World Book Day

Opening the school door yesterday morning was a joy as I was greeted by familiar faces dressed as wonderful book characters. In amongst the characters there was the beanstalk, from Jack and the Beanstalk, Hermione from the Harry Potter series, the Cat in the Hat, the Book Fairy and Percy Jackson.

The St. Mary’s team put on a good show and came dressed as crayons from the story ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt. During the morning the children were divided into their house teams and took part in a carousel of storytelling where they were read the four stories that have been shortlisted for the Oxfordshire Book Awards. The books were: ‘How to be a Lion’ by Ed Vere, ‘The King with Dirty Feet’ by Sally Pomme Clayton, ‘Gaspard the Fox’ by Zeb Soanes and ‘Cyril and Pat’ by Emily Gravett.

When the children had heard all the stories they had the opportunity to vote for their favourite one and the result has been submitted to the shortlisting committee. Once schools across the county have voted we will announce the winning story.

St Mary's Limited Opening

St Mary's CE Infant School has now partially reopened inline with government guidance.  Due to the unique nature of our school, we are open only to Reception children, vulnerable children and those of critical key workers. Our dedicated staff team are continuing to provide online learning opportunities as well as teach full time. 

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We are an ‘Excellent’ Church School!

On 11 March 202, St Mary’s school received a formal inspection under the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS).  I am delighted to announce that that St Mary’s has been awarded the highest possible grade of ‘Excellent’ with an additional judgement of ‘Excellent’ for Collective Worship.

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Mobile Planetarium Visit

Year 1 have been studying space as part of their topic this term, ‘Moon Zoom’. And surely, (except for a St. Mary’s rocket trip!) there could be no better way of experiencing the galaxy than by journeying into the sky and seeing the stars close up which we did with a visit to a mobile planetarium.

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The deeply embedded Christian vision of the school drives every aspect of school life. The school is exceptional in enabling pupils and adults to flourish so that they are able to 'achieve their potential and develop their talents'.  

SIAMS, March 2020