St Mary's Life in Covid-19 Times
My regular welcome is set out below but I feel that during these 'strange times' it would be helpful to share with you how we are running our school to keep our children, staff and parents safe.
We have staggered our entry and exit times to reduce contact between bubbles. (Each class is a 'bubble'). We operate a 'one way' system into and out of school too. Mrs Sharp and I have been trained as School Crossing Patrollers to enable a smooth and safe start and end of the school day.
We are also part of 'Team Clean', ensuring that the school remains 'Covid compliant' during school hours. Our School Improvement Partner visited on the 11th September and found that our provision and arrangements were appropriate.
Our highly skilled teachers are implementing a Recovery Curriculum, assessing gaps in learning and filling those gaps. Class teachers had delivered the entire year's curriculum by July and we feel that our children are at a good stage in their learning.
Welcome to St Mary's website! We hope that you find what you are looking for. Our vision is : 'Aspire, Nurture, Flourish; developing life in all it's fullness'. We believe that in order to flourish in all areas of life our children need to be not only aspirational but nurtured too. In our most recent survey, children have said that they feel safe, there is always someone to speak to, challenging work, they learn lots of new things, have lots of friends and most importantly, good food! We welcome all children; those with a Christian faith, other faith and those with no faith. Our most recent Ofsted Report (2019) states that the 'dedicated headteacher and middle leaders, alongside governors, are determined to provide the best possible education for all pupils'. At St. Mary’s, we provide 'an exciting, aspirational curriculum (which) develops pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. They are well prepared for the next stage in their education and for life in modern Britain'. (Ofsted 2019)
Our welcoming and inclusive school is founded on Christian values which give the children, staff and parents a clear sense of identity and belonging. We have strong links with St Mary's Church in Rickmansworth; Rev. Deborah Snowball delivers weekly Collective Worship and we attend St Mary's Church at the beginning and end of term for a Church Service. Deborah has also supported our families during the recent lockdown by providing us with a weekly newsletter.
We develop our children's cultural capital through our purpose-made library so that children can share a love of reading and literature; residential and day trips, a wide range of visitors, experienced sports coaches who provide not only PE lessons but a range of clubs (football, basketball, multi-sports) and also our wrap around care. We work in collaboration with 'SoundBox' who provide extra curricular music lessons- drumming, guitar, piano. We have a specialist music teacher who also runs a choir and recorder club in addition to the children's music lessons; French, gymnastics, dance, multi-sports, tennis, netball. For those who are not musical or sporty we have 'Arty Amber', gardening and SMAD (St Mary's Amateur Dramatics which is run by the older children themselves.)
We are fortunate to be supported (and challenged!) by a fully involved governing board at St. Mary’s who work tirelessly to ensure that our school gives the best possible education to the children and families it serves. As a one form entry school, we are a close knit community supported by a fantastic parent body. We have half termly meetings with our Class Reps who are the liaison between parents and school. The PTA (Friends of St Mary's) organise fundraising events to purchase equipment to enhance the education of all children, a recent acquisition being a class set of chromebooks.
One question we are often asked is where do our children move on to for their secondary phase of education? The majority of our children move to St Clement Danes and Rickmansworth School. Other schools include Watford Grammar, Dr Challoners, St Joan of Arc, Royal Masonic, The Reach and Croxley Danes.
Your views are important to the school and we welcome these in order to continually improve. I look forward to meeting you in the very near future, and thank you for taking the time to visit our website. If you would like to come in to look around the school, then please contact Mrs Palmer on 01923 776529.