St Mary's Catholic Primary School

‘One family united in Christ to be the best we can be’



We were very appreciative of this letter, which arrived in January 2020, from the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP congratulating us on our 2019 key stage 2 writing achievements, which place us, for writing, in the top 1% of primary schools in the country.


In January 2020 we were delighted to receive this letter from Warwickshire County Council congratulating us on our recent Ofsted report. Their summary of the report is everything we are proud of.


St Mary's in the top 1% of primary schools based on phonics success


For the sixth year running we have received a letter from Nick Gibb, the Minister of State for School Reform, congratulating us on our high standard of achievement in this year’s phonics check. The phonics check is a statutory national assessment set by the Department for Education to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard by the end of year one. Since it was introduced in 2012 our school has successfully achieved a 100% pass rate for seven years running. Only 2% of schools nationally can boast a 100% pass rate and even fewer can reach this accolade consistently for SEVEN years.

St Mary’s ranked 4th in Warwickshire

Our school has been announced as the 4th highest primary school in Warwickshire. The primary school league tables published in both the Telegraph and The Times on 11.12.15 shows the top 1000 primary schools in the Country and the top 100 primary schools in the County. Following phenomenal key stage two SATS results St Mary’s Henley is currently 4th in the County and 410th in the Country. Considering there are over 24,000 primary schools in the United Kingdom a national ranking of 410 equates to the top 1% nationally of primary schools. A snapshot of the top 6 schools in the County, taken from last Friday’s Times is shown below.



Nationally Recognised Outstanding Leader



School Achievement Award



School Achievement Award

This scheme was developed to celebrate the achievements of schools that either made significant improvement or were high performing schools. Awards were given to schools where pupils’ results improved substantially over a three year period or where their results were better than most schools in similar circumstances.


England Rugby Schools Union


This is a scheme where schools work in partnership with the RFU to develop rugby and the skills associted with the sport.


Healthy School Status



National Healthy Schools Gold Award

National Healthy School Status is achieved within a rigorous quality assurance framework. It recognises schools such as St. Mary's which have achieved National Healthy School Status by meeting national criteria using a whole school approach across the four core themes of PSHCE Education, Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Emotional Health and Wellbeing.





Eco Schools - Bronze

Our Eco School award recognises schools which encourages learning about sustainable development issues and sustainable practices in everyday school life. It recognises our emphasis on teaching the children about the world around them and what we can do to help make it as good as it can be.


International School Status



The International School Award is an accreditation scheme for curriculum-based international work in schools. The scheme provides recognition for teachers and their schools working to instill a global dimension into the learning experience of all children and young people.


Active Mark


Activemark  is an accreditation award for the primary schools that recognises and rewards a school for its commitment to promoting the benefits of physical activity and offering good physical activity provision.



Committed to ICT Award



Arts Mark Gold



Arts Council Artsmark Gold

Artsmark provides a benchmark for arts provision that encourages schools to consider the opportunities they offer in art, dance, drama and music. The Artsmark has a strong impact on the range of curriculum activities and experiences available for pupils and recognises the quality and breadth of provision we have in the Arts at St. Mary's.

E-Safety Award



We are very proud of the list of achievements our school has achieved, including: Natinonally recognised Outstanding Leader, School Achievement Award, Eco-School, International School Satus, Active Mark and Healthy School Status.