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Janis Radcliffe, Headteacher

View the latest news  and weekly diary reminders from St Mary's School below. 

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May 2017

  • NEWS - 25 MAY 2017

    Published 25/05/17

    Dear Parents and Carers

    A great day was had by all on Saturday at ‘Chiddfest’ music festival. Rain did nothing to detract from the success of the event nor to deter the whole community from coming together for a fantastic day of music and fun. Well done and thank you to all parents and helpers; in particular our thanks and congratulations go to Mrs Taylor, Mr Cowley, Mrs Quickfall and Mrs Cooke who worked tirelessly to make the day a huge success. Thanks also to Music Works’ volunteers who worked patiently with our children and staff to prepare them for their performances. Finally, well done to children who sang their hearts out and looked brilliant! 

    I have now interviewed and appointed a second class teacher for the September Reception Class intake. Mrs Kirsten Bennett is a highly qualified and experienced Reception Class/Key Stage 1 teacher who graduated from Liverpool University and the University of Roehampton as well as the Guildford College of Law. Mrs Bennett has undertaken further training including school leadership and Child Protection training. She is very experienced in delivering both the Early Years and KS1 National Curriculum and has previously taken responsibility for devising tracking and assessment systems. Mrs Bennett enjoys encouraging children to learn through hands-on, practical activities, drama and role play, and she provides challenging and stimulating learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom. In her spare time, Mrs Bennett enjoys reading, sport and theatre. We look forward to welcoming Mrs Bennett to St Mary’s in September 2017, when she will work closely with Miss Griffiths to ensure that both Reception Classes enjoy equal, high quality provision.  Children have now been allocated to their classes, following a painstaking process, including input from local Nursery providers.

    Finally, can I remind you of your right to reply if you have a concern, comment or complaint about the school? There is a form at the end of each weekly bulletin for your respectful feedback.  We also enjoy receiving positive comments and would encourage you to copy these onto the Ofsted portal by going to the hyperlink under ‘parents’ / ‘parent views’ on the school website.

    Yours sincerely

    Mrs Janis Radcliffe


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  • News - 19 MAY 2017

    Published 19/05/17

    Next week’s value is Trust

    “When I am afraid I put  my trust in you” Psalm 56:3


    Dear Parents/Carers

    Well done to Key Stage 1 children who have been working really hard on their tests this week!

    All children enjoyed ‘Empty Classroom Day’ on Thursday, amid reports from children that this was ‘the best day ever’! Thank you, Miss Harling and other teachers for organising this special outdoor learning event.  

    Younger children enjoyed more of the outdoors on Friday when we had ‘Kidsrome’ visiting farm on site!

    On Tuesday after school, governors met in the presence of two external observers, as part of an external review of governance, to comply with the October 2016 Ofsted recommendations. During the governors’ meeting, Mrs Newton also reported back on pleasing developments in science. On Thursday, Mrs Buckley and I met with a GST Consultant to evaluate the progress of the detailed post Ofsted Improvement Plan. We are very pleased with what has been achieved in a short space of time since the plan was drafted and I am indebted to my colleagues for their hard work, willingness and incredible contribution to so many aspects of our school’s ongoing development.

    On Friday, Year 2 and Year 3 teachers took part in a moderation/training event, allowing them to share good practice with other schools in the Haslemere Confederation.

    Next Thursday is ‘Africa Day’ when we ask children to bring £1 for the privilege of dressing in African attire. Money raised will go to charity. We look forward to seeing lots of colourful outfits!

    Have a fantastic weekend, including Chiddfest on Saturday. Let’s hope for drier weather!

    Janis Radcliffe 


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  • NEWS - 5 OCTOBER 2017

    Published 10/05/17

    Next week’s value is Serving

    But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” Chronicles 15:7


    Dear Parents and Carers

    The week began with an assembly presentation from the Cats’ Protection League and speakers encouraged children to think about animal welfare. We always welcome outside speakers, but equally, we welcome parents and grandparents who might have a hobby or an interest they would be willing to share with children. Please contact the school office if you have a burning desire to present an assembly or perhaps you would be more comfortable in the smaller setting of a classroom, delivering age-appropriate material.  It would be great to have a list of parent volunteers.

    Teachers, as well as children, have been continuing their learning this week. On Monday, Mrs Spong attended an RE Conference and, on Tuesday, Mrs Newton learned about ‘Engaging and Inspiring More Able Children’. We also have in-school professional development opportunities, including through conference feedback and  via our monitoring and evaluation programme. Lesson observations have taken place this week and will continue into next week with the GST Consultant visiting on Tuesday to carry out joint observations, to validate the accuracy of our judgements about the quality of teaching and learning.

    Wednesday was ‘no Pens Day’ and children and teachers had to find ways of communicating other than in writing. As you can imagine, this was a great excuse for chatter but children did learn to express themselves clearly and to consider ways of making them heard and understood, other than by putting pen to paper.

    Thank you to Year 4 and Mrs Ryder who led our Harvest Service at St Mary’s Church on Wednesday morning. We were treated to some lovely signing and a tale about ‘Stone Soup’, which fitted in well with the theme of thanks and giving. Thank you to Reverend Sarah for her contribution and for allowing us to use St Mary’s Church.

    Year 1 pupils led their own marvellous assembly this morning, sharing with us some of what they have been learning in their topic work this term. Thank you to Year 1, Mrs Spong and Mrs Buckley for their support.

    Next week we have Open Days on Wednesday and Thursday morning (9.30am to 11.30am). This is really a marketing exercise to attract prospective families, but parents of current pupils are very welcome to attend. Please let Mrs Bishop in the school office know if you would like to join in with a tour of the school.

    Finally, we are looking for a Teaching Assistant. Mrs Davies has unfortunately had to resign for personal reasons and we need a part-time Teaching Assistant for Early Years. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact the school office and ask for a job description and application form. Closing date Friday 13th October at noon.

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

    Yours sincerely




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  • News - 5 JAN 2017

    Published 01/05/17

    Dear Parents and Carers

    Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a well-earned break.

    This is quite a short Bulletin.  There are lots of exciting learning opportunities planned for this term as the new topics get underway.  Children have discussed new resolutions in both work ethics and attitudes to learning as well as building and maintaining positive friendships.

    Classes have been reminded about learning and playground behaviours and their responsibilities in contributing to a positive and caring classroom environment.  The teachers have talked through the anti-bullying leaflet with the children and they have been informed that there is zero tolerance to bullying here in St Mary’s.  Please can you reinforce this message at home.

    The use of social media is not the forum to discuss classroom or playground concerns or issues.  We urge you to be mindful of comments/posts when using social media and the impact these may have on the wider community.  Any concerns should be addressed to the school in the first instance in confidence.  We thank you in advance for your support in helping maintain positive relationships.

    Mrs Radcliffe continues to convalesce and sends her best wishes to you all.  She will not be well enough to return this week and we will keep you informed on her progress.  She thanks you all for your messages for a speedy recovery.  In the meantime any concerns should be addressed to Mrs Buckley.

    Best wishes

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May 2017