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 our vision. 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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Forest School Training

For several years now St Mary’s has been proud to offer Forest School as part of our rich and varied curriculum.  These sessions take place at Cogges Manor Farm and are a wonderful opportunity to motivate and inspire our children in the natural environment.

This year we are delighted to announce that Miss Atkinson is training to become a Forest School Leader through Hill End Outdoor Education Centre.  This rigorous training programme requires her to attend training days and complete several units of study and assignments.  Once qualified, Miss Atkinson will be able to lead our children as they learn, not only about the world around them but how to take natural risks.  We look forward to hearing about Miss Atkinson’s adventures as she embarks on her qualification.

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Remembrance Day 11.11.20

On Remembrance Day each of our classes took part in the commemorations by honouring those who have given their lives in service. It was a moment of peacefulness and reflection across our school. Taking their inspiration from the 1915 poem, In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, our Year 2 children wrote poems that reflected the solemnity of the occasion and hope for the future.

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Year 2 Jamboree

Our Year 2 leavers who moved on to The Batt in September, returned to St Mary’s last Friday for a special leavers’ jamboree held in the playground.  Due to the current pandemic, the children had not been able to come together before the summer holidays to celebrate their special time at St Mary’s.  It was wonderful to welcome the children back, dressed in their party best, for an afternoon full of music, party activities and fun.  A special thank you to Mr Wakefield who captured the celebrations with a series of wonderful photographs that were later shared with parents.

As part of the party, the children took part in a ‘hook the duck’ to win a biscuit and a spin the wheel to win an ice cream or lolly – everybody won!  The children also received their unique St Mary’s autograph book and pen.  Finally, each child decorated their own pebble with their name and, after a final prayer, these were placed under our flourishing tree so that we can remember them in times to come.

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