St Mary's C of E Primary School

Faith in Everyone to Shine Brightly

College Road, Purton, Wiltshire, SN5 4AR

01793 770239

admin@st-marys-purton.wilts.sch.uk

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St MAry's Virtual School

THE HOME LEARNING HUB

STATUS: LOW USE

The school building is open to everyone as usual,
so the Home Learning Hub is not in general use.
(Note: work is available on the hub for children
who are self-isolating at home.)

Come on in and see how we shine!

Welcome to St Mary’s CE Primary School

Mrs Naomi Clarke

}I am very proud to be able to welcome you to our wonderful school, where we have 'faith in everyone to shine brightly’. Our website should provide you with all the information you need, but we always welcome visits to the school if you need further information. 

As you enter our school, you will find us learning together in faith, love and friendship; we pride ourselves on our strong family atmosphere. At St Mary’s, a highly motivated and dedicated team ensure that all children aspire to achieve their full potential, both academically and socially.

Every child is valued for their uniqueness and our strong pastoral support enables them to develop the self-esteem and skills they will need to be successful in life; playing, learning and working together now and in the future. The support, challenge and determination to achieve exceptional outcomes for all within our school community is fostered by everyone.

Adults, children and families are all supported to achieve and thrive. We aim to nurture children who are inclusive, tolerant and, most importantly, enthusiastic about life itself; they are set superb examples of this by the caring members of our school community.

The children are enabled to successfully grow into citizens of the future through our diverse and creative curriculum, where learning is rooted in experience. At St Mary's children learn to be safe, be ready and be respectful, as we believe this provides them with the perfect start to a life-long journey of discovery and fulfilment.~

Mrs Naomi Clarke,

Headteacher

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A Challenge Partners Quality Assurance Review was undertaken by experienced, external reviewer over two days in April, 2021. You can read read the full review here.

The following quotations provide a summary overview of the 2021 Quality Assurance Review: 


“St Mary’s places great emphasis on having ‘faith in everyone to shine brightly’. Christian values, carefully intertwined with British values, underpin the school’s ethos into which all pupils and their families are welcomed.”

“The highly effective inclusive practice values the uniqueness of every child and aims to develop the self-esteem and skills they need to be successful in life.”
 

“All staff are provided with a wealth of professional development which enables them to carry out their roles with knowledge and skill. Class teachers… demonstrated clearly their immense enthusiasm, drive and commitment to achieving the very best for the pupils in their classes, as well as for the subjects they lead.”
 

“A carefully crafted and detailed curriculum for foundation subjects and science has been created collaboratively. This appropriately begins with a creative Foundation Stage curriculum led by skilled and experienced Early Years staff. It has the school’s values, with a Christian perspective and British values at its heart. Worship themes and topics from the personal, social and health education (PSHE) scheme are carefully interwoven, alongside ‘big questions’ which engage pupils in deep thinking.”

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Ensuring the best start for a new year at St Mary’s
 

Please ensure you and your family are familiar with the following rules:.

  1. There will be the same one-way system as before. Please remember you should not come back under the bridge onto the main playground at pick up time once you have gone round to the back of the building.
  1. There is a soft start to the day: children can arrive between 8.40am and 9.00am. (The gates will be closed at 9.00am and any children arriving after this time will be marked as late.)
     
  2. There is absolutely NO vehicular access onto the school site, unless by prior arrangement.

  3. There should be absolutely NO parking in Bradon Forest at all.

  4. The end of the day collection times are as follows:
  • EYFS, Year 1, Year 2 & Year 3 from 3.00pm
  • Year 4 from 3.05pm
  • Year 5 from 3.10pm 
  • Year 6 from 3.15pm
    (Year 6 children are still able to leave the site and meet you in a pre-arrange place)

  1. Please do not wait around on the playground: aim to arrive at the time your child is released from class. Note: we will never let your child go until you are there.
     
  2. Please do not talk to staff at drop-off and collection: please do not approach staff at the start and end of the school day to pass on information or ask questions. Whilst this is often important communication, such ‘quick words’ soon result in staff members having dozens of face-to-face interactions each week, that could have been communicated in a different way: if you need to get a message to a teacher, please contact the admin team via email (admin@st-marys-purton.wilts.sch.uk) or phone (01793 770239), who will ensure your message or request is passed on. Members of staff can then contact you on the phone or email as appropriate, as soon as they are able.

  3. If you have children in Year 5 or 6, DO NOT arrive until after 3.10pm to collect them (plus any younger children you have).
  1. We would ask adults entering the site to still wear a face covering (unless exempt).
     
  2. Please ensure children have the correct school uniform and that all footwear is black and suitable running around and being active every day.
     
  3. Hot school dinners will be available and bookable through Parent Pay as always. The menus will be shared as usual. Please note, book meals must be booked for all children, please, even those who have income-related free school meals or universal infant school meals.

Our Remote Learning Policy

This policy details our ongoing approach to various home-learning and blended-learning scenarios. You can explore the interactive version here, or download a copy here: Remote Learning Policy

COVID 19 Pandemic - Information for Parents

Children should not be at school if they have ONE or more of the following symptoms (as defined by the NHS):

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

To find out more or to book a test, visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Advice from the Public Health England and the NHS.

St Mary's is very closely following the advice advice from the Government, Public Health England and the NHS. You can read the advice and find out more about keeping yourself and others safe here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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Following the inspection on 16th November 2017, we are pleased to report that Ofsted concluded that St Mary’s “continues to be good.

We were proud Ofsted reported to Mrs Clarke that parents and the local community recognise the strengths of your leadership [and] would recommend the school.

If you would like to read more, please visit our Inspections and Reviews page

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Disadvantaged Learners

We believe that every child should have equal opportunity and access to an excellent education. We know that disadvantaged learners can require greater support in order to achieve results that are in line with other children and young people. St Mary's follows the Disadvantaged Learner Charter. Read more on our Pupil Premium page.

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Safeguarding

At St Mary's CE Primary School we are committed to safeguarding and have a culture of vigilance in all aspects of safeguarding and child protection. Please see our Safeguarding page for more information about the school's policies and procedures (here).

St Mary's Safeguarding Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead:               Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: 

                

                 Mrs N Clarke                             Mr R Payne                Mrs H Fudge     

                       Head Teacher                      Deputy Head Teacher      Early Years Leader 

                                        Mrs Liz Tawn         

 

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                            Well Being and Pastoral Lead                                        

 

                                                  

      

 
Child Protection Governor: Andrew Hargreaves

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Social, Emotional & Mental Health (SEMH)

We pride ourselves that every member of the St Mary's team considers each child's broader well-being as being of paramount importance. Therefore, we create opportunities and take the time to get to know the children in our care well and, when necessary, aim to support them and their families in addressing any issues in their emotional well-being and mental health. You can find out more here.

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Our 'Early Years Foundation Stage' have been awarded The Bristol Standard again for 2019-2020. The validation group commended "the opportunities and learning experiences that children access within your school," and added that St Mary's staff, "demonstrate a strong insight in the children and families you have."

Our recent Challenge Partners Review (4th March 2019) also praised our Foundation Stage provision, saying there is, "...very effective teaching in the Reception classes. Staff have created lively and stimulating environments, inside and outside, related to all of the early years areas of learning. Adults have high expectations of children and interact with them well, encouraging them to speak clearly. Children collaborate well with each other, behave sensibly and are learning to be independent and to persevere with tasks." 

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 If you require a printed copy of any website pages please email
admin@st-marys-purton.wilts.sch.uk

Parent View - Give Ofsted your view on your child's school

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Admissions 

We warmly welcome visits to our school. We are a totally inclusive school and welcome all children. Please telephone our school office on 01793 770239 and speak to a member of the office team who will be happy to make an appointment for you to look around or email admin@st-marys-purton.wilts.sch.uk  to arrange a visit.  Applications to our school are managed by Wiltshire Council, please click on the link to access Wiltshire Council School Admissions. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if you have any admission related query.

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