Urgent update regarding school tomorrow

Dear Parents

After just one day of the Spring Term we are devastated to be back to having to close to all except vulnerable children or those with a parent who is a critical worker.  It would be helpful if you would email to confirm if your child meets the criteria and will be coming in, please confirm if full or part-time. If part time please confirm which days they will attend by emailing the office (rather than phoning please). office@stmarysswanage.dorset.sch.uk

Clarification on critical workers can be found here:


Early Birds will continue to run for those who need childcare before school.  

A start on home learning pages for each year group will be on the school website by the end of tomorrow.  Workbook/textbooks/reading books will be available to be collected from school shortly. You will receive notification of when these are ready. 

Those children eligible for free school meals who are not attending school will receive supermarket vouchers. Details will be sent out shortly regarding this.

If you have any queries at all, please get in touch preferably via email (office@stmarysswanage.dorset.sch.uk) as we will endeavour to support families as much as possible.

Best wishes,

Maria Gadston

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
Northbrook Rd

Las Posadas 2020

We will be celebrating Las Posadas again as part of our Advent preparations. The ‘Holy Family’ were brought to our class liturgies  and blessed, ready to start their journey visiting your homes. This year everyone will be having their own Mary and Joseph at the beginning of Advent. We will send home baby Jesus, shepherds and some livestock at the end of the term, and the kings and their camels after the holidays – ready for Epiphany – so you can create the whole nativity.

Do email us photos of The Holy Family in your homes so that we can share them on the website.

Year 2 class liturgy, blessing the Holy Family.


Admissions Consultation

Plymouth CAST and Dorset are running the annual consultations on the School Admission Arrangements for 2022/2023. The draft Plymouth CAST consultation runs from 30 November 2020 until 21 January 2021; the draft policy is on the school policies page.

The Dorset consultation runs from 12 November 2020 until 23 December 2020. Details of the Dorset consultation can be viewed at https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/education-and-training/schools-and-learning/policies/school-admissions-policies/school-admissions-policies.aspx

Responses must be submitted either in writing to School Admissions Team, Dorset Council, County Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ or by email to schoolorganisation@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk by Wednesday 23rd December 2020.