Schools

These are the local Catholic schools and Colleges. They provide a first-class education for our children and we encourage you to use them.

We hope the school websites will give you the information you need.

Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools

St Francis Primary School, Nailsea (5-11) St. Francis’ Catholic Primary School is a well established and popular school serving the parishes of St Francis’, Nailsea and The Immaculate Conception, Clevedon. The school opened in 1979 celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 2004. We aim to provide a high standard of education for all our children, nurturing their growth and development and helping each child achieve the best they can. 

The school is sited in a quiet residential area and enjoys a pleasing aspect. The low level, honey-coloured building is situated in pleasant green grounds that include a large variety of mature trees, a lovely playing field, a pergola, pond and wildlife area. There are two hard play areas for the children with additional climbing frames and play equipment. The building has been constructed around a central courtyard that is used as a plant growing area by pupils. It comprises an assembly hall, seven classrooms, an ICT suite, library, additional areas for practical activities and music and an outdoor learning area for Reception and Year 1 pupils.

Mission Statement: Together in Christ 

More information is available at http://www.st-francis.ns-somerset.sch.uk
To read the school’s Newsletter click here then scroll down the page to find a link to the latest newsletter

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Portishead(5-11) Their mission statement encapsulates their friendly and caring family environment; ‘we are an inclusive, vibrant, catholic community where we encourage everyone to share a love of learning and a love of Christ. Together we hope to inspire o

urselves and each other to be the best we can and to embrace our future with confidence’.

St Joseph’s is a one form entry Catholic School in Portishead, the current school building is a modern and airy new build, but St Joseph’s has been serving the community of Portishead for over 100 years from the convent of St Joseph’s which was situated on West Hill.

More information is available at www.st-josephs.org.uk

St Bede’s Catholic College and Sixth Form Centre, Lawrence Weston, Bristol (11-18) – St Bede’s Catholic College is a wonderful place of learning, with an excellent culture and climate. Achievement and effort are valued and celebrated and our strong pastoral commitment ensures that every student is known individually and reaches his or her full potential within the context of a caring, Christian community. The well-being of each student is at the heart of our work and is fundamental  to our success. We know that young people flourish when they are happy, safe and learning.

More information is available at www.stbedescc.org

St Brendan’s  6th Form College, Bristol (16-18) – ‘We are an ambitious College with high aspirations for students and ourselves. The end of your time at your school or academy can appear both exciting and daunting, therefore, as you face a time of change, both in your academic and social life, it is essential that you make such important decisions with as much information at your fingertips as possible.’ Principal Marian Curran

More information is available at www.stbrn.ac.uk

Universities

Bristol University Catholic Chaplaincy – more info at www.briscathchap.org.uk

University of the West of England (UWE) more info at http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/
e.g. Mass is at 12.35 – 12.55 on Thursdays in Quiet Room on the Frenchay campus

School Transport

School Transport
The abolition of free denominational school transport in 2009 has had a negative effect on the numbers of Clevedon children attending St. Francis, our parish school and also St. Bede’s. Since that time the number travelling to Nailsea in particular, have dropped dramatically. St. Francis continues to be among the highest academically achieving schools in North Somerset but most importantly, provides its pupils with the strongly Catholic/Christian education which most other schools are unable to do. Travelling from Clevedon to Nailsea inevitably may create challenges for parents, but there is a strong network of families who work together to facilitate transport including the possibility of lift sharing. Contact the schools to discuss possibilities.

Through the BEPTT (The Blessed Edmond Powell transport Trust) some financial support may be available to help transport pupils to St. Francis’ and St. Bede’s. The trustees meet regularly to consider any applications.

Your parish contact is Paul Stathers who can be reached either telephone on 07929 479265 or email ptstathers@gmail.com