St Mary’s RC Primary School

Crescent Lane, Clapham, London SW4 9QJ

Primary

St Mary’s RC Primary school is an outstanding Catholic Primary School, with Nursery, situated in a quiet side street off the busy Clapham Common South Side and High Street.

There has been a school on this Crescent Lane site since 1861 when the Sisters of the Notre Dame de Namur order were invited by the Redemptorist Fathers to build a school here.  The Sisters established a girls’ high school and subsequently built our school at the end of their kitchen garden for the poorer children of the parish.  It is only this school that remains today, serving the families of the parish of St Mary’s as well as the local parishes of St Vincent de Paul, Battersea and St Francis de Sales, Stockwell.

This duty of service to the Catholic community remains essentially the same.  The governors, the Headteacher and senior leaders are keenly aware of their responsibility to discharge this duty with care and commitment.

The mission of St Mary’s School is realised through ‘a commitment to continuous improvement, high pupil achievement and the development of the whole child’.

The governors, the headteacher, the senior leadership team and other leaders continue to be highly successful in inspiring the school community and securing the commitment of all staff and pupils to the ongoing success of our school.  There is a culture of high expectations, where all staff are successfully focused on raising standards, helping pupils to reach ambitious targets and fostering the personal development and well-being of every pupil.

All leaders, staff and governors work successfully in a highly cohesive way to ensure that pupils’ achievement, behaviour and the quality of teaching continue to be outstanding.
Ofsted Report November 2014

About our school:

  • Our school is a one and a half form entry Catholic primary school with nursery.
  • The catchment area is wide and consists of three Catholic parishes including St Mary’s, Clapham.
  • Pupils represent a wide ethnic diversity with most pupils coming from a range of minority ethnic heritages (86%), The largest ethnic groups are Black African pupils, followed by White Any Other pupils, and White British pupils, followed by ‘Other Ethnic Group’ pupils.The school has a very high number of pupils who speak English as an additional language (64%).  Many pupils are at an early stage of learning English especially in the earlier years. Languages spoken are diverse; some 31 different languages are currently represented within the school.  English is the most common first language, followed by Spanish and then Portuguese, Italian, Polish, French and Tigrinya.
  • The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the Pupil Premium is broadly average (15%).
  • There are numbers of pupils particularly of Portuguese, South American and African origin entering at all stages of the primary years.
  • The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs requiring a Statement/ Education Health Care Plan is 1.4%.  The proportion supported with SEND plus or with a statement of educational needs is 7%.

Number of Pupils: 338
Ages: 3 - 11 years
Gender: Mixed
Type of School: Voluntary Aided

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