It’s a vibrant, hands-on, busy and fun place to learn and thrive!
We are a Church of England Infant School set in the centre of Witney. Adjacent to St Mary’s Church and overlooking the green, we are proud of our heritage whilst always building towards the future.
At St Mary’s, the Christian value of love is at the heart of all we do. We seek to grow our children in a nurturing and secure environment and work closely together with our parents, the Church, governors and the community to achieve this. Our specialist and dedicated team of staff are passionate about Early Years Education and our facilities are designed specifically to meet the needs of children aged 4-7 years, including our purpose built Reception suite.
We pride ourselves that the children at St Mary’s are happy, challenged and excited about each day, every day. Whether it be investigating an alien crash landing, May Day dancing or trying to find the answer to the question ‘why does popping candy go pop?’ our children are encouraged to achieve their potential, develop their talents and celebrate their uniqueness.
I feel extremely privileged to be Headteacher of St Mary’s and invite you to come and visit our school to see it in action. You’ll be sure of a warm welcome.
On Sunday, two children from Year 2 and Mrs. Grier joined the remembrance day service in recognition of the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces, past and present. The children helped lay a wreath on behalf of the Witney Partnership Primary Schools which was a great privilege. On Monday morning, the whole school joined together with members of the community and St. Mary's Church to lay a wreath on behalf of St. Mary's Infant School. The sun shone and despite a chilly wind, the children observed the two minute silence with respect and sang 'Peace, Perfect Peace' beautifully.
Over the past couple of weeks our families have generously been filling a shoebox with love for the charity Teams4U. The shoeboxes are filled with toiletries, stationery, hats, gloves, may be sweets, small toys and even Christmas decorations. The shoeboxes are collected by the High Street Methodist Church where a dedication service will be held this evening before they are transported off across Eastern Europe for those children less fortunate than our own. We managed to collect nearly 50 shoeboxes which will hopefully bring some joy and spread our message of love, this Christmas.
On Wednesday, Year 2 entertained members of our community at the monthly Seniors’ Lunch at St Mary’s Church. Singing acapella, they delighted their audience with renditions of ‘Autumn Days’ and ‘Give me Oil in my Lamp’.
As ever, Miss Reynolds insisted on audience participation much to the merriment of all. I was so very proud of our children who brought some autumnal cheer to the lunch party.
There is a vibrant, interesting and engaging curriculum. This is a strength of the school and reflects the determination that pupils will encounter first-hand experiences while maintaining a strong focus on their basic skills.