough for wheelchair access and ramps are in place for four external entrances at various locations around the school. There are disabled car parking spaces on the front car park. Any parent with a disabled child should contact the Head teacher for further information regarding admission arrangements. The school endeavours to promote equality of opportunity and positive attitudes to disabled people.

The outside space is divided into four areas which are used for play and also for outside teaching.

  1. The Foundation Stage play area is separated from the other outdoor space by metal gates and fencing. It includes wooden play equipment and an undercover play and teaching space. The area also includes wooden planters which the children use to grow flowers, fruit and vegetables.

    Site Aerial Shot

  2. The Key Stage 1 play area consists of a large open area where children can play games. It is surrounded on three sides by walls where various activity boards have been placed to encourage play. The area also includes a large wooden gazebo with undercover seating which is also used as an outdoor classroom.
  3. The Key Stage 2 play area includes a trim trail and two play areas. One area is used for playing team games and the other area is used for playing games such as skipping, hopscotch and hoopla. This area also has a flagged area with seating which is also used for outside teaching.
  4. The playing field is mainly used for Games lessons but is also used as an extension to the playground when the ground is dry. It also includes a wildlife area and has direct gated access to the Linear Park. Both areas are used as outside teaching areas. The Linear Park also provides a safer way to walk or cycle to school.

The grounds are planted with a variety of bulbs, flowers, shrubs and trees which make the area more attractive to people and wildlife. The grounds are further enhanced by mosaics, mirrors and sculptures.

Site Security 

The school has a burglar alarm system and there are security locks on all exterior doors. All visitors are clearly directed to the main entrance and must sign in and out at the visitor hatch of the School Office. Parents collecting children during the school day should report to the School Office where Office staff will organise collection of children from classes. Any child removed from or returned to the School site during school attendance hours must be signed out/in at the School Office. The school grounds are closed to the public and a vandal resistant fence surrounds the school site.

Contact the School

Rainford C E Primary School

Cross Pit Lane
St Helens
WA11 8AJ

Main Contact: Jayne Owens (Office)

Tel: 01744 883281
Fax: 01744 886495