School News

This was the conclusion from the SIAMS Inspector who inspected our school last week. 

As a church school, we are inspected by both Ofsted inspectors and SIAMS inspectors.

The SIAMS inspection is a rigorous and comprehensive process over a day and involves interviews with staff, pupils, parents and governors as well as the school's leadership team. The inspector also looks at pupils' books and observes teaching and playtimes. 

The inspection report states that 'St Mary's Primary School is one where all flourish because all are cared for.'

The inspector concluded that St. Mary's is a good church school  highlighting the 'rich experiences' children are given and how teachers encourage children to be curious in their thinking and have the courage to explore different ideas in their learning.

The behaviour of children was praised as were relationships between staff and pupils. 

The full report can be read here.

On Friday 25th March we held a Peace Day in school and raised an amazing £680.56 for the Ukrainian refugee crisis.

During the day focused on peace, planted sunflowers and made a badge for peace.

Children donated £1 to dress in blue and yellow and the PTFA donated 25% of the money raised from the icecreams and brownies they sold that day.  Sienna M, Skylar M and Elsie T also raised £170.16 from selling their toys. 

Thank you to everyone who contributed. 

All money raised will go to Christian Aid who are working with partner organisations to provide food supplies and other life-saving essentials. 

Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal - Christian Aid 


We have a vacany for a parent governor which we are keen to fill as soon as possible. 

St Mary’s Primary School has always aimed for a partnership with parents, which undoubtedly brings great benefits to the children. One of the most significant ways you can help in promoting this aim is to volunteer to be a parent governor. The governing body's main tasks are to support the school, ensure that pupils receive high quality education and plan for future development and improvement. 

Parent governors are welcomed as valued members of the team and play a vital role in ensuring the governing body is aware of the views of parents and the local community. The term of office is 4 years. 

The deadline for submitting a nomination (self-nomination is acceptable) is 12 noon on Friday 28th January 2022. 

Letters about the role and the nomination form has been sent to all parents and are available on our Letters page. 

We look forward to receiving nominations. 

This year, teachers and support staff at St Mary's asked parents to consider donating to Gloucestershire Bundles rather than presents to staff.

Thanks to the kindness of our parents, we have raised an amazing £484.50, which will go a long way to supporting families across Gloucestershire.

Thank you again. One of our 'Three Cs' is CARING, and this clearly demonstrates that in abundance.

Four children from St Mary's will switch on Tetbury's Christmas lights on Friday 3rd December with the Olympic Gold Medalist Tom McEwan

Children at St Mary's school entered Tetbury Town Council's Christmas Tree Decoration competition to win the chance to switch on the town's Christmas lights.  The four winners will also help choose the best Decorated House in Tetbury between the 10th- 16thof December. 

All the decorations entered into the competition will be displayed on the Tetbury Town Council Christmas tree at St Saviours Christmas Tree Festival from the 4th of December.

Tetbury Town Council would like to thank all the children that entered the Christmas Tree Decoration Competition, Mayor Ann Pearce has never seen so many fantastic pieces of art work. The children deserve a huge round of applause for their hard work. All decorations will be displayed on Tetbury Town Councils Tree at St Saviours Christmas Tree Festival from the 4th of December.

Thank you to the Feoffees for their most generous donation of funding for us to purchase another set of 30 iPads and a charging trolley. 

iPads are one of the tools we can use in a classroom to bring education to life. Having one iPad per pupil during a lesson provides endless access to information and interactive education makes learning more memorable and engaging.

We are extremely grateful to the Feoffees for their continued support. We recently had cause to look at the original trust deed of the school and came across a document written in 1848 which identifies the vicar and church wardens as the trustees of the school and the Feoffees as the managers. Who would have thought in 1848 that they would be providing iPads to the children of Tetbury in 2021!

The PTFA would love everyone to join them in celebrating the end of term by taking part in a non-uniform day this Friday 22nd October. 

Children may wear what makes them happy and comfortable. However, all clothes and footwear must be practical for a day of learning and expected weather patterns. 

** No fancy dress items are allowed. 

We ask for a gold coin in exchange for being allowed to wear non-uniform to raise money for our school. This can be paid via Parentpay or direct to your child's class teacher. 

Thank you for your support,

St Mary's PTFA

We are delighted that author and illustrator Hannah Shaw will be visiting St Mary’s Primary School on Monday 18th October.

Hannah has written numerous book including Unipiggle and Princess Pea, The Scruffs and Stan Stinky and has illustrated her own books as well as others written by Dick King Smith and Julia Donaldson.

During the afternoon, Hannah will talk to children in years 1-3 about her books. Children will learn how to create their own magical stories and then take part in a step-by-step drawing session with characters from the book.

We are very grateful to Herewood from The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop who has helped organise this visit. Children in years 1 -3 can pre-order a copy of Unipiggle or any of Hannah’s books. Please contact the YLB as Hannah is happy to sign any books ordered through them.

Back in the spring Mrs Higgs (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Maisey (Chair of Governors) started a 184 mile challenge to walk the Thames path to raise money for St Mary's.  

They have spent many weekends walking the Thames path and finished the last leg of this amazing challenge on Saturday 25th September. 


It was a grey old day in London... but just amazing! We started off crossing the Millenium Bridge and seeing the Globe, then winding our way around Canary Wharf and the O2 arena, the 12 miles to the barrier were certainly the most industrial terrain we have encountered.

We treated ourselves to a boat trip back up the Thames through the barrier and all the sites we had walked past that day, it was just superb ?

Thank you to all our donators and supporters, if you haven't had a chance to donate yet, the fundraising page is open until 1st October (link here Chris & Liz Walk The Thames ( or you can of course pop in to see the office staff to drop in any cash donations.

We will be keeping our social media pages live, as we don't think we have finished with our adventures yet!!

Chris & Liz Walk The Thames - DonateMySchool

We would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to the Coventry Building Society for their recent donation of £2,236. 

Each year the Coventry Building Society in Tetbury donates 1% of the total balances held in their Supporters Accounts (School PTA), this is separate to the interest given to the account holders.

This year this resulted in a donation to the school of £2,236 which we will use to improve the school resources for the benefit of all our children. 

Thank you to all the parents and local residents who hold a Supporters Account.

Details of the Supporter Account which is offered by The Coventry Building Society can be found on their website or by phoning their Tetbury branch on 01666 502692.

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