Welcome to St Mary's

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.

Mrs Sarah Grier, Headteacher

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Blue Cross

Gemma from the Blue Cross animal charity in Burford visited Year 1 today as part of this term’s topic, Paws, Claws and Whiskers. Unfortunately, their educational dog was injured so Gemma brought along an animal puppet to explain how to look after and care for pets.  

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Amate Animalia

On Tuesday, Year 1 met lots of exotic animals during their visit from Amate Animalia.  The visit helped to enrich the children's learning and was part of their topic 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers'.  The children learnt many interesting new facts.  Did you know that a chameleon can only change to a lighter or darker shade of the colour that it is and isn't able to choose a colour to blend in with its surroundings?

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Christmas Tree Lights Switch On

The Friends of St. Mary's arranged the collection of a beautiful Christmas tree which was generously donated by B&Q.  They had also arranged a Christmas decoration competition so once it was up in the school hall, all the entries were hung from the branches. The children gathered together for an official 'turning on the lights' ceremony which was a lovely 'ooh, ahh' moment! The four winners of the competition were awarded their prizes and stood proudly by the tree.  Many thanks to The Friends of St. Mary's for organising a wonderful start to our festive celebrations.

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The Headteacher has a clear vision that balances the school's strong Christian ethos with high aspirations for every pupil's academic progress. Staff share that ambition.

Ofsted, November 2018