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St Mary`s Catholic Primary School
Calcutta Road, RM18 7QH, UK Tilbury
+44 (0)1375 843254

Welcome .....
At St Mary’s we pride ourselves in providing a warm, caring, safe and happy environment for all our pupils, their families and our staff, both teaching and non-teaching.
We believe that when children feel happy and secure, they will progress to become confident, independent learners. Our aim is to develop the whole child: academically, creatively, spiritually, emotionally, socially and morally. We do this through our broad and balanced curriculum.
We pride ourselves in having a highly motivated, committed, hard working staff who value their role in providing valuable educational experiences for each and every child. Extra curricular activities provide opportunities for sport, ICT., drama, music, art and challenges for gifted children.
We believe that we are all here to learn; standards are important but what is crucial is demonstrating improvement on what you have achieved previously. We have started to keep detailed records of individual targets and achievement so that we can see how well we have done and where we need to improve.
As we all have different talents and abilities, our special needs policy encompasses all from the less able to the gifted. We practise ‘inclusion’ for those with special educational needs, ensuring that no one is segregated and we also make the best possible use of outside agencies to support the learning.
We aim to work in partnership with families, the Parish and  the local community and to strive to develop the unique potential of each person.
We do this through worship, work, play and the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum.
We are a community growing together in Christ as we answer the challenges of everyday life.
About St Mary's School (Prospectus - Word document link)

St Mary’s school, built in 1887, is a Roman Catholic Voluntary-Aided school. It has its own Nursery Unit, admitting 34 children each and it is hoped that this unit will serve as the main channel of entry into the School. The school serves the parish of Our Lady, Star of the Sea and St. Joseph’s. It provides co-educational day schooling, admitting children to:
Parents and carers of Reception and Nursery children will be invited to a special welcome meeting during the term preceding the children’s admission. This will provide an opportunity for a two-way flow of information and discussion.
St Mary’s provides a Catholic Education for children between four and eleven years of age. Children are educated in an atmosphere in which the love of God is shown in all aspects of school life. The knowledge of St Mary’s is directly taught, but it is also gained by showing his purpose in all activities of the School.
Close co-operation with parent and carers is sought in this family school, so that the values taught and respected at home and at School are the same.
Children are encouraged to play a full part in their parish life by contributing to parish worship and parish projects. Through these activities, children are made aware of their responsibilities to a wider society.
The best learning takes place in a calm and ordered atmosphere.
This web site can only give you a flavour of our school. I shall be only too pleased to answer any of your queries or meet with you.
Yours sincerely
 Jonathan Shields


Link to OFSTED Report  ~ Diosesan Report 2002 (.pdf Doc) ~ Governors Report (Word Doc)

Teaching Organisation
Our classes are of mixed ability and as far as possible are arranged according to age but owing to the distribution of children within the age groups and the number of staff available, it may be necessary to have some classes with overlapping age groups
The school tries to cater for the needs of each individual child usually within the framework of the school and when necessary seeks the help and advice of other specialist agencies.
Gifted and Talented
At St Mary’s we are committed to the development and fulfilment of potential in all children, including those who have been identified as have particular gifts and talents.
The school has a Gifted and Talented policy, and a dedicated co-ordinator – Lorna Croarkin.
We are involved in a number of initiatives to enrich and extend the learning of those children identified as gifted or talented.
These include:-
  • Ø     Developing an effective and flexible process to identify children with particular gifts and talents, including teacher assessment, peer and parent nomination and NFER test results
  • Ø     Developing an effective method of planning for challenges for these children within the classroom
  • Ø     Building a library of appropriate resources
  • Ø     Cross-curricula challenge days with neighbouring primary and secondary school
  • Ø     Learning styles project 


School Application Form (Word Doc)

Admission Policy
The Governors of St  Mary’s RC Primary School will admit 34 children into the Reception class each academic year, this number having been agreed with the Thurrock Unitary Authority.
Applications for admission will be considered from parents who wish for a Catholic Education for their children. Preference will be given to applicants according to the following criteria, in the following order:

1. Look after children.
‘looked after children’ has the same meaning as in section 22 of the Children Act 1989 and means any child in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster carers)

2. Baptised Catholic children of practising* Catholic families, living in the Parish of Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Joseph whose Parish Priest can confirm regular practice.

3. Baptised Catholic children of practising* Catholic families from the Parishes within Thurrock Unitary Authority whose priest can confirm regular practice.

4. Baptised Catholic children residing with in the Thurrock Unitary Authority.

5. Children of practising Christian parents resident in the Parish of Our Lady Star of the Sea and St. Joseph, whose minister can confirm regular practice and who accept the Catholic ethos and practices of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School.

6. Children of other faiths, resident in the Parish of Our Lady Star of the Sea and St. Joseph, whose parents are in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the school and whose application is supported by a religious leader.

7. Any other applicants.

Catholic’ means a member of a Church in communion with the See of Rome. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches. This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of baptism in a Catholic Church or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church.
*Practising: means Baptised practising Catholic children who attend Mass with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation at their Parish church.
Children with a statement of special educational needs that names the school must be admitted. This will reduce the number of places available to applicants.
Admission to the Nursery does not guarantee a place in our Reception class.
Parents making applications must provide copies of Birth and baptismal certificates together with the application form. Completing the application form, does not guarantee a place for your child at the school.  All parents will be informed of the Governors decisions on admissions by 31st March preceding the academic year of intended admissions.
Parents who wish to appeal against the decision of the Governors to refuse their child a
place in the School may apply in writing to: the Chair of Governors c/o St Mary`s RC
Primary School, Calcutta Road, Tilbury, Essex RM18 7QH.
Unless there are significant and material changes in the circumstances of a parent`s
application for their child or the school, the governors will not consider a repeat
application in the same academic year.
If any information given on the application form is found to be false, any place
offered may be withdrawn.
The School Standards and Framework Act 1998 required all infants (Year R, 1 and 2)
class sizes to be limited to a maximum number of 30.  Admission limits are therefore
based on multiples of 15 and 30, which helps school to organise infant classes of 30
pupils or fewer.

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