We wish you all a very happy Christmas, and a peace-filled new year. See you in January!
We had a lovely open morning for prospective parents today.
Here is the presentation we shared, with information about our school: Welcome to St Mary’s 2016
If you would like to know more about our school, but were unable to come today, please contact the school office. We are very proud of our school and always happy to show people around.
Here is the report from our Ofsted inspection, which confirms that we are a ‘Good’ school with ‘Outstanding’ Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare.
We are delighted to achieve this, having been graded Requires Improvement 2 years ago. The report shows how many wonderful things there are about St Mary’s, in particular our incredible pupils and very committed staff, and how much we have developed and improved over the last 2 years. We hope that every member of our school community will celebrate this with us – it is very much a joint effort!
St Mary’s has just been awarded the Healthy Schools Bronze Award for its commitment to children’s health and well-being. This includes all aspects of health: physical, emotional and mental health. The award is a way of recognising good practice in schools in promoting healthy lifestyles and keeping children safe from harm.
A huge congratulations to the staff who contributed to the awards process, especially Mrs McSherry and Mrs Leith who collated all the evidence. Thank you, too, to our parents; your support with healthy lunchboxes and engagement with sports clubs and activities has helped make this possible.
At the end of last term, we sent out a letter explaining that a new catering company is now providing our school meals, along with many other schools in Westminster. The company is called Caterlink. Here is the menu that will be served this term at St Mary’s:
Please note that cake desserts will only be served on Fridays, in line with our whole school healthy eating policy.
We look forward to hearing the children’s comments about the new food.
Our new school uniform is now available for any families who would like to buy it.
You can find out how to buy uniform online here: uniform
The website is: www.stitchdesign.co.uk
We have example sizes in the school office if you would like to try the uniform on before you buy it. Please note that the round neck sweatshirt for everyday wear has been replaced by a v-neck sweatshirt or cardigan, and the round neck is now for PE lessons.
The uniform suppliers will soon also be selling school ties, and the office has a small supply if you would like one now.
We have raised over £550 pounds for charity at our Christmas events this week. This is incredibly generous – thank you so much.
The money has been donated to Tearfund’s Middle East Emergency Appeal where it will be used to provide food, shelter and vital essentials for people from Syria and Iraq who have been displaced by violence. You can find out more on their website.
The Governing Body of St Mary’s School would like to consult you on proposed changes to St Mary’s admissions criteria for Reception from September 2017.
The changes would split applications into two categories: Foundation (church) and Open (other), giving both Christian families and families of other faiths, or none, to be included in our school. This is a key part of our school ethos and the recommended model of the London Diocesan Board for Schools.
Within both categories, siblings would be prioritised so that families are kept together – again a key aspect of our ethos as a family-oriented school.
Within the church category, priority would be given to families who worship at St Mary’s church, in recognition of the growing links between the church and the school and how families from the church consider this to be their local community. Families from other churches would be considered next, in order of distance from the school.
Within the Open category, after siblings, families would be considered purely on their distance from the school. It is important to the Governors that St Mary’s remains a school which serves its local community.
The suggested distribution would be 60% Foundation (church) places and 40% Open (non-church) places.
Here are a letter from our Chair of Governors, the draft Admissions Policy and the draft Supplementary Form: Admissions consultation letter 2015 Draft Admissions policy 2017 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION FORM FOR ADMISSION 2017
You can also find details on the Westminster City Council website: https://www.westminster.gov.uk/consultation-admission-arrangements-2017-18
The consultation period runs from Monday 16th November 2015 until Friday January 15th 2016 and the Governors warmly welcome any comments from our parents, stakeholders and members of our local community. Please submit your comments in writing to Ms Breeda Cahill at the school or by email: email@example.com.