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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Christingle Service

A delicious smell of oranges permeated the hall this week as our children prepared their Christingles with the support of our wonderful parent helpers. The Christingles were made in readiness for our final service of the year at St Mary’s Church.

During the service, Rev’d Ross spoke with the children about the relevance of the Christingle and how it reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world.  Our school choir performed a special compilation of festive songs before the Christingle candles were lit and we all joined together in singing the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’.  As our service concluded, we were reminded of the wonderful year we have had as a school community and we were able to wish all our families a very Merry Christmas and peaceful New Year.

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The Besom Witney Charity

Today staff and families donated presents and extra special food gifts, instead of Secret Santa, to The Besom Witney.  The charity make up special hampers for those in need in the local community.  Julia Morgan from The Besom Witney collected the gifts and quoted one recipient as having said "The Christmas hamper from Besom gave me hope and faith in the most difficult time of the year.  I was feeling lost and abandoned but the surprise hamper restored me from being sad and put a smile on my face.  Thank you so much".   

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Nativity - It's A Party!

On Thursday the children gave two wonderful performances of 'Its a Party!' to a packed out St. Mary's Church.  There were delightful moments of tenderness alongside joyful singing from everyone.  Such performances require a huge amount of organisaiton and a big thank you must go to Miss Atkinson for the directing of the production and Miss Reynolds for coordinating the music and singing.  Thank you to all parents for helping your children learn their lines and songs.  Finally a thank you from St. Mary's Church for the generous collections received after the performances.  Congratulations to all the children and we hope you enjoyed watching at least one performance.  

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The Christian care and nurture shown to all pupils through carefully targeted support enables pupils to flourish and achieve their potential.

SIAMS, June 2015