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

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July 2017

  • NEWS - 20 JULY 2017

    Published 20/07/17

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    This week has been spectacular; children have been busily creative and teachers have been tying up loose ends from the term and forward planning for the autumn!

    All subject leaders have submitted their action plans for the new academic year, and these will be incorporated into new school development plans over the summer.

    The successes of the previous development plans are clearly reflected in the progress that pupils have made. The percentage of pupils achieving age-related expectations at the end of Key Stage 2 as follows:

    KS2 Maths 100% (compared to 75% last year)

    KS2 Reading 95% (compared to 81% last year)

    KS2 Writing 90% (compared to 75% last year)

    KS2 Grammar, punctuation and spelling 84% (compared to 69% last year).

    At the end of Key Stage 1, the percentage of Year 2 pupils achieving the ‘expected standard and above’ in reading, writing and mathematics was as follows: Reading 83%, (previously 67%), Writing 73% (previously 53%), Mathematics 83% (previously 62%).

    The percentage of Reception Class pupils achieving the ‘GLD’ (i.e. a ‘good level of development’, has risen to 70% (this year) compared to 53% (last year).   Well done to all our hard-working children and a big, big thank you to St Mary’s dedicated teaching team, for all that has been achieved this year.

    I should like to add my thanks to the administrative team and those working ‘behind the scenes’ at St Mary’s; these quiet and humble individuals maintain the high standards of our school environment, keep children safe and ensure the smooth running of the vital administrative, financial and premise functions of the school.

    Finally, my personal, most sincere and heartfelt thanks to my trusted and committed Deputy, Mrs Sheila Buckley, without whom things simply wouldn’t be as they are at St Mary’s! Thank you Mrs Buckley! 

    On Monday, Year 6 pupils ran a Talent Show and after-school fund raising event, along the lines of Chiddfest. This was a test of their entrepreneurial skills learned in Biz School and children raised sufficient funds to pay for a party, (with bouncy castle), to take place after school this Thursday.

    On Tuesday, Year 6 children led the Leavers’ Service at St Mary’s Church. Thank you to Reverend Sarah and Miss Hannah Pye for helping with the selection of some very lovely bible readings. Together with the children’s own carefully-written prayers and Reverend Sarah’s poignant words of wisdom, this made for a thought-provoking and beautiful service.

    Thanks to Mrs Wright, who, on Tuesday afternoon, organised a whole school running event ‘Race for Life’, raising significant sums of money for cancer research charity.  Thanks to the PTA for snacks and refreshments.

    On Wednesday, staff held a lunch-time ‘get-together’ in honour of four members of staff who are leaving us at the end of this term. Our very best wishes to Mrs Denyer, Miss Harling, Miss Hughes and Mrs White, who are moving on to pastures new. 

    Term ends on Friday, with a final assembly starting at 9.00am, parents are welcome.

    On behalf of the staff of St Mary’s School, thank you for all your support throughout this year and for the generous array of beautiful gifts and words of thanks, which are very much appreciated. 

    With our very best wishes for a safe and happy summer!

    Janis Radcliffe


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  • NEWS - 7 SEPTEMBER 2017

    Published 09/07/17

    Next week’s value is Community


    “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” Psalm 133:1

    Dear Parents and Carers

    Welcome back to St Mary’s and the autumn term!

    All children, teachers and new colleagues have made a great start on their return to school this week! We welcome all of our new children and their teachers, including Miss Halliday, Miss Clark, Mrs Bennett, Mrs Dickson, Mrs Davies and Mr Hanson. We hope all newcomers will soon feel at home and enjoy being part of our very special St Mary’s School Community.

    We have received some exciting news that Mrs Newton is expecting her first baby early next year. I know you will want to join me in congratulating her. Mrs Newton will be going off on her maternity leave after Christmas and a letter has been sent to Year 6 parents confirming the school’s plans to temporarily replace her with a high calibre, experienced professional who will ensure that Year 6 children continue to make good progress and are well prepared for their end-of-year tests.  

    Although children returned to school on Tuesday, the term began a day earlier for teaching staff who held a whole staff meeting on Monday, followed by a series of training sessions, including Safeguarding, First Aid, revision of Autistic Spectrum Disorders and training in the use of Electronic Registers. The latter will speed up the process of registration and gives us some options to add other functions to the system later in the year.

    Teachers and administrators have been hard at work during the summer holidays. This year has been unusual in that we have had a lot of building work done to create an additional classroom. The results are spectacular and I should like to thank everyone involved, in particular our School Business Manager, Mrs Oqvist, who manages the school’s finances and premises and the teachers themselves, who have been moving furniture and locating resources. Thank you also, to Mr Whitbourn, Mrs Bedford and Mrs Swift for ensuring the school was clean and ready for business on Tuesday and to the remarkable Mrs Bishop who has given of her own time to get systems up and running! What a great team!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Yours sincerely


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  • NEWS - SATs Results

    Published 07/07/17
      7th July Mufti Day – bring in a bottle and sweets for Production 7th July Rocksteady Concert 9am-1pm 7th July @ 2.30pm Celebration
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July 2017