Welcome to St Mary and St John CE Primary School! It is a real privilege to be the Headteacher of such a vibrant and caring school. We are an inclusive, richly diverse two-form entry city school, in the heart of East Oxford. At Mary and John, our vision is to help children to do everything in love, striving to be the best that they can be in an environment where they feel safe, healthy, engaged, supported and challenged as they learn and achieve. Our aim is for every child to be inspired and motivated, so that they thrive in their learning and want to achieve more. Our friendly and hard-working team are committed to every child achieving in all areas of school life.
Set next to The Kidneys, there is an abundance of greenery all around, and yet we are only a short walk from Oxford City with its many cultural resources which enrich our curriculum. We are fortunate to have a spacious site which has undergone recent refurbishments. We are delighted with the improvements to our learning environment, including a beautiful library at the heart of the school.
Our Reception children joined us at Meadow Lane for the first time in September 2023. We are excited to now be together as a Reception through to Year 6 school on the same site! However, we continue to have great links with Comper School and children.
Walt Disney famously said, “I dream, I test my dreams against my beliefs, I dare to take risks, and I execute my vision to make those dreams come true.” I believe this encapsulates our school: dreaming big, testing those dreams against a shared set of beliefs before taking calculated risks to see our vision fulfilled. We have a passion for education and believe learning should be contagious. This passion spills out to the children and adults with whom we work, sparking a curiosity and drive to reach their full potential. We believe in holistic learning experiences, growing children who are inquisitive about the world around them, the difference they can make, and ensuring they are excited to learn more each day.
At Mary and John, you will find:
- children who are ‘buzzy’ with their curiosity and full of determination to find out more;
- teachers who are excited to see their hard work inspiring and motivating children, thriving on being part of each child’s journey;
- parents who smile as they hear their children chattering away about their day and what they have learnt;
- governors who can tangibly see and feel the difference they are making as they support the leadership in school;
- a community that is proud to have Mary and John at its heart.
All underpinned by the core values of love, respect, empathy, courage and aspiration.
Our Ofsted inspection in May 2023, judged Mary & John as a Good School which is a fantastic achievement within the new framework. The report speaks to our ethos and vision as a school, and I hope you will experience this when you visit.
Pupils enjoy attending and learning at this inclusive school. Pupils have good attitudes to their learning. The school values of ‘love, respect, empathy, courage, aspiration, and curiosity’ permeate the curriculum and wider activity in the school.
Leaders plan for all pupils to leave the school as ‘curious lifelong learners’ who have built up resilience so that they are better equipped to deal with any challenges they may face.
We hope this website gives you a feel of our school, but do come and see for yourselves. Please do not hesitate to contact the school office on 01865 723841 to make an appointment. We look forward to seeing you very soon!
Miss Rebekah Stott
Our School Virtual Tour