St Mary’s is a delightful school set in the heart of Slough town centre at the end of the high street. Currently we have approximately 550 pupils on roll; this number is set to grow by 30 per year over the next four years due to becoming a three-form entry school.
St Mary’s is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled school but was set up to serve the needs of its local community whatever their culture, faith or religion; this makes St Mary’s a unique school as its largest population is Muslim. We accept all children here and believe that by working towards one goal under one roof helps us all to be better citizens, accepting of all, no matter where they are from, their abilities, their gender or their beliefs. The school values its working relationship with parents to enable children to do their very best.
At St Mary’s we all strive towards delivering and achieving an excellent standard of education for all children; this is underpinned by our core values of Love, Forgiveness, Responsibility, Honesty and Respect which permeate the school at every level. As a UNICEF Level 2 Rights Respecting School we also think carefully about incorporating the 42 Articles outlining the rights of children into our work. The school also holds the Eco-Schools’ Green Flag Award for its excellent contribution to building a sustainable world for our children to live in.
Our visitors comment on the genuine warmth of the staff and the polite, well-articulated children who are quick to say a smiley ‘Good morning, how are you today?’ and then to hold open doors for adults to pass through. St Mary’s is a school that lives and breathes its core values, a school to which you are most welcome and to which you must consider a visit.
We very much look forward to welcoming you.
Mrs Rachel Cross
Term Dates 2014-2015
Autumn Term 1
Opens: Wednesday 3 September 2014
First day of term for children is Monday 8 September
Closes: Friday 24 October 2014
(Holiday: 27 October - 31 October )
Training Days: 3 September, 4 September, 5 September, 24 October
Autumn Term 2
Opens: Monday 3 November 2014
Closes: Friday 19 December 2014
(Holiday: 22 December - 2 January)
Spring Term 1
Opens: Monday 5 January 2015
Closes: Friday 13 February 2015
(Holiday: 16 February - 20 February)
Spring Term 2
Opens: Monday 23 February 2015
Closes: Friday 27 March 2015
(Holiday: 30 March - 10 April)
Good Friday: 3 April ; Easter Monday: 6 April
Summer Term 1
Opens: Monday 13 April 2015
Closes: Friday 22 May 2015
(Holiday: 25 May - 29 May)
Summer Term 2
Opens: Monday 1 June 2015
Closes: Wednesday 22 July 2015
Children finish Tuesday 21 July
Training Day 22 July
22JuneDiscover a Career in Teaching
The Slough Partnership currently has excellent training opportunities for teaching, both in primary and secondary schools.
This evening is for anyone who is considering training to teach,including teaching assistants, career changers, teachers trained overseas, and those graduating in summer 2016.
Please click on the link to find out more.
08MaySlough central Library opening on Sundays
Slough central library will be opening on Sundays 12-4pm starting this Sunday as a trial from 10th May to 9th August as part of planning for our possible opening hours in the new library. Visit the library and borrow books on an extra day!
Summer Reading Challenge 2015 – Record Breakers – coming soon!
Soon we will be launching this year’s summer reading challenge – Record Breakers - and we hope even more children will take part this year than in previous years.
Joining and visiting the library
If students are not already members it is quick and easy to register in person (no ID required) or online.
Please click on the link to find out more.
30AprYear 5 Newspaper Reports
Year 5 pupils have been learning about recounts in their English lessons and some of them have taken the opportunity to write newspaper reports about our new lunchtimes. Mrs Cross included a snippet in her newsletter this week but if you would like to read more please click on this link to see them.
Fleet Street here we come!
27Apr Slough Grammar Schools’ Consortium
Please follow the links below for advice about the arrangements for the 11+ examinations to gain entry to the grammar school system.
St Mary’s will not be providing information sessions this year so please do read the information and make sure you attend the meetings being hosted by the consortium.
27MarImproving School Communications with ParentMail
Communicating with parents is an important part of what we do, making sure you get the correct information about activities, events and things that really matter is something we care about.
For more information, click on the link.
Our value for July is Courage.
‘Be strong and courageous.Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.'
Joshua chapter 1 verse 9
This can be found in the Old Testament part of the Bible.