The Rosary School was founded in 1958 to serve the area of Saltley in Birmingham known as the Parish of Our Lady of The Rosary and St Therese of Lisieux.
It is a Voluntary Aided Catholic School owned by the Trustees of The Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham and it is part of a network of 54 Catholic Primary and 9 Catholic Secondary Schools serving the people and parishes of the city within the whole of the Birmingham Education Authority.
The school is well regarded for its caring, homely atmosphere and it enjoys good relationships with its parents who are invariably supportive of the staff. Parents are always welcome in school and any appointments requested are normally arranged at short notice. Appointments can be made by calling at the reception area.
There is a close link between the school and the church. The teaching of religious education is of highest priority and this is naturally based on the teachings of Jesus in the Gospel. Both staff and pupils try to live and practice the gospel values of love, truth, justice and forgiveness.
Everyone at the school tries to work hard for God and for each other by following the request of Jesus;
"Love one another as I have loved you."
Prayer is also an important aspect of the life of the school. The children are encouraged to pray to God for themselves, their families and for others, because this is what we believe Jesus asked us all to do. By praying daily and by thinking of the needs of others we believe that the children develop as gracious young people who will grow to be fulfilled and happy adults.
About 45% of the pupils at this school are not of the Catholic faith. Some pupils are from other Christian denominations and some are members of the Muslim faith. Whilst these pupils and their parents are also welcomed into the specific faith and prayer life of the school, the school seeks to affirm them in their traditional family beliefs by taking occasional opportunities to worship in multi-faith prayer and to highlight the days and seasons special to these groups.
The catholic ethos of the school is a distinctive strength of The Rosary. However, whilst a love for and a devotion to Catholicism is the basis for the school’s ethos, this naturally incorporates a genuinely reciprocal respect for each others faiths by the pupils of different faith groups.
The staff and children go regularly to the Rosary Church, which is adjacent to the school, in order to pray, sing and celebrate the Mass. Parents are always welcome to join the children on these occasions.The quality of teaching, learning and achievement at the school is good but the school is continually trying to improve. There is an ongoing programme of quality development in all aspects of the curriculum which, it is hoped, helps standards to be continually improved.
Parents are most important in this process and the school tries to keep in close communication with all parents in order to secure the best possible progress for all the children who attend the Rosary. Every effort is made to foster the spiritual, social and academic development of the children within a disciplined atmosphere of Christian love and friendship. It is very much hoped that this will allow every child to be happy and secure at school.