St. Mary's achieved a 'Good' rating from Ofsted during our last inspection in March 2015.
As a church aided school we also have a SIAMS inspection which focuses on the characteristics of the school as a church school. The SIAMS report stated that the distinctiveness and effectiveness of St. Mary’s as a church school was outstanding.
The full reports can be viewed by following these links:
Dyslexia Friendly School
Key staff have been trained by the British Dyslexia Association and they have passed on their knowledge to the rest of the teaching staff and teaching assistants.
The staff's enhanced understanding has helped to ensure that pupils who have dyslexic tendencies can be fully involved with their learning.
More information can be found by following this link: www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/quality-mark-and-accreditation.html
Several key staff have been trained under this West Sussex run scheme. They have passed on their knowledge to all of the other teachers and teaching assistants.
The staff's increased understanding of autism is already having a very positive impact on several pupils throughout the school.
The Arts Council - Silver Artsmark
This award recognises the importance that we place on teaching the full range of arts based subjects either in the classroom, during dedicated Art Days or in after school clubs.More information can be found by following this link: Arts Council Artsmark
The Bishop's Commendation
The Bishop's Commendation was awarded to St. Mary's in 2008 for "promoting Christian values through creativity and peace by developing the school grounds".
We have been awarded Fairtrade School status for the coming year 2014/15.
St. Mary's has achieved Healthy Schools Status. This award recognises the work we do to promote our pupil's health in four main areas:
- Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, including SRE and drugs education
- Healthy eating
- Physical education
- Emotional health and well-being, including bullying
Investor in Careers
St Mary's was the first primary school in the country to be granted the Investor in Careers Award. It recognises the work that we do to increase the children's awareness of potential careers. Examples include:
- welcoming a wide variety of professional visitors to the school to talk to the children
- organising visits to local businesses
- developing a business enterprise scheme for our Year 6 pupils where they will grow and sell their own flowers, fruit and vegetables
The Activemark 2007 award recognises our commitment to encouraging our pupils to participate in sports and other active pursuits. The children take part in at least 2 hours of PE a week. We also provide a wide variety of after school sports clubs.
Our older children take part in competitive sports events against local schools (cricket, swimming, football, hockey, tag rugby). They are also encouraged to join local sports and activity clubs and participate in sports training and events at our local secondary school, The Weald in Billingshurst.More information can be found by following this link: Activemark 2007
International School Award
We are very proud to have been awarded the International School Award. This recognises all of the work that the school has been doing to raise the children's awareness of other countries and cultures around the world. The assessor said "Please send our special congratulations to the international co-ordinator at the school who has worked so hard to co-ordinate such an impressive range of work. They are a credit to the school and the wider community."