"Living and learning, inspired by our faith."
Our aim is to nurture every child’s academic and faith development so that they C.A.R.E:
- Confident in their ability with high self-esteem enabling them to be happy in themselves, to achieve their full potential.
- Able to recognise their areas requiring development, with the confidence to utilise strategies for progressing.
- Aspirational, with perseverance to achieve their goal.
- They not only learn to ask questions but to research answers, analysing information and questioning plausibility.
- They are as prepared as possible for new technologically advancements.
- Our children understand the value of money, are organised and know how to keep themselves safe and healthy.
- Our children, following in Jesus’ steps, will be encouraged to be respectful, polite and tolerant of others regardless of their differences, both within and outside of our school community.
- Our children are kind and considerate, able to work in teams, and communicate their ideas effectively.
- Older children are role models for younger children support and nurture them as was the case when they were younger themselves.
- Our children are proud of their school, their wider community and the part they play within those.
- Our children have a love of learning.
- They ‘have a go’ and ensure they are not afraid of trying new things or of making mistakes.
- They recognise the value in listening to other people and celebrate their achievements. Above all, our children will be motivated to try their best.
St Mary’s is an oversubscribed one form entry primary Catholic school situated in Chiswick. Places are offered to Catholic children who live in the parishes of Our Lady of Grace and St Edward & St Joseph’s Grove Park.
The Nursery class has 26 places, KS1 (infants) and KS2 (Juniors) has 30 children per class.
St Mary’s is a Roman Catholic School and for children to grow up to be practising Catholics there must be a commitment to the Faith within school and at home. The school looks to a partnership which will uphold and reinforce the teachings of the Catholic faith and where parents will encourage their children by their own example of regular religious practice. School days start and end with a prayer and the children participate in worship through assemblies, prayer services and Mass. Religious education permeates the whole curriculum and school life.
St Mary’s follows the National Curriculum in all subjects. It is designed to meet the needs of all pupils with measurable and achievable targets. We encourage each child at every stage of learning to develop his/her particular abilities and talents, while achieving their full potential in the core subjects (English, Maths, Science, Computing). Religious Education is also a core subject in a Catholic School. We teach the ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life’ Religious Curriculum. The Foundation subjects are: Art and Design, Geography, History, Music, PSCHE and Physical Education.
Foundation Stage for children 3 – 5 years
Key Stage 1 for children aged 5 -7 years
Key Stage 2 for children aged 7 -11 years
The school is one form entry and classes are of mixed ability. We encourage a practical approach to teaching and learning, enabling the children to work both independently and co-operatively. Core subject work is differentiated into ability groups. The children are tested formally in Year 2 (KS1 SATs) and Year 6 (Key Stage SATs) to identify levels of ability.
You have to get permission from the head teacher if you want to take your child out of school during term time.
You can only do this if:
- you make an application to the head teacher in advance (as a parent the child normally lives with)
- there are exceptional circumstances
It’s up to the head teacher how many days your child can be away from school if leave is granted.
Please note that you can be fined for taking your children on holiday during term time without the school's permission.
The school day starts at 8.55am for all classes and finishes at 3.25 pm. All classes have a mid morning break followed by refreshments and a lunch break. Nursery Class starts at 9:00 am and finishes at 12:00 pm.
All the children wear the school uniform which reinforces the feeling of community within the school. Children in Nursery wear a different uniform.
Well balanced hot and cold lunches are available. These can be paid either half termly or termly. Pupils may bring packed lunch if they wish.
All classes have music lessons. We also offer extracurricular lessons in drums, piano, recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, violin and cello.
We have a vast physical education programme within the school. The children are encouraged to develop skills an awareness of safe practice and fair play.
On being offered a place at the school parents are required to sign a home/school agreement.
All parents are invited to join the Parent Teacher Association. Its purpose is to organise fund raising events in an enjoyable setting. The money raised goes directly towards social events for the children and to enhancing the school environment.
After School Clubs
At St Mary’s we offer a range of extracurricular activities throughout the week which take place before, during or after school. These clubs include after care, breakfast club, drama club, LEGO club, French and Spanish club, netball, multi-skills, minecraft, football and dance clubs. To book an after school club please click here.
Educational outings are planned throughout the school year with children in Years 5-6 having the opportunity to take part in Residential outings.