Skip to content ↓

About Us

St Mary's Primary School is proud to be an academy school within The Good Shepherd Trust which is part of the Guildford Diocese.  We value our links with St Mary's Church and with Guildford Cathedral.

We believe that self-esteem and confidence are the best predictors of future success and we aim to ensure that every child (aged 4-11) has an opportunity to reach their fullest potential (academic, non-academic and social) within a safe, friendly, secure and nurturing environment.

Whilst giving high priority to the basic, essential life skills of literacy and numeracy, we look for talent and value achievement in other areas of the curriculum too.  We recognise that sporting, musical, creative and artistic talents are equally important and we look for as many opportunities as possible to develop our children's fullest potential in these areas.

Aside from the academic and creative curriculum, we place a great deal of emphasis on good, old-fashioned values.  We make no apology for setting firm boundaries, encouraging good manners, tolerance, social awareness and consideration.  Our rewards system is based around our school values which have been agreed by all stakeholders including the children themselves.  We promote a good work ethic, perseverance, team-work, friendship and a sense of community.





Regardless of the level of academic ability we have high expectations of all children and aim to ensure that every child has the opportunity to flourish.  Rather than 'labelling' individual children, we offer personalised learning for all, to meet a diverse range of needs and age-related expectations.  Through careful assessment and differentiation we identify children that need a little extra help or focused support for their learning as well as looking out for the 'high-fliers' who need extension opportunities to ensure they gain in independence to become fulfilled and creative learners with a life-long love of learning.

Adults and children share in the responsibility for making our school a success.  Everyone is accountable at some level and I would love to have the opportunity to tell you more about this and to show you what we have to offer for your child at St Mary's.

We welcome visitors during school hours.  Please call the school office to arrange a visit.

I look forward to meeting you.

Janis Radcliffe


About St Mary's

St Mary's has become an academy within the Good Shepherd Trust, part of the Guildford Diocese. We provide education from Reception (age 4) through to the end of KS2 (age 11).

St Mary’s School aims to offer every opportunity for children to reach their full potential in a secure and nurturing environment. We believe that self-esteem and confidence are the best predictors of future success and we value achievement in all areas of the curriculum...

Discover More

Contact Us