St Francis R.C.

Primary School

Together with Jesus we love and learnGyda lesu rydym yn caru ac yn dysgu

  • Grateful & Generous Our pupils are growing to be grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people, and for the blessings of each day; and generous with their gifts, becoming men and women for others.
  • Attentive & Discerning Our pupils are growing to be attentive to their experience and to their vocation; and discerning about the choices they make and the effects of those choices.
  • Compassionate & Loving Our pupils are growing to be compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate; and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.
  • Faith-filled & Hopeful Our pupils are growing to be faith-filled in their beliefs and hopeful for the future.
  • Eloquent & Truthful Our pupils are growing to be eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.
  • Learned & Wise Our pupils are growing to be learned, finding God in all things; and wise in the ways they use their learning for the common good.
  • Curious & Active Our pupils are growing to be curious about everything; and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better
  • Intentional & Prophetic Our pupils are growing to be intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example they set to others.


The wellbeing of our children is at the heart of all we do.  Children are unable to progress fully in their learning unless they feel safe and happy.  We are very lucky to have five trained Thrive Practitioners able to deliver the Thrive wellbeing approach and intervention as well as five Nurture Practitioners and a member of staff trained in ELSA and Bereavement Counselling.  Our Nurture or 'Cwtch' Room runs on four afternoons for groups of children and many children receive Thrive individually or in groups in one of our two Thrive Rooms. 


We have been lucky to work closely with trained therapists including our Music Therapist, Joy Dando.  We have also recently had dog therapy within the school.


Wellbeing is the responsibility of every member of staff in the school and we also encourage children to help each other.  It is through this ethos that we have fostered the caring, nurturing environment we are so proud of.  As our School Vision states, "...we nurture all children and understand that success follows happiness."


We also work very closely with the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Team at Cardiff Council and the Educational Psychology Service for those children who need extra support.


In Summer 2022, our recent Estyn Inspection Report was published and we were so proud to read:


"Pupils at St Francis RC Primary School feel a strong sense of belonging. The school’s nurturing and caring environment, underpinned by an ethos of tolerance, kindness and respect, ensures that pupils feel safe. They know who to turn when they need support or advice and are confident that problems will be dealt with swiftly and effectively."