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 the Executive 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.

Ms. Charlie Barwell, Executive Headteacher

st marys home pupil

Reception Visit to Farmer Gow's

The Reception class had a wonderful day out when they visited Farmer Gow's Farm Park.  They held the chicks, fed mik to the lambs and dried food to the older sheep as well as meeting some pigs and geese.  They collected eggs from the hens before having a treasure hunt on the hay bale climb!

Year 1 Visit to Lea Woods in Filkins

Year I were very excited to be going out on their very first trip to Lea Woods. They learned all about the woodlands and animals that lived there and handled real roe deer and fox skulls and had furry animals to represent those living in the woods. They also investigated oval shaped owl pellets which had been regurgitated by the owls, so the children could find out what the owls had eaten.

Miss Atkinson's Forest School Training

Last week, I spent another 2 days at Hill End for my Forest School Leader training. We built natural shelters, learnt how to light a fire safely and used a kelly kettle to boil water for a cup of tea! As I am nearing the end of my training, I am beginning to plan what my Forest School would look like and need to start gathering my resources. If you have any spare or old tarpaulins that you no longer need or ropes of various lengths and diameters which you are willing to donate I would really appreciate it. If you have any other resources that you think would be helpful or want to get more involved please let me know. Many thanks for your help with this and for your continued support. 

Great school I would highly recommend it. Staff are lovely, after school clubs are fab! School is just fantastic throughout!

A Parent, May 2018