We really enjoyed having some of our Year 3 children back in school last week and it’s great to welcome back our first group of Year 4 children this week!

There is some lovely work happening in all of the different classrooms –

Holiday Club

As the Churches Together group are unable to run the Holiday Club at St. Mary’s as usual, they have moved online! Please see the details on this flyer for more information on how to access the videos in the first week of the holidays.


September

Government guidelines for September were released last Thursday. We are now working through how we can best implement these. We will need to update our Risk Assessments and particularly look at the logistics of staggered entry and exit, breaks and lunches alongside ‘bubble’ organisation and hygiene procedures.
We hope to have an initial plan for you by the end of term, bearing in mind that there may be necessary changes during the summer. However, we can’t wait to have everyone back with us at last!

The Local Authority has compiled a questionnaire to seek parent views on returning to school in September.
It can be accessed via this link - https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/xfp/form/194


However, please feel free to share any thoughts, concerns or questions with us directly if you prefer.


Thank you again for your continued support and please stay safe and well!




VE Day Tea Party - Friday 8th May 2020






We have had lots of excellent entries for our
1st May Pyjamarama design competition
Thank you to everyone who entered!  









Thank you to all of our key-workers!










Silly Sock Silly Hat Day - 1st April 2020






Coronavirus - School Closure

St Mary's has now been closed to almost all children since Friday 20th March.
Although we have now started to welcome back our other year groups.

As advised by the government, we do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in front-line services) and our younger Reception and Year 1 children.

Unless invited into school by us all other children will need to stay at home until informed otherwise by the Government through National Media or the school directly.
Please note that this is a national closure so while it is a challenging situation,
we are not alone. We will re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is going to be.

Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we will continue to help your child to learn.  Work will be set on a weekly basis initially. A sheet of activities will be available via Class Dojo, Parentmail and on the school website. This will include a range of tasks and web-links to suitable apps and online activities. However, not every activity will require technology!
Teachers will still be available to contact via Class Dojo. They will aim to respond within 24 hours.
Any general enquiries can still be directed to the school office, via phone or email on office@stmarysacademystotfold.co.uk between 9.00am – 3.00pm.

If your child usually receives free school meals (through Pupil Premium Benefits) we will also continue to provide weekly food parcels which are available for collection on a Tuesday morning.

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and is far from ideal, but we will continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

We hope our families and community stay well and we look forward to life returning to normal at some point in the not too distant future.


We continue to follow all appropriate guidelines from Public Health England and the Department of Education and encourage you all to do so.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19#contents

 And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Special Needs Information

If your child has Special Needs the ‘SNAP Parent Carer Forum’ is a local organisation offering support and information. There is lots of information available on their website http://www.snappcf.org.uk/

Polite Requests

We know that the corridors are busy in the mornings, but we believe it is important to have the opportunity to come right into the classrooms every day. However, please could buggies be left outside, under the canopies. Many thanks.

We have a ‘Forget me Not’ Pot in Reception for families to drop off any late or forgotten items which will then be delivered from Reception to the Classrooms at break time. Please ensure everything is labelled with the child’s name and class.

Please complete school meal forms between Monday and Wednesday so that we can fully prepare!

 Please can we remind you that children should not be playing football or going onto the slope area of the playground before and after school. Thank you.

I am delighted to share the outcome of our recent Ofsted Inspection, which confirms that St. Mary’s continues to be a good school.
Miss S Bishop, Headteacher
To view the full report please clink the link below or visit the Ofsted page under the 'What we Do' tab above.
Ofsted Report January 2020


I am delighted to inform you that St. Mary’s has been judged ‘Outstanding’ in our 

SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican & Methodist Schools) Inspection.

Miss S Bishop, Headteacher

To view the full report please click the link below:

SIAMS Report April 2018.pdf

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

As you may be aware there are new General Data Protection Regulations
 now in force.
It is important that we have up to date contact information and permissions contained within our Pupil Information Forms at all times so please let the office know if something changes.

Should you have any concerns regarding GDPR please do not hesitate to contact either
Keeley Etere or Debbie Flanagan in the Academy Office.

Please look at the many photos added each week on the Pictures page!


Welcome to St Mary's


If your child is to join us for the first time we welcome you as parents and look forward to a happy and successful association over the coming years.  If you already have a child here we are pleased to continue the links between us.

The staff, governors and I are committed to working together to provide the highest quality education for your children.  We aim to ensure all of the children enjoy school and strive for excellence within our broad and balanced curriculum.  Our Academy is welcoming and friendly and we are very proud of our Christian family ethos.  We look forward to working with you, as together we can give your child the very best possible start to their school life.
 
The information on this website will, I hope, give a flavour of our work, but I am always available to speak to parents about the aspects of our work and/or to give a personal tour of the Academy.  If you would like to do this please feel free to give me a ring.

If you are already at St. Mary's, have a browse - you may discover something new!                                       

Miss Sam Bishop
Headteacher

About St Mary's Academy

St. Mary's Academy was founded to provide education according to the principles and practices of the Church of England.  We are proud of its heritage and links with St Mary's Church and is firmly committed to Christian values, which underlie the life and work of the academy.

The academy is co-educational and caters for pupils of all abilities.

The roll for September 2019 is 269 pupils.  This is made up as follows:

  Reception   56
  Year 1   54
  Year 2   54
  Year 3   52
  Year 4   53

Our Vision

St Mary's is a Church of England Academy and our aims, values and ethos are
underpinned by Christian values and beliefs.

We aim to:
* Inspire each child to achieve their very best
* Cultivate a love for learning
* Develop and nurture individual talents and strengths, encouraging enquiry and questioning
* Enable our children to develop high self-esteem, moral values, respect and responsibility
* Create a compassionate, safe and exciting environment for learning
* Deliver a stimulating, broad and balanced curriculum of the highest standard, that motivates and challenges
* Strive for a high standard of academic, physical, emotional and social skills
* Promote Christian values through teaching and learning
* Provide opportunities for spiritual development, through religious education and Collective Worship.                 This includes teaching an awareness of and respect for other major faiths
* Build strong partnerships between home, school and the community
* Be a friendly, caring school that is welcoming to all

2019 - 2020 St Mary's Academy School Council


Stanley Webb and Eliana Miles (Opal)
William Whybrow and Daisy Nott (Moonstone)
Lacie Jones and Frida Therkildsen (Crystal)
Jack Holland and Emily Brown (Jet)
Ryan Walker and Macy Frank (Emerald)
Mason Hunt and Seren Monckton-Burt (Coral)
Dexter Marsh and Rosie Lord (Diamond)
Ben Davison and Bella Swift (Amethyst)





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