St Mary's CE Primary School Bridport
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Welcome to St. Mary’s CE Primary School

Part of the Minerva Learning Trust

Dear Parents,

I hope that children settle happily into the routines at school and that you, as a parent, will always feel welcome here and make full use of the opportunities offered to be a part of your child’s education. Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher. Once at school, however teachers become another big influence in a child’s life. They have a very important and privileged role to play. But school will only be truly influential when parents and teachers are working together for the good of the children.

School is a balance between happiness and hard work; I want your child to enjoy and love their learning, their friendships and be proud of all they achieve in and outside of the classroom.

I want to see every child achieve the highest standards of which they are capable – this includes doing as well as they can in tests.  But tests are only one measure of a child’s ability. I also believe that children need to be valued as individuals and given the opportunity to develop their artistic, spiritual, musical and sporting prowess as well as learning to be responsible members of the wider community. Every child is different – they look different, behave differently, develop at different times and different rates, learn at different times and in different ways.   I want to build self-esteem and help our children to become happy, contented and fulfilled individuals. They then have a firm foundation on which to rise to any challenge.

WELCOME TO ST MARY’S – where everyone can shine….

Yours sincerely,

Helen Farmer


St Mary's has been awarded 'OUTSTANDING'  following a recent inspection. The Inspector commented on the care and support given by the school, excellent results, and the respect shown by  pupils. Saying " The school is a harmonious and joyful place to be".

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (September 2015 full report under Parent Zone).


School gates open at 8.40am and the school day starts at 8.50am.

Autumn term ends Friday 16th December 2016.

Half term 24 - 28th October

INSET 20 - 21st October




Our vision is to create a kind and caring community, where we can have fun learning together, and where everyone can shine.

We provide education within the context of Christian belief and practice. We encourage through support and challenge an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and spirituality.  We believe in enabling young people to develop tolerance and respect through a wide understanding of all faiths and beliefs.

St. Mary’s Beliefs:

  • We will be friendly
  • We will be helpful

  • We will be truthful

  • We will work hard and try our best

  • We will show respect
  • We will look after our school. 


St. Mary's School serves the community of Bridport

On behalf of our school community may we extend an open invitation to you and your family to visit St. Mary's Primary School, Bridport. We are happy to show you the school at work at any time - please ring the office to arrange an appointment.

Recent News

B Sharp - This wondeful organisation are once again working with our year 5 and 6 classes to engage in singing and composition. They will be performing later to their parents along with friends in other schools. The children are really enjoying the experience and sound amazing.

Talent at St Mary's - The whole school watched the finalists in St Mary's Got Talent.  Winners were 'The Science Nerds' who amazed and delighted their audience with an experiment that produced multi-coloured foam which just kept on coming! Runners up were a beautifuly executed piece on the piano and a group singing in french, well done to everyone.

Sports Ambassadors - Children from St Mary's joined pupils form the local area to support the development of sport in their own schools. Mr Moss our governor and Trustee attended with the children and was very impressed by their maturity, well done.

HP Sprout - St Mary's gets their hands on a HP Sprout Pro!

Oxfordshire based leading technology solutions provider European Electronique, in partnership with HP Inc. UK, recently held a competition. St Mary’s CE Primary School  were the winners! The prize was presented to us by HP and a group of Year 3 pupils were excited to try it out. Initial activities will be to design a 3D character which can be used in the games they have developed so they can see this character participating on screen.

Welcome - to our new reception children who are settling in well in Cygnet Class. Also welcome back to our pupils and families. It is lovely to see so many old and new friends, we look forward to a packed autumn term with many wonderful events including the Autumn Show, Pandemonium Theatre and the year 6 residential.

Achievers and Leavers - well done to all of you who received a reward and tophy at our end of term service in St Mary's Church. It was a wonderful occasion and so many of you made your families and the school proud, well done.

Silver Celebrations - We celebrated in style with lots of activities and refreshments for current and past staff and families. The children entertained our visitors and the sun finally decided to shine!

Colfox Talented, Able and Gifted - Many of our pupils have joined in the enrichment activities this term at Colfox. This has inspired them and enabled many of them to work with other children in the Bridport local area. It was also lovely to see some past pupils in a special event at Colfox where they have participated in a range of activities showing key life skills; like resilience throughout the year. Well done to everyone involved.

Wessex FM - Next week (4th - 8th July) some of our children will be on the radio at 6.30 and 8.30 each morning. They will be talking about school, Bridport and being famous.

Choir - our choir joined other local schools in a wonderful Gospel Workshop at The Sir John Colfox School. They were taught by a group from London and sung beautifully.

Bridport Food Festival- St Mary's joined in with Bridport in celebrating both the Queens Birthday and the Festival. The school kitchen provided freshly made lemonade and melon and ginger juice whilst the polytunnels provided an opportunity for all to see what we grow. Cakes baked by the children to be healthy for our queen included carrot cakes, blueberry muffins and a lovely beetroot and chocolate cake. Prizes were awarded by the Deputy Mayor and her grandson Thomas. The children dressed as royals for the day and designed some lovely accesories for her majesty and her corgis.

Eco-Schools Green Flag - We had our assessment visit on 24th May for this prestigious award. The children were brilliant at demonstrating the work put in across the school and the assessor was very impressed. I am pleased to report we have been awarded Green Flag Status. The work of Miss Legg supported by pupils, school cooks, Home Project and families has quite rightly been recognised as being something to celebrate, well done to all involved.

Visiting Theatre - What a treat for the children to see a live performance of The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. The cast were fantastic and the children very involved in the struggle against good and evil. As you know Aslan triumphs over the queen and all ends well in Narnia until the next time.....!

Litter Pick - Thank you pupils and staff who have been spending time clearing our school grounds. We have a lot of rubbish thrown over fences from the football field, car park and the amenity space to the rear of our field. You have made a real difference.

Cricket - Well done St Mary's Cricket team you played really well and Mr Farmham is very proud of you all.

Church Visits - Thank you to all our local churches who have invited their linked class; sharing with them insights into the wider role of the church. 

Safer Internet - All classes, parents and staff were visited by the safer Schools officers and learnt about internet safety, social media and use of other mobile devices.

Year 6 - Well done for your positive attitude and determination during SATs. You deserved your trip to Freshwater, we are all very proud of you.

Composting Assembly - We all really enjoyed learning about how to make compost. It was very interesting to learn what to put in our school compost bins; some of the things were a real surprise!

Pets in school! - Year 4 have enjoyed their class project on pets. Many of them presented their project showcasing their pets. The children were confident speakers overcoming nerves and enjoying telling their friends how to care for each animal. Our thanks to their parents for helping with this and of course all the animals involved.

Choir - Our children joined pupils from the other Minerva Learning Trust schools to entertain the Mayor. They sung songs about the local area celebrating 'Walking the Bounds' of Bridport.

Attendance - Well done almost a quarter of our pupils had 100% attendance last term.

Diamond Achievers - I am very proud to say that 42 children reached Diamond last term and were treated to a well deserved Easter Egg Hunt. These are the children who always make the right choices, give their best and are ready to learn, well done all of you.

Easter Show - Another year of colourful and creative art inspired by Easter. Thank you to the school parents association for hosting this annual school event.

Romans - Year 3 enjoyed their school trip to Maiden Castle where in full costume they re-enacted a Roman Battle. The costumes were made by the children with the support of Di Marsh our school's expert artist.

Welcome to the army! - The children enjoyed a wonderful afteroon of activities led by Padre Pete's Regiment. The soldiers were brilliant with all the children aged from 4 to 11 years old.

Aliens land at St Mary's - As part of book week staff and pupils have been dressing up as aliens. The week started with an assembly led by Miss Proctor showing the alien books available to read in school. Dress up day on Wednesday showcased all the wonderfully creative costumes and on Thursday pupils exchanged book tokens. Our thanks to Waterstones for joining us during Book Week.

St Mary's Mile for Sport Relief - Many classes are starting the mornings in training for Sport Relief when we hope to raise money for this worthwhile cause. This starts promptly and children need to have safe and appropriate footwear please. 

Year 3 are currently studying the Romans and as part of their work in class, they have been  making Roman roads. They have really enjoyed finding out how they were constructed and where they were built and why. They will be visiting Maiden Castle and meeting with the curator from Dorchester Museum.

Waste Wizards - All our pupils have been entertained by the Waste Wizard and become more aware of re-cycling. The Eco-club are also working hard towards Green Flag Status by monitoring our electricity and gas consumption. They are holding everyone to account if they leave lights or computers etc. on. The staff are all having to check to make sure they are not named and shamed!

Cross Country - Well done all of our runners who accompanied by Mr Farnham finished the course. Conditions were  wet, muddy and slippery underfoot but no-one gave up, you are amazing and we are very proud.

Chickens in school! - Our reception class were delighted when Mrs Batorska and her son Daniel visited with their chickens. Currently enjoying the much loved story of Chicken Licken they were thrilled to be able to hold a 'real' chicken and get some answers to their questions. Year 1 were also invited to meet the visitors.

Reading Challenge - I am delighted that 75 pupils in years 3-6 have made a great start to 2016 by taking up the headteachers Reading Challenge to read at least 25 selected books for their age group by July. Successful reading will gain them a Kindle but more importantly a love of reading for the rest of their lives!

Choir - The school choir joined the service at St Mary's Church on 20th December and it was a privilege to hear them sing. Tim the organist has supported them over the last few weeks and we know our choir will to continue to make us proud

Nativity Plays and Carol Service - The children in reception and years 1 and 2 performed beautifully to their parents and the rest of the school. Well done to Narrators and actors for a great start to the Christmas Season. We are very proud of our year 5 & 6 children who learnt three songs in sign language with the help of Leslie and Jenny for our carol service.

Christmas Fair - Well done and thanks to our Friends of St Mary's team who raised in excess of £1400. The childrens cooking sold very well as did the raffle. We are grateful to families and friends who came along and supported us.

Lighting the Candle - Well done year 6 for achieving Silver Award. We know you are now working towards your Gold Award.

Autumn Show - Many wonderful pictures and models from all age groups depicting the colours and creatues of this season. Well done to all entrants and a huge thanks to our judge Jo and FoSM for organising this event.

Night of Honour - well done to pupils and staff who made this an evening to remember. It was wonderful to recognise the exceptional people and businesses in Bridport with awards and celebrate together.

Democracy at the Electric Palace - well done to Mrs Carter and her class who joined Billy Bragg on stage to sing about Democracy and songs of freedom.

Trips out and about - Most classes have been busy in the local area this half term with trips to; Bridport Community Orchard, Arts Centre, Perrot Hill School, PGL Weymouth and of course swimming at the Leisure Centre.

Eco-Schools Silver Award -I am very proud of the hard work from Ms Legg and the Eco-team whose efforts have been rewarded by this prestigious national award, well done.

Cake Sale - Well done year 6 who following an assembly on refugees arranged a cake sale to raise funds to help them. They raised just under £70.

School Admissions - Please ensure that if your child is in year 6 and ready to go on to secondary school or due to start school in September 2016 you contact admissions to put in your application. They are on the Dorsetforyou website.

A visit from a Lobster - Years 3 and 4 welcomed a local fisherman in school on Friday. To their great delight he brought with him a live lobster. They learnt about local fishing and what creatures were caught in the nets and lobster pots.

Our Queen - We have looked at pictures of our Queen over the last 63 years of her reign. Some show her role as head of state but others as a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. The children have been able to think about how lives can be similar and yet so different.

Generosity - is our theme for this half term and the children are reflecting on the ways they can be generous. We have shared the story of Johnny Appleseed and the Widows Mite.

Welcome back - Our thanks to all the people who have worked over the summer to make the school look so good.  The new pond area is looking great thanks to keen staff members, Magna and our Eco-Club; we are looking forward to using this resource with our children and families. Staff have been in painting the fence, getting the classes ready and mopping up after a leaking roof caused a lot of damage inside. It is lovely to see the children looking so smart in ther new uniforms, they have settled well and are enjoying their learning and friendships. This term we are looking at the Creation Story and each class will be representing one day for our foyer display. It will be another full and exciting term with many activities to look forward to!

Goodbye Year 6 - You have been amazing and your leavers performance was outstanding. We all wish you the best as you move into secondary school. We know you will do well.

Achievers Service - What a wonderful celebration for our pupils who had achieved in so many areas of school life. Awards for reading, progress, maths, science, sport were presented by Mr Shelley, Ms Proctor, Mr Doughty and Revds. Pete and Ann.  The children received Oscars, trophies and shields as well as books. Well done.

Lunchtime Awards - To Rebecca and Jonathan for trying new foods and being polite all term.

Year 6 - Well done Year 6 for excellent SATs results; you have worked really hard and your achievements show this.

Diamond Awards - Once again we were able to reward our Diamond Achievers, the younger ones joined the headteacher for a T-Party with plenty of food and games to enjoy. Revd. Pete Stone finished with the much loved story The Tiger Who Came To Tea. The older children were invited to Bellringing at Bradpole Church. Well done to all of you for always making good choices in your learning and behaviour we are very proud of you.

Wind In The Willows - a wonderful story performed by an amazing cast. Toad was performed true to the character in the story with a great deal of ebullience and was supported by true friends who tried hard to moderate his behaviour. Huge and heartfelt thanks to our parents and staff for their hard work and support.

New Intake - A warm welcome to our new reception class who have been visiting the school over the past few weeks. They have settled well  joined us for a final Teddy Bears Picnic before we broke up for summer.

Sailing - Our Year 6 class enjoyed learning how to sail on Portland and of course how to capsize!

Quad Kids - well done to our team who spent the afternoon involved in this event hosted by The Sir John Colfox School.

Bridport Food Festival - It was wonderful to be able to showcase the St Mary's Edible Garden as part of the Festival. The pizza oven was kept really busy and guests enjoyed the storytelling, composting, sowing seeds and information about companion planting. A huge thanks to all our helpers and supporters.

Art Week - Incredible work across the school in the style of; Kadinsky, Monet, Gwen Millward, Georgia O'Keefe, Hockney and Issey Miyake. In addition some wonderful Aborginal Art and preparation of props for our Wind In The Willows production. Thanks to all our helpers who brought great ideas and energy.

Well Done Year 6 - You were fantastic during SATs, we are really proud of you.

Environmental Health - Congratulations to Mel and Mandy who have been awarded 5 stars following a visit to the school kitchen from the West Dorset District Council for the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. This is in addition to their Food Safety and Hygiene City & Guilds certificates.

Election results - following hard campaigning by all parties the Gold Zero Party were announced winners in assembly on Friday 8th May 2015. Their pledges on health and housing will be followed up by invitations to the school nursing service and Magna Housing Asssociation to discuss some of their concerns. Well done to all the classes who got to grips with the key elements of a democracy and gave careful consideration to what they thought would make this a better world for all.

Multi-Academy Trust - further details can be found under our Newsletters section of the website.

Able and Interested - We are very pleased that selected pupils were able to engage in these special events laid on by The Sir John Colfox School. It is a great opportunity to extend their skills and knowledge with other pupils who share their talents and interests.

Election Fever - All our classes will be designing their own party to make a better world for us all. They will design a manifesto describing how they will tackle :-

  • The Enviroment,
  • Health and Housing,
  • Education
  • The Economy

We go to the polls after some serious campaigning on 7th May and results will be announced on Friday 8th May at 9.00am.

'Big Questions' - Children were asked to think of a question they would ask God if he was sat across the table from them.  Their answers were thought provoking and showed a keen understanding of some of the issues in the world today. Questions like 'Why do people have to be seperated into different countries?' and ' Why do we have to have wars?' Equally some of our younger children were more concerned to find out if God likes birds and why annoying sisters were invented!

New Intake September 2015 - Welcome to our new reception children due to join us in September 2015. Mrs Geldard will be writing out to you all with information and a welcome book mark. We look forward to meeting you soon and know you will settle in well at St Mary's.

Well done to Connor who won the Waterstones Book Week prize!

The Great St Mary's Bake-Off - well done to all the staff who rose to the challenge to raise funds for The Clock in Chideock and Cupboard Love. The baking creations were marvellous and included British favourites like Bakewell Tart, wonderful quiches and a profiterol mountain with spun sugar. We raised over £160.

Diamond Achievers - well done to the 33 children in the spring term who consistently tried their best in all areas of school life. They enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt as their well deserved reward. It is lovely to see the number of Diamond Achievers has risen since last term and I am sure we will be proud of even more children in the summer term.


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