Virtual Tour

We have put together a series of short videos so that you can take a look inside our fantastic school. If you wish to have a face to face tour of our school please contact school office to make an appointment.

Welcome by our Head teacher 

Tour Begins – Front Entrance

Tour Begins – Inside School

ICT Suite

School Hall

Outside Spaces

Reception Class

Year 1 Class

Year 2 Class

Year 3 Class

Year 4 Class

Year 5 Class

Year 6 Class

Outside Sport Activity

Below are a series of frequently asked questions and answers.

Frequently Asked Questions:


How many pupils are in a class?

We have a maximum of 30 pupils per class from Reception to Year 1, unless we have been directed under very specific circumstances that we must take an additional pupil. This is extremely rare.


Do all classes have additional TA support ?

Reception have a full time TA. All other Key Stage 1 classes have a TA each morning and some afternoon’s dependent upon the needs of the class. In Key stage 2 each class has TA support for most mornings, additional support may also be provided dependent upon the needs of the cohort.


How is the curriculum organised ?

Please visit the school website, and the heading ‘learning’, to see the curriculum overviews for each year group.


Do you offer a Modern Foreign Language ?

The teaching of a Modern Foreign Language is a statutory requirement of Key Stage 2 (Years 3- 6). At St Mary’s we focus on the teaching of Spanish. Pupils in Key Stage 1 and Early Years (Reception – Year 2) will also learn simple basic Spanish such as colours, numbers and greetings,


What extra curricular activities are on offer ?

Currently due to Covid we are restricted in what we can offer for our extra curricular activities. Usually we provide a wealth of opportunities, which are detailed in the school prospectus. They include a wide range of sporting opportunities a school band and choir as well as Zumba, Anna’s Dance and Relax Kids.



What is the induction process for new Reception pupils and their families ?

Once your place has been confirmed by the local authority, we will write to you inviting parents to attend a welcome meeting. Here you will meet key staff and we will provide you with lots of information as well as giving you a further opportunity to visit the Reception classroom. During June your child will be invited to two short afternoon play visits where the Reception Team can get to know your child a little better and the children can become familiar with the Reception classroom. Our older pupils will make a ‘buddy link’ and wills end a letter to your son or daughter welcoming them to our school. There will also be an opportunity for your child to meet their buddy on their first visit. The first 8 days of school in September are a phased induction where pupils will attend mornings or afternoons before commencing full time.


What music opportunities are provided for pupils at St Mary’s?

Music is at the heart of our school. Beautiful singing can frequently heard throughout the school and we have a wonderful choir who go and sing in our community. In addition, we also offer Music Tuition. This is optional and there is a charge to parents to facilitate the teachers from Oldham Music Service coming into school to deliver small group tuition (up to 4 children). This is offered to pupils from Year 3 – 6. They can choose from Brass, Woodwind or Percussion. We also have a school band, who also have weekly tuition from the music service – this cost is currently covered by school. The band play on many occasions in school and at concerts.


What does Collective Worship look like at St Mary’s School?

As a Voluntary Aided school, we hold daily acts of worship. These are held in the school hall.

The Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher lead most acts of worship. The incumbent of St Mary’s church would also usually lead a weekly act of worship. Whilst the church is in an interregnum Rev Katy, and Bishop Mark have been coming into lead worship.


As a school we also celebrate key Christian festivals in St Mary’s Church. These are led by pupils and attended by pupils, parents, and the community. A member of the clergy is also present to lead blessings and contribute to act of worship. The key festivals are Harvest, Christmas and Easter, we also hold our Year 6 Leavers’ Service in church.

Pupils in Key stage 2 also take part in a Eucharist service in school during the summer term, and parents are invited to attend.

All of these services are very special and are occasion’s parents and the community look forward to and comment on very positively.


Do we have to attend church to apply to St Mary’s school ?

The short answer is no. If we are oversubscribed for school places, which we usually are, regular attendance at church is given preference. Please see the admissions policy on the school website for details.

Admissions Policy 2021

Supplementary Admissions Form for September 2021

Admissions Section on School Website

We do ask that all pupils and their families are supportive of the schools Christian Ethos.


How do I apply ?

Please read the school’s admission policy. Complete the application for the Local Authority and return to the LA before the deadline. Complete St Mary’s Supplementary Form and return to St Mary’s School before the deadline. (Available to download from the school website or copies are available from the school office). Always ensure you obtain a receipt for your application and your supplementary form.



Need further help or information ?

If you have any further questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact school either by email OR by telephone 0161 770 8309 where we will be only too happy to help you.


Taking a look at our school website: and following us on twitter: @StMarysCE are other great ways of finding out more about our school and school life.