Our library was completely transformed this week by ‘BeSpace’ into a quiet and inclusive space perfect for thought, prayer and reflection.  

BeSpace is an organisation that creates prayer and reflection spaces to help pupils engage with spirituality and prayer in a creative, experimental and safe way.

Our children engaged in four different activities each of which was supported by an adult.  These activities provided the children with the opportunity to think about the wonders of the world, share their worries, wipe away anything for which they felt sorry and to be thankful. At the end of each sessions there was a chance for the children to reflect on the activities and share their thoughts. Here are a selection of their comments: 

  • I felt happy, calm and relaxed  
    • I was thoughtful when I watched the bubble machine  
      • At the end I felt better and peaceful

Our thanks go to Mrs Brannan for arranging this event and to BeSpace and St. Mary’s Church for providing volunteers to support the children.

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 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