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What OfSTED say:

“Parents are highly satisfied with the school and what it does for their children. They all say their children are happy and safe, and are taught to behave really well.”


What OfSTED say:

“Pupils achieve well. This is because teaching is good and sometimes outstanding, and pupils are desperately keen to reach the highest standards.”


What the Diocese say:

“Pupils’ have a deep sense of belonging to this inclusive community and work hard to promote the ethos of the school both within and beyond its walls.”



A warm welcome awaits you at Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary School. We hope that this website will help to give you a flavour of life in our school.

DSC01818As a Catholic school we live and learn by following the teachings of Jesus and pray together as a school and parish community.

The welfare and education of the children are at the heart of everything we do. At Saint Mary’s we hope that your child will feel happy and valued during their time with us.

We expect children and staff to work hard and be extremely purposeful so that together we can achieve the best for everyone.

All children are given every opportunity to succeed. They are encouraged to become lifelong learners, switched onto Numeracy and Literacy. We strive to open young minds to be experimenters, researchers, explorers and discoverers. Every child receives learning tailored to his or her needs.

As you enter our school we hope you experience a buzz of excitement, with children engaged in learning beyond the classroom and children using the latest technology.

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Our school is blessed to be in the rural surroundings of the High Peak and we take an active role in local community events. We work in partnership with our secondary school St Thomas More in nearby Buxton.

We will always endeavour to support you as parents and carers, as we recognise the importance of working together. I look forward to meeting you and your family, and invite you to see for yourself why our little school gets big results.

Mrs Ann King, Headteacher