Access our Admissions Policy here: Admissions Policy 20-21
If your child already attends another school, you will need to complete an In-Year Common Application Form. You can request a form at our school office, or find one online at kent.gov.uk. We invite you to come and have a tour of the school and chat to us before taking the big decision to change your child’s school.
The application window for children due to start primary and junior School in September 2020 has now closed. Further information about the application process can be found at Kent Online Admissions at – http://www.kent.gov.uk/primaryadmissions
Please remember to let us know on your child’s first day of absence on 01304 206887.
Please read the following regarding absence during term time.
Our curriculum has been developed in accordance with National Curriculum requirements, and enables learners to develop a range of skills, knowledge and understanding in breadth and depth, so that:
The learner can demonstrate or explain concepts orally, concretely, visually and abstractly, AND The learner can apply the skill or concept in different contexts automatically.
Topics and themes take account of learners’ own interests, and learners are involved in making choices and generating questions about their own learning.
Topics address local, British and international issues and themes. Outdoor and offsite learning is given a high profile, using our local environment as effectively as possible.
All curriculum areas and topics encourage and foster high levels of creativity. Our curriculum is documented through individual subject policies and action plans; Key Stage and Year Group Curriculum Maps and Class Topic Planners.
Any questions about the curriculum should be directed towards the relevant class teacher or head of school.
Success for All is the phonics scheme used.
Early Years & KS1
To promote a healthly lifestyle and well-being through enjoyment of physical activity.
To provide opportunities for all children to participate in a range of sports, encouraging them to try new ones, and promoting participation in competition.
Identifying children with particular skills and talents in sports, and ensuring that provision enables them to further develop these.
Pupil Premium allocation for School Funding Year beginning April 2015: £113,520
Pupil Premium allocation for School Funding Year beginning April 2016: £100,320
Pupil Premium allocation for School Funding Year beginning April 2017: £99,990
Pupil Premium allocation for School Funding Year beginning April 2018: £93,000
At St Mary’s funding is targeted at narrowing the attainment gaps between learners.
At St Mary’s our aim to do everything we can so that not only are children and learners safe, but that they also feel safe.
Ofsted adopts the definition of safeguarding used in the Children Act 2004 and in the Department for Education and Skills (now DfE) guidance document Working together to safeguard children, which focuses on safeguarding and promoting children’s and learners’ welfare. This can be summarised as:
– protecting children and learners from maltreatment
– preventing impairment of children’s and learners’ health or development
– ensuring that children and learners are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
– undertaking that role so as to enable those children and learners to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
Our school meals are provided by Principals catering, and are cooked in our own school kitchens. Our cooks can cater for special dietary requirements, for religious reasons, allergies etc. Please contact our school office for more information.
Spring/Summer menu 2020
What should my child wear to school?
– White polo shirt with buttons at neck or long sleeved white shirt
– Grey skirt, trousers, shorts or pinafore
– Navy blue cardigan or jumper (those with the school emblem are available to buy at the school office)
– Black shoes (not trainers or heavy boots please)
– Summer – blue and white checked/striped dress
– Grey, navy or white tights or socks
– A coat for outdoor play
– In warm weather – sun protection cream and sunhat
– One pair of stud earrings and a wrist watch may be worn, but no other jewellery is permitted. Children must be able to remove their earrings for PE and sport at school.
– Please ensure all clothes and possessions are clearly labelled with their name.
– Children’s hair should be a natural hair colour, make-up and nail varnish is not permitted.
To purchase your uniform log in to www.pmgschoolwear.co.uk. On the home page choose ‘St Mary’s CofE Primary School, Dover’ under the ‘Find your School’ search tool. This will take you to our school’s uniform page. Once you have chosen your items make sure that you type in ‘STMDFC’ in the voucher code to claim free delivery.
Thank you for your continued support in ensuring your child is smartly dressed in school uniform.
If you would like a paper copy of any document on this page please contact the school office.