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Life in Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre
Christ The King is located in Blackpool, on the Fylde Coast, in Lancashire. We're about two miles from the coast and Blackpool town centre. Much of the Fylde Coast, especially Blackpool, is based around tourism, but there are plenty of slower more traditional local towns and villages such as historic Poulton-Le-Fylde, Wrea Green and Kirkham to name a few, all within a few miles of us in the beautiful surroundings of the Fylde and Wyre countryside.
Entertainment & CultureThere's always something fun happening on the Fylde to keep you entertained. Here's just a small selection of events that usually take place each year, with many free to attend.
- Blackpool World Fireworks Championships
- Livewire Festival
- Rebellion Punk Festival
- Blackpool Air Show
- Blackpool Illuminations Switch On
- Strictly Come Dancing at Blackpool Tower Ballroom
- Ride The Lights
- Fleetwood Tram Sunday
- St Annes International Kite Festival
- Lytham Club Day
- Lytham Festival
Sport & LeisureThe Fylde has many sporting activities and facilities. There are three main local football teams, Blackpool FC, Fleetwood FC and AFC Fylde. There are many cricket grounds, tennis clubs, golf courses including the Royal Lytham & St Anne's Golf Club and other sporting venues. Many Fun Runs and a Marathon happen up and down the promenades and beaches too.
TransportChrist The King is located 4.5 miles from junction 4 of the M55, 1 mile from Layton Train Station and less than 2 miles from Blackpool North Station.
Our motto at Christ the King is: “Believe, Belong, Become” and embraces the vision for our pupils and school. We work hard to engage our pupils to believe in themselves, belong to our community in faith and strive to become the best that they can be. Pupils and staff at the school are lucky to enjoy the benefits of a brand new building offering high quality resources and outdoor space for our children to play and learn in. A unique addition to our site is our new parish church which is adjacent to our building but can be accessed from within school.
"Central to improving the lives of pupils is the care and support (school) provide(s) to children and their families. It is evidence that all school leaders and staff share this ambition". (Ofsted Inspection June 2017)
“The Catholic life of the school is good. Opportunities for prayer and liturgy are a strength of the school. Christ is at the centre of the school community and gospel values permeate everything that the school strives to achieve." (Diocesan Inspection July 2014)
The work we undertake here in Blackpool will always be challenging, but the co-operative and tireless approach of our schools, growing together over the last few years, has been fundamental to our success. We secured “good” gradings last academic year and we were among some of the highest performing schools across the town, for the Key Stage Two results in 2018. We are quite rightly very proud of the work our directors, staff and pupils have done to achieve this, but are now eager to look to the next chapter. There is, as always, much to do as we continue to be ambitious for all children to experience the very best teaching and achieving well.
Our mission is to strive towards providing a place that is filled with fun, laughter, enjoyment and discovery. We aim to remove as many barriers to learning as possible, to ensure our pupils achieve their full potential. We are rightly very proud of these recent achievements but are now focused on our journey beyond these grades.
Staff wellbeing is a key part of our success as a school. A hard-working staff should be well supported and cared for to allow them to meet the demands made of teachers in a modern context. All staff are provided with their own personal laptop and extensive training. A well-resourced support team of ICT technicians, admin staff and site staff work hard to make sure the school runs smoothly and that teaching staff are well supported to focus on our core business of teaching. We also provide other helpful services to our staff such as flexible cover for staff wishing to attend their childrens events (such as sports day etc), free flu jabs, discounts and benefits via a salary scheme, to name just a few.
In the Trust our schools all benefit from the work in the Blackpool Opportunity Area; the funding and opportunities to network with other local schools is augmented by work we are also engaged with at a regional and national level. With St. Mary’s recent designation as a Research School and CPD Centre of Excellence, we are excited about the opportunities to develop further the staff and young people, who work with us, as we seek to provide an outstanding education for those we are called to serve.
Working With Us
Christ the King Catholic Academy is a popular, improving and caring school with happy, friendly children. We enjoy strong links with the local community and enjoy the benefit of on-site nursery provisions. We also enjoy active collaboration within the wider cluster of the Blackpool Catholic Schools. We formed as a Catholic Multi Academy Trust in September 2014. The Trust’s Academies are Christ the King and St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy, both one form entry primary schools, and St. Mary’s Catholic Academy which is an 11-18 school. Christ the King and St. Mary’s Catholic Academies are co-located on the same site, in new and newly refurbished buildings, following a large capital programme. The parish church of Christ the King is also on the same site. If you find what you see here is exciting and you feel that Christ The King is a community in which you will thrive and make a positive contribution to our ethos and journey, then we would love to receive your application. You would be very welcome to visit our primary school to gain a sense of what our school, pupils and staff have to offer you!