At St Mary’s
We may not have the largest grounds, but we certainly make the most of the space we have.
Between our school buildings is a sheltered courtyard playground and sports space that was refurbished over the summer in 2016, introducing a new climbing frame, as well as some much-needed green through a new, softer playground surface.
Within each classroom we use interactive whiteboards, and the children have access to laptops and iPads when they need them, all of which can be used on our school-wide wireless network.
A specialist science laboratory, a dedicated music room, a vibrant art room and a colourful library are among the other facilities we have at St Mary’s – each designed to foster a stimulating learning environment for our pupils.
We have excellent relationships with a number of local organisations, enabling us to provide our pupils with exciting learning environments, all just a short walk or minibus journey away.
Our outdoor classroom, featuring a fire pit, log circle, nature trails and fields, is located at Swiss Farm, while we regularly explore the wildlife garden at Holy Trinity Church during science lessons.
From a sporting perspective, we have strong ties to AFC Henley, where we use their pitches and our football teams receive specialist coaching. We also use the local secondary school’s sports pitches, the Henley Hawks AstroTurf pitches and the pitches by the local Tesco.
Our older pupils are also able to make use of the facilities at the Upper Thames Rowing Club and Shiplake College, and are even given taster sessions on the river.
In Years 1 and 2, our pupils have swimming lessons at one of two local pools – a training pool for the youngest children, and the pool at Reading Blue Coat School for the older children.