St Mary's Catholic Primary School is a one-form entry Voluntary Aided Catholic Primary School situated in Brierley Hill, close to the Merry Hill Shopping Centre.
We draw Catholic and non-Catholic pupils from the immediate area and Catholic pupils from Old Hill and Kingswinford parishes (about three miles away).
St Mary's Catholic Primary School.
Our children are at the heart of all that we do. Our aim is to provide the very best education for our children in a Christ-centred setting where all members of our school community are enabled to fulfil their potential and are valued in a secure and safe environment.
The school has the capacity for 248 pupils aged from 3 to 11 years old. There are seven classes and a Pre-School. All classes have access to additional support from Teaching Assistants.
We are a part of the Saint Nicholas Owen Catholic Multi Academy Company. As a church school we are guided by the Birmingham Diocesan Schools Commission. We are closely connected with both Brierley Hill and Kingswinford parishes and have regular masses in school.
Our ethos seeks to promote Catholic values and morals whilst being sensitive to the range of cultures present within our school and community.
We are an inclusive school and we welcome pupils from many faiths and cultures. Our Catholic percentage is currently 52%.
At St. Mary's we are called together to love, learn and care with Jesus. Love Jesus, ourselves and each other. Learn to achieve our best in everything we do.
The children understand this to mean that we "Learn from Jesus, love like Jesus and believe in Jesus."
The Aims of our School
The Aims of our School
To follow Jesus in sharing God’s love for all creation
- To experience and reflect upon a sense of belonging to a wider world
- To nurture a sense of love for God and neighbour
- To work together to grow in faith
- To enjoy praying and praising God
To provide opportunities and experiences for all to reach their potential
- To recognise the uniqueness of all and their talents and the contribution they make
- To provide an enjoyable , broad and inclusive curriculum
- To foster the skills of resilience , creativity , problem solving and independence
- To learn through listening, sharing ideas, trying our very best
- To encourage all and have faith and seek help when they are finding something difficult
To understand our roles and responsibilities to ourselves and others in a diverse world
- To ensure that all be safe ,healthy, self-disciplined and motivated to be good citizens and make a positive contribution
- To have respect for all and an awareness of responsibilities toward as the communities we are part of
As from 1st October 2014, St Mary's Catholic Primary School is part of the Saint Nicholas Owen Catholic Multi Academy Company.
We look forward to ensuring that the Catholic faith journey of our school community is secured, whilst continuing to provide quality Catholic education for all of our pupils.
The schools in the academy are:
- Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School, Harborne
- St Ambrose Catholic Primary School, Kidderminster
- St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Stourbridge
- St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Brierley Hill
- St Wulstan's Catholic Primary School, Stourport on Severn
- Hagley Catholic High School, Hagley.
Promoting British Values
At St Mary's Catholic School we uphold and teach pupils about the British Values alongside our Catholic Values and Virtues.
As educators we recognise we have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe.
As a Catholic School we actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils' character and moral perspective, through the teachings of the Church. We follow the example of the Good Samaritan where we are called to love and care for our neighbour. We ensure that through our school vision, ethos, agreed rules, curriculum and teaching we promote respect and tolerance for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles.
Democratic values are an explicit part of the Catholic ethos of our school. Adults listen to the views of pupils and value their opinions. Pupils' voices can be heard through our School Council, pupil interviews and questionnaires and through the teaching of PSHE. The children learn about democracy through formal lessons and assemblies, but also through their involvement in the election of members of the School Council, FaithLeaders and Minnie Vinnie's.
Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules are reinforced in the classroom as well as through school assemblies. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws - which are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Assemblies and discussions in class are rooted in our Catholic faith and beliefs, and focus on recognising right from wrong.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and we discuss how to exercise these safely, for example through our Computing (ICT) – E Safety, R.E. and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Our school’s ethos and behaviour policy are based on Gospel Values, with the important commandment being, ‘Love one another as I have loved you’. Assemblies promote respect for others and the importance of good manners. All pupils are taught the importance of self-respect, honest and open communication with others, and fairness and justice. Pupils work collaboratively and value the opinions of others.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
As a Catholic worshipping community children are taught that we are all created in the image and likeness of God and are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society. This is achieved through our Religious Education curriculum and the spiritual life of the school. Assemblies and classwork promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. At St Mary's we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including 'extremist' views.
- Tuesday 8 December 2020 The Immaculate Conception
- Friday 11 December 2020 - 12:00 - 15:00 KS1 Performance PM and evening (TBC)
- Monday 14 December 2020 Reindeer Run
- Monday 14 December 2020 Christmas Jumper Day
- Tuesday 15 December 2020 Whole School Flu Vaccinations Whole School Flu Vaccinations
- Tuesday 15 December 2020 - 12:00 - 15:00 EYFS Performance PM (TBC)
- Wednesday 16 December 2020 - 09:00 - 09:30 EYFS Performance AM (TBC)
- Wednesday 16 December 2020 - 11:30 - 13:10 Christmas Dinner Day
- Friday 18 December 2020 Children break up for Christmas
- Friday 18 December 2020 Carol Service (TBC)
- Monday 21 December 2020 HOLIDAY
- Tuesday 22 December 2020 - Friday 1 January 2021 HOLIDAY
- Friday 25 December 2020 Christmas Day
- Friday 1 January 2021 New Year's Day
- Monday 4 January 2021 INSET DAY
- Tuesday 5 January 2021 Children Return to School
- Wednesday 6 January 2021 Feast of the Epiphany
- Monday 11 January 2021 Christmastide Until 2nd February 2020
- Tuesday 12 January 2021 Baptism of Our Lord
- Monday 18 January 2021 Year 4 Parent Workshops - Maths & English (TBC)
- Tuesday 19 January 2021 Year 1 Parent Workshops (TBC)
- Wednesday 20 January 2021 Reception Parent Workshops (TBC)
- Thursday 21 January 2021 Year 6 Parent Workshops (TBC)
- Friday 22 January 2021 Year 2 Parent Workshops (TBC)
- Monday 25 January 2021 Year 3 Parent Workshops (TBC)
- Tuesday 26 January 2021 Year 5 Parent Workshops (TBC)
- Wednesday 27 January 2021 Holocaust Memorial Day
- Friday 5 February 2021 Number Day
- Tuesday 9 February 2021 Safer Internet Day
- Thursday 11 February 2021 World Day of the Sick
- Friday 12 February 2021 Children break up for half term
- Friday 12 February 2021 Year 5 Pyramid Concert (TBC)
- Monday 15 February 2021 - Friday 19 February 2021 HALF-TERM
- Monday 22 February 2021 Children Return to School
- Friday 5 March 2021 World Book Day
- Monday 8 March 2021 Year 4 Parent Workshops (TBC)
- Tuesday 9 March 2021 Year 1 Parent Workshops (TBC)
- Wednesday 10 March 2021 Reception Workshops (TBC)
- Thursday 11 March 2021 Year 6 Parent Workshops (TBC)
- Friday 12 March 2021 Year 2 Parent Workshops (TBC)
- Sunday 14 March 2021 Mother's Day
- Monday 15 March 2021 Year 3 Parent Workshops (TBC)
- Monday 15 March 2021 - Friday 19 March 2021 British Science Week
- Tuesday 16 March 2021 16/03/2021
- Tuesday 16 March 2021 Year 4 Parent Workshops (TBC)
- Wednesday 17 March 2021 St Patrick's Day
- Friday 19 March 2021 St Joseph (the Husband of Mary)
- Tuesday 23 March 2021 - 17:00 - 19:30 Parent's Evening (Mini Reports)
- Thursday 25 March 2021 Annunciation of Our Lord
- Thursday 25 March 2021 - 15:15 - 17:45 Parent's Evening (Mini Reports)
- Sunday 28 March 2021 Palm Sunday
- Monday 29 March 2021 - Friday 2 April 2021 Holy Week
- Thursday 1 April 2021 Children break up for Easter Holidays
- Friday 2 April 2021 GOOD FRIDAY - SCHOOL CLOSED
- Sunday 4 April 2021 Easter Sunday
- Monday 5 April 2021 - Friday 16 April 2021 HOLIDAY
- Monday 19 April 2021 Children Return to School
- Wednesday 21 April 2021 The Queen's Birthday
- Friday 23 April 2021 St George's Day
- Saturday 1 May 2021 Holy Day of Obligation
- Monday 3 May 2021 MAY DAY BANK HOLIDAY - SCHOOL CLOSED
- Thursday 6 May 2021 School Closed for Voting (TBC)
- Sunday 9 May 2021 Mother's Day
- Monday 10 May 2021 - Friday 14 May 2021 KS2 SATs Week
- Tuesday 18 May 2021 May Procession (TBC)
- Friday 21 May 2021 Holy Day of Obligation
- Friday 21 May 2021 Feast of the Ascension
- Friday 21 May 2021 Mass
- Sunday 23 May 2021 Pentecost
- Thursday 27 May 2021 Children Break up for Half Term
- Friday 28 May 2021 INSET DAY
- Monday 31 May 2021 - Friday 4 June 2021 HALF TERM
- Thursday 3 June 2021 Corpus Christi
- Monday 7 June 2021 Children Return to School
- Saturday 12 June 2021 First Holy Communion (TBC)
- Monday 14 June 2021 - Friday 18 June 2021 14/06/2021 Healthy Eating Week
- Sunday 20 June 2021 Father's Day
- Monday 21 June 2021 INSET DAY
- Thursday 24 June 2021 Nativity of St John the Baptist
- Saturday 26 June 2021 Confirmation
- Monday 28 June 2021 St Peter and Paul
- Thursday 1 July 2021 Whole School Transition
- Friday 2 July 2021 Sports Day
- Monday 12 July 2021 12/07/2021
- Thursday 15 July 2021 - 15:00 - 17:00 Reports Evening
- Monday 19 July 2021 Leavers Assembly
- Tuesday 20 July 2021 Children break up for Summer Holidays
- Tuesday 20 July 2021 Year 6 Leavers Mass (TBC)
- Wednesday 21 July 2021 INSET DAY