Runnymede St Edward's Catholic Primary

Part of the Edmund Rice family of schools ‘Inspire, Challenge and Support through Faith’

A Warm Welcome!

On behalf of the staff and children I would like to welcome you to Runnymede St Edward’s Catholic Primary School situated in West Derby, Liverpool. As the Cathedral Choir School for the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and preferred feeder school for the outstanding St Edward’s College, I am extremely proud to be appointed to the position of Headteacher of such a wonderful school with long standing traditions. At our most recent Section 48 RE Inspection, the school achieved ‘Outstanding’ in all areas.


Runnymede St Edward’s is steeped in history, having been established as a school in 1938. Today we continue to be inspired by the work of Edmund Rice, our founding Father, who was inspired by the Gospels to reach out to the destitute. With a group of friends, Edmund formed a religious congregation that sought to improve the lives of those made poor, via transformational education. Runnymede is part of a global network of schools who are united in the spirit of the Blessed Edmund Rice. Christian Brothers’ schools today are challenged by the story of Edmund as they seek to live out the gospel values in the competitive climate of today’s educational world.


Our school has a warm and welcoming atmosphere and is a great place to be, where children, staff, governors and parents benefit from being part of the Edmund Rice Community. Children are encouraged to be curious, asking questions of themselves and others to help them understand the how, what, where and why's of the world around them. We are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning – achieved through a combination of challenge, support, encouragement and praise – to ensure that all pupils take pride in their achievements and the responsibility to fulfil their potential.


Our school motto

‘Inspire, Challenge and Support through Faith’

is at the heart of all that we do.


Our school is a place where individuals are valued and helped to achieve their personal best.  Children are supported in becoming confident and independent young people, who thrive on challenge, and are motivated to learn. We have exceptionally high expectations and aspirations for all children and we aim to provide an extensive range of opportunities to enable our children to reach their potential.

Everyone at our school is special and talented, and these attributes are further nurtured and developed so that they have a firm foundation in Faith, in the joy of learning, and a stronger belief in themselves.


I am extremely proud to lead a team that is committed to children's well-being, achieving high standards and providing the very best opportunities for all in our care.  Staff, supported by governors, work hard to deliver a rich and challenging curriculum; to prepare children for future education; and to help them acquire the skills and enthusiasm needed to embrace the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.


The excellent start begins in Reception and continues through the school with staff providing a happy, supportive and purposeful environment, and a curriculum that excites and stimulates children’s imaginations and creative thinking. The curriculum is delivered through a cross-curricular approach which is further enhanced by whole-school themed days and other events including ‘Big Questions’ to promote enquiry-led learning. At the heart of our curriculum are the ‘8 essentials’. As an Edmund Rice school, we accept these principles as our governing philosophy, striving to make them the active template and organising focus of our life and development. Frequent trips and visits, community activities and a wide range of after-school clubs further add to the opportunities available to children.


Our website provides you with a wealth of information about school life and our offer to our children. Please do not hesitate to contact the School Office should you require any further information.


I hope you enjoy finding out about our wonderful school and look forward to welcoming you to the Runnymede family.


Kate Peaston

Head Teacher

Voluntary Aided School: 


Runnymede St Edward's Catholic Primary School has opened as a voluntary aided school (September 1st 2020). The School replaces provision previously provided on the same site by Runnymede St Edward's Preparatory School (independent) which closed on 31st August 2020.