Welcome to St Mary’s Catholic Primary school, an exciting and innovative place to learn, in a spirit of shared Gospel values.
St Mary’s is a forward thinking and vibrant school where pupils are enthusiastic and motivated to achieve endless possibilities. Our children are at the heart of every decision we make as we want them to be happy, safe and able to learn. We provide opportunities that are relevant to their needs both now and in the future.
Lessons are St Mary’s are fun and engaging. We use ‘Kagan’ strategies so children participate well and are active learners. We use the ‘Magenta Principles’ to develop deep thinking and ‘Thinking Maps’ to help children organise their thoughts. These initiatives help children to develop a thirst for learning, to be curious about the world around them and to have memorable learning experiences.
Here at St Mary’s, we have high aspirations of all and place no ceiling on learning. Where children need further support, this is offered on the same day so children do not fall behind. We focus on six key learning behaviours to help children feel inspired and have a Growth Mindset as well building life-skills such as grit, ambition and collaboration.
I am very proud of our St Mary’s team; they are dedicated, passionate and hard working. We aspire to the highest standards in everything we do and this is further embedded through our successful relationships with parents, the Parish community and other local schools. We firmly believe that education is a partnership between home and school and we value your interest and support.
The Catholic life of the school shines out through high quality RE teaching, a strong Chaplaincy Team, uplifting collective worship and our school charity work. At the centre of everything that we do are the messages and teachings of Jesus. Through his example, we strive to make St Mary’s a happy and joyful place to be ~ a school where everyone can let their light shine.
We are always very happy to welcome visits from prospective parents. This is the best way to meet the children and staff, feel the school’s warm, family atmosphere and experience the Catholic ethos which is at the heart of everything we do.
Latest School Calendar Events
- School photographs (Individual pupils only)30Sep2020
@ School Hall
Due to the current Covid situation we are unable to safely organize family/sibling photographs this year. Photographs will be taken of individual pupils within their class groups.
- Autumn Census01Oct2020
First of 3 statutory returns made each year to assist in assessing funding for individual schools.
- Y2 Africa Day07Oct2020
9:00 am - 3:20 pm
A series of activities throughout the day designed to help the children learn about Africa and its culture.
- PTFA AGM (by Zoom)08Oct2020
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Contact Rachael Priest for log-in details New members welcome
- Flu immunisations19Oct2020
9:15 am - 12:00 pm
An email regarding the flu immunisation programme was sent out on 07/09/20. The following information is from the Immunisation Team. For the school year starting September 2020 we will be continuing with the e-consent for the Flu Programme. This year we are vaccinating children in Reception, Year 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. When completing the e-consent please state the year group your child will be in at the beginning of the school year September 2020 NOT their current year group. Please visit http://bit.do/frbeL or scan QR Code (for IPhone and Android’s with the “scan me” app) to complete the consent form. The option to consent or decline the vaccination is at the end of the questionnaire so please complete even if you do not want your child to have the vaccination. Your unique school code for St Mary's Catholic Primary School (Chesterfield) is DD112898 For more information about the vaccination and the date we are due into your school please visit our website: http://www.derbyshireschoolnurses.org.uk/parents/immunisations