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


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Dear Parents and Carers,


I am delighted to be the new Headteacher of St Mary’s and I am looking forward to leading the school on the next step of its journey. We are very blessed at our school to have a highly experienced and dedicated team of staff who care deeply about nurturing and encouraging your children to achieve their very best.  I am looking forward to working closely with them, in partnership with you and our governors, to ensure all the children in our care achieve their full potential.


I have been a teacher for eighteen years, working across a range of year groups and have been both Deputy Head and SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator). In 2012 I completed a Master’s Degree in Early Mathematical Intervention. This fuelled my passion for pursuing the very best teaching and learning approaches that help our children develop a love of learning and a belief that they can achieve the very best. At St Mary’s we encourage children to challenge themselves in their learning and ensure that children know that mistakes are a crucial part in developing and refining their thinking.


I have lived in Bridport for the last 16 years and am married with a step daughter in her 30’s and a teenage son who is just starting his GCSEs in Year 9.  I am a keen baker and enjoy walking my cockapoo dog Barney, who has made the occasional visit into school to meet the children! As a parent myself I know that bringing up children, especially in today’s world, is not an easy task. Together with my team we will aim to understand and support you in every way that we can to navigate the sometimes tricky path, of being a parent of a primary school aged child.


Our results this year have been pleasing and I intend to build on these and inspire my team to ensure that every child makes as much progress as they can.  Children are individuals with many different talents and abilities. We provide them with a broad curriculum with many varied and exciting opportunities to learn in different ways and to achieve their best. We want children to be proud of, and enthusiastic about, being part of our school.


I am always happy to hear your thoughts and ideas and I look forward to working in close partnership with you.


Kind regards,


Kate Batorska


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 promptly at 8.50am.



Our vision is to create a kind and caring community, where we learn and grow together, enabling everyone to shine.


As a church School, we are inspired by the teaching of Jesus to Love God and love others as ourselves.

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

Year 1 - performed their first 'express' event to parents, showcasing their learning from their topic this half term.  Parents enjoyed the song and poem recitals and it was fantastic to see parents joining in with the weather dance!

Autumn Show & Harvest Festival- Well done do all our amazing entries to this annual event. This year for the first time we combined out Harvest Festival service with the Autumn show and our Gardeners provided soup and rolls for us all to enjoy.  A very autumnal day was enjoyed by all!

Choir - Well done to Mrs Andrews and our amazing choir who performed at the Welcome service for Deb Smith, our new vicar at St Mary's.  They did a fantastic job, performing to a very large crowd and we have had several members of the public, phone or write in to express just how incredibly well they performed!

Gold Award - We have  been awarded the School Games Gold Award for our committment to physical activity, sport and outdoor learning, well done everyone involved.

Welcome Back! - Welcome to our new reception class pupils and our other new pupils who have joined us this year. We know you will be cared for by your new class mates and teaching teams.



St Mary’s is a school where “everyone can shine”

St Mary’s CE Primary School in Bridport had their Ofsted Inspection on 1st November 2018 and the Inspector. Tonwen Empson, concluded that the school remained good and commented that in the school “ there is a strong and embedded ethos of ensuring that “everyone can shine”.

“I was really delighted with the report” said Headteacher, Kate Batorska. “I feel it has captured what the school is about and what we aim to achieve. We believe in both nurturing and challenging our children and we are really pleased that the Inspector recognised this”.

The Inspector particularly praised the leadership of the school. They commented on the accurate evaluation of the school’s strengths and what the school needs to do to improve and said that the Headteacher, Mrs Batorska, had a clear and focused plan that would ensure the school continues to go from strength to strength. They felt she was well supported by the Minerva Learning Trust and the Local Governing Body who know the school well and provide challenge to ensure that leaders have the highest expectations for pupils.

The rich curriculum at the school is allowing teachers to plan interesting lessons and as a result achievement is improving for all pupils.  

The Inspector commented on “a strong sense of collaborative learning and the high level of professional discussion and reflection” amongst staff which is really benefitting the pupil’s learning. Staff morale is high and they appreciate the chance to work closely with others in the Minerva Learning Trust and beyond.

Safeguarding was described as effective and well organised with Governors playing their part in this. The improvement in attendance was also praised as it is now above the national average.

As this was a one day inspection of a school already judged to be good, the inspector did not look at all aspects of the school, for example she did not look at mathematics, but she particularly picked out phonics teaching as being very effective as well as commenting on the good progress pupils make in reading throughout the school.

To improve further, the inspector suggested that teachers continue to develop assessment processes that support greater challenge and in developing writing across the school.

“This report reflects the good work St Mary’s School has been doing over several years, under the former leadership of Mrs Farmer and current leadership of Mrs Batorska, to support all our pupils in their learning”, said Chair of Governors, Martin Warne. “It quite rightly recognises that the school is well led and that our values are to ensure all pupils in our community do well. It draws on our excellent results over the last few years to conclude that we have maintained the good quality of education we pride ourselves on. Our staff work exceptionally hard and they, the pupils and the parents who support us, deserve this recognition. I would like to thank all of them for all they do to make St Mary’s the happy and successful school it is”.








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