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St Mary's Infant School has been an integral part of the Witney community for over 200 years, and many former pupils are still residents of the town.

The school has strong links with the Parish of Witney and is a close neighbour of the medieval church of St Mary the Virgin. Members of the parish serve as foundation governors of the school, and the Parish ministry team leads collective worship for the school every week. The school uses the church for its major termly services: Harvest, Christmas, Holy Week and Easter, and the Leavers' service at the end of the year. The school takes part with others in the town in the annual Act of Remembrance around the War Memorial, and our children and staff in costume are a colourful part of the Witney Carnival parade every summer.

St Mary's has close links with the Batt C of E Primary School, and all our children are guaranteed a place there, if parents wish, when they leave us at the end of Year 2. The two schools cooperate closely, and this is most obviously so in the annual May Day dancing which takes place on Church Green, to the delight of the wider Witney community.

During the year the school welcomes a wide variety of members of the community who come to talk to the children and to share their skills and experiences: Diwali dancers, fire fighters, musicians, police officers and helicopter pilots from RAF Brize Norton.