Welcome to St Mary's Catholic Primary School
We are a busy but friendly school, with lots going on. This website aims to give you a taster of the school, as well as providing up to date information for parents, pupils and the wider community.
We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website, and that you find the information you are looking for. Please feel free to contact the school direct with any queries you may have.
Our School Mission
Jesus said: 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” The second resembles it: “You must love your neighbour as yourself.”
(St Matthew Ch. 22 v. 37 - 39.)
St Mary's School intends at all times to make
Christ's Commandments central to every aspect of
school life. St Mary's School exists to provide a safe,
caring atmosphere of mutual respect, in a Catholic,
Christian context for all involved in its mission.
Each individual will be led to his or her full
potential spiritually, physically, socially and
intellectually so that all may grow to know, love
and serve God more fully and to value themselves
We constantly share these ideals with the children. The words of the Mission Statement have been expressed in the following way so that they can be more easily shared with the children:
WHY WE ARE HERE
Jesus told us to love God
love one another.
We do this by showing respect
by caring for each other.
We want all of us to do our best
at all times
take pride in ourselves
because each of us is special to
There are currently 215 pupils on roll including Nursery pupils. The doors to the classrooms open at 8.45am everyday and we expect to have all pupils from Reception to Year 6 in class ready to start lessons by 9am after the registers have been taken. English and Maths are usually taught in the morning session which lasts until midday. All pupils have a fifteen minute break half way through the morning. The lunch break is between 12 and 1pm. All other curriculum subjects are usually taught in the afternoon. The full details of our enriched and broad curriculum can be found in the "Key Information" section of this website. The children participate in whole school weekly assemblies, daily class Prayer and Liturgy activities and each class leads a special assembly for parents and other visitors each term. The school day ends at 3.30pm. The Nursery Class begins at 8.45am for the morning three hour session and 12.30pm for afternoon three hour session.
After School Clubs
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School aims to provide a varied programme of After School Clubs for pupils in Year 1 to Year 6. After School Clubs run from 3.30pm to 4.30pm and are scheduled over a full term.
They are run by experienced and dedicated Teachers, Senior Teaching Assistants and professional sports coaches who provide children with an opportunity to take part in a favourite activity or perhaps discover a new and exciting one, all in a relaxed and friendly environment.
It is our aim to:
provide a happy and safe, healthy and stimulating environment for children in their after school club.
provide appropriate activities that promote the development of self-respect, awareness of others, independence and enjoyment.
Each club cost just £1.00 per week. The full half term of clubs must be paid for in advance. Therefore, if the term has 7 weeks, the payment should be £7.00 per child per club. Children can attend as many clubs as they like. There will be a selection of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 clubs as well as Whole school clubs each day.
Booking After School Care
The start of each term, each child will receive an After School Clubs letter and booking slip. The booking slip should be completed and returned with payment. Some clubs have limited places, therefore places on these clubs will be allocated on a first come basis. Payment can be made by cash or by cheque made payable to St Mary’s RC Primary School.
If your child is attending a sporting club such as Football, Gymnastics or Zumba, they must bring appropriate kit to wear. Football is an outdoor club and children should bring a tracksuit to keep warm in the winter months.
Code of Conduct
Children attending the After School Clubs are expected to behave according to the expectations set out in the School Behaviour Policy. The school places an emphasis on promoting positive behaviour. The staff expect children to co-operate well with other children and respond appropriately to requests made regarding behaviour.
If St Mary’s Catholic Primary School has to cancel a club for any reason, we will refund that week. We will endeavour to give as much notice as possible.
If your child hurts him/her self during after school care, first aid will be administered. All our staff are First Aid trained. A record of the accident will be made and parents/carers informed.
Collection of Children
Parents/Carers should use the pupil’s entrances to collect their children at 4.30pm. If anyone other than an authorised person is collecting your child, school should be notified by parents/carers in advance.
Children who eat breakfast concentrate and perform better during the morning than children who skip breakfast. Children can arrive at school any time after 8am for a healthy breakfast, all in a relaxed and friendly environment. Children should entre through the EYFS path and never through the car park.
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School aims to:
provide the highest possible standard of care in a secure, caring and supportive environment, where children feel comfortable and happy before starting the school day.
enable children to eat breakfast before school in a pleasant, relaxed environment.
help children be more aware of healthier foods to have for breakfast.
We will provide:
a healthy breakfast including cereal, toast, fruit and a drink.
a choice of activity after breakfast... such as drawing, board games, crafts and play!
a calm atmosphere, where children can relax ready for the day ahead.
respect for any dietary, religious or medical requirements
Code of Conduct
Children attending Breakfast Club are expected to behave according to the expectations set out in the School Behaviour Policy. The school places an emphasis on promoting positive behaviour. The staff expect children to co-operate well with other children and respond appropriately to requests made regarding behaviour.
There are two experienced Breakfast Club leaders; both have an enhanced DBS, training in Food Hygiene and are trained First Aiders.
EYFS and Key Stage 1 children will be escorted to their classroom after Breakfast Club, ready for registration.
Children will be served a choice of foods, including cereals, beans, toast, crumpets, fruit, yoghurts, milk and fresh fruit juice.
At present, Breakfast Club costs just £2.00 per day and pre-booking is essential. Children can arrive between 8.00am and 8.45am. They should enter through the Nursery entry gate and use the Key Stage 2 door to enter the building. Breakfast Club is held in the school hall and children should make their way there and register to the leaders.