Achievements and Awards

St. Mary's has achieved many awards and they reflect our commitment to achieving excellence in all we do.

Eco-School's Green Flag Award - Re-accredited March 2018

We are so proud of Mrs Chung and our School's Eco-Committee.St. Mary's has been re-accredited once again with the Green Flag Award. 

 We thought you would like to see an extract from the Assessor's report:

Assessor's Comments 2018

"Mrs Chung is a wonderful role model for the children, she puts in so much of her time and energy into the Eco Committee and the work that they do. The Eco-Committee are so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. It is a very caring school and everyone is quite rightly so, very proud of their achievements. Well done and thank you for such a wonderful visit."

School Guide Award - November 2016

We are delighted to inform you that St Mary’s has once again been awarded a 5 star Certificate of Excellence from the prestigious School Guide website.

The site compares a range of data and reports to make their overall judgement and allow parents to compare schools’ data across the country.

We are very proud of this accolade and it is a tribute and testament to the hard work of all the staff and pupils!

If you would like find out more please follow this link:

Fair Achiever School Award - May 2016 
Re-Accredited - July 2019

Eco-School's Green Flag Award - Reaccredited June 2015

We  now  have  our  NEW  GREEN FLAG  and certificate.  We thought you might  like to read  some  of the comments made by the Green Flag Eco School's Assessor. Well done to Mrs Chung and the  whole Eco working group.

Assessor’s Comments:

“The whole committee and school are clearly heavily involved and committed to the themes of the Eco-School programme and their Action Plan.  As well as being successful within the school, this has also extended to the wider community, with the children influencing decisions around fair trade and supply chains.

It was clear to see that the children were all incredibly enthusiastic about their individual actions as well as the wider school and community initiatives.  They were constantly telling me and showing me all of the projects they have been involved with and were heavily engaged in the delivery and extremely proud of their achievements.

Mrs Chung and the Committee are also well supported by the headteacher who is also actively engaged in the programme, and in particular is driving the global links and initiatives to install renewable energy on the school building.  Well done and keep up the great work.”

Parliament 2015 Flag Project - Competition Entry

Latest News about our entry! - March 2015
"A great honour to represent Stratford-upon-Avon"

Our flag is now up on the Parliamentary 2015 Flag Project website, as are all the other schools who were asked to represent their constituency.

Parliament 2015 Flag Project Gallery - here's the link:

From the entrants the project organisers have chosen one flag from each UK county to be made into a sewn flag to be flown outside Parliament. Unfortunately, we were pipped at the post by a school in Coventry whose flag, we must admit is also excellent and a very worthy winner. Nonetheless it has been a great honour to represent Stratford.

St. Mary's Flag - Entry for Stratford-upon-Avon - March 2015 

We received a certificate from the Houses of Parliament this week congratulating us on our Flag submission to the 2015 Flag Project. We should know more about what they are going to do with our design later this month!

St. Mary's Flag Competition Entry - November 2014

We are proud to announce that of all the schools in the Stratford Constituency St Mary’s was chosen to design the official constituency flag which we hope will be flown outside Parliament next year. The project is a nationwide initiative to mark the 750th anniversary of the Simon de Montford Parliament and the 800th year of the sealing of the Magna Carta.

Parliament have invited just 650 schools, one from each constituency in the United Kingdom to design a flag to represent where they live. Though a wonderful honour it also comes with a good deal of responsibility. The team of Mrs Woodhouse, Mrs Tyrrell and Miss Ogden along with the pupils in year 6 have been working extremely hard on their designs. Just like heraldry, flag design has a myriad of specific rules which ‘MUST be followed to the letter’ and certain colours and ‘metals’ were not allowed to touch one another and symbols had to be aligned in a specific way.

After much head scratching and creative input the whole team finally agreed on the following design which has now been sent off to London for examination.

  • The blue represents the River Avon that runs through the heart of Warwickshire and Stratford.
  • The green, the many tiny but important rural farming communities that dot the constituency.
  • The circle in the centre depicts a Roman coin and symbolises one of the three main towns in the constituency, Alcester which has its roots in Roman times.
  • The needle represents Studley which for many years was the world’s centre of production of needles and fishing hooks.
  • Finally, the quill represents the historic town of Stratford itself and its connections with the most famous playwright of all time, William Shakespeare.

We hope you all approve of our efforts and our local MP Mr Nadhim Zahawi has been sent a copy for his office wall!

The special event will take place in March 2015 and we will report back.

Mr Zahawi, MP Letter of Thanks

We  thought  you  might  like to  see  the  letter we  received  back from Mr Zahawi,  MP for  Stratford-upon-Avon . He  obviously  approves  of our  flag design. Well done again to all involved  in the project.


Ministry Letter - Phonics Test - October 2014

We are extremely proud to have received a letter of commendation from Nick Gibb, MP (Minister of State for School Reform) congratulating St. Mary's in its latest Phonics check achievement.


His letter states that our school is in the top 2% of schools whereby 100% of its Year 1 pupils are achieving the expected standard of phonics. 

He congratulates the high standard of phonics teaching in our school and thanks our teaching staff for their hard work and great professionalism.


Fair Trade Status

"Fair Active" Status - Awarded August 2014

We are extremely proud to report that our school has now attained its "Fair Active" status. Having gained the "Fair Aware" status back in the Spring Time, we are now on the way to achieving the full "Fair Achiever" status.

Click on the link below to find out more about becoming a Fair Trade School.

E- Safety- 360o Safety Mark - June 2014

St. Mary's are working on achieving the prestigious 360o Safety Mark. This work is being led by Mr Preece and we are pleased to say the assessors are very satisfied with the progress we are currently making in this important safeguarding area and have issued us with a certificate of progress. E-Safety remains a high priority in our safeguarding arrangements.

Food Hygiene Award - May 2014

Congratulations to Mrs Kember our Chef Manager and her fantastic team. Our kitchens were recently inspected by the Environmental Health Department and we are very pleased to announce that we received a Five Star Rating yet again.

More Able, Gifted and Talented - May 2014

St. Mary's hosted a training day for More Able, Gifted & Talented Co-ordinators. Eleven teachers from England (and one from Wales) descended on the school for the day of training and we had some lovely comments from them about the school, its atmosphere and learning challenges.

We were chosen to host the training because we were one of only a few schools in the country which have been re-accredited with the NACE Challenge Award.

Smartwater - September 2013

We  are  pleased  to announce that  St  Mary’s  is  now  part  of the  Warwickshire Police  Smartwater  Camapign.

 SMART WATER is a unique solution containing a blend of harmless chemicals providing it with a “forensic fingerprint”. This fingerprint has been likened in concept to “DNA profiling”. All of  St  Mary’s  electronic and  computer equipment has now  been  marked and signage put  around  school. Once applied, SMART WATER makes the possession of stolen property a risky business. When subjected to ultra violet light, its presence is immediately obvious by a telltale fluorescent glow. The smallest amount is enough for forensic scientists to verify the registered owner. Statistics show that using  SMARTWATER  is a very successful deterrent and  whilst we  don’t  want to dwell on the prospect of  being   burgled  it  is  good to know we are doing all we can to protect our assets.

SafetyMARK Award of Excellence - July 2013

Following on from the rigorous Health and Safety audit in July we are delighted to announce that St. Mary's has been award the SafetyMARK Award of Excllence. This is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates the high levels of safety compliance within school. The Health and Safety committee which comprises of a team of staff and governors, work very hard to ensure children and adults are as safe as they can be whilst on and off site and this is a tribute to all their hard work.

NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education) - June 2013

Wonderful news! We are very pleased to announce that St. Mary's school was successfully re-accredited with this prestigious award. NACE is recognised nationally and internationally as the UK's leading independent education organisation in the field of education for able learners.

NACE specialises in working with schools and teachers to improve learning for able learners and the NACE Challenge award is recognised by external bodies, and Ofsted, as a mark of quality provision.

Only 58 schools nationally have been re-accredited to date, and St Mary's is the only school in Warwickshire that has received reaccreditation so far.

We are extremely proud of this achievement - this is paragraph from the assessor's final letter to our school:

"Overall, St. Mary's RC Primary School is an outstanding school which has continued to develop its practice and makes excellent provision for its Able, Gifted and Talented pupils. It recognises the need to challenge all pupils to achieve the highest levels of performance and its culture of high aspirations pervades the whole school. The whole atmosphere in the school is warm and lively, offering a position learning environment and it was a pleasure to spend the day in school."

  • St Mary's RC Catholic Primary School
  • Ofsted
  • International School Award
  • Eco-Schools
  • Green Tree Schools
  • The Forest School
  • Rainbows
  • Healthy School
  • BDA Quality
  • NACE, National Association for Able Children in Education
  • Little Oaks