St Mary's and St Peter's Church of England Primary School is one of the oldest schools in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, founded in 1832. Originally it occupied Victorian premises at the Broad Street end of Church Road, providing education for 41 boys, and was erected using voluntary contributions and with the patronage of Queen Adelaide, who made a personal donation of £100. It was rebuilt on the present site in Somerset Road in 1975 and celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2007.
The Governors of St Mary’s & St Peter’s school are responsible for the strategic direction of our school and are very involved in the whole of school life. They meet as a whole group twice a term and in addition to this they meet for regular sub-committees. The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the school.
St Mary with St Alban has several Foundation Governors who sit on the governing body, including Revd. Joe Moffatt.
It is an important part of our mission as a church school to serve the local community, and that is a key principle in governors’ decision making. In recent years we have allocated just over half the available places to siblings, with the remaining allocation prioritising church places over distance. Over time the number of church-allocated places has grown, and so the number of distance places reduced. The governors felt this situation needed to be addressed and the revised policy seeks to ensure a fairer balance.
Key changes for the admissions policy for new entrants to the school from September 2016 include:
The full policy can be found on the school website.
Guidance Notes from Joe Moffatt on Applications to St Mary’s & St Peter’s Primary School for Admission in September 2017
Please be aware that the Admissions Policy for St Mary’s & St Peter’s School has recently changed. This came into effect for those applying for entry in September 2016 and continues for those applying for entry in September 2017.
The main changes are summarised above. In short, church places are being limited to 60% of available places after siblings; and the Sunday attendance requirement for church places has increased from once a month to twice a month (for two years).
To apply for a church place you need to fill in a Supplementary Application Form (available from the school) in which you are asked to declare that you have met this attendance requirement. This then has to be signed by me as your Vicar.
I would be grateful if you could deliver your form to me via the Parish Office (the mailbox is to the left of the main doors of St Mary’s Parish Hall). It will then be ready for collection from the Parish Office two weeks after delivery. Or it can be returned by post if you include a stamped addressed envelope.
The deadline for delivering your form to me is December 21st 2016.
Please also include a family photo to help me put names and faces together – a simple home print-out is fine.
Finally, I would like to thank you for being part of our worshipping community. It’s a great joy to have so many children at our services and to have such a strong link with our excellent church school. We’re very grateful for all the many ways in which families contribute and help us to flourish.
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