Welcome from the Headteacher
Welcome to St Mary's Church of England Primary School website. At our school, within a secure and caring Christian environment, we strive to develop the potential of each pupil in partnership with parents, staff and governors.
For more than a century, St Mary's Primary School has served generations of families in Chessington. The school today retains its close connections with the local church and community, while also welcoming children from further afield.
We currently have 8 classes and a pre-school Nursery, the school is small enough to retain a family atmosphere, but large enough to offer full challenge and opportunity to all children. The staff work hard, in close partnership with parents, to provide a high quality primary education for every child from age 3 to 11.
The Foundation Stage offers Nursery education, 30 hours free funded childcare for those eligible, from the age of 3, followed by the Reception Class when children approach the age of 5. Our early years staff plan together to ensure that the children achieve their Early Learning Goals.
From Year 1 (age 6), the children follow the National Curriculum. Teachers provide a broad and inspiring curriculum for the children, giving priority to the basic skills of Literacy and Numeracy. Visits and visitors enrich their learning, including residential visits for the older children. After-school clubs offer a variety of sporting, musical and other activities. We also provide a Breakfast Club from 7.45am and after school provision until 6.00pm though a successful partnership with South West London YMCA.
The class teachers are assisted by additional teaching and support staff, and by volunteers from the school community. This enables us to provide effectively for the children, including the more able and those with additional needs.
Our family atmosphere is greatly helped by the support of the PTA (Families and Friends) which is very active in raising funds and arranging social events. There are close links with the parish church, its vicar and congregation. The church is involved in the governance and financial support of the school and the children visit the church for worship.
Older children are encouraged to undertake responsibilities within the school. At the age of 11, they move on to a variety of schools in Kingston and Surrey. Typically, they move on with confidence, having experienced a full range of opportunities during their primary years in a friendly, hard-working environment.
We always welcome visitors to our school and we look forward to showing you around.
Mrs Sarah Hodgson