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St Mary’s sets the highest expectations in all areas, academic, spiritual, personal and social, and assists every child to achieve their potential in a secure ‘family’ atmosphere.

Teaching is exemplary and based securely on teachers’ thorough knowledge of their pupils. As a result, lessons are tailored successfully to need and build securely on prior learning. 

Ofsted Report, 2011

EYFS and KS1 currently work as a unit called the Safari Set operating a ‘free-flow’ system. Class 1 has overall responsibility for Reception pupils and Class 2 has overall responsibility for Year 2 pupils. There is shared responsibility for Year 1 pupils depending on the activities being taught and the needs of the individual child. Class 3 has years 3 and 4 pupils, and Class 4 has years 5 and 6 pupils. Children move through the classes at the appropriate time.

The school sets the highest expectations in all areas, academic, spiritual, personal and social, and assists every child to achieve their potential in a secure ‘family’ atmosphere. Children starting school work towards the agreed Early Years Foundation Stage Assessment Scales, which encompass Language and Mathematics Development, Knowledge and Understanding, and Physical, Creative and Emotional Development. Children in Key Stages 1 (Y1•Y2) and 2 (Y3-Y6) work to the National Curriculum. The core curriculum consists of RE, English, Maths, Science and ICT.