Welcome to St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
Our dynamic, inclusive and nurturing learning environment offers an education which inspires academic excellence and confidence for life.
The range of opportunities at St Mary’s recognises the diverse nature of our pupils and aims to prepare them for future roles as outstanding citizens who will make a contribution to their local, national and international communities.
Our curriculum is driven by our desire to see every student flourish, to ensure that they feel connected and confident, and ultimately ready to embrace life beyond the school gates.
This is achieved through our 5 curriculum drivers: love, articulate, knowledge, curious and aspire. We are a forward thinking, innovative school which draws on the latest research developments in educational theory.
Guided by our high calibre, passionate teachers, students develop skills of critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and collaboration.
We aim to take students beyond the acquisition of knowledge to a deeper understanding of concepts and ideas.
To this end we promote the skills of higher-order thinking, challenging students to apply their knowledge and understanding to problems and situations previously not experienced.
Extra curricular Opportunities
Our academic program is complemented by a diverse and extensive range of extracurricular activities, which are designed to encourage students to explore their own talents, interests and passions. This includes our unique passport of the 33 experiences of a St Mary’s pupil. These are designed to expand social experience, encourage active contribution to the School community and help students to develop teamwork, leadership and other vital life skills.
Exceptional education requires passionate, enthusiastic and dedicated staff who value each individual student and who teach the whole person, not just the curriculum.
Our teachers are encouraged to focus on innovation and to bring the best educational theory and practice into the classroom.
They are strong role models for our students and convey their own passion and commitment to lifelong learning.
During the Sermon on the Mount, found in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus addresses a crowd and reveals eight blessings. He then proceeds to talk to the crowd about salt and light. Jesus explains:
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
As a Catholic school family, our motto “Let your light shine”, epitomises our expectation that all students will seek to do their very best in all that they undertake, that they will pursue excellence, and that their efforts will not be simply for their own benefit but importantly for the benefit of others.
A key feature of St Mary’s is our warm and inclusive school community, which welcomes newcomers, like me, with open arms.
As the new Headteacher, I have been given a very warm welcome; the sense of community and enthusiasm for the school has been evident since my appointment to the role.
Our world needs outstanding citizens who have the skills and desire to make a difference, be that on a local, national or global level.
An education at St Mary’s will make this happen for your child.
Mrs Anna McClurey