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.
As you will be aware, we have received the news that all schools will be closed from Friday 20 March until further notice. We will continue to offer a limited service to vulnerable children and those of critical key workers at St Mary's.
Although the school will be physically closed, Mrs Sarah Costley (Office Manager), Ben Whittaker (Administrative Assistant) and myself will still be accessing emails from both school and home.
For further information on coronavirus symptoms including how to prevent the spread and what to do if you suspect you or a family member may have the virus, please follow advice at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
In these unprecedented times we want to remind all our families that you are part of our wider school family and that we will hold you all in our hearts and prayers until we return together.
With best wishes,
Sarah Grier Headteacher
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.
The children learnt about the sun, solar systems and the different phases of the moon. Mythological figures were used to illustrate tales from Ancient Greece and finally a full northern starfield was projected as an introduction to navigating the night sky.
Our Year 1 class enjoyed a morning at Henry Box School, joining in a Dance Festival with children from some of the other Primary Schools in the Witney Partnership.
The theme was 'Where the Wild things Are' and they had a wonderful time recreating movements of the sea and building a forest around Max, the boy in the story. Of course, they also practised their roars!
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.