St Mary’s has very close links with the parishes that the school serves (Our Lady’s, Churchdown & St Patrick’s, Brockworth); our partner secondary school (St Peter’s High School); St Mary’s Playgroup (our main feeder setting that is based on the school campus) and our parent / teacher organisation (FOSM Friends of St Mary’s School).
The pages in this section will provide you with an opportunity to find out more about each of the organsiations and the work that they undertake.
Parishes of Our Lady’s of Perpetual Succour (Churchdown) and St Patrick’s (Brockworth).
St Mary’s is the designated catholic school for baptised catholic children from the partishes of Our Lady’s of Perpetual Succour (Churchdown) and St Patrick’s (Brockworth).
A bus runs from the outer lying areas of the parishes taking children to and from school each day. Details of the route and how to organise a bus pass are available through Gloucestershire County Council.
Friends Of St Mary’s (FOSM)
Read the annual statement from the FOSM Chairperson here: FOSM_Annual_Statement.docx
The F.O.S.M committee members are Maeve Kelly (Chair), Clare Magri (Vice-Chair), Maeve McNamee (Treasurer), Kira Stevens (Secretary). The other committee members are: Jo Mitchell, Karen Fieldhouse and Claire Leatham-Pugh. Thanks go to Jo Mitchell for all her hard work as Treasurer over the last 4 years. Welcome to Kira Stevens who is new to the committee. We still need 3 more committee members. Anyone interested please contact FOSM via the school office.
A bit about us: The main role of F.O.S.M is to fundraise to provide additional resources or opportunities to advance and enrich the education of the pupils of St. Mary’s school.
We also seek to promote a sense of community and our activities support the school’s ethos. We are open to all those associated with the school even if they only have a small amount of time to get involved.
In addition, we are about having fun and enjoying the opportunity to contribute and make a difference to the children’s school life. Fundraising in a recession is never easy, and we have had to be careful not to place too many demands on our very supportive school community. We keep pupils and parents informed via the newsletter, flyers and posters. We also make good use of the school text out service to advertise our activities.
We raise thousands of punds each year that go directly to pay for resources, equipment and activities for the children of St Mary's. Over recent years we have purchased picnic benches, funded the school's 'sports, arts and culture week', funded learning resources such as reasding scheme books and last year we paid for the redevelopment of the school nature area.
Maeve Kelly F.O.S.M Chairperson 2008-2013
St. Mary's Playgroup
St. Mary's Playgroup opened in 1986 and is run by a voluntary committee of parents and volunteers. The playgroup operates from the Elliott building in the grounds of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Primary school in Churchdown, situated on the outskirts of Gloucester.
The Playgroup has a purpose built outside play area funded by the Gloucestershire County Council Early Years Capital Funding Grant. The playgroup also has use of the school reception class outside play area and also of the main school playing field for additional outside play.
Our playgroup offers education and care for children below school age and over the age of 2½. We have a close relationship with St Mary's Catholic Primary School as well as the Church. We consider ourselves a Catholic Playgroup that welcomes children from all faiths and religions.
For more information, please visit our web-site
From the site you can download our brochure and an application form and find contact details. Alternatively, please call our administrator, Sharon, on 01452 538991.
We look forward to hearing from you soon VISIT: www.playgroupstmarys.org.uk
St Peters High School
An 'outstanding' Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided School
We believe that students achieve their best when school and home work together,
and that parents have a right to be as fully informed as possible about all relevant aspects of life at school.
St Peter's High School provides a high quality education within the context of a Christian environment.
An understanding of the Roman Catholic faith, in line with the Gospel message, underpins the whole work of the school.
The main aim is to develop the self esteem, dignity and respect of all members of the community by concentrating on each person's infinite worth in the eyes of God.