Consultation on the proposed admission arrangements for the 2016/2017 academic year for St Mary’s School is now taking place. Details on the proposals are available on our school website or Nottingham City Council on www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/schooladmission. The consultation period will begin on 1st December 2014 and end on 28th February January 2015.
Applications for a school place in the Reception class next year must be made before the 15th January 2014. You must apply on both the Nottingham City Council Orange Admission form and the Catholic Schools’ Supplementary form. Please return both forms either to school or the Admissions Department at Loxley House before the closing date. Please ensure your application contains the necessary evidence to support your request. Last year we had over 100 applications for the 30 places available so it is very important to have your form in on time!
Well done to our Y5/6 Athletics team who came 2nd in the heats and qualified for the City Finals at the Lee Westwood Centre. They finished in a respectable 6th place overall.
Our Y5/6 Basketball team worked very hard in the recent Mini Basketball Finals. They were up against some tough competition in the final round, where they finished in 7th place. They should feel very proud of their position in the city, as 25 schools took part this year.
Four children from Year 6 enjoyed playing in a friendly, table tennis tournament at the Trinity School. They played lots of matches against a group of children from St. Teresa’s as well as against one another. They all came back with certificates and t-shirts to promote the game.
A big congratulations to the six children in Year 2 who took part in the City Gymnastics Competition at Ellis Guilford last Wednesday. They performed brilliantly and finished in 3rd place with a team score of 134.2. This was a fantastic achievement, particularly as they were less than two points off the winning team’s score of 136! Well done!
On Tuesday 25th November we welcomed two Head Teachers, who carried out an inspection on behalf of the Diocesan Education Service. We were very pleased with the outstanding outcome. I would like to say how proud I am of your children and all the staff who have helped to make this one of the best schools in the diocese for Religious Education. The complete report is on our website
St Mary’s is an outstanding Catholic school.
• The Catholic Life of the school is outstanding. The school’s mission statement underpins the tangible sense of community at all levels. Pupils relish being part of this supportive and joyful school with Christ at the centre of everyday life.
• Collective Worship is outstanding. This is a strength of the school. Prayer permeates the life of the school and enriches the experiences of all members of the school family. Pupil-led liturgy is becoming a firm and successful feature of the school’s provision for Collective Worship.
• Religious Education is outstanding. Pupils’ spiritual moral and ethical understanding is exemplary; their academic progress is consistently good and improving. Leaders and managers have a burning desire to ensure that every pupil reaches his or her full potential. Governors share this passion; they are now in a position to strengthen their role in monitoring and evaluating Religious Education at a more formal level.
WHAT DOES THE SCHOOL NEED TO DO TO IMPROVE FURTHER?
• Governors must develop a more formalised and systematic approach to the monitoring and evaluation.
• Baseline assessment systems (for Religious Education) must be revised and improved in order to ensure that the religious knowledge and understanding of pupils with English as an additional language is assessed accurately on entry to the school.