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A Welcome from our Executive Headteacher. Mylene McGuire - National Leader of Education(NLE)


I am delighted to Welcome you to our lovely school. St Mary's was graded as Outstanding in all areas in our last full Ofsted inspection in May 2022. WE were also graded as Outstanding in all areas in our Section 48 CSI inspection in March 2023.

Take a look at our school in this short film which gives you a taste of what we do here.

You can also see a film about our Early Years and about our Federation on those sections of the website.

We are a vibrant, ever-changing and developing community with a happy, family-orientated environment where many exciting things happen in and out of the classroom! Whether it is great success in sport, cultural activities, charity fund-raising, exciting trips, interesting visitors or parish events.

 

We are a Catholic School and celebrate each unique child. Our harmonious community has many children and families from other faiths and none. Together, we embrace our differences, create space for forgiveness and journey towards a shared understanding of God’s love for each of us. Because our children are listened to and valued, they feel they belong and continue to achieve and grow.

 

Please take a good look at our website, and if you are looking for place here we would be delighted to welcome you and your child to one of our regular open days.

 

You can see from the quotes below what Ofsted and the RE inspectors have said about our school:

 

Ofsted Section 5  Inspection May 2022

 

One pupil’s comment summed up the views of many when they stated, ‘St Mary’s is a heart-warming place. Anyone gets help if they need it.’

 

Pupils at St Mary’s flourish in an environment where they feel safe and happy.

 

Their thirst for knowledge helps them to develop into committed and curious learners.

 

Pupils are confident and articulate when expressing their thoughts and ideas to others.

 

All staff have very high expectations for pupils to be successful.

 

Pupils rise to the challenges that their teachers set for them, both academically and socially.

 

They achieve very highly. Relationships between adults and pupils are exceptionally strong.

 

Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They show great consideration and politeness towards others.

 

Bullying is not tolerated.

 

Pupils are confident that staff would deal with any incidents swiftly.

 

Pupils are proud to be part of this special community.

 

They benefit from a wealth of experiences which helps to develop pupils into well-rounded citizens.

 

They relish the opportunity to come together to celebrate events such as the annual, local lantern parade.

 

Pupils also work with the local food bank and support recycling within the community.

 

They enjoy a wide range of trips linked to their learning. These include theatre trips, art exhibitions, visits to Parliament and residential trips.

 

Leaders have a strong focus on pupils’ personal development. They ensure that pupils have as broad and rich an experience as possible. 

 

Section 48 RE Inspection March 2023

 

Leaders value the role of the parents as the first educators in their school and work hard to support them. Parents recognise that “this school goes above and beyond for their families”. They seek to work with all families. Many parents shared examples of facing challenging circumstances where they had been extensively supported by the school. Parents talked about the excellent support they were offered.  Governors are very ambitious for the school and work in a creative way across the federation. They recognise and value the work of school leaders, particularly the Executive Headteacher in enabling the federation to succeed.

There is a strong commitment by all to meet the needs of all learners and the school routinely and robustly challenges itself to do this effectively.  The quality of subject leadership is very high and the school offers support to other schools and leaders as a beacon of best practice. Through the development of their outdoor provision, particularly the forest school, their work has been recognised and valued beyond the community resulting in achieving Live Simply award. There are clear and rigorous monitoring systems in place by leaders at all levels which enables excellent outcomes. If anything, the school doesn’t recognise the full value and impact of the excellent work they do

 

Our commitment
At St Mary’s, we will work tirelessly to help every pupil realise their full potential in all aspects of their development: spiritually, academically, personally and socially .


Our environment
We are passionate about providing the best possible facilities and resources that we can, to ensure that every child has the best support to help them achieve their goals.


Our community
We welcome involvement and participation from all members of the St Mary’s community. We all have a role in helping our children make the best possible progress.

The Catholic Life of Our School

 

In choosing this Catholic school for your child we invite you to support their faith journey both at school and in Church whenever you can. As a Catholic community our aims and ideals are Gospel based and our faith permeates our every action. Our children have a rich and exciting curriculum grounded in the roots of our faith. 

 

Our primary school is an extension of the Parish, and making Jesus known and loved is at the centre of everything we do.Our core teaching for our children is at the heart of our Mission: "Love one another as I have loved you"

 

 

Mrs M McGuire - Headteacher
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