St Mary’s RC Primary School

Crescent Lane, Clapham, London SW4 9QJ

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%.


  • “Pupils' behaviour is second to none. They are eager to learn. They are kind, confident, articulate young people. They respect those from all backgrounds and heritages.”

  • “The school's values are shared by its whole community. Pupils leave Ashmole exceptionally well prepared to take their place in society as fully rounded citizens.”

  • “All adults share the drive to raise pupils' aspirations and provide them with extensive chances to take responsibility and to think for themselves.”

  • “Adults are caring. Children are kept safe. Adults all know each child and provide for their individual needs extremely well.”


The school is easily reached from most areas of London being situated in Kennington and only minutes away from Oval Underground Station.

Visits to the school are always welcome.


  • “Pupils' behaviour is second to none. They are eager to learn. They are kind, confident, articulate young people. They respect those from all backgrounds and heritages.”

  • “The school's values are shared by its whole community. Pupils leave Ashmole exceptionally well prepared to take their place in society as fully rounded citizens.”

  • “All adults share the drive to raise pupils' aspirations and provide them with extensive chances to take responsibility and to think for themselves.”

  • “Adults are caring. Children are kept safe. Adults all know each child and provide for their individual needs extremely well.”


The school is easily reached from most areas of London being situated in Kennington and only minutes away from Oval Underground Station.

Visits to the school are always welcome.

Holmewood Nursery school is situated in Central Lambeth, off Brixton Hill.  The school is located in a densely populated area of contrasting households in terms of culture, ethnicity, and socio-economic status.


Holmewood provides education for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), with 95 full time equivalent places in the main nursery (2 - 4 year olds) and 12 full time equivalent places in the two year old provision.  The school's intake is very culturally diverse with a high percentage of children from mixed, or Black-British / Caribbean / African backgrounds. Nearly half of the children speak English as an additional language, with many at the early stages of learning English.


Holmewood is federated with Maytree and Triangle Nursery Schools.  As a Federated Nursery School, Holmewood is led by an Executive Head Teacher, Head of School and teachers working with other qualified early years practitioners. Holmewood offers highly inclusive education with qualified and caring staff.  It has rich and varied indoor and outdoor learning environments that allow children to play and be active in developing and acquiring new skills and knowledge; children are well motivated and are thoroughly absorbed in their learning.


They are encouraged to experiment and explore and children are very well challenged to enable them to take risks safely and develop their own problem solving skills. Outdoor learning is supported through the Natural Thinkers curriculum and an extensive allotment.


Each child is allocated a Key Person, one of our skilled early years educators or teachers. They get to know the children in their group very well and work in collaboration with their parents. Teachers and practitioners support, encourage and facilitate learning opportunities so that children are happy, confident and independent learners.


All teachers and practitioners have a thorough understanding of children’s early learning and development and the early years foundation stage and understand the importance of working together with parents and other professionals.


At Holmewood, we believe in investing in professional development and bespoke training to meet individual needs so that all teachers and practitioners feel motivated and committed to the continuing success of the school.


Visits to the school can be arranged by contacting the school office.

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

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