Welcome to St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, where our high expectations for learning, behaviour and responsibility enable our children to let their light shine!
A warm welcome to our St Mary’s Church of England Primary School website, providing you with an opportunity to see our school vision and ethos in action across our school.
St Mary’s school is a small one form entry school in the heart of Islington, a short distance walk from Highbury and Islington Station, Essex Road Station and Angel Station.
Our school vision is at the heart of our school life and actions; ‘We believe that everyone is precious and loved by God. We aspire to let our light shine in all that we do. We nurture and empower one another to flourish. Together we shine in our world by showing compassion and by serving others. Let God’s light shine through us.’
This is rooted in ‘Let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds…’ Matthew 5:16.
We work together with our families, governors and school partners, to build children’s confidence and awareness of their skills and talents, that they can let their light shine in all that they do, and as courageous advocates in our school, community and our world.
St Mary’s is a happy, nurturing and ambitious school. We are proud of our school community of pupils and families, our diversity and our commitment to empower our children to be the best that they can be.
Our School Day
We have a breakfast club which runs from 8- 8:55am each day. As well as offering a healthy breakfast, children can play a range of games and activities.
Our school gates open at 8:55am and children can come straight in to class and be ready for the register at 9:00am. All children enter the school through the main gate on Fowler road. Parents are welcome to take their children around to their classrooms in Reception, Years 1 and 2. Children are welcome to bring their bikes and scooters to school and park them in the ‘Scooter and Bike Bay’.
Our daily act of collective worship takes place first thing in the morning at 9:05am. These provide opportunities to explore our school vision and values through stories, songs and drama.
Our Reception and key stage 1 classes spend the morning focusing on phonics and reading, maths and literacy.
Lunchtimes are staggered with Reception having lunch first at 12pm, followed by Year 1 and 2. The keystage 2 lunchtime begins at 12:30 – 1:30pm. Lunchtime is a time to socialise, play and be active in our playgrounds.
During the afternoons, we focus on the wider curriculum with much of the learning being cross curricular based on a humanities or science theme. Children also swim at the local swimming pool and attend Essex road library.
Our school day finishes at 3:30pm for all classes and parents are asked to collect their children promptly if they are not attending the after school club.
Our after school club runs each day until 5:00pm and offers a wide range of activities including arts, sports, cookery and computing. Children receive a warm snack while at the club and we try to meet their preferences wherever possible.
Together with our school community we continue to move forward together with resilience, courage and kindness.
If you are interested in your child joining St Mary’s school, you are most welcome to call our school office and join one of our school tours to see for yourself what an amazing school St Mary’s is.