It’s a vibrant, hands-on, busy and fun place to learn and thrive!
We are a Church of England Infant School set in the centre of Witney. Adjacent to St Mary’s Church and overlooking the green, we are proud of our heritage whilst always building towards the future.
At St Mary’s, the Christian value of love is at the heart of all we do. We seek to grow our children in a nurturing and secure environment and work closely together with our parents, the Church, governors and the community to achieve our vision. Our specialist and dedicated team of staff are passionate about Early Years Education and our facilities are designed specifically to meet the needs of children aged 4-7 years, including our purpose built Reception suite.
We pride ourselves that the children at St Mary’s are happy, challenged and excited about each day, every day. Whether it be investigating an alien crash landing, May Day dancing or trying to find the answer to the question ‘why does popping candy go pop?’ our children are encouraged to achieve their potential, develop their talents and celebrate their uniqueness.
I feel extremely privileged to be Headteacher of St Mary’s and invite you to come and visit our school to see it in action. You’ll be sure of a warm welcome.
Our Year 2 leavers who moved on to The Batt in September, returned to St Mary’s last Friday for a special leavers’ jamboree held in the playground. Due to the current pandemic, the children had not been able to come together before the summer holidays to celebrate their special time at St Mary’s. It was wonderful to welcome the children back, dressed in their party best, for an afternoon full of music, party activities and fun. A special thank you to Mr Wakefield who captured the celebrations with a series of wonderful photographs that were later shared with parents.
As part of the party, the children took part in a ‘hook the duck’ to win a biscuit and a spin the wheel to win an ice cream or lolly – everybody won! The children also received their unique St Mary’s autograph book and pen. Finally, each child decorated their own pebble with their name and, after a final prayer, these were placed under our flourishing tree so that we can remember them in times to come.
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.
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.
There is a vibrant, interesting and engaging curriculum. This is a strength of the school and reflects the determination that pupils will encounter first-hand experiences while maintaining a strong focus on their basic skills.