We are a small voluntary controlled Church of England Infant School situated on the outskirts of Baldock in Hertfordshire. Our school caters for girls and boys aged 4-7 years.
We share our site with St. Mary's Junior School and our school benefits from two playgrounds, and fields with wonderful views of Weston hills.
We believe the school should be at the heart of the community and we work in close partnership with our parents, Holly Blue Children's Centre which is on the school site, St Mary’s Church and St. Mary's Junior School, playgroups and nurseries.
We want the children's experience to be happy, secure and stimulating at school. We want then to enjoy coming to school and be excited about their learning and the many activities we plan into the curriculum.
We offer a variety of clubs that change regularly to cater for the wide variety of interests the children have. These are on offer during lunchtimes and after school, mainly for year 1 and year 2 children. These have included include rugby, gardening, football, gymnastics, cooking, cricket and multi-sports
The school has a very dedicated and hard working staff of teachers, teaching assistants and support staff who work as a team and value each other. The ethos of the school is very special - all staff and children feel valued and involved in the life of the school.
Ethos and values of the school
Our Vision Statement
"The school aims to serve the community by providing a safe and nurturing environment that will enable all children to reach their potential; academically, socially and emotionally. This is achieved within the context of Christian beliefs and practice, encouraging an understanding of the meaning of faith and promoting Christian Values through the experiences we offer to all our children."
We have strong links with St. Mary’s Parish Church in Baldock. Children visit the church termly and clergy come in to take assemblies. We strongly believe this adds to the warm and caring ethos of the school.
The school has a therapeutic approach to behaviour management. Children are taught this through educational consequences and the importance of following rules to feel safe and secure .
The Governing Body
The Governing Body at St. Mary's Infant School is enthusiastic and proactive in its approach, working together with the headteacher to set the future direction for the school and deciding in consultation with the headteacher how the school's budget should be spent. Governing bodies make decisions collectively on matters such as performance targets, school policies and the school's development plan. Governors monitor the impact of policies and oversee the use of the school's budget. Governors provide the headteacher with support and advice, they ask searching questions and respect the headteacher's position as professional leader of the school.
Here at St. Mary's we are very much an integral part of the school, with those Governors who can, coming into school to help and interact with the children on a regular basis.
Our latest Ofsted Inspection found the school to be good and we continue to strive to build on these foundations.
Governors are always available to discuss any issues that you may have and parent governors can generally be found in the playground before and after school. Alternatively the school can put you in touch with a different governor, just write or telephone the school who will pass on your request.
Being a Governor is both very interesting and fulfilling. We have to deal with lots of different issues such as staff development, performance management, health & safety together with premises and personnel issues.
If you are interested in becoming a Governor you can always contact the Chair of Governors, c/o St. Mary's Infant School, St. Mary's Way, Baldock, Herts. SG7 6HY.
The school plays an active role in safeguarding children. There is a designated senior person who oversees this role. The child protection policy is available in
Mrs Clare Jablonski is the designated senior person (DSP) and the deputy DSP's are Mrs Claire Gunn and Mrs Bev Waldwyn. These adults are always available to talk to if you ever have any safeguarding issues regarding a child. The child protection policy is available in school.
In February 2010 the 'Holly Blue' children's centre joined our site and is to be found at the entrance of our school. It is a wonderful resource for local families with children under 5 years old.
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