St John Rigby Catholic Primary School is situated in the Diocese of Northampton. We are part of the St Francis of Assisi Academy Trust. We are located in the Putnoe area of Bedford and has three main playgrounds as well as a large school field offering a wide variety of play and sport facilities, as well as a wildlife area.
The main school building was opened in January 1974, with the Early Years unit being opened by Bishop Leo in 1992. This was extended further in 2000. The school provides an exciting and stimulating learning environment and has several covered outdoor areas for work and play. In 2012 we added a two storey purpose built unit to accommodate going primary.
In the main building, the school has a well resourced library and a computer suite, in addition to the laptop trollies which are available for classroom use. This ensures that every child has good access to the latest technology to enhance their technical skills and carry out research. We have Interactive Whiteboards and Visualisers in each classroom - both exciting and stimulating tools for teaching and learning.
The most important resource the school has, of course, is the staff, and we are fortunate in having dedicated, experienced and enthusiastic teachers and teaching assistants, office and site staff and supportive governors – all working together for the benefit of our children.
As a Faith School we also provide opportunities for worship. We celebrate termly with masses in the school hall, and gather together for other Christian celebrations, such as Harvest and Ash Wednesday. We have a prayer area called the Hosanna Room which is used by children, staff, parents and friends of the school. We work closely with our local churches, especially Holy Cross Church where we hold our annual Christmas Carol Service.
The school serves the parishes of Holy Cross and SS Philip and James, St Frances Cabrini, Sacred Heart of Jesus and St Cuthbert and other parishes in the Bedford Deanery.
In 2008 we received funding to convert our disused caretaker’s house into a centre for Extended Services. This provides space for various activities, such as PTA meetings and coffee mornings,
Family Support Services, Police, Local Cluster meetings, after school provision and pupils’ cooking lessons.