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Kingston St Mary Primary School.Our School Motto

School Motto - We all strive to do our best, as we live, love and learn together.

THE AIMS OF OUR SCHOOL

At Kingston St Mary Church of England Primary School we provide a broad, balanced education for all. We aim to create a happy, caring and stimulating environment in which children and adults can grow in self-esteem and develop their personalities.

In partnership with parents and carers, we aim particularly to:

  • develop a lifelong enthusiasm for learning, opening children's eyes to the opportunities which life offers;
  • develop in pupils their individual abilities to attain the highest possible standards;
  • give children the confidence to question, debate and be independent;
  • encourage children to be responsible and honest global citizens who care about the wider world;
  • provide creative opportunities for children in all aspects of the school curriculum;
  • help children learn to live together in a community, showing one another friendship pand a respect for the beliefs, attitudes and values of others;
  • develop in children spiritual awareness and an awe of the universe.


THE SCHOOL ETHOS

Recognising its historic foundation, the school preserves and seeks to develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church in the parish and Diocese.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils and through the daily life of the school.

Building History

The school was built in 1978 on a delightful, spacious site. It is situated on the outskirts of the village of Kingston St Mary and is adjacent to open farmland. It nestles on the lower slopes of the Quantock Hills and benefits from views across the Vale of Taunton towards the Blackdown Hills. There is a large play ground, a smaller courtyard play area for our younger children, large playing fields, two adventure playgrounds (one constructed in July 2012), a reflective garden area and we even have our own allotment. The grounds are beautifully kept and the children are encouraged to value and care for their school environment, which often provides a stimulus for their work and also keeps our gardening club busy throughout the year.

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Our school is part of the Taunton Learning Partnership (TLP). This group represents a cluster of schools in and around Taunton which work together to share best practice, ideas and to support each other. The partnership's aim is to "Work collaboratively through challenge and support to ensure high quality education; improving the life chances of all children within the TLP."   (See also Other Useful Links.)

Our school buildings are light and airy. We have a spacious classroom for our reception aged children. It has room to accommodate the more practical nature of the curriculum for our younger pupils including an area for sand, water and role play. It has its own toilet facilities and easy access to a safe and contained playground with a canopy for all weather play and adventure play equipment recently installed.

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Also inside the main building is the other Key Stage 1 classroom, for our year 1 and 2 children which was completed in April 2010. It is light and spacious. Our ICT suite, library and hall are situated close to these two classrooms.The two Key Stage 2 classrooms are in Elliott buildings; one of which is brand new, roomy and air conditioned, the other was recently totally refurbished to give a nice bright work area.

In September 2010 our Preschool moved onto site - here is a link to their website.  (See also Other Useful Links.)

All our classes are named after birds that are indigenous to the Quantock hills area – Woodpeckers, Robins, Buzzards and Owls. We have school "Tractor Groups", Massey Ferguson, John Deere and Fordson Major, which all our children are placed into when they start with us. It is like the house system and each child can earn 'house points' for good work or helpfulness etc. throughout the week. On Sports Day the tractor groups compete against one another in friendly but competitive races.

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Our School Day

Our day begins at 8.40am and ends at 3.15pm (3.10pm for KS1). We start the day with the children lining up to go to their classes. Please see the class pages on the site for information about what the classes have been doing lately.

Our staff are extremely caring and committed professionals who recognise the importance of extra curricular activities that are age appropriate. They voluntarily devote many additional hours to a variety of after school and lunchtime activities such as football, netball, art, cookery, Italian, reading clubs, which contribute significantly to the provision we are able to offer. These clubs either take place at lunchtime or after school until 4.25pm. Details of our clubs are found on our School Clubs page.

We also offer after school care by way of our 'Kingfishers Club'. Please see our Kingfishers page for more information.

We are always pleased to see parents in school and benefit from the variety of talents which they bring. At present we have parents and friends who regularly commit themselves to coming into the school to help with reading, artwork, games and after-school clubs.We endeavour to be an integral part of our community and welcome visitors into school whenever we can. Please see our Gallery Page for photos of some of our visitors and events at our school. If you would like to come in either on a regular basis or once in a while, please contact the school office.

Traditional School Events

Harvest Festival - Every October we go to Church to celebrate Harvest Festival. The children are asked to donate a non perishable food item to help the local Open Door Charity in Taunton.

Carol Service and Nativity - Every Christmas the children in Key Stage 1 perform a Nativity in school for all the parents to enjoy. Key Stage 2 perform an evening Carol Service in the Church.

Easter - We visit the church for our Easter service.

May Event - We hold an annual May Day event which includes May Pole dancing and country dancing performed by children from all classes.

Sports Day - Sports Day is usually held in June, weather permitting, each child competes in races and events to earn points for their tractor group. The winning tractor group receives the sports day trophy.

Summer Fair - We hold a summer fair on the school field on a Saturday in July. We have games stalls, a raffle, refreshments, face painting, nail art and lots of exciting displays and stalls. All the money raised goes to help the school and it is a well supported and attended event.

End of Year Assembly - On the last day of the summer term we hold a leavers service at the Church in the morning followed by a special leavers lunch with the staff and a leavers assembly in the afternoon. This is a chance to say farewell and to remember some fun experiences from their time at the school. We also give out our school trophies for various achievements. These cups are mainly for the leavers but are also presented to younger children in the school. The cups are able to be taken home for 1 year to enjoy and then returned to us in time for the next years assembly.

First Friday and Cake Sale - On the first Friday of the month, during term time, we hold a community reading and coffee afternoon in the school hall from 2pm. Cakes are donated by a different class each month. Parents, friends and members of the local community are invited to come to school to listen to a child read and then enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a piece of cake. Any cakes left over at the end of the session are then sold. This is a lovely way to come into school to help out.