St Mary's Church of England Academy

Here at St. Mary's we provide the highest possible quality of education, underpinned by our Christian ethos and values however we pride ourselves in the fact that we are mixed faith with a rising number of multi faiths through our school


We are very proud of our playtimes at St. Mary's and we are delighted with the community support to develop our spaces.  Take a look at our films showing how our community have developed our play spaces.

We believe passionatley in the power of play and that time spent during lunchtime has a powerful impact on our childrens learning. 


Play makes up 20% of school life. At St. Mary's we use OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning Programme) to drive the quality of our provison


St. Mary's aims to become a beacon of excellent play as we firmly believe good play promotes children's emotional, social and academic development. Our children are encouraged to use all of our school grounds at playtime, mixing together across the year groups and enjoying a huge range of play experiences including:

  • Loose Parts
  • Kitchen Garden
  • Giant sandpit
  • Bug Hotel and nature play
  • Tunnel, paths and hills
  • Mud Kitchen
  • Table Tennis
  • Scooters
  • Climbing frame
  • Monkey Bars
  • Tennis / Basketball
  • Grass football pitch
  • Pirate ship
  • Outdoor classroom / reading space
  • Outdoor chalk boards
  • NEST Lunch Club for crafts, Lego and reading
  • Board Games in the Studio
  • Disco on the stage

OPAL Play Policy