Thursday, 18 October 2018

Where children find all the answers

CHILDREN ask an average of 125 questions a day and the science laboratory at St Mary’s

CHILDREN ask an average of 125 questions a day and the science laboratory at St Mary’s is an excellent place to find answers to some of them.

Children are fascinated by science with its many different aspects and continual new discoveries.

It is the primary school years that engender a life-long love of the subject, through hands on experiments and investigations.

This spirit of active enquiry is central to science teaching at St Mary’s with the emphasis placed on understanding the relevance of science to everyday life, as well as making links with other subjects in the curriculum.

The well-equipped science laboratory means that the majority of lessons are practically based, giving the pupils a very important kinaesthetic angle to their learning. At all ages the pupils undertake investigative work which allows them to develop techniques and skills that provide the building blocks necessary to flourish at Secondary School level.

This approach means that by the time pupils leave St Mary’s, the questions they ask are the right ones and the answers to others have been discovered.

Headmaster Rob Harmer says: “At St Mary’s we aim to provide an inspiring, enjoyable educational experience where all children can develop their talents, whether academic, creative or sporting.

“Our school is a place where everyone is treated equally, encouraged and respected. We are committed to our school being a safe and inclusive place where learning is nurtured and confidence and self esteem is grown in a happy, caring and stimulating environment. Ultimately, we want our pupils to develop a love of learning for life. We are a close-knit community where your child matters and all the staff are committed to advancing the progress of your child. We aim, because of our small classes and specialised teaching, to find out what suits your child and stretch them to produce the best they can achieve, in a friendly and caring environment.”

He added: “We enthuse the children with varied lessons from French through to music, art and drama and have many after-school clubs from Judo to ballroom dancing.”

To arrange a personal tour, please contact the school office on 01491 573118, or email For more information, visit

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