School News

Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents who have sent in such encouraging and supportive emails over this difficult time.

I have forwarded these on to all the staff and governors and they have been truly uplifted by your concern. I am very proud of our school community and how admirably everyone has responded.

Please read this letter for further details on how we are moving forward this week.

Please see this letter for details of the school re-opening on Wednesday 4th March.

I fully appreciate how worrying and upsetting this weekend has been for everyone at St. Mary’s School and indeed Tetbury as a whole.

Suddenly coronavirus is very close to us all and naturally our first thought is for our children and how we can protect them. It is clear from the many messages I have received and the activity on social media that there is a huge amount of anxiety amongst our parent body and the wider community.

I have received too many emails to be able to answer them all individually but I hope this letter will help answer some of your questions.


This letter from Public Health England gives further information on the recent corona virus case.

A member of staff at the school has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently getting all necessary support and advice from health services.

Whilst I fully understand this will cause anxiety amongst the school community, I can assure you all necessary steps are being taken to minimise risk to others.  A deep clean of the school was carried out on Saturday 29th February. All people who have had contact with the person have already been identified, contacted and know if they need to exclude themselves from school.    

From a health perspective it’s not necessary to close the school, we do have some operational difficulties with staff numbers and so I have taken the decision to close the school, hopefully reopening on Wednesday.   

The best thing we can all do is to make sure we follow the public health advice which is to:

  • Catch coughs and sneezes with a tissue, dispose of the tissue in a bit immediately and then wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer


  • Wash your hands with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer) frequently and especially on arrival and before leaving home or any childcare or educational setting, before cooking and eating, after using the toilet, and after breaks or sporting activities.

I will update you when I have further information to give.

You can keep up to date with national advice and Information regarding coronavirus by visiting  

Yours sincerely

Mrs Jo Woolley


Breakfast with a Book!

On Wednesday 22nd January, we hosted our first ever early morning reading session, ‘Breakfast with a Book’.

We are delighted that so many Year 3 parents, carers and grandparents attended to learn more about how we teach reading, eat chocolate croissants, and most importantly have fun sharing amazing books and comiReading Breakfast 2 wcs.







As this was so successful, we intend to make ‘Breakfast with a Book’ a regular event, choosing different year groups to attend each month. Dates and times will be published in the newsletter.

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Please remember, if you do have any questions regarding reading, see your child’s class teacher or Mrs Cartledge. We are always happy to help.

Our Year 5 and 6 students had a fabulous experience at the Athletics Large Primary Schools Final Round, held at Cirencester College.

Working individually and in teams, our children developed their speed, dexterity, coordination and strategic thinking in a variety of track and field events.

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Our athletics team showed plenty of energy and enthusiasm in the competition and gained valuable experience into how to improve their personal performance. This positive approach bodes well for our athletics training and events in the Spring and Summer terms.

A huge thank you to Tetbury Lions for the helping us bring science and computing to life.

Through funding from Tetbury Lions we have been able to purchase a series of LEGO® class sets.

These LEGO® sets combine LEGO® with classroom-friendly software, and inspiring, curriculum-relevant science projects which are inspiring our children.

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On Wednesday a group of Year 5 and Year 6 children took part in the amazing Young Voices concert in Birmingham with thousands of other children.

We arrived at about 2pm and had lunch. After that we had the rehearsal. The parents came after tea and we were all waving.

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Mrs Freeman met Tony Hadley and Freddie, Callum and Connor met Andy – the lead dancer. During the concert we screamed, sang, danced and bright lights were shining. We had our torches which looked amazing and it was dark.

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We all enjoyed the Urban Strides and our favourite songs were Larger Than Life, Pop Medley and Frightfest.

This year we asked parents to make a donation to Crisis at Christmas in lieu of Christmas gifts for the teachers and staff.

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