Welcome from our Head Teacher

Dear Visitor,

Welcome to our website which we hope, in turn, provides a warm welcome to our academy.  Within the following pages we aim to give you a flavour of who we are and what we do. 

Choosing a school is a very important decision and one that needs to be based on a good understanding of what the school has to offer.  We extend a very warm and open welcome to come to visit our academy to look around and meet me, the staff and other children.  We are happy to explain our aims and ethos and answer any questions that you might have, to gain the information you need to make your choice.

As a Catholic academy, our Mission is ‘to value all in the name of Jesus the Christ’ and our values and beliefs permeate every aspect of day-to-day learning and life.  You may well ask what makes a Catholic academy different and the answer lies in our ethos of justice, forgiveness, love and compassion - values that are rooted in the scripture and the example of Jesus.  Our academy is a living community where everyone is educated in heart and soul, as well as mind - a place where everyone is equally respected and unconditionally loved. We believe each child is unique in the eyes of God and, as we value and celebrate diversity, our academy is open to children irrespective of faith or background.  As educators, we are here to help children acquire critical thinking skills, to write and speak articulately and to discover their own unique set of gifts, talents and vocation.  We aim to do the very best for all the pupils in our care, in every aspect of their life and, as an integral part to this, to ensure that they in turn become people who want to build a better world for all people. 

Working in partnership with parents is a high priority. We think good communication between parents and the school is vitally important and we look forward to developing a good home / school relationship throughout your child’s time at our academy, in order that their time here is a happy and productive one.   We welcome volunteers to help out in class or hear children read, as this is a brilliant way to support the academy.

At Saint Mary’s, we have a dedicated team of hard working professionals committed to providing engaging learning opportunities within a broad and balanced curriculum.  Our goal is to have high academic standards and progress, achieved by encouraging and supporting all children to have high aspirations, to believe in themselves and be the best they can be. 

It is a privilege to work with the young children in Saint Mary’s and their parents.  I look forward to working with you and welcoming you into our Saint Mary’s family.

Yours sincerely,

C McHale